Inside a Prophetic Service The "prophet" had the crowd following every word he said, even almost every movement he made, in fact, every sensation he felt in his body! [Bob Jones] Hmmmm, witchcraft coming again...check that in Jesus' name. I feel pin pricks on me. There's witchcraft comin'... Then the pastor, Mike Bickle explains to the crowd, When Bob feels pin pricks in his hand, that just show up, that means witchcraft is in this [place]...The phrase that Bob uses is his senses turn golden...His five senses are literally inspired by the Holy Spirit ...He could tell what was happening in the spirit realm from the five senses...1 (See Jude 19) What's going on here? No, it's not a psychic, it's a full gospel church service, featuring Mike Bickle and "seer" Bob Jones! Bob Jones is "picking up" witchcraft by the pin prickly feeling in his hand and Mike Bickle is asking him to elaborate on the whole concept of "golden senses," in which 20-30 different signs show up in his physical body to help him divine the spiritual realm. For example, his hands turn different colors to indicate things, (purple-royalty, red-intercession, etc). Did the apostles ever model anything even remotely like this? Never mind, these men are part of the new breed, they are so anointed that the apostles can't wait to meet them! As Mike Bickle says, The saints in the New Testament would wait in line to greet the apostles coming from this generation! Who Are the Kansas City Prophets? In following the trail of error that has led to this current mysticized revival, we need to fully explore the role that the company of men known as the Kansas City Prophets have to play in it. The controversy that surrounded them in the late 1980's and very early 1990's seems to have died down since John Wimber came forward to offer them a "covering" through affiliation with the Vineyard Movement. It is my contention that instead of truly resolving the problems that were raised by these false prophets, a band-aid was put over the whole affair. The erroneous teaching and ministry of Paul Cain, Bob Jones, John Paul Jackson, and others has been promoted and circulated through the Body of Christ in the years since Vineyard has been their covering. Bob Jones, one of the more obviously false prophets, finally was exposed, but not as a false prophet, but for an ethical/moral failure. His prophecies have been cited several times, to my knowledge, as valid, at Toronto Airport Vineyard. The same people who heralded these men as prophets are now heralding this spiritual drunkenness as a great end times revival. I wouldn't even be surprised to find that behind the scenes of this "latest move of the Spirit" you'd probably find some of the same people offering their "prophetic ministry." We are not talking about personality differences here, nor about doctrinal hairsplitting, the men I'll be discussing in this chapter have presumed to speak prophetically, in the name of the Lord, (as though God were talking) to the whole, universal church! They have made great claims, like "The Lord spoke to me clearly..." or "I stood face to face before the Lord." And what is in the message? Sheer Manifested Sons, Latter Rain, last days super church, church as manchild stuff, reheated, repackaged and rehashed! In describing the Kansas City Prophets, for the sake of time and space, I'll zero in on three men, Mike Bickle, Bob Jones, and Paul Cain. I will briefly discuss some others, but these are the three major players, in the Kansas City Prophets controversy. It's also important, however, to take a fresh look at how the church handled (or failed to handle with responsibility) the exposure of false prophecy, for this has set the course which we are currently on, and the same people who wouldn't discern at that time, even more so now, refuse to think critically. Mike Bickle We must start with the pastor of a church in Kansas City, Missouri, named Mike Bickle. The church is now known as the Metro Vineyard of Kansas City, but in the early 1980's when it was started it was called KCF for Kansas City Fellowship. Bickle originally had pastored in St. Louis. In June of 1982, a man named Augustine approached Bickle and told him that he had heard an audible voice telling him to prophesy by the "spirit of truth" to Bickle's congregation. Bickle allowed him to do this and was impressed by the seeming accuracy with which he described the condition of his church. In September, the same year, Mike Bickle himself heard an audible voice speak to him, while on a trip in Cairo, Egypt. The voice told him, I am inviting you to raise up a work that will touch the ends of the earth. I have invited many people to do this thing and many people have said yes, but very few have done my will. Shortly after