Joel Osteen Doesn't Mention God!
...openly denies that Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven!
By David J. Stewart
According to 60 MINUTES, Osteen's ministry rakes in over $73,000,000 a year. His brother, sister and mother are all minister's in his church—a family operated cash cow. In his new book, "Become A Better You," Osteen's 7 principles for becoming a better you don't mention God or Jesus Christ even once. This is apostasy. Joel Osteen is the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
Joel Osteen is the fulfillment of God's warning to us in 2nd Timothy 4:3... "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." Joel Osteen is no man of God; but rather, an imposter who appeases the neo-evangelical apostates of our time. Osteen's sermonettes and books are nothing more than secular self-help guides. Osteen is no better than modern psychologists, who completely avoid the issue of sin as the root of man's problems. Osteen avoids controversial subjects such as sin, condemnation, judgment, Hellfire and the wrath of God.
Here's the 60 MINUTES interview:
Folks, the Bible is God's Word, which warns that all unbelievers will be cast into the Lake of Fire to burn for all eternity... "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Call it "scare tactics" if you will, but it's what the Word of God teaches. You ought to be scared if you're not a born-again Christian!!! Heed the warning of 2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9... "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction..."
Yet, Joel Osteen never warns anyone about God's condemnation upon sinners, and the inescapable penalty of Hellfire apart from the precious blood of Jesus Christ (1st Peter 1:18,19). Osteen and his family have sold their souls for money— propagating an impotent message of self-improvement that is void of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. All we hear about is love, love, love; BUT, we ought to also be hearing about God's wrath towards unrepentant sinners (Psalm 7:11... "God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day"). John 3:36 states, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." Joel Osteen is nothing more than a motivational speaker, who is highly sought after by the business community for his Shirley Temple, girly-boy, milquetoast, panty waist, milksop, presentations. What America desperately needs today is preaching preachers!!!
There's a Hell that burns with fire and brimstone, where all Christ-rejecters will spend eternity in torment! We must warn sinners of the judgment to come. We read the effects of Paul's preaching to governor Felix in Acts 24:25... "And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled." Do you think any of Joel Osteen's audience "trembles" at his message? No, because Osteen doesn't "preach the Word" as 2nd Timothy 4:2 commands. Instead, Osteen preaches modern psychology and only touches upon non-offensive Christian topics. We read in 1st Corinthians 1:18, "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God." The Biblical Gospel offends people, because it MUST include the guilt and condemnation which our sin brings upon us. It's not enough to just acknowledge Jesus Christ. You must come to the cross of Jesus Christ as a dirty, rotten, condemned, guilty, hell-deserving SINNER!!!
Osteen's Health, Wealth and Prosperity False Gospel
Osteen is the poster-boy for the health, wealth and prosperity false gospel movement. He certainly fits in with the rest of the greedy televangelists... a 2001 Real Estate Guide (http://north-valley.com/realestate_board/messages/157.html) valued his home at $1,265,500. Meanwhile, citizens of Haiti are literally eating mud to survive! The following Scriptures in Revelation 3:16,17 describe Joel Osteen and these new "prosperity Christians" word for word... "So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked."
There can be NO salvation without the Law of God, i.e., without coming to the self-realization that one is a guilty sinner, under the condemnation of God's Holy Law, deserving of Hellfire. Osteen is a false prophet who is leading multitudes into Hell—thinking they are going to Heaven simply because they "gave their life to Jesus." Judas gave his life to Jesus and he is burning in Hellfire this moment. In Matthew 27:3 Judas "repented himself" and forsook his sin and still went to Hell (so much for Lordship Salvation). A person cannot be saved by turning over a new leaf and forsaking sin. A person cannot be saved by committing their life to Jesus. To be saved, a person must become guilty before God, and believe on Jesus Christ (because of the precious blood that He shed) to wash away our sins.
On Lakewood Church’s website, a video presentation is given to announce their new building project. Osteen gives the new vision of his ministry:
"We’re all about building people up. We’re all about helping people reach their full potential. We don’t push some kind of religion... all we push is joy and peace and victory through Jesus Christ. …Our message every single week -is through faith in God you can live an overcoming life of victory … I believe that’s the message this generation needs to hear. We’ve heard a lot about the judgment of God and what we can’t do and what’s going to keep us out of heaven. But it’s time people start hearing about the goodness of God, about a God that loves them. A God that believes in them. A God that wants to help them. That’s our message here at Lakewood."
What a copout! Osteen is attempting to justify his lack of preaching about sin, judgment and Hellfire by blaming other preachers who DO preach about such critical issues. The truth is that most Americans have become stubborn, sinfully proud, arrogant and selfish; thus, they absolutely refuse to listen to SOUND DOCTRINE (just as 2nd Timothy 4:3 foretold). Instead, apostate sin-loving Americans... heap to themselves teachers [like Joel Osteen], having itching ears. Such apostates only go to hear Mr. Osteen because he satisfies their selfish lusts to hear only what they choose to hear. Again, 2nd Timothy 4:3 warns, "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." The average American will not tolerate Biblical preaching anymore.
