I find it frustrating to listen to Steven Furtick. First of all, his skinny jeans look unhealthy. Second of all, he is incapable of properly interpreting Scripture. Thirdly, he really, really, REALLY needs to stop teaching the Bible. He’s just not good at it!
In this video snippet entitled “What to Tell your Biggest Critic,” Furtick affirms his listeners by saying, “You’re doing better than you think you are.” Okay, fine… a bit Joel Osteenish, if that’s even a word, but fair enough. If he had STOPPED at that, closed his Bible and sat down, it wouldn’t have been quite as bad; but since he NEVER does that, we’ve got a big problem. Here it is – Furtick goes on to say, “I came to tell somebody that Jesus has been talking about you behind your back and what He says is, ‘You’re doing better than you think you are.’”
Okay, first of all, not to be nit-picky or anything, but, Jesus doesn’t talk behind your back. What He heard from the Father He declared openly. Second of all, did Jesus really say that? I can’t find it in the Bible, can you? Pull out your concordance and search for it, but I’m bettin’ you won’t find it either. That’s because it’s not there. Saying that Jesus made this statement is the same as the “thus saith the Lord” type of revelations given by the false prophets in the Charismatic movement. It is extra-biblical revelation and is to be rejected. It should cause fear in the heart of all mankind to say the Lord said something He did not say. But, it gets worse… much worse.
Furtick proves how dismally he understands Scripture by making this statement:
“But Jesus wanted the crowd to know, look, ‘John’s (the baptist) the one who got this whole thing started.’ In verse ten He says, ‘This is the one about whom it is written, ‘I’ll send my messenger ahead of you who will prepare Your way before You.’ Jesus says, ‘If it wasn’t for John, I wouldn’t even be here performing these miracles.’”
Did Jesus say that? Did He really say, “If it wasn’t for John, I wouldn’t be here performing these miracles?” Did He REALLY?!?!
No. What Jesus made clear to the world is that it was God the Father who sent Him, therefore, since Jesus submitted His power to the will of the Heavenly Father, it is safe to say that if it weren’t for GOD Jesus wouldn’t have been performing miracles.
Furtick then goes on to assert that John didn’t believe he was really doing very much, but if it weren’t for him, Jesus couldn’t have come and performed His miracles. He then twists the context back around to tell the congregation that if they’re feeling like a failure, cheer up…”You’re doing better than you think you are!” How on earth he got that from the scriptures he sites is beyond me. Simply bewildering.
Just think, in six short years Furtick has built an empire church with seven campuses and over 10,000 congregants, and THIS is what they’re being fed.