Steven Furtick


A Biblical Look at The Activities and Behaviors of Steven Furtick

John 4:1  Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

The purpose of this article is to be obedient to the commands given in the scriptures to test (1 John 4:1) and prove all things (1 Thess 5:21). Those at Berea (Acts 17:11) and the church at Ephesus (Rev 2:2) obeyed the scriptures and where commended for their obedience thus providing a Biblical example for believers to follow. It is also written to provide awareness and aide in Biblical discernment and out reach.  

This article on Steve Furtick will look at things that he has said or done that are troubling when looked at from a Biblical view. Unfortunately, these are not things of an inconsequential nature, they clearly reveal a core belief system that undergirds his activities that reflect an un-unbiblical nature.

I'm convinced that the challenge that Furtick presents to the church at large is his chimeric presentation of himself - word of faith, purpose driven, seeker friendly, emergent. He has demonstrated a syncretistic belief system that is in opposition to Biblical truth.

Furtick Associations, Participation and Promotion of 
Word of Faith, Emergent, Purpose Driven and Seeker Friendly Leaders

Compromising the Faith by Promoting and Participating with Known False Teachers BIBLICAL RESPONSE

Watch Furtick's elongated, glowing praise of TD Jakes.

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Strange Bedfellows:

Furtick announced TD Jakes as "his favorite preacher in the world" and near the end of the introduction he claims Jakes is the "greatest preacher of our times". TD Jakes is also credited with "feeding the souls at Elevation", including Furtick's

Furtick went on to say that TD Jakes is the source behind the teaching at Elevation. Is Furtick implying that Elevation and himself are an off shoot of the "Word of Faith" ICON, TD Jakes?  

It doesn't stop with Jakes, in addition Furtick has endorse known heretics to preach at his church such as Joel Osteen and Christine Caine. Furtick associations also include but not limited to:

Joel Olsten - Word of Faith;
Christine Caine -  Word of Faith;
Brian Carn - Word of Faith;
Perry Noble - emergent;
Stovall Weems - Word of Faith;
Craig Groeschel -  Seeker
Jentezen Franklin - Word of Faith;
Ed Young Jr.,  - a  Southern Baptist minister that's promotes "Word of Faith teachers. (see article).

Furtick also participates in Word of Faith conferences such as Hill Song.

Furtick associations and participations also include Rick Warren, promoter of purpose driven, Bill Hybels, promoter of seeker friendly, both are known to incorporate the teachings and practices of those with emergent, universal, occultic views and the views of those who are none Christians such as Peter Drucker. In  addition both Warren and Hybels allow those who hold these aberrant views to teach in their churches and support them by either recommending their books, conferences, etc. 

One has to ask the question of why would a pastor fellowship with teachers who are known to teach false doctrine and promote those who do the same.

The result of this behavior is the tearing down the wall between truth and error and further weakening the foundation of discernment among believers. Further more it is leading to the abandoning of 'the faith' and spiritual decay.

This type of association validates and promotes both error and those who teach it and allows the doctrine of demons to make further inroads in the church.

Furtick demonstrates by his fellowship and participation that he is not bothered by the unbiblical teachings and ministry associations of those whom he partners with. He ignores their blasphemies, manipulations and scripture distortions and unscriptural associations but yet in a duplicitous fashion he is on record for stating the following along with a quotation from Elevation church's website. 

You know, I think it’s absolutely essential that Christians think critically about what is being taught in Christian pulpits. We must preserve sound doctrine. We must guard against erroneous theologies. " online source [1]

The question has to be asked, "why would Furtick demonstrate such hypocrisy?"

The Bible is vividly clear as to what the position should be for those who follow Christ when it comes to association with those who teach false doctrine or live according to false views. Notice what the scriptures say:

Rom 16:17-18

17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned and turn away from them.
18 For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.

Eph 5:11-13

11 Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them;
12  for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.
13  But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light.

5:11 “do not participate in” This is literally “co-fellowshippers.” This is a PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE with the NEGATIVE PARTICLE which  means to stop an act already in process. This refers to (1) intimate social contact, (2) pagan worship settings, or (3) false teachers’ meetings. [2]

 “expose them” This is another PRESENT ACTIVE IMPERATIVE. therefore making it a command.  believers expose evil? Light cannot coexist in fellowship with darkness (cf. John 3:17–19).[2]

It is clear that God wants us to be very careful about the truth of his word. Yet, Furtick demonstrates a blatant disobedience to God by his association and participation with those who actively teach false doctrine.

