Remember that part in the Bible where Jesus rewarded his followers with fancy new homes? Yeah, neither do I. But that didn’t keep Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick from claiming that his new house, valued at $1.6 million, was a gift from God.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Pastor Furtick had a lot of explaining to do after the media caught wind of his big 16,000-square-foot purchase. He told his church congregation on Sunday that he was sorry for any uncomfortable conversations they may have been forced to have over his new home, but he stopped short of actually apologizing for his big splurge. Instead, he said it “comes from God.” I’m feeling a little uncomfortable right now.
But like most miracles attributed to God there’s usually a more logical explanation. According Chunks Corbett, the Elevation Church chief financial officer, his new home was actually paid for with profits from the books he’s written and will write. Unfortunately, that claim can’t be verify because he refuses to reveal his book sales to the public. I guess this is where that whole “faith” thing comes in.
The Charlotte Observer reported that Pastor Furtick said 8,400 square feet of the house is heated, with the rest composed of basement, attic, garage and porch space. The five-bedroom house sits on a 19-acre Waxhaw property with a tax value of $1.6 million, but Corbett said that Furtick paid only $325,000 for it. That kind of deal certainly sounds like a miracle.
Pastor Furtick told his followers at the church’s Blakeney location, “My wife and I made a decision, and we built a house. It’s a big house, and it’s a beautiful house, and we thank God for it …. We understand everything we have comes from God.”
And what, you ask, was the congregation’s reaction to the news? Outrage? Revolt? Nope, they gave him a standing ovation.
I’m definitely in the wrong business.