Manipulation 101 8

In this post, Steven Furtick shows us how he gets people to do exactly what he wants:

Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the LORD swore to their forefathers to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.”
-Deuteronomy 31:7

Steven has a tendency to take a few words out of a Bible verse, and conveniently build doctrine around it. With his added emphasis on the four words in the above verse, it looks like he’s up to his old tricks again.

As a leader, remember: you’re not the only one God has made promises to.  The people you lead have dreams.  They dream of impact.  They dream of influence.  They dream of maximized creativity and realized potential.

The first thing we need to notice is that Furtick immediately equates God’s promises to our dreams. The dreams listed sound much more like a lust for power and a selfish desire for personal fulfillment than anything God has promised in His Word.

Lead them into their land. Develop them to be their best.  Help them to establish ownership of their acreage.  When you focus on calling out the potential of those you lead, you’ll usually find that your standard will become their standard.  And your vision will come to pass as a byproduct.

Let’s summarize this handy manipulation tactic:

  1. Find justification in Scripture for your tactic. Any reference will do, really. If you can’t find an entire verse to support your position, just use a word or two from a verse.
  2. Take note of human nature. People want power. People want influence. People want acceptance. Play on those desires.
  3. Make the people believe that what you want is really what they want. Then, they will work hard to get you what you want.

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8 thoughts on “Manipulation 101

  1. Paul Oct 13, 2009 8:49 am

    this sounds much like Joel Osteen and T.D. jakes teaching. i said earlier, furtick is quickly becoming a false teacher. he has gone from commending these guys, to defending them. now, he is teaching like them. so sad.

  2. Tim P. Oct 13, 2009 10:42 am

    “Take note of human nature. People want power. People want influence. People want acceptance. Play on those desires.”

    Instead of warning against these things, he feeds them. Wow.

  3. Corner Coffee Oct 13, 2009 11:55 am

    Downing,
    After reading your commentary, I was actually kind of disappointed with Furtick. Then I went and read his article. You know, his actual words, in context.

    It further reinforced the fact that you have no business trying to be his constant critic.

    Furtick is talking about his vision for the church (Elevation), and where his vision and the people’s vision overlap. Recognizing and cultivating their vision will ultimately help accomplish his God-given vision for the church … a vision of numerical growth, spiritual influence, and eternal impact.

    Paul,
    After reading Downing’s commentary, it doesn’t surprise me that you would come to that conclusion.

    Tim,
    No where does Furtick’s article contain the quote you put in your article. He was talking about SPIRITUAL impact, influence, and potential. There’s a BIG difference.

  4. James Downing Oct 13, 2009 12:16 pm

    Coffee, so what business is it of your’s to be my constant critic? (By the way, I don’t mind. Just a little hypocritical, don’t you think?) I’m glad you read his post…that is why I linked to it in the very first line of my article. It doesn’t make sense to repost his entire blog, when I can just link to it.
    Ummm, you read alot more into Steven’s post than I did. And still, nothing you said discounts anything I posted.

  5. Corner Coffee Oct 13, 2009 12:52 pm

    Downing,
    Fair enough. It’s not so much the fact THAT you criticize, it’s the fact that you’ve committed to find fault in everything, even the most benign statements. It’s tantamount to taking a figure of speech literally, then going on to criticize someone because of it.

  6. keitho Oct 13, 2009 1:04 pm

    CC,

    I am not so sure that any statements from these leaders are benign. Otherwise, when would people know to take them seriously, or not seriously for that matter?

  7. JT Oct 13, 2009 3:58 pm

    What an appropriate title to describe how you’ve twisted Furtick’s words.

  8. Tim P. Oct 14, 2009 2:12 pm

    “Tim,
    No where does Furtick’s article contain the quote you put in your article. He was talking about SPIRITUAL impact, influence, and potential. There’s a BIG difference.”

    The quote was from point #2 of the summary at the end of the OP.

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