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  • An Open Letter and Appeal to Joel and Victoria Osteen: Rebuke in Love, Exhort and Encourage

    09/10/2014 5:50:06 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10 Sep 2014 | Michael Brown
    Dear Joel and Victoria, I hope and pray that you will read this letter and that you take to heart the things I'm sharing. I write as a friend wanting to help, not an enemy wanting to hurt, and everything I write, I write out of love for God, love for you, and love for the church and the world. I have said many times that I'm glad to see your smiling faces on TV as you speak about Jesus rather than some stern-faced, joyless, angry Christian leader. And I believe you genuinely do care about people and want them...
  • Rob Bell Joins Oprah’s ‘Life You Want’ Tour

    Rob Bell will be out on the road as part of a new speaking tour. But unlike the intimate theater shows he used to host, his new platform will be in arenas around the country. Oprah has announced that Bell will be among the guests on her eight-city “The Life You Want Weekend” tour, kicking off this fall. In a press release, Oprah said, “All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space. I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to...
  • 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    According to Joel Osteen – Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, these first century apostles are wrong and outdated and he has come out boldly to infer indirectly that Apostles Paul, Peter, and John whom wrote much of the New Testament were wrong and need to be corrected and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...
  • Do Good for Your Own Self’: Osteen Says Obedience, Worship ‘Not for God’

    08/29/2014 8:59:12 PM PDT · by JohnKinAK · 90 replies
    Christian News ^ | 8/28/14 | Heather Clark
    A recently recorded video is circulating online of Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen, calling on congregants at Lakewood Church to ‘do good for your own self’ because obedience, the church and worship are not for God as much as for self-happiness. “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 declares in the undated 36-second clip with her husband standing by her side...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Joel Osteen daily email 09-04-2014

    09/04/2014 9:29:54 AM PDT · by longhorn too · 20 replies
    Joel Osteen ^ | 09-04-2014 | Joel Osteen
    Joel Osteen's daily email dated 09-04-14. This is not a devotional post, but a post to allow other debate regarding the teachings of Joel Osteen. The Religion Administrator has requested no potty or other juvenile post so give your thoughts in a respectful and adult way.
  • Joel Osteen and his wife are heretics, and that’s why America loves them

    09/04/2014 8:25:00 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 55 replies ^ | Septmber 4, 2014 | Matt Walsh
    Video surfaced a few days ago of Victoria Osteen, wife of famed “pastor” Joel Osteen, saying some rather heretical things to the “congregation” at Lakewood “Church.” Sidebar: I’m only one sentence into this post and already I’ve been forced to use sarcastic quotes three times. For simplicity’s sake, I will, from here on out, drop the quotes with the understanding that the quotes are implied. Joel Osteen is only a pastor because anyone can call themselves a pastor these days, and his church is only a church because anything can call itself a church these days. I happen to be...
  • 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 and Her Joy-Robbing Brand of Cheap Christianity

    09/02/2014 5:55:17 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 299 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 2, 2014 | Matt Moore
    There was a time earlier on in my Christian life where I was quite the zealous little theology cop. I would blast Joel Osteen and the likes of him with their biblically deficient statements about God on my blog, twitter, Facebook — any outlet I could find. I thought it was my job to stand firm and "defend God's truth," calling out every bit of erroneous teaching I came across. I'm not that person anymore. Don't get me wrong, I definitely think that there is a place for exposing false teaching (and to be clear, I think that most of...
  • Predicament — Mere Happiness Cannot Bear the Weight of the Gospel

    09/03/2014 5:19:33 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 8 replies ^ | 3 Sep 2014 | Al Mohler
    The evangelical world, joined by no shortage of secular observers, has been abuzz about the latest soundbite of note from the Pastors Osteen — this time offered by Victoria Osteen as her husband Joel beamed in the background. It is a hard video to watch. In her message, Victoria Osteen tells their massive congregation to realize that their devotion to God is not really about God, but about 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...
  • Billionaire Pastor Unveils $300 Million Temple of Solomon Church Replica in Brazil

    08/08/2014 9:32:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/08/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    A Brazilian billionaire preacher inaugurated a massive church building in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week, designed to be a $300 million replica of the original Temple of Solomon, as noted in the Bible's Old Testament. The temple, which takes over an entire city block, is an 11-story building twice the size of the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, and is complete with stone from Israel and a helipad for its founder's, Edir Macedo, convenience. "This temple is not about a denominational project, but something so glorious and spiritual that transcends reason itself," said Macedo, according to...
  • Hope Carpenter Repents, Apologizes to SC Megachurch...

    08/04/2014 2:45:13 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Jul 30, 2014‎ | Nicola Menzie
    Full Title: Hope Carpenter Repents, Apologizes to SC Megachurch for First Time Since Husband Ron Carpenter Revealed Marital Woes _____________________ Hope Hilley Carpenter, wife of Pastor Ron Carpenter, has addressed for the very first time their marital woes that were made public last year before the congregation she and her husband founded over 20 years ago. Mrs. Carpenter repented and apologized to members of Redemption World Outreach Center, but did not cite the specific sins or behavior she regards as stumbling blocks to her husband, family and church community. This past Sunday, Pastor Carpenter took a few minutes before his...
  • San Diego Megachurch Pastor: God Is Breaking Societal Rules by Using Latinos

    07/17/2014 6:35:38 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    CP church & ministry ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jessica Martinez
    SAN DIEGO – Cornerstone Church in San Diego, California is the largest congregation led by a Latino pastor in the city's history. But the pastor, Sergio de la Mora, a second generation Mexican-American, says it is the church's message, not demographic, that attracts people to the church's several campuses throughout Southern California and Mexico. "Because God is raising us second generation Latinos, He's breaking rules by using people like us. I believe that God is saying to America, 'give me permission to use people who you wouldn't think I can use," de la Mora, who leads the multicultural Cornerstone church,...
  • Former SBC Megachurch Sold to Catholics

    06/03/2014 10:50:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 6/2/14 | Bob Allen
    The Fellowship at Two Rivers has sold the former campus of Two Rivers Baptist Church to the Catholic Diocese of Nashville for $12.5 million.A once-prominent Southern Baptist church in Nashville, Tenn., downsized and rebranded after controversy over finances, lawsuits and excommunications, has voted to sell its 220,000-square-foot building and 37.5-acre grounds to the Catholic Diocese of Nashville for $12.5 million. The Fellowship at Two Rivers, formerly known as Two Rivers Baptist Church, decided two years ago to list the property across the road from Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center for sale as part of an effort to “reboot” a...
  • Here’s How Pastor Joel Osteen Answered When Asked if Gay Marriage Is ‘Against the Rules’

    06/03/2014 10:11:38 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jun. 2, 2014 | Billy Hallowell
    Pastor Joel Osteen opposes gay marriage, but he doesn’t want his Christian ministry defined by his stance on the contentious social issue. When asked by HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill whether gay marriage is “against the rules,” Osteen, pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, said he believes it is. But the famed preacher offered an important caveat. “It would be … but I don’t really focus on a lot of those things,” Osteen said. “I try to stay in my lane of what I feel called to do. [The topic] does come up in interviews and things …...
  • Gay Marriage and Homosexuality: What Have Joel Osteen, Billy, TD Jakes and Other...

    05/03/2014 4:29:17 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 39 replies
    Breathecast ^ | Apr 29, 2014 | Jeannie Law
    Full title of this poorly written article: Gay Marriage and Homosexuality: What Have Joel Osteen, Billy and Franklin Graham, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes and Other Top Pastors Said on the Subjects Evangelist, Reverend Franklin Graham recently participated in a news panel discussion in which he answered questions on homosexuality. Some of the world's most popular evangelicals in America have shared a similar biblical position as Graham in past interviews. Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyers, T.D. Jakes and more, like Graham, have openly shared their thoughts on the divisive subject, and they have used their knowledge of scripture to shed a light...
  • Oklahoma Megachurch Founder Admits Infidelity, Resigns

