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Joel Osteen – Your Comments



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49 Responses to “Joel Osteen – Your Comments”

  1. Perry says:

    There are far too many "motivational speakers" in the "ministry", and not enough God fearing, God ordained, men of God who are not afraid to preach the whole gospel in it's entirety. They don't have to be hell fire and brimstone to be annointed of God, but they aren't being taken seriously by the very ones they are trying to be all things to everyone to.

  2. Lone Crusader says:

    Paul told Timothy: "Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction. {3} For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. {4} They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. {5} But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry." (2 Timothy 4:2-5 NIV)

    I think Joel Osteen is a prime example of someone who gives people what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear.

  3. Xtian says:

    Interesting that Joel Osteen preaches about victory in finances, but Jesus said the "poor would always be with us". A friend of mine says if someone is really successful and popular according to the world, then that is a red flag. Joel's message is totally devoid of anything biblical. Just compare Joel's messages with that of Jesus &/or His disciples. Two totally different messages.

  4. Dennis says:

    This is being posted much later than the rest. July 07. I find it hard to believe that so many so called Christians are so quick to condem another Christian. He does not work for you, he works for God. If he is not your servant you are not qualified to condem him. I hear you say Joel doesn't preach this or that.... I have been to many churches that preach the same message over and over. What happens after they all get saved? Do you still spend your time preaching Hell? Or maybe it is possible that some preachers are called to plant, some are called to water. You sound like you are called to rip out by the roots. Those that are for us cannot soon be against us. If you want to tear somebody down look outside the church, Brothers and Sisters. How can you find so much time to tear down your brother in Christ. You never know, you might be wrong.

  5. Patricia says:

    1Corinthians states that there are spiritual gifts given to us, among them teaching and preaching. GOD gives us all gifts, but it is up to us to operate in the gifts given us. The Bible also calls us to exhort, encourage,to lift others up.

    Brother Joel is encouraging the masses which obviously is his gift since he is good and successful at it. Why should he try to be something that he is not?! Why don't GOD's people operate in their gifts and stop hating on those who are actively operating in their own gifts, and I will add, to the best of their abilities, and who are successful at doing so! If you are called to teach and or preach, then go ahead and teach or preach if that is your spiritual gift!
    Anyway, GOD says that He is the judge of mankind!

    The Bible also says: "...Many are called but few are chosen", and "...Every tongue that rises up against me in judgement, thou will condemn."

  6. str8up says:

    Acts 2:37-39 37Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" 38And Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself."

    Ephesians 4:11-16 11And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

    Preaching the truth about the sinfulness of man, conviction by the Holy Spirit, salvation only through Jesus. Pretty straighforward, right...

    I'm not sure what people are looking for in the JO ministries. After salvation, we need to equip the saints for ministry of the gospel. According to his website, Joel preaches a "positive message of hope", but it doesn't seem to be about our everlasting hope.

  7. trace says:

    Frankly, I believe Olsteens message is one of hope and optimism. His theology is selflessness not selfish. Prosperity by olsteen is not defined by materialistic wealth but includes it in the full gamut of prosperity(spiritual and otherwise). Happiness is a gift from God. We often choose misery for ourselves as a product of our psychlogy and the human tendency towards negativity. There can be no false hope as it flows from God. The Lord helps those who help themselves. You can only help others to the extent that you have helped yourself(through God's benevolence) God empowers you to help others. If you are drowning yourself, you cannot save someone else. Olsteens message is one of selflessness not selfishness. It is one of recognizing the value of the human being and each person's worth in God's eye. Otherwise why did Christ die for you?

  8. I would like to say that Pastor olsteen and his wife have been encouraging me and my family as well. they both have a real heart for god and for helping others. Than God for the Olsteen's and I pray for them that their ministry continues to develope and to grow. Amen Rev Wild

  9. Scott says:

    Happiness IS NOT a gift from God, joy is. Happiness is a emotion that is felt by man but joy is from the Lord. Emotions lie and are deceitful, but true joy, a joy from the Lord is wonderful beyond compare. Chocolate can make you feel "happy" but only the Lord can make you joyful. Joy does not come from material possessions or money in the bank, it comes from the Lord and doing his will.

    There is false hope, and many people suffer from it. The hope that they have that maybe if they do enough good deeds that god will "overlook" there sins and let them into heaven is a false hope. Faith in things of the world brings about false hope. The idea the trading land for peace in Israel is a erroneous false hope.

