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Johnson is also closely tied to an organization called the International House of Prayer in Kansas City, Missouri (IHOP for short, also known as IHOPKC, since they have also opened houses of prayer in other cities around the world). IHOP was founded and is led by Mike Bickle. Bickle started Kansas City Fellowship in the 80s. Several so-called prophets became associated with that fellowship and became known as the Kansas City Prophets. These prophets have been shown to be false prophets and have even been involved in sexual sins and homosexuality, which is why Bickle has distanced himself from them. Even so, their influence and their Kingdom Now teachings have spread. Bickle himself is a Kingdom Now preacher, though a subtle one. He claims that he is not one on the IHOP website, but his teachings show that he is one. He did a teaching at the Toronto church in May 2010 which shows that he is a Kingdom Now believer (https://mikebickle.org/resources/resource/2930?return_url=https%3A%2F%2Fmikebickle.org%2Fresources%2Fcategory%2Fministry-outreach%2Fevangelism%2F). I have downloaded the study notes and highlighted in red the points that show he teaches the Kingdom Now and Word of Faith doctrines. It is available at www.claytonhowardford.com/MikeBickle.doc.

In the late 80s Wimber, the leader of the Vineyard Fellowship, became enamored with Bickle and these prophets, but when the sins of these prophets became public, Bickle placed himself under Wimber’s leadership and Kansas City Fellowship became Metro Vineyard Fellowship. However, when the Toronto revival began, Bickle endorsed it. When the Toronto church left the Vineyard Fellowship, Bickle’s church did, too, and became Metro Christian Fellowship.

Bickle resigned as pastor of the church in 2000 to lead IHOP. IHOP has had worship and prayer going 24/7 365 days a year since September 1999. Bickle also founded a school of ministry called IHOP University. In November, 2009, a “revival” started at the university among the students. The same manifestations that occurred in Toronto occurred here. The leaders of the school taught that it was God’s will to heal everyone. Mike Bickle and Lou Engle, who at that time was the leader of a ministry named The Call, wrote a letter about that revival. You can find it here: https://www.xpmedia.com/article/95/a-letter-from-mike-bickle-and-lou-engle. At the bottom of the letter (under “About the Author”), it says that IHOP is committed to “impact the seven spheres of society.” That is dominion theology.

After a few weeks of this, the leaders of the school became concerned that the “revival” might be fizzling out, so they invited two pastors to join them for a week of meetings to teach them how to keep the “revival” going. One of those pastors was John Arnott from Toronto. The other was Johnson.

Johnson has kept in touch with IHOP. Every year IHOP hosts a youth conference called OneThing. Over 20,000 youth from across the nation attend this annually. Johnson was a speaker at the 2016 conference.

Lou Engle has also been a speaker at these One Thing conferences. The Call was a ministry that called the youth of America to fasting and prayer, which sounds like a legitimate ministry. But Engle promotes ecumenism. He organized a rally that was held in Los Angeles in April 2016 called Azusa Now. Ostensibly, the purpose of the rally was to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Azusa Street in 1906, which was the beginning of the Pentecostal movement. In reality, the purpose of the rally was to gather people of all denominations, including the Roman Catholic denomination, and preach that we should forget doctrinal purity and just be united. This is what happened at that rally: https://christiannews.net/2016/04/10/lou-engle-of-the-call-prostrates-himself-kisses-foot-of-catholic-leader-as-act-of-reconciliation/

Bickle also promotes ecumenism through the One Thing conferences as this video shows:

To be continued…

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