Joel Osteen. What can be said of him that hasn’t already been said? He’s an extremely popular speaker. I don’t say that he’s a preacher because I don’t believe that he is one. A preacher expounds upon the Bible. Mr. Osteen is from what I can glean a New Age self-help guru who has flummoxed masses of people who flock to hear him speak. I, personally, have no issue with anyone speaking to thousands upon thousands of people and making big bucks doing it. But when they claim to be a pastor of a Christian church but don’t preach the Bible, then we have a problem.
That’s not the Good News. That’s idolatry.
This prosperity “gospel” that is so popular goes something like this: God wants people to prosper so if you give to a “church” God will bless you financially and that wealth is a sign of God’s blessing and God’s power in your life. I guess that if you are not wealthy then God must not be happy with you, then? I have a one word rebuke of that idea: Jesus. Jesus of Nazareth was not a wealthy man. He was the son of a laborer/carpenter turned itinerant rabbi.He relied on God to provide His needs and stored up treasure in Heaven by His faith. His heart was in heaven because that’s where His treasure is. Prosperity gospel teachers teach their followers to treasure their earthly wealth. that places their hearts in this world and this life. That’s not the Good News. That’s idolatry.
Everlasting treasure in Heaven is produce by faith and the truly good works that proceed from that faith through following God’s will.
I’ve got nothing against wealth. Nor do I have anything against preachers who are popular and become well off while following their call. More power to them. That isn’t the issue at all. The issue is where one places one’s heart. Is your heart here? Or is your heart in heaven? Everlasting treasure in Heaven is produce by faith and the truly good works that proceed from that faith through following God’s will.
Is your heart here? Or is your heart in heaven?
If you want to listen to a popular preacher who preaches the Bible well, then David Jeremiah and his Turning Points ministry is a good choice (even if he does have some dispensationalist leanings).
- Jesus, the Gospel and other Essentials of the Christian Faith (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)
- The Oneness Heresy (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)
- Truth Matters (christophercrandolph.wordpress.com)