The Heretical Blasphemy Of Joel Osteen: The Power Of I Am (VIDEO)

Joel Osteen excitedly begins to urge his followers to repeat after him - “Alright just repeat after me. I am strong. I am healthy. I am confident. I am...
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Osteen’s “preaching” is heresy combined with blasphemy, written in the study of Satan himself.

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV)

In the Bible, the term I AM is the Name that God tells Moses in Exodus 3:14 he can refer to Him as when he goes back to Egypt to have a showdown with Pharaoh. God tells his this as the bush burns but is not consumed. It is a somber, awesome and fearsome time. So holy is it that God demands that Moses even remove his shoes, for even the ground where this is happening is holiness unto the Lord. But according to Joel Osteen, you can use God’s sacred Name as a buzzword to get cool stuff.  This is the poisonous heresy of the Word Faith Movement combined with the blasphemy of using God’s Name in vain.

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“A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Joel Osteen excitedly begins to urge his followers to repeat after him – “Alright just repeat after me. I am strong. I am healthy. I am confident. I am confident. I am secure. I am talented. I am creative. I am disciplined. I am focused. I am valuable. I am beautiful. I am blessed. I am excited about my future. I am victorious. Alright how about amen?”

This is what passes for preaching in 2015, Laodicean slop where YOU are the focus and God is nothing more than an errand boy who is expected to provide “stuff” on demand. “When you talk like this”, Osteen declares, “these things will follow you and God will provide them.” Outrageous! How is it possible that Lakewood Church in Houston has not yet been hit with lightning? Nothing he “preaches” about has any relation to the Bible in any way, shape or form. There is nothing in the Bible that backs up any of the claims Osteen makes the way he makes them. Everything he says has been lifted out of context, twisted, and repacked until any original meaning has long since disappeared.

Pastor Joel Osteen’s Full Sermon “The Power of ‘I Am'”

WARNING: I only include this video of Osteen’s “The Power Of I Am” sermon so you know that what I tell you about his “preaching” is truthful and accurate. I do not recommend that you attempt to listen to it all the way through.

The greatest Christian in the Bible, the apostle Paul, asked God 3 times for the “thorn in his flesh” to be removed. God say “no, my grace is sufficient for you.” Paul suffered the rest of his life with that “thorn” and then said that his suffering brought him closer to the Lord. This is Bible doctrine, folks, this is what the Bible actually teaches. Read it and see how it matches up with Osteen’s spewings:

“For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 (KJV)

According to Joel Osteen’s reasoning, the apostle Paul was a faithless failure who only “dwelt on the negative” and didn’t receive God’s blessing because he didn’t “speak it and claim it”. Paul says “You want God’s power? Then glory in your weakness! Take PLEASURE in persecutions, in sickness, in distress.” That’s where God’s true power, riches and blessings are. Bible doctrine is the stark, polar opposite of Osteen’s theology.

Osteen’s sermon, “The Power Of I Am” at it’s best is Laodicean slop designed to appeal to self-centered, narcissistic “christians” looking to get more “stuff” from God. But at it’s worst, it’s heresy combined with blasphemy, written in the study of Satan himself. The Devil is the “I Will” guy, but the flip-side of that coin is stealing God’s Name and becoming the “I Am” guy. I cannot imagine how anyone can sit and listen to this trash on a Sunday morning and call it a “worship” service. It is nothing of the kind unless you are referring to self-worship, which actually seems to be the goal of Osteen’s urgings.

Enjoy all the money and the fame while you can, Joel, what’s coming next for you won’t be any fun at all.

NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.

  • I know Olsteen is a feel good preacher and very superficial, but do you really think his sermons come from Satan?

    • I make my case in the article, please read it. Thanks!

      • Valarie

        thank you JESUS for your Work Praise you JESUS for this Soul standing UP for some TRUTH SHINING LIGHT AND BEING SALT regarding this – End of the Age WOLF New Age Evil Man – JESUS BLESS YOU YOURS AND YOUR REGION Geoffery

      • Ruby R.

        I couldn’t resist! I listened to the whole message and couldn’t find anything wrong with it. Now that’s FAITH…

        Since when did God die and leave you in charge Geoffrey. God forbid!

        • Grace

          Joel Osteen preaches a no suffering at all and he has gotten rich off of his feel good itching ears preaching and is a selfish preaching at that. What can I get? God is not our personal santa clause, He chastises those He loves and it doesn’t feel good at the moment but if adhered to reaps righteousness. Osteen doesn’t want to be chastised, he is full of covetousness and he is the blind leading the blind. His teaching sounds good on the surface but we live in a fallen world and Christ is our only hope and where our treasure is there will be our heart also. God didn’t promise that we would get everything we claim on this earth or that while here everything would go perfectly, according to our wishes but He promised to never leave or forsake us and to help us through whatever it is we go through, we can be content with those promises. There is only one I Am, God.
          God lifts the humble but humbles those that lift themselves up. One day Osteen will give an account of how he used his gifts and his motives will be made clear as he stands before God, I certainly don’t envy him or want to follow in his footsteps, he preaches a unbalanced false gospel. We are to be content with what God has given us having faith that all we need is being provided through Christ. We should not be coveting things but in all things we should be content and that goes for any other teacher naming the name of Christ whose god is their belly and their flesh. They take the Lord’s name in vain.

          • Rick

            I don’t like Osteen and I agree his ‘preaching’ is more like a self-help seminar, as well as a ‘name it, claim it’ philosophy that is far from the truth of the Bible.

            However, I also know that much of Christianity is living way BELOW what they are CAPABLE of because of the prevalence of the ‘be content’ philosophy you espoused in your reply above.

            C.S. Lewis once said, “It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

            I realize Mr. Lewis was speaking of our relationship with God, but going the step further and realizing what God made us capable of being, accomplishing, achieving and even obtaining for use in His Kingdom here in this life, in the midst of a suffering world, is truly a great part of Enjoying the Journey of Life which God has privileged us to be a part of.

            So be careful to not limit God by limiting yourself or others to ‘be content’, considering God made you capable of greatness and being so is not a bad thing when you honor God through the process.

        • Karen

          There is nothing wrong with what he says in general. In this sermon, he is glorifying self and we know that we are nothing without Jesus. To hear a sermon like this from time to time isn’t bad, but this is his main focus. The problem is that he doesn’t preach Jesus, the Cross, sin or repentance. He’s preaching a total different Gospel. Recently, I saw a post from someone who was not a Christian on facebook. He said he likes listening to Joel because he is encouraging. What does that tell you? He is preaching what people want to hear. He has a huge responsibility as a Pastor to preach the message of the Cross. Joel’s messages don’t get anyone saved. He superficially asks people at the end of each sermon to make Jesus the Lord of their lives, but he doesn’t speak about Jesus at all. That is not his main focus and he said that in an article that I read. He is sincere and wants to encourage people, but if he really loved people like he says he does, he will tell them the truth, confront their sin and lead them to repentance. I pray he will do this before it’s too late.

      • Matt

        wow. i knew this guy was bad news but wOw. thanks for the work y’all do nteb. smh, wow…

      • Erin

        I’m not even a “Christian” but you are filled with a lot of judgment and hatred. Your closed and cannot grow if you refuse to learn. If “I AM” isn’t supposed to be used … Then why is it “I AM” a singer, actor , professional interior decorator? “I AM” a mother, wife and loving person? Wby is it that I declare these things and God who is within me makes them so?

        • Lisa

          Erin,

          Here is what the big deal is with twisting those simple words: “I AM” . . .

          13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

          14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

          If you knew scripture, you would instantly recognize I AM as God’s holy name, and Joel Osteen twists that holy title into ridiculous perceived self-worth. Absolute, sickening blasphemy.

        • Lisa

          One more thing to clarify: Non Christians do not have God dwelling WITHIN them, as you mistakenly think. This is the mark of those who are God’s – the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. You said you are “not even a Christian”. God created you, but does not dwell IN you until you accept Christ as your Savior.

          Galatians 2:20-21 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”

          Accepting Christ as your Savior instantly fills you with the Holy Spirit who marks you as God’s child forever, and gives you the ability to understand God’s Word and His will for us. It’s absolutely the most amazing relationship, worth more than anything this world has to offer!

          2 Cor 1:21-22 “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”

          Knowing what I have waiting for me, and knowing that there are apostate, false teachers out there leading people astray is what stirs up such sorrow and emotion as you are seeing here – not judgement and hatred. After all, we’re talking about eternity! Don’t set aside the grace of God. Faith in Christ is truly a miracle, and the greatest display of God’s power.

        • NO one is saying they hate Joel. I do not hate him. I just don’t think he is preaching what he should be. A true Christian would not hate him. This world needs to know that they need to repent of their sins and ask Jesus to be their Savior. Jesus is the only way to heaven. Joel preaches too much of the feel good stuff and not the important things. My prayer for you is that you would find Jesus before it’s too late. We choose our eternal destination and it’s either heaven or hell.

      • Carolyn

        First, you need to learn to spell. Afterwards, always proof read!
        Read your article–Nothing was wrong with Joel’s message! Just because he doesn’t preach his message screaming at his parishioners about hell fire doesn’t make him the things that you accuse.

        • Joel Osteen teachers a Luciferian New Age “word magic” that says whatever you SPEAK you will ATTRACT. Madame Blavatsky is where Joel got that from. Go Google her and you will see the real source of Osteen’s “power”.

        • If he doesn’t preach Jesus, the Cross, sin or repentance, God will hold him accountable some day.

      • It’s time someone talked about all these things. Thank you for your courage Geoffrey. How far back do we have to go to get reliable preaching? Yup, the Bible. We’ve known some precious teachers like Derek Prince, Corrie Ten Boom, David Wilkerson… I think Kathryn Khulman’s healing ministry spawned many look-a-likes. We must watch for fruits. If the Pastor is rich he should be paying the bills of his poor flock. Jesus hated money and told his disciples to have only one tunic…can’t remember about sandals. He was created by the Father of “no comeliness” that no man would desire Him. We have gone way off the rails. I worry about empty mansions in Heaven.

        • I have now watched him for a few minutes. God loves humility and hates pride. “I am” mantra is prideful–not scriptural. Job hated himself when faced with the glory and perfection of the Father. Now this was a son God loved. We’ve gone off the rails people! If we don’t need stuff in heaven, we don’t need to accumulate worldly things in end times. Just souls for Jesus. I pray the new Christians will not be lost to all this confusion and showmanship.
          BTW that opening joke is unbecoming of a Pastor. Jesus did not laugh.

    • Dianne

      Preach the WORD; be instant in season, out of season; Reprove, REBUKE, exhort with all long suffering and DOCTRINE.
      FOR THE TIME WILK COME WHEN THEY WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; BUT AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS SHALL HEAP TO THEMSELVES TEACHERS, HAVING ITCHING EARS;
      AND THEY SHALL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS from THE TRUTH, AND SHALL TURN TO FABLES.
      But WATCH thou in ALL THINGS, ENDURE AFFLICTIONS, DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELISB, make full PROOF OF YOUR MINISTRY.
      For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
      I have FOUGHT a GOOD FIGHT, I have FINISHED my course, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH:
      Henceforth there is LAID UP FOR ME A CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, which the LORD, the RIGHTEOUS JUDGE, shall give me at THAT DAY: and not to me ONLY, BUT UNTO ALL THEM ALSO WHO LOVE HIS APPEARING. 2 Timothy 4:2-8

      • Dianne

        Sorry for the typos . I meant WILL and EVANGELIST. LOL

      • Gert

        AMEN

    • Jim

      Pretty much the whole concept pushed by those in the word-faith movement is about people empowerment, and treating God like He is there to do our bidding. If there was ANY “I AM” that osteen should be preaching, it is “I AM NOTHING”. God is everything, we are nothing, we are sinful, we are dependent on His Grace, Mercy, and Forgiveness. All that we are, all that we can do, is given us by God. It is these false teachers who eliminate the God part, and promote the Self part… This “positive christianity” is not of God. If you examine the concept of “positive thinking”…. Where in that concept does it allow for true Godly faith to reside? It doesn’t. I am convinced, although i do not know the origin of “positive thinking”, that the concept only comes from those who are godless people. A person who does not truly have Jesus, does not have the faith and hope that we do who are in Jesus. So, they have to depend in themselves, and the “power of positive thinking” to get them through life. They have nothing to depend on except that… No foundation, no rock, no savior. They can only tell themselves that it will all be fine if they just look on the bright side of things. It is like when people use the term “good luck”. That is a power to self and self reliant concept. Christians do not (or should not, rather) believe in luck of any kind. You either have faith or you don’t. It is either God’s will or it isn’t

      • Ron

        Jim Said: “So, they have to depend in themselves, and the “power of positive thinking” to get them through life. They have nothing to depend on except that… No foundation, no rock, no savior. They can only tell themselves that it will all be fine if they just look on the bright side of things.”

        You forgot to mention….

        A Fat Wallet also!

    • Allen

      “Many professed christian still blind with his teachings. The Holy Spirit is revealing us who is truly Joel Osteen is & yet he has still many followers.”

      • mae buckel

        Just another False teacher making money off of God. God is watching!

        • Ron

          You are so right mae buckel! God is watching and I pray Joel wakes up and repents, but sadly I think he loves mammon

          more than he loves God.

        • I don’t have an issue with the amount of money he has. He has sold millions of books. The problem here is what he preaches or I should say what he doesn’t preach and that’s Jesus, the Cross, sin and repentance.

    • David Branch

      Unfortunately, the writer of this article picks and chooses scripture to justify his perspective; unwilling or unable to distinguish covenants. John, very clearly, in the new Covenant declares: : “…as He is, so are we in this world.”

