Templeton Foundation, Christianity Today, and the Promotion of NAR Prophet Heidi Baker
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Thu May 24, 2012 at 12:29:57 AM EST
This is the third article in a series about the May cover story on Heidi Baker in Christianity Today.

Heidi Baker is being virtually beatified, along with other NAR apostles and prophets, in multi-million dollar academic studies funded by the Templeton Foundation. NAR apostles including C. Peter Wagner have been chosen as "exemplars of Godly Love," as reported in Bruce Wilson's recent article. Now Christianity Today has jumped on the NAR bandwagon with the promotion of Baker, a prominent NAR prophet and a leader of the Revival Alliance apostolic network.

Apparently, Wagner's Dominionism, his teachings that other religions are demon-controlled, and his claims that his spiritual warriors can destroy other people's icons and religious structures through prayer warfare, don't disqualify him as exemplifying "unconditional, unlimited love for all others" in the Templeton-funded academic study.  Joining Wagner on the list are numerous other NAR prophets and apostles and their staff including Heidi Baker, who is referenced repeatedly in the books and papers that comprise the "Deliverables for the Flame of Godly Love Project."  

Baker, an NAR prophet who spends much of the year on the international apostolic and prophetic speaking circuit, is now being promoted as a cause célèbre in the larger evangelical world. In March 2012 she was a featured draw for the "Catch the Wave" cruise on a Royal Carribean ship with John and Carol Arnott of the Toronto Airport Revival, Reinhard Bonnke, and Chris Dupre, who worked with the "Kansas City Prophets" and Mike Bickle's International House of Prayer. Next week Baker will be speaking in Tubingen, Germany at the church of Apostle Jobst Bittner.  (Link to a video of Bittner's TOS Ministries at Hohenzollern Castle. Note the Hohenzollern flag merging with the Israeli flag at about 2:13.)

Both the Christianity Today article and the Flame of Godly Love project media focus on Baker's healing ministry and orphanages in Mozambique, failing to identify or examine the radical changes that the New Apostolic Reformation is bringing to the structure and ideology of evangelical churches and ministries.  The negative aspects of the demonology of the movement and the impact this may have on the children taken in by Baker's ministry were completely ignored, as were the ramifications that false claims of supernatural healing have on victims of HIV/AIDS and other diseases.

Baker is well known for her theatrics at speaking engagements where she is  "drunk in the Spirit" and spends much of the time on the floor.  Gold dust and gems supposedly fall on worshippers and glory clouds are reported at Revival Alliance events.  

Revival Alliance's apostolic networks include the stars of the 2006 documentary Jesus Camp, Becky Fischer and Lou Engle.  Coincidentally, ChristianityTodayMovies.com was critical of the Jesus Camp producers for failing to point out that the kids featured in the film were not typical evangelicals.

"Most of us aren't 'slain in the Spirit' and shaking on the floor and speaking in tongues. Most of us aren't urging our kids to come to the altar to lay hands on a life-size cardboard cutout of George W. Bush, weeping and wailing as they pray. Most of us aren't handing detailed plastic replicas of aborted fetuses to our first graders to pass around the room. I could go on, but you get the picture. Again, I'm not saying these things are wrong. I'm just saying they're not typical."
Now Christianity Today is promoting this same apostolic network to which the Jesus Camp movie leaders belong by promoting Heidi Baker.  However, in the article Baker claims to have no such association with the movement.  Her sole tie is described in the article  as attending an annual Catch the Fire conference hosted by John and Carol Arnott (also leaders of Revival Alliance).  

This claim by Baker could have been easily countered, as described in Part One and Part Two of this series, and in documentation continued in this article.  Baker is a major prophet in the movement, a leader in the apostolic networks of Revival Alliance, and apostolic covering for other ministries. Following is information on the board of directors of Baker's Iris Ministries, Inc. and on the ministry's promotion of the teaching of "open visions."  

