Steven Furtick is a rock star among pop Evangelical megachurch pastors. The church he founded in 2006, "Elevation Church," is one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the USA. Although he actually has a Masters of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he preaches a "Word of Faith" type of Christianity and considers T.D. Jakes (a Trinity-denying modalist) as his role model. Furtick does not have an in-church board of elders that can hold him accountable, instead he has a corporate board comprised of other mega-church pastors; as a result he makes an undisclosed salary and lives in a 16,000 square foot mansion. He also gets extremely lucrative speaking engagements from his fellow megachurch pastors, and he speaks at many of the largest "Christian" conferences around the world.
Steven Furtick's sermons are full of Christian words and imagery, but he ultimately preaches a narcissistic gospel devoid of much Biblical truth; instead he uses manipulative speeches that "work the crowd" with spectacular success. Sadly, the Southern Baptist Convention has done little to hold Furtick and his church to the Biblical orthodoxy they are typically known for.
The following is a list of articles from Christians coming from different denominational and theological backgrounds, who all agree that Steven Furtick is not to be wholly trusted as a Biblically sound pastor:
Why Won't Steven Furtick Answer Tough Questions About His Ministry? by Religious News Service
Steven Furtick: Unqualified, Not Worthy by Marsha West
Elevation Coloring Book? by Berean Examiner
Steven Furtick is Looking For Favor by Do Not Be Surprised
Why narcigesis doesn’t work: Furtick claims to be “the son of God” by Churchwatch Central
Furtick to Kids: Memorize the Code by Berean Exaniner
Are T. D. Jakes and Steven Furtick Heretics? by Pastor Gabe Hughes Blog
Why is Steven Furtick Acting Like a Cult Leader? by Crosswalk.com
Concerns About the Ministry of Steven Furtick by Learning the Path
Steven Furtick Teaches That God Breaks the Law by Berean Research
Furtick Listed Among Top "Oprah-Certified" Gurus by Museum of Idolatry
Steven Furtick Has Faith in Doubt by Jeff Maples
Power of Potential to Elevate Furtick's Ego? by Museum of Idolatry
Early in his career, Steven Furtick made a very hip spoken word video called "Hey Haters" that was later re-mixed with his actual words being replaced with a crazy cartoon voice. The resulting video made him look so ridiculous that he never made another such video. Enjoy the Max Holiday version of "Hey Haters" below:
For those who think it's mean, judgmental and un-loving to criticize Steven Furtick (or any other church leader) here's something just for you:Shocking Stuff You're Not Supposed to Know.
If you're having a knee-jerk reaction to try and defend Steven Furtick, check out:Confirmation Bias: Why You Are Protecting Your False Beliefs.
Finally, here's an article that will help you be more discerning and a lot less gullible:Defusing Demonic Dirty Bombs.
The following video uses satire to, perhaps, say more than all of the previous articles combined:
Steven Kozar started The Messed Up Church; he is an artist, musician, blogger and stuff.