Americaâ€™s â€śMost Watched Pastorâ€ť Joel Osteenâ€™s audio podcast hit #9 in the podcast charts on iTunes last week, Joel Osteen Ministries announced.
The dynamic pastorâ€™s audio podcast has been near the top 10 on iTunes since the month of January. More than 1 million downloads were recorded in the month of February alone.
â€śWe were very pleased to see the numbers spike when we began letting people know about the podcasts on Joelâ€™s television broadcast,â€ť stated Jeana Lawrence, Director of Marketing and Communications for Lakewood. â€śBased on the number of subscribers per day, Joel Osteen is one of the most popular podcasts in the world.â€ť
Joel Osteenâ€™s audio and video podcasts have consistently grown in popularity since they were first launched in early 2006 staying at or near the #1 spot in the iTunes inspirational category for the past six months. The audio podcast has consistently ranked in the top...
Whenever someone who's starting a ministry sends out questionnaires to the unbelievers in the community.To ask what type of "church"they would like,that's a pretty good indication of what type they're going to get.
Jesus has a no compromise gospel that unbelievers will not stand for.
Hebrews 5 12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. 6:1 Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,---NASB
Jesus is our example to follow in the preaching of his own word. As far as one commenter saying that Joel waters down the gospel and then goes on to say that this is the "milk"the writer of Hebrews was referring to in chapter 5 verse 12,I believe this is wrong.I believe the "milk"is referring to the basics of the gospel,that these folks hadn't grasp yet and were not ready to go into the deeper things of God.Verse 13 says that those who need milk are unskillful in the word of righteousness. I believe Paris Reidhead said it best, that God had given Christ a people and if he would preach what he gave him,the chosen ones would come.If he had changed his message,he would have changed the type of people who come to him. Joel HAS changed the message,and therefore the crowds that follow him are changed also by the message preached.
"Does she or doesn't she? Only her hairdresser knows for sure." That was an old Miss Clairol ad slogan. Replace a couple nouns, & there you have the fascination with church celebrities, living or dead.
Is Joel Osteen a Christian? Use 1 John and then ask this question. I have a few links on my blog concerning this motivational speaker who just happens to be a pastor of a, uh church and y'all can view them here.
I couldn't find the thread that "Pal" Joey declared homosexuality is a sin! Well for more material, on Joel, Lakewood Church (Houston) where you'll find such articles as, Is Joel Osteen living his worst life now? Ah, I'm sorry I didn't add this article to the thread about how Joel gave God his approval to condemn homosexuality (or did he? )
All of you make some great points, but I'd like to add one important fact: Joel probably has not received what the old time preachers (Lloyd-Jones)use to call, "His baptism of fire." Is Joel a sincere Christian? I think so, but I don't think that he's ever been empowered by the Holy Spirit to bring sinners to repentance. As a result, the sermons do 'tickle the ears', but there's no life changing power in his word. SI in Cali
Yes, seems that in this age more are entertainment oriented so they attend a church or support a pastor who entertains them instead of taking heed to sound doctrine even if the services are too "boring" "ritualistic" and "outdated."
Joel Osteen is a wolf in sheep's clothing. He preaches another "gospel" and the scripture says to beware of these kind of men. Read Matt. 7:15. I personally think he's lost and going to hell, because otherwise he would stand up for Christ, not lay down with Satan!
It is really too bad that we as a people feel obligated to bash and criticize one another when the majority of us have very little info to draw these negative conclusions. I watch Joel Osteen and I do agree that for the most part his telecasts are a watered down version of the Word of God I believe Paul called it Milk (Hebrews chapter 5:12) there are people out there in order to reach them you have to bring the Word in their language. God can use a hypocrite, he can use a sinner, and anybody else he chooses to. Yes we need to preach hell, and where sinners go and the cost of sin remaining in our lives but use GOOD Judgement Like God has done with all of our lives. Now remember some of us are into eating meat so a JOEL OSTEEN TELECAST cannot feed us hopefully you look to YOUR PASTOR TO FEED YOU. HES NOT YOUR PASTOR SO WHY CRITICIZe him. God to Abraham I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you hopefully that is not the Words God has spoken to some of the men and women we get in line to crush and demean.
Jon,Mex hits the nail right on the head.That text you sited is often misused to defend anyone who says they preach the gospel.But notice that Paul is talking about their MOTIVE,not the message.They are preaching the true gospel for the wrong reason.That is different than Osteen and many other Word of Faith preachers who preach a different gospel for the wrong reason.We know from scripture that Paul would NEVER defend a wrong gospel.So that text you refered to is RIGHT gospel/WRONG motive.Osteen is WRONG gospel/WRONG motive.HUGE difference.You are right about the seed though,IF it is the proper seed.
Jon, Nice to see you commenting. I would say that it is questionable at best whether Joel Osteen really even preaches Christ and the true gospel. His shallow man-centered preaching often obscures any little bit of gospel that may be in his message, not to mention the fact that he is afraid to come out and really preach the truth about sin.
We were just talking about this subject in Sunday school yesterday. Even though I don't agree with Joel Olsteen and his views. What did Paul say in Philipians 1:18? He rejoiced even though Christ was preached from the mouth of a hypocrite. This is because the quality is in the seed, not the sower. This is a reference from the Evidence Bible notes.
Win souls? When does Joel Osteen say or do anything that would/could possibly 'win souls'?
I have watched him several times and with the exception of his silly little mantra at the beginning of his sermon, he mentions nothing of Scripture and says little of substance. I have never heard him even come close to presenting the gospel.
Joel Osteen is in the business of selling Joel Osteen.
The two or three times I've seen his program, Osteen doesnt't "revere" the Bible - he has one on his lectern, but doesn't actually use it - he talks off-the-cuff about everything but the Bible. He is firmly Word of Fatih in what he teaches, which is not Christian in any sense. I saw his invitation for people to accept Jesus - smirking the whole time, like it was a joke. Very Arminian. Because he is Word of Faith, Osteen never mentions depravity, sin, repentence, or the sovereignty of God. His teachings are firmly man-centered. What strikes me about him is that he never quits smirking. I don't know what's so funny.