this, on a "word from the Lord," Bickle began a new work in Kansas City, Missouri. The church grew rapidly in a very short time. In 1986, Bickle and his elders formed an organization called Grace Ministries, which they described as, "A ministry team of men committed to seeing the church fully restored to the glory described in God's Word." Now, Grace Ministries and KCF are two distinct organizations. Al Dager gives a good description of the function of Grace Ministries, Grace Ministries is a parachurch organization that represents several men who engage in itinerant, allegedly prophetic, ministries...There are seven major facets to Grace Ministries: 1. Apostolic teams; 2. City churches; 3. The House of Prayer; 4. The Joseph Company; 5. The Israel Mandate; 6. A Ministry training center; 7. Shiloh Ministries. I won't try to describe in detail each facet, as Al Dager did in his helpful Media Spotlight Report, but I will highlight a few aspects of two of the facets. City churches, Bickle believes that every city really only has one church, which may consist of several congregations, but must come under one, citywide, eldership. As Ministries Today reported, Bickle and his leadership team have promoted a concept advocating unity among all pastors in a geographic area. Bickle now says that the idea should have emphasized "unity through friendship" rather than "unity through a church government structure." Many pastors in Kansas City felt threatened by what they perceived to be an attempt to "swallow" other churches under KCF's banner. "The way we used terminology created fear, division, and suspicion," Bickle admits. Shiloh Ministries was or is, the development of a prophetic community. A piece of land was designated and developed, where prophets could live together, convene prophetic conferences, share their insights, and train up other prophets. The senior prophetic authority recognized over Shiloh, was to be Paul Cain, a former associate of William Branham. Cain once called Branham, "The greatest prophet who ever lived." (It is interesting to note that there was, in Iowa, (might still be) a "prophetic" retreat and community called Shiloh. It was noted for its Manifested Sons of God teaching. But I don't know if it's directly related.) Though Bickle is the pastor of KCF and founder of Grace Ministries, he at one point, seemed to back down from calling anybody a prophet. Here is an excerpt from an interview he had with Al Dager. There's no one in our midst that we give the title "prophet." The only one I would feel comfortable of giving that office would be Paul Cain, but he refuses to accept it. So, I'd say both of them, apostle and prophet_I believe that in God's purpose they exist, but we're very hesitant to designate somebody as being one at this point and time. But, on the other hand, in his lengthy interview with Bob Jones on the tape, "Visions and Revelations," Jones describes numerous face to face encounters with the Lord. Upon Bickle's encouragement, Jones tells the crowd what God supposedly said, what he saw in the throne room, what he clearly "heard." If that is not playing the role of the prophet, what is? Semantically avoiding the actual title "prophet," but then delivering messages to the church in the name of the Lord, seems hypocritical to me. To avoid the scrutiny of Deut 13 and Deut 18, they call themselves "prophetic ministries" instead of "prophets." But, even the ones who follow them know better, calling them "The Prophets." I believe that Mike Bickle has been zealous, and well intentioned. I have read a book of his, Passion for Jesus, which makes clear some beautiful teachings about the attributes of God, the fear of the Lord, and knowing God. But, I also believe that through an unfortunate lack of discernment, he has promoted false prophets, as well as the doctrines of Manifested Sons of God, on an international scale. This has helped pave the way for the current mysticism. The next person we will discuss is an excellent example of this. Bob Jones Bob Jones has been described publicly at KCF as a "resident seer." This is unfortunate because he turned out to be one of the most blatant examples of a false prophet, of them all. How anyone can listen to him for even 10 minutes and not completely reject him as a prophet, is amazing to me. And yet, Mike Bickle and KCF thought enough of him to tape a lengthy interview with him called, "Visions and Revelations." The blatantly false doctrine, and occultic dreams and "revelations" found on this tape were enabled to make their way all over the world in a relatively short time. On the tape, Jones describes how he went from being a drunkard, fornicator, and bar room brawler, to eventually land in a mental institution, where he was regularly