Narcigesis – A biblical hermeneutic where one reads themselves into the bible and writes God out of it. (source)
Steven Furtick, the king of narcigesis, makes no uncertainty about who he thinks Scripture is about. Of course, most conservative biblical theologians would, without hesitation, say it’s about Jesus. But Furtick consistently reads himself into every text of Scripture to produce an ear-tickling sermon that is attractive to unbelievers.
While Furtick regularly reads himself into texts such as the wall of Jericho, etc., to my knowledge, this is the first time he’s taken it as far as to refer to himself as the Son of God.
Furtick begins by reading a passage out of Matthew 4, (NIV).
2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
He then goes on a rant which starts out talking about Jesus, and how Jesus responded to Satan’s attempt to tempt him. But if you’ll notice about half-way through the rant, Furtick switches gears from Jesus to himself, applying what Scripture has said solely about Jesus, to himself, saying:
Devil, I’m not even having this argument with you, because your premised is jacked up…If you are the Son of God…you don’t have to tell me who I am. I know who I am. I’ve always been the son of God. [Around this point is when he switches gears from Jesus to himself] I’ve always been a child of God. In fact I just spoke with my father this morning, and he reminded me that he loves me and he’s pleased with me. [This is something God said about Jesus, but Furtick is applying to himself at this point.] I’m not the Son of God because you say I am, I’m the Son of God because God says I am. I’m not confident because of what I can do, I’m confident because of what God says he will do. I’m not forgiven because I’ve earned acceptance, I’m forgiven because God says he has forgiven me (help me preach). I’m not going to do it, because I think I can, I’m doing it because God said I could. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.
– 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
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