      Unfortunately also, many believers need help believing. Therefore, it is a strong exercise of faith to declare that you are, all that Christ is, because your life is hidden in Him. You are crucified with Christ. Dead to self and alive, not only through Christ , but in Christ.

      Is Christ healthy, is he confident, is He secure, is He beautiful, talented or creative? Of course He is. As He is, so are we in this world!

      We are also instructed to acknowledge every good thing that is on the inside of us by Christ Jesus. All of these traits qualify. Honor God by honoring His Son, and all that has been made possible because of Him.

      Blessings

      • Roger

        exactly! I couldn’t agree more!

        • Ibeabuch Ibiam

          You are right, as He is so are we in this world!

      • guest

        LOL, do you think that what Joel is teaching here has anything whatsoever to do with being crucified with Christ and dead to self? This is all about elevating yourself. Sara’s pregnancy was a miracle, it was a gift from God, done in such a way that the people would see it and glorify God. Sara’s self-image had nothing to do with God’s ability to open her womb and produce a baby. The scriptures he quoted which were written to glorify God have been twisted to glorify man. When David said he was fearfully and wonderfully made, it was in a Psalm written to praise God, not himself. The verse is actually Psalm 139:4 “I will praise thee because I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knows right well”
        Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. – Proverbs 31:30

      • Not in ourselves David Branch. That is Osteen’s program. What you say and think is what you are according to him. It’s all emotional and mental. Nothing of the Spirit of God.

      • Lisa

        It is blasphemy to take God’s holy name “I Am” and make it about any of us. In order to see that clearly you would be enlightened by the Holy Spirit, just as you do in understanding the meaning of scripture.

        Actually, Jesus was not beautiful, as scripture says in Isaiah 53:2 “. . . he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.” For Osteen to address the perceived appearance issues of his followers is just ridiculous.

        This affirming exercise that Osteen goes through in this speech is disgusting and painful to watch when you realize what wretched sinners we are in God’s holy eyes, and that there is no good thing in us.

        The garbage Joel Osteen spews from his pulpit is damning to those who follow him. Compare what he says to what Paul says in scripture and you will see the enormity in difference. Joel Osteen is way off track and is at best just a motivational speaker; but using the Gospel makes him an apostate, false teacher leading many others off track.

        He won’t address sin, and twists the truth to appeal to the masses. The truth must be offensive to him as well if he can’t stand to preach it.

        Osteen’s luxurious living makes me think of James 5:5 “You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.” His made-up, feel-good god is not the God I worship.

      • Esdras

        25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

        The minute Osteen preaches these words that came from Jesus’ mouth – and who was not physically attractive, according to Scripture, is the minute his 45 thousand church becomes a mini church. I’ve read the comments about christians being judgemental, well… Paul instructed Timothy (and christians), to lookout for false teachings and rebuke them.
        When Osteen says he’s preaching the very words of God, he has to be careful, just as all preachers should be.

      • Unfortunately, Joel picks and chooses Scripture that he wants to talk about thus ignoring the Bible in its entirety and the most important message which is salvation.

    • Some nobody

      The question is does Osteen?

      • Ron

        Osteen never says Jesus Christ and almost always never quotes or uses scriptures in his lectures because they are not sermons.

        He had a Chance to lead Larry King to Christ and Larry was looking because of Osteen’s appearance to him and he waffled and could not give Larry any definitive answer to show him the way to Salvation.

    • Lucifer as far as Adam and Eve were concern was a good preacher and very superficial, all of which tempted them to see God, His righteous instruction in a materialistic even egotistic shadow of twilight, endangering the eternal soul, the most valued of mankind’s existence hence the Woman Seed, see, Christ Jesus’ Cross, AWAKE! Apb, The RAM, http://www.yourchurchcondemnsix.blogspot.com

      • Joshua Mahoney

        and how do you justify calling yourself an “Apostle” ??!!

    • Terri

      whe else. I listened to him on Larry King on what of the books he had written and Larry King asked him why he never talked about God or Jesus. His response was he writes what he knows about.

      He is head of a church and he does not know about God and Jesus to write about them. Not only that he believes he is an effective preacher based on the sermons he edited for his father…..

      Of course let us not forget his wife who says God just wants you to be happy.Do what you want and if you are happy then God is happy.

      If that was the case it would make God a very vengeful and hateful entity since he would have sent his son to die a horrific death for NOTHING.. I would not want to be i the shoes of the Osteens if they do not start speaking the truth before Christ’s second coming.

      • Ron

        What will he say when “The Rapture” happens?????

        Better yet what will his congregation do when they realize they are still here and he never talked about or

        brought the subject of “The Rapture” up????

        I am willing to bet to save face and further the lies even more he will state something like….

        God removed these “faithless unbelievers” because they were a hindrance to God bringing about Heaven on

        Earth and He had to remove these people who were causing a division amongst Christians. Or Aliens

        abducted these people and will say some lie to justify it. But he won’t tell The Truth concerning what

        really happened.

    • michael sutherland

      yes !

    • Zach

      No, when you are successful people hate u they want to drag you down. I guess you are only suppose to teach pity and negativity as to the masses. I guess he’s suppose to start teaching about slaves submitting to their masters just like the bible say as well. Preach Joel, not everybody hates successful people.

      • Joshua Mahoney

        “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3

        What you read here from 2nd Timothy is the Word of God. If you refuse to recognize it Zach, perhaps you will someday allow the Holy Spirit to speak the Truth to you. If you read the Bible every day and ask Jesus to reveal the Truth to you …then, you will begin to understand that Joel Osteen is one of the false teachers spoken of in God’s Word.

        What you view as “successful” is a shame.

    • Karen

      If it’s not from God, it’s from Satan and he loves to distract from the truth. The Bible says that in the last days people will have itching ears to hear only what they want to hear.

    • There are only two sources by which his messages come; since they are not “Christ” focused, but “self-focused”…. it is clear they are not from Holy God.

  • Reminder

    Osteen is not the first to preach this.

    He’s following in the footsteps of Luciferian Freemason Kenneth Copeland
    who preached this same exact thing a few years back.

    • Heather

      Just as Joyce Myers prances across her stage claiming ” We’re all little god’s”. So many are still deceived by those with these demonic babblings.

  • I did read the article. Did nor mean to offend. Was looking for a simple yes or no. Sorry.

    • To answer your question, “Yes”, I do think his sermons are from the Devil. I truly do…

    • Marc

      Sandy – do you know your bible? God’s commands are to love the Lord our God, our neighbours and our enemies and to obey his commands. Do you see anything of this in Osteen’s drivel (I mean writings)? No is the answer, so 100% he is of the devil.

      Matthew 12:30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters”

      • Robert

        Geoffrey, Marc.

        Serious, serious accusations here.

        I would be certain of your conclusions if you fear the Lord half as much as you say you do. Condemning a brother in Christ is a serious thing.

        Perhaps rather than condemning, you guys should spend more time uplifting people as Joel does.

        Afterall, even Jesus uplifted the prostitute, theives, tax collectors when they were at there lowest. He did not rail them and stone them for their sin.

        Fruit men, FRUIT.

        Joel uplifts, and points people to God…..his fruit stands, and grows, and grows.

        What have you done here? What are you doing OUT THERE?

        uplifting people? or railing them for their sin? healing, or mocking and walking away?

        Its simple are you like Jesus?….or a pharissee?

        I will pray for your hearts to soften.

        • I do not consider Joel Osteen a “brother in Christ”, to me he is an end times DECEIVER who is fleecing the flock. He does not preach from the Bible, does not preach Bible doctrine, and as in the case of his BLASPHEMOUS “I AM” series, he is trashing the Name of God for profit. If you “uplift” people with LIES, then you are doing the work of the Devil.

          • Suez

            A big AMEN!!!

          • Joshua Mahoney

            AMEN.

          • Jack N. Kalala

            I have seen only jealousy in you. You are the one misleading people not Joel. If you say that the use of I am is sinful then we are all sinning in our daily coversation when we say I am a businessman, I am a student. Your analysis has not made sense to me and you cannot be a true christian when you are so misleading. In any case there is no harm in saying I am since we are created in God’s image.

        • Suez

          Jesus also warned of false teachers over and over and over again!!! Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
          Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
          Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
          Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
          Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
          Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
          Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
          Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
          Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
          2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
          2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
          2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
          Eze_33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
          Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
          Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

        • Karen

          He does not preach Jesus, the cross, sin or repentance. That’s a serious problem. How to be successful, getting ahead in life, and God’s favor does not win souls to Christ. That is his main focus. He needs to uplift Jesus more. He superficially mentions the name of God here and there in his sermons. The Bible says we are to call out false prophets and many believe that’s exactly what Joel is.

  • Dianne

    Right on!!!

  • Tarrett Story

    I’m not surprised that Joel Olsteen said this. It’s sad. I’ve never liked him. It seems like all he does is give motivational speeches. I pray that those of us who have allowed this world to come in and cloud our hearts and minds to what is really important in life will “run” back to the Lord and seek forgiveness for bringing shame and reproach to His Name and to His much “undeserved” Salvation which He provided us.

  • Lee

    As far as the positive preaching, I will give him this…..I wondered what I could do to get through to my son. I wanted my son to be positive and I wanted him to hear what Joel said. HOWEVER, after much consideration, I realized that yes the positive talk is good for those who are struggling but they get caught up in the “REST OF IT” if they listen to the whole. It is one thing to stop the disbelief but another to not understand where the power comes from…It is not US, but it is the HOLY SPIRIT and Jesus Christ.

    This type of church was what I was trying to say about the FEEL GOOD CHURCH. They want you to STAY and come every Sunday and GIVE GIVE GIVE. They have to do the SEEKER sermon. And, God forbid, they say anything negative about Abortion or Homosexuality as many would leave. The Seeker Friendly church has a main goal…GET THEM IN. But, they forget what the MAIN objection is of God. God wants them to realize their sin and confess their sin and accept forgiveness and live a life in Christ.

    The Seeker Friendly church will NEVER talk about the SIN as that is a negative. Sorry folks, but our sins are negative and I would much rather have my sins OUT THERE and seek forgiveness from GOD ALMIGHTY and accept Jesus Christ as my LORD and with HIS help continue my life trying not to sin.

    I almost sent my son to the wrong church.

    • Robert

      Have you REALLY listened to Joel,….for a extended period of time? Its all about God, and what he does for his created children. He is a GOOD Father…I am sure you want your son to know you would do anything for him,that he is able, should be confident, is blessed, is amazing, is loved, can do anything, is talented…..Why is it so foreign to think that his Heavenly father wants to tell him and show him so much more???!!!!! He died for him on a cross to tell him this!!!!

      What you are forgetting is that when a person gets so immersed in the GOODNESS of God, they do not want to sin. If you must rely on a preacher to scare you into not sinning each week, you are sorely missing the point of the goodness of GOD.

      HE ACCEPTS SINNERS WHO REPENT and turn to Him. He gives life, when we deserve death. We must then realize who we are because of him, and then go change the world in joy.

      This is the positive message of God through Joel.

      • Ron

        Keep this in mind Robert…..

        “Discernment IS NOT A Matter of Simply Telling The Difference Between WHAT IS Right and Wrong; RATHER, IT IS the Difference Between Right and ALMOST Right” & “the Difference Between Truth and Error Is Not a Chasm, But a Razor’s Edge.” (Spurgeon/Murray)

      • Karen

        I have listened to Joel several times. His sermons lack the salvation message. He never preaches Jesus, the Cross, sin or repentance. Please tell me how someone can get to heaven without this? If Joel wants to preach a positive message, he needs to confront sinners and lead them to repentance otherwise, they are headed for hell. There’s nothing more positive and encouraging about spending an eternity in heaven and choosing eternal life. In fact, that is the most important thing in life.

    • Joshua Mahoney

      Hi Lee,
      A lot of Addicts in recovery love to listen to Osteen and quote him often from their Facebook pages each morning. They cling to his positive words because of their difficulty with shame and guilt from the past…they make the mistake of waiting for the positive word of the day from Osteen instead of getting it straight from God’s Word.

      These same people also have a past of addictive pattern behavior where they got something quick to make them “feel good” or “numb” to pain around them. That is an additional reason they hang onto Osteen’s get rich stuff because they want something to change NOW rather than learn patience through steady trust in the Lord.

      Joel speaks to those in need who are looking for a quick fix…like they used to with drugs & alcohol…sad

      But, Osteen will get what is coming to him: James 3:1 “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”

  • RobiMac

    With regard to Osteen’s book ‘Your Best Life Now,’I’m quoting someone else, of course:

    “If you’re a nonbeliever, this IS your best life now.” The only thing truer than that is the Gospel of Christ.

    Even Creflo Dollar had the nerve to say something really blasphemous. He thinks we are all little gods. Yeah! He says, ‘What do you get when you put two horses together? You get another horse. When you put two dogs together, what do you get? You get another dog. So, when you put God with God, you get little gods.’

    I just think all these ‘preachers’ are psychofants.

  • Suez

    The first time I laid eyes on this reprobate, I knew he was evil! His smile looked like Satan himself was smiling….Very cunning, and evil looking…:(

    • Ron

      Beware of anyone who constantly smiles and never stops. Even Jesus wasn’t smiling constantly down here.

      I think Osteen got a “Botox Injection” to keep his face frozen in that position.

      • Robert

        Suez, Ron…..what does the bible you read say about your rude comments about your fellow brother???

        • Suez

          It says to expose darkness. ..

