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Intro to Osteen September 10, 2006

Posted by Joe in Links.
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Lar,

I am thinking you saw this, but I thought I would point everyone else in Blog Nation to it–this post concerning Joel Osteen. Justin Taylor linked to it on his Between Two Worlds blog. There is nothing new or surprising here, but I think it is worth posting, b/c sadly, few people really understand the fact that Osteen is what the Bible would call a false teacher (whether he really knows it or not). Simply put: he doesn’t preach the gospel. His message is devoid of Jesus Christ.

I know that we need to be very careful here, but something as plain as this is worth sharing rather forthrightly. Why? Because heaven and hell are on the line! Life and death are at stake. We cannot sit back in situations like these and fall into the trap of ‘nice’ American Christianity. Gracious? Yes. Respectable? Yes. But we can be gracious and respectable, while still speaking the truth–both for him and all who listen to him. For the good of the church (and the world) men like this must be not be allowed to bear the name of preacher or pastor. It is very confusing to all.

In 2 Timothy 4:1-4, Paul says, “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”

Well, the time has come. It is all around us: millions accumulating for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, teachers to tickle their itching ears. And it’s not just Joel. That is for sure. But right now, he’s at the top of the list, and we must not be shy about saying that plainly–for the good of both the church and the world. Jesus Christ is needed. O Lord, raise up men who would faithfully proclaim Him!

Preach that Word Lar, in season and out, to the glory of our great King.

Seeking Him with you,

Joe

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1. paul - September 10, 2006

Amen.
Joel Osteen teaching his followers to “Live thier best life now”

What about the Christians living in India??
Or the missionaries in China??

Are they living thier best life now? Or living for the King?


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