The final event of this year’s ecumenical extravaganzas is the “One Thing 2016” Conference, held by IHOP Kansas City from 12/28-31. One Thing is being billed as the successor to the Azusa Now and Together 2015 events – And has been organized by many of the same people and groups. IHOP.KC and Bethel Bill Johnson gather with Catholics to “Encounter” God, and to “deepen of our understanding of God’s prophetic voice speaking throughout the whole Church. To create an exchange of experiences in our walk with Christ in order to come to the unity of all Christians, as Jesus and Pope Francis call us into.” See http://www.ihopkc.org/onething/
One Thing Features : Mike Bickle, Bill Johnson, Todd White, Matt Maher, Audrey Assad, Misty Edwards & Bethel Music artists. Their promo vid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUqvR666Prs says, “As the great darkness increases, we have confidence the greatest revival in human history is emerging right now in the nations. We are living in that very generation that David and Isaiah prophesied!”
But contrary to an alleged “revival”, what is predicted in the Bible for our present time is nothing other than a great apostasy [2Thes. 2:3] – an apostasy that will culminate in the merging of false Christianity with other religions, into a mystical, experiential religion. This counterfeit faith will be seemingly confirmed to those deceived – those who do not stand in and upon God’s Word – through deception with “all power, signs, and lying wonders“.
NOTE that the entire conference is built around the theme of “encountering” God via worship “experiences” and especially through contemplative practices. http://majorchange.org/onething#kchistory One of the partnered organizations: MajorChange.org says: “We do not look to the past with some kind of spiritual nostalgia but we move forward toward ever new encounters with Jesus… a small step toward ecumenical unity by meeting our fellow Christians and participating in the common times of prayer..”
The Catholic Ecumenical Track will include: modeling IHOP-KC’s “Singing Lectio Divina”… Chanting Liturgy of the Hours. New Years’ Mass and Adoration with Taize chants, Complete, Singing Lectio Divina and chanted Night Prayer…” http://majorchange.org/onething#schedule
And, of course, lastly – no proper conference would be complete with a plea for money, and lots of it!
We would do well to remember the warnings of Paul the apostle: