Last Sunday, Elevation passed out the flyer you see on the right, listing 12 Faith confessions to be stated aloud daily by each member. I thought I’d post them here for examination:
- I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation.
- I act in audacious faith to change the world in my generation.
- I have no fear or anxiety, I trust the lord with all my heart.
- I am able to fulfill the calling God has placed on my life.
- I am fully funded to do everything God has called me to do.
- I have no insecurity, because I see myself the way God sees me.
- I am a faithful spouse and a Godly parent; Our family is blessed
- I am completely whole physically, mentally, and emotionally.
- I am increasing in influence and favor for the Kingdom of God.
- I am enabled to walk in the sacrificial love of Christ.
- I have the wisdom of the Lord concerning every decision I make.
- I am protected from all harm and evil in Jesus’ name.
When did Furtick turn into a self-esteem coach? Notice the first word of each of these sentences. I agree that these sentences confess faith, but the faith seems to be more aimed at affirming the individual rather than professing the Truth about God.
For the most part, these are all “safe” in regards to scriptural accuracy, but have clearly bent the ideas towards empowering humans. It’s no wonder Elevation draws enormous crowds, when this is their statement of faith.
Now, let’s address a few of these specifically:
I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation.
True. Romans 8:1 says there is no condemnation for those that are in Christ. However, when one considers the make-up of Furtick’s normal audience, I wouldn’t be so sure that all of them can confidently make this statement.
I am able to fulfill the calling God has placed on my life.
Maybe this is why Steven doesn’t like learning about Moses.
I am fully funded to do everything God has called me to do.
Good. This should eliminate any need for fund-raisers at Elevation…Woops. Didn’t see this.
I have no insecurity, because I see myself the way God sees me.
Paul considered himself the King of Sinners, yet was pretty successful in ministry. I’d stop wasting time trying to elevate my own self-view, and start trying to see God for who He is.
I am completely whole physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Is this Word of Faith teaching? Considering T. D. Jakes is one of Steven’s heroes, it’s not all that surprising.
I am protected from all harm and evil in Jesus’ name.
Might want to check out what happened to the Apostles. Or Jesus himself for that matter.