Monday, October 15, 2007

The Gospel According to "America's Preacher"

In celebration of last night's 60 Minutes interview with Joel Osteen, I thought I'd post a couple of videos where Joel tells us exactly what he thinks about the gospel.

One of Joel's fan actually calls him on the show and asks him why he won't take a stand where the Scripture takes a stand...

Joel, despite his hold your Bible in the air thingy, has a low view of Scripture. He is unwilling to take his stand on the Word of God. When preachers are unwilling to speak on the authority of God's Word (and say things contrary to it) then guess who's authority they are speaking on??? Their own. As a pastor, that is somewhere that I never want to be. If I can't speak on the authority of God's Word then I have nothing to say.

Here's the big problem. In America WE ARE LOSING THE GOSPEL. When the gospel is gone from our churches, God is gone from our churches. In Isaiah 48:11 God says, "My glory I will not give to another."

Try these on for size...

Acts 4:12, "And these is salvation in no one else, for these is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

God is glorified through the death of his Son Jesus Christ as the payment for sin. Do not deny God his glory by denying the work of Christ on the cross as the only way God has given for salvation from sin.


Eric and Renee said...

Wow. If people continue to follow Joel after all that being said, I wonder about their hearts and them calling themselves Christians. I guess I've seen through the facade for a long time, but many of my friends think he's wonderful. It's easy to want to follow a "health, wealth, & prosperity" preacher, but many will walk that path straight to hell if they don't read the Bible for themselves. Jesus is THE only way. He just couldn't say it. We don't condemn anyone...each is condemned by their own answer to deny the Holy Spirit knocking at the door of their heart. This is one more reason to pray for those Christians in the limelight. We gotta pray they don't sell out. Mark, I thank the Lord for you answering the call to be a pastor, and I'm thankful to know that you are all about Jesus. You're in my prayers so that you will always see when Satan is trying to get you to compromise God's Word so that you can stand up under the temptation and preach even more boldly the Truth. We love you guys. Renee :)

Mark said...

Joel's following is quite amazing. Reminds me of 2 Timothy 4:3-4.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I heard Joel a few times before, spouting his health and wealth gospel in his Armani suits. I would love for him to go spout that garbage in some of the poor places in the world I, and I know you Mark, have been.