    05/02/2014 6:08:20 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 5/2/2014 | Gina Meeks
    The Rev. Mark Crow, founder of the multisite Victory Church in Oklahoma, resigned Tuesday “after confessing to marital unfaithfulness,” said Executive Pastor Dale Swanson in a statement. “The Victory Church family and staff are praying for Mark, that the same grace we all experience and draw comfort from in our own spiritual journey, will be ever present in Mark’s transition to healing and wholeness,” Swanson continued. Crow, a televangelist who is well-known because of his connection to Oral Roberts University, founded Victory Church with his wife, Jennifer, in 1994. “Mark will be focusing his full attention on his personal relationship...
  • Megachurch Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Resigns Over 'Moral Failing'

    04/08/2014 8:16:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/08/2014 | BY LEONARDO BLAIR
    In a stunning revelation Sunday senior officials of the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the United States, announced that their popular founding pastor Bob Coy, 58, has resigned after "confessing to a moral failing." An official statement on the resignation from the Florida church revealed that Coy confessed his failing to the church's leadership team last Thursday and resigned immediately after that. "On April 3, 2014, Bob Coy resigned as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, effective immediately, after confessing to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from...
  • Texas church creates 17,000-square-foot Jesus visible by planes

    04/19/2014 6:23:29 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 124 replies
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | 18 April 2014 | Craig Hlavaty
    A church in Grapevine, Texas, is getting into the Easter spirit this week by creating a giant chalk-portrait of Jesus Christ in their parking lot. Fellowship Church is led by Pastor Ed Young, who started the evangelical Christian church in 1990 with about 150 people in Irving. They now have 10 church campuses worldwide. His father is Dr. Ed Young, the head of Second Baptist here in Houston. According to church spokesman Andy Boyd, the 17,000-square-foot drawing of the face of Jesus took 700 volunteers over 9,100 man-hours to create. They also used 6,700 individual pieces of chalk and 125...
  • 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 · 21 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...
  • ‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy

    03/12/2014 3:25:50 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 26 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 10, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Full Title: ‘Son Of God’ Veers Toward Gnostic Heresy. The film gives oxygen to a claim early church leaders denounced as historically and theologically false. ________________________________________________ To judge from the controversy sparked by early screenings of Russell Crowe’s Noah, Hollywood directors walk on thin ice when they start tinkering with the details of the Bible for the sake of a movie. Son of God, a movie about the life of Jesus Christ, has met with a better reception from Christians in part because producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey worked assiduously to enlist the support of religious leaders and denominations...
  • How a Megachurch Worked Through the Situation When a Church Leader Came Out as Gay

    03/11/2014 2:42:46 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 9, 2014 | Morgan Lee
    In the past decade, many Evangelical churches across the country have increasingly had to wrestle with how to engage members of their congregation who identify as LGBT. But this dilemma has not remained only at the lay level. In 2012, the leadership staff at the southern California megachurch, Calvary Community Church (CCC), had to grapple with their church's convictions on homosexuality, when Kevin McCloskey, one of the members of the executive team revealed that he was gay and that he would be also be divorcing his wife of 17 years. Executive Pastor Curtis Johnson declined to speak specifically with The...
  • TD Jakes Tells Church Leaders 'If You're Not Making Any Change, You're Taking Up Space'

    03/11/2014 2:50:00 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 10, 2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Critical self-introspection is necessary in order to be an effective leader, Bishop T.D. Jakes said during the 2014 International Pastors and Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.. The megachurch pastor added that an individual's effectiveness can only be measured by how much they multiply their gifts and talents. "If God gave you two or five talents and He comes back and you still have what he gave you, you didn't lead…if you're not making any change, you're taking up space," said Jakes during the conference Friday. Aimed at helping leaders strengthen their church infrastructure, Jakes' message focused on reevaluating the qualities...
  • $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.
  • ‘Son of God’ fails to deliver a holy message