          • Ron

            Sorry Suez I meant it for Robert

        • Ron

          First of all Suez “Osteen Is Not My Brother” he does not know Christ you shall know them by their fruits.
          Matthew 7:15-17 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
          1 John 4:1-4 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
          I guarantee he could not confess by saying “I confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh”
          You are either for Christ which means you have His Spirit or you are antichrist meaning you are against Christ there is no middle of the road when it comes to Jesus.
          And saying yes to this if someone asked you is not a confession, it must be stated but God Said no one can confess this if they don’t know His Son.

          • Suez

            ???????????????? Why are you blasting me? I did nothing to you.

          • Ron

            Suez I am so very sorry, I have severe Dyslexia at times I meant to write Robert but seeing your name while writing it caused me to transpose it where it wasn’t supposed to be I hope you understand and will forgive My Brother in Christ. God Bless You.

          • Suez

            All is well! 🙂

        • Ron

          Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, WHEN ALL MEN SHALL SPEAK WELL OF YOU! For So Did Their Fathers To The False Prophets. Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

          And even more than that is when People Come To Defend A Person Instead of God Or His Word.

      • Suez

        Reminds me of the Joker in Batman. Painted on smile. 🙁

  • smh

    Everything he says has been lifted out of context, twisted, and repacked until any original meaning has long since disappeared.

    kinda like that rapture theory…….wow,lol!!!!

    • Ron

      The Rapture isn’t a Theory it is SOUND DOCTRINE, “If You Studied Your Bible You Would Know That!

      1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be CAUGHT UP TOGETHER WITH THEM IN THE CLOUDS, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

      Look up the word caught in Strongs Exhaustive concordance and see what the Greek meaning is for that word
      726. Harpazo it means to seize, catch (away, up), pluck, pull, take (BY FORCE!)

      Rapture isn’t by the actual word, Just like the Trinity isn’t mentioned, but by doctrine We know God exists in 3 Distinct Persons and The Rapture is there too.

  • I posted a youtube link and I don’t know what went wrong with it so I’ll try again. If it doesn’t work this time I’ll figure maybe it isn’t acceptable? It is describing satanic leaders in various cities, including Joel Osteen. Here it is again:http://youtu.be/QFt7ccFFN3c

  • AndrewA

    Amazing how someone can pervert the name of God into a self worship act.

    You are right in your “yes” that is straight out of the devil’s play book.

    To take the name of God and claim it for yourself is to Literally try and take the place of God. Their is nothing more blasphemous.

    • Ron

      Amen Brother Andrew Amen!

  • Wendy

    This makes my blood boil.
    I do not take kindly to false teachers.

  • Sphynx

    it’s just positive affirmations. i don’t see any problem there… what’s wrong w/ u people? is it not good to have positive mind instead???

    • 1 John 4:1

      When JO states his motivational speeches are part of the Lord’s ministry, JO demonstrates that he is an imposter.

      The Holy Spirit teaches believers about the Attributes of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

      The Holy Spirit teaches believers the Spirit of Truth.

      KJV Blue Letter Bible

      1Co 2:2

      For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

      1 Co 2:3

      And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

      1 CO 2:4

      And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

      1 CO 2:5

      That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

      1 CO 2:6

      Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

      1 CO 2:7

      But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hiddenwisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

      1 CO 2:8

      Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

      1 CO 2:9

      But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath 9prepared for them that love him.

      1 CO 2:10

      But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

      1 CO 2:11

      For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

      1Co 2:12

      Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God

      I praise the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit for the Spirit of Truth!

      • Ron

        God said nothing about a positive mind, but He Did Say for us to have The Mind of Christ.

    • bremertonchristian

      Positive like your name sphynx?

      • Ron

        Yeah names say a lot about what people think of and believe.

        Sphynx makes one go “Hmmmmmmm?????”

    • Richard

      Nothing is wrong with having a positive attitude as opposed to a negative attitude. No one wants to be around a negative person. However it is a problem when preaching a positive thinking message becomes a substitute for the pure gospel of forgiveness life and salvation in Christ. When we pass off positive thinking as the gospel it directs people away from Christ and His cross,the only means of salvation. In that case it then it is a very destructive message. I can positive think my way into hell without saving faith in Christ alone.

      • Robert

        Substitute? The whole point of Joels ministry is that it is only possible in Christ. Those here claiming Joel is the devil and full of darkness, clearly have never attended his church or listened. Its all about Christ! Alter calls every service to accept Jesus!! What more do you want??? ……many of you here would have cheered to crucify Christ back in the day with His positive message! God help you….

      • Suez

        I think you need both to have the POWER!!! LOL. Positive about our God, negative about all things false!!!

  • I did listen to the video all the way through, and concluded that If you went to listen psychologists and psychoanalysts, they would tell you exactly the same things. A person doesn’t even need to be saved to teach that stuff to other people.

  • Tusitala

    “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Matthew 6:7 There are millions bring deceived by ravening wolves, “There shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies…”
    2 Peter 2:1 Dear Lord Jesus, please keep us grounded in Your inerrant Word. Thank You for preserving the Bible through centuries of persecution by those who would have kept it from being available to all of us. And thank You for all the born-again believers who prayed for my salvation when I was still mired in the Roman heresy.

  • Comforter

    I certainly personally believe that Joel Olsteen is a new age preacher and is more motivational that doctrinally sound

    However the “I am” comments are not necessarily drawing attention from the Great I AM to ourselves or himself. To Say “I AM” in the nature and image of God is not wrong. To say “I am” born from above and not below is not wrong

    Heres hoping that the context he used to for us to be overcomers and not negate the “GREAT I AM”

  • Olufunmi Osato-Osawaye

    For God’s sake there’s nothing with the sermon. He is just preaching on the power of positive confessions. Calling people names and all manner of abuse is nothing but something out of the pit of hell.Calling Mr Copeland ‘Luciferian’ We will all give account to God for every word spoken by us.Afterall the bible says we are all gods but because of sin, we are dying like men. Jesus paid for it and made us children of God. Now l look like him and should also talk like the king’s kid that lam. Please let’s watch our language and watch what we post please. Mind yourself and make sure what you post is from a pure heart with no motive or jelousy. Thank you

    • bremertonchristian

      “We are all gods”? Please elaborate.

      • carson

        genesis 3:5..you shall be like God knowing good and evil.
        knowing good and evil only, which doesn’t make anyone like God except that we all know good and evil.

        Those born again in Christ, are ‘gods’? No, Christ lives within them, it’s still Christ, not them or ‘of’ themselves, His righteousness His goodness=Him, not themselves.
        Romans 7:18, in and of myself/my flesh nature dwells no good thing. In ourselves, our adamic corrupted nature is nothing good, of ourselves we are not good, the goodness we have is not of ourselves but of Christ by grace through faith, a gift. Philippians 3:9, not our own righteousness..
        and many more.
        A fav verse lately is 1st corinthians 15:52-54, there we see that we are corruptible, but shall be changed, and put on incorruptible, and he’s talking to believers so even born again in Christ that old man nature of the flesh still wishes to climb down off it’s cross and have us walk in the flesh and not the Spirit (the flesh wars with the Spirit galation 5:17)..so ask the newagers who claim their somehow christians if themselves as ‘god’ why do they have this corruptible nature, ask them if somehow they weren’t born on down the line from adam, where we all got our human nature now corrupted from as shown in romans 5:12 and 1st corinthians 15:22 and others.
        All that is why a person must be born again in Christ, to be born only of adam as we all are is not it, but a person must be born again.
        In Christ we can walk in the Spirit and not the flesh, awesome! But only in Christ.

        newagers use ps 82 john 10 sometimes to claim that their gods, they convince themselves that they have no need of Christ and seek to kick Him to the curb then.

        • Ron

          Like you said they kick Him to the curb. Well that is where the whole planet is just about at right now. They want to boot Christ completely from the planet and throw off His Cords and truly kick Him to the Curb. Well God will give them their wish when He Raptures us and God is no longer restraining the forces of darkness it will be a very frightening time to live on Earth.

    • Dotty

      Please provide us with the scripture where it says we are all gods.

      • Psalm

        John 10:34-36 (KJV)

        34 – Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? (Psalm 82:6)

        35 – If he called them gods, UNTO WHOM THE WORD OF GOD CAME, and the scripture cannot be broken;

        36 – Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

        Yahusha made it crystal clear, he was NOT saying that he is YHVH; he is simply acknowledging the fact as declared by YHVH in Psalms 82:6 that we all are gods and sons of YHVH. He was accepting that truth (that he is the son of YHVH) and declaring his birthright.

        • AndrewA

          John chapter 10 verse 37

          37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

          does Osteen do the works of the Father?

          As for Jesus and if Jesus is God take a look at this.

          John chapter 1 verse 1-18

          1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

          2 The same was in the beginning with God.

          3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

          4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

          5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

          6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

          7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

          8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

          9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

          10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

          11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

          12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

          13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

          14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

          15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

          16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

          17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

          18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

          Verse 1 says The Word is God verse 17 says the Word is Jesus.

        • rick

          If you read the whole Psalm God is talking about rulers and Judges. They are called God’s because they are representatives of God. They are not divine. Only God is divine. Even us being born again will not be divine.

      • Psalm

        John 10:34-36

        34 – Yahusha answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? (Psalm 82:6)

        35 – If He called them gods, UNTO WHOM THE WORD OF GOD CAME, and the scripture cannot be broken;

        36 – Say ye of Him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

        Yahusha made it crystal clear, he was NOT saying that he is YHVH; he is simply acknowledging the fact as declared by YHVH in Psalms 82:6 that we all are gods and sons of YHVH. He was accepting that truth (that he is the son of YHVH) and declaring his birthright.

        I’m sorry if this double-posts.

  • I could never presume to refer to myself with one of the names of the Most High God, let alone teach others to do the same. I have fear and reverence for the great I Am. I worship Him. Never to call myself by His name. I fear for Joel’s soul and I am thankful for the wisdom to refuse his teachings. I will not allow myself to be corrupted by listening to him. He is an ear tickler.

  • Jackie

    I too, fell victim to Osteen’s teachings. I enjoyed listening to his sermons, but as time went on, I realized he rarely quoted the Bible and he didn’t talk about any pain or suffering. In his world, everything was coming up roses and involved “blessings”…which he equated to money. Thankfully, I didn’t listen to him for long and am just happy that reading the Bible brought this to my attention. Soli Deo Gloria!

    • Lenny

      That happened to me too got descended didn’t listen to long cause he barely said anything bout the bible specially of nd times nd preAching of he lord

  • Yehoshua

    Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
    2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
    4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
    5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

    Every man/woman has become as gods, it takes all your strenght, mind and heart to overcome ones evil inclination and bow before the creator of heavens and earth, the one and only God, YHVH.

    The bible speaks of redemption, because we need to be saved from our own godsyndrome and own created kingdom. The truth, the way and the light are set before us through His covenants. The mediator on this earth is God Himself in the form of a human, Torah, G’ds Word incarnate..

  • Matthew

    . . . and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

    I Timothy 6:5

  • Larry / vietnamvet1971

    People will listen to any ones message that is all feel good because they want to feel good about themselves without the penalty of realizing how Dirty, Rotten our rags of self-righteousness really is. There is nothing good in thise flesh and ONLY Jesus can clothe / cover us with His Righteousness to be able to Approach God the Father and have Jesus Interceding for us.

    • froggie

      AMEN AND AMEN !!

  • Rumplestiltskin

    Maybe you people out there in La La Land don’t fully get that this is the 21st Century.

    You don’t need to believe in that old biblical BS. I am just stunned that there are still morons out there who buy into that whole God concept, and then try and manipulate others with terms like Heresy and Blasphemy. Those terms have always been used to try and control others by making it seem that their biblical beliefs are sacrosanct and cannot be questioned.

    Also in this day and age, we should be questioning EVERYTHING. That is how we learn and understand how we are being manipulated, even by well meaning idiots who are not only ignorant but stupid as well. Why stupid? Because when presented with materials that refute the whole biblical account of our beginning, they refuse to see the light.

    How about we start with one of their most sacred, Yahweh. This entity was no more than what in today’s lexicon would be considered a PSYCHOPATH ! This murdering psychopath had the Israelites wandering in the desert for forty years killing and destroying every village and its peoples if they did not get down on their collective knees and worship the ground that sick SOB was carried over.

    And, to question edicts that sick SOB is called Blasphemy? It is time for you people to put away your childhood beliefs and toys and step into an informed society so you can become a productive member of an enlightened society !!!

    • Heather

      Government Troll!

    • bremertonchristian

      Rumpleforeskin: sir, there is ample evidence for creation and intelligent design. If you choose to only look at one side of the argument your limiting your own “question everything” mantra. Do not presume to question the God of the universe and how He deals with His own creation. The time for glorifying yourself is almost over. When you see a one world government, a one world religion, and a global leader, who demand a mark in your right hand or forehead, without you will not be able to buy or sell, you will have a choice. Don’t take a mark or implant in your right hand or forehead. Keep testing everything.

    • AndrewA

      Romans ch 1 vers 16-23
      16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

      17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

      18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

      19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

      20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

      21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

      22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

      23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

    • Tusitala

      “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” Ephesians 6:10-17
      Jesus is my Lord and Saviour, my King, my everything. He is the author of life, the defeater of death, and the bravest Man who ever lived as well as being the Eternal God. I will not deny Him, or stand quietly while you blaspheme His holy Name.
      Take heed, for “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31

    • Ron

      Rumplestiltskin who made you so endued with wisdom (Not!) Watch and see how this Russian and Iranian attacks on ISIS in Syria unfolds into Ezekial 38 / 39 then we will see how much of a fairy tale you think it is, not to mention just before that event millions will disappear worldwide in The Rapture and you yourself can keep living in Fantasy land. This group will attack Israel, but Israel will be prevented from fighting and God will do all its fighting for them the whole world will see this because they will think Israel is done for finally and they will watch an unseen force wipe out all of them but 1/6th as witnesses to what happened. But you can believe what ever you want at that time but your belief Will Not Erase The Truth!