    The fact of the matter is that God has already supplied us with all we will ever need to do his will. Just because someone might be swimming in debt or be homeless on the streets does this mute them and the gospel that they can share to a dieing and sinfully falling world? Not at all!! Jesus sent them out, two by two, with no money bag, no extra clothes and no place to stay. Yet they were provided for. They didn't return rich by the worlds standard, that is monetarily, but were richly blessed spiritually by God for having faith and doing his will. Jesus never promises monetary riches, in fact he says that those that loses all in this world will gain everything in heaven. There are more ways to "help" people then supplying for there monetary needs. Start by trusting in Jesus for salvation, repent and trust in the Lord, and not Joel Osteen or any other man standing on a pulpit or platform. For everyone who preaches or teaches, we as faithful followers of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ should do as the Bereans did, they searched the scriptures daily to see if what was being preached was true. Pray to the Lord to give a spirit of discernment so that you can tell who is false and who is true. Congregation size does not determine whether what they are preaching is truly of God or not. Our true judge of that is God and what He says in His Word that has already been given to us.

    Pro 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:
    Pro 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
    Pro 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
    Pro 3:4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
    Pro 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
    Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
    Pro 3:7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

    Psa 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

    Jer 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

  10. Nile says:

    "The lacking of mans sinful nature must be addressed and it is not.."

    Man knows they sin...the world knows what it does...Even John the baptist cried out to Repent...Joel, focuses on those who are willing to turn to God. He focuses on the side of man that believes they have gone so far into sin that there is no way back to God...When a man truly desires to change, he wil seek Christ, and Christ will be found...

    Those of you who question, seek only to defigure a man who represents God. Beware of what you do...

  11. Euthymius says:

    The prosperty gospel as taught by such heretics as Paula White and Joel Osteen, is totally and completely false. Why don't they just admit money is their god? Below are some comments from one of the greatest Russian saints who ever lived, Saint Paisius Velichkovsky. This is true Christianity that has produced countless saints. Not material, worldly money lovers. True Christian life consists in dying to this world, the flesh and the devil. The modern prosperty teachers have it all wrong. They are false teachers and tools of the devil.

    ON DETACHMENT FROM THE WORLD

    It is not possible to work for God and mammon ( St. Paisius, Little Russian Philokalia,p. 96).

    Blessed are the pure in heart (Matt.5:8), that is, those who do not have in themselves a single thought of this world ( p. 37).

    Become free from all noises and cares and attachments of this world and the body (p.45).

    First of all, one must banish within oneself self-love in all forms of desiring objects of this world...(p.82).

    Let us not have care for anything in this world (p. 90).

    ...cares of this world extinguish love for God (p. 90).

    ...be constantly dead to the flesh (p.90).

    ..cut off all attachments and desires and every care and vanity of this world (p.90).

    ...it is impossible to be saved without tearing away one's mind from vanity and every care and without gathering it in a single place (p.90).

    The mind is single: either it is given over entirely to Christ or to vain care (p. 90).

    He who desires to be saved and to please God must turn away from everything earthly and live like one of the birds (p. 90).

    He who despise everything and glory and bodily repose and even justifies himself in anything, cannot be saved (p. 96).

    But to the extent that a man becomes vain, to this extent is he abandoned by God (p. 97).

    ON SORROWS

    If you truly wish to be saved, my soul, be in love with sorrow and groaning, as previously you loved repose (p.63).

    Where have you found Saints who did not subdue the flesh to the spirit or who did not suffer in difficult misfortunes and cruel sorrows (p.64)?

    If you wish to be saved, O my soul, to go first on the most sorrowful path which has been indicated here, to enter the Heavenly Kingdom and receive eternal life -- then refuse your flesh, taste voluntary bitterness, and endure difficult sorrows, as all the saints tasted and endured (p. 65).

    Have you heard, my beloved soul, how the Holy Fathers spent their lives? O my soul! Imitate them at least a little. Did they not have tears? ...Were they not sorrowful, thin and worn out in body.... They considered themselves as dead men, and tormented themselves mercilessly in spiritual labors (p. 65).

    For those who labor and endure sorrows, the Kingdom of Heaven is opened (p. 68).

    No one ever receives the crown of life without suffering, without having conquered the enemy (p. 105).

  12. Sally Matthews says:

    I remember attending Lakewood church before it became so huge. There were about 1000 of us and we sat on folding chairs. It was such a humble place. John Osteen (Joel's father) preached at that time.
    There was no preaching on getting rich, but there were many messages as time went by leading with the topic, "Give in order to get."

    I never did grab that one since I could never really agree with the scriptural backing - which was '..give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, running over will men give unto your bossom..' but I never really felt that God was instructing us to give just so that we could ...get...

  13. John says:

    I remember back in the 70's there was this same dialog on just how 'fundamental' was Billy Graham. While not accused of being a properity preacher he was accused of congregating with to many different followers of other gospels. Well now as the years have rolled by and fact that Dr. Graham stayed true to the core message and the fact that he is near to his great reward he has fallen off the radar of fellow believers.

