Rick Wright is the pastor of a small Charismatic Pentacostal fellowship he
founded in Glendale.
"The Lord gave me a
'word' that we would see more
people saved than we had buildings for them. All I knew is that we were going
to have an incredible revival. That
'word' became a passion, as my
vision moved beyond Glendale to expand to the greater Los Angeles area." - Rick
Rick Wright's vision is fueled by prophecies given in the mid to
late 1980s by prophets Bob Jones and
Rick Joyner as they began to speak of the visions
they had received about Los Angeles.
1982 " I
am in Maryland, and Ché Ahn is pastor of a fellowship. Ché Ahn
has a dream. In the
a black man
is saying, "Come to Los Angeles. There is going to be a great revival. There is
going to be a great harvest." Then Ché woke up - and the
Holy Spirit was upon him.
Ché Ahn began to seek confirmation and to seek council from the
leadership of People of Destiny International (PDI)." -
Ahn prayed that Larry Tomczak,
co-founder of PDI would ask him to plant a new fellowship in Los Angeles as a
confirmation of the dream. Six months passed
Tomczak asked him out to lunch - a lunch during which Ché Ahn was
Tomczak would ask him to establish a new fellowship.
preferred that the new fellowship to be closer to Maryland than the site of
Ché Ahn's dream but elders of PDI were
open to Ché Ahn's request that the fellowship be established in
California, but they asked him to seek further confirmation. People of
Destiny International changed it's name to PDI Ministries in 1998 and
to Sovereign Grace Ministries in 2003. All non-profit
While "seeking the Lord" Ché Ahn spends a few
days in a condominium in Ocean City, Maryland - a nice vacation destination.
Ché Ahn has an "impression" to turn on
the television to see if
Pat Robertson's "700 Club"
is on the air.
As Ché Ahn surfs the channels up comes Pat
Robertson's show just as Pat Robertson is giving a
'Word of Knowledge': "There is a
pastor who is asking the Lord for a confirmation about planting a fellowship.
The Lord says this of him. 'And if you go out in unity and
harmony, the Lord will give you
1984Ché Ahn convinced
the pastors and elders that he has heard from the Lord. Twelve persons from
PDI, including Ché
Ahn and Lou
Engle leave for Los Angeles as
man in the dream instructed. They had been
reading a book by Frank Bartleman, the reporter who made
history with his first-hand account of the
revival, and felt "called" to settle
in Pasadena to await a fresh move of the Spirit in the greater Los Angeles
A widespread "spiritual drought"
occurs in 1980s and the rapid growth the mega-churches experienced in the 1970s
due to the Jesus movement is fast
becoming a memory. Despite
fasting and active
neoevangelism, there was no sign
of the expected revival.
years Ché Ahn's fellowship grew to about 500 people, but it was not the
revival of Ché Ahn's dreams. Ché
Ahn was able to attend Fuller Theological
Seminary at this time. Ché Ahn studied psychology earning a Master
and Doctorate of Divinity.
During the "spiritual drought"
experience of the 1980s and early 1990s the vision Ché Ahn and Lou Engle for
revival is nurtured by
dreams, visions, and prophecies.
Lou Engle had a
vision that the mantle of Frank Bartleman would be his.
"Give me the
mantle of Frank Bartleman. I want to see revival - I want to see revival in
Pasadena. The next day a brother comes up to me - someone with whom I had
covenanted (soul ties) and with whom my
heart is knit. He said, "I had a
dream of you last night, and in the
dream I saw a black book. On it I read the
word 'revival' on the cover. I turned to the inside and saw the image of a
guy's face, and it said 'Frank Bartleman'." - Lou Engle
1992 During a clergy gathering Ché Ahn spot
a black man
who looks like the man in the dream a decade
earlier said, "Come to Los Angeles. There is going to be a great revival. There
is going to be a great harvest."
black man and asked him if he had been praying for revival. The black man
replied that he had begun praying for revival in Los Angeles in 1982 when we
heard a Paul Yonggi Cho speak about how he had prayed for revival in Korea.
