Monday, September 19, 2011

A Visit to Steven Furtick's Church: Elevation

Elevation ‘Video’ Church – A Visit to the Early Service at Matthews, NC

Remember Steven Furtick? He was one of the pastors at "The Elephant Room" endorsed by Rick Warren and Greg Laurie.

Well the link at the top goes to a first hand story of someone visiting his church, and seeing for themselves the Hollywood inspired ethos, loud rock music, and more meant to entice the youth into deception. There is a lot that is quite revealing, the church looks like a video arcade married to a boring mall movie theatre.



sounds like a successful entrepreneurial business venture the more I hear - and read less and less like any church. Most of this is NOTHING new like many of the others already documented. Furtick has taken a bit of this and a bit of that from the other emergent and seeker-sensitive churches and rolled it into his, including the sex talk to draw in larger numbers still. So is this the Holy Spirit convicting hearts of sin? Seriously!? Maybe you think I am being too harsh but I have been around long enough to see the rise of quite a few ministries like this and watch them fall. Too much stock put in the man versus Jesus Christ, too much stock put into making Church relevant to this rebellious generation. I state Pastor Steve Furtick is not doing Christians any favors feeding the rebellion and taking our kids that he claims as so important down the path towards something other than the Christ of the Bible – I believe that is not opinion when held to what else he is teaching and standing for.

Again, I do not recommend this church for these reasons, as appealing as it may seem: missing a real Gospel message, it’s a fleshly appeal with music, edginess, and lacking any reliable Biblical teachings to raise up our children in the way they should go. You may get some good moral people who believe in helping others without a living faith in Jesus Christ. I can point to a number of people just like them not seeing a real need for any doctrine and likely on their way to a Christless eternity! Elevation makes it a big point to focus on the "do's" (I asked them some questions after the service) but while focusing on all of the “do’s” of the Bible they wash over the “don’ts” that must be preached to have a complete Gospel message.


Some weeks ago I saw this video of Steven Furtick, snarling at those who disagree with him, with a Billy Idol lip curl, arrogant stance, and rythymic language to brainwash people. Don't see any of the love, peace and kindness he speaks of in that video. His stuff about: "It's a new day!" and "This generation is waiting to restore the hope of the nation" is all the same lies. I knew everything I needed to know about the man. Another wolf in sheep's clothing....



What is sad, is he is one among many....

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Was that a Christian pastor?

I didn't hear Jesus Christ, Bible, salvation, cross, eternal life, sin, or heaven, even once. None of those, even once.

He's gathering people to talk about nothing.

He's not looking for approval from us, he says. Then why did he make this video? He's obviously afraid of the truth.

Anonymous said...

Had to dig deeper on this, here's a video where he says that if you know Jesus, his church is not for you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1ns_J_zL0k

He then basically goes on to insult people that like Bible study, while making the same claim that every other church of every other type makes (including churches that do tons of Bible studies), that everybody in the world is coming to Jesus through him.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how they criticize Bible studies, and yet they keep doing Bible studies.

Labby said...

Watch this on mute - without any words or sound.

Why the focus on his suit, his watch, his ring, and then the cocky expressions and body movements.

Wow, this guy has no humility, sorry, but it's obvious.

Anonymous said...

Wow, BB! This is timely! Just last month when I was getting my new glasses, the woman there recommended the Elevation church to me. Simply by her description I could tell it was another one of those fallen ones. I told her "no thanks". This is the same one who recommended I go see the Billy Graham library, to which I said I wouldn't go there if they paid me. Anon. #1

Bible Believer said...

First Anon, I agree, I didn't hear those things either. Would agree about gathering people to talk about NOTHING! Yes if he want's no approval while the video to put down those who question him.

LOL other anon, I guess he knows if someone knows Jesus, they would be walking out of his church! Wow what a self revelatory comment. The Bible study thing is weird too.


Labby Ill try that out, he keeps reminding me of a brunette Billy Idol for some odd reason but even more snarly. [yes I listened to popular rock as unbeliever when young]

The arrogance just floored me as well.

I am glad last Anon, you know not to go to that place! Yeah could see how those two reccommendations would go hand in hand!

Anonymous said...

Video put me to sleep half way through. I went there a couple of times, coming from a spirit filled church, where you felt conviction, knowing that you are here to serve God. That you are property of God and he has your purpose. Elevation offers a good pep talk which anyone can get at a school or at a doctors visit, but no focus on Jesus.

Bible Believer said...

LOL it is pretty dull, I watched it all to post it here, but found myself wanting to skip and jump through it, all the sneering got on my nerves. LOL Wow yeah that would be different going from a spirit-filled church, going to a place like Elevation. I have visited a couple churches here, like Elevation [not realizing what they would be like by the name], and usually ended up walking out because the music or something made me too uncomfortable.

Anonymous said...