    03/02/2014 2:54:54 PM PST · by Gamecock · 73 replies
    NY Post ^ | February 26, 2014 | Kyle Smith
    A repurposed segment of last year’s History Channel miniseries “The Bible,” the film stars Diogo Morgado, a Portuguese actor billed as “the first Latin Jesus.” He makes for a sunny, can-do Portuguesus wandering the land with a miracles-on-demand service available to anyone who walks up to him. He seems oddly, disturbingly in love with himself as he dazzles the Israelites with his fluorescent, Brad Pitt smile. It trivializes Christian thought to reduce the parables to one-liners and the miracles to magic tricks, but the film was made with the entirely unsurprising input of Joel Osteen, the charlatan self-help guru who...
  • Megachurch pastor Steven Furtick’s ‘spontaneous baptisms’ not so spontaneous

    02/25/2014 6:06:56 PM PST · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    Religion News ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    (RNS) A Southern Bapitst megachurch pastor in North Carolina, already under fire for buying a $1.6 million house, is in the spotlight again for “spontaneous baptisms” that turn out to be not nearly so spontaneous. Steven Furtick, 34, routinely draws about 14,000 worshippers to several campuses of Elevation Church in and around Charlotte. The church, launched in 2006, have been listed by Outreach magazine as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in the country. Part of that growth has been attributed to Elevation’s flashy baptism ceremonies, particularly as the Southern Baptist Convention grows increasingly concerned about declining baptism rates...
  • Pastor David Yonggi Cho Sentenced to 3 Years for Embezzling $12 Million

    02/24/2014 5:06:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    charismanews ^ | 2/24/2014 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Pastor David Yonggi Cho, 78, founder of the world’s largest Pentecostal church, was sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling $12 million in church monies. Cho birthed the Yoido Full Gospel Church in South Korea, which is affiliated with the Assemblies of God, in 1958. The church has more than 1 million members, making it the largest congregation in the world. Cho was convicted last week of embezzlement for having officials buy stocks his eldest son, Cho Hee-jun, owned in 2002. His officials bought 250,000 shares of the stock at four times the market value, according to news reports....
  • The Cult of the Visioneer

    02/24/2014 7:02:22 AM PST · by Gamecock · 47 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | February 19, 2014 | Todd Pruitt
    I spent my early years in ministry immersed in the language of vision and mission. Somewhere along the way, it was decided that if a church was going to be successful then it must have both a mission and vision statement. If you were really good you had purpose, vision, and mission statements. It was no longer acceptable to simply understand that your church was around to do what the church had always been around to do: preach the Word, administer the sacraments, and make disciples of the Lord Jesus. That would not do. The pastor was now cultural architect...
  • Glenn Beck's Discussion of Pastor's 16,000 Sq. - Foot Mansion

    10/29/2013 9:23:49 PM PDT · by publius321 · 18 replies
    Glenn Beck, Pat & Stu were discussing a story on TheBlaze this morning regarding Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick's new 16,000 square foot mansion he is building in Charlotte, NC. They were surprised by the number of conservatives who voted negatively toward this in a poll questioning whether a pastor should live in such a mansion. Is one a "Progressive" if they see this as objectionable or imprudent?(continued/video)
  • Joel Osteen's $10.5 Million Mansion

    02/21/2014 6:03:50 PM PST · by Gamecock · 134 replies
    Christian Post ^ | October 18, 2013 | Alecia MacKenzie ,
    Full Title: Joel Osteen's $10.5 Million Mansion, Cross-Less Church and Other Surprising Facts About the Mega-Pastor Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and the bestselling author of books like Your Best Life Now and I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life, has been dubbed "the smiling preacher" due to his toothy smile and upbeat attitude. Here are a few facts about Pastor Osteen and his ministry you might not know. 1. Joel Osteen Met Victoria Osteen in a Jewelry Store Pastor Osteen and his wife Victoria Osteen met in 1985 when he went to a...
  • Elevation Church 'Emotionally Manipulating' Thousands Into 'Spontaneous' Baptisms, Say Critics

