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Steven Furtick: A Profit of False Doctrine

The words in my Lutheran Study Bible are pretty clear...
Matthew 7:15-17 (ESV) 15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.

Matthew 24:24 (ESV) For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Mark 13:22 (ESV) For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform signs and wonders, to lead astray, if possible, the elect.

2 Peter 2:1 (ESV) But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

Acts 20:29-31 (ESV) 29 I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them. 31 Therefore be alert, remembering that for three years I did not cease night or day to admonish everyone with tears.

Galatians 1:6-10 (ESV) 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel -- 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. 10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 2:1-2 (ESV) 1 Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in -- who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery -- 2 to them we did not yield in submission even for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you.

2 Timothy 4:2-5 (ESV) 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5 As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

2 Corinthians 11:4 (ESV)
For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

2 Corinthians 11:12-15 (ESV) 12 And what I do I will continue to do, in order to undermine the claim of those who would like to claim that in their boasted mission they work on the same terms as we do. 13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
1 John 4:1 (ESV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Jude 1:3-4 (ESV) 3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

In other words, our focus today shouldn't be all that surprising to us if we've been reading the New Testament. Furthermore, our response to things that will be highlighted today shouldn't be all that surprising either since they have their source in the Word of God.

This is an old video clip from a sermon a "Pastor" Steven Furtick gave back in August 2013, but I just saw it for the first time.You really need to watch this. Consider that this is happening with greater regularity around the world today...and all in the name of Jesus Christ.

When it comes to generosity, we all have our excuses why we can’t. Finances are tight. Bills are late. Jobs are slim. As humans with sinful predispositions, living selfishly comes natural. We get all we can and then clinch our fists holding tight on to whatever is ours. But that’s not the life God has called us to live as believers in Christ. During a sermon from our series, (This Is Your) Permission Slip, Pastor Steven used a jar of dimes to illustrate how God responds when we decide to live a generous life and put Him first in our giving.

By the way, did any of you actually count how many times he shouted, "Now give it, and I'll fit it!" to emphasize the point of his "sermon" there?

I'm sorry. I know I should've saved you the time and trouble by doing that for you myself, because we all know that that's how the Lord works -- we have to "Name-It-And-Claim-It" with a "Word of Faith" or else He'll never bless us!

Gimme a break! See, this is what we must be on guard against. It breaks my heart to think of the people deceived by this kind of teaching. My dear friends, this is what is masquerading as "Biblical truth" and "preaching" these days. It makes me sick and that video clip was barely 3 minutes long.

Chris Rosebrough of Fighting For The Faith has done yeoman's work when it comes to exposing this wolf in sheep's clothing so I highly recommend you spend some time with the following links in case you're not familiar with Steven Furtick and his Elevation Church and ministry.

Does The Bible Teach Us To Pray Sun Stand Still Prayers!?!

Furtick Curses Sofa Express

Did Bono Open For Steven Furtick?

Steven Furtick Prosperity Pimps For Phil Pringle At Presence 2012

Furtick Narcigetes Matthew 16 And Peter's Great Confession Of Christ

Does Steven Furtick's New Book "Greater" Rightly Teach God's Word?

Steven Furtick Misses The Point Of Scripture...Again

Steven Furtick's 16,000 Sq Ft Mansion

And that barely scratches the surface too, but it should give you more than enough info to be discerning about him from this point forward.

You might also want to follow @LoraTurQuette who has made it her personal mission to expose that man and his organization he's making millions off of in our Lord and Savior's precious name every chance she gets.

In a Lutheran Layman's terms, yes, wolves in sheep's clothing do exist among us, and it's never wise to pet and play with wolves.

Now, go warn a family member or friend to be on guard too.

[NOTE: As you know, I am a newly converted Confessional Lutheran who recently escaped American Evangelicalism. That being said, please contact me ASAP if you believe that any of my "old beliefs" seem to have crept their way into any of the material you see published here, and especially if any of the content is not consistent with Lutheran doctrine -- in other words, if it's not consistent with God's Word -- so that I can correct those errors immediately and not lead any of His little ones astray. Thank you in advance for your time and help. Grace and peace to you and yours!]


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1 comment

  1. I am so disappointed that some people criticize other Christians. Or, are you actually a Christian? No wonder why some real Mega church teachers doesn't like some of " Christians'!! You have nothing else to do but to find faults in others. Well, as bible says, you can stone a sinful woman if you have not sinned. Obviously if you are Christian, you must never have not sinned. On ya.


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