JOEL OSTEEN MOVING ONE STEP CLOSER TO MAINSTREAM EVANGELICALISM

Apprising Ministries brings you more evidence of the accelerating acceptance of Word Faith prosperity mythology and its leading purveyors into the very heart of conservative Christendom.

This year’s Hillsong heresy-fest no sooner wraps up and they announce the lineup for their annual conference in 2013; and Joel Osteen moves ever closer to embrace by the Seeker Driven camp:


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First we have Elephant Room 2 hosted by curator James MacDonald and New Calvinist Mark Driscoll pronounce WF mogul T.D. Jakes doctrinal and sound a la John Piper with Rick Warren.

Now General of the Attractional Army Warren and Seeker Driven brigadier general Craig Groeschel are set to share the platform with Joel Osteen, who like Jakes is absolute Word Faith royalty.

By doing so, Groeschel—who is pastor to prophet-führer Steven Furtick—and Rick Warren will also be lending their credibility to the heretical Osteen, which no doubt will delight Furtick.1

I told you earlier in Steven Furtick Bringin’ On Word Faith And The Pastrixes that he’s developing a hybrid Seeker Driven quasi-Word Faith form of Furtickism combining elements of each mythology.

As I showed you nearly two years ago in Charismatic Quasi-Prosperity Preacher Judah Smith, the other slated Hillsong heresy-fest speaker Judah Smith is already further on down that dead end road.

In closing this, for now, the following video clip is John MacArthur telling it like it is concerning “pagan religionist” Joel Osteen. I’ve also included a transcript below to bring his words even more to life.

While you check out what a real man sent from Christ says of Joel Osteen, consider what this also says of Christian compromisers like Rick Warren, Craig Groeschel, and Judah Smith set to preach with him:

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.

Here’s some quotes from his book Your Best Life Now.  “If you develop an image of success, health, abundance, joy, peace, happiness nothing on earth will be able to hold those things from you.”  See that’s, that’s the Law of Attraction that’s a part of this kind of system.

Here’s another quote:  “All of us are born for earthly greatness.  You were born to win.”  Win what?  “God wants you to live in abundance.  You were born to be a champion.  He wants to give you the desires of your heart.  Before we were formed he prepared us to live abundant lives to be happy, healthy and whole.  But when our thinking becomes contaminated it’s no longer in line with God’s word.”  By the way God’s word is not the bible.  God’s word is that word that comes to us mystically, spiritually that tells us what we should want.

Here’s another quote:  “Get your thinking positive and he will bring your desires to pass.  He regards you as a strong, courageous, successful person.  You’re on your way to a new level of glory.”  How do you get there?  “Believe, he says, visualize and speak out loud.”  Same exact approach.  “Words release your power.  Words give life to your dreams.”

Here’s another quote:  “Friend, there’s a miracle in your mouth.”  I think Isaiah might object to that.  He said I’m a man of unclean lips and I dwell amidst a people of unclean lips.

Here’s Joel Osteen’s prayer.  “I thank you father that I have your favor.”  Wow, did he meet the Pharisee in Luke 18 or what?  I thank you that I’m not like other people…

Here’s another quote:  “I know these principles are true because they work for me and my wife.”  Oh so that’s the test of truth.  Are you kidding?  I know these things are true because they work for me and my wife.  Sure you’re at the top of the ponzi scheme.  Then he said: “Even finding a perfect parking spot at the mall.”  And I asked what about the little old lady you cut off to get into that parking.  What about her dreams?  Maybe she was born to lose.  I mean it’s so silly, so bazaar.  He says, “God has already done everything he’s going to do.  The ball’s in your court.  You have to take that part of God which exists in you and create your own reality.”

What is the source of this?  Where does this come from?  Answer…satan. This is satanic.  This is satanic.  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.

And why are these false teachers so successful at what they do; because they’re in cohoots with the devil.  Why is satan successful; because his temptations, although they might appear noble on the outside, are in perfect accord with all the fallen corrupt, selfish, proud evil desires of sinners.  This is a false kind of Christianity and a false view of God.

And I think preachers like this who preach this stuff hate the true God.  I really believe that.  I believe they hate the true God and they’re to death that somebody might find out who he really is.

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Endnotes

  1. see STEVEN FURTICK CALLS JOEL OSTEEN GREAT MAN OF GOD