Power of Positive Thinking 22

faithconfessions

      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:

  1. I am fully forgiven and free from all shame and condemnation.
  2. I act in audacious faith to change the world in my generation.
  3. I have no fear or anxiety, I trust the lord with all my heart.
  4. I am able to fulfill the calling God has placed on my life.
  5. I am fully funded to do everything God has called me to do.
  6. I have no insecurity, because I see myself the way God sees me.
  7. I am a faithful spouse and a Godly parent; Our family is blessed
  8. I am completely whole physically, mentally, and emotionally.
  9. I am increasing in influence and favor for the Kingdom of God.
  10. I am enabled to walk in the sacrificial love of Christ.
  11. I have the wisdom of the Lord concerning every decision I make.
  12. 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.

    22 thoughts on “Power of Positive Thinking

    1. JT Sep 3, 2009 11:59 am

      I didn’t hear the sermon that referenced this hand-out, but I’d like to hear the explanation for number 12: “I am protected from all harm and evil in Jesus’ name.”

      Throw in the word ‘eternal’ between ‘all’ and ‘harm’, and I’m with you. Otherwise it does sound like the Word of Faith garbage.

    2. Paul Sep 3, 2009 12:06 pm

      I have a comment that is indirectly related to this. I have long had a problem with Furtick, Noble, Hybels, Warren, etc. and their view of Scripture. This “confession” is another example of a man-centered approach to the Christian faith. There is not any confession of truth from Scripture…just applications (and some of these are questionable). I have thought long and hard why I have such a problem with these guys. I think it is because they do not believe in the sufficiency of Scripture.

      The reformers held to the authority, inerrancy, clarity, and sufficiency of Scripture. The Catholic church has attacked the authority. Protestant Liberalism has attacked the inerrancy. The Emergent church has attacked the clarity. These modern evangelical pastors do not believe that Scriptures alone are sufficient for ministry. A good example is this confession. Where is the power for this confession? Furtick, (whether advertantly or inadvertenly) implied that the power to live the Christian life is the self. This mindset trickles down to everything Elevation does. It’s not Scripture alone, but the creative minds of man + Scripture that changes lives. How does this bring glory to God?

    3. James Duncan Sep 3, 2009 12:09 pm

      JT, you’re spot on.

      It would be interesting to think about how many of these the Apostle Paul couldn’t have claimed.

      There are many times that #3 doesn’t apply.

      He worried about problems with #4.

      Downing already showed the problem with #6.

      I’m pretty sure he didn’t claim #7. (Who knew you had to be married to be an Elevator?)

      He never claimed #8.

      He worried that #9 was not true.

      He distinguished between his own and God’s wisdom for #11.

      And on #12, JT, you and I are together.

    4. Anthony Sep 3, 2009 1:35 pm

      Paul, How do you bring Glory to Jesus? Duncan? Downing?

    5. James Downing Sep 3, 2009 1:46 pm

      Anthony – How do your angry contributions to this blog do anything to glorify Jesus?

    6. Paul Sep 3, 2009 1:57 pm

      Jesus is most glorified when the elect whom he has saved from their sins love him, cherish him, obey him, enjoy Him, and are centered on Him and His Word.

    7. Anthony Sep 3, 2009 2:13 pm

      Paul, So are you saying that Furtick, Noble, Hybels, Warren and whoever else you bash dont love Jesus? Dont obey Him? Who are YOU to judge?

    8. Anthony Sep 3, 2009 2:19 pm

      {sigh} {sigh} {sigh} Downing – Did you side step yet another question and instead question me? Wow, that never happens! Can you sense my sarcasm? Because I am laying it on pretty thick!

    9. James Downing Sep 3, 2009 2:26 pm

      What do you disagree with from the post?

    10. Anthony Sep 3, 2009 2:39 pm

      I disagree with nearly everything you blab about but lets do the math…

      #1 – You are JUDGING and condemning people’s salvation. The church is called to get dirty and reach the lost. Does a Doctor go after the healthy?

      #5 – Apparently your church doesnt Tithe and raise money. But that is not the way I took this statement. I took it as God has fully equipped me.

      #6 – How did you manage to screw that one up? Of course we are supposed to see God for who He is but what is wrong with viewing ourselves the way God does? We are His children and He loves us. He made us perfect in His image.

      AND you still havent answered how you advance His Kingdom through your daily walk. I only get to hear you on this blog and everything you say is judgemental and NOT CHRISTLIKE so prove me wrong!

    11. Paul Sep 3, 2009 2:43 pm

      Anthony,

      First of all, you need to define “bashing”.

      2nd… i never said those guys don’t love Jesus.
      Please tell us all how you came to that conclusion.

      3rdly…I would like to know what problem you have with someone who looks at what is being done/said, compares it to the revealed Word of the Most High God, and then by the wisdom given by the Spirit test to see that is faithful to the BIble i.e. maks a judgement to rather it is true/false, right/wrong, biblical/unbiblical.

