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February 20, 2014

In Defense Of Steven Furtick: A Response To What I Consider Frivolous Personal Attacks Against The Man

So I had an interesting experience yesterday.  I read something online that bugged me so much I had to write a rebuttal to it in the form of a blog comment.  As a person, I’m always curious when I see these “heretic watch” blog posts about Christian leaders I love and respect.  And I saw this blog by a guy in South Carolina called James Duncan who has one of these “heretic watch” blogs called Pajama Pages.  This guy is on a relentless mission to publicly discredit Steven Furtick, pastor of North Carolina’s Elevation Church. Just post after post about why Furtick’s a fraud.  So I read some of his posts and first of all, he has nothing of substance, its all just frivolous personal, subjective attacks against the man, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it that I had to write a long blog comment, and I thought I’d go ahead and re-post that comment here.

This is simply what’s been on my heart tonight, and if you don’t care about these things, then don’t bother to read my comment that I posted on this guy’s blog under the name “Jason Goodblood.”

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Wow man. After I read a few of your blog posts on Steven Furtick I felt really sad. Sad for you. And what’s even sadder is that you are so convinced that you are doing “God’s work” that nothing I say here will have the slightest effect on you. You’d probably just feel good about the attention of another commenter.

There’s so many thoughts in my heart so I’ll try to be concise and brief. Now to be fair I’ve not read this blog post above, but I’ve read some others on your site. And it seems to me that you really hate Steven Furtick. It seems personal. Every blog post you do about him is to intended to publicly shame him and humiliate him and take pot shots. But you are doing it under the guise of “holding them accountable to the bible.” I have no problem with you or anyone pointing out and examining individual things a preacher says like the Berean Christians in Acts 17. So if the things you take issue with in this blog post above are legitimate then I say God bless you and more power to you. But in my eyes you’ve lost all credibility as a godly critic because you clearly have an axe to grind. You clearly hate Steven Furtick, and its like you want him to lose his church and to see Elevation crash and burn and be no more. That’s weird for me to see one christian have that feeling toward another. But even as I type this I feel like I’m completely wasting my time, because even if you approve this comment, it will mean nothing to you. You won’t be open to anything I say here; especially my exhortation to examine your own heart.

Like your blog post about ‘How Furtick plans to crash the chatterbox’ about his and his publisher’s efforts to get on the bestseller list seems like it was intended to just be another exhibit about why Steven Furtick is a fraud and needs to not be a pastor. But here’s the truth: it did zero to make me think less of Furtick as a pastor or a human being. It was nothing more than insight into how Christian publishers work, but its part of this overall campaign on your part to publicly shame this pastor, Which to me is just not godly. Of course you see it as just the opposite, to you, you are doing God’s work to call out this “false prophet.” But I think you’re misguided man. I just wish I could make you see things from my perspective.

What do you really want all of this accomplish: it sounds like you want Furtick to come to you and bow down and say, “I was wrong, you are right. I’m not fit to be a pastor. You get all the credit, I’m an ending Elevation.” This sounds like you have some pride issues. And self-righteous issues. Which I’m assuming comes from deep insecurity because you need to put him down to make yourself feel good.

Everything you’ve written about him, like even implying his attempts to get on the NYT bestseller list is further evidence of what a fraud he is and how he’s paying for his “mansion” you sound like the pharisees when they dragged the woman caught in adultery to Jesus to judge, to publicly shame and you remember Jesus’ response to this right? If you are without sin, then write on, and smear on my friend.

Its one thing to have an issue with minor things about Furtick: maybe he’s brass, maybe he’s flashy, maybe he’s too ambitious, you name it, maybe even certain things he says from the pulpit, or that he’s making too much money etc. But you’re not doing that, instead you are engaging in a smear campaign against the man himself. Satan is the accuser of the brethren and you are accusing Furtick on every side. Blaise Pascal has a quote that I think applies to you: “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”

You believe you are doing God’s work, and that’s why I feel like wasting my time even writing this. But you should ask yourself am I really doing God’s work, because until you open yourself to the fact that you may be doing your own work in god’s name no one will ever get through to you, not even God himself. In this regard you’re like a suicide bomber, as long as they believe they are doing God’s work you can never reach them or talk them out of it or ask them to reconsider. I am asking you to reconsider. And evaluate your own heart.

Is Furtick guilty of some of the criticisms you’ve leveled at him, probably. But how does that make him unfit for ministry? Every minister has done or said things we can all take issue with, many have said knuckle-headed things—even from the pulpit. That’s because no one is perfect, even pastors. But everything you do, to you is just one more evidence that proves your over-arching belief that Furtick should not be a pastor. Every post. That’s why you’ve lost all credibility as a godly, trust-worthy critic, because your heart is set on a smear campaign against the man, personally. You’re like Fox News is against Obama.

