Archives For Joel Osteen

Here’s why I’m analyzing Joel Osteen’s Ministry.

Here’s the Facebook blurb we’ll be analyzing today:

joel osteen prisoners of hope*Is this from the Bible? (If so, where? If not, what part of the Bible contradicts it?)

I never like it when people say “The Scripture tells us…” but they don’t give a reference.  This is a good indicator that they are about to take something out of context.  Something Joel does in spectacular fashion here.  The “prisoners of hope” verse Osteen is referring to is from Zechariah 9:12 (as that phrase isn’t used anywhere else in Scripture), Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.  Technically, this verse isn’t telling us or anyone else to be prisoners of hope, it’s simply identifying an existing group of people as prisoners of hope.  But that’s minor compared to what Joel is actually trying to do with this text.  Continue Reading…

For multiple reasons, which you can read about here, I’ve decided to analyze Joel Osteen and his official ministry, Joel Osteen Ministries.  Today I’m looking at a recent post on the Joel Osteen Ministries Facebook page and intend to analyze it in three ways:

1. Is this from the Bible (If so, where? If not, what part of the Bible contradicts it?)

2. What was Joel (possibly) intending to communicate with this?

3. What is a listener (likely) going to interpret this as?

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1.  “God will take you places higher than you’ve ever dreamed”Continue Reading…

Blogging is a funny thing.  You can opt to write about safe things like cookie recipes and football games and cat videos.  Or you can even write about safe Christian things like discipleship and your favorite Bible verses.  But what about the things people are trying to figure out?  What about the things that require a tension and a balance?  The things that aren’t black and white, but somewhere in between–yet you see people constantly going to one extreme or another on, unnecessarily and incorrectly.

When you try to live in this middle area, and when you try to blog in this middle area, it is both rewarding as well as humbling.  The thing about the middle area is you don’t always know that you are right.  When you’re at one of the extremes, you’ve got to be right and you’ll hold your ground with machine gun in hand at all costs.

The middle is much more humbling.

I did a couple of blog posts on Joel and Victoria Osteen a month ago or so after a video clip of Victoria Osteen was making its rounds on the Internet.  Continue Reading…

Yesterday I posted Bible verses that show Victoria and Joel Osteen to be false teachers, along with a video that’s been circulating Facebook of a recent church service of theirs:

I honestly wish the Bill Cosby blurb wasn’t added at the end, as my intention is not to mock the Osteen’s or to bash on them personally.  This clip was the only one available as the original clip (that didn’t have Cosby) had been removed from Facebook.

There is a fine line between bashing a famous Christian person and doing needed honest critiquing of damaging and dangerous doctrine.  Continue Reading…

(You can read my thoughts here on why what the Olsteen’s said is a false teaching)

The Bible on false teachers:

Romans 16:17-18 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. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

2 Timothy 4:3-4 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 Bible on God wanting us to be happy:

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