visited by demons who would hold conversations with him. Finally, Jesus Himself told Bob in order to get his mind back, to either kill or forgive twelve people he hated! Jones goes on to describe his Christian life and supernatural ministry. One unforgettable episode that Jones recounts is how he received a visit from an angelic guide name "Dominus." "Dominus" eventually turned out to be the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, according to Jones. Jones tells how, in an out of body experience, he and Dominus sat above the KCF "in the Spirit," on rocking chairs, holding hands. To confirm Jones' "ministry" to Mike Bickle and his brother in law and associate pastor Bob Scott, Dominus revealed to Jones that he would visit the two men in their dreams. Each man subsequently had a dream in which a friend they knew named "Don" appeared (two separate Don's). When they asked Jones why Don appeared and not Jesus, Jones impatiently replied, You guys are never going to learn the language of the Spirit, are you?...Jesus appears in thousands of different faces to portray something. He was trying to say, "I'm your friend, I am your familiar friend and I'm going to show you all things so you can move in the power of the Spirit." To be honest with you, I think this was a combination of the working of a powerful familiar spirit and incredible naivete. Bickle would later say of Jones, "He should have had a backstage ministry." The Shepherd's Rod Bob Jones also contributed the Shepherd's Rod Revelation to the Body. According to him, "Everyone must pass under the shepherd's rod once a year." It all started when, according to Mike Bickle, Ten years ago, the Lord began to visit Bob and tell him that he would visit him on the day of atonement each year...The Lord literally stands before Bob and speaks to him...it's a real holy thing before the Lord... "The Lord" showed Bob Jones that on the day of atonement the shepherd of the congregation must hold out his staff and all must pass under it for a time of prophetic inspection. If they are in sin, it will be revealed prophetically to the leader. Bob Jones says this is a time where the Lord turns you upside down and looks you over for blemishes. Thus, through this blatant denial of the cross, you have God's people observing a distorted day of atonement. It would take an entire book to catalog the heresy of this one man, and that is not my purpose. My burden in this chapter is to remind us, where was the discernment? We were so spiritual, so full of "mystical" revelation and "cutting edge truth," but look at what we overlooked! The emperor obviously has no clothes! And when it began to be exposed by Ernie Gruen, it was almost dealt with as a matter of personal animosity and covered over. These men didn't leave ministry, their tapes weren't pulled. They haven't missed a beat! This is why we are so blind and intoxicated right now. Before there was a scandal, Mike Bickle said of Bob Jones, "There is nobody in the natural that had a more integral role in establishing our foundations in that kind of prophetic way, than Bob [Jones]" After part of the controversy, Mike Bickle expresses regrets, "I made the mistake of allowing Bob Jones to step out from backstage into prominent, public ministry," and "I believe the Lord gave Bob Jones a backstage ministry, but I promoted him on the front stage." Backstage ministry? I hope not. I'd rather have people like him out in the open than influencing movements backstage. Here are just a few of the blatant errors promoted by the "backstage ministry." When Bob Scott, associate pastor at KCF questioned Bob Jones about being in a recent dream, Jones replied, "It was not a dream, it was something other than a dream." He questioned Jones again, "Was that a dream or a trance or a vision?" Bob says, "Well, it was neither, I was there...on occasions, I'm there, it's not a vision, it's not a trance, I'm there." Bob Jones' White Talking Horse_(Bob Jones) "The first time I ever seen the white horse was when an angel called Gabriel was riding. I saw him a couple of times in the '70's, I didn't understand what it meant, I would just see the white horse...