• Message From The Author

    While I do my best to be accurate and pray that the Lord offers me discernment in my writing, inevitably I will be wrong on some matters. Therefore I implore anyone reading this blog to compare what I say to Holy Scripture. Don't believe me; believe the Bible!
  • RSS Bible Gateway’s Verse of the Day

    • Matthew 19:14
      “Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.””
  • Stay Up-To-Date

  • Meta

  • Advertisements

Osteen Preaches “Hope”

The Christian Post reports:

Osteen, whose podcast messages consistently rank in the top 10 on iTunes, keeps politics out of his church. He doesn’t preach on political issues; he also doesn’t teach theological doctrine or try to explain every detail in the Bible.

Some pastors and theologians have criticized Osteen’s failure to talk about sin, suffering and the message of the cross.

But the Lakewood megachurch pastor stresses, “I’m called to plant a seed of hope in people’s hearts,” as he wrote in his latest book, Become a Better You.

Given Mr. Osteen’s long record of man-centered and theologically slim preaching, just what kind of “hope” is he offering? Is it the hope that is in Jesus Christ or the “hope” of being financially secure?

Whatever hope Joel Osteen offers is no hope at all. Money cannot save. Tithing or good works or smiling in a pulpit cannot regenerate a soul and cause it to be born-again. This “preaching” differs only from other motivational speaking in that a little “God” is thrown in to make it palatable to those who might otherwise reject the message. All that’s being done here is that the earthly life is being made just a little better place to go to hell from.

Contrast the message of Joel Osteen with that of Paul Washer’s, a true man of God:

For further research, apprising.org offers a wealth of information on Joel Osteen and his ministry.


4 Responses

  1. Look at Jeremiah 23:16-17. Joel Osteen fits right in. He continually tells the unrepentant sinner, “It shall be well with you. No disaster shall come upon you.” But unfortunately his good intentions do more damage than good. Because he is marketing his idea of the gospel, he is schmoozing men right into hell. He does not do anything to convict the ungodly to repent. He should leave the ministry and go into marketing or advertising instead. Jesus is not for sale, is he Rich?

  2. Jesus certainly isn’t for sale – as if He needed our marketing and advertising strategies anyway.

    One thing I’ve learned about false teachers is that they always smile. Never will they tell a hard truth or say something to make somebody angry. Osteen is the king of always smiling.

  3. Always smiling……..taken captive by vanity. All of that fame and money shows that the world esteems the prosperity gospel. That fact contradicts the nature of the gospel. As you know, the true gospel offends those who are perishing. Because of that, not everybody will receive it with open arms will they? Jesus said that it would not be easy and that following him will cost us. It is certainly not a popularity contest.

  4. Too many false persons try to define God solely based on their own limited personal experiences, knowledge, and if it did not happen to them it cannot happen to anyone else…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: