Skip to comments.But Pastor Osteen, where is Jesus?
Posted on 03/28/2012 6:13:37 AM PDT by Cronos
Over 12,000 people rushed into a crowded Times Union Center to hear Pastor Joel Osteens message of feel good, Broadway style contemporary worship and many came out changed according to an article in yesterdays paper by Paul Grondahl. A star among the Christian world, Osteen claims the nations largest congregation in Houston, Texas with over 30,000 members
Aside from being a good looking man with a deep southern accent and a warm welcoming voice that draws many in, what qualifications does this man have to be preaching to stadiums packed full of vulnerable people?
The best selling author and televangelist had only attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a two year period without receiving a degree. Now something doesnt seem quite right about this. Why can a man with virtually no higher level training in religious matters or Bible studies waltz onto a stage in hundreds of stadiums and speak on the matter? Why does a man with no qualifications have such a great following? (Osteen receives around seven million viewers world wide through his televised sermons.) Im not entirely sure whether or not I feel comfortable with someone preaching the word of God, if they dont know the word of God.
Just from watching a few of his sermons on television and online, I see that Osteen makes no reference to any pages of scripture and speaks only from his memory. I have also noticed from Grondahls article that Osteen prefers not to speak of sin, and likes to focus rather on the goodness of God. Now, Im not trying to rip the man apart. As a Christian myself, I try to see the good in all of Gods creations but I am simply trying to bring this forward in a manner that can hopefully help others recognize and distinguish the difference between a Christian message and a self-help, motivational one.
In an interview with Larry King ( below), Osteen speaks of what he does and what many are calling Christless Christianity.
Not a good idea at all!
I've seen a few of his broadcasts. His ending invitations to accept Christ come across almost as an afterthought to me.
Also, if a pastor doesn't talk about sin and damnation, you have to wonder----do the people he's preaching to even understand the urgency of why they should accept Him?
He did the same thing on O'Reilly's show. When Bill asked if Jesus is the only way to God, he stumbled and hemmed and hawed. Every preacher of the Gospel---every Christian, for that matter---ought to be able to answer that question quickly and firmly.
This might be news to you, but it is not limited to Protestant churches: http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/Ancients_on_Scripture.html#Remarks
Thanks Daniel - it’s not necessarily news to me but it is still not pleasant.
seductive words for itching ears.
I suppose he may have studied ( how to become a millionaire )but i really do disagree with you about the idea that one would have to go to college to become what he is to be, in fact i distrust the educated socalled servants of God if i distrust any one.
It is not that i have anything against education, it is just that if that is the only thing they have done where did they find time to develop any common sense?
He preaches on the love of God and how to live a Godly life. Jesus didnt go screaming and yelling at people either. His message was one of love and faith.
I remember somewhere reading judge no that ye be not judged.
At any rate the Gospel has already been preached so how hard would it be for any preacher to just read the Bible to people who do not know how to read it or just don,t want to read it for them selves?
Joel Osteen preaches Gospel Lite just as Robert Schuller did.
“i really do disagree with you”....err... i didn’t write the article...