(Mike Bickle interjects) (Mike Bickle) "The white horse always speaks in Bob's visions...In his vision it speaks of the corporate purpose that God is bringing to pass..." 35 Super Apostles like unto Paul_Bob Jones saw and described a vision in which, "The Holy Spirit took me to a place_this time it wasn't the Lord took me, it was the Holy Spirit. He took me to a place and I saw the Lord, high and lifted up, by some young men and he set upon the golden ark...and I looked and there were men that had hold of the ark and they had the ark upon their shoulders. And the government will be upon their single shoulders." Jones goes on to explain how, by way of allegory, the Lord showed him he would raise up 35 men, to be champions for Christ in the last days. "...They will reign and reveal to the world that they truly are the faithful and true leaders and the government that will be upon his single shoulder." Mike Bickle comments, "I think there'll be 35 like unto Paul...There would be 35 whom the Lord would separate in the highest way. The government rests on apostles and prophets." What a perversion of Isaiah 9, in which Jesus is described as Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father and the one on whose shoulder shall rest the government of the whole earth!! Yet how typical of Manifested Sons heresy, to replace the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, with the "corporate Christ" concept. Bob's revelation concerning prophetic accuracy. Bob Jones, in the tape "Shepherd's Rod" told us that God had revealed to him that the Rhema (spoken word) would be two-thirds accurate in the days to come. In other words, up to two-thirds of the time these prophets would be "right on." Why not 100% of the time? If you listen to Bob Jones, you would be glad for inaccurate prophets! Why? God showed Bob, supposedly, that if enough power was released to give us 100% accuracy, we would have dead Ananias' and Sapphirra's all over the place! (How's that for making people actually thankful for inaccurate prophets?) Jones says we shouldn't worry about inaccurate prophesies, for God told him that prophets are like guns and prophecies are like bullets and inaccurate prophecies are like blanks. And he also says that God told him, "I'm loading the guns, I'm putting the blanks in!" Incredible! Jones would have us believe that God is responsible for innaccurate prophecies! Supposedly, even when we shoot blanks, it scares the enemy! Bob Jones complains about people who "try to make us Old Testament prophets" meaning to hold them to the standard of Deut 18. He then quotes I Cor 14, about giving prophecy in church and judging to see if they are all right. I must reply to this. There is a huge difference, I agree, in giving a prophecy, "To edify, exhort, and comfort" the church, and in being a prophet, who presumes to speak in the name of the Lord. But, we aren't trying to make these modern "prophets" into Old Testament prophets, they are. They are the ones who emphatically say, "The Lord said this," or "I saw the Lord face to face, and He said thus and so..." that's a far cry from supernatural utterance to edify, exhort, and comfort. Standing up and making bold pronouncements to the church universal in the name of God is a serious matter, New or Old Testament. Leading the church into error as a teacher is bad enough, but to claim direct revelation while doing it is even worse. Bob Jones is a man who claims to have five to six visions and revelations per day. We are talking about a man who thought he was a backslider when two days went by without a visitation from Jesus. He actually stands before the Lord on the day of atonement, remember? And Mike Bickle enthusiastically promoted it! The New Breed To Come, The Elected Seed - Bob Jones has much to say about the actual bloodline of the great last days overcomers. Bob reports that the Lord told him, "From out of the sands of time I have called the best of every bloodline in the earth, unto this generation...Even the bloodline of Paul...of David...of Peter, James and John, the best of their seed is unto this generation. They will even be superior to them in heart, stature and love for me..." What does bloodline matter to God, who of one blood, made us all? Sounds more like some kind of Eugenics cult than the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jones goes on to promise prophetically, the old Manifested Sons of God hopes that, "They will move into things of the supernatural that no one has ever moved in before. Every miracle, sign and wonder that has ever been in the Bible, they'll move in it consistently. They'll move in the power that Christ did...They themselves will be that generation that's raised up to put death itself underneath their feet and to glorify Christ in every way...So that glorious church might be revealed in the last days because the Lord Jesus is worthy to be lifted up by a church that has reached the full maturity of the God man!" This is typical of the sheer Manifested Sons heresy promoted by KCF and Grace Ministries. Has anyone renounced this? No, they renounce the fact that they put Bob Jones out in "front stage" and not "backstage," but the heresy isn't rejected. Jones' real problem was that he openly promoted things that others realize the church isn't "quite ready for." Several times while I have been there