The Demonic Worship of IHOP
by Richard Haas
I would like to take the time here to examine the music that IHOP (International House Of Prayer) uses to set the mood for their supposedly Christian worship services. I will be looking at in particular a song on a two-part video from Youtube entitled Heartbeat performed by Misty Edwards, IHOP's worship leader. I would like to first start out by pointing out that music can be used and has been used to set the mood in a church service. The setting of the mood is what prepares us for the way we will receive the message that will be preached. Music can be used to lift up Christ or has the opposite to lift up the devil. As you will see in this video the music here performed at this worship service and an IHOP was engineered to put people and are receiving state of conscience by the use of a mantra. I truly believe that there is no evidence in this video to support the uprising of Christ in the worship song. Instead, I believe this falls quite into the camp of the opposite; lifting up the devil. Make sure that you take note of the terminology that is used in this worship segment. You will find the common assortment of words used in the unbiblical New Apostolic Reformation movement.
Please take a note in opening of part one of the video at the almost hypnotic transient state of the music and its repetitiveness beat along with the constant repeating of the words “listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of heaven.” This type of repetitiveness and chanting of the same lyrics over and over again is called channeling and is often used to subdue the conscience of the person listening. In much the same way this type of repetitiveness and channeling is what is used in contemplative prayer, except this is being done in a much more catchy musical form. The stimulation or overstimulation of the beat of the music and the constant mantra of the wording plays into the dulling of the senses leaving the person listening and an altered state of conscience being able to be subjected to whatever message is going to be laid out with in or after the song. Make sure to take a look at the crowd of young adults at approximately the 1:40 second mark you can see how these people are being subconsciously subdued in the music and having their consciencedulled by the constant repeating of the mantra “listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of heaven."
At approximately the 2:35 second mark the feed singer Misty Edwards, start singing "we want to hear your heartbeat". At this point we see the added precession of other musical accompaniments like the guitar and drums and the hyped up repetitiveness of the base added to this hypnotic chant. Nowhere with in this song yet is Christ being exemplified her even mentioned instead it is totally focused on one thing, "hearing the heartbeat". Also note at this point if you take a looked at the crowd you can see how they are now fully put in an unconscious state of hypnotic swagger to the beat of the music. If this song was not a supposedly worship song this song actually would make a pretty good secular rock song. The reason I say that this would make it good secular rock song is for the use of the hypnotic beat and subliminal messaging.
At the 3: 20 mark we are introduced to the main chorus line of the song consisting of another mantra focused on once again not God but man with the wording of “If you are really that jealous over this.” We are told at this point that God really wants is really to “loves us.” Well this statement is semi-true the statement the way it is worded in this song leaves it subjective and loosely interpreted and not based on any Scripture. What the singer has done here is actually taken the complex subject of God's will for man whether it being His Decretive Will or His Permissive Will and marginalized it into a trivial concept that God is only a God of “love” not a Righteous God.
At the 5:53 second mark Misty Edwards introduces us into a supposed dream encounter with God. She states that "she saw the Lord" all right here this is contrary to what Scripture says in John 6:46 where it is clearly written no man has seen the father except He who is from God. At this point, red flags and alarm bells should be ringing to everyone in the audience that this music is way off the reservation. Instead, the crowd is eating up this falsehood and is further being subdued into a hypnotic transient state by the continuous programming of the beating music. We are told; "He was running to this beat and had fire in his eyes." So God was running to this beat they are playing now? I don't think it was God at least not the God of the Bible. While yes it may have had fire in it’s eyes I highly doubt it was a god. More likely a demon.
At 6:20-second mark the singer states; “She was so confused”. Well, you're not the only one judging from the people in the crowd I would render that they are confused along with anyone else watching this video. I'm confused too, on how anyone could call this Christian worship music. Again we are told over and over how she has seen the Lord in a dream. Where is that in Scripture? Again John 6:46.
In the ending of part one of this video we can see how the audience is in a total transient state open to hypnotic suggestion and whatever message being preached in this song. From approximately the 7 min. mark onward we are told about Misty Edwards and her biblical dream and the unbiblical things that this "god" has told her. Now keep in mind you will find none of this in your Bible all this is subjective feelings and interpretations or otherwise known in the IHOP movement and other charismatic entities as an extra-biblical revelation. This is highly subjective and highly open to one’s own misinterpretation of the message. Oftentimes this “extra-biblical revelation” within these groups is held up of the word of God if not equal too.
In the second part of this two-part video, within the first 25 seconds we are introduced to Mike Bickle giving a prophetic word. There is a problem with this prophetic word that Mike Bickle is giving. Listen very carefully to what he is saying in the "I" statements. Now the people in the audience at this point are so subdued to a hypnotic feeling based state that they are very much open to believing what Mike Bickle is saying. Now remember the audience has almost had 11 min. of this hypnotic mind numbing sense-dulling music, their minds are very much open to the suggestive words of Mike Bickle and his so-called prophetic word. Let's compare Mike Bickle’s prophetic message to the Bible. The Bible says that when people have a prophetic word that word must be able to be confirmed by Scripture. What Mike Bickle is saying can not be confirmed by Scripture instead it is all in a subjective feeling based message that by biblical standards are not so prophetic.
At the 39 second mark, we hear Bickle "declaring" in the name of God. My question here is; in what God is the declaring? I do not see any evidence that he is declaring anything in the name of the God of the Bible. He is declaring something, but it is not biblical nor is it Godly. Instead, I would even venture to go as far and say that it is demonic.
IHOP and many other charismatic movements are very much big proponents of the use of dramatic music and entertainments to set the mood of worship to get people into an emotional state to receive their messages. What we see here is a classic technique employed by Mike Bickle to get everyone revved up and "to feel the spirit of God." So that he can get away with delivering a message that seems prophetic to the crowd. While in reality, it is nothing more than a mind trick.
Listen to the two-minute mark and take note at how Misty Edwards is humming when Mike Bickle tells her to tell about her dream again. It is almost as if she is in a hypnotic trance. Now the rest of the video is pretty much a repeat of her supposed dream and the constant repetition of the opening phrases of the song. Note towards the end of the video you will see and hear them contributing their praise to Jesus. I don't know which "jesus" they are contributing their prayer and worship to, but I do not think from what we have seen here in this video that it is the Jesus of the Bible.
In conclusion. I find what is sorrowful here, besides the total lack of musical talent, is the fact that so many young people are being deceived by this type of useless tripe that is passing for God-glorifying worship music. This kind of feeling based religion is sadly taking over not only unbiblical organizations like IHOP but you will find it in many modern contemporary worship songs sung in your church on Sunday. There are many problems within IHOP organization such as their false teachings as I have pointed out in previous articles and now their false hypnotic and demonic worship services. From this video, we can see that it is obvious they are not worshiping Jesus of the Bible instead they are in gauging in a worship that is quite demonic in nature.