I am familiar with Pastor Thurman Scrivner.
I registered on this forum specifically to respond to your sincere question, Lavender. So, I don't know if this board allows private messaging, but if so, I would be glad to correspond with you "offline" if you have further questions.
My walk with God has strengthened immensely since I first heard him preach, and that even after having been a Christian for nearly 24 years as an adult active in the various churches I attended over that period.
Since hearing him for the first time 5 to 6 years ago, I have literally listened to hundreds of his messages. Yes, you read that right. I have also heard him speak in meetings or attended the church he pastors near Argyle, TX.
You are correct about the internet and slanderous people. I have read "reviews" of Pastor Scrivner and the negative ones are all about the same: they lump him in with so-called word of faith, prosperity, name-it-claim it preachers with the typical generalized attacks. For the record, I used to do that also: write people off by association rather than scrutinize and study what they teach compared to the bible, and actually look at the true fruits of their ministries.
He teaches the truth straight out of the bible. If you don't like something he teaches, you will find yourself having a problem with God's word, not Thurman. And his fruit has real people's names on it.
If you knew the man, and I have met him on multiple occasions, you would know that he is a humble man, a man of integrity, who lives within simple means. His VERY modest house that he built himself, some people refer to as a tin-barn. He gives away everything at every meeting. Nothing is for sale. He truly demonstrates the freely received-freely give principle.
If you went to his website, [deleted]you would find all messages downloadable for free under the Order Teachings section. Instead of downloading, you could have CDs or DVDs mailed to you AT NO CHARGE! The orders will be shipped free, postage-paid to ANY PART OF THE PLANET. Yes, free.
No book sales, etc. The only thing money-wise I am aware of is the front page ad for a satellite system from GLC who have graciously hosted his programs--as a return favor to them.
I don't know what someone meant when they said his internet pages are all about him. I don't see that. He is a man with a message, and that message is Jesus and the fact that Jesus STILL saves, heals and delivers.
The first message I heard was a CD given to us from a friend who attended a Bill Gothard meeting where Thurman spoke one weekend. It is called God's Power. It is mostly his testimony of a major miracle involving his grand daughter who should have died in an extremely car accident. If anyone can listen to this message and not be moved/inspired to believe God to do the impossible, he is dead to the things of God.
You can find this message on his Order Teachings page if you scroll down. The order form is only for physical media, so just scroll down past that. It is alphabetical. right click to save the MP3s or left click to listen online.
I have been copying this CD and giving it away for 5 years. 99% positive feedback. I am still praying for the 1 percent!
As a Southern Baptist for more than 20 years, having been a deacon in the church as well as an adult
Sunday School teacher, he challenged my "pet" ideas/beliefs right off the bat. All I can say is, "thanks, I needed that!" Everyting he teaches is right there in the bible, but the SB churches I attended and taught in never touched so many of those powerful promises of God. Honestly, I thought I knew the bible. I was just scratching the surface. Five years later, I still am.
As I said, feel free to message me if you would like to continue the discussion. I hope I am wrong, but I don't feel the freedom to continue here given the tone of the previous messages.
God bless you.
PS one of the first things I learned from Pastor Scrivner was Luke 11:13. No one ever told me to ask that! But praise God, I do every day now and my life has been transformed.