Ok…I’ve got to comment on Joel Osteen’s latest book. It will sell like hotcakes. I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life, has just “come out.” It’s message is highly endorsed by Deepak Chopra, the New Age self-help guru. Don’t believe it? Look at this article. I have seen an interview with Mr. Osteen. I wish I could find it and if I do I will post it here. He was trying to explain to two interviewers what he believes. They seemed very confused and I don’t think they were believers.
Joel Osteen says, ““I don’t think there’s anything magic about (it).” Then what would you call being God yourself? A person can speak something into existence? I thought only God could do that. Mr. Osteen is very popular and I can see why.
I Timothy 6:6-11 says…
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.
Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
(I don’t know if it is still here, but I did not approve of the levis commercial that was placed here. I guess if you have a free blog, they feel like they can put ads on it. Hopefully, it will go away like the others have.)
Chris, great post and dead on! it is amazing how many people listen to this heresy. Over thirty thousand souls attend this happy face meeting every Sunday.
Where might i ask is the humility in his statements (only repeats all the rest of the blab and grab and send us your money for our New Jet bunch!) Chris i think its the water they drink. It is certainly not the Word of God.
Thanks Manny. Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” If a statement like that doesn’t humble someone, I don’t know what will.
The church I attend most weeks has few in attendance (50-100), but the Word of God is preached. I think that most of those 30,000 would walk out on the sermons that I hear. It is getting harder to find a man who is grounded in truth. I think the majority are so desiring of popularity and prosperity that the whole Word is not preached.
I don’t want a pastor who gives interviews to the mainstream media. I want one who is at the hospital when my daughter is having a kidney transplant. Of course, the main think I look for in a “man of God” is his fruit. With all of the glitz and glamour, the book sales, etc., is Mr. Osteen standing up for the Word of God? I’ve seen enough interviews to know that he is a politician; not a man of God. It is a very sad thing.
God’s blessings my friend…
Don’t these read their scriptures? It’s pretty plain to me. 1 Tim 6:5 (NAB) spoke to me a long time ago: “…and mutual friction among people with corrupted minds, who are deprived of the truth, supposing religion to be a means of GAIN.”
Amazing. then look what 1 Tim 6:5 says in the Amplified bible: “And protracted wrangling and wearing discussion and perpetual friction among men who are corrupted in mind and bereft of the truth, who imagine that godliness or righteousness is a source of profit [a moneymaking business, a means of livelihood]. ” Then it says in italics: “From such withdraw.” No kidding, it really says this.
True blessings, (the Godly way) Kassie
Two excellent verses, Kassie.
I don’t know Joel Osteen’s motive. In fact, sometimes I think he really believes what he is preaching. I don’t think, however, that he will ever be arrested for anything he says, like the great Apostle Paul. Paul is a great example of what can happen to a man when he preaches the truth. When he was sitting in that prison in Rome, I can’t imagine him saying “I declare that I will be out of this prison and my annointing will take me to the heights of leadership in the Roman government.”
I know that Peter was taken out of a prison by an angel, but he made no such declaration.
Your question is a good one. Do they read their scriptures? Whatever they study, it is not the same Bible I’m reading.