This encounter provided a fresh encouragement for both Ché Ahn and Lou
"We felt this was a sign that
still lives." - Lou Engle
1993 Problems between
the fellowship in Pasadena and the parent People of Destiny
International are brewing during the years of drought and come to a head.
calls Ché Ahn and tells him that 1993 would be the hardest year of his
life and that he would be leaving the fellowship he founded, "but not until
Just weeks after the Toronto Airport Vineyard experienced its
first touch of "revival" on January 23, 1994, the
Anaheim Vineyard fellowship
held a Healing
Conference where Ché Ahn had his first taste of
Ché Ahn was in
self-described "depression" from the
events of 1993 but at the
Conference he experienced an unexpected refreshing:
Lou poked me
with his elbow and excitedly yelled, "It's coming towards us! It's coming
towards us!" I remember saying, "Well, I'm not going to
laugh." But when the
Holy Spirit hit our
section, I felt myself getting inebriated. I could not stop
laughing. It lasted at least
twenty minutes. Everything was funny - even though no one was saying anything
funny. It was a wonderful, refreshing experience that seemed to invigorate
every part of my being. I didn't even notice until later that my
depression was gone! I
was excited about ministry again." - Ché Ahn
1994 Ché Ahn and Lou Engle invited fifteen
people to join them for a prayer meeting that results in the founding of
Harvest Rock, breaking with PDI. Harvest Rock is founded as a non-profit
Ahn and Lou Engle made their first trip to the
Airport Vineyard for the first "Catch the Fire
Conference" in October. They both received what Lou Engle described as
"another explosion," an experience
together with "supernatural
1995 Ché Ahn asked
pastor of the
Airport Vineyard, if he would be willing to come to Pasadena to speak.
Arnott accepts the invitation and comes to the rented facilities at Mott
Auditorium on January 2, 1995 where more than 2,000 people show up.
This event launched Harvest Rock's debut on the Internet as a revival
"hot spot" - an extension of the
Airport Vineyard revival.
introduces a "new
anointing" he calls the "Sword of the Lord."
With this "anointing" comes a
"new boldness, a new power."
John Arnott also called it the "Warrior Anointing."
Anointing" promises to bring "deliverance from your enemies."
visible effects of receiving this "anointing" include
roaring, shouting and grasping the hands
above the head, then swinging them up and down as if one was actually holding a
attacking an enemy.
600+ people line up
to receive this "new
anointing" from John Arnott as he grabbs upraised hands and says, "Receive
Anointed people fall on
the floor and began moving their arms back and forth.
"If you happened to see people jumping into a river (to use
their term) and then coming out
drunk and disoriented,
acting like they are attacking an unseen enemy, you would want to know what is
in the water that causes them to act in such a manner. It could be a
toxic chemical that at first causes
euphoria, then later brings paralysis or insanity." - Dan Van Hoy
It was around the
extension of the Toronto Airport Vineyard revival that Rick Wright, a Vineyard
pastor from Glendale, California, joined Ché Ahn and Lou
"We knew our vision would fit right in." - Rick
Jones told us the revival would "start in the northeast in the
land of chickadee."
I asked him,
"What does that mean."
Bob Jones replied
that he did not 'know'. So when the renewal started in
called and asked the secretary, "Do you know what a 'chickadee' is?"
She said yes -- "they are the little birds that fly around up here." I
thought, "Praise the Lord! This is it!" - Rick Wright
When John Arnott
came to Pasadena several months later Rick Wright received another
'word' from the Lord: "On the
morning of the 4th (of January), the Lord gave me a mini-vision and said, "I am
opening the heavens over Los
Angeles; go tell Ché Ahn to pray for strategy." (strategy =
Rick Wright's Glendale fellowship joined with Harvest Rock
in hosting protracted revival meetings that were being held five nights a week.
