Monday, October 15, 2007

Joel Osteen


60 Minutes did coverage of Joel Osteen's ministry last night, and they even asked pertinent questions that evangelicals would ask. I was surprised. They asked why, in his recent book, he doesn't even mention God or Jesus, yet he is supposed to be a pastor.

They interviewed a pastor who makes it clear that Osteen preaches about bettering oneself and doesn't focus on God, the focal point of the Christian life. To make it about ourselves is heresy.

I've seen Osteen interviewed on Larry King where he was asked about his beliefs about Hell. He said he can't judge whether or not people are going to Hell and it's not for him to say that they need to repent. He doesn't preach repentance from sin!

Clearly he has gone astray from the basic biblical teachings of his father who was also a pastor in the Houston area.

This writer is disturbed about what is false about Osteen. Here is an excerpt:

The latest "star" among the Christian world is Joel Osteen, pastor of nondenominational Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Osteen claims the nation’s largest congregation with over 30,000 members. Lakewood recently purchased the colossal Compaq Center, formerly home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. After a whopping $95 million in renovations, the Compaq Center now houses Osteen’s empire called Lakewood Church. Osteen continually sells out huge arenas (at $10 a ticket) across the country. (on ebay Osteen’s tickets list for over $100—can you say $ch-ching$?) New York Times (July 18, 2005) reports Lakewood’s 2004 revenue’s of $55 million. Osteen’s book of human-potential, self-esteem, "feel good," self-help-guide titled, Your Best Life Now: Seven Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, ranks number one on the prestigious "New York Times" best-seller list. Wxyz.com writes of Osteen’s enormous popularity, "In the world of religion, he’s achieved the status of a rock star. . ." Clearly, Mr. Osteen wears the coveted crown prince of the Christian kingdom.

I wasn't aware of what a false prophet he is. Look at the title of his book: Your Best Life Now: Seven Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. It's not the gospel! The problem is what he has done with the crucified life.

This has disturbed me a lot lately, since I had a discussion with someone who believes that everyone gets saved. Ben Worley (hammerswing75.blogspot.com) did a post on his blog about this (and I can't find it). There are a lot of people who don't want to go to the cross, or through the cross. They don't want to have to repent. Unfortunately for them, there is no salvation without repentance.

They want to believe that there is nothing a person has to do in response to God in order to be saved. You have to ignore a lot of what Jesus said to believe this. Look at Luke 13:3 - "unless you repent you will all likewise perish." That's only one of the verses.

He's got all that money, and the easy life that he has (he charges people money to get in to his services apparently!), but I shudder to think of judgment day for him! He's leading so many people astray! He has America's largest church, supposedly. I only know from having listened to him that he's not about Jesus. He doesn't draw me to Jesus. There is nothing of Jesus there to draw me to. People are drawn to Joel. He's good looking, successful, can bench press 300 pounds they said on 60 minutes. Amazing how people are drawn to lies.

I would be so wary of drawing huge crowds. His church used to be the Compaq center in Houston. That's a lot of people. I would wonder what was drawing people to me. If it wasn't God I'd be truly scared.

Another one of his sayings is: "discover the champion in you." "He teaches the power of positivity," says ABC News. He has been named "the most influential Christian in America" by churchreport.com. Scary! Joel Osteen is not the kind of Christian we want to be influencing people in America. It's time to pray and pray hard!

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