He peddles â€śgospel 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....
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.
Joel Osteen, article wrote: Quote:: "I donâ€™t beat people down,â€ť he says. â€śI donâ€™t have a lot of condemnation in my message. I donâ€™t believe that weâ€™re supposed to be depressed and broke and poor and suffering. God wants us to be happy and to be a blessing to people.â€ť
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
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.