    02/20/2014 5:24:30 PM PST · by Gamecock · 75 replies ^ | February 20, 2014 | Leonardo Blair
    A baptism manual produced by Pastor Steven Furtick's popular Elevation Church in North Carolina, which teaches people how to produce "spontaneous" baptisms among the repentant, is being criticized as "emotional manipulation." The manual, Spontaneous Baptism How-To Guide, was produced by Elevation Church in 2011 and received its first critique in November from James Duncan, a Christian blogger and associate professor of communication at Anderson University who lives in South Carolina. "As a church we pray Sun Stand Still prayers all the time. We are constantly asking God to do something that seems impossible and then believing that He is going...
  • Carpenter's Wife Returns to Megachurch He Rebukes Christian Leaders Who Supported Divorce

    02/20/2014 4:40:53 PM PST · by Gamecock · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 17, 2014 | Nicola Menzie
    Full Ttitle: Pastor Ron Carpenter's Wife, Hope, Returns to SC Megachurch as He Rebukes Christian Leaders Who Supported His Desire for Divorce _______________________________________________________________ Hope Carpenter, co-founder of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., was enthusiastically welcomed back by congregants on Sunday months after her marital infidelities were exposed at the pulpit by her husband, Pastor Ron Carpenter. Carpenter, this time around, took other Christian leaders to task for supporting him when he declared he would be seeking a divorce. With his wife and family sitting in the very first row of the sanctuary, Pastor Carpenter manned the pulpit not...
  • Arvella Schuller, wife of Crystal Cathedral megachurch's founder, dies at 84

    02/11/2014 12:35:27 PM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | February 11, 2014
    <p>Arvella Schuller, who helped her husband found a Southern California ministry in a drive-in movie theater and grow it into the Crystal Cathedral megachurch, died on Tuesday, her daughter said. She was 84.</p> <p>Schuller passed away unexpectedly and peacefully at University of California, Irvine Medical Center in Orange, said her daughter, Carol Schuller Milner.</p>
  • Bishop Eddie Long to Receive a Certified Letter of Demand to Step Down From the Pulpit

    10/11/2010 8:27:38 PM PDT · by reubenshow · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Reuben Armstrong Show ^ | 10/11/2010 | Reuben Armstrong
    A well known Dallas base controversial talk show host, Reuben Armstrong is drafting a certified letter to Bishop Eddie Long demanding that he step down immediately from the Pulpit. The letter will convey Armstrong’s reasons for this demand including “Long’s alleged child predatory behaviors and the sexual abuse of young men in Long’s church", the New Birth Missionary Church. “Long's actions are of the devil and not of God”, says Armstrong. “Bishop Eddie Long is using the word of God to allegedly manipulate young men of his church for his own homosexual use”. Armstrong wrote extensively about Bishop Eddie Long’s...
  • Megachurch Pastor Eddie Long's Wife To Seek Divorce

    12/02/2011 10:08:02 AM PST · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    MSNBC ^ | December 02, 2011
    Megachurch Pastor Eddie Long's Wife To Seek Divorce The wife of Bishop Eddie Long, the Georgia megachurch pastor once accused of coercing four young men into having sex, has told her lawyers to file for divorce, according to a statement issued Friday. In the statement, Vanessa Long said she had decided to "terminate my marriage" after "a great deal of deliberation and prayer." "It is my sincere hope that this matter can be resolved expeditiously, harmoniously, and fairly," she said in the statement. "I ask that you respect my privacy and that of my family, as my attorneys and I...
  • Eddie Long Takes Leave From Atlanta Megachurch Due to 'Family Issues'

    12/05/2011 3:08:16 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 2 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Dec. 4, 2011 | Staff
    Atlanta megachurch pastor Bishop Eddie Long said Sunday he is taking a leave from his church to deal with "family issues." He made the announcement during services at New Birth Missionary Church, WSB-TV reported. He did not specify how long he would be on leave. ...In September 2010, four young men connected to Long's church -- based in the Atlanta suburb of Lithonia -- accused the pastor of coercing them into having sex. He denied the allegations and a settlement was reached in May before the matters were dismissed. A fifth man, Centino Kemp, said he had been sexually involved...
  • New photos show Bishop Eddie Long in revealing light

