Posted: June 11, 2014 in HOT TOPICS, Uncategorized
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I’ve received over 1,000 comments directed at me, 90% of them being negative because I called out Pastor Joel Osteen for what I believe he truly is – a wolf in sheeps clothing. I make no apologies for my statement. But let me share with you this short story about a man named Jim.

Jim was a charismatic young Pentecostal preacher who preached the gospel throughout the midwest who lived in Indianapolis. Jim managed to develop a unique style of preaching in the late 50’s and early 60’s that earned him the title of a prophet. Jim saw many people saved and healed starting out in his early days of ministry.

In the late 1950’s, Jim (23 yrs old at the time) established a Pentecostal church in the heart of Indianapolis called the People’s Temple. The Pentecostal Denominations from the A/G to COG stood back SILENTLY as Jim gained a huge following. During the early 1960s the People’s Temple set up soup kitchens, distributed free groceries and clothing, and organized other community programs. Jones was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1964.

The People’s Temple Full Gospel Church under Jim’s Charismatic leadership was attracting large crowds for Sunday faith-healing services. Jim was known for his wonderful messages and insisted that the healing and ability to draw thousands to his early ministry were conducted mainly to draw people who could then be taught his more important messages of apostolic social justice and equality. The young preacher’s efforts to promote interracial harmony were heralded by the Indianapolis Recorder, a weekly Black newspaper, and earned Jones the position of director of the Indianapolis Human Rights Commission in 1961. The fact is though, he was already beginning to turn in his doctrine and many errors were beginning to surface, yet NONE of the standing Pentecostal Denominations said anything negative about Jim and his antics, not to mention his false teachings which were beginning to become more prominent as less Biblical truth was being preached. In other words, Jim was too popular with the people for anyone who would want to denounce to say anything.

At the height of Jim’s ministry, he was reaching over a million people (an unbelievable feat for the time) through radio and his weekly newspaper, which in it’s own right reached half a million people across the world. Jim was truly the “popular preacher” of his time as other Pentecostal preachers were just coming up in the ranks, Jim was already at his most popular, not to mention the millions the church was bringing in.

Addressing a rally in 1977, just prior to the exodus of People’s Temple to the rural community in Guyana, Jim, showing signs of the covert harassment and media attacks, declared “just remember there’s nothing worse than putting someone in the corner when they have tried to do righteousness…”

Jim rallied his congregation with the vision that they were pilgrims on a quest for enlightenment and safety. In Guyana they would establish a community of their own – Jonestown – free from the harassment and persecution they faced in North America. Here at Jonestown they would fully practice Jone’s dictim that “service to my fellow man is the highest service to God.”

Sadly, by 1978, over 900 people, men, women and children, would be found dead at the hands of Jim, who himself placed a gun to his head and ended his own life. Jim was popular, Jim was dynamic, Jim had an ability to dazzle the people with his Charismatic ways, but Jim was a wolf.

Yet today, just like Jim, we’re seeing other men do the same, they reach millions with their popular and Charismatic style of teaching. They use popular psychology terms as their messages are all positive and little of the negative. They write books about becoming a better YOU and less about denying oneself to follow Christ. They are quick to ignore the subject of the cross and sin, and more prone to deem everything a message of hope. The only difference between these men and Jim is the kool-aid. One was laced with cyanide while the other is laced with positive affirmation. The end result though is still the same, people die.

There is still one characteristic between Jim and many of these popular men of today – the lack of judgment. Jim preached a false gospel, just as these popular preachers like Joel Osteen and others are doing. But no one desires to challenge them nor confront them because the people like what they hear. But God demands men and women to stand up against false doctrine lest they too become victim to their teachings.

Jim has a lot in common with many of these people today and yet many remain silent on the issues they preach. thus the sign of the times. Let me give you a warning from the Lord for us all to remember, ““Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” Matthew 7:15




  1. Reblogged this on SaltyforJesus' Blog and commented:
    The ‘social gospel’, so-called, is not a ‘gospel’. We do not serve God through ‘service to our fellow man’ but through faith in Christ Jesus and His Blood, His Cross. When the preachers lose sight of TRUTH, apostasy, death and hell follow. It’s interesting that there are so many parallels between the modern ‘preachers’ in ‘seeker sensitive’ churches and this man, whose mouth was an open sepulcher. At one point, Jones threw out the Bible entirely, proclaiming that he and his people didn’t need God or His Word anymore. Then they all moved to Guyana and had their children murdered by Jim right before their eyes. Only 10-15 people escaped that place with their lives, but they lost everything. One man’s wife and infant son were murdered, forced to drink the koolaid laced with poison. There is no greater evil than a man who perverts God’s Word for his own gain.

  2. Hey Christopher, the other thing I would add is that the people who knew him in the church, we are involved in a ‘relationship’ with him in some way, except for those who absolutely refused. They saw his evil ways, and still did not do anything about it, did not leave. The reason they hastily ran away to Guyana was because an ex-People’s temple lady came out publicly and said that he had created a cult. It was Jim’s fear of ‘exposure’ that led him to flee. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.

  3. Lyn says:

    Amen. This is the truth that many do not want to hear. They want to hear smooth things! IMO, Joel Osteen is not a called, anointed preacher of the gospel. I believe he was a camera man for his dad’s ministry until his dad’s passing, and suddenly he was called of God to preach? I find very little scripture in the preaching of these people but even that is usually twisted and/or taken out of context. I will NOT hang on every word of any man but I WILL hang on every Word of GOD!
    Isaiah 30:8-11
    A Rebellious People
    8 Now go, write it before them on a tablet,
    And note it on a scroll,
    That it may be for time to come,
    Forever and ever:

    9 That this is a rebellious people,
    Lying children,
    Children who will not hear the law of the Lord;

    10 Who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
    And to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us right things;
    Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.

    11 Get out of the way,
    Turn aside from the path,
    Cause the Holy One of Israel
    To cease from before us.”

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