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Joel Osteen Rebukes Apostles Paul, Peter, and John
United for Awakening ^ | 8/27/13 | Peter Michael Martinez

Posted on 08/28/2013 12:22:54 PM PDT by Sopater

According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked.

When asked directly if people whom are openly practicing homosexuals are accepted into the Kingdom, Joel Osteen responded with “Absolutely, anybody is.”

We all need to listen carefully to the words that this “man of God” speaks as he goes on interviews so we too can find the errors in the preaching of the first century apostles.

Joel does acknowledge that some things are “sin” but says, “I don’t address these things from the pulpit. They only come up in interviews.” When asked if openly practicing gay/homosexual people will be accepted into heaven, Joel Osteen responded, “I believe they will.”

He makes no mention of the need for repentance.

Joel Osteen Brings Us Universalism

The doctrine of universalism is the belief that all people are “saved” no matter who you are or what you’ve done.

This is a new version of the “good news” that is MUCH BETTER than the message the Jesus and the Apostles preached 2,ooo years ago which was far too narrow according to the way Joel Osteen explains his “message.”

“I’m for everybody” says Joel Osteen, “I’m not into excluding people. Jesus can reveal himself to anybody.”

The idea is that since no one would be accepted if we are called to be “holy” then all have to be accepted. So goes this logic. This doctrine also believes that all roads lead to heaven so there is no one “way, truth, and life that leads to the father.”

According to Joel, “sin means to miss the mark” which, while technically correct, stands in contrast to the teachings of many writers of the Bible that teach that sin is violation of God’s Holy Laws so if by missing the mark Joel means violating God’s ways, then yes, sin is missing the mark.

According to the out of date writers of the Bible, the “wages of sin is death” for which blood is required and for which a sacrifice was presented.

It sounds a lot more harsh to say SIN is TREASON punishable by death than to say it is “missing the mark” which is a bit incomplete. Sin is also “to incur guilt, incur penalty” which according to the scripture is death.

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

When asked about people who live in open sin, Joel smilingly said, “I’m not going to bash those people. I’m not going to be against those people. They’re good people.”

So by contrast, Apostle Jude is “bashing people” when he said:

Jude 1:14-16 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.”

Joel’s wife recently said to Piers Morgan. “It’s the people that we’re after. We’re not trying to judge their sin. We want to encourage them and love them. You’re only going to win people by reaching out to them.”

Isn’t that so awesome! They are all about the people! They want you and I be accepted without having to discuss anything like repentance or righteousness. These are “judgmental” subjects that we just don’t need.

These modern day ministry giants have gone on national television to essentially correct Apostles Peter, John, and Paul to say … they are wrong … if you listen to Joel Osteen. So many across the nation are so proud of this Pastor and his courage in confronting the church fathers!

According to Joel Osteen, Apostle Paul erroneously stated to the Corinthians …

1 Corinthians 6:8-10 “Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

In saying this, according to Joel Osteen, Apostle Paul is being “exclusionary” and should be rebuked and corrected. He is obviously wrong and should never have said these things to the Corinthian church.

Corinth was known for its sexual openness and promiscuity so for Paul to “condemn” all these “good people” was completely out of order and he needs to be rebuked.

When Paul wrote to the Romans he also was in complete error in stating the following in the first chapter of his letter, according to Joel Osteen.

“And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

According to Joel Osteen, Paul was absolutely incorrect and to state that being a homosexual is a sin is being “judgmental” and should not be tolerated. It is just wrong according to Joel Osteen. Many people agree with Joel Osteen today and so, Apostle Paul is apparently misguided and incorrect in his letter.

Joel goes on to point out the additional errors in the words Apostle Paul wrote.

“Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” Paul went on to write in the first chapter of Romans, which according to the words of Joel Osteen, he is deeply misguided and mistaken.

Apostle Paul should repent for saying such things according to Joel Osteen. A growing number of people in America agree with Joel that Apostle Paul should be rebuked for ever saying such things because Paul isn’t accepting of people like Joel Osteen is.

Equally misguided and incorrect according to Joel Osteen is Paul’s words to the Galatian church. In his writings, Apostle Paul made stunning comments that were clearly exclusionary statements concerning the Kingdom and those whom are accepted, and in so doing has made grave error according to Joel Osteen.

See if you can detect the absolutely false statements that Apostle Paul made to the Galatian church according to the stated doctrine of Joel Osteen.

Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

You can clearly see what has Joel Osteen so unhappy that he’s gone on national television to correct this! It is this type of rhetoric, according to Joel Osteen, that is completely false and misrepresents the God he serves.

Joel Osteen’s God loves everybody and there are no exclusions because then, according to Joel, “none of us would be saved.” So again, Apostle Paul was completely incorrect and should never have written such harsh and insensitive words to the Galatian church according to Joel.

I imagine Joel Osteen would say “shame on Apostle Paul for ever writing such hateful words!”

Now, not only is Joel out to correct the misguided Apostle Paul, but Apostle Peter was also brought into serious question for clearly being exclusionary when he wrote these words.

1 Peter 1:14-16 “As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”

According to the doctrine Joel Osteen has now shared with us all as “his message,” being clearly more evolved and enlightened than the archaic Apostle Peter, no one can be holy. We are left to conclude that Peter is misguided and is being judgmental. What a terrible yoke and condemnation Apostle Peter is trying to put on the good people he is writing to.

Additionally, Apostle Peter goes on to say things that are completely against the Lakewood Church Pastor’s God when he stated the following.

2 Peter 2:6-8 “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)”

According to Joel Osteen’s public comments, one could conclude that Apostle Peter was in complete error and deceived when he wrote such things. What a terrible condemnation. He clearly did not know the doctrine that Joel Osteen preaches or he would never have said such awful and critical things.

Joel Osteen indirectly implies (subtly) that these apostles were false and were critical and judgmental and should NOT be listened to in America today. We all need to listen instead to Joel Osteen and Oprah Winfrey.

Now Apostle John made even greater errors if the benchmark is Joel Osteen’s “message” when he stated some of the thing that he wrote which, according to Joel Osteen, is just plain and simply not true.

It takes a lot of courage for Joel to stand against these writings but he believes strongly in his “uplifting and encouraging” doctrine that does not endorse such harsh and judgmental statements as written by these ancient Apostles.

We should all pray for Joel Osteen because he needs our prayers if he’s going to continue to champion the cause of those oppressed and condemned by the writings and statements of Apostles like Paul, Peter and John.

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

You see, according to Joel Osteen in a recent interview, “God doesn’t see any sin as worse than another” and all are going to heaven. Apparently in Joel Osteen’s bible, he has redacted the unpardonable sin. So if you’re a follower of Joel Osteen’s then this statement by Apostle John must seem just plain wrong.

Apostle John doesn’t know what he’s talking about and we need to listen to the wisdom of Joel Osteen. Apostle John clearly was in error and should be rebuked for suggesting that people who tell lies are going to have their part in the lake of fire.

What was Apostle John thinking writing such judgmental things???

That’s a terrible thing to say and no one, certainly not Apostle John, should be allowed to say such things. As Joel says, “there’s enough condemnation in the world” and we don’t need anymore.

Additionally, in his letter, Apostle John says things like …

1 John 3:8-10 “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.”

Now according to Joel Osteen and the thousands that agree with his “message,” this entire passage should be removed from the pages of the bible and no one should be saying such things. In fact, Joel goes on to share that it is this exact kind of preaching that will hinder “church growth.”

Apostles Paul, Peter, and John listen up. Joel Osteen rebukes you all.

Now listen, Joel Osteen and his ministry in Houston are all about people. He is standing up for your rights! He is taking a REALLY BIG RISK because … if he’s wrong, and Apostle Paul is right … then he stands to be cursed! So he needs your support in prayer NOW!

Galatians 1:9 “As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

Instead, you all need to listen to his message of universal acceptance and lawless living without any condemnation so we can all “lift our spirits” and be “encouraging and loving” to all people no matter what lifestyle or choices they make. After all, according to Joel, God loves us all and everyone is going to heaven so lighten up!

There is no exclusive path to the Kingdom. According to Joel Osteen, we need to hear this message because it’s the right message and anyone that says that there is an exclusive path to God is wrong.

Joel would know, look at the size of his church! He is clearly telling you the truth more than anyone in history.

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Exactly how much error is too much?

Sources:

The quotes are taken right from what Joel himself has spoken. He positions himself on his own without being told how to answer. On the one hand he wants to appease his Christian followers by saying “the bible says” but on the other he clearly fellowships with darkness and facilitates those whom deny the power thereof.