The average woman today absolutely refuses to submit to the Biblical command for women to dress modestly (1st Timothy 2:9), obey their husbands (1st Peter 3:1), and not usurp authority over men (1st Timothy 2:12). These apostates are flocking to false churches like Joel Osteen's where they can have churchianity without Christianity—never being told to repent, no guilt or conviction, and never having to carry a cross of persecution for Jesus Christ.
Joel Osteen Refuses to Call Homosexuals and Abortionists "Sinners"!
In an interview with Larry King on June 20, 2005, Osteen sat for an interview with Larry King on CNN’s The Larry King Show. King introduced Osteen as “evangelism’s hottest rising star, pastor for the biggest congregation in the United States.” And what does he preach? Osteen said he doesn’t get into controversial subjects like sin and judgment. Larry King tossed Osteen a "soft-ball," asking Osteen about the wicked and vile sins of abortion and homosexuality. Even lost people like Larry King take a stand on these blatant "sins"...
KING: How about issues that the church has feelings about? Abortion? Same-sex marriages?
OSTEEN: Yeah. You know what, Larry? I don't go there. I just ...
KING: You have thoughts, though.
OSTEEN: I have thoughts. I just, you know, I don't think that a same-sex marriage is the way God intended it to be. I don't think abortion is the best. I think there are other, you know, a better way to live your life. But I'm not going to condemn those people. I tell them all the time our church is open for everybody.
Larry appears surprised at Osteen’s waffling. Larry allows Osteen to clarify his confusing position. And again Osteen blatantly contradicts the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.
KING: You don't call them sinners?
OSTEEN: I don't.
KING: Is that a word you don't use?
OSTEEN: I don't use it. I never thought about it. But I probably don't. But most people already know what they're doing wrong. When I get them to church I want to tell them that you can change. There can be a difference in your life. So I don't go down the road of condemning.
The word "sin" occurs in the King James Bible over 830 times! Get a Bible Mr. Osteen! Every pastor in the world should be preaching against the sins of homosexuality and abortion. Joel Osteen won't touch these issues with a 10-foot pole because he'll lose money. The love of money is the root of all evil (1st Timothy 6:10).
Joel Osteen Denies That Jesus is the ONLY Way to Heaven!
In the same interview with Larry King on June 20, 2005, Osteen said that false religions such as Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism don’t concern him and he doesn’t really know who’s going to Hell and who isn’t.
Osteen plainly denied the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ, clearly stating that he didn't know if Christ-rejecters go to Heaven or Hell. Get a Bible Mr. Osteen!
The first very alarming portrait of Osteen’s heart (Matthew 12:34, "...for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh") deals with the most important subject in the Bible—salvation is only through the redemptive blood of the Lord Jesus Christ! Nothing is more important. Nothing is more evident in the Scriptures! The following Scriptures (among many) loudly and boldly proclaim Jesus Christ as the ONE and ONLY way of salvation, without any room for misinterpretation or misunderstanding. The Bible makes this crystal-clear. Other doctrines may have opportunity for argument, but not this one:
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
1st John 2:22—
"Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son."
"He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him."
1st Timothy 2:5-6—
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time."
On Larry King Live, the following very disturbing conversation occurred with Larry King and Joel Osteen:I don't know ...
KING: What if you're Jewish or Muslim, you don't accept Christ at all?
OSTEEN: You know, I'm very careful about saying who would and wouldn't go to heaven.
Osteen doesn't know? What! How can a professed Gospel preacher not know who's going to Heaven? At this point, even Larry King appears surprised by Osteen’s answer. Then Larry tosses Osteen a "soft-ball" to explain his previous answer. And again Osteen openly denies that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way of salvation.
KING: If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They're wrong, aren't they?
OSTEEN: Well, I don't know if I believe they're wrong. I believe here's what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God will judge a person's heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don't know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don't know. I've seen their sincerity. So I don't know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.
Again Osteen denies the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Notice, he praises the pagan, false-religion of India as "I know they love God." Unbelievable... I’m sure some people reading this are thinking, "Well, maybe Larry caught Joel Osteen off guard. Maybe Osteen wasn’t prepared." If Osteen only had been given another chance to testify of the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ, he’d get it straightened out.
Osteen did get another chance...
After Larry King opened the phone lines, a concerned Christian asks Joel to clarify his previous statement (which we just viewed). Again Osteen could have easily cleared this up, but he didn't...
CALLER: Hello, Larry. You're the best, and thank you, Joe — Joel — for your positive messages and your book. I'm wondering, though, why you side-stepped Larry's earlier question about how we get to heaven? The Bible clearly tells us that Jesus is the way, the truth and the light and the only way to the father is through him. That's not really a message of condemnation but of truth.
OSTEEN: Yes, I would agree with her. I believe that. . .
KING: So then a Jew is not going to heaven?
OSTEEN: No. Here's my thing, Larry, is I can't judge somebody's heart. You know? Only God can look at somebody's heart, and so — I don't know. To me, it's not my business to say, you know, this one is or this one isn't. I just say, here's what the Bible teaches and I'm going to put my faith in Christ. And I just I think it's wrong when you go around saying, you're saying you're not going, you're not going, you're not going, because it's not exactly my way. I'm just...
