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  • Joel Osteen or Fortune Cookie?

    09/30/2014 8:53:32 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Challies.com ^ | May 12, 2010 | Tim Challies
    he other day I ate some rather extraordinary Thai food for lunch and, on my way out, grabbed a fortune cookie. I cracked it open and read a silly little proverb meant to inspire, I suppose. I wish it had said “Brisk uphill walk after all-you-can-eat Thai is a bad idea.” Never mind. As I waddled my way home, regretting that last bowl of curry (so delicious…), I thought “This fortune sounds like something Joel Osteen would say.” And then it struck me—there is very little difference between Joel and those fortune cookies (except that the cookies are delicious, of...
  • America’s Most Popular Pastor Doesn’t Know The Bible

    09/19/2014 1:21:41 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 138 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-19-2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Mega-church pastor Joel Osteen may lead the largest Protestant church in the United States, but a recent Facebook post shows he might need to go back to Sunday school.A Monday post to his verified Facebook page, Joel Osteen ministries, read: “God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I can bring water without rain?’ There’s no limit to God’s power.” Post by Joel Osteen Ministries. As...
  • The Osteens’ Donald Sterling Moment

    09/03/2014 4:42:15 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 47 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 2, 2014 | Hans Fiene
    When Donald Sterling had to sell the Los Angeles Clippers because he was caught on tape saying he didn’t want his mistress bringing black people to his basketball games, many people cheered. But if you had paid much attention to Sterling prior to the TMZ-leaked audio, you probably didn’t cheer—not because you weren’t troubled by Sterling’s comments, but because Sterling’s downfall over those particular comments felt a bit anticlimactic. Sterling was sued for racial discrimination in basketball. He was repeatedly sued for housing discrimination against blacks and Latinos. Sterling’s wife allegedly posed as a health inspector to survey the race...
  • Victoria Osteen Chides Critics: Chides Critics: I Didn't Mean Parishioners Shouldn't Worship God ...

    09/06/2014 10:55:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/06/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    After weathering a blistering week of scorn and ridicule for controversial comments she made during a worship service at the popular Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, including a declaration that worship is not for God, co-pastor Victoria Osteen now says that's not what she meant and dismissed the notion as "ridiculous." "While I admit that I could have been more articulate in my remarks, I stand by my point that when we worship God and are obedient to Him we will be better for it," she told The Blaze in a statement Friday. "I did not mean to imply that...
  • Joel Osteen Rebukes

    09/05/2014 7:32:39 AM PDT · by GoSpiritGo · 77 replies
    8/28/13 | 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 defense of the prosperity gospel: Let's cut Victoria Osteen some slack

    09/03/2014 11:48:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Week ^ | 09/03/2014 | Matt. K. Lewis
    The wife of famed televangelist Joel Osteen said something stupid the other day — so stupid there's now a YouTube meme about it, featuring Bill Cosby saying, "That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard in my life." In the original clip, Victoria Osteen says: "I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we're not doing it for God — I mean, that's one way to look at it. We're doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we're happy." Osteen continues: "So I want you to know this morning: Just do good...
  • Mark Driscoll on Joel Osteen: 'There Are Worse Things Than Being Happy and Encouraging'

    02/15/2013 8:32:03 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | February 5, 2013 | Nicola Menzie
    Seattle megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll recently came to the defense of fellow Christian minister Joel Osteen, while admitting that his "Reformed brothers like to treat Pastor Joel like a pinata." In a recent interview with The Gospel Coalition, the Mars Hill Church pastor was asked to comment on a segment of his new book, Who Do You Think You Are?, that mentions "appreciated people" who "exchange grumbling for praying, competing for celebrating, bitterness for thankfulness, performing for serving, and boasting for encouraging." The interviewer, TGC's associate editor Matt Smethurst, asked Driscoll, "What's an 'appreciated person'? Isn't that what Joel Osteen...
  • Victoria Osteen Ripped for Telling Church 'Just Do Good For Your Own Self'; Worship Is Not for God.'