In response to Rick Wright's request, the board of elders of the Glendale
Vineyard then gave their approval to a merger with Harvest Rock. The two
fellowships combined in March, 1995, to be known for the first nine months of
their existence as the Vineyard Christian fellowship of Greater Pasadena, a
Vineyard was ousted from the Vineyard Association, the
fellowship reclaimed the original name of Harvest Rock. After experiencing the
Vineyard revival Ché Ahn realized that what was needed at Harvest
Rock was more theatrics to bring in new adherents. Ché Ahn also realized
that the theatrics would not be effective on middle age people so he
concentrated on pliable young
minds that were more likely to accept his dogma based on a combination of
Latter Rain/Manifest Sons/Word of Faith
dogma with Korean mythology.
the leadership of Ché Ahn Jim Johnson brought in Cornerstone Christian
fellowship and Karl Malouf's brought in Community Bible fellowship to Harvest
Harvest Rock membership grew to approximately 1000 people.
[Pasadena's population was over 134,000 in 2000. Glendale's population
was over 201,000 in 2000. If all of the 1000 that attend Harvest Rock came
exclusively from Pasadena and Glendale then Harvest Rock drew around 1 out of
every 335 of the local population which does not seem to be much of a
1996 Harvest Rock births Harvest
International Ministries, a network of churches that aligned themselves
with Ché Ahn's leadership. In accord with the
Latter Rain/Manifest Sons/Word of Faith
dogma with Korean mythology that has
influenced Harvest Rock, this new structure is not regarded as a denomination
but rather a loose network of fellowships, many of which are located in African
and Asian countries. The functions of this association of fellowships includes
fellowship planting, "apostolic equipping" of existing fellowships, training
missionaries, resource sharing, and operating the Harvest International
School of Ministry.
1998 Ché Ahn is
branded "neoevangelist prophet" and upgraded to
Lou Engle is
branded as a
"prophetic revivalist" and a "prayer warrior."
Rick and Pam Wright are
"prophets" until 1998 when they are upgraded to "apostle".
"pastor" while Jim Johnson is
Harvest Rock's revival is "playful".
of unusual "supernatural
manifestations" are explained as "the Father was playing with His
laughter, being "drunk in the spirit," uncontrolled jerking, jumping up and
down like Pogo, and even barking and howling is "the Father playing with His
Charismatic Pentacostal adherents suggest that "play" brings
a closer relationship to the supernatural.
Prophecy is "playfully" intertwined
with biblical stories and connected to the Harvest Rock experience to justify
Harvest Rock's existence.
church is founded on apostles and prophets, we welcome and honor the prophetic
ministry. We are called to be a prophetic people and are committed to do only
what we see our Father say and do." - Philosophy of Ministry of Harvest
"As sociologists have long known relgious experiences are
institutionally dangerous, and institutions quickly develop mechanisms to
protect themselves from potential sudden upheavals. Social
psychologists similarly are well
aware of the importance of
routine in individual lives. Most people seem to desire a stable social reality
(or at least the perception of stability) that protects them from having to
"live on the edge." - Margaret M. Poloma
Although prophecy is woven
into the very fabric of Harvest Rock, there is evidence of a subtle shift under
way from prophecy as a dynamic process to prophecy as a status or position.
There appear to be two positions that are eclipsing "playful" prophecy at
Harvest Rock, namely those of prophets and apostles.
Ché Ahn reported
in a personal interview that he believes the last of the
biblical offices is being restored during this decade and that he, Ché
Ahn, is an apostle.
