An Elevation Church employee and member of the Code Orange De-vival team says they were following what God wanted them to do when they pulled Matt Chandler’s sermon.
I now invite you to see for yourself:
Apprising Ministries is doing what we can to warn you of a growing syncretism that I could never have imagined in my wildest dreams. With it has come a growing syncretism as the Gospel shifts from repentance and forgiveness of sins to let’s all work together to make the world a better place.
One such example can be seen in “The Steven Furtick Show” Played At Harvest Bible Chapel Of James MacDonald where we give you an eyewitness report of Furtick being given the pulpit for his Word Faith-lite message at this Reformed church. More indication of curious associations being formed within mainstream evangelicalism.
I’ve told you before that Furtick, who’s fresh off an appearance for Church Growth Movement guru Bill Hybels, is an attractional Seeker Driven Prophet-Führer, one of the Popes of the Carolinas along with his friend and mentor Perry Noble. MacDonald also advanced the popularity of Furtick by having him in to the first Elephant Room (ER) conference.
Earlier in Still Curious, But Better, Decisions And Matt Chandler I mentioned that Chandler is associated with the Young, Restless, and Reformed camp. It was in ER that Furtick would come to know Chandler, who is lead pastor of The Village Church. Apparently this led to Furtick asking Chandler to be one of the speakers for his current Code Orange Revival (COR).
There are those who questioned Chandler’s involvement with COR being that it also features Word Faith heretic T.D. Jakes. Well, here’s where things now become even more curious after Matt Chandler preached at COR last night. We begin with Apprising Ministries special correspondent Erin Benziger who tells us in her post Is Steven Furtick Suppressing the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? that:
Last night, Matt Chandler preached the Gospel at Code Orange Revival. He even tossed in a few well-approached, much-needed rebukes toward Elevation Church and “pastor” Steven Furtick. Admittedly, there were a few times in his message when I cringed, knowing that what he was saying would be misconstrued by about 99.9% of his audience.
Nevertheless, there is no denying that Matt Chandler preached both Law and Gospel before an audience that likely had never heard such a thing before. Jesus Christ and the Cross were preached and, though I’ve expressed concern over Matt Chandler in the recent past (and still hold those concerns), I still was pleased to hear him boldly preach truth in a venue where the truth obviously is not welcome. (Online source)
You may wonder: Why would Benziger offer that truth “is not welcome” at COR? Well, it seems:
Following each evening’s message, there is a rebroadcast of the entire night’s “revival” footage at 10:12 pm, 3:12 am, and 12:12 pm the next day. Well, apparently Matt Chandler hit a rather tender nerve in Steven Furtick’s ego.
Trusted sources tell me that the revival footage from Friday, January 13 was aired at 10:12 pm last night and 3:12 am this morning without Matt Chandler’s message. They actually cut out and removed his sermon from the rebroadcast! (Online source, emphasis hers)
As I looked into this today I find Steven Furtick tweeted an explanation, which only serves to make it more obvious what actually happened:
My secular career was as a morning drive radio air personality and program director. That meant I was in charge of everything that aired daily on the various radio stations I worked for. Note carefully what Steven Furtick said, and conversely, what he did not say. Did you see that he calls the omission of Matt Chandler’s sermon a “programming change”; he didn’t say programming “error.”
This can only mean that it was a conscious decision on someone’s part in choosing to not rebroadcast Chandler’s message. I think we’re safe to assume, since Steven Furtick is in charge of virtually everything at his church—at the very least—he would have had to ok this. We would even find it very likely that it would have been Furtick’s own decision to have Chandler’s sermon excluded from the rebroadcast.
Benziger also informs us:
In closing this, for now, I point you to BREAKING NEWS: Code Orange Coverup?? where Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio tells us:
BREAKING NEWS: This is the first ever, Saturday edition of Fighting for the Faith. In this episode we ask if Steven Furtick and the Code Orange Revival are purposely covering up and suppressing Matt Chandler’s sermon?
Fact is they edited OUT Chandler’s sermon for the rebroadcasts of last nights revival. We ask why? You can hear Chandler’s sermon in this special episode. (Online source)
Now here’s this special edition of F4F: