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I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them.” (Romans 16:17)

If by chance you might have missed the little bit of news which was the talk around most church water coolers last week concerning Victoria Osteen and her comments about going to church, prayer and worship, then allow me to recap what you might have missed. 2 weeks ago, Victoria Osteen stated to a packed stadium that, ““Realize that when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God… we’re doing it for ourselves. Do good for your own self. Do it because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God, really — you’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen? (source)

The video of her comments then went viral, and with most comments made by public figures, hers was ammunition for many who keep a careful eye on both Joel as well as Victoria. A spiritual tsunami then began to build, one which many did not see coming, especially the Osteen’s, who, by many people’s amazement, stood by the comment. Even with Victoria re-enforcing her view that she was right and everyone else needs to just “shut up” and move along (if that were even be possible).

Almost over night, the internet was lit up like Baghdad on bomb night. Bloggers were blogging, Twitter was tweeting and Facebook was..well, you get the idea. Social media was alive all over one woman’s comment about praise and worship and why Christians go to church. Then the media circus got in on the act as well, with many questioning whether or not the Osteen’s really believe what they preach? Others, like popular Christian singer Carman Licciardello and Phil Munsey (TBN) immediately came to the Osteen’s defense, even suggesting that those who were speaking out against the Osteen’s were doing the “Devil’s work” by cutting down another brother in the faith. Yet all of this begs the question, have the Osteen’s been judged unfairly?

Good theology edifies, bad theology is a nightmare. Having said that, what does the word say as it regards to examining the teachings of those who call themselves pastor? 1 John 4:1 states, “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.

We are called to judge righteously, examine every word which is spoken by those who claim they come in the name of Christ, why? Because many wolves, led by a spirit of deception, have and are, slipping within the church in these last days, promoting things or saying this which they ought not. Such is the case concerning the Osteen’s. The truth is, although what Victoria Osteen stated was wrong and was based on a gospel of self, the judgments many have begun to expose concerning both her and her husband is just and good, for it is symptomatic of a greater problem that I believe is occurring within the body of Christ – Biblical illiteracy.

If the church, the body of Christ were learned in the word like they should, then people like Joel and Victoria Osteen would be challenged by many against their false teachings. They would not be given a spiritual “pass” by so many within the church today, but rather, they would be held accountable for their actions behind the pulpit. Such though is not the case. But are we judging the Osteen’s unfairly? I don’t believe so, and here’s why – they operate in deceit.

Now I know that seems harsh, after all, Joel is not only popular, he’s considered America’s “pastor”. His likability is off the chart as he smooths the 30,000+ seat stadiums wherever he goes. The problem is, Joel is not a Biblical pastor by any means, he’s a motivational speaker and nothing more. The word of God gives us the mandate of a true and genuine pastor that has the calling of God on their life in 2 Timothy 4:1-4 “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 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.

The apostle Paul makes it clear the demands of a pastor, he is to reprove, rebuke, exhort in all he does as a spiritual leader and man of God. The fact remains, not only does Joel fail in this area, he fails in every other area as well. Joel’s unwillingness to call homosexuality a sin, his repeated failure to oppose the teachings and beliefs of Oprah Winfrey, his assertion which says those in others religions, such as Mormonism, Hinduism (not to mention Joel’s praise of Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church) can still be saved, are indicators that Mr. Osteen fails in his duty as Pastor under the Biblical mandate given by the apostle Paul to Timothy. So, are the judgments against the Osteen’s too harsh? I don’t believe so, they actually fit.

The truth is, Joel and Victoria Osteen are a product of their own creation, another gospel. They have been placed into a position which clearly they are not qualified to be in, and in turn, they have brought upon themselves the righteous judgment by many within the body of Christ, who have weighed their beliefs and teachings against the word of God and found them to be antichrist, in error. They have weighed and been found wanting. Such is the case with all who come preaching another gospel – they are accursed. (Galatians 1:8)

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

 

 

Comments
  1. Sharron says:

    Awesome Biblical Synopsis

  2. Alfred says:

    Just like TB Joshua here in Africa, you can be even killed to speak against these two figures.

  3. Guyla Mills says:

    Thanks for succinctly sharing Biblical truth with clarity and compassion.

  4. waycross1948 says:

    Completely agree with your comments. How can we not?? You have spoken Biblical fact!! These ministers who preach a “feel good” “everybody’s ok” message fall completely short of what God requires of them as ministers of the Gospel to His church. The Osteen’s will have a lot to be accountable for before God.

  5. Rhonda Kelly says:

    ever the mindset of the modern church…”it’s all about me…”

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