2 Timothy 3:1-7 “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”


TOPICS: Ecumenism; Religion & Culture; Theology
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I imagine that Paul, Peter, and John would do the same to Mr. Osteen.

The Apostle Paul: But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. For if one comes and preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you bear this beautifully. (2Co 11:3-4)

As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. (Gal 1:9-10)

1 posted on 08/28/2013 12:22:54 PM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

Millstone bait


2 posted on 08/28/2013 12:24:46 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: Sopater

Homos have lots of money. You can’t expect Joel to alienate that much market share.


3 posted on 08/28/2013 12:24:53 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Gamecock

They’re coming out of the woodwork, Gamecock!


4 posted on 08/28/2013 12:25:48 PM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: Sopater
"We’re not trying to judge their sin. We want to encourage them and love them. You’re only going to win people by reaching out to them.”

Clearly by "win people" he means "get their money".

5 posted on 08/28/2013 12:25:57 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: Sopater

You look at Joel Osteen’s work and career as a money-grubbing shyster enriching himself by exploiting peoples’ fears and promising them materialistic rewards if they send him money, and what you’re offended by is his stance on whether God will let gay people into heaven?


6 posted on 08/28/2013 12:26:07 PM PDT by babble-on
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

That would be anathema for a Mammon-worshiper, indeed.


7 posted on 08/28/2013 12:26:48 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Sopater

Yep. He is a phony. Money is more important than the words of Jesus. How can people be caught up in his lies?


8 posted on 08/28/2013 12:27:42 PM PDT by MamaB
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To: Sopater
Romans 16:18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.
9 posted on 08/28/2013 12:28:56 PM PDT by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Sopater

I suspect thee doth read too much into Joel Osteen’s brief answer to an interviewer’s question.

My hunch is that he means simply that, yes, sinners do go to heaven.

I could be wrong.


10 posted on 08/28/2013 12:29:11 PM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: Sopater

OK There’s my concrete proof. (I strongly suspected before but frankly didn’t care enough to pay attention to him)

Joel Osteen is NOT a Christian


11 posted on 08/28/2013 12:36:57 PM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: Sopater
I just hope he isn't related to Claude Osteen.
12 posted on 08/28/2013 12:39:42 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: DocRock; del4hope; Alex Murphy; Gamecock; Dr. Eckleburg; jude24; Ottofire; fishtank; ...
They’re coming out of the woodwork

Indeed they are!

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13 posted on 08/28/2013 12:40:12 PM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: mbarker12474

There are many pastors who deserve benefit of the doubt. But Osteen....


14 posted on 08/28/2013 12:41:18 PM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: Sopater

Glad I didn’t have a very good opinion of Osteen anyway..


15 posted on 08/28/2013 12:41:48 PM PDT by pnz1
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To: Sopater

I cannot stand the sight of this man..........


16 posted on 08/28/2013 12:42:07 PM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Sopater
people whom are openly practicing homosexuals

people who are openly practicing homosexuals

17 posted on 08/28/2013 12:42:07 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Sopater

He and his wife entertained Orca for a private dinner in their home...very telling.


18 posted on 08/28/2013 12:42:08 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: mbarker12474
Repentant sinners. Sinners who try to convert the Church and society to their sin are probably not to be described as "repentant." However, we do not know the state of their souls at death.
19 posted on 08/28/2013 12:44:40 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Sopater
Revelation 3:15-16 (KJV)

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

20 posted on 08/28/2013 12:44:42 PM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: Patriot Babe

Wow you guys really sparked a nerve...

A whole 9-10 responses in this thread.

I am just wondering how many people he has brought into faith by being ultra accessible and running his church successfully.

While he may not be perfect.. Are YOU?


21 posted on 08/28/2013 12:45:34 PM PDT by BookaT (Haters gonna Hate)
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To: mbarker12474
You are ... but close ...

saved sinners go to heaven.

We'd be wise to listen to our Lord as he replies to those that try to entrap him with divorce ...

Matthew 19:8
King James Version (KJV)

8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

Personally, I think Jesus was allowing for a man's law because it was (apparently) lawful after Moses had decreed it ... but Jesus was reminding them ... it's not the way God wants it to be.

