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November 05, 2007

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Daniel

Yes, Joel Osteen preaches cotton-candy, feel-good Christianity messages. Again his messages are uplifting and the real-life stories that he shares are also very inspiring. But, I would like to hear him speak on the blood, forgiveness, sin and confession; if not always, at least on certain Sundays. Again, we have men like John Hagee, Jack Van Impee, Hal Lindsey, R.W. Schambach, Perry Stone and Rod Parsely to preach such messages. In closing, if God’s calling for Joel is to preach with this current style, then hats off to Joel, he is doing a wonderful job.

Jay Gillies

I too have only seen Joel Osteen's broadcast occasionally and each time thought him to be inspirational and uplifting. Like Jim, I don't know Osteen personally so I can't vouch for his character and integrity in his ministry or his personal life. While it would be of greater benefit for all to have more scripture references and less personal experiences in his sermons, I've heard nothing unbiblical from him so far. As long as he continues to stay in line with biblical teachings and points people to Jesus - even if it's mainly through motivational speaking - then let him inspire people to live positively while seeking the Lord. Osteen has a great responsibility as a pastor and will be held accountable in measure, but it's the responsibility of each of us individually to seek God's wisdom and discernment through daily personal devotions and prayer. God will reveal truth and direction.
If Osteen is a charlatan/fraud his sin will find him out. With that said, those that follow him should fervently pray for Osteen to remain humble, speaking only what God would have him say keeping him a righteous man so that he would not fall under temptation. The enemy would use him as a stumbling block to possibly hudreds of thousands hurting the body of Christ as a whole giving the media a reason to say "Ha, see! We told you so".

2 Timothy 4:2-4 (New International Version)
2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

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