God calls his children to study, defend, and live out his truth. For this reason truth does matter to God and since it matters to God we need to be sensitive to what concerns him and not man.

Related Articles:

see article on Joel Olsteen

see article on TD Jakes

see article on Joyce Myers

see article on 'Word of Faith'

see article on Rick Warren

See article on Bill Hybels

see article on "prophet Brian Carn"











Furtick's Attitude Toward Those Who are Doctrinally Minded / Teaching The Books of The Bible and Doctrine

 

Unorthodox Teaching of The Purpose of The Church Biblical Response"

The following is a partial transcript of what is on the following video.

 "We preach so that people can come to faith in Christ and we want them to get into a small group and serve so that other people can meet Christ

If you know Jesus I 'm sorry to break it to you. This church is not for you... Over 500 hundred people have given their life to Jesus... over the last five months... If that does not get you excited and you need the doctrine of grace as defined by John Calvin to excite you, you in the wrong church.  This is a church that wants to get you on the field playing the game, changing lives, looking for an opportunity to impact... May we never become front row spectators who judge the deeds being done more than we care about the people Jesus wants to save

 "...if that doesn't get you excited and you need the doctrines of grace as defined by John Calvin to excite you, you in the wrong church. Let me get a phone book. There are 720 churches in Charlotte. I am sure we can find one where you can stuff your face until you're so obese spiritually that you can't even move.""

At a "C3 Presence Conference". Furtick said the following

“We don’t teach from Books of the Bible because it gets in the way of evangelism. We don’t offer different kinds of Bible studies because it gets in the way of evangelism. "

We don’t teach doctrine because it gets in the way of evangelism.

If you want to be fed God’s word or have the Bible explained to you then you are a fat lazy Christian and you need to shut up and get to work or you need to leave this church because we ONLY do evangelism.” - Steven Furtick [4]""


The comments made  by Furtick are astounding and should be very troubling for Christ followers who are trusting scripture for practice and growth of their faith as they seek to learn about God and obey him. These comments are not justifiable by any means scripturally.

To start off, lets consider and keep in mind the words of Jesus himself as you read through this portion of the article.

John 21:15-17   When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.

"We preach so that people can come to faith in Christ and we want them to get into a small group and serve so that other people can met Christ

If you know Jesus I 'm sorry to break it to you. This church is not for you..."

Furtick statement begs the question what is the purpose of the church as it pertains to believers?

Though there isn't a single verse that defines the purpose of the church, Acts 2:42 gives an overview. It says, "And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." This is the blueprint all churches should model.

God has given us teaching elders, who are called pastors, so that the church can:

Equipped "for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ," (Eph. 4:12). 1 Cor. 12:28 tells us that, "God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues." The term "body of Christ" is another name for the Christian church.

The Bible reveals additional aspects of the purpose of the church:

To disciple believers Matt 28:19-20
To nourish those new (lambs) in the faith - John 21:15-17
To feed those mature  (sheep)  in the faith  - John 21:15-17
To guard the correct teachings of the church 2 Tim. 2:1-2,
To discipline believers, Matt. 18:15-17
•To become more like Christ, Eph. 4:15-16
•To be subject to Godly pastoral leadership, 1 Pet. 5:1-3
•To be unified in Christ, Gal. 3:28, "

One thing that must be pointed out is that Furtick is correct when he says that. "We preach so that people can come to faith in Christ and we want them to get into a small group and serve so that other people can met Christ". Unfortunately this is short of what the Bible has to say concerning the purpose of the church.

Next, Furtick makes a disparaging remark, made with vitriolic intensity as he expresses his thoughts on doctrine. His remark  simply makes no sense at all in light of scripture.

 "...if that doesn't get you excited and you need the doctrines of grace as defined by John Calvin to excite you, you in the wrong church. Let me get a phone book. There are 720 churches in Charlotte. I am sure we can find one where you can stuff your face until you're so obese spiritually that you can't even move.""

Compare the following scriptures to what Furtick says in his anti doctrinal rave:

Acts 2:42

42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.