I have never been to Elevation Church because I live in Oklahoma, but I tell you this: It was this church's podcasts and videos that helped me through a deepened, darkened depression. A stage in my life where I felt there was no hope. It did, in fact, point me to Christ. If anyone has watched pastor Furtick's teachings over a period of time, you will see that his emphasis is on sharing the love of Christ and the gospel - not keeping it bottled up. He absolutely DOES know the bible. And he is obviously stating the fact he knows he has haters, and he doesn't care - thousands of professions of faith speak for themselves. Question his motives all you like, but it's really not your job.

Anonymous said...

Take particular notice of the occult background - the shining light above his head - spirit of deceiving "angel of light" who brings "illumination", and all the "falling stars". In the Bible, stars are angels - see Rev.1:20, Judges 5:20 and Job 38:7, to name just a few. The falling stars in the night sky background symbolize the "spirit" of Elevation "church"; the spirit of anti-christ - see Isaiah 14:12-15, and esp. Rev. 9:11.

Bible Believer said...

First anon, I hope you can see through the deception of Furtick with God's help. Are you a new believer? This man is not hated by the world but 'loved' by the likes of Rick Warren. It is interesting to me the "haters" he rails against are the Bible believing Christians who call him on his ecumenism and other false teachings. It is the Christian's job to expose false teachers.

Bible Believer said...

Thanks you last anon, you know I didn't even think about that but yes that is an occult background with the odd light over his head and the falling stars. I know watching it I had a weird thought about the lines showing up behind him too and wondered if there was a few hand signals, but if they are ones, they are of the more subtle ilk. The overt pouting, sneers and clenched fists is enough to know something is OFF.

Anonymous said...

I find it sad and disheartening that "followers of Christ" can believe these teachings. The "churches" beliefs are so far from biblical teaching and this Code Revival stuff is trash. This is so money and fame driven, it's hard for me to believe that people fall for this. Matthew 7:15

Gordon said...

I just caught the tail end of a Furtick sermon, and wanted to just repeat what I heard. The sermon had a lot to say about how "this is your moment" later to be reveled was what he was really saying... "this is Steven Fertick's moment".

He did a lot of Christian preaching. The congregation or crowd was cheering in a near frenzy. I guess they really did think it was "their" moment.

"Christian preaching" (I am making reference to Steven Ferticks brand) is centered on the Christian, not the Christ. It is very self elevating, self gratifying, self edifying, and self centered. It's really designed for that purpose. "I will". (satan's motto)

Christ preaching is centered on Christ. His death burial and resurrection, because in Truth, man's sin nature is 100% opposed to God, and literally His enemy. The proof that your nature is sin and opposed to God, is that you will die.

God will never be pleased with your sin nature, and will never be pleased with your righteous acts and good deeds. It's filth to Him.

God will only be pleased with His Son, who is sinless and perfect.
If we are IN HIS SON - The Lord Jesus Christ - God will be pleased with His Son and we are In Him because of His sacrifice on the Cross for us to take the wrath of God for our sin.

We are In Him by faith in His Blood, and sealed by the indwelling Holy Spirit. New creatures, born again and complete, but until the resurrection from dead to a new physical body, we will be dealing with this flesh which is sinful and needs --the Cross daily--.

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. Luke 9 23-24 please read more for context

Anonymous said...

You guys sound a lot like the accuser of the brethren. Why not go be the Church and stop worrying about what this guy is doing?

Anonymous said...

Wow, he looks crazy! His facial movements and eyes. I turned the sound down after he started speaking. I couldn't take his tone. And then I couldn't watch him very long. It was almost surreal looking. Totally creepy. So many people are mesmerized by these guys. It's like people are in some kind of trance following these pied pipers. I have to wonder at the effect that contemplative practices are having on so many people. Could this be part of it?

Bible Believer said...

Anon, I had the same thoughts too. The tone, facial expressions everything is off and creepy. I do think people ARE mesmerized by them, and they do seem to be in a trance of sorts. Hey the contemplative stuff opens people up to all sorts of things.

Anonymous said...

Who's the hater? I felt a lot of hate coming from him!

Plato's Republic said...

I didn't hear a lot of you focusing on Christ either. In fact, I read a lot of dissension, jealousy, hatred, false accusations, slander, deceitfullness. It's a shame that some of you are doing the work of the enemy. Pastor Furtick shares the word of God to thousands of people. The power of the gospel turns people's lives around and set them free. What are you sharing? What are you doing for Jesus? Are you speaking the truth? Are you sharing God's love to the nations?

Anonymous said...

I am glad I stumbled along this post! I've been wondering about this church for a while. Even though I do not live in the area, and I love the church I belong to I was just curious about this one because I honestly love a lot of their band's worship music! What do you think of their band?

Anonymous said...

What good is a decent band, if the pastor is a false teacher. Furtick is a false teacher.