Thursday, April 3, 2014

Why Joel Osteen is not as harmless as you think

I've received more than a bit of feed back over the last week or so since mentioning by name in a message some of the false teachers that are so prevalent today.  Some weren't too pleased that I named names, feeling it to be divisive.  My take on that is simple: If I believe the Bible is true when it speaks of the growing number and influence of false teachers (and I do) and if I can easily spot and identify some very obvious false teaching/teachers today (and I can), then I'd be a coward not to name them (and I'm not).  Some were not pleased that I named/called out some of their favorites (like Joel Osteen).  To that end, I want to offer just a bit more evidence for you today.  These videos provide quite a bit of background and insight into his 'ministry'.  And don't be deceived with the argument that basically states "How could so many people be so wrong?"  Popularity has never been a mark of the truth or truth tellers (See: Elijah, Jeremiah, Jesus, every disciple, etc.)

That being said, take a few minutes to watch the following: 

... and there are so many more examples.  Listen to an Osteen message on your own.  Apply the grid of Scripture and the Gospel to it.  Be discerning.

2 Timothy 4:2-4 (ESV)
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.


  1. Thank you Pastor Paul for your boldness to not only proclaim the truth, but to do the work of a shepherd, defending your flock against the wolves.

  2. The way Mark Driscoll behaves himself, how long can it be before he is on your list?


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