This isn’t your typical blog that rags on a megachurch pastor.
Still, Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in Charlotte has been making waves in the press for all the wrong reasons. Again.
Of course, anyone among the ranks of Craig Groeschel, Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Rick Warren, Perry Noble, et cetera, is going to face severe criticism for pretty much anything they say or do (Note: I’m not comparing them theologically. They just all pastor huge churches.).
But then I was introduced to this.
I have nothing against pastors having a vision (as long as it doesn’t get in the way of this Jesus guy), but to say a church is united under the pastor’s vision is theological nonsense. The church is to be united under Jesus’ vision for the church. You know, since the church is his bride and such. It might be a good idea to do what he says.
And seriously? Coloring pages promoting you and not promoting Jesus? That’s 1) creepy, 2) really creepy and 3) very well could be bordering on cult-like behavior.
I really, really want to defend Furtick here. If people legitimately love Jesus at his church, then that’s awesome, but ol’ dude needs to get his ish together and quit doing stupid stuff. We can only hope and pray that he doesn’t go full theological retard and turn into a feel good Joel Osteen type and that it wasn’t about him all along.
But even if turns out that Furtick was only out for Furtick all along, that doesn’t negate that God may have used his potentially evil intentions to bring about something infinitely better than what some jacked up human could dream of.