Below is Part 1 in a short series we will be sharing from our friends at Falsified Ministries about Steven Furtick. If you are a Furtick follower, or if you are one who has been able to see past the surface to realize there’s something seriously wrong, you will find this series very informative, or at least very interesting.:
Steven Furtick: His Past, Present, and Future, Part 1
by Vincent and Lori Williams Originally published at Falsified Ministries
While most leaders within the seeker-driven movement will go out of their way to pride themselves on the rapid growth of their own congregation and campuses, Steven Furtick is near the top, if not #1. Furtick is one of the most arrogant, ego-driven, narcissistic leaders we have yet to see, with no signs of changing. He has become, and is rapidly progressing, into one of the world’s most popular leaders in the seeker-driven movement. Currently in his early 30’s, Furtick is already a rising star in evangelical circles around the world. He is the author of two best-selling books on the New York Times list. He received a B.A. in Communication from North Greenville University and a Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Although young, Furtick has learned the tools of the seeker-driven trade, and learned them quickly. He infiltrated the evangelical world in 2005 supported by some of the top seeker-driven leaders, and now going at full speed he’s not showing any signs of stopping.
Below is Part 1 in a short series we will be doing about Steven Furtick. If you are a Furtick follower, or if you are one who has been able to see past the surface to realize there’s something seriously wrong, you will find this series very informative, or at least very interesting. We’ll start with a video. The video below was made, and went viral, in 2011, after a well-known Christian talk radio host gently, but rightly, criticized Furtick for his narcissistic attitude and Scripture twisting. Furtick has repeatedly shown that he will not accept any negative criticism.
We first saw Steven speak at Lifechurch.tv in October 2008, during a series entitled “Kaleo: Called to Serve“. Furtick had come as guest speaker, and had only been a “pastor” for about two and a half years. Lifechurch’s Craig Groeschel introduced Furtick as “…one of the greatest men of God in the entire country” and “…one of the greatest spiritual leaders in the country. He is going to blow your socks off.”
After this kingly introduction, the then 28 year old Steven took over the platform arrayed in typical jeans-with-holes, a bright and loud t-shirt, retro sport coat, and bleached blonde spiked hair. At that time, when we were not Christians (but thought we were), we thoroughly enjoyed hearing Steven speak, mainly because of his get-your-attention communication style. Yet because we were very ignorant and undiscerning at the time (mainly because we were not yet born-again), we didn’t see how Steven was twisting the account of David in 1 Samuel (he would do this again at Elevation over 6 years later).
How little we knew about him (or anything about the Bible) at that time. We would later find out that this was a pattern for Furtick, and it was just the beginning.
Patterns and Characteristics
Fast forward a couple of years after our conversion and we discovered something not only very interesting, but also very troubling. While listening to a favorite Christian talk radio program, we listened as the host was reviewing a current message from Furtick. Much to our surprise, the host pointed out a certain point in the message, literally about halfway through, at which Steven switched within a matter of seconds from teaching fairly decent theology to preaching really bad theology.
It was as if a completely different person were speaking, but using Furtick’s voice.
Of course, that wasn’t the case. No one else was speaking. Well then, what happened? Why was there such a drastic change in his ideas and theology, literally within seconds?
We’ll get to that later, but it was at that point we decided that we would begin to somewhat regularly listen to him for the sake of finding out if this weird “switch” would become a trend. After listening for several more months, sure enough, this “switch” continued.
But it got progressively worse. Much worse.
And it wasn’t too long before we noticed Steven’s “switch” happening more often, and occurring much earlier during the course of one message than what we heard the very first time it happened.
So again, why the drastic switch during messages?
We’ll explain that, and more of Furtick’s past, in Part 2.