    Now we have Joel. Why do we "eat our young?" If there is outright error then speak up against it. Especially if your audiance is being drawn away from God's free gift. In fact the best way to critizize is by winning souls the way you think Scripture is telling you how to do it. But remember God will use "stones" to cry out if we don't deliever Christ's message of salvation. So leave the "stones" alone and just do it better.

  14. Wendy McCallum says:

    Why are Christians so critical of Joel Osteen? Have any of his critics read Numbers 12 and the dangers of speaking against God's annointed?

    Joel's ministry is definately one of 'encouragement' and I thank God for blessing Joel's ministry to me in the ways He has.

    My mum's cousin, Dr Duncan Campbell was accused of being 'crazy' amongst other things (and there have been TV programmes which have tried to pull him down too but despite this, God used Duncan Campbell greatly during the the Lewis Revival. I believe anyone who seeks to live a Godly life will be persecuted.

    Thank you God for Joel. May You continue to bless his ministry and bring much Glory to Yourself as a result.

  15. Dave Carpenter says:

    I have neither thought Joel Osteen to be a Pastor, nor his followers to be part of the Church. The interview with Larry King makes this clear. Each of my four children hid the verse John 3:16 in their hearts by the time they were 5 years-old. It did not appear that he was nervous in the interview and incapable of referencing John 3:16, but rather ever wanting to appeal to the itching ears and pocket books.

  16. Terry says:

    I’m disappointed reading all these comments. You look for the worst in people, not the best. Have you spoken to the people who’s lives are being changed? Have you talked to the people who are truly discovering a pure relationship with Jesus Christ, or the people that a re-directing their resources to reach the world for Christ. You weaken the church with your comments, OPIONIONS, and jealousy. I wish you would put as much energy and focus in reaching a lost and dying world as you do dividing the church.

  17. Robin says:

    Did anyone see the 60 Minutes interview with Joel Osteen tonight? I usually do not watch 60 minutes but saw this week that he was going to be on so I watched. The interviewer did a great job, not letting Mr. Osteen get off lightly, asking him the tough questions, even comparing him more to Dr. Phil or Oprah than a preacher. They also talked to a professor at Westminster Seminary in California who called Osteen's theology a "cotton candy" gospel, which basically says, "God is nice, you are nice, now, be nice." He also suggested that Osteen teaches heresy, because he completely leaves sin, repentence and redemption out of his "sermons". I would suggest going to the 60 minutes website or youtube and seeing if you can catch it. My guess is that the man interviewing Osteen is a Christian because he certainly knew the right kinds of questions to ask. I was pleased, especially from something on CBS.

  18. Benjamin says:

    The question I ask myself when considering the reason for such large congregations in the megachurches is this: Why are so many people attracted to these churches and why do they stay? Is it for the love of Jesus and to worship his majesty in community? Or, is it because of the charismatic personality of the preacher. To help me answer my own question, I ask one more: If the preacher left would the congregation stay? The answer to the second question would tell me why the people are coming and why they are staying.

  19. Ted F says:

    I bet the Catholic church would turn their back to someone before this guy would.. that is something God would never do, turn his back to me. I love and believe in Him and his Son. He provides hope and inspiration and that is something I have tried to get time and time again from being Catholic. Joel has made me a better, more Christian person.

    This video means only that he believes in Christ and isn't here to condemn Jews for not believing in Christ.

  20. Scott says:

    Good stuff. What if Joel Osteen left his congregation...would it just kinda die out? He just seems like more of a mega-motivational speaker than anything else. I mean dont you find it strange that he dresses up all of his biblical exposition in "overcoming" and "succeeding" and "being a better you", and not true dying devotion to Jesus Christ.

    Now is there anything wrong with overcoming things? (I need to "overcome" alot of stuff in my life, like millions of others) Of course not...unfortunately the end of the equation though seems to be "now I'm a better me". The issue I have with Joel's message is that God simply becomes a means to an end - - becoming a better person, rather than God being the total end, and dying to yourself. Any motivational speaker can tell you how to become a better person, and there are even some who will mention the name "God" and make general references to Biblical teachings. Joel sounds eerily similar to the relativistic pop-culture guru; he mentions God and Jesus and pulls out Bible verses, but in a sort of a loose way...as if to communicate no real Christ-crucified conviction. When we listen to someone like Billy Graham or Ravi Zacharias, we can immediately feel that connection and conviction emanating from their being. And the kicker is that Joel just like the Deepak Chopra's and Tony Robbins' of the world, have much in common - will he be mentioning the problem of sin and its consequences, the importance of repentance and forgiveness, and the need for a Savior to escape eternal damnation? I just wish we would see more of this from him, if indeed it is really truly there. The overarching message first and foremost should be, "the Kingdom of God is near, repent!" I go back and forth on whether Joel Osteen's message is God-inspired or not. Perhaps his message of "encouragement and hope" is right for our times, with the sincere motivation and ultimate plan of drawing broken people to Christ in today's cacophonic culture. And I have heard him say the invitation to have Jesus to come into one's life at the end of his program. Only God knows; let His plan work out for He is in control.