    • Ron

      Enlightened Society????? ha, ha, ha, ha! A society that is blind and headed for eternal darkness!

    • Ron

      Just wait till your world leader does the very things you decry and you jump for joy over their heads coming off and those people who have it done to them will be innocent in God’s Eyes.

      These murders will be only to appease the new world leader and your consciences!

  • Marian

    Osteen has gotten rich preaching drivel to fools who won’t tolerate sound doctrine, but instead flock to those who mouth what their itching ears want to hear. Lack of discernment is rampant in the church.

  • Prophet of Tarshish

    When lovers of self see their messiah in the desert they beckon to him to tickle their ears. Look there! Across the plains of Sodom! The messiah! But the desert plain is a mirage and the image of salvation is false. Do not go into the desert. Do not entertain demons of the mind’s eye. For the Day approaches and is at the gate. Judgement is here. Soon, this nation will experience a catastrophe like none has ever seen since its birth. Columns of fire and darkness. A whole city decimated at once. Shaking to and fro like a drunkard with no balance. It is coming. Do not cry out to the desert for help for the time of trouble is at hand. Love YHWH Elohim will all your heart, mind, and soul and be spared. So be it.

  • John

    Because I AM made in the image of God, now I AM all God has declared me to be

    Look, I’m not a Joel Osteen fan or follower yet this entire article is a play on words using false humility as a mask

    What a waste of time it was for the author to write this Internet blog, yet I understand how this type of content will prey on the religious, false humble and or, new believer with little grounding in the Word of Truth

    Remember what happened when Jesus said I AM + I AM THE SON OF GOD etc to the religious groups. They immediately tried or plotted to kill Jesus. Yet, interestingly Jesus told True followers… YOU ARE BORN OF GOD + YOU ARE MADE IN THE EXACT IMAGE OF GOD + I GIVE YOU POWER TO BE CHILDREN OF GOD + THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL TRANSFORM YOU TO BECOME MORE LIKE GOD + BE AS GOD IS etc, etc, etc

    Again, I’m NOT a fan or follower of Joel Osteen, yet felt compelled to write this also to ask this question… If your message is as faithful as you seem to believe then why are you hidden behind internet blogs whilst God is using others to reach many, many, many more people???

    With love in Christ

    John Rayner
    www dot kingdominfluence dot org

    • Marian

      You obviously haven’t read this blog long enough to know that Grider is a street preacher and many posters have spent their lives studying the Bible and teaching its truth. Hiding behind a blog- NOT!

    • No one is a child of God until they are BORN AGAIN. Once born people are the child of fallen Adam as Genesis 5:3 says: “And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:” (KJV).

      When you become BORN AGAIN according to John 3:3, then and only then are you a child of God.

      • Ron

        And as Geoffrey Grider says (or should I say as God Says) without such No One Will See The Kingdom of God. For in the Old Adam ( of his lineage ) ALL Die both physically and spiritually. But in The Last Adam ( Christ Who Is God and The Perfect Man ) None Will Die Spiritually and there will be a time where Many will never experience Physical Death ( The Rapture!). Ezekial 38 looms on the horizon and Christ’s Church must be gone before this event happens.

    • Ron

      What better way to reach people John than showing them they are being deceived via the internet? It takes discernment to know these things Osteen states are false.
      Discernment is a Gift from God.
      And it is something all Christians should ask for and pray for.

      Keep this in Mind John…..

      “Discernment IS NOT A Matter of Simply Telling The Difference Between WHAT IS Right and Wrong; RATHER, IT IS the Difference Between Right and ALMOST Right” & “the Difference Between Truth and Error Is Not a Chasm, But a Razor’s Edge.” (Spurgeon/Murray)

      2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

      Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when ALL Men Shall Speak Well of You! FOR SO DID their fathers to the false prophets.

      Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

  • Cathy

    Satan is at work in the endtimes and he knows exactly how to do it and we’ll see plenty more!

  • Sueawatcher

    I’m afraid many Christians are being deceived by these kinds of ministries. Dont be duped into listening to these teachings. That is why the gate to eternity that we will pass thru is small because many are, and will be deceived.

    • want my old church back

      mega churches are more social santuaries, big buck entertainment think rock concert lights copious volume digital flickering screens etc. they are a business not non profit. like the purpose driven life guy and his monster church. these philosophy temples ( mega churches) are the devils razel dazel. just fluff to keep you coming back and pitching in the offering plate; sure bring friends….rich ones?. these false teacher preachers seem to be almost exclusively the ones speaking through a frozen smile of perfect teeth olsteen is one creflow c dollar of course, you know the kind. thier schtik is it all comes down to you bring god in if it helps but live the life reap the price. this reaks of the old catholic lie that you earn your way to heaven by being good enough and making rich investments with big offerings. Jesus reproved his own deciples for calling him good saying only God is good.”for by grace are ye saved through faith, it is the gift of GOD not of works not of yourself lest any man should boast. i suggest downloading a king james bible audio app and letting this get into your ears and ear phones.

  • Mike

    U no these big churches r dog and pony shows. Look at me. Circus sideshows. SAd but true.nbuy u no God will give them their just reward. These mega church’s r just way over the line. They too will fall along w there millilions of dollars received fm parishioners.

  • Walter Mintz

    Sorry Geoff, I just couldn’t listen to it for very long. WHen his dad had the ministry Joel was in charge of marketing. It appears he still is.

    • kt

      Well said!

    • It’s ALL marketing there, ZERO Bible….

    • Susan Johnson

      Joel also performed the audio/visual duties for his father. He has
      no Theological training, insight or experience.

      Why would anyone be surprised and offended by a false preacher who
      has been endorsed and highly promoted by none other than the queen
      of New Age Metaphysical nonsense, OPRAH WINFREY?

      Please pray for Joel and Oprah. Their eternal salvation is at stake.
      They must turn away, not only in body, but in mind and heart, ask for
      forgiveness and REPENT NOW. The time is near, and we do not want to see anyone end up in the Lake of Fire.

    • Char

      Yes, Walter, you took the words right out of my mouth. I often wonder how Joel’s mom can sit and listen to her son lead everybody down the wrong path when her husband was a hell fire and brimstone preacher in his day. He must be doing double back flips in heaven right now (every time his son opens his I AM mouth).

  • Chris

    How is it that a Christian website such as this can promote the smut ads at the bottom of the page! If your going to be pointing your finger at people you should first pull the plank out of your own eye!

  • chris

    How is it that a Christian website such as this can support the smut ads at the bottom of the page?

    • Marian

      I don’t see any smut on this site… but I do know that webmasters don’t have total control over ads that appear. Perhaps you’re not aware of the monitoring that goes on so that if you do an internet search related ads will appear on sites you access.

      • Wendy

        …..which would mean that the computer that shows the smut at the bottom has already been known to look at similar things.

        Hmmmm.

        • Yes, the ads on this site are based on YOUR viewing habits. If you visit Home Depot and then come back here you will see ads for home improvement centers. We do our very best to block any offensive ads we see – BUT – if you go someplace “funky” it can trigger “funky”ads because it knows what you like….

  • Mg

    Chances are if you are on television as a minister, you compromised to get there. 99% of all TV ministers are false brethren. Deceptively they mix just enough truth to get you to stick around and buy up some of their poison doctrines, such as the one here with osteen. Pitiful! I do not watch or listen to ministers on television. I recommend you listen to the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls (1 Pet 2:25).

  • Truth Be Told

    What Joel is preaching is Satanic Doctrine. The Lord Yahushua has to do a miracle in each and everyone of us. He has to rid us of the monster that is within us called SELF. Self Interest, Self Pity, Self Seeking, Self Knowledge, Self Righteousness, Self Promotion, Self Pride. Every one of them has to be crucified. Today we live in a world of SELFIE and this is what Joel Osteen is propagating with I, I, I, I, I and then blasphemes God by using his name “I am” to symbolize SELF. The bible instructs to view others better than yourself. Phillipians 2:3-4 States “ Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” Do you know when God will use you? When you toss your petty plans to the sky. When you dare to be ridiculed and to be criticized by others. God will start moving on your life when you are totally severed from this world. From all of its pomp and its pride. The Lord will ask you to pay a price that no body else will pay. Have you crucified the world yet in your life or does the world fascinate you? If you go to a church that teaches you to seek after blessings, money, promotions and your best life now, get out of that Church.

    My the Lord Bless You

  • Elaine

    Thank you!

    Joel Osteen Says Jesus Christ is Not the Only Way -Live on Larry King
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwL1DThtxYg

    http://www.lakewood.cc/

    He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word, and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. (Matt. 13:22)

    Dear Deceived Lakewood Churchgoers & Television Viewers:

    I write this letter of rebuke and warning, not because Jesus appeared to me in a vision, not because the Holy Ghost came to me in a second anointed filling, not because God the Father teleported me to the Third Heaven for a personal meeting, but because the Word of God, the very Bible which you hold up and confess, commands me to do so.

    It is true your church has leased the Compaq Center in Houston for $12 million dollars. It is also true you desire to renovate and improve the Center for an estimated additional $70 million $90

    Artist’s rendering of Lakewood Compaq Center after $70 $90 million renovation.
    Lakewood is determined to give St. Peter’s Basilica a run for its money.

    And it is true your church encourages Christians to ‘Sponsor-A-Seat’ in the nearly 18,000 seat Center at a cost of $2,500 per to pay for the rebuilding effort.

    Joel & Victoria Osteen standing beside $2,500 theater seat.
    Theater seats are necessary to watch theatrical Christian church services.

    http://www.iconbusters.com/iconbusters/htm/heretics/heretics.html

    Evidently they missed this one too.
    Matthew 16:24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me (KJV)

  • Resta

    I am confused. So many people write books with positive affirmations that include the ‘I Am’s.’ I am righteous..etc. I love GOD with all my heart. I study. I pray. how are affirmations wrong? what other way can they be recited without using those two words? please help m e understand.

    • One reason is because “positive affirmations” are a tool of the NEW AGE movement. Another reason is because the Bible warns against repetitive praying. “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” Matthew 6:7 (KJV)

      • Susan Johnson

        We call it New Age Metaphysical Nonsense.

        The reigning multi-millionaire queen is OPRAH WINFREY.

  • What is wrong with you people? If everything is satanic, what is the point of living? We might as well just drink the kook-aid and die. Sure Joel Olsteen is a feel good preacher, but one of Satans minions? I don’t think so. If we are all such evil, sinful people why did God create us? He created us in his image, he loves us, we are our children. There is supposed to be joy in worshipping and fellow shipping with our God. He instructs us to call Him Abba Father. You folks make it so dreadful and long suffering. It is discouraging. If you need a mission, band together and figure out how we can rescue our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted in other countries, rescue folks living on the streets, take care of an abused woman, foster a child who is desperate for love, rescue a dog for god’s sake, but stop hiding in your homes lamenting all the evil and arguing with each other over the soundness of your doctrine. If I were not already a Christian, listening to you folks would run me off. Gregory, you are just as negative. I have a pillow that says I AM. It is a positive reaffirmation, not me trying to assume the role of God. The bible instructs us to call things as though they were. As for Joyce Meyer, we are supposed to behave in the image of God. She is not presuming she is God. Check out her mission work all over the world and the amount Joyce Meyer Ministries tithes in their mission. She doesn’t even charge for her events and if you can’t afford it, the ministry will make sure you have a bible and all the literature you need for free. Lighten up folks! Our God did not intend for us to be a mournful people hiding out and seclude get ourselves until the rapture.

    • Heather

      Joyce Myers teaches little gods

      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7YvYVeNLHBU

    • 1 John 4:1

      Sandy, did you listen to the beginning of the video? After a crass joke that esteems Olsteen’s mission, Olsteen leads the crowd to recite after him. Olsteen does not lead them in prayer. Olsteen does not lead the crowd to Lord for provisions. Olsteen deceives. The crowd hears the words of Olsteen only. Olsteen puts himself and the crowd higher than the Lord.

      I believe Olsteen is teaching a satanic doctine.

  • Diane

    Seriously folks, our free speech is being stolen from us. Already we aren’t “allowed” to use many words because they aren’t ‘politically correct.’ We’re not even supposed to say “husband and wife” or “girl and boy” anymore, because it might offend the LGBT. If you check the book of Genesis, God used the words “husband and wife.”

    In this article we’re being told that we can’t say “I am” because we are using God’s name in vain. That means of course that you can no longer say things like: “I am a teacher, I am a mother, I am a doctor, I am a lawyer, and so on?” Does that mean than when you repent you can’t say “Forgive me, Lord, I am a thief, I am a liar, I am so sorry for my sins?” Does that mean you can’t say “I am a new creature in Christ, the old things passed away, behold all things have become new; I am a believer; I am a Christian; I am a preacher; I am a child of God; I am an overcomer; I am more than a conqueror?”

    Who is the thief here? Who is trying to take all our freedoms away? Who is trying to put us into bondage? Certainly not God! Do you suppose God is angry and going to destroy us because we say “I am a child of God?”

    As far as Joel Osteen is concerned, if he’s not be preaching the way you like, don’t listen to him. Find a preacher who tickles your ears. Joel is not your problem. If you don’t like what he says and does, turn off the television and pray for him.