Iris Ministries, Inc. Board of Directors

Heidi Baker's international ministry is Iris Ministries, Inc.  According to the latest available 990 tax forms, the board of the 501(c)(3) includes six people:

Heidi Baker - President
Rolland Baker - Vice President
Stacey Campbell - Secretary
Charles Peters - Treasurer
Kris Vallotton - Director
Mel Tari - Director

Rolland Baker  
Rolland is Heidi Baker's husband and co-founder of Iris Ministries.  The Bakers and five other couples comprise the 12 apostolic leaders of Revival Alliance, a New Apostolic mega-network bringing together six ministries and their apostolic networks. In each of the other five couples, the man is the more significant apostolic leader.  Heidi Bakers is the most prominent and powerful woman in Revival Alliance, which also partners with the C. Peter Wagner-convened International Coalition of Apostles (now led by John Kelly) and Rick Joyner's apostolic network.  The Revival Alliance was the sponsor of Todd Bentley's 2008 "apostolic alignment" ceremony in Lakeland Florida.

Rolland Baker can be seen in the linked video, declaring William Branham to be the most anointed person to walk the earth since Jesus.  Rolland Baker states that Iris Ministries is a continuation of the work of his grandfather H.A. Baker, described in more detail below.

Stacey Campbell
Campbell is secretary of Iris Ministries, Inc.  Stacey is a prophetess and founder of the Canadian Prophetic Council. She can be seen in the linked video, giving a prophecy over Todd Bentley at the Lakeland Outpouring in 2008.

Kris Vallotton
Vallotton is a prophet and works with Apostle Bill Johnson at Bethel Church in Redding, California.  Johnson heads one of the six apostolic networks that forms Revival Alliance.

Vallotton is prominent in his own right as the co-founder of the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry.  In the following video he is giving a "prophetic word" for 2009 on occupying the Seven Mountains.

Partial transcript: "Hi, I'm Kris Vallotton from Redding, California and Bethel Church.  I'm here just to talk about what I see for 2009. 2008 the prophets were prophesying that it was a year of breakthrough.  I feel like this is the year of occupation.  It was Napoleon who said the object of war is victory but the object of victory is occupation. We know that as believers that the object of occupation is transformation.  I believe this is the year of occupation when the lord is going to begin to allow us to occupy what is commonly called the seven mountains of society or the seven places of influence or seven spheres of society.  Last year was a real year of warfare like the children of Israel when they came out of the wilderness had to fight for cities. But this is a year when we're learning how to occupy those cities and how to [?] transformation into those cities."

Mel Tari
Tari leads World Mission International and author of the book Like a Mighty Wind. Tari teaches that today's Charismatic believers can do any of the things that Jesus did in the New Testament. In Like a Mighty Wind, Tari describes a 1965 revival in Timor, which he claims included raising people from the dead, walking on water, and turning water into wine. In the linked video, Mel Tari tells Patricia King of Extreme Prophetic that he has walked on water.

Heidi Baker also claims to be able to perform miracles including multiplication of food and raising the dead.  The claim that "overcomers" in the end times will have all of the supernatural powers of Jesus is part of the Manifest Sons of God ideology that was promoted during the Latter Rain movement of the late 1940s and 1950s.  

Open Visions

Heidi and Rolland Baker repeatedly state their desire that the children in the care of Iris Ministries in Mozambique be able to experience "open visions" similar to those experienced by the orphans in the care of Rolland Baker's grandfather. H.A. Baker, was a missionary in China and published a book in 1950 about the open visions of children in his Adullam Rescue Mission in Yunnan Province prior to World War II. Similar to the Latter Rain leaders of the late 1940s and 1950s, Baker rejected the idea of believers leaving the earth prior to the Great Tribulation in the "Rapture."  He also described the children of his orphanage as having sensations of rain falling on them, something he believed was the latter rain described in Joel 2:23.

