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Spin Control: Sorry for the Hassle

In responding to the news article exposing his new mansion, Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, apologized to his congregation for all the hassle they have gone through because of his taste for fine things.

It sounds like the congregation is completely behind their pastor and feel he deserves to live like one of the celebrity elite, because after hearing his speech they gave him a standing ovation.

I’m just wondering… what is the need for such a big house?  Would it be impossible to live comfortably in a house one-half that size?  Yes?  No?  Don’t care?  I dunno.

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Poor Little Rich Pastor

Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church, seems to like attention, however, he’s getting attention from a news organization that he may not be that fond of.

WCNC, out of Charlotte, NC, is investigating Furtick, and what they want to know is how a pastor, who began his church eight years ago with only 14 members, rose to such prominence in such a short time and managed to build a 16,000 sq. ft., $1.7 million home.  Wow!  A pastor’s salary is GREAT these days.

Aren’t you glad Mr. Furtick is following the model of Jesus and…. wait… Jesus didn’t have any place to lay His head and, as far as we know, owned no personal property.  Never mind.

In the article, Furtick is described as “…one part preacher, one part celebrity.”  So, let’s see what that “celebrity” status has bought him:

“Now, Steven Furtick is spending a lot of that money on a 16,000 square foot house in Weddington. It has 7 ½ bathrooms, according to building permits, which put the contract value of the house alone just shy of $1.4 million. The land cost another $325,000, for a total cost of more than $1.7 million.” (Online Source)

Whoa.  Seven and one-half bathrooms.  I have one and a half and can’t use more than one at a time!

Furtick claims the profits from his books built his house, but how can he get that much of a profit when his church was the ones who bought most of the books to begin with?

Fishy.

Of course, it’s a money racket anyway.  When asked about salaries, megachurch pastors are showing 0% transparency.  Why?  What’s to fear?  And then there’s this…

That means Furtick agrees to pay them to preach at Elevation, and they pay him to preach at their conferences or megachurches. “They attend each other’s conferences and are compensation for that regularly,” said Smith. When Furtick held his Code Orange Revival last year, three of the headliners, pastors Stovall Weems of Jacksonville, Fla., Perry Noble of Anderson, S.C., and Kevin Gerald of Seattle, were all board members at Elevation. Those are three of the five votes that set Furtick’s salary.

Executive pastor James “Chunks” Corbett told NBC Charlotte that pastors get paid for appearances at Elevation Church, but said the pay is “small in scope,” and he won’t disclose the amounts.  (Online Source)

It’s small, but won’t disclose the amount?  I’m not buying it.

Oh, and one more thing…

Elevation Church was founded by, got loans through, and gives missionary money through Southern Baptists. But unlike many Baptist churches, there are no elected deacons or elders here overseeing the church.

There is one man living in the Charlotte area who runs Elevation: Chunks Corbett.  If you want to understand Elevation you have to understand his role. As executive pastor, Corbett is at the center of Furtick’s organization. In 2005  he incorporated Elevation Church. In 2007, he incorporated Corban Properties Southeast – a for-profit company. In 2008, he signed on as trustee for the Jumper Drive Trust that owns the Furtick’s home. And in 2009, he incorporated Sun Stand Still Ministries – another non-profit. All four list the same principal address: 11416 East Independence, Suite N, the location of the Matthews church.  (Online Source)

Doesn’t sound much like a church, does it?  It sounds more like a racket.

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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.

James MacDonald’s Elephant Room Conference – The Musical

Some thought I was truly awful for posting this Benny Hinn video the other day, so I’m thinking that they’re prooooooobably not going to be a big fan of this!

Here is a video from the gang at Wretched Radio about James MacDonald’s Elephant Room Conference, and it is put in a perspective that can only be done by Todd Friel and the crew.

And, yes, I laughed at this one too.  More than once!  Especially when they got to the part about Steven Furtick and Mark Driscoll.

Listen to hear what I’m talking about.

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)

Fiddle-Dee-Dee

Yesterday morning, Rick Warren posted this tweet on Twitter:

The link in that tweet will take you to an article posted on The Gospel Coalition’s website entitled, “Multi-Site Churches Are from the Devil.”   The article was written by Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman in the Grand Cayman Islands and a Council member with The Gospel Coalition.  The gist of the article is this:

At bottom, I think the kind of multi-site churches (realizing there are a few different approaches) that feature one pastor being beamed into several sites around a region—and in some cases around the country or world—is simply idolatry.  It’s certainly cult of personality multiplied and digitized for a consumer audience.  As a brilliant young man remarked to me this morning, “The pastor now becomes the new icon in the midst of the Protestant worship service.”  I think that’s well said.  Video multi-site tends to idolatry, pride, and self-promotion—even where the ambition of spreading the gospel is genuine.  In other words, the ends do not justify the means because some of the ends produced will undoubtedly be odious in God’s sight.  (Source)

I couldn’t have said it better.

Rick Warren linked to the comment section of that article and posted the above tweet.  Shortly thereafter, James MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel gave Warren the honor of a retweet.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that MacDonald himself was the subject of the article.  See below:

It’s no surprise that Warren would find the content of the above article offensive, but I find it interesting that MacDonald would agree with Warren and publicly affirm him with a retweet.  First, he gave Steven Furtick the right hand of fellowship by having him preach at his church, then he invited T.D. Jakes to his next Elephant Room event, and now he’s retweeting Rick Warren.  Seems like that downward spiral is getting tighter and faster, doesn’t it?

MacDonald doesn’t see things like we do.  Retweeting, doing a program, or inviting a false teacher to take the pulpit at your church isn’t, according to MacDonald, lending credibility to them.  I disagree.  What do you think?

Update:  Here is Phil Johnson’s tweet in response to Rick Warren’s tweet:

(Source)

Ummmmm…. Amen!