JILL AUSTIN DIES - And ALSO PAT BICKLE -by Andrew Strom. Even though we have strongly warned the Body of Christ about Jill Austin's ministry for years, it is with sadness that we note her unexpected passing at the age of just 60 this week. While not wanting to be insensitive or to go into too many details at such a time, I believe that sadly we had good reason to oppose Ms. Austin's ministry. As many of you know, she was a major instigator in spreading the same kinds of manifestations, 'angel' experiences, "second heaven" visitations, drunkenness, etc, as people like Todd Bentley and Patricia King. After her death, members of her staff wrote- She is now with her best friend, Holy Spirit, and dancing with her destiny. Charisma magazine wrote a very glowing send-off, which included a statement by one of her colleagues that "Angels were her companions." Personally I find it very distasteful and awful to have to bring up anything negative when somebody has just passed away, but it is difficult to remain silent when I believe so much damage has been done to the Body of Christ. Sadly it even appears that IHOP in Kansas City had her training the young people at their ministry school there. But as I said, it is with sadness that we note her untimely passing - as with anyone. On a similarly tragic note, for those familiar with the "Kansas City prophets" movement, there is an important aspect of it that came to a similar sad ending not long ago. Mike Bickle - who heads up that movement (and also IHOP) - had a paralyzed brother named Pat Bickle - and one of the major prophecies over the entire movement was that he would one day be dramatically healed, and this would spark off the big revival that everyone has been waiting for. This prophecy was at the very center of the whole Kansas City movement. But tragically, in May 2007, Pat Bickle passed away - after years of battling his disability. It really is a tragedy, because I understand that Pat was a strong advocate of real Revival and "clean heart" holiness preaching. (He had distanced himself from the movement over the lack of this). Again, it is distasteful and awful to have to speak of such things, but don't these tragedies ever make Mike Bickle stop and wonder whether his entire movement is off on the wrong track and mired in deception? Doesn't it ever give him pause? First Pat Bickle, then the Todd Bentley disaster, and now Jill Austin. Doesn't it seem as though God is saying through these tragedies that your movement has gone completely off the rails, Mr Bickle? (I hate to say such things at a time like this and I do so with genuine pity. But surely somebody has to raise such questions?) For those who want to understand why we oppose the bizarre "manifestations" of people like Patricia King and Todd Bentley, please see our videos - "AN INSIDER's WARNING" on Youtube. Here is the link- http://www.youtube.com/user/RevivalSchool Yours in sadness at the tragedy of it all, Andrew Strom.