    08/30/2014 7:00:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 241 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch preacher and New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen, is now facing withering criticism online for a viral video clip in which she is shown telling congregants at Lakewood Church that obedience, worship and church attendance is not for God but themselves. "I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we're not doing it for God—I mean, that's one way to look at it—we're doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we're happy," she said in the 36-second clip posted on YouTube, with her husband smiling...
  • Osteen meets with Pope Francis at Vatican

    06/07/2014 10:10:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 6, 2014 | Carol Christian
    ....Joel Osteen, the pastor of Houston's Lakewood Church, was meeting Thursday with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Osteen said Friday it was a great honor to represent the pastors of America in the meeting with the pontiff, whom he described as warm, personable and full of joy. "I like the fact that this pope is trying to make the church larger, not smaller," Osteen said. "He's not pushing people out but making the church more inclusive. That resonated with me." "We had very little time with him," Osteen said. "We were going to have more time, but a cardinal died...
  • Reward increased for information leading to arrests in Lakewood Church theft

    03/22/2014 10:58:44 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 6 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | Mar 21 2014 | Kimberly O'Neal
    HOUSTON - Lakewood Church and Crime Stoppers have increased the reward to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible for the recent break-ins and theft. The crime was reported on March 10 around 8:30 a.m. by a church staff member. Investigators believe the theft at the church in the 3700 block of the Southwest Freeway happened between 2:30 p.m. on March 9 and 8:30 a.m. on March 10. The thief or thieves took cash, checks and credit card vouchers. If anyone has information about the theft, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. Lakewood Church says it...
  • Osteenification and What it Portends

    03/20/2014 4:50:02 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Patheos ^ | Hank Hanegraaff
    Virtually every morning I try to catch up on news and sports while running on my treadmill. Often the running (mostly walking) is accompanied by the vigorous exercise of my remote. Recently, I flipped into an interview involving Singaporean mega-pastor Joseph Prince. The more I tuned in, the faster my heart rate. Disregard for the meaning and context of Scripture was simply breathtaking. It all led up to taking a shower and beginning work on a book now titled The Osteenification of American Christianity. Why Osteenification? Because Joel Osteen is the prime provocateur of a seductive brand of American Christianity...
  • $600K in Donations Stolen from Joel Osteen’s Mega-Church [LISTEN]

    03/11/2014 8:45:28 AM PDT · by Morgana · 50 replies
    news92am ^ | staff
    Lakewood Church is dealing with a violation of the Ten Commandments after the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars. “Thou shalt not steal.” But someone did. Lakewood Church has sent out a notice that donations collected at services Saturday and Sunday, the 8th and 9th, were stolen. And, they advise anyone who gave by check or credit card to watch their bank accounts very carefully and report any suspicious activity.
  • [ Spoof site - Satire ] September 3, 2009 From the Archives: Joel Osteen Reads the Gospels for the F

    02/25/2014 4:33:56 AM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    The Talking Mirror ^ | September 3, 2009 | By conor
    Last Thursday Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood “Church” in Houston, Texas revealed to the world that he had recently read the Gospels for the first time during a segment of the MTV Special True Life: I’m Joel Osteen. “Ya know, I decided it was about time I toughed it through all four Gospels. They’re super long but I mean, I am a pastor, right?” Osteen said laughingly in his charming Texan accent. The author of Your Best Life Now, a theological dissertation concerning the Biblical hermeneutic of success, was shocked at the lack of material prosperity present in the...
  • Joel Osteen finally comes out on 'gay' issue

    11/06/2013 8:34:36 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 91 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/03/2013
    'I'm not here to be preaching hate, pushing people down' God “absolutely” approves of everyone — including homosexuals — declared one of America’s most well-known evangelical pastors The Houston megapastor and best-selling author Joel Osteen, whose followers include the likes of Cher and Oprah Winfrey, is hitting the talk-show circuit to promote his new book, “Break Out! Osteen, the very visible face of Lakewood Church in Houston since 1999,  talked to the Huffington Post about his thoughts on prayer, the pope and the homosexual lifestyle. HuffPo Live host Josh Zepps quoted from Osteen’s new book: “It doesn’t matter who...
  • MegaChurch or Catholic Church?

