Christianity Today reported Joel Osteen's London's Wembly Arena appearance of 7 July. They said Joel gave a message about living a positive life in Godâ€™s favour. â€śYou need to see yourself the way you want to be,â€ť he encouraged the crowd. â€śItâ€™s not enough to see it - you need to learn to say it.â€ť This is an example of the "Name it and claim it message he preaches. The problem is this is not a message found in the Bible.
The problem with Osteen is his emphasis on self as in "Your Best Life Now." It seems that his message continually reinforces the "self" versus the "dying to self" of the Bible. The "self" is the problem and any preaching that points people back to the self is more of the problem.
Preachers that preach only a positive message of God's love, perverting God's love into His acceptance of fleshly lusts, draw a big crowd. People love to believe they are in good standing with God while living a life of selfishness and pride.
Many false prophets shall arise and deceive many.
"Christianity" has become "big business". Wolves in sheep's clothingâ€”hirelings that care not for the sheepâ€”stand in the pulpit making great boasts of being the "voice of God", but they are driven by greed for filthy lucre.
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?..." (Matt 16:26)
I pray God have mercy on these lost souls and convict them of their evil ways.
Disturbing that Christianity Today is cheerleading for Charismatics - they're becoming a Charisma Magazine clone with the mango seed ads and Joel Osteen. Christianity Today seems to be in terminal decline.