    I’m pretty sure Joel isn’t the antichrist or the devil. We’re supposed to hate sin but love people, even rich people. We’re to examine the fruit of a person’s life. Have you examined the fruit of Joel’s life? Being wealthy isn’t a sin. It’s communism that says everybody should have the same amount no matter whether they work or not. It’s not money, but the love of money that gets a person into sin. Plenty of poor people love money. And, saying something in a positive way to encourage someone isn’t a sin either. Do you prefer preachers who tell you how rotten and worthless you are?

    Let God deal with Joel and you deal with your own heart. Seems to me there is a lot of hate being expressed here and maybe jealousy as well. Both of those are major sins.

    • Heather

      This article was not written to inform us that we should not use the words “I am” in our sentences and you know it. Geoffrey has presented this article of truth to help people take their blinders off and perhaps take heed to what the word of God has to say about these Word of Faith and Charasmatic, so called preachers teaching another gospel!

      Galatians 1:6-10
      6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel :
      7. Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ
      8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach another gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
      9 As we said before, so I now say again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
      10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? FOR IF I YET PLEASED MEN, I SHOULD NOT BE THE SERVANT OF CHRIST.

    • Ron

      Instead of saying these things in the context of “I AM”
      it should be
      “Only thru The Power Of Jesus Christ and His Grace can I hope to Possibly obtain these Goals or Things”

      Matthew 6:24-33 No man can serve two masters:

      for either he will hate the one, and love the other;

      or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.

      Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

      Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

      The Lord makes it clear that seeking His Kingdom that your NEEDS will only be met by Him.

      He Will Not Make you rich, what He will do is return to you what you give based on your own generosity of what you have yourself.
      If You show yourself stingy He will still take care of you but don’t expect a bounty from Him He isn’t an ATM even if He Owns cattle on a 1,000 Hills.

  • Jim

    To keep it simple. Jesus said ” What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and lose his own soul”. These are secular sermons using God as a “prop”. This shameful tactic is nothing new and comes from Satan and his demons.

  • George

    I am really surprised at the name calling and lack of love shown to Joel. He needs prayer not so much condemnation. Remember, Paul was very lost and was redeemed I am pretty sure the followers of Jesus were praying for him at that time.
    Love you:

    • Joel is preaching lies, and people need to be warned. The Power Of I Am sermon is from the pit of Hell itself as far as Bible preaching goes. If you are saying it’s just “motivational speaking” like Norman Vincent Peale, then fine. But leave God and the Bible out of it!

  • kt

    Two witnesses coming soon. Judgment must and will begin in the house of God. 1Peter 4:17, 2Peter 2:1-3, Rev. 11.

    • Ron

      AMEN kt AMEN!!!
      I wish we could know who and what kind of plagues and problems would be executed by the 2 witnesses.

      No matter those who know Jesus Christ will be at The Wedding during this time, however,

      we do know they must be bad if when they are killed the whole world turns it into a “Jump For Joy Gift Giving Party Time!”

      And after the 3 1/2 Days it then becomes “We All Need Nitro Pills Doc My Heart Dropped Out!!” God knocks the wind right out of their Party Time!

  • Ricky

    Joel Osteen always pleases the crowd, he is like a clown entertaining his members, and speaks words that his sheep like to hear. His messages are all self-centered. Many years ago when i first heard his preaching, i was attracted by his message, and was glad that everything is so beautiful. After some time, i started to notice his teaching is NOT what the bible teaches. So i stopped hearing his sermons, not only they are trash, it misled many people.

  • Marian

    Satan comes as a light-bearer, so you decide: if it’s all sweetness and light, shouldn’t you look a little closer? And if the masses are following someone, do you think that person is leading the world to Christ? If all of these crowd-pleasers were really of God, wouldn’t we see the world changing for the better? After all, their followers number in the tens of thousands each. And do they face persecution and prison? Nope. They get invited on Oprah.
    Osteen and his ilk sweet talk gullible people our of their money so they can live the high life.

    • Ron

      Luke 6:26 Woe Unto You, WHEN ALL Men Shall Speak Well Of

      You! For So Did Their Fathers TO THE FALSE PROPHETS.

      All one has to do is see which Pastors are spoken badly of and in large numbers, and those who seem to be liked by everyone and apply this Scripture to THEM. God Does Not Lie!

  • mike watchinski

    Wherever the crowd goes, the bible believer is wise to go the opposite direction. Jesus rebuked the multitude because they did not follow him because of his working power, but because their bellies were made full. (John 6)

    Later in the same chapter, many of his “disciples” left because of his “hard sayings”. The “gimmee gospel” of the name it claim it crowd is not of God. Even Jimmy Swaggert speaks against it.

    There is no “almost right” in the Word of God. Paul set the standard when he said: “rightly dividing the word of truth

    If (worldly) gain was godliness (1 Timothy 6:5), then Jesus’ ministry was a flop, Paul missed the memo, and the disciples should have listened to Judas instead of Jesus.

    p.s. I see that Rick Warren now has a movie being released. This should be interesting.

    Looking…

    • GWA

      @Mike…..AMEN MY BROTHER!

      Where is the teaching about Jesus Christ? The Blood? The Cross? Sorrowful repentance? Hell? The wages of sin? (gasp) END TIME PROPHECY……can’t preach THAT because that does not put butts in the seats right?
      OH and let’s never say the world HATED Jesus and if you follow Him then you will also be hated. (double gasp!)

      It’s about me, me, me, me, me…..
      It’s about hearing a bunch of psycho babble and “feeling good” about yourself. About your “best life now” (really, if that’s the case I am in trouble!) and…..lest we forget the coffee and doughnuts social hour.

      Oh ya, if you need further “enlightenment” you can spend just 19.99 and the current book offering will tell you all you NEED to know…..according to the gospel of JO! Perfection in 4 easy steps!

      Does anyone else see a problem with this?
      Paul warned in the end times men would not want to hear “sound doctrine” but be seduced by a doctrine of devils.
      Yup, I think it’s HERE!
      If that’s what you choose then go for it…..as for me and MY HOUSE we will serve The Lord!

      P.S. The Bible is VERY CLEAR that women are NOT to have a pulpit and preach…..in other words: NO WOMEN PREACHERS! Got that Joyce Meyers?

      MARANATHA

      • Tracy

        @GWA, Amen!

      • Amen mike watchinski and GWA !

      • Ron

        Amen Mike au, GWA, mike watchinski, and Tracy!

  • The whole concept of “fundie” evangelical Christians voting for the rEPuBLiTARD-republicans in the USA is more than enough proof of ignorance for me. Oh, and the low income low IQ especially in the red states [mostly red necks and racists] yeah them too. The USA is in decline since 1980 reaganomics trickle down took effect. Between the Non Wall-Street regulation and Bush’s wars we are screwed. They won’t let Obama fix it. Take monies from government social safety net programs to offset taxation of the wealthiest? No taxes for the large corporations oil companies and mega wealthy means government bankruptcy. Shut down the government? Make our President Fail? Vote NO on everything? Do Nothing? This equals FAILURE folks and what next? A republican majority congress and senate and a republican president in 2016 and it’s WW3 folks! BEWARE!

    • Ron

      No John McArdle You are Totally blind and follow the god of this world. The whole system now is NWO Elites who are just distracting the masses while they take away everyones freedom and by the time the masses realize it it will be too late for them.

  • BEWARE: All the clowns aren’t in the circus!

    • “A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

  • klaus

    Like Shakespeare said in King Lear, the prince of darkness is a gentleman, and smiles

  • Geoffrey, thank you.

    Marc, yes I do know my bible. I do not ever watch Joel Olsteen as he I’d not a bible teacher. Aside from holding up his bible as he makes his opening joke, I never hear him quote scripture. He is a “feel good” preacher and I don’t understand what draws the clouds. He doesn’t appear to use the money collected for any mission work. I know him and his wife Victoria, who thinks she is a preacher too, live a very lavish lifestyle. It just never occurred to me that his words came from the evil one. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise as JimJones captured a huge amount of followers and led them to kill their children and commit suicide.

    I do like Charles Stanley. He preaches from the scriptures and doesn’t hesitate to preach on the issue of sin. Does anyone have any feelings about him?

    • carson

      I dunno much about recent but he used to be on the radio here years ago, would focus and cause a mind to focus on the word and Christ and sanctification and etc, so was good. He also warned about coming persecutions in the west (which have begun), also good.

      with the feel good gospeler’s and others they bring the mind to focus on the me’ness self and things here now, things below and not Christ and things above, nor cover warnings given by God nor prophesy..they have no balance and cover only the promises, the things that feel good. The promises are true but so are the warnings and prophecy etc, and to everything there’s a time and season, if the last day’s approach/are even begun, how does self lead plans that are made when ignoring the rest of the word of God and His plans fit? If the focus is on self and this life..that’s not good.

    • Wendy

      Love, love, love Charles Stanley!!!

    • AMB

      I listen to Charles Stanley. I actually learn from him. He is not afraid to call sin sin. He preaches from the Bible and backs up what he says with scripture. He gives practical tips on how to accomplish whatever he is teaching. So, the people leave his sermons, spiritually fed and equipped to apply the teachings of the Bible to their lives. There are some things Stanley teaches that I don’t agree with, though, like the Once Saved Always Saved.

  • carson

    another amazing, and sad, thing is that the mainstream media often proclaims this guy as ‘america’s pastor’..

  • I watched the whole alleged sermon, 27 min 49 sec.
    of mind numbing nonsense, I just hope that no one
    in that stadium was seeking the real I AM -Jesus.
    They may have left thinking they don’t need him and
    can do it all themselves. Our generous Lord and
    Saviour has provided us with ways to deal with the
    world we live in !

    Ephesians 6:11-18 (KJV)
    11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be
    able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
    against principalities, against powers, against the
    rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
    wickedness in high places.

    13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
    that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and
    having done all, to stand.

    14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
    and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

    15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel
    of peace;

    16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall
    be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

    17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
    Spirit, which is the word of God:

    18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the
    Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and
    supplication for all saints;

    I can’t say enough about my Saviour JESUS, he’s thought
    of everything in advance !

  • I never get any smut.

  • Stu

    Awesome video! Thanks for sharing

  • John

    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Tim 4:3-5

  • david po

    jesus said

    “let them be. they be blind leaders of the blind.”

    and i agree with jesus. let this man alone. let all these heretics and dogs alone. they are blind leaders of the blind and god is leading them right into the ditch. they are reprobates whom god has blinded and has cast off before the world even began.

    we all know he is not a christian minister nor is his congregation sheep of the living god. i am way too busy studying doctrine to give two farts about osteen, driscoll, piper, mahaney, rachel held evans, or any of the other phonies out there.

    how many protestants are out there actually protesting the catholic church by rejecting its modes of worship and pointing to the pope as the antichrist? hardly any at all.

  • “A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

    • Alicia

      SNAKE OIL SALESMAN. He is preaching what people want to hear. And from what I read & hear about this guy I don’t think he knows the word.

  • Wendy, I have never encountered pop-ups of any kind on this sie. Does someone else use your computer?

    • Wendy

      Hi Sandy, what I was referring to is not “pop-ups”, per se. By default many computer companies and websites track what shopping, watching videos, etc a person does. Then they feed you ads on different websites SPECIFICALLY SELECTED FOR YOU, which goes back to the prior stuff you looked at on your computer.

      For example, I did some browsing on a women’s clothing site (This site deals mainly with larger-sized women). Next thing I knew, on many sites I then visited had these ads for larger-women clothing companies.
      “Coincidence”? Nope! It’s what is happening in the cut-throat business of internet advertising, where they buy and sell our email addresses. “Big Brother”, you know?

      So my comment to the previous poster was that if he is getting “smut” in the ads on this site and/or others, it’s because he (or someone else using that computer) has already viewed the smut somewhere else!

      God says, “Your sins will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23)

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  • In the end times there shall be a famine of God’s word. Joel Osteen and others like him prove that. Part of the reason is most people don’t want to hear what God is saying, they want to hear smooth and happy things. I appreciate your perspective and articles.

  • Karen

    Hmmm, I tend to agree more with Sandy and Diane on this one. There is so much negativity in the world. Every once in awhile, a little Joel Osteen turns my sorrows and hardships into a moment of hope in the Lord. We as Christians need to discern properly, but the bible also warns us about judgment and especially about ministers. I don’t think that his “I Am” is taking anything away from God. He’s trying to get people to be more upbeat and not be discouraged. When I watch Joel’s face and whole demeanor, I always think he looks like a truly happy and at peace person, doesn’t look like an act. Some people are just blessed to be born THAT happy. I have a friend like that, never says a negative thing about anyone or anything. Oh, if I could be more like him. At the end of Joel’s sermons, he always invites people to accept Jesus into their lives.

    We are all a work in progress. None of us have arrived. I get some of what people say about Joel, on the other hand, maybe he is alive for such a time as this, to spread a little cheer when the whole world seems to be going down the toilet. I think it wise to pray for him where he is missing the mark. It’s easy to pick apart any minister you listen to. Everyone has their shortcomings, but God knows their heart.

    • AndrewA

      Under the logic of what Osteen is saying with I am.

      Job was wrong and his friends where right.

      For Olteen is saying his problems where self created for he was just too negative. It wasn’t that Satan was trying to get him to speak ill against God it was because Job just did not say “I am rich enough.”

      Please everyone saying this is Good read the Book of Job then listen to what he is saying. Then ask yourself if his justification is any better then what Job’s friends said to Job.

