Sources within Elevation Church, who noted that “he was really on fire,” have confirmed that Pastor Steven Furtick preached a long, moving sermon last Sunday which was entirely about how good he was preaching.
“Man I’m preaching good today,” he is said to have begun, before repeating several slightly-modified versions of the same statement and pumping his fist in the air.
“Whew! I’m preaching good!” he continued to explain to rousing applause. “Lord Jesus, I don’t know why they’re all being so quiet, because I know I’m preaching good right now! C’mon, somebody!”
As he went on to exegete his feelings about how good he was preaching, he revealed that he wasn’t sure everyone quite understood how good he was preaching, before instructing each person present to repeat to him that he was, indeed, preaching good, as he ran through the aisles yelling.
“Turn to your neighbor and say ‘Pastor Steven’s really preaching good’ seven times right now,” he then instructed his congregation once back at the pulpit, adding that they should then turn to their other neighbor and repeat the same phrase 77 times. “Now touch 3 people and say ‘Pastor Steven is preaching so good’ 777 times!” he demanded, to wild cheers.
At publishing time, an inside source confirmed that the sermon resulted in 39 commitments to Elevation Church.
39 of those were shills planted by Furtick to boost his numbers.
These people are counterfeit apostles, dishonest workers disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. There is nothing astonishing in this; even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. It is nothing extraordinary, then, when his servants disguise themselves as the servants of uprightness. They will come to the end appropriate to what they have done. (2 Cor. 11:13-15)
No, heretic, it does not.
Is this new? Or have I simply never noticed it before?
Come to the Zwingliplatz on Sunday at 17:00 and join us for the unveiling of the Anna Bullinger-Adlischwyler (ca.1504-1564) commemorative plaque. We are also honoring Anna, who I worked to historically reconstruct, this year at the Gesellschaft zu Fraumünster at Sechseläuten. We will publish a little biography of her in German in January.
This little segment is on Marburg. The whole film, as I’ve said before, is excellent.
With O’Reilly out, who will be the sexual predator Fox hires to replace him?
NB- every ‘man’ on that tape is an embarrassment to males.
From the Center for Barth Studies at Princeton (on facebook)-
The Digital Team for the Princeton Theological Seminary Library has developed a new and exciting platform, which transcribes many of the audio files in their collection. There are five audio files of Karl Barth in their audio collection from his Warfield Lectures delivered at the seminary in 1962. What might be most interesting to many would be the transcription of the discussion between Barth and students at the seminary. Listen and read at the link below!
Here’s the link. Enjoy. And yes, American Barthians, they’re in English so you’ll be able to understand them.
They hate the one who rebukes in the gate, And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly.
Therefore, because you tread down the poor And take grain taxes from him, Though you have built houses of hewn stone, Yet you shall not dwell in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, But you shall not drink wine from them. For I know your manifold transgressions And your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate. Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time.
Seek good and not evil, That you may live; So the LORD God of hosts will be with you, As you have spoken. Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
Therefore the LORD God of hosts, the Lord, says this: “There shall be wailing in all streets, And they shall say in all the highways,`Alas! Alas!’ They shall call the farmer to mourning, And skillful lamenters to wailing. In all vineyards there shall be wailing, For I will pass through you,” Says the LORD. Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light. It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him! Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it? (Amos 5:10-20)