    09/22/2010 9:09:18 PM PDT · by DesertRenegade · 39 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Voice ^ | Sept 22, 2010 | Staff Reporter
    New photos purportedly show Atlanta megachurch pastor Eddie Long posing in a bathroom mirror with muscle shirts. The photos were allegedly sent to at least one of the three young men who have filed lawsuits against Long in recent days for sexual harassment. In one photo, Long is shown wearing a sleeveless black muscle shirt and tight black shorts. In the other, he is wearing a short-sleeve red muscle shirt with jeans. The photos themselves do not prove the plaintiffs' allegations, but they do raise questions about the minister's conduct and his relationship with the young men at the heart...
  • Paula White's attorney denies that an Eddie Long-style 'coronation' will take place

    02/05/2012 12:32:34 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Florida Courier ^ | 2 Feb 2012 | Florida Courier
    In a Saturday phone call to Florida Courier Publisher Charles W. Cherry II, Daniel Beirute, attorney for Florida-based televangelist Paula White, denied that White would be 'coronated' as was Bishop Eddie Long in a widely ridiculed ceremony that went viral on Youtube. "The allegation stated in your article, that 'Rabbi Ralph Messer is … coming to New Destiny Christian Center … to make Paula White a ‘queen’ during a Super Bowl Sunday service' is entirely false," Beirute wrote in a later email. "There is not a single shred of truth in it, and we cannot fathom where such ridiculous fantasy...
  • The Scandal Is About More Than Bishop Eddie Long (straw men, generalizations, evasive tangents)

    10/05/2010 7:28:26 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 5 replies
    Shifting sexual mores, racial anxieties and unresolved issues of gender and power are what really drive our fascination with the Georgia mega-church crisis, says a professor of religion. ( ... ) The core of our attraction and repulsion to this affair -- what turned the event from pastoral scandal into public spectacle -- is about much more than Long, who's filing the lawsuits or the church. Yes, perceived Christian prohibitions against homosexuality have lent added weight to the story. Long is held up as a hypocrite in the fashion of another fallen anti-gay, evangelical preacher, Ted Haggard -- who, ironically,...
  • TD Jakes, Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen is "Under Fire" by Talk Show Host Reuben Armstrong

    08/08/2007 2:12:39 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 61 replies · 6,173+ views
    PR Web ^ | 7 Aug 07
    National Talk Show host Reuben Armstrong has put TD Jakes, Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, and Joel Osteen, the top four Mega-pastors, "Under Fire." Dallas, TX (PRWEB) August 7, 2007 -- The Reuben Armstrong Show airs on Streaming Faith which is the largest Christian based website in the world and broadcasts in eight states and on TV around the World. Armstrong will release a new book titled "Snakes in the Pulpit." The book is scheduled for release on August 29th, 2007. Armstrong will be sending a certified letter to these four pastors asking them to resign from their positions as Pastors...
  • Eddie Long Settles With Megachurch Members in Lawsuit Linked to Alleged Ponzi Investor Ephren Taylor

    02/08/2014 5:24:16 PM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 6, 2014 | Nicola Menzie
    More than a dozen members of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church have managed to recoup some of their losses, originally totaling nearly $1 million, in a civil suit involving Bishop Eddie Long and alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind Ephren Taylor. Thirteen former members of Long's Lithonia, Ga., megachurch recently reached a confidential financial settlement with the Christian minister, although neither he nor Taylor have admitted to any wrongdoing. "I somewhat blame New Birth, because when this happened, instead of really showing us love, we were kind of looked at as outcasts," J.B. Bailey, one of the 13 victims who has recouped...
  • Megachurch Leader Asks: 'Am I Too White to Be Your Pastor?'