    • Larry / vietnamvet1971

      It is the Holy Spirit that we should rely on to teach us and to keep us up beat if we read study the Word of GOD we are adding fuel to that Holy Spirit Flame & Fire that burns in us. listening to an up beat Rah, Rah, you can do it talk is to me not a good way to get up beat unless that is all a person wants. Keep that Holy Spirit FLAME & FIRE Roaring, for GOD wants us HOT. Just my thoughts.

  • David Branch,

    Very interesting observance. Much material for thought. Thank you.

  • I tend to lean toward agreeing with Karen. A little positive affirmation does a body good once in a while. I agree there is no “meat” in his teachings, but I don’t see them coming from satan. The bible does say “call those things as if they were”. I also do not have an issue with a woman preaching the gospel. If we did not take into consideration when the bible was written, why then women cannot cut their hair, wear make-up, wear jewelry, wear pants, etc. Joyce Meyer may be charasmatic and I’m not sure how I feel about that, but she knows her bible backwards and forwards her family is under control and in the ministry, they reach out in missions to all of society, she doesn’t even charge for her seminars. The work the ministry does for third world countries and our youth is phenomenal. She always uses scripture as her basis for teaching. I just don’t see the problem and she definitely is not in the same category as Olsteen. Billy Graham always preached a positive result to giving your life to Christ and being saved and there is no way you cannot say he was from God.

    • 1 John 4:1

      Although it is not always pleasant as there are ups and downs, there are hundreds of scriptures that declare the lovingkindness of the Lord to cheer about.

      You may continue to dismiss the abuse of the Lord’s ministry by Osteen. I will not. May Osteen repent now.

      Chuck May’s “Evaluating the Teachings of Joel Osteen” points out the discontentment that carries forth from Osteen’s speeches and the doctrinal statement that sets the tone for the Word-faith movement.
      Two quotes from May show how Osteen abuses the gospel when he spreads his false gospel.

      “One of the problems with Osteen’s teaching is that it promotes a feeling of discontentment. He teaches that to be what God wants, we should be healthy and wealthy (like Osteen).”

      “The real problem with Osteen’s teaching is his Word-Faith theology. This theology makes God the servant of man by saying that God is obligated to grant man’s wishes if they are declared aloud and in faith. A wrong view of God will have disastrous results in a Christian’s life.”

  • I’m sure there are many things wrong with the doctrine Olsteen preaches. I hope all those people don’t go there because they are unhappy with their position in life and think Olsteen’s teaching’s will change that. It never occurred to me to be jealous of Olsteen’s lifestyle.

  • The Chaplain

    This is nothing more than the positive affirmations that the Evangelical and Pentecostal churches were teaching 30+ years ago. Where is God in any of this? He’s not there. . . it’s all me, me, me, me. It’s all egocentric; not God/Christ centric.
    This is actually Satanic; trying to be equal with God.
    Just another latter day false prophet that lines his pockets with your cash.

  • Allen

    I fully agree. I have been writing online on Osteen for some time now. It’s a disgusting travesty and anything not of God is of satan in the church, these teachings are clearly not of God.
    Even worse was when his wife Victoria stated awhile back “Come to church but don’t do it for God, do it for you, that’s what God wants.” Huh????

  • Wendy, must be Roamans or Women Within. Made that mistake and they follow me everywhere, except here. For some reason none of them follow me here.

  • Alicia

    2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,

  • Heidi K.

    I can’t stand this phony preacher for another minute! And I can’t wait until our LORD will turn this ‘I am’ guy into ‘I was’.

  • Barry

    Where is the reference to the 70 virgins?

    The book should be renamed “I AM Greedy and the Power of Stuff”

  • Priscilla

    At a period when I was so lost, the worst that I could ever be, I listened to Joel Osteen among others at a local Christian tv channel and as a result of the encouragement I gave my life to Christ. 6years on I still go back and listen to him when I need a bit of encouragement. The question you should be asking yourself is, have you ever uttered a word or done an action that drew anyone to Christ Jesus? The devil is hard at work winning souls for hell while us the Christians are so busy with infighting that we have nothing to show for our efforts. If you have problems with how Joel Osteen or any other minister of the gospel preaches intercede on their behalf. People we’ll give an account, all of us for our actions why are we so busy playing judge instead of standing in the gap? Joel Osteen and others are bringing lost sinners to the Kingdom get busy stop sowing strife.

    • Wendy

      My sister, I praise God that He used Osteen to bring you to Himself! That’s WONDERFUL!!!

      The Lord uses other ungodly people for his purposes as well, look through the Books of Kings and our government for example. Please consider that just because Osteen was used doesn’t mean he has God’s favor.
      “You shall know them by their fruit”….and Osteen is simply too New Age and self-serving to give God actual glory through His ministry.

      He is a False teacher, Priscilla, and we are absolutely right to warn the brethren whose discernment still needs sharpening.

      Peace be with you~~

  • I listened to this and it’s all about self. Nothing about God or Jesus. We are nothing without Jesus. Jesus said without Him we can do nothing. I won’t go to the mirror and look at myself and say, “I am beautiful”. I get down on my knees and thank God for waking me up that morning. I praise Him for His faithfulness. When Paul preached, he preached Christ. He preached the Gospel. Osteen’s teaching is very shallow. What’s wrong with a person admitting that they are in debt? It’s the truth. Once they acknowledge that they are in debt, they get help. As Paul said, “For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16). The Devil is very subtle. He will make something seem harmless or okay. People will see nothing wrong with what Osteen is teaching. But, remember it was self–wanting to be wise–that led Eve to disobey God.

  • Eric

    Meanwhile, Osteen floats over his millions made from books alone promoting 5 his crap…..may God have mercy on his soul…..if it’s still possible.

  • Priscilla, AMEN !

  • trickx trickly

    i read your whole article and at first i wasnt going to leave a comment but i thought to myself that if you can use a platform like this to spoil a good sermon then its my responsibility to set it right. So to all who believe in The word of God,please reply to this wrong article.
    so basically, you are saying being positive is bad and its from the devil. its in the bible that without faith its impossible to please God and all that faith requires is to be positive. all this sermon was saying is stay in faith no matter what. to be positive about any situation. i dont see how any of this is self centered.Joseph was a man of faith no matter how hopeless his situation was he had faith. David had faith in God to be able to defeat Goliath. and all osteen is asking is we have faith in God to be able to overcome our troubles in life.
    thank you for pasting the sermon there, i have been searching for it for a long time ever since.

  • bobby

    don’t put new wine in “Ol teen”.

  • Sola Scriptura

    We were warned so many times by Jesus and Paul about false prophets coming from within the brethren. The warnings about Osteen, Jakes, Bethel, Meyer, etc. are crystal clear. We have the word and thus, will be held to a very high standard at the end:

    http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2014/09/18/false-prophets-and-teachers/

  • holyholyholyisthelord

    False prophet..the name of God should never be uttered vainly..it should be “we are” for us and “Thou art” for God.
    The name of the Supreme I AM is not for us to use for SELF glorification seeking the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of the flesh.

    There’s no reverence or fear of God in Osteen’s works..never forget we’re all worms (Psalm 22:6). What a contrast between “I AM” and “I am a worm”! Comparing Creator of the universe with mere worms.

    The Great Almighty I AM, the High and Lofty One, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy..said “separate yourself from the world” and “take up your cross and follow me”; we should never promote worldliness and self-glorification, instead “crucify the flesh and its lusts”. The way of the cross is not easy, but the reward is unspeakable.

    Col 3;1-4
    1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
    2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
    3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
    4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

  • Char

    Well said, Geoffrey! Joel’s preaching is just as easy to follow as the Catholic religion. Nothing required of us. Just be good and expect plenty!

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  • Robert

    I read the article. I read the posts below it. I also listen and watch Joel regularly. The article is a sad attempt to smear a christian teacher by another christian teacher. It is clear the author, and some of the posters below have never listened to Joel past a couple of sermons…if that. Joel routinely mentions Jesus, and gives an alter call to accept him in every service. The entire “I am” attack is entirely taken out of context. Joel Says we can say these things because we are children of God, and Jesus gives us strength, and God is our Father who gives his children good gifts. Joel also teaches that blessing is not always money, or things.

    Joel teaches that hard times come to all of us, and gives tools and guidance to get through them with the help of God. It is interesting to note, that Joel refuses to attack anyone, as the writer has clearly done here. The writer is in judgement of his brother, and fellow man. He actually implied Joel has a ticket to hell. That is the ultimate judgement Jesus warns about friends, and the writer has blasphemed himself, as he is not God, who decides these things.

    Is Joel successful?….Yes. Where did hid money come from?….Books. He takes no pay from his church. I would suggest that those who are jealous of the riches work hard and write some words that encourage others rather than tearing them down as displayed here. For those who say riches cannot be a part of the Christian walk,you better go back and reread the old testament as well as the new. Money is not evil….its what man does with it that can be evil. I would say operating the largest church in America that does a lot of good for missionaries and the city of Houston while taking no pay certainly is not evil.

    God is magnificent, and he promises the best for us. Since we are all different, and in different walks of life, that will look different for everyone. Some will be rich, some will not. it is no ones place to stand in judgement of whom God blesses or does not.

    Its the message….And Joel certainly teaches salvation in Christ. He also tells by quoting scripture how the Father says we are special, blessed, capable, able, and encouraged to be our best in Him, and then change the world….to help someone else. Is not the entire Bible a love letter to His children????!!!!!

    Joel’s constructive message is what the world needs to hear rather than the destructive words of condemnation found in this article.

    • Ron

      He never mentions Scripture or sin so he can in no way lead anyone to Salvation in Christ and if I were face to face with him I would say “The Lord Rebuke Thee you false prophet repent or suffer God’s Judgment” He is leading people to a false sense of Salvation and that they are all perfect and God finds no fault in them. Funny how he didn’t know how to lead Larry King to Jesus Christ?????? What an opportunity and he waffled on salvation on national TV.

  • Suez

    Right on Mr. G. Truthful article!!

  • Char

    Watch his interviews on you tube with Larry King and Oprah. That will tell you what he believes, as in homosexuality and anything else that’s not of God.

  • Rev. Donny Royster

    I am glad I came across this website. I was wondering if I was alone in my questioning of Olsteen’s messages. Here’s what is missig; if I am it Is because HE IS! For example, I am Successful because He is Victorous! I can do all things because He strengthens me, I am redeemed because He Redeemed me! Joel does not say the “because He is” in his The Power of I Am. Apart from Christ, I am nothing.

  • RickB

    According to this author, David committed blasphemy when he wrote,

    “I am fearfully & wonderfully made.”

    …and I guess the Apostle Paul also blasphemed by making this claim,

    “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

    According to Joel Osteen’s philosophy, Moses saying unto the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue..” would not be how God wants us to respond to His request.

    Here, Osteen & the Lord appear to agree,

    “And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart. And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do. And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.”

    The author appears quite silly in his argument that parallels the meaning of the words, “I am” followed by an adjective or verb coming out of the mouth of man means he is actually stating he is thee, “I am”,… as God is.

    I guess to be consistent, he’ll have to throw out the aforementioned verses that should be in his Bible.

    • Ron

      Keep this in mind RickB….

      “Discernment IS NOT A Matter of Simply Telling The Difference Between WHAT IS Right and Wrong; RATHER, IT IS the Difference Between Right and ALMOST Right” & “the Difference Between Truth and Error Is Not a Chasm, But a Razor’s Edge.” (Spurgeon/Murray)

      2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

      Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when ALL Men Shall Speak Well of You! FOR SO DID their fathers to the false prophets.

      Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

    • Ron

      Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

  • Actually, there is nothing inconsistent with Paul’s thorn in the flesh and Joel Osteen’s theology. Paul overcame through the grace of God. He persevered through all of the infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses … etc. Joel doesn’t teach that difficulties won’t come. Quite the opposite. He teaches that we don’t have to let them defeat us.

  • If you are not a Christian, God is not within you. God only indwells people who accept him and seek after the things of the Spirit.

    Romans ch 8 verse 1-10 (KJV)

    1There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

    3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

    4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

    6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

    7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

    8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

    9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

    10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

    The problem with the “I am Sermon” is it speaks of looking towards things of the flesh and not things of the Spirit which is not what God wants. He wants you to accept Jesus death on the cross as payment for your sins and turn to him with a repentant heart and accept his love. To trust God and give him praise for he sen His only Begotten Son Jesus to Die for all the worlds sin.

    • Ron

      Great use of Scripture AndrewA! Thank You for your service.

  • Jonathan

    Joel Olsteen is a motivational speaker who designs his messages for Christians instead of self development enthusiasts. Why? Who knows? Only God can judge is what I say.

  • Chuck

    Joel is basically saying have faith in God, that God has already provided you with everything you need but you need to believe and not doubt. Basicaly if you have negative thoughts it will affect your life in a negative way. In order to get the most out of God’s blessing you need to stay in a positive mindset and realise you have already been healed, blessed etc. , even if you can’t see it at the time. Btw, the “thorn” that Paul speaks about is the fact that he wasn’t a good speaker…he was blessed with tons of wisdom but for whatever reasons he could only really express it while writing(hence the letters).

    • Ron

      No Chuck His eyesight suffered and that is what is his thorn in the flesh, he needed help to get around and many people wished they could give him their eyes.

  • Joe

    Joel is a heretic . This is why Mormons and Jehovah witnesses love to see Christians coming

  • Donald Ensminger

    Those that are condemning Joel Osteen sound like the script on the Peanuts programs….blah blah blah blah! Perhaps since all of you have never had any faults are the ones to cast the first stones! I for one am a believer of Joel Osteen and find his way of teaching to be refreshing and thoughtful.

