While Steven Furtick’s website wants my name and email address in exchange for a free sample of his new book, Barnes and Noble offers the first chapter for free on their website. In it, you will find the dramatic story of Pastor Furtick narrowly avoiding a nervous breakdown as he worries whether he’ll be able to ask his wife to change a lightbulb in the bathroom for him (seriously). But this is no home-improvement book, and Pastor Furtick redirects the discussion to tell us how we hear God’s voice. He tells us that, not only do we hear God in the Bible, he speaks to us in mysterious and abstract ways. Here’s a quote:
His Spirit speaks with promptings that are not audible—often they are much louder than that—always in perfect harmony with the Scriptures and always resounding with perfect wisdom.
I disagree, but just for fun, I’ll take the bait. What kinds of things does God tell this pastor that are in perfect harmony with Scripture? Happily, he gives us an example to prove his point:
A few years ago I was on a plane headed home, and I looked out the window during the descent. The sunset seemed to be painting the skyline in neon orange, illuminating the city where I had just moved to start a church. It was a glowing visual that set the scene for God to speak to my heart: This is your city.
Furtick doesn’t provide us the harmonization in the footnotes, probably because he assumes it’s obvious to us that it’s an almost perfect reproduction of Matthew 4:8-9.
The devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”
The Chatterbox: Hubris dressed up as heavenly revelation.