16. October 2007 · 8 comments · Categories: Uncategorized

    Joel Osteen seems to be a wonderful, kind human being. He appears to be the type of person one would love to sit down and have lunch with or play tennis with. He’s funny. He’s upbeat. Postive. Kind. In fact, he appears to be the type who would never hurt anyone’s feelings.

I have a question, though. Is Joel Osteen too kind to pastor a church? One of my favorite religious figures is a man I’ve never met. His name is Paul and he was an Apostle in the bible. Those of you who have studied Paul and the books he authored know that Paul had no interest in pleasing man. His goal was to uplift the scriptures and to preach Jesus. A large part of what he did was to preach sin and its repercussions.

How can one be a pastor but never tell his members about sin? Of course there must be balance. Of course people need to hear funny stories and uplifting sermons. But in fairness to the sinners in the congregation who are literally laughing themselves into hell, shouldn’t their pastor tell them what is right and what is wrong and about those things that will land them in the justice seat of our Lord?  And doesn’t God hold all pastors responsible for what they do teach or refuse to teach in churches?

A write-up appeared about Joel Osteen today. Check this quote by Minister Horton:

“I think it’s a cotton candy gospel,” says Rev. Michael Horton, a professor of theology at Westminister Seminary in Escondido, Calif.

“His core message is God is nice, you’re nice, be nice,” Horton says, laughing. “It’s sort of a, if it were a form of music, I think it would be easy listening. He uses the Bible like a fortune cookie. ‘This is what’s gonna happen for you. There’s gonna be a windfall in your life tomorrow.’ The Bible’s not meant to be read that way.”

Reverend Horton believes that Osteen tells only half the story of the Bible, focusing on the good news without talking about sin, suffering and redemption.

And Rev. Horton goes even further. He levels the harshest charge of all, calling the Osteen method of teaching heresy.

“It is certainly heresy, I believe, to say that God is our resource for getting our best life now,” Horton says.

“Because?” Pitts asks.

“Well, it makes religion about us instead of about God,” Horton explains.

“There are a lot of people in this country, religious people, who consider your theology dangerous,” Pitts remarks.

“I don’t know what can be so dangerous about giving people hope,” Osteen says. “Causing people to have better relationships. I’m not leading them to some false God or something like that.”

Again, I like Joel Osteen. But I believe he’d be a much better public speaker than he is a preacher. I can see him speaking on empowerment and kindness and positive thinking.

Independent Conservative has covered Osteen: HERE and HERE  And while IC tells it straight, I have a hard time exposing Osteen because…..

 …well…

….um….

Okay, I’ll just say it!

Osteen is just so dog-on-nice. How can I say anything bad about the guy?

It’s really sad because Osteen is not an evil person. I believe he has a beautiful heart. He’s simply a nice person—too nice to be a competent pastor because he’s more concerned about people’s temporary feelings here on earth than he is about the eternal feelings they will have when they hit hell for not having been told the Truth of the gospel.

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  1. I saw him on the Barbara Walters 20 Most Influential people several months back and was shocked to learn that Osteen is not a minister. He was never ordained and never went to any sort of seminary, which explains why he does not get theological.

    He basically said in his interview that his father (and brother if I’m not mistaken) are ordained ministers and he grew up hearing and learning about God and basically wants others to know that they can have a relationship with God. He did seem very nice, even when Barbara Walters was relentlessly grilling him about not being ordained.

  2. I am against a lot of these preachers who use trickery, deception, and con games to get money from people. I will not however jump on the bandwagon of tearing down every popular preacher or speaker or whatever.
    What possibly can be wrong with hope? If a person does not like his church just don’t attend, simple.

    I find that many “Pharisees” who spend a lot of time trying to find flaws in every popular preacher are not usually struggling financially. Why then do they have a problem with people who inspire hope. Of course salvation is the main thing, but we do have to live in this life don’t we?

    There are many who come from homes where financial ambition,accounting, accountability and management were never taught. Where else to find such information but church where they spend lots of time? This is different from preachers as I said before who use gimmicks and promise “blessings”.

    There are many wolves and tricksters, but that does not mean preacher bashing should become sport. Who knows if he is kind behind doors? Let’s assume he is; Didn’t the bible say “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another” Romans 12:10

    Just because he appears on TV with a grin doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the ability to “deal with issues”.

    My thing is if we follow some of these people there will be no preacher on earth who will be “found worthy”. I am reminded as I read the book of St. Luke in the Bible that the Pharisees were always trying to catch Jesus in some contradiction.

  3. Redman,

    I hear what you are saying. Nothing is wrong with hope. But a whole lot is wrong with imbalance. If a preacher is not preaching Jesus, then he’s not really a Christian preacher. If a preacher is not telling his congregation that the way to heaven is through Jesus Christ, then that preacher is preaching air and wasting the time of the congregation. If a preacher is so afraid of hurting the feelings of the members that he or she never mentions sin or its consequences, then that preacher is actually unwittingly working against God.

    Joel Oseteen is a sweetheart but he has no business standing before God’s people if he is unwilling to tell the whole truth.

  4. DONT YA SAY NOTIN BAD BOUT J.O.. He is a great pastor…I mean speaker who tells it like it is…..I mean the way people want to hear it. I use to lov listening to J.O., but like divawidfevah I also saw him on B.Walters and it shocked me he would be the head of such a large church with no type of training, or education in theology what so ever. He just assumed the role behind his father. Also he considers himself a man of God, an authority on the Bible, leading people to Christ. But in his book “Your best life now” there is not ONE reference to Jesus, or any scripture verse. Which leads me to ask, does he believe your best life now can be lived with out knowing Christ? And if your Pastor can write an entire book about life without any mention of Jesus, can his life be truly centered around him(Jesus)? But like I said DONT YA SAY NOTIN BAD BOUT J.O..

  5. if your Pastor can write an entire book about life without any mention of Jesus, can his life be truly centered around him(Jesus)?

    You make great points, Cop. The guy smiles so sincerely and he is obviously so kind that many won’t dare to speak against him. But the truth is, he is simply a public speaker. He is not a pastor and he is unwittingly leading souls astray with a smile.

  6. I think that it is a sad thing to see so many people following after a false teacher. Joel is preaching another gospel,what about judgment day when we all must stand before God and the one joel has not told them about will be there judge. What then, that feel good gospel will not help us at all.

  7. I must cosign with Redman…

  8. Cop needs to be corrected. Joels book does mention Jesus and some scripture. But he does fail to thank God and/or Jesus in his acknowledgements, or ask people to accept Jesus into their lives, But he does mention him. PLEASE FORGIVE ME HICKTOWN FAMILY. I home I get to keep my house in Hick town.