in Toronto in the services at Airport Vineyard, the prophecies of Bob Jones were discussed in a noncritical matter, as having been fulfilled in part by this revival. In a transcript of a meeting at Airport Vineyard, Friday, October 14, 1994, Wes Campbell discusses Bob Jones' revelation of an upcoming "civil war" in the church. In this war, the blue represents "revelation knowledge" people, fighting for freedom in the Spirit. "The gray" as in gray matter, those bound to their minds, you know, critical thinking (of course they are the ones keeping the church in slavery). This "revelation" was discussed as being credible and soon coming. This failure to resolve to correct the obvious lack of discernment, has cost us our spiritual eyesight, and led us deeper into error. Bob Jones can be an object lesson to us. After all, how could all of the "great prophetic company" fail to "pick up on him?" Truly, the emperor has no clothes. Rev 3:17-18 Because thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. Paul Cain One of the most prominent and well received ministries associated with KCF would be the ministry of Paul Cain. The people of KCF and Grace Ministries have held Cain in the highest regard. We [KCF] have recognized a mandate from the Lord to make a special commitment to follow the leadership of John Wimber and Paul Cain. Grace Ministries believes that these two men are chosen vessels among others in the nation. In the tape, "Visions and Revelations" in which Bickle interviews Bob Jones, Cain is described by Jones as "the most anointed prophet that's in the world today." He is said to have the "fear mantle on him," and we are assured that "the enemy would love to take him out before he [Cain] anoints this next generation, before he writes upon your mind...before he imparts his anointing into thousands of you." Paul Cain has an interesting background. In his testimony, it is reported that immediately before his birth, his mother was nearly dead from four major conditions. Breast cancer, tuberculosis, heart disease, and three other malignant tumors, all were afflicting her at the time she was to give birth. But, an angel of the Lord came to her and told her not to fear, she would not die, but give birth to a male child. The angel even told her to name him Paul for he would preach the gospel as Paul did. As you can see, there are many similarities to the testimony of William Branham whom Cain was to one day be an associate of. Paul Cain says that the angel of the Lord spoke to him at the age of 8 in an audible voice. "I heard an audible voice and of course, often the angel of the Lord_it might have been the Lord Jesus Christ_but anyway, when He speaks it's rather awesome." Joel's Army Paul Cain testifies of another unusual visitation which occurred at the age of 19, which gave him a message that he promotes to this day. An angel appeared to him in glory and magnificence, holding out a sword, pointing to a billboard. The billboard said, "Joel's army now in training." When he asked the Lord what it meant, the Lord took him through the book of Joel. Joel's army is described in Joel 2:1-11. To Cain and others, Joel's army is that great last days church, that "New Breed" of believers in whom the whole plan of God is climaxed in. These are the ones who take the world for Christ, are in perfect unity, are invincible, even divine in a sense! The idea of a Joel's army of invincible saints, executing judgement, is a huge expression of the Latter Rain/Manifested Sons of God teachers. In 1947, Paul Cain began a public healing ministry, he was 18 years old. His contemporaries were William Branham, Oral Roberts, A. A. Allen, Jack Coe, T. L. Osborne, etc. As the healing revival exploded and prosperity and popularity increased Cain saw greed, pride, and self service begin to characterize himself and others he knew. He entered into a season of repentance of which he would say after that God stripped everything away. It was during that season of repentance that he had another life changing visitation from the Lord, God had told him that if he kept himself from corruption and remained content with living a humble life, marked by scripture study and prayer, one day he would be allowed to stand before a new breed of men and women leaders. These would be marked by simplicity, purity, and remarkable manifestations of power. Thus began 25 years of extremely low profile for this "prophet" of the Lord, whom the Lord had also called to be celibate. It wasn't until April of 1987 that "the Lord ordained a divine appointment for Paul with Mike Bickle and others from KCF" "The KCF eldership instantly felt the Lord prompting them to make a deep and permanent commitment to serve Paul Cain in anyway possible for the rest of his days