Tennessee recording artist and cult leader Mackenzie Morgan went viral after posting on social media that she could no longer “keep quiet” about what she says are heretical teachings from groups such as Bethel Music, Elevation and Hillsong Worship.
In a July 12 Facebook post, Morgan, who leads the cult for Refine the church in Lascassas, Tennessee, criticized what she dubbed “false teachings” in some of today’s most popular cult music. As of Tuesday afternoon, his message had more than 10,000 shares.
After spending time studying traditional worship music, the 24-year-old worship leader said that she “was faced with a terrible feeling of grief and sadness for what I was supporting.” She then specifically named the popular cult groups Hillsong, Elevation Worship, and Bethel Music.
“Maybe it’s time we started looking at the scriptures to see what God really calls in worship and overcome what we want,” she continued.
While noting that the problems in modern worship music are “too many” to list, Morgan specifically called on the teachings of Steven Furtick, the senior pastor of North Carolina’s Elevation mega-church.
“… I cannot support these churches like Elevation and the teachings of Steven Furtick. For his belief in modalism, which is the belief that God is not one being and three people, but that God rocks in the “fashions” of each person of the Trinity. Guys, this is heresy, ”she argued.
A Christian group based in Charlotte previously critical Furtick for his apparent rejection of Orthodox views of the Trinity. They highlighted a sermon where the pastor quoted John 16: 7: “But very sincerely I tell you, it is for your good that I am going.”
“How can you say something like that Jesus?” said Furtick. “How can you say it’s good for you to go?” We have followed you. We trusted you and now you are leaving us. “
“No, I’m not leaving you,” Furtick continued, imitating Jesus. “I’m changing my shape. So far, I have walked with you, but when I send my Spirit, I will be in you. So, I am not. not leaving you, I’m just changing my place.
The group called Furtick’s comments “twisted” and accused him of promoting modalist doctrine. website, however, says the church sticks to an Orthodox view of the Trinity.
Morgan went on to express her unease with Bethel Music, a criticism that she said “should be pretty obvious.”
Bethel Church is regularly criticized for its emphasis on supernatural ministry. Religious leaders Bill and Beni Johnson have also been personally accused of heretical acts.
Bill Johnson’s “Jesus Christ is a Perfect Theology” has come under scrutiny for promoting the idea that he still is. God’s will to heal someone. Beni Johnson has been accused of “dipping a grave” after posting photos of her lying on the graves of iconic Christians such as CS Lewis.
Beni Johnson has also been criticized for his insistence on angelology. She once explained in a blog post that there are “different types of angels: messenger angels, healing angels, fire angels” who have “fallen asleep”.
“Theology matters” Morgan continued. “I cannot stress this enough. It is important that a song is weak in theology and does not accurately show the holiness of our God. It is important for churches to spread a prosperity gospel different from the gospel found in the scriptures. It IS IMPORTANT that every Sunday churches pay royalties to those churches so that they can sing their music, promoting [their] evangelism and their false evangelical message.
The singer said she regretted “supporting these churches” by singing their songs and “opening doors for others to discover their false teachings.”
“What if the majority of the church leads its people astray by singing music that is not worthy of a sovereign and holy God? ” she asked.
Citing Leviticus 10: 1-3, Speaking of God’s disapproval of false worship, Morgan urged people to compare worship music with the scriptures.
“There are no gray areas in the Word of God,” she said.
In a follow-up Facebook video, Morgan thanked the thousands of people who supported his post. She admitted that she anticipated a setback when discussing her “real concerns” with other Christians.
Morgan said she is now working with her church to help answer questions and “be a trusted source” on worship music.