    08/27/2013 11:53:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 1,462 replies
    taylormarshall.com ^ | August 26, 2013 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    Megachurch. Two young ladies. Both had left the Catholic Church. Both were now attending “megachurches.” We had a good chat together. I wanted to understand their reasons for why they left the Catholic Church for a megachurch.Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Megachurch43,500 weekly attendance I was at the bank and somehow I got into a spiritual conversation with two Hispanic executives that worked there.Why the Megachurch? When I asked why they exchanged the Catholic Church for the megachurch, they gave me a number of reasons: “My new church has an iPhone app. I can go on my iPhone and get Bible studies,...
  • Pray and Grow Rich: Neo-Pentecostalism gives Rome a run for its money

    05/16/2013 9:29:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | May 16, 2013 | Christopher Orlet
    Many Vatican-watchers interpreted the election of Pope Francis as Rome’s counter-offensive against the rise of neo-Pentecostalism in the global South. Pentecostalism is the fastest growing sect in the Latin America, where a third of the world’s Catholics live, and is giving the established Roman Church a run for its money — so to speak. The latest figures show that the numbers of Pentecostals throughout Latin America has soared since 1970 — when they represented a mere 4 percent of the population — to nearly 30 percent. In Guatemala it is estimated that four in ten are Pentecostals. Reasons for the...
  • Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Others Warn About Fake Facebook Pages Used For Money Scams

    05/12/2013 5:35:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/11/2013 | By Nicola Menzie
    Christian ministers like Joel Osteen, Rick Warren and Jamal Bryant are among a number of high-profile individuals and organizations apparently being used by scammers on Facebook to solicit funds from unsuspecting supporters.Miles McPherson, senior pastor of the Rock Church in San Diego, alerted his Facebook fans Wednesday that someone had set up a fake account on the social network pretending to be him.Joel Osteen Ministries, which has more than 3,630,000 "Likes" on Facebook, received several messages from supporters this week notifying the Lakewood Church ministry of account holders using Joel Osteen's name.The ministry has routinely responded: "Thank you for informing us...
  • Joel Osteen target of elaborate Internet hoax

    04/09/2013 1:39:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 04/09/2013 | Robert Stanton
    It's a news flash with an asterisk: Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen has resigned from the mega church that he has led since 1999, a move prompted by his decision to leave the Christian faith due to his "lack of faith." The asterisk is needed, mind you, because the story is false, as in Internet hoax. Whoever devised the elaborate hoax didn't just stop at a fake church website - http://www.joelostenministries.com/ - which is almost identical to the genuine Joel Osteen Ministries website - http://www.joelosteen.com/. The hoaxer also has put up bogus news sites trumpeting the fictitious news, replicating news...
  • Narrow is the Way (On Joel Osteen's "broad" view of Christianity)

    05/01/2012 3:12:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    World Magazine ^ | 05/01/2012 | JANIE B. CHEANEY
    It’s no surprise that major news networks, casting about for an expert on Christianity, would ring up Joel Osteen, senior pastor of the nation’s largest megachurch. The title “senior pastor” rests a little awkwardly on someone whose shiny, eager demeanor recalls a perpetual 20-something, but when duty calls Osteen can turn down the smile and look thoughtful. Last week’s duty was to appear on Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room on CNN and answer Blitzer’s questions relating to Mitt Romney as the Republican candidate for president, including one asking Pastor Osteen how he would respond to a congregant who wants to vote...
  • Joel Osteen: Mormon Romney Is Christian; Obama Is Too

    04/25/2012 10:41:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/25/2012 | Paul Stanley
    Joel Osteen, the popular megachurch pastor from Houston, appeared Tuesday afternoon on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and said that he considers both presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a Mormon, and President Obama to be Christians. Osteen, when asked about Romney's faith, said the former Massachusetts governor is indeed a Christian – which is a similar statement to the one he made in January. "When I hear Mitt Romney say that he believes that Jesus is the Son of God – that he's the Christ, raised from the dead, that he's his Savior – that's good enough...
  • Joel Osteen Warms Up for ‘Night of Hope’ in DC

    04/17/2012 9:54:52 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 17, 2012 | JP
    Joel Osteen was in the Nation’s Capital last night. The popular pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church threw out the first pitch at a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the visiting Houston Astros. Osteen, who boasts the nation’s largest congregation, running more than 43,000 worshippers through his megachurch every weekend, will return to D.C. at the end of the April when he holds his fourth annual “Night of Hope” at National’s Park. Not since evangelist Billy Graham has an American pastor so regularly filled arenas and stadia throughout the country. Osteen finds the ballpark an ideal backdrop for a...
  • Osteen: Romney "believer in Christ, like me"

    01/16/2012 9:22:12 AM PST · by Saundra Duffy · 323 replies
    CBS This Morning ^ | January 16, 2012 | CBS This Morning
    (CBS News) Pastor Joel Osteen, one of America's most popular religious figures, said on "CBS This Morning" that GOP candidate Mitt Romney believes in Jesus like he does. "What I see about Governor Romney is that he says, 'I believe Jesus Christ is the son of God, he's raised from the dead and he's my savior.' I see him as being a believer in Christ, like me." Charlie Rose said, "That's enough for you?" "That's enough for me," Osteen said. "There's differences in all religion. I realize Mormonism is different from Christianity, but you know what, he's a man of...
  • Televangelist Joel Osteen: Obama ‘has reached out to us’

