Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Prime The Pump?

Elevation Church on "Spontaneous Baptism How-To Guide"

This is rather amazing and I absolutely could not believe it until I checked it out.

These are some of the more troubling aspects I read:

"15 people from Elevation church staff placed in the audience:

15 people will sit in the worship experience and be the first ones to move when Pastor gives the call.

1. Sit in the auditorium and begin moving forward when Pastor Steven says go.

2. Move intentionally through the highest visibility areas and the longest walk.

Hallway Staff at Elevation church:
1. Create an atmosphere of Celebration for those being baptized as they walk toward the changing rooms…this needs to be HUGE and over the top celebration!"

The church should be "planting" people in the audience to "prime the pump"?

Wonder why we get so many "false converts"? Maybe because they were never saved to begin with and church's manipulate their emotions by "planting" people in the crowd and then strategically have them walk in the most crowded high visible areas why everyone cheers them on and they are driven by emotions.

This is wrong folks. We should not be deceiving people at the church for the first time into thinking there is a bunch of people going up when they have been "planted" there all along. That is deceitful!

Where is the trust in the power of God's Holy Spirit to convict the sinner's heart? Do we need to plant people in the audience and put them in the highest visible areas to cheer for them as they walk the isle as an incentive to "make a decision"?

I am not trying to be offensive friends as I know that Elevation is a big church and no doubt does a lot of good for the community but this is dead wrong.

To be clear, I do not think the motives of Steven Furtick or Elevation church are bad. No doubt they truly want to see people come to know the truth. My issue is with this methodology that I find to be VERY disturbing

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