    01/22/2014 11:38:44 AM PST · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 17 January 2014 | Jeff Schapiro
    A full-page advertisement published in the Houston Chronicle on Thursday shows a megachurch pastor leaning on sign that reads, "Am I Too White to Be Your Pastor?" Patrick Kelley, senior pastor of River Pointe Church in Richmond, Texas, is the man shown in the ad, that promotes the church's upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. celebration. King famously said, "It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning" – a statement Kelley agrees with. River Pointe is located in Fort Bend County, which Rice University sociology professor Stephen Klineberg calls the most ethnically...
  • Book Review: Break Out! by Joel Osteen

    01/09/2014 5:36:35 AM PST · by Gamecock · 53 replies
    9Markd ^ | January 9, 2014 | Bob Johnson
    FULL TITLE: Book Review: Break Out! by Joel Osteen The chief problem of this book is that Osteen centers life on achieving the American Dream—success, prosperity and health Joel Osteen, Break Out! 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life. FaithWords, 2013. 243 pages. $26.00 Detroit’s freeways are framed by dozens of billboards featuring happy, young, successful people enjoying a night of games and entertainment at one of the city’s casinos. The sleek, enticing images preach an alluring message: “Greatness awaits you in the casinos.” “You were born to be lucky.” On and on it goes....
  • Does Fox News have a thing for Joel Osteen or Rick Warren? Where are the Messianic Jewish Rabbis?

    01/02/2014 10:27:01 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 32 replies
    1/2/2013 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Is it me, or has Joel Osteen been interviewed on Fox News or been on there or featured on there more than once or twice in the past two or three years? What about father Morris, Rick Warren or the Grahams? Same with them, too? Where are the Calvinist preachers, the Messianic Jewish Rabbis, either male or female (since those who are of the Charismatic, WOF persuasion believe that ministry is open to both males and females and thus wouldn't stop at just male messianic rabbis), etc?
  • Joel Osteen Talks Preaching Sin, Materialism, and Gay Marriage

    12/26/2013 8:44:20 AM PST · by Gamecock · 111 replies
    Joel Osteen, megachurch pastor and New York Times best-selling author, was pressed during a recent interview about his stance on homosexuality and asked if he would ever come out in support of same-sex marriage. The Texas minister, who leads America’s largest congregation, explained that he refuses to “harp” on such issues and was “for everybody.” In his appearance on “Katie” this week, the Break Out! author was asked to state his core message in a nugget, which the Lakewood Church pastor said was that “God is good, He’s for you, He’s on your side.” “When you put your trust in...
  • NYC Megachurch Pastor Believes Sexuality Shouldn’t Be Discussed in Public Forum

    12/20/2013 2:52:35 PM PST · by Gamecock · 56 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 20 December 2013 | Gina Meeks
    While Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson is currently facing serious backlash in the wake of his comments about homosexuality, a popular New York City pastor has made it clear he will not take a public stance on the controversial issue. Carl Lentz, who leads megachurch Hillsong NYC, told Katie Couric in an interview on her self-titled show that he did not believe he had a “moral imperative to speak publicly about some of these more controversial issues” because, he says, “We try to be like Jesus." “Very rarely did Jesus ever talk about morality or social issues,” the 35-year-old pastor explained...
  • Justin Bieber 'Breaks Down' During Pastor Carl Lentz's Hillsong NYC Sermon?

    09/10/2013 9:34:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/09/2013 | BY NICOLA MENZIE
    Justin Bieber, 19-year-old pop music star, was apparently so moved by a sermon preached by Pastor Carl Lentz at Hillsong NYC church on Sunday that the Canadian recording artist "broke down." "Love to my guy @carllentzNYC for the amazing sermon at church this morning. Love you man. I broke down today. Thank (you)," Bieber tweeted Sunday night, adding a smiley face. The award-winning recording artist also uploaded a photo of himself and Pastor Lentz to his Instagram account that same evening, writing, "Love you bro" as the caption. Bieber has long been open about his Christian faith, and previously referred...
  • Pastor Zachery Tims' death was caused by a mixture of cocaine and heroin

    12/19/2013 4:39:20 PM PST · by Gamecock · 23 replies ^ | December 19, 2013
    According to the Christian Post on Dec. 19, the cause of Pastor Zachery Tims' death has been released after his mother fought for over two years not to have it released. It was on Aug. 14, 2011 when the 42-year-old Florida megachurch pastor was found dead in the W. Hotel in Times Square in New York City. The New York City chief medical examiner's office released a statement on Thursday saying the well-known pastor died accidentally from "acute intoxication by the combined effects of cocaine and heroin."