as the Lord permitted." Bob Jones, the "resident seer" at KCF went so far as to say of Cain, "The Lord named Paul Cain's ministry, "The Terror of the Lord" or "The Jealousy of God." Terror of the Lord? What is it about Paul Cain that causes people to regard him so reverently? Paul Cain has exhibited the ability to tell people the details of their lives, hidden sins and even things they have said in confidence to others. There have been reports of earthquakes and other natural disasters predicted by him. In January of 1989, Paul Cain told Jack Deere, a Vineyard pastor, that an earthquake would occur on the day Paul arrived for the first time to meet John Wimber at the church in Anaheim, California. Another would occur elsewhere in the world the day after he left Anaheim. Cain said that the earthquake would be a confirmation that the Lord had a strategic purpose for the Vineyard Movement. The first earthquake took place in Pasadena on the day Cain arrived. He left Anaheim on December 7. The Soviet-Armenian earthquake occurred on December 8. Another reason that Paul Cain is highly regarded as a "Terror of the Lord" could be the reported power surges of electricity that occur at places where he ministers. On one occasion in a church a tremendous surge of electrical power blew out circuits and set off fire alarms. The fire department responded, only to find that there was no fire, just a "prophetic meeting!" In Anaheim, California, even a battery operated video camera was short circuited, and the telephone systems were "blown out!" People have attributed this to the "heavy prophetic anointing" on Paul Cain, but does this sound like the Holy Spirit moving to you? Not every manifestation is heavy or frightening as Clifford Hill points out in his review of Some Said It Thundered a book defending the Kansas City Prophets. The main body of this book is an account of story after story of what I believe are best described as "paranormal experiences," such as the following telephone conversation between Paul Cain...and Mike Bickle. After the opening greetings Paul Cain said, "Why Mike, you've got a bit of a sniffle and you are all wet. Your hair is standing up on the left side of your head." Bickle called his wife, Diana, to look at him. "Sweetheart, Paul says I have a sniffle, I am all wet, and my hair is standing up on one side. Am I all wet?" "Yes," she said, "You've just come out of the shower." "And is my hair standing up on one side?" "Yes," she replied, "on the left side!" Paul Cain calls these strange experiences little tokens that the line is still open with the Lord." (Page 29). Why would the Lord Almighty, maker of heaven and earth give divine revelation to a prophet that his pastor had just taken a shower? This kind of trivialization of prophecy does immense harm and causes confusion among the spiritually immature." The New Breed, Joel's Army As I said earlier, one of Paul Cain's major messages seems to be that there is coming a new breed in the church, of overcomers. It is this company of end times people that the prophets have eagerly anticipated. This army is also in the New Testament. It's referred to as "the manchild." I know some of you are going to disagree with this...Rev 12:25...Here it is this great army in the New Testament is the manchild. Rev 12:5, the overcomers Rev 2 and 3, the 144,000 servants, Rev 7:3, the bride or the lamb's wife, Rev 19:7 and 21:9, and the white horse, Rev 6:2, the first fruits, Rev 14:4, the precious fruits James 5:7, the wise virgins, Matt 25:1-13, the Manifested Sons of God, Rom 8:19-23 and it's certainly a remarkable fact that none of these names are expressions applied to the saints of God or at any other time in history. But, all of them are in their context and promises showing undeniably that they belong to the end of time...To this present generation, Matt 24:34...and God wants us to realize once again in closing that there's going to be a great company of overcomers prepared for this mighty ministry which I call the prize of all the ages. And again, God's offering to the believers of this generation a greater privilege than was ever offered to any people of any generation at any time from ADAM clear down through the end of the millennium. Manifested Sons of God? Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. Unlike many others who espouse this doctrine, Paul Cain doesn't seem to balk at admitting to be a proponent of the Manifested Sons of God doctrine. The only problem that he seems to have with it is people trying to manifest their sonship presumptuously. There will be a manifestation of the sons of God. And it won't be this baloney that we've heard of in the past; I mean there's been a few people tried to walk through a wall like this one over here and knocked their brain loose, but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm talking about a true manifested son of God; if anyone walks through this wall, over here, they're not going to tell you about it, I mean, they're just going to do it. And sons of God don't tell you they're sons of God, they'll just show you! Amen! Romans 8:17 is the scriptural point at which the Manifested Sons of God proponents leap into error. The scripture teaches that the whole of creation indeed does await the time of manifestation of the sons of God, (ie the glorification of the saints, the final resurrection). The contention is that we believe we shall be glorified after the return of Jesus Christ bodily. It is then that He, Jesus, will put death underneath His feet. Manifested Sons of God teaches that there will be a company of supersaints who will be glorified and immortalized, before the bodily return of Jesus, and that we, the glorified, corporate Christ, will be the ones who put death under our feet. They also believe that only after that happens can Jesus return bodily. Clifford Hill summarizes it nicely in his Prophecy Today publication. The opportunity of joining the "new breed" an elite group of believers endowed with supernatural power that would enable them to be a part of the army of dread warriors that God was said to be raising up in our generation. According to John Wimber this is a type of "Joel's Army" who will overcome all opposition to the gospel and eventually subdue the nations. This teaching is part of what is known as "dominion theology," which teaches that an elite army of overcomers will either destroy or subdue all the enemies of Christ until they eventually gain power and authority throughout the world. The government of the nations will be upon their shoulders and when all the secular authorities, governments, princes and kings have finally submitted to them, Christ will return and they will present the kingdom to Him. This is the theology that has been promoted by the Kansas City Prophets and their followers. As I have said earlier, it is a theology that emphasizes man in the place of Christ. The "corporate Christ" is still the church, not Christ. It is Jesus Christ who has destroyed death and will ultimately put it under His feet, we don't do it for Him. The Challenge In January, 1990, Ernie Gruen a Charismatic pastor in Kansas City for 27 years, of the Full Faith Church of Love, released a 233 page document listing erroneous prophecies, statements, doctrines, and incidents involving the Kansas City Prophets. "He accused KCF of sending out false prophets; of prophesying area churches to close down (and then join KCF) and of outright lying." As an example of the kind of "prophetic" response to these charges, here is an excerpt from Rick Joyner's Morningstar. KCF is just one of many new streams starting to flow in the body of Christ, each of which is destined to receive furious and unrelenting attacks for a season, much of which will come from those who may have a great influence on the church but have long ago lost the anointing. Do you see how the Berean spirit is being strangled here? When someone does raise some valid, specific criticism, "Well, it must be jealousy, they have a Saul spirit and don't like our "David Movement." " One of most insidious and blinding concepts to come to the church lately is the idea that all criticism is personal. This idea is amplified by the emphasis on people who have the Jezebel Spirit, fault finding spirit, or that old standby, the accuser of the brethren! The whole idea deflects people's attention away from the issues of false, destructive doctrine and ministry to personality, "hurt," so called division and phony humility. Gruen and Bickle were headed toward a resolution of their differences by a meeting of the Network of Christian Ministries, which was supposed to occur in July of 1990. But, in May, John Wimber stepped into the situation, offering himself and the Vineyard Movement as a "covering" to KCF and the prophets. Wimber acknowledged that there were indeed "excesses" at KCF. In a letter to Gruen, Wimber promised to address the errors and declared, "I am satisfied that we will not see these problems arising again in the future." The meeting with the NCM leaders was called off. Why? Didn't the errors still need to be examined, discussed, rejected or corrected? Shouldn't the Pentecostals at least have insisted on the opportunity to publicly, formally renounce these heresies? By sweeping the problem into the "Vineyard House" and not openly exposing and standing against it, we have sown the wind and are reaping the whirlwind! It was probably a great relief to everyone that Wimber's action saved us from another controversy, but what's the matter with controversy? Wimber did offer some correction and guidelines and I appreciate him for it, but for the most part the Kansas City Prophets rolled right along. The erroneous teachings were made available through the Vineyard Catalogs. Bob Jones was asked to "limit his public ministry," instead of being rejected from public or private ministry. John Paul Jackson (See our appendix of KCF Quotes), a blatantly false prophet was shipped out to California to minister there with Wimber. Paul Cain is in England now. Mike Bickle is a popular author, pastor and widely accepted Charismatic leader. Bickle, in looking back to 1990, told Charisma that he has learned four lessons from the experience. 