Owen Strachan Continues To Not Know Anything: On Modesty

All leggings are tight.

So really he should be asking “Should Women Wear Leggings?”

However, why are Christian men constantly rehashing the same nonsense? Do they literally, with everything going on in the world, have nothing else to stew over besides their own issues with lust? Poverty? Human Trafficking? Racism? War? The fact our foster care system is underfunded and overburdened? Like a couple years ago Dale Partridge or whatever talked about this and the consensus was shut-up. Get your lust in check, practice the spiritual discipline of chastity in your own marriage, and stop watching porn.

Anyway, for someone who claims to be Biblical and exegetically correct, Owen is the gift that keeps on spouting culturally based personal opinions that are found nowhere in the Bible, such as stuff like women shouldn’t play sports. Cause ya know, when early Christian women were getting sawn in half and killed by the sword over the gospel, I’m sure they were spending hours angsting over heavy contact sports.

Now, I don’t really follow Owen in general, so I can’t really speak to his overall theology. This is (again) because of the above blog post which told me he was a Biblical clown twisting scripture, or just making stuff up, to suit his personal worldview.

Gentleness is not a trait only for women, it is a fruit of the Spirit all Christians should pursue and display, per Galatians which I assume Owen believes is part of the Bible. Men, as leaders, should be leading in gentleness, patience, kindness, and other fruits of the Spirit, per their supposed God-ordained placement as heads or spiritual leaders of their families. Being a leader means leading by example; it mean exemplifying the traits you want to see in those who follow you. It does not mean playing football and soccer. One does not need to be a theologian to see Owen is more interested in promoting patriarchy over Biblical truth. One only needs to read the Bible for themselves.

Here is another such example of Owen not knowing anything. Tellingly, Owen never defines modesty per the Bible. Historically, modesty standards have varied widely throughout history, and even from culture to culture. During Bible times, everyone wore robes though I have no doubt Owen would be the type to throw a fit over a male wearing a dress now.

The Bible makes no mention of modesty as pertains to clothing, but tells us that lust is an issue of the heart, and “if anyone looks at a women with lust, it’s better to gouge his own eyes out, than the whole body go into hell”.

I’m generally all for, within reason, doing what I can to not tempt my bros in Christ with my clothing. That said, the female body is not inherently sexual. Curves, hips, etc. which God gave women, are not things that needs to be hidden. Adam and Eve were born naked, it was only after sin that they covered up and it’s a shame Christian men, who should be the most free from sin, seem to struggle with looking at knees, shoulders, and legs even more than non-Christian men. It’s perhaps the most telling sign that purity culture and modesty rules don’t work.

If Christian men are unable to look at a woman in leggings without thinking impure thoughts, they should, per Jesus suggestions, get a spoon and start the digging their eyeballs out.

Is Steven Furtick a False Teacher?

A facebook post stating, "Following Jesus doesn't change you into something else; it reveals who you've been all along. What would it be to see the you that God sees..." The post is a screenshot from Pastor Steven Furtick.

Listening to Pastor Steven Furtick is like going to a pep rally – when I’m feeling generally woeful, I’ll turn on his sermons and feel mildly more motivated to keep slaving away on Earth for a few more days.

That said, if I want something deep… I just read the Bible.

Steven Furtick sort of highlights some of the issues I have with modern, American Christianity – his sermons are a bit shallow and focused on the self, rather than on who God is. Which there are a lot of baby Christians out there who need milk and not solid food, so there’s a need for people like him and that sounds snarkier than intended given I do occasionally benefit from listening to him lol.

Anyway, the only reason I know about this is because Morgan and Paul did a video on it and since I was dog sitting and bored, I watched it which was a risk in and of itself given listening to them often makes my brain feel like the rotting corpse of a skunk.

A Facebook post from Steven Furtick saying," Following Jesus doesn't change you into something else, it reveals who you've been all along. What would it be like to see the you that God sees..."

The Bible says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). Furthermore, 2 Corinthians 3:18: “But we all, with unveiled faces, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” Galatians literally says we’ve been crucified with Christ and it’s no longer us, but Christ in us. Even going way back to Ezekiel, pre-Christ, the Bible speaks of the Lord breathing life into dry bones. So like uh yeah God is all about changing and you don’t have to be a scholar to know that.

Morgan and Paul actually begin with some Bible verses and not just the usual spouting off their opinions, so nice. Also, not going to lie, I didn’t listen to the entire video but they concluded, similar to myself, that he’s not a false teacher but surely misguided.

Also, I listened to the sermon Pastor Furtick’s post was supposedly based off.

Which the crux of it was that God does change… but it’s more revealing who you really are.

Which… we are indeed made in the Image of God and our inherent worth as humans is in that. Furthermore, God does gift different people in different areas. I have 0 patience for humanity and would make an awful, bitter nurse likely even ending up in jail for poisoning my patients or something, yet there are those gifted in that area who are understandably appalled at people like me. So what Furtick seems to be saying is God already puts certain things in you that He brings forth in it’s due time and that regardless of your own past failings, or view of yourself, God can still use you because it is not by our strength, but by His that we are able to do all things. Just as Peter was once Simon, and God changed his name because He saw what Peter could be, God can do the same to you, fam!

Doesn’t particularly sound like false teaching.

That said, the wording of his Facebook post is terrible lacking that context and even with it, it’s still not something that should’ve been posted. If Jesus Christ isn’t changing you, are you really a Christian?

We’re born into sin and “the heart is deceitful above all things,” so like Biblically there’s nothing “good” in us naturally that God can bring out. A better phrasing would have alluded to rather than God revealing who we are innately, God reveals who He sees us as through Christ because innately we as humans are trash.

So is Steven Furtick a false teacher?

Nah, if anything that wolf in sheep’s clothing would be Biblical Clown Owen Strachan and his overly conservative, fundamentalist nonsensical “theology”. As someone who does watch Steven semi-regularly, his delivery may not be everyone’s cup of tea but he’s not preaching religions can CoExIsT and one can get to Heaven by being a good person, nor is he using the Message/Passion versions of the Bible. A false teacher is someone who’s actively leading people away from Christ and I can confidently say “men” like Owen Strachan would be leading me on the straight and wide path to hell were I not already saved. Like apparently, whether or not women play sports is super duper important to God. Specifically, God cares if women play contact sports – like imagine being Owen standing before Jesus, bleeding and dying on the cross, and being like, “IDK if women should play football and other contact sports, Jesus, cause gentleness and femininity”. Boy, bye.

Should we call pastors out when they mess up? Yes, there’s even a Biblical basis for this. Should Steven have just wordlessly deleted the Facebook post? No, that’s shady and he could’ve just admitted the post was phrased badly and didn’t convey what he meant. Furthermore, if pastors are repeatedly preaching Biblical Clownery under the guise of “truths” *coughsinOwenStrachan*, we should indeed call them out for false teaching and question the sincerity of their faith. But again, Steven isn’t preaching a different faith from the one in the Bible.

Only Jesus lived a perfect life and we ought to be cautious before making flippant accusations just because a pastor says something we don’t like, or isn’t quite right every so often. Be sober minded and alert, and read your Bible daily, so that when false teaching does come your way, you’ll know it and be able to combat it with the Word of God.