Drew over at Sign of Jonah spells out nicely what’s wrong with the charismatic prophetic movement’s insistence on “pleading the blood” and the motivations and principles behind it. Read it here.
Interesting to note is the posturing Lou and other folks do. They set themselves in such a position that if you disagree with them on any point, immediately you are accused of hating babies and loving abortion. I have a friend right now who is angry at me because I won’t join or support Bound4Life, a group founded by Lou Engle which advocates the recitation of a ritual prayer which “pleads the blood.”
The problem is not with wanting to end abortion. As Drew so rightly put it: “It doesn’t matter how noble the purpose seems, nothing justifies treating God’s word this way. Abortion is a vehicle in this case, it’s an emotional hot-button and a common banner that Mike and Lou use to unite under.”
I couldn’t agree more, Drew. Lou and Mike twist scripture or make up spiritual-sounding ideas in order to justify their agenda. They appeal to something which is extremely emotionally-charged and deceive people who have a monumental emotional stake in stopping this mass murder due to some encounter with abortion somewhere along the road of life, whether in their own lives or in the life of someone they know.
I don’t question the sincerity of Lou Engle or Mike Bickle or anyone else. Their theology, doctrine, and motivations are where I take issue. And in the end, it’s not about their sincerity at all, because anyone can be sincere and still be wrong. In this case, Lou and Mike are sincerely mistaken and what they teach and advocate is errant. We would be wise to avoid associating with them and other false teachers.