I think you’d be better off doing a blog post entitled ” Why I Hate Steven Furtick” and lay down all your issues and let people just judge each issue on its own merit. You may not describe your feelings toward him this way but from I’ve read it seems like hate to me.

And if Furtick bought a house that cost $1.8 million how does that disqualify him from ministry? Celebrity preachers make a lot of money that’s just the reality of the situation, how in your mind that makes them unfit to lead is the sensibility of a man who just believes Furtick shouldn’t be pastor in the first place and so he’ll just keep adding things to his list of why he feels this way. But even then most of the things you point out are ridiculous, like the whole NYT list thing – it proves nothing. You failed to show why Furtick is the anti-Christ but that’s my whole point you’re so blinded by your campaign to bring this man down, that everything you do, serves that purpose. Even if it means you have to gasp at straws i.e. at things that aren’t there.

If Furtick makes a lot of money from his work it doesn’t make him less qualified, less holy, less Christian. Besides by him buying this house doesn’t mean he has $2 million, it means that he believes he can afford the monthly mortgage payments for the next 20 – 30 years.

So what’s my point? If you feel there are certain things you take issue with him about that are legitimate like say, something he says from the pulpit, that’s fine. But when you are dead set to destroy the man then its no longer about the individual meritorious issues, its about bringing the man down and his total destruction. Which just in and of itself, for one “christian” to have that impulse or feeling toward another christian is just weird man in the first place, and that person in my opinion is not part of the household of faith. To me your campaign against Furtick is like Fox News’ campaign against Obama. The people at Fox wants to see Obama burn, they want to see him destroyed. So its not really about the issues anymore its just about an on-going campaign to bring about his destruction, and when that impulse begins to drive the train then you have lost all credibility and any criticism leveled against him is just another part of your over-arching, all-consuming goal to destroy him.

“How can a man say he loves God whom, he cannot see, yet hates his brother whom he can see.” You my friend, if your blog posts speak for you, hate your brother. And if that’s true then God himself says you can’t love Him.

March 5, 2013

Elevation Worship’s Latest Album Nothing Is Wasted Sells Almost 12,000 Copies In Its First Week

 

This week, Charlotte, N.C.-based worship team, Elevation Worship celebrates the street week release of its second full-length album with Essential Worship/Provident, Nothing Is Wasted, with the group’s first No. 1 chart debut, selling more than 11,780 total units across all physical and digital channels. The project enters at the No.1 position on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Chart and lands within the Top 50 of all albums in the nation on Billboard’s Top 200 Overall Chart.

Bryan Ward, Vice President of Marketing for Provident Label Group states, “We are excited to partner with Elevation Worship in bringing their songs to the world and equipping worship leaders with new songs for their local churches. We are already seeing the positive impact of releasing the album in two unique expressions with live worship and studio recordings, which gives the listener two different ways to experience the songs.” He adds, “It’s wonderful to see how Elevation Church and their worship team are growing exponentially in the Charlotte community but also to see their songs impact the church globally.”

Nothing Is Wasted is available in a deluxe edition, which features 25 tracks, and a standard edition with 13 tracks. The deluxe edition contains 12 tracks recorded as a live worship experience and the same 12 tracks also recorded in the studio with a more progressive expression. Both versions include a bonus track of the group’s upcoming radio single, “Give Me Faith.” Both albums hit No. 1 and No. 3 respectively on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Top Albums chart during street week. The deluxe edition also reached No. 5 on the iTunes overall Top Albums chart.

The current momentum of Nothing Is Wasted demonstrates a substantial upswing in the impact of Elevation Worship over the last 15 months, nearly doubling its growth in sales from previous album, (For The Honor) which debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Chart in Nov 2011. Comprised of a gifted team of songwriters, musicians and worship leaders, Elevation Worship is a passionately dedicated group, leading as a single worship team, before eight separate church congregations across the Charlotte Metro area, and in Toronto, Canada. “We are extremely excited that as more people experience the songs on this album, they are ultimately getting a glimpse of the amazing things God is doing in our church,” says Wade Joye, Worship Pastor Elevation Church.

The group, always highly focused on the local church and equipping worship leaders across the globe, spent street date conducting live online interviews, performing songs from the album and unveiling exclusive video clips from the live worship experience of Nothing Is Wasted.

Elevation Worship plans to support its chart-topping album through all Elevation Church campuses, with over 12,000 worshippers in attendance weekly, and scheduled conferences in 2013, including Thrive Conference, CMB Worship Night Experience and featured on the National Worship Leader Conference.

For live performances of songs, video and bonus material from Nothing Is Wasted, visit: www.youtube.com/elevationworship.

About Elevation Worship:
In the same spirit as Hillsong, Passion and Jesus Culture-modern worship grown from a single seed then catapulted onto a national stage-Elevation Worship is organic to its environment and yet unique to the digital age in which it was born. It is a passionately dedicated team of gifted songwriters, musicians and students of worship boldly leading, as a single worship team, before eight separate congregations across the Charlotte Metro area as well as internationally in Toronto, Canada.