1. "We had an elite spirit. That's become more and more real to me -- it's so repulsive." 2. "We promoted mystical experience in a disproportionate way and it was disastrous." 3. "We were careless in the way we communicated prophetic words. This was hurtful in a lot of cases." 4. "We were wrong in the way we promoted the city church concept. I still believe in it, but now I believe it's a unity based on friendship." That's good, but weren't any of the prophecies, prophets, or mystical experiences blatantly false? What about false teaching? Do you still believe in the city wide church? Should Bob Jones have been renounced as a false prophet? In all fairness, KCF and Vineyard Church did release a list of errors they had discovered and were correcting. Lack of accountability for prophecies that do not come true or do not bear witness to the person receiving the ministry. The attempt by some prophetic ministers to establish doctrine or practice by revelation alone, apart from clear biblical support. Dogmatic assertions in delivery of prophetic words. Revealing negative prophetic words in public without first confronting the individual. Giving prophetic words that affect a movement or church without going first to the appropriate levels of authority. The use of prophetic gifting for controlling purposes. Manifesting an attitude of superiority through the possession of a secret body of information. Amos 3:7 is true surely the sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets. But the prophetic people are not to wear a garment of pride because of this knowledge. In 1991, Jones finally did have his messages pulled from the Vineyard Tape Catalog, after confessing to a moral failure. He is still cited as a credible prophet by many within the "prophetic movement," including many of those associated with the Toronto Blessing. In conclusion, there is a severe judgement for following and supporting false prophets. I believe it was the acceptance and "covering" of these "prophets" that immediately accelerated this revival of spiritual drunkenness. Jer 23:16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord. Ezekiel 13:1-9 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts. Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus said the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoke a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken? Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God. And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of the Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God. End Notes 1. Audio Tape. "The Shepherd's Rod." Mike Bickle, Bob Jones. Fall, 1989. 2. Audio Tape Transcription. "Visions and Revelations." Mike Bickle and Bob Jones. Fall, 1989. Page 74. 3. Audio Tape. "The Prophetic History of Grace Ministries." Mike Bickle. 4. "Latter Day Prophets." Media Spotlight. Page 3. Al Dager. 5. Ibid. 6. "Resolving the Kansas City Prophets Controversy." Ministries Today. Lee Grady. Sept/Oct 1990. 7. "Latter Day Prophets." 8. "Visions and Revelations" Audio Tape Transcript. Page 60. 9. "Resolving the Kansas City Prophets Controversy." 10. "The Shepherd's Rod." 11. "What's the Problem?" Ernie Gruen. 12. "Resolving the Kansas City Prophets Controversy." 13. "Visions and Revelations." 14. Ibid. 15. Ibid. 16. Ibid. 17. Wes Campbell. October 14, 1994. Toronto Airport Vineyard. 18. "Grace City Report." December, 1989. 19. "Visions and Revelations." 20. Audio Tape, "The New Breed." Fall, 1989. 21. "Paul Cain: A Personal Profile." Terri Sullivant. "Grace City Report." Page 13. 22. Ibid. 23. Ibid. 24. Ibid. 25. "Latter Day Prophets." Media Spotlight, PO Box 290, Redmond, WA 98073-0290. 26. Clifford Hill. "Kansas City Prophets." Prophecy Today Magazine. 27. Audio Tape, Paul Cain. "Joel's Army." KCF's Southside Meeting. 28. "The New Breed." 29. Clifford Hill. 30. "Resolving the Kansas City Prophets Controversy." 31. Ibid. 32. Ibid. 33. "Kansas City Churches Reconciled." Charisma. Lee Grady. July, 1993. 34. "Making Corrections." Ministries Today. Sept/Oct, 1990.