As if we weren't shocked enough when MacDonald promoted Furtick's book, Sun Stand Still at this year's Elephant Room conference (actually, I don't believe that enough people did get upset about that!), now we see a full-blown endorsement of this young, rockstar pastor by the elder MacDonald. In fact, MacDonald refers to Furtick as "one of the most dynamic young communicators in our country today." To be fair, one really cannot argue with that statement. Furtick is a very talented and "dynamic" individual. He can deliver a great performance on a stage. The problem is that he is a pastor. It is his job to properly handle the Word of God and to shepherd the Christian sheep entrusted to his care. It is this responsibility that seems to be neglected in Furtick's sermons. Let us also remember that this is the pastor of Elevation Church, where, on Easter Sunday, a boy with cerebral palsy and his family were ushered out of the service because the boy's "Amen" was too distracting. This is the pastor who has told his
Below is a copy of the letter that was sent out today to all individuals on HBC's email list. I've pasted the entire letter here so that the reader may see that nothing has been taken out of context.
I post this out of concern not only for my brethren at HBC, but also for Pastor MacDonald. I've watched HBC slowly slide down a slippery slope into the swamp of a market-driven mentality and it saddens me. At one time not too long ago, God used James MacDonald and Harvest to re-introduce me to His Word, so these developments grieve me.
Pastors, as someone who depends upon you and your God-given gifts, allow me to plead with you to stand upon nothing more than His Word alone. Whether your church has 20 members, or 2,000, if you are faithful to the Bible, then your work is not in vain. To preach the Word is not only a great responsibility, it is a great privilege, and I pray that you would treat it as such. Your faithfulness to Scripture is a far greater contribution to God's Kingdom than any standing-room only auditorium mesmerized by a celebrity pastor with slick hair and an ear-tickling message. Dear pastor, you are needed and you are prayed for. But please, just preach the Word.
SEE ALSO:I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
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