Under the direction of Pastor Steven Furtick (also a worship leader and songwriter) this Charlotte, N.C. church was established by Furtick, and eight other families, with one massive vision: to reach people far from God. In just seven years, Elevation Church has become one of the fastest-growing churches in the U.S. with seven established campuses in the greater Charlotte area. The Elevation Church worship gathering is simultaneously broadcast across these multi-city locations via cutting edge technology allowing the church’s 12,000+ weekly worshippers to feel closely connected as one church praising with one voice.

To date, Elevation Worship has sold more than 30,000 units of its debut album with Essential Worship, For The Honor, in less than a year. Its worship anthem, “Give Me Faith,” is currently one of the fastest-growing church songs at No. 140 on CCLI, moving more than 160 spots within a year. Additionally, Elevation Worship released its second full length album, Nothing Is Wasted (Feb. 19, 2013), to a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Chart and broke into the Top 50 of Billboard’s Top 200 chart.

To find out more about Elevation Worship, visit www.elevationworship.com or follow Elevation Worship at http://www.facebook.com/elevationworship, www.twitter.com/elevation_wrshp.

January 12, 2012

STEVEN FURTICK Guest Post: Becareful Who You Count Out

The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

-Matthew 14:21

Jesus didn’t feed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish.
He fed a crowd of people that numbered 5,000-besides women and children.
But in those days, the women and children typically weren’t part of the headcount. Therefore, we typically refer to this incident as the feeding of the 5,000. Actually, it was more like 20,000, at the very least.

With this in mind, isn’t it remarkable that the ingredients for the miracle came from a little boy?

Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, “Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”
-John 6:8-9

God fed the multitude through the meager resources of a child who wasn’t evenincluded in the original count.

God likes the unlikely.
When He looks for someone to use, He often looks for the under looked.
He calls for the youngest son, who wasn’t even worth bringing in from the sheep field, from the perspective of his father and older brothers.

Be careful before you count someone out.
They might be the channel of your miracle.
And if you’ve been counted out lately, don’t worry.
God often hides His provision in places where no one else would know to look for them.
Man looks at the outward appearance. But God looks at the heart…

October 19, 2011

STEVEN FURTICK’S Church ELEVATION WORSHIP Signs Record Deal With Provident Music

Photo (L-R, standing): Blaine Barcus, VP A&R, Provident Label Group; Chris Brown, Elevation Worship; Terry Hemmings, President & CEO, Provident Music Group; Mack Brock, Elevation Worship; Scott Knight, VP Business Affairs, Provident Music Group; (L-R, seated) Wade Joye, Elevation Worship; London Gatch, Elevation Worship; Holly Zabka, Senior Director, Essential Music Publishing.

 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Oct. 18, 2011– Elevation Worship, a Charlotte, N.C.-based worship team from one of America’s fastest growing churches will release its national debut album, For The Honor, on Essential Worship November 22.

Worship leaders Wade Joye, Mack Brock, Chris Brown and London Gatch lead Elevation Worship and serve full-time at Elevation Church in Charlotte, N.C. The church, established by Pastor Steven Furtick, launched with eight families and one massive vision to reach people far from God.

In fewer than six years, Elevation Church has grown to more than 10,000 people at six locations across the Charlotte area, making it the second fastest growing church in America. Pastor Steven is also becoming one of the most influential leaders, speakers and authors in the country.

From the beginning, Pastor Steven had a vision for Elevation Worship to write and record songs that reflected the church’s journey, experiences and needs. The fourth album from Elevation Worship, and its first national release, For The Honor features all original songs including the title track, “Give Me Faith”, “All Things New,” “Exalted One” and “The Church.” A complete track listing for the release follows:

1. Exalted One
2. Lord is My Rock/You Lifted Me Out
3. For The Honor
4. God Be Praised
5. The Church
6. The Highest
7. Victorious
8. We Rejoice
9. Give Me Faith
10. All Things New
11. The Gospel
12. You Reign Alone
13. Give My Life to You
14. Our King Has Come

Additionally, a digital deluxe version of the album will contain 3 bonus songs, 5 music videos, For The Honor documentary, chord charts for all songs and more.

As with recent movements including Hillsong, Passion and Jesus Culture, Elevation Worship seeks to bring new ideas to the worship arena, connecting with other worship leaders as well as churches to better serve God and His Church through worship.

Worship Pastor Wade Joye says, “We have seen God do the impossible in our church time and time again, and we consider it such an honor to give voice through these songs to the great things He has done. Our prayer is that all who hear this project will be inspired to believe that the Lord can do the same in their own lives and churches.”

For further information on Elevation Worship, including album artwork and press images, please visit: http://www.providentpress.com orwww.elevationworship.com