Steven Furtick’s church has made a movie about their experience in NC. It’s been being dismantled online by various *discernment* ministries. Personally, I like it. Yes, Furtick features prominently in it.

But come on, the guy moved his entire family and a core team to a city he didn’t know and planted a church because he believed that God called him to do it. And it appears that God is moving there.

Now, I don’t know anyone who would actually pay 30 bucks to watch it but hey, what do I know?

Click here for the link. (You have to pay after this weekend)

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1   Neil    
August 18th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I read the hit-piece by one “discerner” – ken silva. as silva usually does he began with a self-congratulatory intro… called furtick a bunch of names… threw in some guilt by association…

what was completely absent was anything substantive. silva did not even say in what ways he thinks furtick is wrong. he just called him names and pointed out who likes him.

since i am unfamiliar with both furtick and elevation church, i hit their site and read their belief statement.

what a great statement of biblical truth…

i’m not gonna assume or hope that silva will ever give a substantive reason for his opposition. i don;t think he will. i don’t think he can.

but i sure would like to know what darkness it is that lies in the minds of folks like him.

2   Joe    http://christianresearchnetwork.com/index.php?s=john+chisham
August 18th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Neil,
The thing I didn’t understand about the hit piece you reference was the fact that he seems to call into question Furtick’s being called by God as if that doesn’t happen anymore. But then in other places he talks about his calling to be a discerner. I don’t understand.

3   Nathanael    http://www.borrowedbreath.com/
August 19th, 2011 at 11:30 am

I did enjoy the documentary. I wouldn’t pay for it. But I enjoyed it.

It’s interesting that they did not interview Steve at all, just his core team and early members of Elevation.

4   Neil    
August 19th, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Acts 5 – Gamaliel was a wise man.

27 The apostles were brought in and made to appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. 28 “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.”

29 Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than human beings! 30 The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. 32 We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

33 When they heard this, they were furious and wanted to put them to death. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. 35 Then he addressed the Sanhedrin: “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men. 36 Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing. 37 After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. 38 Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. 39 But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”

5   Jerry    http://www.jerryhillyer.com
August 19th, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I don’t know about that last quote Neil. Sometimes when one says things like, “I don’t know, their ministry seems to be blessed by God,” one is accused of illogical logic. I’m just saying, be careful with that kind of argument. :-)

6   Neil    
August 19th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

i understand jerry, my point was to point out the wisdom of gamaliel – he was willing to consider that god may do something he did understand or like…