28 June 2013

This 'n' That

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I tuned in briefly last night to IHOP's (that's International House of Prayer, not pancakes—pancakes would be better) 24/7 "prayer and worship" live stream. When I finally awoke from my mind-numbingly-repetitive-music-induced trance early this morning, I had two thoughts. The first was, "Wow, I hope that's not what music is like in Heaven, because if it is, count me out." The second was, "Wow, the Great Deceiver surely is good at what he does."

By the grace of God, I see and hear what is sung and taught at IHOP and it never even crosses my mind to entertain it as viable, true, biblical worship and teaching. Yet, there are many who are involved in IHOP or movements like it or those who if not involved directly, at the very least acknowledge it as a legitimate expression of Christianity. The key words then in that first sentence are "by the grace of God." By the grace of God, I've not been deceived by the wacky, unbiblical teachings of IHOP. By the grace of God I, as an unregenerate, false convert college freshman, found myself repulsed by one professor's required reading of Richard Foster's Streams of Living Water when many of my classmates were enraptured by the same book. By the grace of God I later was saved out of the seeker-driven mindset that I could look and act like the world, love and treasure my sin and still call myself a Christian. By the grace of God.

By that same grace of God, then, there will be those who will be saved out of the dangerous, deceptive IHOP movement. You see, the Great Deceiver may be good at what he does, but the Savior is greater. Satan knows his time is running short, and there will soon come a day when he will never again deceive a human soul. Until that time, let us Christians be about proclaiming the gospel of salvation that is found in Jesus Christ. Let us do all we can to pull men from the fire of these devilish deceptions.

If you've never "visited" the IHOP prayer room, take a few minutes to hop on over there (no pun intended) sometime. But, please wait until you're done with your This 'n' That. I'd hate for you to lapse into a trance before you've had a chance to get all the way through your week in review (kind of):
  • Men, if you need a reason to attend seminary, just look at Joel Osteen.
  • A 6-year-old "transgender" student has won the right to use the girls bathroom. The article says that this kid first began "to express himself as a female" at 18 months. Really? Pardon my bluntness, but that's a bunch of bunk.
  • More happy family-value news: a new Disney program will feature a lesbian couple.
  • Elizabeth Prata looks at the techniques of The Circle Maker.
  • Some of the fun ramifications of the recent SCOTUS ruling on DOMA.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Turns out your cat really isn't ignoring you.
  • Are those who have never heard of Christ going to Hell?
  • Here's some things you don't see on airplanes anymore (actually, all of this is before my time. I'm still lamenting the loss of honey roasted peanuts).
  • Steve Lawson on Jonathan Edwards and the use of your time:


  1. I'm working on my new "Random Apostasies and Heresies" post, which includes some information about the NAR and IHOP. If you don't mind, I'd like to quote your opening paragraph.

  2. Both IHOP and the NAR stray faarrrrr from the truth of scripture. Having watched both for several years it appears they are gathering strength as the church slides further and further away from The Word and into the world.


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