  21. Melissa says:

    I attended Lakewood for a little over one year. As Joel says in his services (I'm paraphrasing): "Give us (Lakewood) at least one year of your life. I promise, we'll make a difference." I did. What a waste of precious time. It's too bad he doesn't say "Give Jesus at least one year of your life. I promise, He'll make a difference." Maybe I wouldn't be suffering from spiritual malnourishment. I did not mature at all as a Christian, because this is not a church that is in the body of Christ. Joel was not called by God to be a minister. He called himself. He has very little (if any) acurate knowledge of the Bible. He has no business being a "pastor." He does not teach the gospel of Christ (the ENTIRE gospel) in any of his services, yet he has an invitation to receive Christ and repent of your sins at the end of those same services. Does the person who has never heard the true gospel know what he/she is accepting when they stand to accept Christ? Probably not. How can they? I pray diligently for the Joel followers of Lakewood. My heart breaks when I think of all the people who attend and watch Joel on TV who are being deceived by Satan's lies. Pray to God, through Christ, that He will reveal the complete truth to you. He will answer you in His own words (the Holy Bible) with a resounding YES! May you all find peace in our Lord Jesus Christ.

  22. Lucas Hoffmann says:

    I also believe that if Osteen wants to be a self-help guru, he should not do it under the guise of Christianity. He has shown that his theology is weak, and thus he encourages his listeners\readers to be weak as well.

    Does he help people? Perhaps. But atheists help people too.

    Touch not God's anointed? Nobody's laid a finger on him. And who's to say he IS anointed?

  23. Dennis says:

    Joel is a great guy! But I fear he is one of many that instead of being called to minstrey and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Got up and went on his own. You can slice it anyway you want it. But without the blood of Jesus you have nothing but a glorfied man. I fear it wont be long till scandel will hit Lake Wood and once again you'll see what the church saw in the eightys. Joel is not preaching the meassage of the Cross! And any other message they are to be acursed!

  24. Kimberly Holt says:

    Hello, I read some of the comments about Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church,
    I am very compelled to comment myself. First of all, by some of the negative comments
    it seems that some of you who claim Christianity are attacking and beating up on a Brother
    in Christ. What I received from some of the comments is that it is better to go around and
    have a masochist attitude and countenance than to appear to be happy and content as being a
    child of The Most High, GOD. Hey, Christianity is about attraction not enlistment. If people
    see Christ in you they may be drawn to that and want to have what you have that is so precious.
    Sometimes the secular world looks at us and can’t figure out why we would want to be apart of Christianity or why they should for that matter. Do not call Joel a false profit and take your own inventory first before you take his. You might want to consider that that “old time religion” as some of you call it may not reach this broken, sinful world of ours today. And furthermore, Joel does speak the Word of GOD and usually puts it in very simple terms that regular people can understand. I mean a person does not have to have a degree in Theology to be able to actually understand what Joel is teaching. He brings forth The Word of GOD sometimes in illistration or example form usually. When I listen to his sermons, I hear the Word loud and clear. No he does not always quote a scripture word for word. And it seems to me that some of you are a bit jealous of him.

  25. Sally no longer WOF says:

    I remember going to Lakewood when John Osteen preached. He'd have us hold up our Bibles and recite that every word of this book was true and so on.
    Joel started out doing that after his father died.

    Then he got away from that. Sure, it all feels and sounds good, but where is the depth? Where is the conviction that causes people to say, "I need to change. My life isn't where it should be."
    That's the big thing missing.

    No conviction. But yes, it certainly does sound and feel good.

  26. Jim Barbour says:

    Joal Osteen doesn't know about being saved... if he did he would know the differance between a savior, and a Saviour. Where did he get his information about mormanism... oh, thats right he doesn't know ???? How does he know he is a Christian ?? Southern Baptist ????? I was a member of a Southern Baptist Church in New Mexico... we knew about the mormons... I guess we were just smarter?? Oh, I'm an Old Fasioned Fundemental Independent Christian ... Who goes to an Old Fasioned Fundemental Independent Baptist Church.

