What The Good Place reveals over time is that everyone in this group needs each other. They all become better people in community because it’s uncomfortable. While it’s possible for these characters to spend their lives isolated from others - close to people in proximity but never letting them in - the cost of doing this is their soul.
For those with a deep-seated conviction about pastoral authority and not undercutting “the Lord’s anointed” perhaps even this isn’t problematic; but considering the cautionary tale, after cautionary tale, after cautionary tale we’ve heard from megachurch pastors whose fame led to their downfall, Furtick’s centering himself as the unassailable visionary for the church is concerning.
A fair warning up front: this isn’t going to be a happy story, because Riley’s life isn’t happy.
When Riley was 8 years old his parents checked him and his younger brother into a hotel room in Florida, walked out the door, and never came back. He now lives with his grandma and uncle in California. He hasn’t seen his mom since.