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Code Orange: The Ironic Parallel Meaning

The ten-day heresy revival event called the “Code Orange Revival” hosted by Elevation Church, and Pastor Steven Furtick is well under way. This year’s event started on September 9th and will finish this Sunday the 18th. As typical Steven Furtick has lined up some of the most talented in Scripture-twisting and the exploitation of God’s Word, these gurus of abstraction include Christine Caine, Louie Giglio, Craig Groeschel, Carl Lentz, Darius Daniels, John Gray, Levi Lusko, and even Joyce Meyer. Each one of these speakers being talented of their own accord in the art of Scriptural perversion.

I have often referred to this event in the past as the “Heresy Olympics” or the “Heresy Games,” and for good reason. I have been covering this particular event since 2012 over at EBC†Ministries and have written several articles detailing the problems with Steven Furtick, Code Orange, and Elevation Church.  More recently, I wrote an article entitled “Release, Receive, Respond, Repeat!”  But No Repent! over at The CrossRoads detailing the problems with this year’s Code Orange Revival.  While I have covered the problems with the opening night ceremony and its message, I started to think about the irony behind the naming of this event and how a name could be no more fitting for such a “revival.”

Before the uprise of the Code Orange Revival events and the rise of Steven Furtick to celebrity pastor status, how many of you have ever heard the such a pairing of words? I mean the pairing of the words “Code Orange.” I never gave much thought to the use of these words in the general sense, or for that matter, their public meaning. It wasn’t until recently that I began to think about the irony in the naming of these “revival” events.  It was pointed out by an astute listener of mine over at my podcast, Cross†Roads Radio, that I should investigate the naming of Steven Furtick’s revival. So that is what I did, and I found it completely ironic the naming of the Code Orange Revival and the definition of what a “code orange” is in public use.

Now let me make this clear, I am not one of those who believes in hidden symbolism or conspiracy theories. I just found this to be too ironic not to write about or mention. If you are in the medical field or work in a hospital, you may be very familiar with what a “code orange” event is. However, if you are like myself and many others in the general public this pairing of words has no significant meaning.  According to an online medical dictionary (which can be found here), the meaning of “Code Orange” has some interesting ramifications.  It can mean several different things from a bomb threat or a radioactive spill to a potentially violent person with mental issues, or even an external disaster with mass casualties. In the general sense, a “code orange” event means disaster–and one of significant proportion.

It is seemingly ironic in the naming of Steven Furtick’s Code Orange Revival events and the real-life definition of a code orange event.  There is a peculiar similarity between the definition of what a code orange event is in real life and what happens at one of Steven Furtick’s Code Orange Revival events.  The commonality starts and ends in one-word — Disaster. Both of these occasions, a real life code orange event, and Furtick’s Code Orange Revival event equals disaster.

While a real life code orange situation may be harmful to the immediate public in a localized area, Steven Furtick’s Code Orange Revival has a much larger reach and dire eternal ramifications.  It is Furtick’s Code Orange Revival that is by far the most disastrous with their twisting of Scripture, blatant eisegesis, the preaching of false gospels, and distinctly shallow evangelicalism. These vain attempts project a version of a mere Christianity that have the most deadly consequences —eternal damnation. When we look at what the Code Orange Revival events teach and promote, the damage done to the body of Christ is evident.  In the aftermath of the disaster called the Code Orange Revival, we can honestly see the sad irony in the naming of this event.

[Richard Haas]

Richard Haas

Founder of DriveTime Apologetics, Empowered by Christ Ministries and the DriveTime Apologetics Podcast. Author, Writer, Podcaster, Christian Apologetist & Polemist