    12/01/2011 4:33:21 PM PST · by Gamecock · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/28/2011 | Caroline May
    Televangelist and senior pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church Joel Osteen explained on Fox News Channel’s “Huckabee” over the weekend that President Barack Obama reached out to Osteen and Lakewood. “He has reached out to us,” Osteen said. “And we have done some of the leadership things there at the White House with him and been able to pray with him — just simple things like that. And he’s been very kind and friendly to our ministry.” A number of Americans still have questions about Obama’s religious beliefs. Whether it is due to his 20 year attendance at the Rev. Jeremiah...
  • TV preacher Osteen ventures into reality TV

    11/30/2011 1:50:02 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    Speroforum ^ | November 30, 2011 | Martin Barillas
    Nationally known TV preacher and evangelist Joel Osteen is slated to join Mark Burnett, the producer of the popular ‘Survivor’ show, to create new primetime network TV show together. Burnett and wife Roma Downey are good friends of Osteen and wife Victoria. Their show would feature people who join Osteen to “start fixing things” throughout the United States. Osteen is viewed by more than 10 million people each week. He broadcasts from his Lakewood Church in Houston TX and could probably reach an even wider audience with the new venture. "We don't just want to do a reality show. We...
  • Televangelist Joel Osteen: Obama ‘has reached out to us (BARF)

    11/28/2011 9:32:48 AM PST · by C. Edmund Wright · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Nov 28,2011 | Caroline May
    Televangelist and senior pastor of Houston’s Lakewood Church Joel Osteen explained on Fox News Channel’s “Huckabee” over the weekend that President Barack Obama reached out to Osteen and Lakewood. “He has reached out to us,” Osteen said. “And we have done some of the leadership things there at the White House with him and been able to pray with him — just simple things like that. And he’s been very kind and friendly to our ministry.” Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/11/28/televangelist-joel-osteen-obama-has-reached-out-to-us/#ixzz1f1Qe8ewQ
  • Former Mormon to Joel Osteen: "Shame on You"

    11/02/2011 9:05:12 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 47 replies
    Worldview Times ^ | 10-28-2011 | Ed Decker
    Dear Pastor Joel Osteen, Shame on You! I have just watched your remarks regarding Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith, recorded on video. http://www.onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=1465166 Shame on you! You have given the enemies of the Cross a great victory. Either through sheer ignorance of the Word or your apparent desire to never offend anyone, regardless of their sins, you have handed the Mormons a huge PR gift. You have insulted and denigrated the many former Mormons like me who have spent their lives bringing Mormons the truth and to the Real Jesus, who died for their sins on Calvary. You have...
  • Joel Osteen Reads the Gospels for the First Time

    10/31/2011 6:47:53 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 49 replies
    The Talking Mirror ^ | 3 September 2009
    He didn't know Jesus was such a stickler. Last Thursday Joel Osteen, senior pastor of Lakewood “Church” in Houston, Texas revealed to the world that he had recently read the Gospels for the first time during a segment of the MTV Special True Life: I’m Joel Osteen. “Ya know, I decided it was about time I toughed it through all four Gospels. They’re super long but I mean, I am a pastor, right?” Osteen said laughingly in his charming Texan accent. The author of Your Best Life Now, a theological dissertation concerning the Biblical hermeneutic of success, was shocked at...
  • On judging Joel Osteen (Is it judgmental to call Osteen 'insufferable'?)

