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TUESDAY, OCT 11, 2011  |  7 comments  |  2 commentaries
Joel Osteen takes on his critics

He peddles “gospel lite," a watered-down Christianity that mixes prosperity with piety.

That's how critics have described Joel Osteen's message. The televangelist may be the pastor of the largest church in America, but he still doesn't get respect in many parts of the religious community.

Osteen, a college dropout who never attended seminary, has built a huge international audience with inspirational messages that blend positive thinking and personal transformation. But is he preaching "gospel lite" messages devoid of any mention of sin and hard choices?

Osteen rejects that charge with the same honey-toned voice and unflappability he displays in the pulpit at Lakewood Church in Houston. There's no hint of defensiveness. ...

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kenny | marietta, georgia  Find all comments by kenny
Could Joel Osteen preach his pollyanna nonsense to a suffering believer in a cold jail cell in a Middle Eastern country hostile to Christianity?

News Item10/12/11 10:39 AM
jodi | surrey british canada  Contact via emailFind all comments by jodi
Jesus even spoke of sin Jesus does not condem he convicts us. Jesus called out sin as well as John the baptist. Christianity is not a popularity contest. We are to know how we fall short of the Glory of God but through Jesus Christyou have Grace. We are to confess our SIN . I am not surprised that Joel has the biggest church with his "tickle your ears preaching" cmon Joel man up and call people to repent on sin. And if some of your congregation walk out some people will say "amen brother" sad very sad.

News Item10/11/11 2:50 PM
chuckles  Find all comments by chuckles
Joel Osteen, article wrote:
"I don’t beat people down,” he says. “I don’t have a lot of condemnation in my message. I don’t believe that we’re supposed to be depressed and broke and poor and suffering. God wants us to be happy and to be a blessing to people.”
Good old Joel.
All these serious minded Christians who preach the nasty bits from the Bible like sin, suffering, persecution and judgment upset the folks in the pews. Why don't they preach from the book of Joel, "Be happy and get rich quick." Then you get thousands of followers.

After all:-
Eccles 8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
Eccles 9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.
Eccles 10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things

Happy days.


News Item10/11/11 2:35 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Joel Osteen's spiritual father was Schuller, and spiritual grandfather, Norman V. Peale, q.v., A Different Gospel: An Evaluation of the Teachings of Robert Schuller, But if you want a video, you might try, John Macarthur takes down Joel Osteen, The Secret, The Shack, and the Word of Faith. John must have taken out his blunderbuss!

News Item10/11/11 2:35 PM
Athan  Find all comments by Athan
Neil wrote:
A common Sunday School myth. Mark 4:11-12 plainly contradicts this.
Good observation and good reference Neil.

News Item10/11/11 1:50 PM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
You're probably right. The whole article reeks of corporate PR. I don't know what's worse, European state churches, or private businesses masquerading as churches in this country.

So much error, so little time...

Example: "Jesus used parables to speak in a compelling way that his contemporaries could understand."

A common Sunday School myth. Mark 4:11-12 plainly contradicts this.


News Item10/11/11 8:30 AM
scott mcmahan huh | Internet  Find all comments by scott mcmahan huh
What's interesting is that CNN ran this pseduo-news article promoting Osteen's new book when CNN is owned by Time Warner. Osteen's publisher is Hachette, which bought the Time Warner Book Group in 2006, and still apparently has ties to them (I can't find out much info, but this sort of thing isn't usually public). So we have a non-advertisement product placement article running on CNN's site that creates a pseduo-controversy to promote the book. I wish I knew more about the arrangement the two companies have, but I don't think this timing is a coincidence.
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