  27. Luci says:

    Well this is a new year and things in my life are as they should be so I thought I would start by reading "Your Best Life Now" because Joel Osteen for the last year has stopped me in my tracks and sat me down so I can listen and pay attention to what he his talking about. Usually it was having to either do with what has happened on that day and puts things in perspective or just will make me feel better, but whatever it is I really liked the way it made me feel. In reading this book I have had some Questions and looked things up, so I could understand better what he was trying to say, I think maybe he is just saying things so the everyday person can understand what the Bible is saying and maybe he is trying to motivate you in the right direction. Which ever way he must be doing something right because there are thousands of people listening and following him everyday. So whatever bad stuff you have to say about him, just pay attention, he does have yours or you wouldn't have any comment. He is a good person trying to touch everyone he can so they will make the right choices in life and not to be left behind...You are right it certainly does sound and feel good, and change will come with time..

  28. danj says:

    Joel Osteen is only telling his flock what their itching ears would like to hear. If he were really called to preach the word of God; then he would preach what is in the bible and ignore what the world thinks. Joel Osteen even said himself that his father asked him to take his place and that he, Osteen, only told funny stories about his family. This is red flag. Those who attend his church and continue to follow Joel Osteen's "prosperity gospel" are going to find it very hard to deal with the arrows that Satan throws our way. Joel Osteen cares only about his pocketbook rather than the souls that are on their way to hell. The day will come when Joel and all those involved for deceiving the lost will be held accountable on the day that Jesus returns. Joel Osteen is a false prophet who is only giving people false hope.

  29. Kyle says:

    Quite honestly it is disgusting to see people so blind to his ministries major faults. While there are some nice things that are taught, the truth is that his gospel message is not that which is found in the bible. Jesus was the perfect example of an earthly teacher while never ceasing to be God. Man hung him on the cross for his message that he gave, so therefore how can we expect that our message is correct if someone is not occasionally offended or ruffled by it. His constant use of the statement about "who am I to judge" is pathetic and used out of context. He is right in that he does not have to judge, but I can promise that God will do that. His refusal to stand up for truth makes all Christians look like a bunch of pantheist. Scripture says that he who teaches another gospel will be condemned. I pray that Mr. Osteen and his followers have truly repented and put their faith in the REAL JESUS for their sake alone.

  30. Dennis says:

    Just who appointed all of you Judges ? Who ?

    Can Jesus be more clear than this ?

    Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment that you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.

  31. apologeticsindex.org says:

    You've got to use the whole Bible, Dennis -- not just bits and pieces that you think apply to the situation at the expense of other passages.

    For instance, while you quote Matthew 7:1 (and you should always include the reference when quoting Scripture, so we can it in context), you apparently are unaware that Jesus also said:

    "Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment" (John 7:24).

    But you don't even have to read that far. In the same chapter you quote from, Jesus says:

    ===Begin Quote===
    15"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

    21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'
    ===End Quote===

    We will recognize false prophets by their fruit. That involves judging.

    I encourage you to read up on these subjects:

    Discernment
    http://www.apologeticsindex.org/618-discernment-2

    Judging
    http://www.apologeticsindex.org/j14.html

  32. john says:

    I just feel that Joel's gift lies in the ministry of encouragement. He does it very well and if people would actually pay attention to his words, their lives will be more rewarding.

  33. Don says:

    People who buy into Olsteen and those who preach these ear tickling heresies should work out their own salvation.

    You just might be fooled, thinking you are going to heaven. You might exhibit "christian" behavior now, and you might know Jesus, but the question is;

    "Does Jesus know you?"

    Encouragement is not a "ministry", encouragement comes from hearing the truth, and excercising faith in our hope in Jesus.

    Jesus is the hope that encourages!

    Look at our Chinese Brothers in Christ. How do you explain their faith, persecution, economic, and health status according to Olsteen's gospel?

    If you subscribe to the false teachings of Olsteen and others, the enemy has you where he wants you.

    Here is real help for you and it's free.

    Repent and believe. Turn to God while you can.

    Our future is sealed in Jesus, that's encouraging.

    There is nothing (no 7 steps or any formula) that you can do to improve your position when you are truly bought by the substitutional sacrifice that Jesus made for you on the cross. Nothing!

    So join me in humbling ourselves before the Almighty, Holy God of the universe, the Uncreated One, The First and The Last, the One who loves us so much that He sacraficed His Son in our place and ask Him to forgive us, accept His gift, pray He has mercy on us and ask His Holy Spirit to lead us into His truth.

    Amen

  34. Marie says:

    Oh gosh - I agree with John - my life has changes so much because of Joel for the better and things that I normally would be afraid to do, I have tried and succeeded with God's help... my life is a living testament that Joels teachings truly do work and there is more fruit if you get to know his congregation... For all the naysayers out there on Joel I have to ask when was the last time any of you got off the couch to give grace to the homeless or the bless the elders in nursing homes or to open your hears and homes to people that do not measure up - Joel does...

    It's funny how we can judge people harshly, but we are so soft on ourselves - an all of you who are judgemental - maybe you should try grace - it's a much more peaceful road and one that has so many blessings - Jesus is living proof of grace - he blessed and blessed and blessed and that is what Joel does - all over the world...

