“Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. – Matthew 7:15 (NASB)
It really shouldn’t be a surprise that Heidi Baker is a false prophet and heretic. Heidi and Rolland Baker are founders of Iris Global (previously Iris Ministries); and while the pursuits of Iris Global certainly seem to follow a Christ-like mission (caring for orphans, widows, and loving others) we ought not get so caught up in their humanitarian goodwill that we ignore the substance of their Christian ministry.
First, naming themselves Iris Ministries should have been the first hint to brothers and sisters-in-Christ that they may want to discern their ministry before getting so caught up in their charismatic charm.
According to Wikipedia:
“In Greek mythology, Iris is the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. She is also known as one of the goddesses of the sea and the sky. Iris links the gods to humanity. She travels with the speed of wind from one end of the world to the other, and into the depths of the sea and the underworld.”
I find it strange that a Christian ministry would name themselves after another god. While my charge of false prophet and heretic do not stem from the name of their ministry, I do believe it’s fair to point out two facts. One, we have one God (Isaiah 46:9-10), and two, he is a jealous God (Exodus 34:14). I do not understand how naming a Christian ministry after another God glorifies him and I believe this point should serve subtle caution that something may not be right – and we don’t need to dig far to validate our concerns.
Heidi Baker talks a lot about being saved, the Holy Spirit, and her frequent personal experiences with God – however, in hours of listening and reading sermons/messages from Heidi Baker I’ve never actually heard her share the gospel. In fact, here is a 4-minute promotional video from her ministry titled, “The Simple Gospel.” When I found this video I was very hopeful; but, either the title is purposefully deceptive or Heidi Baker simply doesn’t know the gospel.
Ignorance or Deception
I believe that Dr. Heidi Baker is very knowledgeable, educated, and intelligent; her qualifications and depth of Christian knowledge probably far exceed my own and many of her critics. And while these achievements are notable it also makes ignorance of the facts highly improbable. Is it possible that she doesn’t know the simple good news of Christ? No, it isn’t possible.
No, I believe Dr. Heidi Baker is purposefully deceptive; and I also believe she is filled by a spirit – just not the Holy Spirit.
Heidi Baker talks a lot about being saved, the Holy Spirit, and her personal experiences with God – however, in hours of listening and reading sermons/messages from Heidi Baker I’ve never heard actually talk about the gospel.
13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds. – 2 Corinthians 11:13-15