22 posted on 08/28/2013 12:46:01 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Fiji Hill

Anyone remember Joel Osteen’s father John? He was a preacher who believed and preached the Bible! Go to you tube and listen to his sermons.He sure is NOT like his son!!


23 posted on 08/28/2013 12:51:22 PM PDT by ohiobushman
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To: Sopater
he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked.

Imply. And "indirectly" is assumed in either "imply" or "infer."

24 posted on 08/28/2013 12:55:19 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: BookaT
None of us is perfect. That is why we all need a Savior.

That said, Romans 6:1-2 is quite instructive in dealing with those who have come to faith without proper instruction on the value and importance of repentance.

"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" - Romans 6:1-2

So, let's go back to the question at hand:

"When asked directly if people whom are openly practicing homosexuals are accepted into the Kingdom, Joel Osteen responded with “Absolutely, anybody is.”

If that's the kind of faith Joel Osteen is preaching -- supposedly based in the Word and divinity of Christ but not in adherence to His teaching -- it's the wrong faith. Is that the kind of success God wants for Osteen's ministry?

I'm far from perfect. I'd fry in Hell without God's grace, but I am very glad I have it. But you need to make the effort to distance yourself from sin, and the question Osteen was asked seems to have dealt with those who do not make the attempt.

25 posted on 08/28/2013 12:55:34 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: Sopater

There are no crosses in his church. I bet there isn’t many KJV’s either.


26 posted on 08/28/2013 12:58:00 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Sopater

http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/3044562

Joel Osteen Hoax: Man Allegedly Behind Ploy To Discredit Leader Wants Televangelist To Change His Message (VIDEO)

Famed televangelist Joel Osteen may not be losing his religion, but he is the target of an elaborate hoax attempting to discredit the powerful megachurch leader and “motivate him to talk about more serious subjects.”


27 posted on 08/28/2013 12:59:25 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Sopater

I’m not even a Christian, and this guy sounds pretty lame.


28 posted on 08/28/2013 1:02:44 PM PDT by Nachum (I am Breitbartacus!)
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To: Sopater
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."             2 Timothy 4:3-4
29 posted on 08/28/2013 1:03:03 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: arthurus
Sinners who try to convert the Church and society to their sin are probably not to be described as "repentant." However, we do not know the state of their souls at death.

Absolutely.
30 posted on 08/28/2013 1:05:15 PM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Sopater
I don't remember his daddy, John, being so materialistic, nor did he have Joel's flare for hollywood-style Sunday productions.


31 posted on 08/28/2013 1:05:35 PM PDT by TexasCajun (Creepy-Ass Cracka -- Don't Call Me Cracker)
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To: Sopater

Someone sent me a link to his Easter sermon. Even though my opinion of him has never been high, I was shocked to listen to his “sermon” and realize that it wasn’t about Jesus and death, burial, and resurrection from the dead at all. Jesus wasn’t even mentioned, other than a tag at the end of a prayer. The sermon was all about “feeling” good about yourself.


32 posted on 08/28/2013 1:13:12 PM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Sopater
According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked.

Joey, boy, you need to bone up on the meaning of "apostle". In terms of standing, credibility and authority, you aren't fit to lick the bottom of their sandals. You know, Jesus reserved his harshest criticism of those religious leaders who departed from scripture to administer a theology that happened to give them wealth and power. My prayer is that God's perfect justice be done for him.

33 posted on 08/28/2013 1:24:33 PM PDT by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: Sopater

No surprise. Joel has always seemed a little “light in the loafers.”


34 posted on 08/28/2013 1:27:01 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Sopater
According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and rebuked.

Hmmmm. Let me see....

Osteen or Peter, Paul, and John???

What a no brainer........

35 posted on 08/28/2013 1:31:35 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Sopater

Well Joel....hope you don’t mind if we stick with those original author’s teachings, in preference to your convenient world view?


36 posted on 08/28/2013 1:42:23 PM PDT by G Larry (Let his days be few; and let another take his office. Psalms 109:8)
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To: Sopater

The False Promise of the Prosperity Gospel: Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pastor-rick-henderson/osteen-meyer-prosperity-gospel_b_3790384.html

The John Piper video in that article is worthwhile. As Piper says, Osteen and Meyer preach another gospel.


