Perhaps Stovall Weems, pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, found himself in just such a scenario as he eagerly welcomed into his pulpit friend and fellow Seeker-Driven pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church.
Jakes must have made quite an impact that evening, as even James MacDonald noted that he "learned a ton" from the prosperity preaching mogul. T.D. Jakes has preached at Elevation Church since the Code Orange event, taking the same stage that Mark Driscoll stood on this weekend.
Of course, it is natural to assume that agreeing to preach for somebody, or inviting somebody to preach for you, is an endorsement of sorts. Assuming that, then, and being aware of their ministries, the presence of Steven Furtick at Stovall Weems' church is far from surprising. Yet, what about Mark Driscoll taking the stage at Elevation to preach, not at a special event, but at a Sunday service? Mark Driscoll, former member of The Gospel Coalition and supposed Young, Restless and Reformed pastor...what would be his interest in a church and ministry that straddles the line of Word Faith? But then, who would have thought that a Reformed pastor would ever welcome a Word Faith, prosperity preaching, modalism-teaching heretic into the fold of evangelicalism? Let's also not forget that Mark Driscoll quite recently promoted popular Word Faith teacher Brian Houston of Hillsong Church. There seems to be a pattern developing.
The Word Faith movement is no longer on the fringe, friends.
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