    10/31/2011 10:27:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    It turns out that criticizing Joel Osteen ruffles feathers. Perhaps this shouldn't surprise. His congregation is more than forty-thousand strong, his sermons air worldwide, and his book sales are stratospheric. He's got more than a few fans available to take offense at someone holding his feet to the fire. In response to my piece Friday, “The insufferable Joel Osteen,” several people said that I was “judging” Osteen, which is a considerable no-no. I was told I should be ashamed and that I should apologize.But not so fast. Is saying that a man is wrong “judging” him? “Judge not, that you...
  • What Ever Happened to Sin? (A Response To Osteen)

    10/27/2011 4:33:58 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    Westminster Seminary California ^ | October 1, 2007 | Michael Horton
    In his interview with Larry King (CNN, June 20, 2005), Joel Osteen said that he is not sure what happens to people who reject Christ. King followed up with the question about Jews, Moslems, and other non-Christians. “They’re wrong, aren’t they?” Osteen replied, “Well, I don’t know if I believe they’re wrong. I believe here’s what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God will judge a person’s heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don’t know all about their religion. But...
  • Lessons From Piers Morgan's Interview With Joel Osteen (Osteen refuses to take any firm stand)

    10/07/2011 1:15:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/07/2011 | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
    An interview that begins with a statement like, “Well, Piers, to me, faith is all about learning to be happy where you are,” is probably not going to end well. Piers Morgan’s interview with Joel and Victoria Osteen Tuesday night was very revealing about the Osteens - but little Christian truth was revealed. At the same time, the interview deserves closer attention than you might expect. After introducing the Osteens, Morgan let Joel talk about his latest book, Every Day A Friday, How To Be Happier 7 Days a Week. Like the book itself, Joel’s presentation could be reduced to...
  • Joel Osteen & The Gospel of Prosperity

    Joel Osteen and The Prosperity Gospel Written by Gary Gilley (June/July 2009 - Volume 15, Issue 4) The New Age book and video by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, which gained popularity recently due to Oprah Winfrey’s strong promotion, teaches that we can “create [our] own happiness through the law of attraction.” Whether it is cash, health, prosperity or happiness, all can be ours if we will just learn to use “the secret.” Byrne tells us, “Disease cannot live in a body that is in a healthy emotional state.” But be warned: “If you have a disease and you are focusing...
  • US megachurch volunteer charged with child abuse

    05/14/2011 4:54:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    WASHINGTON — A volunteer..has been charged with sexually abusing an autistic child. Alvaro Daniel Guzman, 25, was charged with indecency with a child over a February 2010 incident at a Lakewood Church activities program for special needs children, according to local media reports in Houston. The arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday but Guzman is still free. Lakewood is a Protestant "megachurch" run by pastor Joel Osteen, whose weekend services draw more than 40,000 people. Osteen's television ministry is broadcast in dozens of countries. Guzman allegedly fondled an 8-year-old autistic boy while he helped him climb into a play structure....
  • Joel Osteen, Ravi Zacharias Encourage Dying CNN Sportscaster

    04/13/2011 8:42:56 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 04/13/2011 | Eryn Sun
    After reading about Nick Charles’ terminal illness with bladder cancer, one megachurch pastor decided to reach out to the dying sportscaster. Joel Osteen, according to CNN, personally called the former sports anchor, offering him his prayers and encouragement. “God is going to take care of you and your family,” Osteen told Charles, praying for his family over the phone and inspiring him to fight. The megapastor had grown up watching Charles as a sports fan, while Charles admitted to CNN that he too watched Osteen regularly. Cory, the sportscaster’s wife, had even attended Osteen’s church in Texas while her husband...
  • Pastors, LGBT Groups React to Joel Osteen's Remarks on Sin

    01/30/2011 10:35:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 127 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2011 | Audrey Barrick
    Popular preacher Joel Osteen's recent affirmation that homosexuality is a sin has garnered reaction from both gay rights advocates and evangelicals alike. LGBT group the Human Rights Campaign called for an immediate apology, arguing that his statement "adds a burden to those already struggling to accept their sexual orientation or gender identity." "One would hope Mr. Osteen would use his pulpit, with an audience of over 7 million people, to tell all human beings that they are loved just the way they are," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "Instead he chose to send a dangerous and irresponsible message." Evangelical leader...
  • The Osteen Moment — Your Own Moment Will Come Soon Enough

    01/28/2011 1:59:05 PM PST · by wmfights · 19 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | January 27, 2011 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.,
    Joel Osteen didn’t get where he is today by staking out controversial positions on biblical and moral issues. America’s prophet of Your Best Life Now built his reputation and his international following on an updated version of prosperity theology, laced with ample doses of pop psychology. The ever-smiling and effervescent pastor of America’s largest congregation has done his best to avoid association with doctrinal matters. More to the point — he has done his best to avoid talking about sin. Osteen would rather offer platitudes about attitudes. “God wants you to be a winner, not a whiner,” he asserts. Talking...
  • Joy Behar Lectures Pastor About Homosexuality on 'The View', Insists Biblical View Leads to Bullying

