A cult? Strong word you might say…and you are correct. It is not a word I use lightly or carelessly to label anything. But much prayer, time and years of research and personal experience have brought me to the conclusion that I can say confidently that the root system–or foundation–that IHOP is built on follows the basic premises and signs of a cult religious group. When I first left IHOP, I went through a severe culture shock that is hard to put into words. When I began studying the signs of cult fallout and the things that cult members go through after leaving a cult, my eyes began to open to what I had been a part of and recently come out of.
Is IHOP a cult? Read this revealing personal experience of a former IHOP intern here:
Former IHOP Member Explains Why IHOP (International House of Prayer) Is A Cult
In The Beginning
It’s been about 3 years since I ended my employment with the Elijah List.
It started around the year 2000. I was working for Hewlett-Packard and, through the grapevine, I learned of this daily email newsletter that published “prophecies” to around 30,000 people. This was back in the “text-only” days, where you received only 1 email per day. At the time, I was going to a “Word of Faith” church and I had a very strong foundation in the Word of God. Still, I knew that there was another element in my Walk with God that I wasn’t experiencing yet. I longed for the Reality of His Presence…. to actually SEE the working of God and to KNOW and EXPERIENCE Him more.
As I daily studied the words that I received from the Elijah List, this desire grew. I grew dissatisfied and frustrated with the church I was attending. “They just don’t GET IT!” I told myself. So I determined in my heart that I would find out where I could learn about this “New Thing” that God was doing and I and my family would be there when God showed up!
Read more of this true story here:
My 7 Years Working for the Elijah List, Part 1 – In the Beginning
At the link, also see:
Part 2: First Impressions Crumble
Part 3: My Experience with Todd Bentley
Part 4: Dismantling the Wall
Part 5: Mortar in the Wall
Part 6: Wicked Roots
Part 7: Lack of Discernment has a Price
Part 8: The Next Generation
Part 9: My Way Home
Part 10: Post-”Prophetic” Rehab: How to Get Back On Track