REVIEW OF STEVEN FURTICK’S SUN STAND STILL

Prophet-Führer Steven Furtick has risen to prominence with an able assist from former Gospel Coalition members James MacDonald, curator of the Elephant Room (ER), and New Calvinist compromiser Mark Driscoll.

Apprising Ministries has also shown you that both resignations involved feedback received about the ER. Furtick is actually one of the few veterans of both Elephant Room’s, which led to more credibility within evangelicalism.

Earlier in Steven Furtick Bringin’ On Word Faith And The Pastrixes I told you that he’s developing a rather aggressive hybrid Seeker Driven/quasi-Word Faith religion that we might well deem as Furtickism.

He refers to it as “audacious faith’ and is the subject of his first book Sun Stand Still (SSS); which came with ringing endorsements from spiritual wingnuts like Dutch Sheets of the NAR and “Bishop” Eddie Long.

Now before you view the below clip, as a former football coach I can tell you that we would have the quarterback of our team wear what’s known as a flak jacket to protect his torso from blows; and of course, a helmet.

Well, as you watch Furtick’s WF pal “Prophet” Brian Carn you’ll see by the tackles and stiff arms below Furtickism will be a bit rough; so we suggest that a flak vest and helmet become standard issue here as well:

Below prophet-führer Steven Furtick himself gives you his take on his twisted SSS mythology:

In closing, for now, this is the background you need as I point you to the following review of Sun Stand Still by John Starke, Lead Pastor of All Souls Church, Upper West Side Manhattan:

I was a little surprised at the popularity of this book. I knew it had sold well, but I had no idea how much it motivated readers. I walked into the gym with this book in my hand and a 20-year-old man grabbed me by the arm and asked, “Is that Sun Stand Still?”

After I told him it was, he proceeded to tell me how he had just committed his life to Christ six months before and that Sun Stand Still had changed his life. He was excited about the book, and it was evident in how loudly he spoke, seemingly unhindered by the attention his loud voice was getting from the crowded gym. He was ready and motivated to change the world.

Steve Furtick, author of Sun Stand Still and pastor of Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, wants his readers to dream big, believe God can do big things, and then act on faith-informed, God-size dreams… (source)

Here, let me explain where Furtick has now intersected with classic Word Faith fables. Following we have the late Kenneth Hagin, who is widely recognized as father of the WF movement and its leading teacher.

You’ll see, for those deluded by WF myths, these “God-sized dreams” come about when we exercise the “God-kind of faith”; the same faith God Himself uses e.g. as He created the universe by believing in Himself and His Words:

Hagin’s disciple Kenneth Copeland, who has taken over the mantle of WF King from him puts it this way in a tweet today:


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John Starke then continues his review of Furtick’s SSS:

Furtick identifies Joshua’s prayer based on the promises of God and applies it to our day—we should make bold, Joshua-like, sun-stand-still prayers based on God’s promises. But God’s promises to Joshua were explicitly about defeating the enemies of Israel and taking the promised land. The promise was not: Believe God can do great things and, then, pray big.

The promises of God were related to God’s redemptive promises that were finally and gloriously fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Furtick’s book is also complicated by the reality that many of our great prayers, however big and faith-filled, don’t get the answer we want from God. There are many disappointments in life when we seem to be going out on a limb, hoping that God will come through…

Is the Christian life just one gigantic prayer request to the next, hoping that the next one might be the one where God turns the world upside down? Even more, Furtick doesn’t relate God’s great work in the world through the local church. Rather it’s essentially individualistic. What can you do? What is your divine potential? …

I am left wondering about the millions of Christians who never accomplish the impossible. Do they lack faith? Do they not believe in the power of God enough? Are they too comfortable with the mundane? Furtick wants you to be unimpressed with the mundane and convinced that God has scripted something miraculous.

But there is a radical faith that expresses itself in faithfulness: The father who faithfully reads the Bible and prays with their children; the mother who labors to have joy while changing diapers and cleaning up vomit; the missionary who perseveres in a small tribe with little fruit over 20 years; the elder who never misses a funeral, wedding, or hospital visit; the seminary student who decides to teach the elderly ladies Sunday school class or spend Saturday nights preaching at rest homes; the pastor who says no to more money and a bigger church and stays at the smaller church where he’s labored with the same people, in an old building, with a cranky deacon board.

Great faith may mean that 25,000 people will listen to you speak. But it might also mean that you stay married for 67 years, your kids believe the gospel, and you can give $150 more a month to missions because your mortgage is paid in full. (source)

And thus is revealed the corrupt heart of centered on the self-ism (cf. 2 Timothy 3:2) of quasi-WF Furtickism…

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