Why We Sometimes Need to Say “Cult”

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After my post on Monday went a little bit viral, I received quite a bit of feedback along the lines of, "Be careful about using the 'cult' word - that's a big accusation."And I get it. Those outside the church who have interest in dogging the church have been prone to promiscuously throw "cult" at any expression they don't particularly like or understand. If it's a new church that looks or feels different from traditional churches - cult! If people meet in a home instead of a historic church … [Read more...]

Addendum: Steven Furtick Needs Your Seat

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Thanks to a heads-up from Matt Stout, the following "Code" from the Elevation Church website is presented without comment as an addendum to yesterday's post:Ok, maybe one comment. When a church publicly declares that it is built on "the vision God gave Pastor Steven" and will "aggressively defend that vision" and then threatens you that it "needs your seat" if you are all about your "personal preference", and finally compares itself to a high-end steakhouse chain and brags about its o … [Read more...]

What Furtick’s Millions (& the “We Serve a Lead Pastor” Mantra) Might Mean

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In the heart of the Bible belt, Steven Furtick's new-school Southern Baptist Elevation Church continues to boom - and make media waves.The latest hits have come in the form of a leaked infographic from the church listing 30 reasons why it's the best place to work, and yet another local news story about Furtick's million dollar home and how that connects to his salary and book sales.To be honest, none of this is surprising in the least, as it smacks of Southern prosperity theology and … [Read more...]


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