  35. Rick A says:

    For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
    And no marvel; for Satan himself is transfomed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
    2 Cor 11:13-15

    I believe that this is one of the most dangerous doctrines being preached today. It teaches sinful man that he is good enough, that all God needs to do is chip away the bad from his life and he is magically transformed into a beautiful creature. It does away with the need for a savior. The bible teaches us that there is no good in man that we are fallen and separate from God that we are DEAD IN TRESPASSES AND SIN before Christ saves us.
    There is no good in man at all. We must be regenerated by the Spirit of God.
    Joel Osteen preaches that goodness lies within us, that is not scriptural.

    As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
    There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
    They are all gone out of the way, they are all together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
    Rom 3:10-12

    Joel Osteen does not even consider himself to be a preacher, but calls himself a motivational speaker. Why would people entrust their soul to a motivational speaker.
    I cannot understand how people who call themselves christian can be so easily deceived. They are looking for something other than a crucified savior and the promise of a crucified life that come with serving him. This is no time for the church to be lulled to sleep, looking for blessings and prosperity. Ours is a greater call than to receive blessings and properity in this life, it is a call to win lost souls for Christ. That should be our first priority. Christ told us to lay up treasures in heaven, not on earth. Too many are seeking for treasure here and now. They are selling their eternal birthrights for material gain. Joel Osteen and many "preachers" like him are preaching a Christless Christianity. Jesus and Jesus alone should be the center of our conversation.
    If the cross of calvary is not essential to what a minister is sharing from the pulpit then he is NOT preaching the gospel of Christ.

  36. Donald says:

    I think it is a disgrace that there are all these people that you watch on t.v. and in these big church buildings making millions upon millions of dollars-tax free by the way. They look really nice, all dressed up in nice clothes(suites/tuxedos), the world loves it. Yet, what about all of the people that don't have homes or food or extra clothes because they're living in dumpsters and cardboard boxes out on the streets? It makes me cry. Jesus told his disciples(and all of us through there message) to be on the lookout for false prophets, they come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by there fruits.

    Someone went up to Jesus to ask him how hard it was for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus said that it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle then it was for a rich man to inherit the kingdom of God.

    Oh, I have so much more to say so if you want to talk please email me: dpjennin1982@hotmail.com

  37. Hilldi says:

    I totally agree with you, Donald. A couple of months ago I was in the Philippines together with my family. We visited Christian brothers and sisters who live in poverty themselves but do everything they can to give the poor children education and a better future.They have experienced hunger and persecution. My friend, who is the headmaster of the school, told me with a smile that her treasure is in heaven:-)It really broke my heart to see the poverty.

    Then we went to Singapore. There I went to a Christian bookstore. The first book I caught sight of was Joel Osteen`s: "Your best life now". I felt so sick!!!! Jesus NEVER told us to live our best lives now! In fact he told us that it would be very hard for anyone who seriously would follow Jesus!
    It could even cost us our lives!

    Jim Elliot was a missionary who had to lay down his life for Christ. He could have chosen differently and lived a "successful" life. But he risked his life so that others would hear the Gospel and be saved. He once said: "He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose".

    Praise be to the Lord! When we lose our lives for his sake we can expect something that is more precious than anything on earth; the victors crown of righteousness, a great reward and eternity with Jesus in Heaven!So let`s not chase after all this that the world is running after. We have got something far better waiting for us!

  38. Dexter says:

    My thing is this: As much as I believe that God would have us "have life, and have it more abundantly", I believe even more so that He would have us look at ourselves for what we are, sinful, and receive grace from God as what it is, undeserved. I actually agree with a lot of what Osteen says, but he does tend to leave out the necessity of suffering in living life as a Christian. Instead, he has a tendency to imply that the blessings we get from God are deserved, that we are worthy to receive from Him simply because we are His children.

    In a way, this is true, but in another way, this is easily twisted. We are God's heirs to the kingdom, but not of our own power. It is only through the blood Jesus shed for us and the immense grace and mercy He has given us that we are connected with God and are privileged to receive anything.

    My thing is this: It was enough for Jesus to give His LIFE for me so that I can be freed from the guilt of sin. Everything else I receive (life abundantly) is extra, but I am eternally grateful for it all.

