Recently I saw a friend of mine, who is in the ministry, post a video on his facebook page by Steven Furtick with the comment underneath that read “I love this guy.” Now maybe…perhaps, I know too much about the semi-pelagian (at best) nature of Furtick’s “ministry”, perhaps I’m too aware of the nature of the sheep-abuse that happens in Furtick’s “church” or the erroneous nature of praying “Sun Stand Still” prayers that Furtick seems to be all about. Perhaps I’m too aware of the problems with having churches that are a mile wide and an inch deep. I watched the video clip and while I can’t deny that Furtick is a good motivational speaker, the clip I heard was all law. The message boiled down to “do more, try harder” where is the gospel in that? In fact that kind of message is the very opposite of the gospel, the gospel isn’t about what YOU do but about what Christ did for you, it’s about how even though you don’t measure up to God’s standard…Christ does, and he willingly sacrificed His life so that by his blood you would be seen as right before God. However Furtick’s message boiled down to basically “you suck as a Christian if you don’t do x, y or z.” and this message is par for the course for him. As with all false teachers I pray the Holy Spirit would show them their error and convict them of misleading so many. The Bible has some very strong things to say about false teachers words like “wolves in sheeps clothing” and “accursed” are used for anyone that preaches a gospel contrary to the true gospel.
My Theology Thursday question for you is this: How far do you go to warn others about these false teachers such as Furtick, Bell, McLaren, Warren, Hybels, Noble and others? Should we share everything we know or do we let it go with an “even a broken clock is right twice a day” mentality? Do we trust the other person’s discernment skills; maybe they just aren’t aware or know as much as we know about the person in question. How much of the relationship do you risk straining when, even though your intentions are good you could be heard totally wrong? What would you do?