    11/18/2010 2:12:23 AM PST · by markomalley · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 11/18/2010 | Matt Hadro
    ABC's "The View" hosted pastor Joel Osteen Tuesday, author of the book The Christmas Spirit – but the conversation took a controversial turn and went from Christmas to homosexuality. Co-host Joy Behar belittled Osteen about his conservative Christian beliefs on the matter. ABC's Barbara Walters first popped the question in the middle of the interview, flagging it was a "controversial" topic. She referenced a previous quote made by Osteen on the show about homosexuality not being "God's best" for a person's life. Walters asked him how he felt about a Georgia pastor who recently came out and said he was...
  • John 14:6 For Dummies

    05/30/2010 3:07:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 162 replies · 2,111+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 31, 2010 | Mike Adams
    I cannot imagine why someone would dedicate himself to a religion that provides just one of many equally valid paths to salvation. That’s why I was taken aback by my old friend Neal Boortz’ somewhat harsh treatment of a man who called his show some months ago and quoted John 14:6 as evidence that Christianity is the only path to heaven. Of course, Neal isn’t a pastor and he tends to do things just to get a rise out of people. So his comments weren’t nearly as objectionable as Joel Osteen’s sidestepping of the “How many paths to heaven?” question...
  • *VIDEO* Joel Osteen, it's just the Truth - Paul Washer

    04/03/2010 9:49:52 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies · 511+ views
    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. ~ (2 Timothy 4:3)
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - April 2, 2010 [Devotional]

    04/02/2010 4:26:02 AM PDT · by Vision · 4 replies · 231+ views
    Email ^ | 4/2/10 | Joel Osteen
    Restoration Today's Scripture "And the God of all grace…will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast" (I Peter 5:10, NIV). Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Have you experienced destruction in your past? God wants to completely restore you. He wants to make you strong, firm and steadfast—He wants to make you better than before! Sometimes, when you are in the midst of difficulty, you can't quite see the restoration God has prepared. You can't quite see how He can turn it around for your good. But that's when you have to take a step of...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - March , 2010 [Devotional]

    03/18/2010 4:20:53 AM PDT · by Vision · 7 replies · 418+ views
    Email ^ | 3/18/10 | Joel Osteen
    Approved Today's Scripture "Before I formed you in the womb I knew [and] approved of you…" (Jeremiah 1:5, AMP). Today's Word from Joel and Victoria Did you know that God was thinking about you before you were ever born? He knew everything about you before you were in your mother's womb. He created you on purpose, for a purpose. He carefully planned who you would be, the color of your hair, the color your eyes and skin. He gave you gifts, talents, and abilities to be used for His glory. He took one look at you and said, "Approved."...
  • John Piper and the Prosperity Gospel

    12/11/2009 11:23:35 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 28 replies · 1,046+ views
    youtube.com ^ | 12/5/07 | John Piper
    I don’t know what you feel about the prosperty gospel; the health, wealth, and prosperity gospel. But I’ll tell you what I feel about it; hatred. It is not the gospel. It is being exported from this country to Africa and Asia. Selling a bill of goods to the poorest of the poor, “Believe this message, your pigs won’t die. Your wife won’t have miscarriages. You’ll have rings on your fingers and coats on your back.” That’s comin’ out of America! The people that out to be giving our money and our time and our lives, instead selling them a...
  • Lukewarm Church Avoids Abortion & Health Care Reform Issue

    10/12/2009 8:08:14 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 20 replies · 894+ views
    TheCypressTimes.com ^ | 10/09/2009 | John G. Winder
    I haven’t heard a peep out of the whole of the Evangelical Church, the Protestant Church, the Baptists, Methodist? Anyone? Is it now an unspoken policy that no one in any church anywhere in America will dare to speak out on any topic that might be classified as “political”? A Google search of “Joel Osteen & Health Care Reform” produced nothing. So, the leader of the single largest congregation in America has apparently been mum on the subject; the entire subject inclusive of “excluding mandated coverage for abortion.” I Googled “Rick Warren and Health Care Reform” and similarly found nothing...
  • Today's Word with Joel Osteen - June 5, 2009 [Devotional]

    06/05/2009 4:44:51 AM PDT · by Vision · 2 replies · 420+ views
    Email ^ | 6/5/09 | Joel Osteen
    The Armor of God Today's Scripture "Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:11-12, NLT) Today's Word from Joel and Victoria God has equipped us to stand and fight every battle we will face in life. The Bible tells us in Ephesians chapter 6 that we are to put on the...
  • Joel Osteen Heresy Gauge

    04/28/2009 1:02:55 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 47 replies · 2,389+ views
    What?..Um theological satire ^ | August 6, 2007 | Seth
    How to determine when Joel Osteen is speaking heresy:
  • What religion is Joel Osteen?