37 posted on 08/28/2013 1:53:49 PM PDT by .45 Long Colt
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To: Sopater
Joel is now owned by satan... shun him... turn your back on him... wipe the dust of his existence from your feet... but pray for his soul.
38 posted on 08/28/2013 2:16:10 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Patriot Babe

The lesbo billionaire gave him a big fat check for embracing evil.

LLS


39 posted on 08/28/2013 2:22:27 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: USS Johnston

2 Timothy 2:15

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

James 3:1

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.

2 Timothy 2:16

But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness,

Galatians 1:6-10

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.


40 posted on 08/28/2013 2:30:56 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Sopater

First point: The headline is misleading. Nowhere does he “rebuke” these writers.

Second, much of the Bible, including much of what is attributed to “Peter”, “Paul” (a lot), and “John” (especially), is pseudonymous. It’s pseudepigraphic, written by someone else in the names of the apostles or the next generation of apostles (such as Paul) to give their writings greater credibility.

If I were to sit down tonight and write a novel and sign it “Charles Dickens”, would it be a long-undiscovered novel by Dickens (believe me, I can imitate his style pretty well) or is it pseudo-Dickens? Similarly with the works attributed to Peter, Paul, and John — not all, but many.

Further, a group of scholars who studied the Bible and the writings in the Gospel concluded that the least of what Jesus actually said and did is what is in “John”. John is not what you call the finest source material.

Now, as to Osteen’s message:

Have you never heard of “hate the sin, love the sinner”? Whatever the acts that a person chooses, that person is still a child of God who is here because God wants it that way. So when you condemn, you condemn part of God’s creation. Do you really feel like it’s your place to do that? What kind of a God creates all this just to condemn the bulk of it?

“Judge not, lest ye be judged.”

The Golden Rule (a version of which exists in every major religion) says “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Do you wish others to sit in condemnation of you? Do you think it would be their place to do so? Furthermore, holding that doesn’t help your state of being any. It simply allows that person to bother you even when that person is nowhere near. What’s the point of that?

Yes, of course, we strive to live a moral, ethical, godly life. And nobody makes the best choice all the time. That’s life. It certainly doesn’t put any of us in some holier-than-thou position to condemn others to eternal damnation, if there is indeed such a thing.

Isn’t the essence of God Divine Love? Divine Love transcends all conditions in this world. If God is universal and infinite, then God’s love must be universal and infinite. (Logic 101.) That means it extends to all, always.

The good news here is that in God’s love, we can always choose again. We can always decide to redirect and change our lives. And that is what any spiritual belief system calls us to do.


41 posted on 08/28/2013 2:35:26 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: circlecity

No, he means win them over. But you have to start where they are.


42 posted on 08/28/2013 2:36:28 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: MamaB

Not at all. He’s simply preaching ideas with which you disagree. There were many such disagreements among early Christians.


43 posted on 08/28/2013 2:38:00 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: BookaT

How can he “bring people into faith” when he doesn’t preach the gospel???


44 posted on 08/28/2013 2:38:30 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: TexasCajun

The dad was just an older, wrinklier, “less successful” crackpot.


45 posted on 08/28/2013 2:40:26 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: BookaT
I am just wondering how many people he has brought into faith by being ultra accessible and running his church successfully.

Well, he bought the Compaq Center, former home of the Houston Rockets, when the Rockets got a new arena. Reportedly, he draws over 16,000 to a service. If there is one thing Joel Osteen clearly knows about, it's church growth.

46 posted on 08/28/2013 2:40:45 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: SoothingDave

If anything, he would be said to have implied it. The speaker implies, the listener infers.


47 posted on 08/28/2013 2:41:55 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: .45 Long Colt
The False Promise of the Prosperity Gospel

No, it's a true promise. "It is the Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom", but you have to accept the gifts. Prosperity is God-ordained. It is we who get in the way. We need to get out of God's way.

48 posted on 08/28/2013 2:45:29 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: TBP
Prosperity is God-ordained. It is we who get in the way. We need to get out of God's way.

I don't recall Jesus being rich, or any of the Apostles. Were they all getting in God's way?

I also remember Jesus saying, "pick up your cross and follow me."

49 posted on 08/28/2013 2:50:45 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: TBP

Yes, i know that and said that.

Then i pointed out that with either word the sense of “indirect” is inherent in the meaning of the word. If it is direct it is not implied or inferred.


50 posted on 08/28/2013 2:54:14 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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