Osteen has been all over telling folks (Larry King, Whoopi Goldberg) for years that homosexuality is not “God’s best.” I presume he means “God’s best choice” because otherwise I’m lost in the dropped or implied rest of the sentence. But “God’s best” is phrase Osteen never finishes so I’m just guessing.
Yet, Osteen hasn’t joined the more strident wing of the religious right in damning gays. Indeed, Osteen takes heat from other evangelicals who condemn him for not laying down a line of fire about sin of any kind. That’s not his style, says the preacher known for his broad smile and sermons that God wants you to be happy. Osteen’s best seller was titled, Your Best Life Now.
Article by Grossman, USA TODAY
Should all this surprise us? Not for a second. Osteen by definition is basically what you would call a “motivational speaker”, he likes to give people what they want to hear. The integrity of the gospel means very little to him. He is what the Bible calls a hireling. He is in it for the money and the fame. Joel Osteen is very much into the prosperity Gospel as was his father John Osteen.
“Joel’s father, John Osteen, was into the word faith teaching of Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland. In late 1998-99 he became sick. The church that was also trained in word faith philosophies began their positive confessions saying, “God has promised him that he will be preaching into his early 90′s, and he is only 77 now. God gave him a vision for “Seven Years of Harvest”, and we are just beginning our 6th year of this special thrust for world evangelism. God has promised our staff that He will bring our pastor’s kidneys on a platter of praise. The God who began this universe as a mighty Creator is creating what our Pastor needs in his body” (Lakewood Church prayer request Jan 19, 1999). Two weeks later, John Osteen died. On the other hand, his wife Dodie Osteen has written a book on how she was she was miraculous healed from metastatic cancer of the liver after doctors had given up hope (it is reported that this was accomplished through medicine).
In his book Joel Osteen writes of his mother’s battle with cancer: “She gets up every morning and reviews those same Scriptures on the subject of healing. She still speaks those words of faith, victory, and health over her life. She won’t leave the house until she does it. Beyond that, she loves to remind “Mr. Death” that he has no hold on her life. Every time my mother passes a graveyard, she literally shouts out loud, “With long life He satisfies me and shows me His salvation!” (Osteen: “Israelites Lacked Faith–Future Robbed”—Christianity Today Posted to Spiritual Deception for May, 2005 in “Thou Shalt Not Be Negative: Overly Positive Thinking and Prosperity Teaching Undermine Joel Osteen’s Bestseller” reviewed by Douglas LeBlanc, 04/14/2005).”
Like all positive confession teaching what they confess they hope to possess. Otherwise it is ones confession that heals not God. This is nothing more than witchcraft, The subtle manipulation of scriptures. They have turned the Bible into a book of spells. Say the right words (spell) and you can have whatsoever you desire. The trouble is it does not work. There are fields of gravestones which testify to that sad reality. Not only that but it also becomes a form of superstition. When a negative word is spoken many will run to speak a positive word in an effort to over come the results of the negative confession. This is not liberty but bondage to ones flesh. We are living in the last days and things like what has been revealed can only continue.
If these TV mega church corporations saw their pastors get genuinly saved tommorow there would be a mass exodus. Gone would be the happy clappy message of comfort and ease. In would come the preaching of the truth which would convict and stir their souls. Two things would happen either the church would throw the pastor out or he would watch his congregation leave. The purse strings which is the real god behind this movement would shrink tighter than a drum. The simple reality is that MONEY is everything. They associate wealth with spiritual blessing. The richer they are the more they believe they are blessed.
Rev 3: 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
However God has an altogether different view of their lives. It should be noted that Rev 3: 17 is a reference to a very positive statement. But their true condition is nothing like what they confessed.