Category Archives: Seeker Driven

Debunking Greater by Steven Furtick – Burn the Plows

Steven Furtick

Caption inspired by Chris Rosebrough.

Steven Furtick, spikey-haired, skinny-jeans wearing pastor of Elevation Church has a new book coming out and the title of the book is Greater.  Thankfully, Chris Rosebrough, host of Pirate Christian Radio’s Fighting for the Faith program has taken time to debunk Furtick’s latest work.  I’m thankful for this because it spares me the task of having to do it.  Okay, I’m having a lazy moment…I admit it.

Rosebrough always does a thorough job of explaining why what people like Furtick are saying in the name of God isn’t truly from the Word of God.  Check it out!

Steven Furtick Should Just STOP!

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.'”

*blink*  *blink*

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.

For shame.

Rick Warren Says No King’s Way Document and No Saddleback “Staff” Involved

This is from Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries:

As Apprising Ministriescovers the slide into apostasy within mainstream evangelicalism you’ll be witnessing an alarming syncretism and alliances one would never have dreamed of even a couple of years ago.

For example, I carefully documented in Rick Warren And Teachings Of Demons that prominent Southern Baptist pastor Rick Warren clearly holds that the apostate Church of Rome, which anathematized the Gospel itself, is part of the Body of Christ and a legitimate expression of the Christian faith.

More on that another time, suffice to say here that this is also the vision of charismatic Southern Baptist Bible teacher Beth Moore as well. In fact, you need to know that this really is the prevailing position of much of the younger sectors of greater Christendom.

We shift slightly now and observe that Rick Warren’s become embroiled in a controversy involving Islam. I began my coverage a couple of weeks ago in Rick Warren, Islam, And Jim Hinch after personally speaking with Hinch, who was under the impression that Warren believed Christians and Muslims believe in the same God.

Continue reading…

Middle School Punk Preachers

I think it’s time for Steven Furtick to go to the principle’s office.  He’s being snotty again!

You know what I think of when I see Steven Furtick?  I think of a spoiled-brat middle schooler.  Remember his “haters” video?  Yeah.  I think you get my point.

Case in point… check out the following tweet from Furtick.  This is one method Furtick has for handling his critics:

Oh, that’s mature.  What’s next?  Is he going to tell his mommy on him?

Okay, look, I happen to take God’s Word seriously, and the book of Titus comes to mind when I read that tweet:

Titus 1:7-9:

7 For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, 8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, 9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

Titus 2:6-8:

6 Likewise urge the young men to be sensible; 7 in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, 8 sound in speech which is beyond reproach, in order that the opponent may be put to shame, having nothing bad to say about us.

Titus 3:1-2:

1 Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, 2 to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.

How can we believe Furtick faithfully represents God’s Word when he doesn’t model it in his behavior and conversation?

Go to time out, mister!

(HT:  Ken Silva)

Do Not Be Surprised…: "The Steven Furtick Show" Now Playing at Harvest Bible Chapel

James MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, and host of radio program, Walk in the Word, has given his seal of approval to Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church.  We know this because he has turned his pulpit over to him while he was out of town preaching at a church in Texas.

Some will be surprised by this and some will not.  I, however, am not surprised.  You can read about it at the link below and get details of Furtick’s “message” from someone who attended.

Do Not Be Surprised…: “The Steven Furtick Show” Now Playing at Harvest Bible Chapel

(HT:  Chris Rosebrough)