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Whom Will You Choose to Follow?

Pastor Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor of Elevatio...Today we introduced you briefly to a pastor by the name of Steven Furtick.  He is the rising star of the Emergent Church Movement, seemingly replacing Rob Bell as the darling of the movement.  He is bold, brash and becoming controversial for what he teaches and how he teaches it.

Furtick pastors the newest mega-church in America, drawing thousands every Sunday with his magnetic personality and brash statements.  He recently hosted what he called a revival named “Code Orange”.  From what I can tell, much of this revival was nothing more than propaganda for the Emergent movement, stressing the importance of feelings and experience over the pure truth of God’s Word.  However, one pastor, Matt Chandler, challenged Furtick’s propensity for allegorizing scripture and trying to make it “relevant” to the times in which we live. He preached on sin and obedience to God—two things many Emergers find distasteful.   According to reports, Furtick was very upset and was seen shaking his head in disapproval as Chandler talked about the pure truth of the Bible.

Then, by sheer coincidence I am sure, Furtick’s church failed to post Chandler’s message on the internet site where every other sermon of the event was posted.

It never ceases to amaze me how progressive leaders talk of tolerance and acceptance—but often turn out to be the least tolerant people out there.  They tolerate the views and opinions of others as long as the views expressed agree with them—but if you disagree with them, the tolerance stops in a hurry.

Steven Furtick posted a YouTube video recently where he called people who preach the truth about sin as “haters”.  The video went on to talk about how people should not tolerate all the talk about sin and how people should rise up against so-called ‘haters” who still preach about sin and repentance.

Keep an eye on Steven Furtick—he is a rising star in progressive Christian circles and was featured at the Willow Creek Leadership Conference in 2011.  He seems to be the next rising star of Emergent theology and is being positioned as the new wave of Christian leadership in America.  And if we want a leader who will discount the absolute truth of scripture, picking and choosing scripture to fit into the post-modern era, Furtick might just be the perfect leader.

Tomorrow we remember the day when our Lord and Savior gave his life for us so we might find forgiveness and mercy from a just God.  Now more than ever, it is important we take everything Jesus taught about sin, grace and mercy to heart.  He did not die so we could go on sinning—He died to free us from the power of sin in our lives.  But in an era of narcissism where everything is all about us, too many want to pick and choose which Bible verses to live by and which to ignore.

So follow people like Steven Furtick if you like—you are certainly free to do so.  But as for me, I choose to follow only Jesus Christ and take every word of the Bible as absolute truth.  I refuse to pick and choose which teachings of Jesus to obey and which to ignore.  He paid too high a price for me to pick and choose what part of him I worship, and what part I ignore.

 

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One Response to “Whom Will You Choose to Follow?”

  1. Mr Davis #

    Western church practices passed on by the Catholic church has made it possible for wolves to come in unchallenged. These very methods are propagated in the seminaries or other higher learning institutions where the professionals are cultivated.

    As a culture we take professionals at thier word and in our churches thier teaching goes unchallenged when either in word or deed it goes against scripture, that is until it offends us personally. In the home the professiionals word is held higher than the husbands so the home follows the professionals instead of the head of the home. This is why there is a vast market for christian authors. See 2 Timothy 4:3-4

    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

    It would seem we don't care at all about God's Holy Word which is able to make us wise unto salvation and guide and direct us in all matters of life and living equipping the man of God unto every good work.

    So how can we avoid this. If we are borne again the Holy spirit dwells within us which has gifted all those sealed for the edification of the body that we may grow in unity under Jessu Christ who is supposed to be the head of the curch. See Ephesians 4 so we supposed to put into practice 1 Cor 14:26-40

    How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.

    But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

    Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

    For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints. Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant. Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order.

    This isn't a cultural thing. See 1 Corinthians 4:15-17

    For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

    And lets not forget this when we are together. 1 Corinthians 12:18-31

    But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

    Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. 24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: 25 That there should be no schism in the body;

    but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. 27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. 28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? 30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? 31 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

    What about those that don't do this?
    Ezekiel 3 and 33
    As a watchmen we are called to raise the alarm to all the disobedient. Because the news we sound is offensive expect it to be rejected, so let us be sure to do this with the right heart recognizing our own depravity first before entering in and sounding. Know this:

    Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

    Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth
    1 Corinthians 13:1-7

    Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:19-22

    Romans 16:

    17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. 19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

    Time is truely short.

    May God bless you all and may God knit us all together in unity in the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Truth and Grace.

    April 6, 2012 at 1:45 AM Reply

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