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.