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Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick criticised for endorsing son's explicit music

by Kelly Valencia
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US pastor Steven Furtick and his wife Holly have come under fire for supporting their son's music which includes references to sex, guns and excess of money. 

Earlier this month, Furtick's 16-year-old Elijah released his first hip hop album "Teen Machine" under "dothedash!," his stage name. 

The album, which includes nine tracks, has an introduction explaining how the songs are a "genuine reflection of some dimension of the author's experience or personality" but also notes that the majority of the lyrics are a reflection of "fictitious, exaggerated, tongue-in-cheek or otherwise wildly inaccurate" experiences. 

In "No Hook!," the album's lead song, Elijah's talks about oral sex, drinking Hennessy and his "bro" keeping a gun.

Following the release of the album, pastor Steven took to social media to praise his son. 

"You already know how proud I am of you. But today on the release of TEEN MACHINE I want you to know that you inspire me." 

 "Believing in your own voice, lyrics and melodies enough to hit record and make your own project. This is the part that inspired me the most," he continued. 

But Elijah's lyrics have sparked criticism from many, including associate pastor at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Virginia, Pastor Keith Bell who accused pastor Steven of not running "his own household well." 

"1 Timothy 3 says that one of the qualifications of a pastor are that... 'He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity, but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?'" Bell wrote in a Facebook post.

US Christian hip hop artist, Ruslan KD also added to the criticism by saying: "I don't blame him [Elijah]. He's a kid. This is not his fault. This was cosigned by his mom. He posted it, and the mom was like, 'yeah!' endorsing it."
Premier has contacted pastor Steven Furtick for comment. 

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