    04/16/2009 6:03:40 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 70 replies · 2,995+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 4-16-2009 | Joseph Farah
    Sometimes I get confused watching these mega-church preachers. Are they reading the same Bible I'm reading? Do they really have an intimate relationship with the same Jesus I know? Is the Holy Spirit actually working within them – providing the kind of discernment He promises believers? These questions came to mind while watching Joel Osteen and his lovely wife, Victoria, on CNN's "Larry King Live" last week. Is this the new face of American Christianity? Is this why Jesus died on the cross and was resurrected? Is this the Good News? Or is this some other religion altogether? Admittedly, Osteen...
  • JOEL OSTEEN: APPRISING HIS WORD FAITH TEACHINGS

    08/26/2008 9:23:12 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 28 replies · 788+ views
    Apprising Ministries ^ | Aug 23, 2008 | Ken Silva
    When one really takes the time to look deeper into the “feel-good” message of smiling Joel Osteen it becomes crystal clear that his doctrine is actually far worse than spiritual junk-food. As you’ll see in this article, originally published August 30, 2005, it is indeed the spiritual poison of the Word Faith Movement which is seeping up through its decadent and decaying root in the metaphysical Mind Science cults and then thoroughly saturating Osteen’s own-far from innocuous-teachings.The “Cotton Candy” Appeal of Joel OsteenJoel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, is perhaps the fastest rising TV preacher in...
  • Promoting the Gospel of Self Esteem

    07/28/2008 8:55:13 PM PDT · by Lee Sherman · 3 replies · 202+ views
    Cristian Research Institute ^ | 2005 | Bob Hunter
    This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 28, number 2 (2005). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org. C. F. W. Walther wrote, in his classic book The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel, "The doctrinal contents of the entire Holy Scriptures…are made up of two doctrines differing fundamentally from each other, viz., the Law and the Gospel….Without the Law the Gospel is not understood; without the Gospel the Law benefits us nothing."1 One of the most popular methods of preaching today is to leave out the law entirely and...
  • Father Pfleger Bashed Clintons...Again

    06/01/2008 2:02:38 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 39 replies · 218+ views
    ABC ^ | June 1 | Jake Tapper
    Apparently last Sunday, Father Michael Pfleger -- the fiery liberal activist and longtime friend and associate of Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois -- gave another sermon mentioning the Clintons disparagingly, in addition to the one he gave at Obama's (now former) church. At his own church, St. Sabina's, Pfleger said, "Hillary and McCain would wish they had a preacher with the integrity of Jeremiah Wright. … They got some old weak preacher…some old Joel Osteen cotton candy preacher."
  • Osteens To Bring Message to NC

    04/18/2008 6:05:52 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 18 replies · 116+ views
    Winston Salem Journal ^ | 4-18-08 | Mary Giunca
    With a message that is centered on hope, the Revs. Joel and Victoria Osteen have seen Lakewood Church, their non-denominational church in Houston, become one of the largest in the country, boasting 45,000 members. Joel Osteen has been billed as the pastor for a new generation, and Barbara Walters named him one of the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2006. Millions of people around the world watch his weekly television broadcasts, read his bestselling books and follow his weekly podcasts. Osteen is the author of Become a Better You and Your Best Life Now. The Osteens will play host...
  • The Joel Osteen Contribution to Seventh-day Adventism

    04/17/2008 6:12:14 AM PDT · by e.Shubee · 11 replies · 45+ views
    A Reform-minded Seventh-day Adventist forum ^ | Wed Apr 16, 2008 | Dzien Dobry
    I would personally like to thank those Seventh-day Adventists who have adopted the Joel Osteen version of Christianity. Finally, Seventh-day Adventists now have a popular message that appeals to the mass of humanity. Who in the Adventist church of the 19th or 20th century would have even imagined that the most important message in the world today is that we need to pursue feeling good about ourselves and just love everybody? There is no question that many Seventh-day Adventists are following Joel Osteen's lead and happily dismiss every teaching of the Bible that creates argument and controversy. Giving credit where...