I mentioned this sermon a number of weeks ago here . Recently, I stumbled across a video clip of it. Herein you find a profound ontological distortion of a Biblical understanding of the trice holy Triune God of the Bible. Here in this tortured eisegesis of Exodus 3:14 you find a god defined perhaps exclusively a responder to felt needs, needs that quite frankly can often be met be met without Christ. Herein you find some truth mixed with an element of error and end up with a human-crafted god; you find idolatry.
I remember listening to a sermon at a mega-church I used to go to wherein they placed a quote on the overhead screens that went something like this: “God is honored to pursue us.” There is nothing in me, in us, that God would be honored to pursue us. Such thinking, without intent, represents a diminishing of God, the sovereign Creator, by an errant proclamation of exaltation of the fallen creature by the Creator. Ask yourself this: did the first martyr, Steven, die for this message of a god who lets us define him by our temporal desires? Did Paul die for this human-centered proclamation of ‘I AM what ever you need me to be?’ Was Peter crucified upside-down for a Christ that allows you to define Him by a “fill in the blank’ survey of felt needs? Do you pick up your cross to die daily for this lite version of the heretical prosperity gospel? It should come as no surprise to know that Steven Furtick embraces the message of Joel Osteen and holds him in high regard. Apparently, too, Steven Furtick, one who speaks at conferences on church growth, seems to be conflicted and confused in his thinking about Bereans .
(Addendum of 1-17-10: Listened to a recent sermon by Furtick, and he seems seems to be moving in a very positive, less human-centric direction.)