"I pray for Ché Ahn today - that you would
make him an apostlic man for this city - even as you have granted him favor,
like Nehemiah. I ask you, Lord, that you would make him a uniter of many parts
of the Body of Christ - even through
"Compassion L.A." - that you would use him to unite the church in Los
Angeles." - Lou
"I long to see the signs and
wonders accompany the apostlic - to see the
dead raised and watch whole cities get
saved. That's what I want to see. It is my cry and my prayer. "Lord, restore
apostlic ministry, apostolic purity, apostlic
some groups the prophetic has been pretty much restored, but we don't yet
understand the apostole role." - Rick Wright
"It appears that many
"prophets" are filling
halls, proclaiming new "hot spots," writing triumphalist books, proclaiming the
number of "people saved" on billboards, and most recently meeting to "take
cities" away from the "principalities and powers" that reside in the
heavenlies. With the original
message of God's
compassion lost in the Babel of supernatural spiritual technologies and
self-promotion, the future of
the renewal seems dim." -
Margaret M. Poloma
"Lou then shared
with me that for the past 6 months the Lord has been laying strong on his heart
a new movement called
"The Cause" that would mobilize all of America, specifically young
adults from college campuses to vote and pray for the coming November
elections. I left my job on faith and within one week the Lord put it on the
heart of a special person to finance my first 6-12 months of ministry without
me even asking or telling this person about what I was doing. I knew it was the
Lord's confirmation for me to join
Lou to serve him
and mobilize the young radicals on every college campus." - Jaeson
"In Into the
Fire Ché Ahn offers insight into
prophets and apostles, city taking, prayer,
revival and more. Ché Ahn provides reproducible steps and practical
guidelines that will help you fan the flames of revival within your church and
help you prepare for the Lord's mighty harvest."
Ché Ahn was
mentored by Word of Faith adherent
Dick Iverson, founding pastor of Bible Temple, a non-profit
501c3. Dick Iverson
also mentored Wendell Smith who holds 'Dragon Slayer New Generation' youth
seminars. Wendell Smith belongs to the Church of the Nazarene as does
James C. Dobson and his wife,
James C. Dobson, a pediatric
psychologist, is descended from three
generations of Nazarene ministers. James C. Dobson's Focus on the
Family, a neoevangelical non-profit
consists of more than 74 different programs in eight languages operating in 78
countries worldwide, employing more than 1,300 in its modern three-building
Colorado Springs facility. For fiscal year 1999, Focus on the Family had
an annual operating budget of more than $120 million. In the second chapter of
James C. Dobson's book, Straight Talk to Men and Their Wives,
James C. Dobson discusses the
source of much of his ministry - not from Scriptures, but from direct
One of the
main purposes of "The Call" is to
"turn the hearts of the fathers
to their children and turn the hearts of the children to their
I hosted "the Loft" at my home, broke bread with
your sheep and now my son must
perform an incantation to ward off the "principalities of darkness" before he
can talk to me.
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter
times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and
doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy,
having their conscience seared with a hot
iron, forbidding to
marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created
to be received with thanksgiving
by those who believe and know the truth. For
every creature of God is good,
and nothing to be refused if it be received with thanksgiving." - 1
I never had a "respect" problem with my
son until he went to a "retreat" - "special indoctrination
session." After this "special training session"
he told me he lost all respect for me when he was 9 years old because I lost my
temper and yelled at his friend who had reformated the hard drive of my
business computer as a "joke." My son has been taught by you that any emotional
problems he has are due to me not being the father that I am supposed to be
according to your judgement.
An email to a
father from his son:
"I do not want to relate to
you under the oppression of control; all
it makes me feel is that I have to compassion you. When
compassion is no
longer a choice, it is no
longer real compassion. I won't be answering the phone when you call, listening
to your voice messages or reading and responding to your e-mails."
My son has told me, according to the way he has been taught by you,
that I am trying to control him. But my son is exhibiting the behavior of
someone who has been "brainwashed" into a cult.
Let all be forewarned:
Ché Ahn and Harvest Rock supports and approves of a group of homosexual
predators that work within the fellowship to bring the confused and lonely into
the tribe of Lost Boys residing on the small island of Neverland. Once they
reach the Land of Play they follow in Pinocchio's footsteps becoming donkeys
which are then trained to perform all kinds of tricks. This group of Lost Boys,
frolicking in the Land of Play, indoctrinate new sycophants into the wonders of
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