KING: But you believe your way.
OSTEEN: I believe my way. I believe my way with all my heart.
KING: But for someone who doesn't share it is wrong, isn't he?
OSTEEN: Well, yes. Well, I don't know if I look at it like that. I would present my way, but I'm just going to let God be the judge of that. I don't know. I don't know.
KING: So you make no judgment on anyone?
OSTEEN: No. But I...
And here Larry really tosses Joel a soft-ball. How about a God-defying atheist? And again, Osteen will not confess that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way of salvation.
KING: What about atheists?
OSTEEN: You know what, I'm going to let someone — I'm going to let God be the judge of who goes to heaven and hell. I just — again, I present the truth, and I say it every week. You know, I believe it's a relationship with Jesus. But you know what? I'm not going to go around telling everybody else if they don't want to believe that that's going to be their choice. God's got to look at your own heart. God's got to look at your heart, and only God knows that.
Friend, the Bible is clear. There is one, and only one way out of an eternal Hell and that is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not simply "a relationship with Jesus Christ." Judas Iscariot had a "relationship" with Jesus Christ, walking and talking with the Lord, and even "kissing" the Lord (Luke 22:47), but Judas went to Hell (Acts 1:25). Again, in Matthew 27:3 Judas "repented himself" and forsook his sin and still went to Hell (which proves Lordship Salvation is a lie of the Devil). A person cannot be saved by turning over a new leaf and forsaking sin.
A person cannot be saved by committing their life to
Jesus. To be saved, a person must become guilty before God, and
believe on Jesus Christ (because of the precious blood that He shed) to wash
away our sins. Revelation 2:15 reads, "And from Jesus Christ, who is
the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of
the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our
sins in his own blood." What can wash away my sins? ... NOTHING
BUT THE BLOOD OF JESUS!
Joel Osteen Preaches 'Another Gospel'
On page xi in the introduction to “I NEVER KNEW YOU,” Michael Bowen states that one of Satan's greatest weapons against mankind is...
“to con people into living the Christian lifestyle without ever being born again.”
What a great statement!
One of the things I like about Bowen's book is that he approaches the matter from a gentlemanly point of view. For example, on page 21 he states concerning Pastor Joel Osteen...
“Osteen is not the enemy, folks, but Osteen is being 'used' by the enemy to lead all who believe in a 'different' gospel into a Christless eternity.”
The enemy is Satan who hates all people, saved and unsaved alike, and wants to lure as many people into the Lake of Fire (Gehenna) with him as possible to be punished for ever and ever.
Just as Joel Osteen, likewise Ray Comfort, John Hagee, Charles Stanley and other “greats” of our generation are not bad people, they are sincere; but they are sincerely wrong about the gospel. In one of his sermons, Joel Osteen once asked his church audience where they would spend eternity if they died that moment. Clearly, Osteen does care if his congregation goes to Heaven or Hell. Albeit, Osteen's errant way of salvation is to repent of sins, ask Jesus into our hearts, ask Him to wash us clean, and make Him Lord of our life. Osteen hasn't even begun to mention the gospel.
Instead, Joel Osteen has added a bunch of
requirements that God did not. Changing the gospel even in the slightest way
negates it completely and there can be no salvation. The gospel is that
Jesus Christ died, was buried and has been resurrected
(these three things are the gospel). The gospel does not include making
Jesus ones “Lord.” The gospel does not include amending one's ways, nor
joining a church through water baptism, nor keeping sacraments. It is a
simple matter of heart's faith in what Christ has done to pay for our sins.
Joel Osteen is a heretic! Although it is true that God looks at each of our hearts—the road to Hell is paved with sincerity and good intentions. We are warned in Proverb 14:12, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." I recently witnessed to an unsaved Catholic man, who said... "It doesn't matter what you believe, just so long as you're sincere God will look at your heart." I explained to him that he is wrong, and that he will go to Hell if He doesn't trust upon the sin-cleansing blood of Jesus Christ alone. He was still insistent that sincerity is all that matters. The Bible calls him a fool and he will burn in Hell when he dies (2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9).
Please don't be deceived—if you die in your sins without the precious blood of Jesus Christ to cleanse your sins away—you will burn in Hellfire for all eternity!!! Mr. Osteen is very wrong... dead wrong! God has already looked at our hearts, and we are wicked... Jeremiah 17:9 states, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" We are all dirty, rotten sinners (Romans 3:10,19-23) in need of Christ's righteousness. Proverb 28:26 warns, "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool..."
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 15:18, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies." Mankind's heart is deceitfully wicked. The only hope is through Jesus Christ, through His precious blood that saves us... "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot."
Joel Osteen’s refusal to confess the sole redemptive salvation found in the Lord Jesus Christ clearly reveals him as a liar and an antichrist (1st John 2:22). There is ONLY one way to Heaven—through the Lord Jesus Christ!
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