Joel Osteen, the cover boy of Modern Christianity, is the Pastor of the Largest Church in America. With thousands flocking to hear Joel on a Sunday morning, there are millions from around the world tuning in to hear him. Best-selling books, Most watched/Most downloaded sermons and Mega events are in his pocket. With his magnetic smile and encouraging messages, He has captured the hearts of many. But there is another side to his story.
Joel Osteen is one of the most attacked preachers in this age, racing alongside Benny Hinn. He has been branded as a False teacher, a cult, a danger to the church, a Money minded pimp. He has haters all around the globe, who are busy preaching against him. Search in Google, Go to YouTube, he is getting blasted everywhere. There are even websites built for the sole purpose of shooing down Joel and his teachings. Okay now, let me get to the story…
There is this Fiery Man of God, who is strong in the Word and in the Spirit. I love this guy and the ministry He is doing. He has been a blessing to many around the world. Recently, He was in a restaurant, where He met two elderly ladies. They were Catholics and were sharing how God touched their lives. They were sisters and one of them lost a daughter who was just 20. Out of this traumatic experience, she wanted something more and ended up in Lakewood Church, where Joel Osteen is the Pastor. She had a radical encounter with God during the service. She went back and brought her family members, and they were all touched by the presence of God. This Man of God started weeping, as the Ladies were sharing this story because He was negative about Joel’s ministry. He went into deep conviction that He wept for three days and sent money to Joel Osteen’s ministry. Did you just hear that? This is not a story I made up, this is a real story that happened recently. I’m not a Joel Osteen fan, I don’t listen to his teachings or read his books because he is not my genre. I’m just giving you an incident that happened recently.
Am I saying Joel is right in every way? I’m not. I disagree with Joel Osteen in many areas but that doesn’t give me the right to hate him. Jesus never gave conditions on which we can hate people. If you are in Christ, you have no rights to hate someone. I love Joel as a brother. I don’t like his teaching style, I follow the biblical “Correct, Rebuke, Encourage” teaching style but that’s not going to change the reality of countless people being blessed by His ministry. I celebrate his life and ministry. He is a great blessing to this world. if you don’t agree, ask the people who have been touched by God under His ministry, There are flaws in his teachings, there are subjects he doesn’t teach about, I know that too but truck-loads of people are being touched and transformed by his messages. Every preacher has flaws in his teachings, Every ministry has flaws, if you don’t agree, let me hear you preach and I will send you a book on the flaws in your messages. Huh? I’m not saying I’m 100% percent right but I can detect flaws in your teaching. I’m saying no one is 100% right in their teaching. Against popular opinion, here is something to chew on-“Joel doesn’t take a salary from the Church or ministry. Expenses like transportation and hotels are paid by him personally. He is the largest financial contributor to the Church He is pastoring. Sunday offerings are taken within 90 sec without any “Give this much” announcements.”
“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor. Matthew 7:1-5(MSG)
“Don’t judge other people, and you will not be judged. You will be judged in the same way that you judge others. And the forgiveness you give to others will be given to you. “Why do you notice the little piece of dust that is in your brother’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood that is in your own eye? Why do you say to your brother, ‘Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye’? Look at yourself first! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You are a hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly enough to take the dust out of your brother’s eye.Matthew 7:1-5(ICB)
Matthew 7:1-5 The Passion Translation
“Refuse to be a critic full of bias toward others, and judgment will not be passed on you. For you’ll be judged by the same standard that you’ve used to judge others. The measurement you use on them will be used on you. Why would you focus on the flaw in someone else’s life and yet fail to notice the glaring flaws of your own? How could you say to your friend, ‘Let me show you where you’re wrong,’ when you’re guilty of even more? You’re being hypercritical and a hypocrite! First acknowledge your own ‘blind spots’ and deal with them, and then you’ll be capable of dealing with the ‘blind spot’ of your friend.”
If you have developed hatred against Joel Osteen or some other preacher, go to God and deal with your sin. Oh yes, I said SIN. If think they are not right, If you think they are deceived and spreading false teachings, get down on your knees and pray for them. You don’t have any right to hate them. If you have taken the job of speaking against men and women of God, If you are operating as a heresy hunter, I’ve got some bad news for you-“You are inspired by the spirit of the devil”. Let’s stop fighting and work towards unity. Let us pray for those who we think are not in the right track. Let us focus on Jesus and choose to Walk in Love. As we come to the end of this year, let us get rid of this practice of blasting leaders we don’t like. As we enter this New Year, let us make the decision to pray for our leaders. Even if they go wrong and mess up, let us walk in love and mercy. Sorry for the title 😛 , you ain’t getting garbage talk about preachers from me. Wait a minute, I exposed Joel Osteen, I exposed something from Joel’s life, a family getting touched by God through him. Holla, did you hear me right?….Okay now, take a few minutes to pray for Joel Osteen.