The Scripture tells us that Jesus’ death on the cross was victorious because he took the punishment that sinners deserved and died in their place, and rose on the third day defeating sin and death for all who would repent and believe in Him. But leave it to Steven Furtick to completely make something up and paint an entirely different gospel altogether.
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. —Galatians 1:8
The gospel according to Steven Furtick says that Jesus’ death was basically a ruse to fool people because He is “sneaky” and couldn’t “bring victory into the earth looking like victory.” Instead, Furtick says, he had to “dress it up like death and hang it on a cross because He’s sneaky.”
First off, saying that Jesus is “sneaky” is to imply that Jesus is somehow dishonest. The Scriptures describe Jesus in a lot of ways, but “sneaky” or dishonest is never one of them. The Scriptures have been entirely clear since the Old Testament what the purpose of Jesus’ death on the cross was and for those whom God chose to save, there was absolutely nothing “sneaky” about the cross.
Steven Furtick is a serial blasphemer, narcissist, and Scripture-twister and is completely immersed in the Word-of-Faith movement.
Furtick has been hand-crafted by his mentor, Trinity-denier, T.D. Jakes has been the motivation and inspiration for his style of self-help preaching. Whether it be Furtick saying that God will bless your sins, denying God’s sovereignty over man, lying about baptism numbers, hosting a non-Trinitarian fraud at his church, claiming that Jesus sinned, saying that Abram asked God for Viagra, or comparing Jesus to a gay rapper, there is no doubt that Furtick’s theological understanding of God is severely lacking.