As we've covered the dangerous aspects of the Signs and Wonders Movement, we've wondered what the effect of this experiential spirituality has on young people. This article over on God Discussion is about a summer camp run by IHOP (International House of Prayer), that trains 6-12 year olds in the art of performing signs and wonders.
Here's the article:
6-12 year olds to be trained to perform 'signs and wonders'
The International House of Prayer (IHOP-Kansas) is gearing up for its first "Signs and Wonders" camp for the 2012 season. There, 6-12 year old kids are trained "to heal the sick, reach the lost, prophesy, and pray for other children, to see Jesus exalted in their schools, homes, and neighborhoods."
People from the local area are invited to come to the camp and get healed by the children attending.
IHOP-Kansas' goal is "to see one million children radically committed to Jesus, walking in the power of the Holy Spirit, and moving in signs and wonders."
Associated with the New Apostolic Reformation, IHOP-Kansas was founded by Mike Bickle, one of the prayer leaders at TX Gov. Rick Perry's "The Response" prayer rally in Houston last August. It is also linked with 7 mountains Christian dominionism, a form of theology that teaches that Christians must dominate seven "mountains" of culture — education, arts and entertainment, media, religion, government, family and business — in order to create a Christian kingdom for Christ to return to and rule. Performing "signs and wonders" is something that the New Apostolic Reformation adherents believe that they are commissioned to do in the "end times" in order to convert people to their brand of Christianity. These "signs and wonders" include raising the dead.