Last night, Matt Chandler preached the Gospel at Code Orange Revival. He even tossed in a few well-approached, much-needed rebukes toward Elevation Church and "pastor" Steven Furtick. Admittedly, there were a few times in his message when I cringed, knowing that what he was saying would be misconstrued by about 99.9% of his audience. Nevertheless, there is no denying that Matt Chandler preached both Law and Gospel before an audience that likely had never heard such a thing before. Jesus Christ and the Cross were preached and, though I've expressed concern over Matt Chandler in the recent past (and still hold those concerns), I still was pleased to hear him boldly preach truth in a venue where the truth obviously is not welcome. That's right, it seems that the truth is not welcome at Code Orange Revival.
Following each evening's message, there is a rebroadcast of the entire night's "revival" footage at 10:12 pm, 3:12 am, and 12:12 pm the next day. Well, apparently Matt Chandler hit a rather tender nerve in Steven Furtick's ego. Trusted sources tell me that the revival footage from Friday, January 13 was aired at 10:12 pm last night and 3:12 am this morning without Matt Chandler's message. They actually cut out and removed his sermon from the rebroadcast! The internet, and Twitter especially, was abuzz this morning with people questioning and confronting Steven Furtick about this "mishap." Here is Steven Furtick's response:
Did you see that he calls the omission of Matt Chandler’s sermon a “programming change;" he didn’t say programming “error. This can only mean that it was a conscious decision on someone’s part in choosing to not rebroadcast Chandler’s message. (Online Source)
Then we saw this:
Rest assured that we will be watching to see if Chandler's message is indeed rebroadcast in its entirety later today. **UPDATE** Indeed, Matt Chandler's message did run at 10:12 am and 12:12 pm today, as Steven Furtick promised it would. For this we are thankful.
The fact remains, the biblical Gospel was removed from last night's programming. Now, to the defenders of Steven Furtick and Elevation Church, please tell me...why? Why would your pastor suppress the biblical truth that was preached? As a Christian pastor, why would Steven Furtick withhold the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Why am I reminded of Romans 1:16-18 here?
If you were unable to hear Matt Chandler's message last night, the audio was captured and can be heard here and the video is below. In spite of some of my misgivings about Chandler, I nevertheless wish that he had been scheduled to close out this 12 night "revival." Perhaps his words could have performed a bit of damage control. As it is, the truth he preached will quickly be swallowed up and forgotten as each new false teacher takes the stage. Again I ask, are you praying for those at the Code Orange Revival?
Steven Furtick's 12 Days of Revival
"Code Orange" Speaker Craig Groeschel
"Code Orange" Speaker Christine Caine
"Code Orange" Speaker Jentezen Franklin
"Code Orange" Speaker Israel Houghton
"Code Orange" Speaker Stovall Weems
"Code Orange" Speaker Ed Young, Jr.
"Code Orange" Speaker "Bishop" T.D. Jakes
"Code Orange" Speaker Perry Noble
"Code Orange" Speaker Kevin Gerald
"Code Orange" Speaker Matt Chandler
"Code Orange" Speaker James MacDonald