When Republic of Gilead first commented on the matter, I was quick to take IHOP at their word. I earnestly believed that IHOP had no connection with Tyler Deaton's group and would foster healing in the community. As more information has emerged, I now realize I was hasty in this assumption. I have since deleted those lines, and I grow increasingly concerned about Tyler Deaton's relationship with the ministry.
Below is a collection of recent columns on IHOP and the Bethany Deaton case. Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out penned a commentary on IHOP at the Falls Church News-Press, and it's is especially worth the read.
"Beware Grandview and Kansas City. You have an aggressive, militant, angry, fundie cult growing under your nose. It’s time to wake up before you become the next Colorado Springs. Don’t be caught flat footed wondering, “How did this happen?” ... It would be unfair to portray this episode as representative of what occurs at the IHOP. However, it cannot be denied that this church has become a magnet for extremists with a militant End Times view of the world. From my experience, it is an ideal incubator for young narcissists with Messiah-complexes, like Deaton, who fancy themselves prophets."
Box Turtle Bulletin: The tale of Tyler and Bethany Deaton
Truth Wins Out: TWO Accuses IHOP Of Covering-Up Ties To Murder Cult Leader
Jezebel: ‘Ex-Gay’ Christian Sex Cult Leader Accused of Arranging Wife’s Murder
Falls Church News-Press: The International House of Horror