“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” - Galatians 1:6-10, (NIV)
Joel Scott Osteen is an American author, televangelist, and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His beliefs reach over seven million broadcast media viewers weekly in over 100 nations around the world…and he’s coming to Kansas City on Sept. 21.
But let’s be clear. Joel Osteen’s beliefs do not represent the truth of Christ – but false teaching at best, and distorted hypocrisy at worst. Osteen and others like him (Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, Paul and Jan Crouch and so on) have distorted the truth of the gospel into words that make a mockery of what our Lord has said in regards to Law, Government, and salvation from sin. While their words may be met gladly by those with “itching ears” eager to be soothed with honey-coated lies, these false teachers are bringing ruin not only to the individual – but families, communities, and government itself.
John MacArthur, the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You ministry, had this to say about Mr. Osteen’s teachings: “A few weeks ago there was an event here at Dodger Stadium with Joel Osteen. Thirty five thousand people at Dodger Stadium, something like that. He is the largest quote unquote church using the word loosely in America down in Houston. You need to understand that he is a pagan religionist in every sense. He’s a quasi-pantheist. Jesus is a footnote that satisfies his critics and deceives his followers. The idea of his whole thing is that men have the power in themselves to change their lives. In his definitive book Your Best Life Now, he says, and that oughtta be a dead giveaway since the only way this could be your best life is if you’re going to hell. He says, “that anyone can create by faith and words the dreams he desires. Health, wealth, happiness success”…the list is always the same…
MacArthur continues, “What is the source of this? Where does this come from? Answer…satan. This is not just off-center. This is satanic. Why do I say that? Because health, wealth, prosperity, the fulfillment of all your dreams and desires…that’s what satan always offers. That’s called temptation based on the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. That’s exactly what corrupt, fallen, unregenerate people want. That’s why it works so well, right. You can go right into satan’s system make everybody feel religious and turn their desires, their temptations into somehow honorable desires. I mean what did satan say to Jesus? Grab some satisfaction. Why are you hungry? You need to eat. You need to be healthy, whole. Why would you let yourself be unpopular? Dive off the temple corner whew, everybody’ll be wowed. You’ll be the winner. You’ll be the champion. You’ll be the Messiah. They’ll hale you. Oh and by the way, if you just look over the kingdoms of the world, I’ll give those to you too. That’s satanic.”
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