A pastor of a North Carolina megachurch is calling his new $1.6 million home a “gift from God.”

Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick’s 16,000 square-foot home drew national media attention last week due to its size and cost.

He apologized to his congregation for any “uncomfortable” conversations they might have had because of the news.

From The Charlotte Observer:

“My wife and I made a decision, and we built a house,” he said while sitting at the edge of the stage at the church’s Blakeney location. “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.” Tax value on the 19-acre Waxhaw property is $1.6 million, though Chunks Corbett, Elevation’s chief financial officer, has said that Furtick paid $325,000 for it – a figure confirmed by Union County tax records.

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Elevation Church has a following of nearly 12,000 people. Furtick spent the first 10 minutes of Sunday’s sermon addressing the controversy. He told the congregation that “it’s not that great of a house.”

He claims to have paid for the home with income earned from the books he’s written and will write, along with speaking engagements.

Thoughts on Furtick’s remarks about the home?

Is it a blessing from God or just another example of a pastor taking advantage of his congregation?

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