Steven Furtick – Teaching heresy about the walls of Jericho

Well known false prophet, Steven Furtick, of Elevation Church in Charlotte, NC, is teaching that Joshua, Chapter 6 is about “changing your perspective,” and “seeing over your [personal] walls.

It wasn’t that Jericho was so big that made it a challenging city for them to conquer, it was that Jericho’s walls were so high…

Furtick says.

because some of the stuff that goes on in your life, some of the stuff that God has promised that you have not received yet, some of the stuff that you’re intimidated of…it’s not that it’s really bigger than you, because God is in you is bigger than anything you face, it’s just that your perspective gets blocked by how high the walls are.

Then he goes on to preach that coming to church lifts our perspective to be able to see beyond those walls, and that there’s something about “making and effort to get into God’s presence” that will “elevate your perspective” to be able to see past your problems and you will see that

the enemy that you were intimated by, was actually intimidated of you all along.

See video below.


In typical Word of Faith fashion, Furtick eisegetes this text, misinterprets it, and misapplies it to the lives of his congregants. While the original passage is about God being faithful to fulfill God’s promises and God’s will, Furtick takes this passage to mean that God promises us to have our victory over our problems–we can “use God” to accomplish our goals. This narcissistic eisegesis is classic among the Word of Faith such as Osteen, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, etc.–coming together and speaking the Word of God will somehow “mobilize” or “stimulate” your faith and allow God to work through you.

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4 Responses

  1. Ugh. We just moved to Charlotte and I cringe when I see one of his church locations. He’s awful.

  2. Shane buckles says:

    You all should be ashamed and very disappointed in your self instead of helping bring people closer to God you guys focus on destroying a good man not to mention the fact that even if he was a false prophet you teach people that God is not able to work through a unholly man when you can clearly see that he is even able to work through the kings of Persia as seen for a small example in ester be careful that you don’t lead his people astray with your own type of persecution wich might I add is a true sighn of his coming

    • Kurt Bowers says:

      No Shane Buckles, you should be ashamed of yourself for being spiritually blind. You have no godly discernment if you cannot recognize a false teacher when you see one. Your comment about God working through an unholy man is backwards and false. God has used unholy and even evil people to accomplish His purposes, but God does not use unholy men to preach the gospel! Especially false teachers who teach heresies! The Bible says that Christians are to contend for the faith and to even mark who false teachers are so they can be avoided. That’s what has happened here. Your response has been to call that persecution? Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

  3. Rebecca Cumming says:

    Oh there’s so many False Preachers these days! I can definitely understand why the bible warns us again and again about them. They don’t even seem to know who we are. Sinners saved by the grace and love of God. No other reason. They prance about on stage with their hair cuts and designer clothes, and with the ‘congregation’ clapping and cheering so loud you can’t even hear (which is prob not a bad thing) and they just don’t get that God’s mission isn’t about blessing us. It’s about transforming us into the likeness of Christ, and that rarely happens through blessing. Our God is good and He does bless us though, but we are too busy searching for the next blessing and what we can get out of God to appreciate the current blessings and the truth when it preached to us through the Holy Spirit.
    I don’t understand how some people can’t see it when it’s picked apart for them like this. They are still blind.

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