There is a dire need to call forth and train a generation of forerunners who have clarity as to what the Holy Spirit is saying, but also the boldness to confront and expose the lies that many leaders in the Body of Christ, even those with a 5-fold ministry calling, are attributing to the Holy Spirit.
Recall that back in the early 90's, a pastor named Ernie Gruen exposed Bickle and his elitism. After a major confrontation, involving leaders from all over the country, Bickle finally repented. In 1993, Charisma magazine reported that Bickle said:
We had an elite spirit. That's become more and more real to me - it's so repulsive.
Fast forward to December 2008. Here's Mike Bickle again:
I feel like the shepherds in the body of Christ are lying on so many levels - they're lies- and I don't mean that there insidious lies where they're in backrooms thinking it through and coming out saying "I'm going to lie to people." I mean there's lies at so many levels, there's lies about how to get saved, there's lies about what the mandate of the kingdom is, there's lies about how the kingdom is supposed to be built, there's lies about what God wants to do with the generation that's emerging. Video.
Calling a brother or sister in the body of Christ a liar is a serious thing. Here's what God has to say about liars:
But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death." (Revelation 21:8).
As I mentioned, Ernie Gruen, in his report charged that Bickle & Company had an elite spirit, and that they were part of the Latter Rain Heresy. According to Don Clasen in his treatise on Kansas City, a critical part of Latter Rain is the "idea that the Church is founded upon modern-day apostles and prophets , and the belief the denominational system will be destroyed before the Second Coming and be replaced by a whole new Church structure governed over by these apostles and prophets."
So when Bickle states that "shepherds in the body of Christ are lying on so many levels" he is enticing young people to follow his special elite band of forerunners- (a.k.a. "new breed" or ""elected seed") - the ones who "get it." And the ones with a plan not to overcome the world, but to overtake the church.
It seems to me that Bickle just cannot change. Perhaps one cannot teach on a "new breed" and an "elected seed" without sounding (and being) elitist. If that's the case, why the faux-repentence? I'm sorry, but this just isn't right.