“I the LORD your God am a jealous God…” – Exodus 20:4
“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’” – Matthew 16:15
Back in the mid 90s, Joan Osbourne asked the musical question, “What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us?” To even ask this question is an attempt to bring the concept of an infinite God down to the level of a mere mortal, which is a first step in creating a god in our own image, rather than acknowledging that it is the other way around. You see, we fallen human being have this thing called pride. We think that we are the center of the universe (at least in our own eyes!) and live accordingly. It’s like the old joke that asks, how does a soprano screw in a light bulb? She stands at the top of a ladder and just holds the bulb in the socket because the world revolves around her! (Oh come on, Girls! It’s just a joke! The same could be said for us tenors!)
There are just all kinds of dopey ideas that pass themselves off as so called “Christianity” out there. From Joel Osteen and his “fully loaded” analogy, to Gloria Copeland’s claims that we can command the weather (my question is that if Gloria or Ken Copeland can command the weather, why didn’t they go down to the Gulf coast in 2005 and command Katrina to dissipate? Hmmm??) to Creflo Dollar claiming that since all things reproduce after their own kind, we are little “gods” (never mind that since God is the Creator, he stands outside of His creation, has complete dominion over all of it and is not limited in any way by it. Also, Jesus Christ is the only one mentioned in Scripture as “begotten,” all of the rest of the chosen are “adopted”) to these totally weird followers of John Crowder and Ben Dunn who claim to have the “piggy anointing” or the “squirrel anointing” or even the “pheasant anointing” (if you haven’t seen this train wreck, consider yourself blessed!). The one common thread among all of these shenanigans is that every one of them has man as the central focus and not the honor and glory of Almighty God.
The Exodus reference comes directly from the law given to Moses (that would be the second of the Ten Commandments for our friends in the emergent village!) and is crystal clear in the intention that we are not to fashion any god to suit our own perception of God or even of our desire for God to be what WE want Him to be. God is serious about his Name or His reputation (as the third commandment states) and He will not hold them blameless who defame His Name.
The Name of God is serious business. This is why we need a proper Biblical theology in order to give the Name of God it’s proper reverence and to understand the sinful plight of Man in relation to God. Kevin DeYoung, author of “Why We Are Not Emergents (by Two Guys Who Should Be)” has written a great piece about our perceptions of who Jesus is and why it is so important to answer the question Jesus raised in the Matthew reference “Who do you say that I am?” You can read his piece here.
The bottom line is that many are putting their faith in a “Jesus” of their own making. And any “Jesus” that is not the true “Messiah” is no Savior at all