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.
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.
What are your feelings about this?