By Geri Ungurean December 14 Author of Your Best Life Now, Joel Osteen, is well-known as a motivational speaker. But I had no idea of how Satan is using this man to completely mislead his congregation. I don’t watch Osteen because I don’t need to be “motivated.” But a reader of my articles wrote to me yesterday about Osteen and was very angry at what she witnessed. She listens to him occasionally – just to see what he is up to. I asked if she would send me a link to the sermon. She did; and after watching as much as I could stand, I realized that this man is truly a WOLF and is taking so many to hell with him. I was enraged. Here is part of the email sent to me: “As I listened today, I was horrified to hear what sounded like him calling all who follow him to come out/away from those who refuse to be enlightened – who refuse to go onto the next level. He kept saying, very heretically, that “God wants you to attach yourself to someone who is higher up than you so you can benefit from their blessings.” He said that anyone who doesn’t want to advance to the next level (by attaching themselves to someone of a higher level, thus gaining some of their blessings) should be shunned because he wants you to have nothing to do with those who “aren’t advancing to the next level.” YES, brethren, you read that right. The unspoken reality is that Joel Osteen is saying to his congregation, “Go and make more money so that you can bring me more money. And break off ties with the poor.” The sermon is entitled “Favor Connections” and you can hear it here: Brethren, I do hope that you are as outraged as I am. This man is a WOLF in the truest sense of the word. He is telling people to cut off relationships with people who are financially poor, and to seek out the rich. WHERE is this found in the Word of God? My husband and I attended a Baptist church near our home years ago. I won’t go into the many unethical things this man did while he was the pastor but, for the sake of this article, I will tell you this: At a meeting of the Evangelism team, he told them NOT to evangelize in the trailer park because “we don’t want those kind of people in church.” He said that they had no money to give to the church. Soon after that meeting, my husband and I left that church. Read what Osteen says under the YouTube version of his “Favor Connections” sermon: “Sometimes, you will have to let go of old relationships, of old habits and mindsets that are keeping you limited if you are going to reach all that God has for you. Be encouraged during these times. You are making room for what God wants to do. You are rising higher, you are moving towards your destiny. Surround yourself with people who will challenge you, who will not allow you to remain in mediocrity. You are an eagle, designed to soar above the crowd!” So, what my friend said about calling for people to be shunned was exactly what Osteen was asking. He was saying “come away from poor people, and connect up with prosperous people.” He even had the audacity in this sermon to use the Scriptures about Peter when the Lord told him to cast out his net once again. Osteen spoke only about Peter being “prospered” and nothing about the fact that Jesus was showing him that he would become a “Fisher of men.” “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men’” (Matthew 4:18-19). Brethren, that was the lesson our Lord Jesus was conveying to Peter and Andrew. He was not saying, “Follow me and I will make you rich.” He was speaking of reaching people for the Kingdom of God – making them “Fishers of men.” If you attend Osteen’s “church” or know someone who attends, please send them this article. Did you see the size of the congregation that is being misled by the devil using Joel Osteen? It breaks my heart. Osteen will be unveiling his newest book called “Next Level Thinking.” He is using the pyramid scheme in his church to become richer and richer! Pray for Joel Osteen that God would reach him. Many of us would say that he is beyond help. If God intends for this man to be saved and in turn begin to preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ – think of how glorious that would be! Pray for those in the congregation that the Lord would open their eyes to the truth of the Word of God. Show them that the words of Joel Osteen are NOT from God’s Holy Word. MARANATHA!
According to Daigle’s logic, “I am not God, I cannot make a judgment”, then I guess she also would be unable to say whether domestic abuse, racism, date rape, or beating up gays for fun are morally wrong. See where this thinking leads to?
This is what happens when we place greater value on “being nice” and on “feelings” rather than on morally and logically consistent thinking. How many millions of homosexual men have died excruciating deaths from AIDS, rectal cancer, etc because Christians didn’t want to “offend them” and so affirmed their self-destructive lifestyles? How many millions more will die?
Scripture is abundantly clear that homosexuality is unnatural sinful behavior. (Romans 1:26-29, I Corinthians 6:9-11) This doesn’t mean you have to hate gays or cannot recognize that many are nice people. I know nice people who commit all sorts of sins. Being nice does not translate into moral perfection.
God is just and we all stand guilty before Him as sinners. We all need to confess our sin and seek the mercy that Christ offers us through His sacrificial death on the cross. God forbid we stand before Him guilty, and unforgiven, because a Christian told us we were just fine the way were.