  39. JoAnn Luzio says:

    My sister and I are christians and we watch your show each week. My sister is battling cancer and due to her medical bills she is about to lose her home. I know there are thousands of people like her who really need a word of encouragement. We wanted to come to your service in Southern Calif., however we couldn't afford $124.00. I am having a hard time understanding how you can charge such a high fee. I don't think Jesus asked for money before he preached. Joyce Meyers is fee and she touches a lot of hurting people who other wise wouldn't beable to come if she charged. With the economy so bad I know those who are sick, lost their homes, & jobs really need Joel, but how can they afford to go. Please answer me as many people whom have said to me Joel is in it for the money I have defended him, but now I question how much he charges. My Name is JoAnn and my e-mail : jo11852@yahoo.com

  40. Terra BreAnn says:

    In response to JoAnn, the tickets weren't $124.00 for entrance to his sermon in Southern Calif! It was $15.00! I know because I went and even had seats within the first seven rows. Certainly I can justify spending that small amount to visit a venue at the Honda Center which costs thousands to even reserve! I too am among the people losing their homes and jobs and I feel that such a small contribution to the ministry was well worth what I got out of that evening. If you need help in the future on finding tickets I will be more than happy to assist you. God bless.

  41. Rev. Caleb Onyango says:

    I came into contact with Joel Osteen's teaching through a local christian TV station in Kenya. I must say that my conclusions are that the man is a good social worker and advisor but cannot be passed as a preacher of the gospel. I have not really noted preaching of the word of God in his "sermons." I have nothing really against him and I admire him for being so good at what he is doing but I believe we must place his work where it belongs. It is good but it should not be called the gospel of Jesus Christ. His followers should be advised to find a bible teaching church.

    Caleb.

  42. QUENTIN HATHCOCK says:

    I actually like Joel and believe him to be gifted in encouragement of the body. Somewhat like most of you i wish for a more balanced teaching. I have been struggling myself with this teaching and concerned with my own motives. Lately I have been dealing with a call to ministry and am keenly aware of my own insufficiency. I really want to be true and genuine in my faith; and to be able endure suffering and the hardship associated with being a true servant of Jesus Christ. Lets all pray for Joel and while you are at it please pray for me to.

  43. paul says:

    It is very sad that joel olsteen does not take people into the deeper things of God because he only address milk and not the meat of the word. Joel has a responsibilty to teach and preach the word of God instead of trying to keep up with what the people want, in the last days people will want to hear things that only tickle their ears and Joel is giving them quite a tickle.

  44. "T" says:

    The apostles said to Jesus that there was someone else preaching that was not among them. Jesus' response was that it was not a division as long as he was preaching the Kingdom. Joel (nor any preacher) is all things to all men. Joel's lot in life may be to breach to those to are in need of milk. It is the responsiblity of the hearer to grow and then desire meat. Joel's testimony is one where he was faithful over a little (in his father's ministry) and God made him ruler over much. Who can say they know this man's walk with God? Who can say they know his communion with God? Why do any of you stand to judge another's servant. He is God's servant, and anyone stating what they think he is NOT doing is placing themselves in judgement. I'm sure many of you have grown in your walk with the Lord. Everyone starts out as a babe in Christ and grows to maturity. If Joel's doctrine does not state the Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who died for your sins that is a problem. One of Jesus' first sermons was the Beatitudes. Simple, straight-forward, and basic. His words to Pharasees was much harsher. Please, Saints, don't put you place in jepardy of condemnation from God by Judging Joel Osteen and his service to God.

  45. Jane Doe says:

    I think Joel preaches what people want the hear. I've done the right thing for so many years, and I have not gotten any breaks! So much for the "Supernatural" idea he keeps talking about and how God owes us a big "Favor" especially for those who have done so much good and everyone has stepped on that person as a doormat.

    Well, like I said, it's been two years, Joel, and I still have not gotten any breaks from the Lord. What do you say about that? And how about all those poor little children who are abused? Where is their angel? What about those good people who have suffered so much. Where was their angel?

  46. Tom says:

    Some commentors were wondering what translation Joel was using when he quoted Colossians 3:2 "Set your mind and keep it set on the higher things." It was the Amplified version. I also agree that the prosperity message (that not only Joel is preaching, but has filtered down into almost every church today to some degree) is a false gospel and will be the downfall of the church as we know it. I dissagree that our "local" pastors are preaching it because they think that because it draws such large numbers of people to it that it must be correct. I believe that even our local pastors preach it out of the same greed centered motivation. It's become a competition between our local churches to see who can grow the fastest not save the most souls.

  47. Phostenix says:

    From CNN article: "There is no cross. Instead a huge globe spins, ..." They took down the cross and replaced it with the world. That should be all you need to know.

  48. Angry at Heresy says:

    To "T": We are to judge the fruits of a person's actions, not the person himself. Joel Osteen's fruit is rotten. What further proof do you need?

