I was alerted to Pastor Stephen Furtick’s rant against people he calls “haters” on Brannon Howse’s Worldview Weekend program on Sept 20, 2011.
As I listened to the rant and the incessant beat, I realized that this guy is full of hate toward bible believers! People who take the bible seriously are those he calls “haters”. If you want to know Jesus, and follow His teaching, Stephen Furtick has no tolerance for you!
If Mr. Furtick was just a fringe character he could be ignored, but this “gentleman” has recently been a guest of James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel, Illinois.
As I listened I realized that, in a twisted way, Mr. Furtick may be partially correct. He says the days of the bible believers having influence in the Church are done, and this appears to be the way things are going! He ends his rant by stating that the Church is more about “love” than about doctrine. Is this really so? What does Jesus say about it?
If ye love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23
You see this is real love. Accepting everybody, including their sin, is not love. It’s kind of like giving a man a glass of water as he’s on his way to the lake of fire! No! I’m not saying that we should discriminate against sinners, but we cannot approve of their sin. They need to know that their sin is offensive to God. You can’t get saved if you think God is happy with your sin!
Am I better than the unsaved? Absolutely not! There was a place in the deepest part of the Lake of Fire with my name on it! My sin separated me from God! Jesus, however, took my place, I repented, received the forgiveness He offers, and I am free! God took the wrath that was aimed at me, and aimed it at His only begotten son! Furtick and the Purpose Driven crowd want to make it all about serving people, making this world a better place, focusing on a temporary benefit, and ignore the tremendous sacrifice Jesus made for us all!
People like Furtick are offensive to me because they belittle the Lord Jesus Christ and the people He died for. These so-called “haters” actually hate sin, even their own sin. Sometimes they make mistakes, but does that justify derogatory labels that Furtick places on them?
Of course the people he is really aiming at are those who won’t unite with false Christians, cults, and error, for the sake of unity. People like Brannon Howse, and Apprising Ministries, the discernment ministries, who are exposing the modern apostasy that is making it’s way into all denominations, are the object of Furtick’s scorn. If you exercise discernment you will not join the End-Times Church of the Antichrist, which is rapidly forming today.
The fact that Harvest Bible Chapel would have someone like Furtick speak, is evidence that their conservatism of the past was just a show to suck-in unsuspecting believers. Now they are beginning to show their true colors. The same thing is going on in the Calvary Chapel denomination as well.
The hour truly is late!
Come, Lord Jesus!