The Business of Self-Esteem Preaching in the American MegaChurch and the Half-Gospel it Creates

This is a short clip discussing one of the many issues I go over in the MegaChurch model. When a church is modeled more like a business to attract people rather than build up the saints and discipleship, then that’s a major issue. Are theatrical displays from the pulpit wrong? Not in and of themselves. Lots of people have passion and great speaking gifts. But if this is used to entice you emotionally instead of biblically, and scripture is taken out of context to do it? And they’re just trying to appeal to experience or emotion while watering down the Gospel? Then yeah… that’s worth making a short clip out of.

(And just a disclaimer- no I don’t hate or bash on Steven Furtick. He’s a person with feelings and a family and deserves our prayers and respect as a person. But since he *is* a megachurch pastor and displays many of the points I make in this clip, I do use him as an example to display a visual of that point. Any comments calling him unnecessary names will be removed.)

The longer version of this video can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_0QvXOtJ58Q&t=2828s

What Is the Gospel?: https://youtu.be/YkxEdB_3QLM

Definitely worth watching American Gospel: http://www.americangospelfilm.com/

This is the full Steven Furtick sermon that I got the clips from:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW916Mcl1Ow

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Melissa Dougherty I'm a Christian artist who loves apologetics and Jesus! A lot of my videos are aimed at the newer Christian helping them understand tough questions about Christianity in a simple, loving and fun way, while not compromising Scripture. I'm an ex new ager, and have been in a counter cult ministry to Mormons and Jehovah's witnesses, so many of my videos will appeal to my background in it. I just started actually using my YouTube channel in the fall of 2018. So far so good! Thank you to everyone who supports anything I do on here. My channel is a mix of both apologetics and one of my passions: painting. You'll see some art here, some Jesus there... It's who I am.

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