Last year, J.D. Greear, North Carolina pastor and adjunct professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted an Advance the Church meeting and one of the seminar leaders was Steven Furtick, Lead Pastor, Elevation Church, Charlotte, North Carolina. Of Furtick, Greear had this to say,
Steven planted Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, in 2006, after sensing a call from God to plant a “life-changing church in a metropolitan city.” Today Elevation is one of the fastest-growing Gospel-preaching churches in America….Steven has a lot to say….learned a ton…and consider him a friend and a man of God…. .I’m also excited because Furtick represents a different “tribe” than some of the speakers we’ve had in the past…. If you only learn from those within your “tribe,” you will wither and die (//link)
O.K. Just what “tribe” does Furtick represent?
I hope the point is obvious: to legitimately, responsibly evaluate Steven Furtick’s belief system based on this video remains unmitigated nonsense. If I am correct, The Gospel Coalition blogging crew slamming Rob Bell in such a way as to lead to him being dubbed a heretic, basing their criticism upon promo materials like a video and book cover blurbs, remains equally unmitigated nonsense, revealing more concerning the deep-seated issues within evangelicalism itself than it does for love about the gospel. Albeit two Southern Baptist educators--Al Mohler and Denny Burk’s support for TGC’s display of literary recklessness--such support should not be viewed as representative of The Southern Baptist Convention.
With that, I am…
P.S. I am done now…