      4th. Why do you throw out the “judge not lest ye be judged” verse? by the way you are using it, we could never look at the Bible, and judge whether something is right or wrong. How do you decide what is right or wrong? How do you perceive truth?

      Lastly, there is a scary mentality in evangelicalism that the ends justify the means. God sometimes works in a church like Elevation where it is not always biblical. But not because of the means but inspite of the means because Furtick does at times preach the Gospel…and the Gospel is powerful to save sinners even if it does’nt have a cool pastor or technology to proclaim it.

    12. James Downing Sep 3, 2009 2:59 pm

      #1 – No, I’m not. Follow the link provided to see a breakdown of Elevation’s regular attenders. And, if the people are lost, they can’t claim #1.

      #5 – Elevation claimed to be fully funded, not me. What is the use in a capital finance campaign if you are fully funded. And if you read that as “equipped” you were simply wrong.

      #6 – We should worry about who God is, rather than working on our personal insecurities.

      AND – I glorify Christ on this blog by standing up for His bride.
      How do your comments glorify Jesus?

    13. Anthony Sep 3, 2009 3:05 pm

      I stand up for His Bride by not letting people get confused by all your delusional comments and judgemental attitudes. People on this site pick and choose what churches and pastors they dont agree with and paint a picture of themselves as drama queens.

    14. Paul Sep 3, 2009 3:07 pm

      again anthony,

      you sure do throw the word judge around a lot? how do you judge right/wrong? how do you judge truth? what is your basis for seeing and understanding truth?

    15. James Downing Sep 3, 2009 3:09 pm

      Of course we pick and choose what pastors we don’t agree with. The other option would be to disagree with all pastors, which I clearly don’t.

      What is a drama queen, and how do I make myself look like one?

    16. James Duncan Sep 3, 2009 5:00 pm

      I am uncomfortable with the way Furtick seems to be using a sleight of hand to reverse the traditional focus of a statement of faith. Statements of faith generally tell us what we should believe about God, but this tells us what we should believe about ourselves. Every sentence begins with an “I.” Even the title, “Give. Me. Faith.” considers the self so important that it deserves its own period.

      Besides the focus, the timeliness is also very different than a statement of faith. Statements about God, because they are about God, are always true. That is not the case for these statements. If one of more of them becomes untrue (you get sick, for example), does that mean that you don’t have faith?

      This is foolish thinking, but for me, the worst is #11. We have God’s wisdom? Furtick apparently believes it for himself, but all kinds of disasters await us if we think that.

    17. James Duncan Sep 4, 2009 1:48 pm

      A random thought: If we’re to take #8 (I am completely whole physically, mentally, and emotionally) seriously, do they let amputees join the church?

    18. Sophie Sep 5, 2009 12:58 am

      Ba dum chhh!

    19. David J Horn Sep 6, 2009 8:31 pm

      All I can say is Elevation is setting themselves up for a hard reality check. When it hits they are going to want those dreaded Bible Study classes to guild them to the truth and peace.

      Following Furtick is like watching an out of control freight train going full steam down the side of a mountain. I pray that God opens his heart and eyes before he crashes.

    20. Barbara Sep 10, 2009 9:15 am

      The Year of Living Dangerously – Al Mohler (clip): link to youtube.com

      The thing I notice in that list of affirmations is that they all begin with the word “I”, and not with “Christ.” The Prince of Preachers, CH Spurgeon, reminds us in his devotional dated June 28 Morning reading,

      It is ever the Holy Spirit’s work to turn our eyes away from self to Jesus; but Satan’s work is just the opposite of this, for he is constantly trying to make us regard ourselves instead of Christ…. and we shall never find comfort or assurance by looking within. But the Holy Spirit turns our eyes entirely away from self: he tells us that we are nothing, but that “Christ is all in all.” Remember, therefore, it is not thy hold of Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not thy joy in Christ that saves thee—it is Christ; it is not even faith in Christ, though that be the instrument—it is Christ’s blood and merits; therefore, look not so much to thy hand with which thou art grasping Christ, as to Christ; look not to thy hope, but to Jesus, the source of thy hope; look not to thy faith, but to Jesus, the author and finisher of thy faith. We shall never find happiness by looking at our prayers, our doings, or our feelings; it is what Jesus is, not what we are, that gives rest to the soul. If we would at once overcome Satan and have peace with God, it must be by “looking unto Jesus.” Keep thine eye simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee.

    21. James Downing Sep 10, 2009 9:28 am

      Wow, Barbara. That Mohler clip is incredible.

      And, thanks for the Spurgeon quote. Quite appropriate.

    22. Anthony Sep 10, 2009 10:13 am

      Wow I agree. Awesome video with such a strong message. The Message! It’s not all about being comfortable!!!

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