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Elevation Church: Where Does Unity Come From?

February 19, 2014 by Jeff

Can someone at Elevation Church in Matthews, NC please explain this?  Surely there is some element not present in the page itself that will explain how this isn’t a whole bag of steaming craziness?


I ask that because what actually is present on the page (absent some helpful explanatory word from Elevation) is poor proof-texting and cult-like indoctrination.

1. Proof-Texting: Elevation’s artist did get a correct quoting of the NIV’s translation of Romans 13:1.  However, ripped from it’s Biblical context, combined with the image on the sheet, and the wording about Pastor’s Steven’s vision unifying the church makes that wonderful text justification for not just any craziness Steven Furtick chooses to spew (did I just become a hater?) but any dangerous abuser who lays claim to the title “authority.”

2. Cult-Like Indoctrination: Just so we’re clear: the unity of the church is never in the “vision” of the pastor; it is the unity of faith spoken of in Ephesians 4:10-16, namely unity built on the teaching of and commitment to the Word of God.

Any substitute unity built on the vision of a man is temporary at best, often discretionary, and extremely dangerous at best.

Here’s hoping Elevation clarifies soon.

HT: Kent Schaaf via Terry Gant.

*Update 4* The nuttiness keeps on rolling in.  Check out this other graphic from Elevation Church (Source).  Note especially numbers 1 (really, this is number 1 for them; the more I read it the crazier it looks), 3, 7, and 16.  And why does it take until 24 to mention the gospel?  For real – Elevation Church is looking like 1 short step away from a cult.

*Update 3* Looks like Elevation Church has realized what a thoroughly bad idea this was. Kudos to them.

*Update 2*: Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio has spoken with Elevation Church and confirmed this is legit.


You can see the rest of the artwork from the coloring book here:

*Update 1* Usually I think Matthew Paul Turner should be avoided but we agree on this point.  You can see his post (which preceded mine) for more details on this lunacy.

Since we’re on the subject of Elevation Church at this moment you need to look at even worse lunacy leaking out of their church on how Elevation manipulate people into being “spontaneously” baptized.


  1. Jason says:

    The larger problem is that the coloring book is merely a printing of point #4 in their “Code” (core values):

    Elevation is built on the vision God gave Pastor Steven. We will aggressively defend our unity and that vision.”

    They may choose to not re-print the book, but this is part of the DNA of the church.

  2. Jeff says:

    Jason, great point. This is sort of comical at first blush but it appears more and more likely that Elevation is, at least in some large measure, a personality cult built around adoring Furtick.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Wow, I came across this discussion on Facebook, and it appears that there are several concerning things in “Reasons Why Elevation is the Best Place to Work”. Ephesians 4:3 discuss that we all have the unity of the Spirit (from salvation) and that we are all working towards the unity of the faith, a correct understanding of God’s infallible truth in his word. I won’t comment anymore than this because I’m not part of the church or denomination and have little insight in the daily fellowship and discipleship of this local body. However, I will be praying for the unity of the faith for this specific church as we are unified in the Spirit.

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