1 Tim 4:6

6 If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed.

1 Tim 4:13

13 Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

see also: Acts 6:3-4; Rom 16:17; Eph 4:14; 1Tim 1:3; 1Tim 1:10; 1Tim 4:1; 1Tim 4:13; 1Tim 4:16; 1Tim 5:17; 1Tim 6:1; 1Tim 6:3; 2Tim 3:10; 2Tim 3:16; 2Tim 4:3; Titus 1:9; Titus 2:1; Titus 2:7; Titus 2:10

Furtick statement on doctrine even makes less sense in light of the following that's found on Elevation's website.

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The fact the of the matter, the internal testimony of scripture says  the bible should be:

 Taught - Acts 2:42; Acts 5:42; 1 Tit 2:1; 1 Tim 6:2

 Meditated upon - Joshua 1:8; Ps 119:97; Ps 1:1-2; 119:15

 Practiced / obeyed - John 8:31-32; John 14:15; Luke 11:28; Heb 5:14;

Furtick's comments sound more like the voice of the enemy than the Spirit of God as recorded in the scriptures.

Furtick also reveals his distain toward those who are doctrinally minded. This is quite an unusual position for a so call preacher of the gospel to take, especially in light of scripture.

It is interesting to note that some of those whom Furtick runs around with downplay doctrine.  One such person is Perry Noble of New Springs Church. Notice what Noble has to say about those what to be doctrinally taught. 

This mindset displayed by Noble and shared by Furtick are diametrically oppose to the teaching (doctrine) of scripture.

Furtick Distain Toward Those who Scripturally Assess Him

Steve Furtick Distain Toward Those who Scripturally Assess and Question Him Biblical  Response

The following is a partial transcript of what is on the following video.

"….Hey Haters. I hate to break this to you but your day is done, See we done with the way you slang shame and blame in the face of anyone who doesn’t say what you say; see what you see; read what you read; think what you think and do what you do, how you do what you do but it’s not about you.

 We are sick and tired of your pervasive propensity to pick a fight and hide the light, nit picking every single pixel of God’s brilliant picture, seeing only your side only in only black and white. So scared the death of difference, shaking your fist in the face of is change.

 I hear you are hating on some people because they are not deep enough, it makes me wonder if depth is more of a measure of love. Than it is about whether people sync up with every idiosyncratic opinion you got. You are full of opinions but you are low on the Spirit because the Spirit is love, the Spirit is peace, the Spirit is kindness and the only kind of words you ever seem to speak bring death to the hearer and leave weakness in their wake .

You look like a toddler, drawing lines in the sand talking about how you are defending the truth, taking a stand. For all your hating and pontificating and stances and games, there’s no change.

Fall back it’s a new day, because we are not looking for approval from you who give no respect and never neglect a chance to complain are you going to criticize, are create, waste your time casting stones breaking bones belittling every one you consider opposed or you going to exchange your hate and trade the pain of the same, embrace a new way to change the world, honors, time has come and a new light has dawn to still the tongue of the cynic and pierce the heart of the skeptic. This generation is waiting to restore the hope of a nation"


It is very troubling to see Furtick calling those who investigate or question him as haters and toddlers.

In his video ‘Hey Haters’ Furtick demonstrates his strong intolerance and disgust towards his critics. It also reveals his hypocrisy and immaturity.

In his Hey Haters video he espouses several points of anti Biblical doctrine that misleads:

1) By labeling those who  investigate him and who disagree with him  as  "haters and toddlers" raises an alarm on several levels (1) It's an attempt to control by creating an atmosphere of intimidation of don't question me, though it may not have much control outside of his church, It will no doubt act as a leverage in controlling those within his local assembly. This behavior from a strong personality such as Furtick can be dangerous and is cultic in nature. (2) To make a video to denigrate and demonize those who obey the scriptures in their comparing his teachings and practices to scripture is quite unusual.   

Yet the command given in the scripture is to test (1 John 4:1) and prove all things (1 Thess 5:21). Those at Berea in Acts 17:11 and the church at Ephesus in Rev 2:2 obeyed the scriptures and where commended for their obedience thus providing a clear Biblical example for believers to follow as they practice discernment. .  