As in Heidi and Rolland Baker's current ministry, H.A. Baker claimed that literal demonic figures plagued the orphanage and took possession of the children.  H.A. Baker describes the children of his orphanage as having open visions of heaven and hell in his book Beyond the Veil. Roland Baker added a foreword to the book in 2000.

The following is a description of one of the children who refused to be reformed, described under the subheading "A Boy Dragged from Adullam to Hell."

The night before he died I was awakened by unearthly shrieks that sounded like uncanny howls of some wild animal or of some fiend. The next day when the boy died I was away from home. As he lay in death throes, delighted, awful hellish demons gathered about him. When his soul was leaving his body the boy seeing his captors, wept, yelled, shrieked, and cried at the top of his voice in wildest terror; "Mr. Baker, help! help! help! O, Mr. Baker, come quickly ! Mr. Baker, Mr. Baker, Mr. Baker! Help, they are all about me with chains! They have come for me. Help, help, Mr. Baker, help! Oh, oh, oh, help! help! help! They are binding me with chains. Help! help! Oh, oh, oh, help! Oh--h--e--l--"

Over and over again children had visions of hell and the lake of fire. The first time any one was under the anointing of the Spirit he usually had a vision of hell. He was bound in chains by demons and taken through a region of darkness. Some children could hear demons all about them in this region. If taken far, they could see a dim light in the distance which proved to be reflections from the lake of fire. Some children were forced so near they could see the lake of fire ahead.

Open visions are described in a CD with Heidi Baker, Ana Mendez Ferrell, and the late Jill Austin, marketed by Bethel Church (part of Revival Alliance) and other ministries including Identity Network: Your Apostolic and Prophetic Resource Center.  The CD is titled Visitations I Track 3 of the CD, with Ana Mendez, is posted on YouTube as part of a promotion for the Baker/Austin/Menendez CD.    

Talk2action.org readers may recall that Ana Mendez Ferrell was the lead prophetess on the 1997 "Operation Ice Castle" spiritual warfare venture in the Himalayas.  This venture was detailed in C. Peter Wagner's book Confronting the Queen of Heaven.  For years, Ana Mendez testimony about the venture was posted on ministry websites, including Transforming Melbourne.  I have archived copies of the testimony including a version from C. Peter Wagner stating,

"Ana points to some world events which occurred within two weeks after the prophetic act at the throne of the Queen of Heaven which she senses have some connection: (1) The nation of Indonesia, the largest Muslim nation in the world, caught on fire and began to burn on that very day; (2) An earthquake destroyed the Basilica of Assisi in Italy, the place where the Pope had called a meeting for the unity of all world religions; (3) Hurricane Paulina destroyed the infamous temple of "Baal-Christ" in Acapulco, Mexico; (4) Princess Diana of England died, representing the crown of England, to whom Mt. Everest was consecrated by Sir Edmund Hillary; and (5) Mother Theresa, one of the most visible advocates of exalting Mary as co-redemptrix and mediatrix, died in India."
Note that this is the same C. Peter Wagner marketed in the Templeton Foundation academic study as an "exemplar of godly love" along with Heidi Baker.

Also see Ana Mendez Ferrell's trailer for "Amsterdam, City of Glory" for a preview of spiritual warfare with the purpose of "city transformation."

Link to Jill Austin's description of an open vision in which she sees "God's 007 agents" learning the secrets of a one world government conspiracy.

Heidi Baker takes part in "fire tunnels" where congregants pass between lines of leaders who lay hands on them for the purpose of healing or imparting supernatural gifts to participants including open visions (as described in Baker's CD), healing, and prophetic revelations.  This is a common occurrence at apostolic an prophetic events like the Breakthrough Conference & School of Supernatural Ministry that featured New Apostolic leaders Heidi Baker, Lance Wallnau, Barbara Wentroble, Patricia King, and Georgian and Winnie Banov.

Also read Part One and Part Two of this series.


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