Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Praying the Book of Songs with Mike Bickle (video, Song of Solomon)

What separates Mike Bickle from many other Christian pastors is his view and teaching on the book of Song of Solomon. There is no conclusive evidence as to whether Song of Solomon (Song of Songs) was written as a poetic description of love between Solomon and the Shulamite, or if it was also an allegory of the love that Jesus Christ has for his bride, the church.

Mike Bickle does use Song of Solomon as the basis for his bridal paradigm theology, and there is no question that many Christians and apologetic enthusiasts take issue with that teaching.

While some argue that since the words of Song of Songs are more sexual or sensual in nature (let's face it, it is the most sensual book in the Bible), that to use it as an allegory or prophetic illustration of Christ's love for the church somehow becomes a perverted interpretation.

Others who believe in the allegory say that Christ himself likened his relationship to the church as a marriage and wedding, and the Old Testament is full of revelatory words that express God's love for Israel in a nearly romantic manner.

For some, however, the idea of using words such as "beloved," "lovesick," "ravished my heart," or "lover," when describing God is simply unscriptural, perverted and nearly in line with the Children of God cult from the 70s that promoted a sexual Jesus and free love that included wife-swapping, sharing, incest, child molestation and religious prostitution...all in the name of God.

Others find the words a beautiful depiction of the eternal love between Christ and His Bride and though describe God as a  lover, it is always the "lover of the soul" and not a "sexual lover."

There is no proof to support either theory. Worship God in the manner that is most comfortable for you.

If you find words or teachings don't jive with your spirit, then you shouldn't follow them. However, that doesn't mean that the way one person worships is the correct, absolute way and another person is wrong in their worship.

Those interested in learning more about Mike Bickle's teaching on the Song of Songs may access his teaching library here. Mike Bickle Song of Solomon

See below for an audio teaching session by Mike Bickle regarding the Song of Solomon.

Here, Mike Bickle prays through the Song of Solomon.

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