30 April 2012

Joel Osteen Admits to the Prosperity Gospel?


In a recent interview with the Christian Post, Joel Osteen was asked if he considered himself to be “a preacher of the prosperity gospel.” This question was followed up with the inquiry, “Is it [the prosperity gospel] heresy?” While he did not directly address the second question, Osteen responded in part with the following:
You know, I don’t consider myself a … I don’t really know what the prosperity gospel is. The way I define it is that I believe God wants you to prosper in your health, in your family, in your relationships, in your business, and in your career. So I do … if that is the prosperity gospel, then I do believe that.
I don’t believe we are supposed to go through life defeated and not having enough money to pay our bills or send our kids to college. So you know, when I hear some of that, I think that is not who I am, he doesn’t know me or what I teach. Because he is saying God doesn’t believe that… there is no demand, I don’t think I’d put it like that but I always talk about God rewards obedience. When you follow His way, the Bible says that His blessings will chase you down and overtake you.
Well, at least he admits it!

Read more commentary here.

7 comments:

  1. I always wonder what these "prosperity" guys would have to say to our brothers and sisters in dark lands suffering extreme persecution yet remaining faithfully obedient to our King.

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    1. This is such a good point but it will never be addressed by these guys. have been to communist China twice working with the underground church. I have been with people who hardly had anything material wise but loved the Lord and felt blessed by Him. Joel Osteen could not hold a candle to them....He doesn't live in the real world and for that I feel sorry for both he and his wife...

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  2. “there is no demand, I don’t think I’d put it like that but I always talk about God rewards obedience. When you follow His way, the Bible says that His blessings will chase you down and overtake you.”

    nothing about getting to know Jesus Christ--true riches --and how utterly sad when you think of Jesus talking about the Rich man and Lazarus~These prosperity preachers will switch if they don't repent before they die as well

    Blessings for the prosperity preachers is always equated to money, success and happiness in this life-SELF. It never sees that true blessings as the bible speaks of blessings from the Lord are always about GOD being our ALL, our hope, our joy and peace, our ever-present help in times of need, our sole satisfaction when all is falling apart around you. He is our all sufficiency

    "I'd rather have Jesus than silver or gold I'd rather have Jesus than riches untold"-I dunno if that's the line but it speaks what My heart desires

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    1. Still waiting for Romney to declare Osteen a Christian. But perhaps now T. D. Jakes will step in and help him out.

      You referred to scripture in an earlier post...the blind leading the blind. God's word is so true.

      False teachers should take heed. To paraphrase Osteen:

      "When you [don't] follow His way, the Bible says that His [judgments] will chase you down and overtake you."

      Carol

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  3. Ligon Duncan gave a heart wrenching sermon at the 2012 Together for the Gospel conference titled "The Underestimated God". Mr. Osteen as well as every Christian pastor would do well to listen to it. It is on youtube and on the T4G website.

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  4. 'I always talk about God rewards obedience. When you follow His way, the Bible says that His blessings will chase you down and overtake you.”
    ~ Osteen

    Versus:

    "And others have been tried by mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover by bonds, and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were hewn asunder, they were tempted, they were slain with the sword, they wandered up and down in sheep`s skins, and in goats` skins, being destitute, afflicted, and tormented: Whom the world was not worthy of: they wandered in wildernesses and mountains, and dens, and caves of the earth. And these all through faith obtained good report, and received not the promise,God providing a better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect."
    ~ God
    Hebrews 11:36-40

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    1. Good one Despeville!

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