-Pastor Steven Furtick of the Elevation megachurch in North Carolina has built a $1.7 million home
-He told his congregation on Sunday that the home is a gift from God
-Elevation Church and Furtick will not disclose what he is paid by the church or the church’s earnings
-Furtick’s salary and benefits are not decided by an elected board of elders or his congregation
-A panel of five ‘appointed’ members who are all pastors of megachurches decide Furtick’s pay
Each of those points is rife with theological and ecclesiastical error. The fact that the ‘church’ has bowed the knee to this Baal is the clearest indication of the ignorance of that flock.
- No Pastor needs such a home, and no true Pastor would have such a home.
- It isn’t a gift from God. That’s a lie.
- Something to hide? Then something is wrong. Liars hide things. And thieves.
- If the church he serves doesn’t set his salary, he is a crook.
- The panel are a gang of crooks and thieves, serving self, not Christ.
Elevation Church says that it undergoes a yearly voluntary audit by accounting firm C. Dewitt Foard and Col, PA, but the results of that audit are not released and NBC Charlotte reports that employees and volunteers at the church must sign a confidentiality agreement which threatens to sue if they disclose information about the church’s finances. For all this though, Furtick’s devoted congregation, called ‘elevators,’ seemed unperturbed. When he apologized for any ‘difficult conversations,’ a woman close to the front said, ‘No sorries needed.’ And when he told the congregation he intended to continue his ministry in Charlotte for the ‘next 50 years,’ he was greeted by whoops and cheers. Church member Cora Morgan told the Charlotte Observer that she doesn’t think his congregation has any right to tell him what kind of house to build. ‘It’s his money; he can do what he wants with it,’ she said. Warren Smith Cole told NBC Charlotte: ‘If Steven Furtick’s followers in the congregation at Elevation want to pay him these outlandish salaries and want to allow him to live in multi-million dollar homes, that’s up to them.They’re the ones contributing the money. But they should know that.’
I need to vomit. Here’s yet another theological ignoramus shepherding a flock of theological ignoramuses.