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It would be good for Joel Osteen to take heed to this quote from Pastor John MacArthur:

Churching the unchurched is an absolute fallacy – it is like purposing to let the tares in. It is absolutely bizarre to want to make unsaved people feel comfortable in a church. The church is not a building – the church is a group of worshiping, redeemed, and sanctified people among whom an unbeliever should feel either miserable, convicted and drawn to Christ, or else alienated and isolated. Only if the church hides its message and ceases to be what God designed the church to be, can it make an unbeliever comfortable.”

I wonder if Oprah would show up at a church that would convict her of her sins.  Because I care for both Oprah and Joel, I pray for them to come to repentance.  May the biblical Gospel light-up their conscience one day.

With that said, let me leave you off with 2 Corinthians 4:3-4,

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

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I.          INTRODUCTION

Joel Osteen perhaps has the biggest church in America today, with more than 30,000 visitors according to an October 3, 2005 edition of US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT.  His best selling books, televised messages and expanding popularity have caught the attention and worries from certain Evangelical Christian watch group of watering down the Christian gospel and even preaching another gospel altogether.  With Joel Osteen’s word from a short interview that was from the same edition of US NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, we will compare it straight and directly from the Word of God.  May the Word of God be the final authority of Joel Osteen’s ministry.

II.         JOEL OSTEEN’S WORD & GOD’S WORD

1.)    “There’s so much negativity pulling people down that I think they respond when you say, ‘You know what: God’s not mad at you; he’s on your side, he’s got a good plan for your life, and when we obey what he wants us to do, we’re going to prosper.’

QUESTION: Is God mad at sinners?

GOD’S WORD: “The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished.” (Nahum 1:3a)

2.)    “I’m not necessarily explaining deep, theological questions and doctrine and stuff like that.”

QUESTION: Should we teach doctrine?

GOD’S WORD: “Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1Timothy 4:16)

3.)    “People are used to [churches] condemning people to make them feel bad so that they’ll repent, so they’ll know that they’re sinners, but I think there’s a different approach.”

QUESTION: Is there a different approach besides repentance?

GOD’S WORD: Jesus said “But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” (Luke 13: 5b)

QUESTION: Is there a different approach other than sorrow?

GOD’S WORD: “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2Corinthians 7:10)

QUESTION: Is there a different approach other than the gospel message mentioned above?

GOD’S WORD: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:8)

CONCLUSION:

This article is by no means definitive in analyzing the ministry of Joel Osteen.  At the minimum, Christians ought to be careful of the ministry of his ministry.  His lack of clarity in his ministry approach in relationship to the Gospel blurs the very purpose of preaching itself.  With another approach other than conviction and repentance that is at the heart of the gospel, one has to wonder if Joel Osteen is preaching another gospel where everybody is alright despite their sins and the message that God is on one’s side without warning of God’s impending judgment upon sinners.  Let God’s Word be the final Judge.

FURTHER READINGS:

“Joel Oosteen-False Preacher/Teachings” by Rev. Robert S. Liichow accessible at http://www.forgottenword.org/osteen.html

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John MacArthur’s thought on Joel Osteen

Wow.

(Ht: Slaughter of the Sheep)

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One of the qualification for those who teach the Word of God is the ability to refute those who are in Error (Titus 1:9); but how can you refute error if you are ignorant?

Pastor Joel Osteen, can’t even distinguish Mormonism from the Historical Orthodox faith.

From http://www.apologeticsindex.org/646-joel-osteen-mormon-church

WALLACE: And what about Mitt Romney? And I’ve got to ask you the question, because it is a question whether it should be or not in this campaign, is a Mormon a true Christian?

OSTEEN: Well, in my mind they are. Mitt Romney has said that he believes in Christ as his savior, and that’s what I believe, so, you know, I’m not the one to judge the little details of it. So I believe they are.

And so, you know, Mitt Romney seems like a man of character and integrity to me, and I don’t think he would — anything would stop me from voting for him if that’s what I felt like.

WALLACE: So, for instance, when people start talking about Joseph Smith, the founder of the church, and the golden tablets in upstate New York, and God assumes the shape of a man, do you not get hung up in those theological issues?

OSTEEN: I probably don’t get hung up in them because I haven’t really studied them or thought about them. And you know, I just try to let God be the judge of that. I mean, I don’t know.

I certainly can’t say that I agree with everything that I’ve heard about it, but from what I’ve heard from Mitt, when he says that Christ is his savior, to me that’s a common bond.
- Source: FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace, Dec. 23, 2007

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