Steven Furtick goes on offense over spontaneous baptisms: A response to the Shake the Snake sermon

Steven Furtick goes on offense over spontaneous baptisms: A response to the Shake the Snake sermon
Steven Furtick responded to the spontaneous baptisms report in his sermon yesterday, going on offense against WCNC and me for exposing his church’s mass-baptism plans. Furtick paused during the sermon to go on the record with the following statement: When they started talking this week on the news about our baptisms, I got hot. Yes, ...

The apostasy problem with NewSpring’s schismatic salvations (Part 3 of 3)

The apostasy problem with NewSpring's schismatic salvations (Part 3 of 3)
In two earlier posts, we have considered some of the implications of NewSpring’s highlighting of former congressman, Gresham Barrett’s, testimony as one of its Sunday sermons. To bring you back up to speed, here’s what we know about the Barrett story: He was saved and baptized as a believer at Westminster Baptist Church. While running ...

Why does Perry Noble reject Baptist baptism? (Part 2 of 3)

Why does Perry Noble reject Baptist baptism? (Part 2 of 3)
In an earlier post, we looked at the re-conversion of Congressman Gresham Barrett at NewSpring’s membership class, then to “prove to everybody how serious [he] was,” he got baptized again. It’s a curious thing that a Baptist church would let this happen. I understand that Baptists don’t accept some baptisms as being valid in the ...

How Steven Furtick engineered a spontaneous miracle

How Steven Furtick engineered a spontaneous miracle
While we’re on the topic of Steven Furtick’s marvelous manipulated numbers, now is as good a time as any to look back on his 2011 spontaneous baptism event where he carefully manipulated his congregation to herd them through his baptism factory. For a bit of background, Elevation had experienced a couple of lean years for ...

What kind of father sues his baby girl?

Earlier this month, I took my infant daughter to court and won. The legal complaint? That she wasn’t yet a Duncan. Our baby girl was still a Miller*, so my wife and I sued her to strip her of that identity and change it to ours. In less dramatic terms, her adoption was finalized earlier ...

Answering baptism objections

To my knowledge there are four basic objections to baptism by sprinkling, so, as promised, let’s deal with them. Immersion is a symbol of our burial. This is the one that was mentioned most frequently in the comments to the last baptism post, and it’s based on two primary passages. We died to sin; how ...

What the Pharisees taught me about baptism

Before immersing yourself in this post, please read part one of this series on the purpose of baptism. We can’t really make sense of the biblical mode of baptism without understanding its purpose. Before I get started, let me begin with a little biography. I was born into a Baptist family. My grandparents were Baptist ...

What is the purpose of baptism?

A month or so ago, Perry Noble and Steven Furtick baptized almost 1,000 people between them in a remarkable day when they sprung the opportunity on people who had come to church with no knowledge of what they’d end up being asked to do. As I showed you back then, Noble spent just a few ...

How to baptize 1,000 people in four minutes

Last weekend Noble and Furtick announced the astounding news that between them they’d baptized more than a thousand people. I was curious to see how they did it, especially given that, for NewSpring at least, none of the baptism candidates knew about the baptism until a few minutes before they entered the water. How did ...