Tyler Deaton used to be a member of The International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, Missouri. He and his inner circle of IHOP members were denounced by the organization. IHOP president Allen Hood called the circle “a cult” and condemned its “disturbing religious practices” which were revealed when the death of Deaton’s wife, Bethany, was investigated.
During an interview with 48 Hours (February 21, 10pm, CBS), Tyler Deaton defines IHOP as “a megachurch.” Deaton claims that IHOP has at least 5,000 members, and its annual conference attracts “at least 20,000 people.” He says what makes the church so popular and special is its web stream which is watched by “hundreds of thousands” and its 24-hour place of worship. Deaton proudly defines it as “one of the largest, most influential charismatic churches in the country.” A former follower of Deaton’s, Boze Herrington, explains that IHOP believes that Jesus is returning soon, potentially within the next 50 years and that Christians play a large role in helping him come back by praying.