Just last fall, I attended an event called The Call in Orlando one evening out of curiosity. I thought it was very interesting that scattered throughout the book-selling tables were many John Piper books and Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology. This was in the midst of some other titles that I would probably not recommend to my church at the time.
IHOP, the International House of Prayer, is the founder of the Call, the One Thing conferences, and is very active in prayer ministry around the world.
Those of us in the "gospel-centered" Reformed, missional circles (whatever you want to call us) oftentimes overlook our more charismatic brethren neglecting the greater good that is being accomplished for the Kingdom.
IHOP, the International House of Prayer, is celebrating 10 years of essentially 24/7 prayer from their headquarters in Kansas City. This is something that I think we all should celebrate.
For many years I didn't openly recommend IHOP as an missions option for young adults because of increasing concerns about their theology on a number of levels, not the least of which is their almost seemingly endless fascination with concerns of eschatology. This fascination borders not only on speculation at times, but has manifested itself into dominion theology at times in the past.
Those things may be somewhat present, but I have observed some positive signs. Interestingly, in a recent video interview founder Mike Bickle seems to be more concerned than ever with the essential elements of the Gospel. In his observations on what the Holy Spirit is doing in the church, and with reference to the emerging church, he notes the following.
"It troubles me deeply how many Godly young adults are being sucked into compromise about the doctrine of the grace of God, compromise about the deity of Jesus, compromise about a life of abandonment, compromise about what justice really is. There are a lot of voices coming out of the church that are muddying the waters and we need clarity and we need boldness."
Rather instead, it has captivated a generation of young adults (much like Passion did) that want to give their lives to Jesus radically. This is in sharp contrast to many of this generation who seem to want to have the world and Christ too. This radical passion for Christ and intercession, combined with a more Biblical understanding of the doctrines of grace, the deity of Christ, and the necessity of evangelism, could prove to be a reckoning force for the Gospel in the future.
Let us celebrate 10 years for IHOP, and let us pray that this course-correction will prove to stimulate a movement to continue to grow in passionately pursuing Christ.