    • Ron

      2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

      Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when ALL Men Shall Speak Well of You! FOR SO DID their fathers to the false prophets.

      Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

      Jesus Christ Spoke more about Hell and Sin than anything else. Joel never references any scripture in his sermons. He had a chance to Lead Larry King to Jesus Christ and he did not do it and din’t know what to do or say to him concerning this and he waffled about how anyone can get to Heaven.

      No matter what When The Rapture Happens IT WILL Prove Who Knows Jesus Christ and WHO DOESN’T.

      Those who are left behind Do Not Know Jesus Christ and that is not up for debate period. The Rapture is soon to Happen very soon since we are on the precipice of the battle of Ezekial 38/39

  • lynn

    I find the book to be awesome. Hope.l believe in God with all my heart. This book l found after a health scare. Why do we knock pastor. They are a gift from God to help us.

    • Ron

      John 9:39-41 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

      It seems there are 2 categories of people here.

      One defends Joel Osteen and what “he” says.

      The Other defends The Lord and “HIS WORD” and this should always be the case.

      The Lord said:
      Matthew 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

      He did not say there was ever a middle of the road with Him, you are either for Christ (which includes His Word in its’ entirety)
      or against Him.

  • AJ

    I did some research. Why would they have this on their website:
    https://www.joelosteen.com/Pages/WhatWeBelieve.aspx

    • Ron

      Keep this in mind AJ…..

      “Discernment IS NOT A Matter of Simply Telling The Difference Between WHAT IS Right and Wrong; RATHER, IT IS the Difference Between Right and ALMOST Right” & “the Difference Between Truth and Error Is Not a Chasm, But a Razor’s Edge.” (Spurgeon/Murray)

  • AJ

    https://www.joelosteen.com/Pages/About.aspx:

    “Now more than ever, people need hope. Together, we want to offer the miracle of unconditional love and unending hope found in Jesus to the word.” Joel Osteen.

    “This ministry is committed to helping people from all walks of life experience the unconditional love and unending hope found only in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.”

    • Ron

      Matthew 7:22-23 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

  • Gert

    This is a false apostate preacher, even looking at this face and it has changed it looks hard and cold. there is but ONE “I AM” and that is Almighty God. You have practiced a lie so long that you believe it yourself, may the LORD have mercy on your soul for leading so many astray with this lie from the pit of hell.

    THIS MAN IS A BLASPHEMER, in all those things that you say “i am”you say NOTHING ABOUT THE LORD whom we are nothing without you don’t mention anything about the Gospel, faith or belief in HIM or even being born again which is the ONLY way why of us will see God. People who don’t know the Word of God will fall for your itchy ear doctrine may they awake from their sleep while time yet remains.

    • Ron

      Well said and so true Gert….
      and Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when ALL Men Shall Speak Well of You! FOR SO DID their fathers to the false prophets.
      which applies to Joel Osteen big time.

  • I am so glad you posted this video and brought this to our attention. I reviewed the video, and I find it is filled with words of positivity of God. Joel States: In David psalm’s 1:39: “God I praise you because you have made me in an amazing way. What you done is wonderful.” David’s “I am’s” were not said in pride, but in praise to God.” So it was stated that Joel does not mention the Lord. Well, that is all he mentions throughout the video. I think it is best to do research and do not take for granted what anyone says about anything. Not just about this subject about any topic! In this case, people should watch the entire video and perhaps read his works etc. In doing this you will become informed and you can make an educated decision and “not be judgmental about Joel Osteen or anyone else for that matter. Do not take for granted what anyone says. Go out and read and learn. Knowledge is power. With knowledge you can make sound decisions. If he is a rich man it is because of his hard work, faith in God. God will definitely close the doors on him if he is not true to his calling and in his heart. He seems to know the word of God. He certainly speaks it and is providing a good service. As I see it, many people provide all kinds of services and “don’t they get paid for it?” Yes they do, and Joel Osteen is providing something good. The evil one is not going to speak words of positivity, hope and love like Joel Osteen is doing. So, if he is doing good and his words do help people. I do not see any problem. Now, if you have faith, even if you do not agree with him, even if you do not agree with what I am saying! Your FAITH is going to provide you with a Godly and fulfilling life. What comes out of you your mouth, will be Joyous and positive words! Not words of Criticism or words discrediting others, but instead your words will be a reflection God’s wisdom, of those things that the Lord has taught us. Faith is inspirational and is uplifting and our words should be the same. “Words are like seeds, when you speak something out you give life to what you’re saying, and you will reap fruit from the exact sees that you’ve been sowing.” Joel Osteen.” So pay attention to what you are saying. So when you speak ask yourself “Are you blessing your life? Or are you cursing it? For more uplifting words of encouragement visit. http://www.relieveanxietynaturally.com/Blog

    • Ron

      Keep this in mind Iris…..

      “Discernment IS NOT A Matter of Simply Telling The Difference Between WHAT IS Right and Wrong; RATHER, IT IS the Difference Between Right and ALMOST Right” & “the Difference Between Truth and Error Is Not a Chasm, But a Razor’s Edge.” (Spurgeon/Murray)

  • Tom

    Luke 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one , and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

    Luke 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth thy hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

    Money is very highly esteemed among men.

    • Ron

      Excellent choice of verses Brother Tom it is so true. What man holds in high regard is an Abomination to God. And what mankind considers as being wisdom is foolishness to God.

      The Unregenerate Man does not get it 1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

  • Anonymous

    I So Like that scripture – MATT 12:30 – He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
    All those who speak ill against God’s chosen. The question is ” WHAT HAVE U DONE SO FAR TO ADD TO GOD’s KINGDOM”.
    Enjoy ur callings. lolzzz

    • Ron

      Anonymous, Yeah NOT ALL those who claim to be gatherers are.

      John 10:12-13 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

      I said it before and I’ll say it again….

      “Discernment IS NOT A Matter of Simply Telling The Difference Between WHAT IS Right and Wrong; RATHER, IT IS the Difference Between Right and ALMOST Right” & “the Difference Between Truth and Error Is Not a Chasm, But a Razor’s Edge.” (Spurgeon/Murray)

      and Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when ALL Men SHALL SPEAK WELL of YOU! FOR SO DID Their FATHERS TO THE FALSE PROPHETS.
      which applies to Joel Osteen big time.

  • No disrespect Ruby R. but you really need to ask God for discernment.

  • “Enjoy all the money and the fame while you can, Joel, what’s coming next for you won’t be any fun at all.”

    There is a kind of false prophet worse than the Joel Osteens of this world, and that is the one who arrogates to himself the right to sit in judgment on the souls of others, because he is convinced of the rightness of his own position. The writer of this article may have satisfied himself that he is right and Joel Osteen is wrong, but the comment that closes the article reveals a heart that is not right before Almighty God. Who do you think you are to make such a flippant remark about Mr Osteen’s putative eternal destiny? Who do you think you are to project yourself as God’s spokesman in matters of judgment? I think of the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector: “I thank God that I am not like this miserable, evil, heterical, hell-bound Joel Osteen etc…” That is what you sound like. And yet, in the light of God’s wisdom, you are probably just as much full of error as Mr Osteen apparently is. Perhaps even more.

    You may be ‘right’, but unless you know how to handle your supposed ‘rightness’ (i.e. in a spirit of mercy) then you are more wrong than Mr Osteen has ever been. Salvation is not about being ‘right’ but about receiving the mercy of God. Don’t you even know that?

    • Ron

      For Alistair Graham in support of OJ……
      2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be False Teachers among you, who privily Shall Bring in Damnable Heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

      And as OJ said:
      No disrespect Ruby R. but you really need to ask God for discernment.

      “Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather, it is the difference between right and almost right” & “the difference between truth and error is not a chasm, but a razor’s edge.” (Spurgeon/Murray)

  • Allistair Graham, the writer if this article is using a righteous judgment. Don’t you even know that?

    • Allistair Graham

      OJ:

      Well, this is what I know…

      The writer of the article wrote the following:

      “How is it possible that Lakewood Church in Houston has not yet been hit with lightning?”

      Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the other hand, said this, in response to those who wanted to call down lightning from heaven on unbelievers:

      “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”

      If you had bothered to read my comment correctly you would have seen that I was criticising the article for assuming that Joel Osteen is going to hell. None of us are in any position to make such a prediction, because only God is the judge. Of course, we may disagree strongly with someone’s teaching and behaviour, but God alone is the ultimate judge of a person’s soul. Satan said: “I will be like the Most High”. Those who arrogate to themselves the right to condemn others are therefore not of a right spirit before God.

      Being ‘right’ about something does not give any of us a licence to condemn. Don’t you even know that?

  • Allistair Graham – Of course. So you’re judging a brother to defend a false prophet?

    • Ron

      Yeah OJ I always notice how false prophets are fiercely defended and instead of God’s Word, because they don’t want to have their conscience reminding them that they are only listening to tickle their ears. You are correct my Brother OJ. Even God cleaned house when it came to false prophets.

      Jude 1:16-19 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

      1 Corinthians 6:3-4 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

      1 Timothy 1:19-20 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

      1 Timothy 6:9-10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

      2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

      Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when ALL Men Shall Speak Well of You! FOR SO DID their fathers to the false prophets.

      2 Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

      Matthew 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

  • Allistair Graham

    OJ: “So you’re judging a brother to defend a false prophet?”

    Please quote something I wrote that counts as evidence that I am defending Joel Osteen. You have jumped to a conclusion that I am trying to exonerate this man, whereas I have said no such thing to justify his teaching.

    If you had actually had the decency to read my comment carefully, you would have seen that I was speaking out against the practice of CONDEMNING another person. So I am not “judging a brother to defend a false prophet” but rather criticising him for condemning a precious human being for whom my Saviour died.

    The writer of this article has no right to make the following comment: “Enjoy all the money and the fame while you can, Joel, what’s coming next for you won’t be any fun at all.” Of course, he can strongly disagree with Joel Osteen’s teaching, but there is a world of difference between exposing error and condemning the person who falls into error.

    Why do I say this? Well, read the passage about the woman caught in adultery: “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”. Only one who is perfect has the moral right to condemn others. None of us can claim such a position. In the eyes of God the writer of this article, you, me and anyone reading this is full of error in many ways. How can it be otherwise? We are finite beings, and we are bound to get things wrong. Only God knows the real reasons for our errors, whether they are due to human weakness, external influences or our own deliberate will. Therefore only He has the right to condemn, not you or anyone else.

    Did not Jesus say: “Do not condemn and you shall not be condemned?” This is not to say that we cannot expose error. Indeed the Lord Himself encourages us to “know them by their fruits” and to discern truth from error. But it is a huge mistake for any Christian to think that because he is satisfied that he is ‘right’ about something, that this gives him the licence to CONDEMN the soul of another human being.

  • Alistair Graham – You are either all for God or all for the devil. There is no in between. By you not speaking against Joel osteen and instead defending him in however form, you are giving the impression especially to unbelievers or newly Christ followers that osteen is correct in his teaching. Take a stand Mr. Graham, and do not support these false teachers. Of course we pray for others, including osteen but while he teaches false doctrine he needs to be exposed.

    • Ron

      AMEN Oj!

    • OJ – “Alistair Graham – You are either all for God or all for the devil. There is no in between. By you not speaking against Joel osteen and instead defending him in however form, you are giving the impression especially to unbelievers or newly Christ followers that osteen is correct in his teaching.”

      The fact that you can’t even be bothered to spell my name correctly tells me much about your commitment to respecting others, which, after all, is part of our commitment to God.

      You say that “You are either all for God or all for the devil”, but fail to define this. What I think you mean is that “being all for God” means agreeing with whatever YOU say, and if I dare to dissent from your position, then I am judged to have compromised my commitment to God, and therefore (so the implication goes…) I am by default judged to be “of the devil”. If that is NOT what you are suggesting, then fine. We can then interpret your understanding of commitment in terms of the grace of God, a grace which states that “love covers a multitude of sins”.

      You think that I ought to speak out against Joel Osteen? But why should I speak out against his heresy and not against the heresy of those propagating their views on this site? Whatever Mr Osteen’s fault, how can you be so sure that you are free from the taint of heresy? Perhaps you are one of those who thinks that because he has worked out that he is ‘right’ about some doctrine, that that somehow gives him some kind of entitlement to go around condemning others? Who gave you this licence to condemn? You can be “oh so right” about so many things, and completely miss the point. True authentic Christianity is not a competition about “being right” but about being in a real, living relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Perhaps if people like you took the time and trouble to understand why so many people are drawn to preachers like Mr Osteen, then you might have more success in countering his errors.

      This site reminds me of a video I watched of a group of protesters outside Joel Osteen’s church. There they were haranguing those waiting to go into the church, and appealing to “freedom of speech” to justify their behaviour. What they didn’t seem to grasp is that they were appealing to the idea of freedom of speech in order to SILENCE someone else. In other words, the moral principle they insisting on claiming, they would deny to someone with which they did not agree. Had they bothered to read the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, who said “Do to others as you would want them to do to you”, then they would have thought twice about this act of brazen hypocrisy. But, hey, perhaps they were not really “all for God”, and thus committed this error!

  • We are

    Mr. Grider,

    If God’s name is I am, as He said at the burning bush, you would need to call I am to, as your sign says, be saved. Seeking your own saving sounds like a self interest. How is calling His name to be saved not saying I am in vain? I am also curious how calling Mr. Olsteen satanic or heretical is becoming of one who claims to follow Christ and His message of love and goodwill toward other humans. I do not see displayed in many of the responses here, an attempt to be like Christ. Will you please answer my question and respond to the how the words of many followers of NTEB do not resemble goodwill or love?

