I’d never heard of Steven Furtick until today. Turns out he’s another soul-patched, all-black-wearing, mega-church pastor schlocking his wares to churches across the country. And, true to form, some of my Southern Baptist friends are eating it up.
He’s selling a kit to “take your church through the journey of discovering a faith that believes for the impossible.” (Bonus children’s curriculum DVD included!) His premise is if we believe hard enough, the sun will defy the laws of nature and stand still, giving us enough time to adequately slaughter our enemies. The premise of stopping the sun comes from The Old Testament Book of Joshua :
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. Josh 10:13 NIV
My friend, JoAnn, who is so pumped up about Furtick’s message, thinks there is scientific proof that the sun did stand still for one day. Of course, she can’t tell me where this proof is, and none of the websites connected to the book I looked at mentioned it. (Nor the fact that, although I am no astronomer, I know that the earth would have had to stand still, not the sun—something I have yet to see mentioned.) I didn’t read all of Amazon’s has 281 customer reviews, but none of the ones I did mentioned science at all. Most of them made the book sound like The Secret for Christians. Pray for BIG STUFF! God will give it to you!
It’s hilarious how Christians claim one thing in the Old Testament to be absolutely true as written, but as soon as you point out the parts where god smashes children on rocks, or orders a genocide, or tells a king to rape someone else’s wife, well…