(2). Furtik goes on to say, "it makes me wonder if depth is more of a measure of love". The Bible says loves is to be carried out in the context of truth which points back to a doctrinal understanding. Love never stands by itself. Note the following scriptures:

Speak the truth in love - Eph 4:15
Truth must be loved - 2 Thess 2:10
Truth must be obeyed - 1 Pet 2:22
Love never operates alone but is accompanied by deed and truth - 1 John 3:18
Love for each other is in the bounds of truth - 2 John 1; 3 John 1
Grace mercy and peace will be with us in the sphere of truth  and love  -  2 John 3

Worldliness and Godless Behavior as Part of Worship


"I'm not going to provide much commentary in this area no more than to say. I cannot even imagine why Furtick would do as he says on his website "We are ready to help you get back into high gear with a healthy dose of old school rock from music's most decadent
(and arguably most rocking era....".)
Why would Furtick need to use AC/DC a band known to sing occultic lyrics to get a church congregation into high gear.?[5]

Deception and Manipulation

Elevation Church's 'Spontaneous Baptisms' Are Planned By Pastor Steven Furtick In Advance

"Steven Furtick, 34, routinely draws about 14,000 worshippers to several campuses of Elevation Church in and around Charlotte. The church, launched in 2006, have been listed by Outreach magazine as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in the country.

Part of that growth has been attributed to Elevation’s flashy baptism ceremonies, particularly as the Southern Baptist Convention grows increasingly concerned about declining baptism rates as a key measure of evangelism and church vitality.

But a new report from NBC Charlotte suggests that Elevation’s supposedly spontaneous baptisms are carefully planned ahead of time, with people planted in the congregation to start the walk down the aisle.

“Fifteen people will sit in the worship experience and be the first ones to move when Pastor gives the call. Move intentionally through the highest visibility areas and the longest walk,” a guide posted on a webpage for Furtick’s book says." [6]

Conclusion

Rom 16:17
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them
.

Titus 1:7-10
7 "For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
8 but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.
9 He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught,
so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.
10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers..."

If you attend Elevation church or have been thinking about joining or know of someone who is, let me encourage you to not dismiss the information in this article. I would encourage you to investigate for yourself not just take my word for it.

The seeds that Furtick is planting among his congregation and beyond will no doubt bear fruit, whose characteristics will be that of "furtickism" rather than that of Biblical truth.

The issues that Furtick brings is not a matter of nit picking or issues of  a non consequential nature but are things that can and will have a devastating effect on his followers.

Since Furtick has demonstrated open hostility toward doctrinal teaching and those who want to be taught the implications are dire: (1) For the believer spiritual maturity will be stunted,  (2) the ability to discern between good and evil will be impacted,  (3) insufficient equipping of the saints for the work of service,  (4) impede the building up of the body of Christ;  (5) impede the development of the unity of the faith (6) put the believer at risk to false doctrine and false teachers  (Eph 4:11-14; Heb 5:13-14)

Furtick has also placed himself in direct opposition to the commandments of Christ as stated in the following:

Matthew 28:19-20
"Go therefore and
make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

John 8:31-32
So Jesus said ...“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

In addition Furtick promotes, acknowledges known false teachers by (1) by participating with them in conferences (2) having them preach at the church he pastors. In doing so he is validating both the false teacher and their teaching.

If you know of someone who is under the persuasion of anti Biblical teachings and practices. I pray that you use the information on this site or similar sites to become informed and to to fulfill your obligation to extend a hand of mercy to rescue those caught in the dangers and destruction of false teaching and or apostasy? (Jude 1:22-23).

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Footnotes

[**] Scripture taken from the New American Standard

[1] http://www.stevenfurtick.com/ministry-perspective/please-stop-pickin-on-joel/

Please Stop Pickin’ on Joel  - June 4th, 2007

"As in, Osteen.
As in, the pastor of the largest church in America.
As in, the guy that all seminary students seem to love to hate....

You know, I think it’s absolutely essential that Christians think critically about what is being taught in Christian pulpits. We must preserve sound doctrine. We must guard against erroneous theologies..." (third paragraph from the bottom)

[2] [2] Utley, R. J. (1997). Paul Bound, the Gospel Unbound: Letters from Prison (Colossians, Ephesians and Philemon, then later, Philippians) (Vol. Volume 8, p. 127). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[3] Elevation church Quotes  

[4] http://c3churchwatch.com/2012/02/17/phil-pringle-endorsing-problematic-steve-furtick-for-presence-conference-2012/

[5] http://elevationchurch.org/sermons/80srock

[6] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/24/elevation-church-spontaneous-baptism_n_4849533.html?utm_hp_ref=religion