    I ran the gamut of false teachings in life as a Christian. About four years ago, when I first began to realise that the gospel of prosperity was a false teaching, I was very angry and very embarrassed at myself for falling into such a web of lies. It never was about what I could gain from God and I was upset that I ever believed such a thing. Giving money or "sowing seed" along with your "faith in God" as many of them like to put it is nothing more than tossing a penny into a well and wishing as hard as you can that God will "meet your financial needs" and "prosper you". I had a horrible image in my mind that is just as strong as when I first saw it - Jesus, our precious Jesus, hanging on a cross, bloodied, His skin ripped from being flogged, dying in slow agony, his hands not open from the pain of the spikes but clenched tight around wads of paper money and at the foot of the cross mounds of bloodied coins and blood-soaked paper money. IS THIS WHY JESUS DIED? SO YOU COULD HAVE "FINANCIAL PROSPERITY"?! Do you know what a sick image that is?! Anyone that defends Osteen (and others) and his message of prosperity has no clue AT ALL what the Word of God says. There is no sin in being wealthy, but to make that your sole pursuit and relegate God to the position of servant to His creation in order to get it is one of the most disgusting thoughts of man's mind. Christ died to save your self-serving butt from hell!

    And a "positive attitude" will release God's blessings in your life? Well I wonder what negative confessions Jesus must have said to deserve to be nailed to a piece of wood...

  49. John says:

    There was a small discussion on this man during a prayer meeting last night. I do not know this man and have not yet heard him. There was even a mention that Benny Hinn had made comments that if Jesus were in ministry today He would have great wealth to show for it. Let me say that even though there were not lamborghini's, rolex watches, $5,000 Armani suits, $150 million 37,000sq foot mansions w/ central heating and air and all amenities during Jesus's ministry, there were kings w/ great wealth and power, yet Jesus did not reside in such places, He did not put on princely robes.

    Consider if you were a millionaire in or out of ministry, knowing God or not knowing, do you really have need of a home that requires elevators and motorized transport to get from room to room ?!

    Do you really need a staff of 100 to cook your meals, clean and press your linens, care for your gardens, pamper and bathe you, dress you, drive you here and there, carry your bags for you, pamper your pet that you set aside $12-$372 million to care for if you should die ?!

    All the while there are people, children that go hungry, unclothed and homeless, but above all their souls are hungry, unclothed and w/out a home in Heaven because they dont know the truth about God's Love and His provision for Salvation through Jesus His Son!

    There are ministries that give much in the way of helping w/ just such needs, but I say to you, even if you give $100 trillion to help spread the truth of the Gospel and help w/ all other needs, do you still need to live as a millionaire/billionaire/trillionaire ?!

    Do not individuals and Families live well in homes that provide adequate room and bathing facilities ?! A Family of 4 can live in a 4 bedroom 2 bath house just fine, does it mean instead of a $50,000-$100,000 4 bdrm 2bth house they must have a house w/ the same number of rooms and bathes but costing $1,000,000 ?!

    Maybe we should consider what is *prosperity*, for some it means mansions on earth, exotic cars on earth, millions in the bank on earth, prestigious titles and affiliations, fine raiment, but some see prosperity in having all of their basic needs met w/ even a little left over and some to give away, that their health is good that they can be w/out pain and do whatever God would have them to do, to have clean clothes appropriate for the weather, that they have adequate food and water, that they have loving Friends and Family and above all that they have Salvation in Jesus Christ because every other thing in life can be taken away, relationships, jobs and money, clothes and homes, food, cars and health, every thing that is of the flesh but Salvation in Jesus Christ, the anointing of the Holy Spirit, no Friend or foe, no bank, no employer, no gov't can take these away.

    I would challenge the faith of those in this world that are blessed w/ great riches, not only outside the Church but especially those in the Church, especially those preaching the *goodness of God and all of His blessings because we live as millionaires because of our (seemingly perfect) faith*, that they would give up all of their riches, their mansions, their fine suits, servants or assistants as they would be more commonly called, give up all of these things and follow Jesus w/ the same energy and conviction, despite lacking all of these material things. If He called them, would they do it, it is a lesson for us all. If by His Spirit He called us to surrender everything, to give all of it up, would we ?! Would we keep fighting to hang on to all these things or would we honestly begin to do what we say we already do whilst we seem so *prosperous*, that is, having faith in God no matter what, centering our focus on Him rather than ourselves and *our* possessions ?! As one enduring these things I can say it is no way easy but it is possible by the Spirit of God. It is not at all wrong to be blessed of God even w/ material wealth, the problem is in what we do w/ what He blesses us with, do we use it to spoil ourselves and think "well I'm blessed of God so why not", I can assure you no man has ever been as blessed but Jesus Himself, all power in Heaven and in earth God gave unto Him, yet n'er did He abuse it by lavishing Himself in riches of this world for the sake of satisfying His flesh, He used the wisdom of God's truth to impart the riches of God's Spirit to man, those riches are Salvation and every fruit of the Spirit. God always be praised!

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