In the last few days, we’ve been wondering why leaders like Warren, Noble and Furtick have such a dim view of Bible study. In the case of Furtick, at least, I think I’ve found an answer.
He doesn’t like the Bible.
For a bit of background, Furtick has been leading some in his church in 90-day Bible read through. From his and others’ tweets, they seem to be somewhere around Deuteronomy at the moment. Furtick’s tweeted observations from his own reading are both revealing and horrifying. Let’s start with the worst:
Holly just told me the entertaining Bible stories are God’s way of apologizing for Leviticus.
Getting past the idiocy of judging the Bible based on its entertainment value, he thinks that God should apologize for parts of the Bible?
A pastor’s primary responsibility is to faithfully preach God’s Word. If Pastor Furtick thinks he knows best which bits should be in the Bible and which bits shouldn’t, he should go work for Rob Bell. He should not be working for God.
Even some bits that he deems worthy of including in the Bible seem to bore him. Note this:
Is it bad that I’m glad that Moses is dead? Is it b/c I have a man crush on Joshua?
Yes, Pastor Steven, it is bad. It’s even worse that you have to ask in public.
We have noted on this blog how the Bible seems to be a very low priority in Furtick’s sermon planning. This may explain why. Furtick’s personal interests guide how he reads and values the Bible, not God’s.
It’s not that Furtick finds everything boring or a waste of time. Some things really get his juices flowing.
Just had a financial strategic consulting mtg loaded w/ terms like absorption rate & OCF growth. Excruciating? Not at all. LOVE that stuff.
His arrogant attitude towards God’s Word is also apparently rubbing off on his church staff. This came from his Creative Pastor:
Deuteronomy…more like repeateronomy. Forgive me God.
It’s appalling, but at least he had the sense to apologize to God, not demand an apology from him like his boss did.
I look forward to seeing how Furtick apologists defend this, but one defense that can’t be used is that we shouldn’t read so much into dumb tweets. Furtick thinks quite highly of his own Twitter content, and imagines that the world is waiting for his 140-character wisdom.
I never imagined how much inspiration I’d be able to spread to people through a simple daily encouraging thought. I try to get these out almost every morning. When people retweet, it multiplies this impact exponentially. That’s very rewarding and humbling to me. Right after I wake up, I get to begin my day by planting a seed of hope into the life of thousands-both at Elevation, and around the world.
What makes this worse is that Furtick is aware that he’s leading spiritual infants with his tweets. As Downing pointed out yesterday, if we are to believe Furtick’s numbers, most of his church are new believers who don’t know how to study or read the Bible.
Why would you want to read Leviticus if your pastor thinks it’s a mistake? Why would you want to study Moses and the law if Joshua’s the main stud? Why bother with Deuteronomy if it’s unnecessarily repetitive? Why worship God when your pastor thinks he’s embarrassed?
How can a minister of God’s Word not only think that the Bible is boring and useless, but communicate that idea to his flock?
If you think that what God said is dull, between you and God, the dullard is not God.
UPDATE: The Leviticus quote has been updated to indicate that he was repeating his wife’s comment. See the discussion for why I think he is fully accountable for the comment himself though.