    Thank you

    • Ron

      We are
      God wants evil exposed. Truth is Truth and if it is just so slightly twisted it is hard for someone who is searching for it to know that it has been twisted.

      and Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when ALL Men SHALL SPEAK WELL of YOU! FOR SO DID Their FATHERS TO THE FALSE PROPHETS.
      which applies to Joel Osteen big time.

      People need to ask God for Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding and MOST Definitely “Discernment”

      “Discernment is not a matter of simply telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather, it is the difference between right and almost right” & “the difference between truth and error is not a chasm, but a razor’s edge.” (Spurgeon/Murray)

      It seems there are 2 categories of people here.

      One defends Joel Osteen and what “he” says.

      The Other defends The Lord and “HIS WORD” and this should always be the case.

  • The deception is real deep. If people would truly listen to Joel Osteen preach they would realize how he twists scripture and only gives half scriptures in order to get HIS point across. But because people don’t know the word and do not ask God for discernment they do not see it and continue to support Osteen. Just because Christians judge righteously (which) scripture says to do) they are automatically labeled as unloving by those who do not understand.

  • my soul Magnify the lord

    Listen to this people..the truth, answers from the scriptures:

    http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=11716123533

  • Ron

    All of these “I Am’s” make boasts in oneself! How Satanic is that.

    They should all be preceded with, instead of “I Am”, “Thru Christ I can be”

    Thru Christ I can be strong, Thru Christ I can be healthy, Thru Christ I can be confident, Thru Christ I can be secure, Thru Christ I can be talented, Thru Christ I can be creative, Thru Christ I can be disciplined, Thru Christ I can be focused,
    Thru Christ I can be valuable Thru Christ I can be beautiful. Thru Christ I can be blessed. Thru Christ I can be excited about my future. Thru Christ I can be victorious.

    All this I Am is evil and puts the power in oneself instead of putting and boasting in Jesus Christ where it should be.

    all these listed things none of us have without Christ.

  • Ron – AMEN!!

  • Ron

    People who are new Christians in Jesus Christ please remember this.

    Satan Hates Christians, especially New Born Christians.

    Just as Satan feeds lies to our children about everything in life thru our school system.

    Satan ESPECIALLY Hates New Born Christians! So just as he twists The Truth thru our Educational System,

    he does even more so with our churches and the pastors who run them.

    To ALL New Born Christians In Jesus Christ NEVER Take Anyone’s Word for Granted concerning Scripture

    I beg You to do the following……………

    Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that They Received The Word With All Readiness of Mind, and SEARCHED The SCRIPTURES DAILY, Whether THOSE THINGS WERE SO.

    2 Timothy 2:15-16 Study to SHEW THYSELF APPROVED Unto GOD,

    a Workman That NEEDETH Not To Be ASHAMED,

    rightly dividing the word of truth.

    But SHUN PROFANE and VAIN BABBLINGS:

    For THEY WILL Increase Unto MORE UNGODLINESS.

    Revelation 22:18-19 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book,

    If any man shall add unto these things,

    God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

    And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy,

    God shall take away his part out of the book of life,

    and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

    SOBERING WORDS, SOBERING THOUGHTS!

    Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

    Psalms 119:12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.

    Psalms 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

    Proverbs 9:9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

    Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

    Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

    Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

    1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

  • mike

    The main reason false teachers are able to lead people astray and pimp them out of their money is that the majority of christians have not and do not read the bible. How can one discern a lie if they do not know the truth? 9n the realm of warfare, spiritual and/or physical, it is of utmost importance to know yourself and know your enemy. In so doing one can best estimate the strengths and weaknesses of themselves and the enemy. Armed with this info attack and defense can be strategically planned.
    Satan knows the word and that most people do not. That’s the basic strategy of his offencess.

    • Ron

      Amen Mike!

  • Ed

    If God says we are victorious, blessed, prosperous, above and not below, etc, and we say otherwise, we are either lying or calling God a liar. If we find it in the scriptures, we know it is A FINISHED WORK of Christ, then we say ‘we are’. When Israel complained sinfully against God and provoked Him, He says He will do to them as He hears them say in His presence. GOD is the I AM, we are the IN HIM. In Him we live, and move, and have our being, made in His image and likeness. He has called us by His name(SHEM), we are here to manifest His name(SHEM). As He is, so are we in this world. We cannot be who we are not.

    • Ron

      Yes Ed, we have them but we ARE NOT THE I AM.

      We have because we accept Jesus Christ into our Lives but those things should be stated thus!

      All of these “I Am’s” make boasts in oneself! How Satanic is that.

      They should all be preceded with, instead of “I Am”, “Thru Christ I can be”

      Thru Christ I can be strong, Thru Christ I can be healthy, Thru Christ I can be confident, Thru Christ I can be secure, Thru Christ I can be talented, Thru Christ I can be creative, Thru Christ I can be disciplined, Thru Christ I can be focused,
      Thru Christ I can be valuable Thru Christ I can be beautiful. Thru Christ I can be blessed. Thru Christ I can be excited about my future. Thru Christ I can be victorious.

      All this I Am is evil and puts the power in oneself instead of putting and boasting in Jesus Christ where it should be.

      all these listed things none of us have without Christ.

  • Ed

    Ron, I understand your fears, but at least we can trust God and forget our fears of what trusting Him wholly may do to His glory. I remember when David built a cart for the ark of God instead of letting men carry it on their shoulders. God created us to carry His fullness. He made us in His image and likeness, that through our lives, the world may know Him.

    All God expects us to do is trust Him. Yes, in the old covenant, we can, there is a dangling of possibility in our face, one that we never could actually enter into. But over in this new covenant, we HAVE. The veil is torn and we can enter boldly into His presence. All His promises have now, in Christ, become yeah and amen. It is finished, and anyone who believes, Is. God has in Christ answered every prayer, fulfilled every promise, and this ‘thing’ is faith. Jesus, replying the sisters of Lazarus, who were only futuristic in their walk with God, brought them into the real encounters of God; that with faith, it is now. So Jesus tells them, don’t put off your brothers resurrection to sometime in the future, if you believe, you will see it now. Scientists try to discover how to bend time, but it is faith which truly bends time, bringing us into what is hoped for. And faith first of all believes, and then speaks.

    If Christ were to say, I Am. We would think nothing of it. But when we, His descendants, brothers; for He is the first born among many brethren, joint-heirs with Him, in this world as He is in heaven, a people who ought not to be known after their fleshly identity anymore but after their spirit, and whose spirit is the same spirit of Christ, for we are crucified with Him, and it is no longer us that live but Christ, why is it that when we speak the same way He spoke, we immediately begin to find something satanic and evil about it? Is it that we do not believe we are all that I just repeated from the scriptures, or is it that we have allowed ourselves to be cheated out of our inheritance by the devil? Are we not one with Him, as He is one with the Father?

    • Ron

      Dear Brother Ed I know all the promises given to us. When the Rapture happens we will have the promises fulfilled. The Apostles did not have wealth, health, and many other things Joel claims. That man had a chance to give the gospel to Larry King did you know that? He couldn’t tell him anything about how to get saved and that Jesus was the only way to Heaven. Based on their conversation in the video Larry King Was indeed searching and thought for sure Joel would know the answers. well didn’t have any. I have lead many people To Jesus Christ so I know what to talk to them and tell them about, he didn’t. Can you imagine the impact if Larry King was given The Gospel of Jesus Christ and accepted Him as His Lord and Saviour? Just think of all the people Larry King could reach and bring to Christ? As far as fear goes I only fear pain because I have suffered with it so long and much that I am afraid of any more. I know The Lord can take it from me but chooses not to. God Bless You.

  • Brenton

    I see no challenge in the context Joel has quoted “I am”. He is not quoting it like when Jesus said “If you don’t believe that I AM you will die in your sins”. “The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.” Romans 14:22. By Romans 14 the whole chapter, Joel is unlikely to be guilty of the charge you have laid against him.

    • Ron

      Yes he is Very, Very Guilty!

  • Ron

    Dear Brother Ed I know all the promises given to us. When the Rapture happens we will have the promises fulfilled. The Apostles did not have wealth, health, and many other things Joel claims. That man had a chance to give the gospel to Larry King did you know that? He couldn’t tell him anything about how to get saved and that Jesus was the only way to Heaven. Based on their conversation in the video Larry King Was indeed searching and thought for sure Joel would know the answers. well didn’t have any. I have lead many people To Jesus Christ so I know what to talk to them and tell them about, he didn’t. Can you imagine the impact if Larry King was given The Gospel of Jesus Christ and accepted Him as His Lord and Saviour? Just think of all the people Larry King could reach and bring to Christ? As far as fear goes I only fear pain because I have suffered with it so long and much that I am afraid of any more. I know The Lord can take it from me but chooses not to. God Bless You.

  • Gabe

    Seems like Joel has taken his teaching strait from the theosophical teachers.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22I_AM%22_Activity

    The I AM movement is alive and well!

    “The movement teaches that the omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent creator God (‘I AM’ – Exodus 3:14) is in all of us as a spark from the Divine Flame, and that we can experience this presence, love, power and light – and its power of the Violet Consuming Flame of Divine Love – through quiet contemplation and by repeating ‘affirmations’ and ‘decrees’. By affirming something one desires, one may cause it to happen.”

  • Karen

    I’ve always said that the most important message is lacking in Joel’s sermons. That is the salvation message. He never preaches Jesus, the Cross, sin or repentance. God help him and others to start preaching the message of the Cross.

  • Anand kumar

    The 10 spies did not believe in the promise and ability of God. Unbelief is sin. As Paul said, “I believed and therefore I spoke”. What the spies spoke was a consequence of their unbelief. What Joel Osteen preached was perhaps only partial interpretation.

    It would be interesting to look at Joel Osteen’s messages in the last 2 years: how much of Jesus, His death, His resurrection, His return, sin, forgiveness was preached in this 2 year span. We need the whole counsel of God.

  • jason

    Seriously dude. A Sunday sermon to Christians which could help them to grow and to share the gospels… and turn into a judgement and sentence handed down by men… I am can be spoken in faith.. God is please with faith not?

    • Ron

      Jason keep this in mind…..

      Romans 10:14-16 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

      And as Karen stated a mere 2 posts above you….

      I’ve always said that the most important message is lacking in Joel’s sermons. That is the salvation message. He never preaches Jesus, the Cross, sin or repentance. God help him and others to start preaching the message of the Cross.

      How can they share the gospel if he’s NEVER preaching it and he NEVER quotes scripture because he is afraid he might offend someone, they all come to his service to get their ears tickled and fill their religious holes in their hearts.

      The Gospel is Offensive because it shows us how bad we are without Jesus Christ, but it also gives us Hope thru the free gift God Offers us to be reconciled to Him thru His Son. But who can be reconciled to Jesus Christ if they don’t hear the Gospel, no one!

  • Amen Ron! Glory to God!

  • Karen

    I was curious the other day and wanted to know what his message was about on Easter Sunday. I went to his website and he preached a beautiful message on the power of the blood. It was refreshing to hear. Sadly, the message of the cross is not his main focus and it needs to be. I don’t know if God is pleased that he just preaches about Jesus one Sunday a year. All the other times, it’s all the sugar coating, feel good stuff. He is very capable of talking about Jesus and I have to say he did a good job. I just pray that he will change his focus because if he’s not preaching Jesus, the Cross, sin or repentance, what good is it? He might as well just be a motivational speaker. I am afraid that Jesus will say to him one day, “Depart from me, I never knew you.”

  • William

    Is there really an invisible man in the sky, that watches everything that you do, who has a list of 10 things that he doesn’t want you to do. And if you do any of them, then you will go to a place where you will burn and suffer unimaginable pain for ever and ever (But….he loves you). This same all powerful invisible man who created everything in the universe, every creature, planet, cloud, rock, plant, animal, fish, created the wind, rain, snow and sun. This super all powerful invisible omnipotent being….but….he needs money! He created everything that is, but somehow just can’t handle money! Is there really such a being that people devote their lives to ? Hmmmmm…doesn’t sound at all full of contradiction….count me in!

    • Larry/vietnamvet1971

      I see you just Slogged in here and gave your 2 cent Tripe…you sound so childish like a Kid that mommy forgot to tell you the 3 bears is a night time story for Children…maybe you need to stick to & read your book and let us read our BOOK of ALL knowledge & Wisdom…..

      Good Bye……….

    • Ron

      There is and keep a close watch on Israel and them confirming a 7 Year treaty,

      because once that happens everything that Revelation says will start to happen.

      Starting with the first 4 seals will decimate

      One Fourth or about almost 2 Billion People, by War, Famine, Plague, and wild animals.

      Oh yeah when millions disappear world wide IT IS NOT UFO’s who took them, although the govt will likely say it is so.

  • William, based on your comments you truly do not understand the all powerful God. He doesn’t need our money because he is all powerful. To understand this one needs the holy spirit dwelling within them. And yes there are people who devote their lives to God and yes he loves you.

  • Lilith

    Christians all judgemental and ready to fight for a god who doesntcarea hoot about his so called creation.the days of threatening people with hell are over. Christians need to use the brains they were born with.good for Joel if your affirmations help cool.better than praying and pleading with a god who might’ve too darnbizzie keeping up with his creation a.k.a Lucifer.religion is nonsense

  • John Mergel

    Erin, since you are not a christian it would be best for you not to try and correct a christian when it comes to spiritual things. Christians are commanded to expose false teachers and that is what is being done in this article. Good job Geoffrey

  • Jim Kempen

    This article is taking Joel Osteens sermon way out of context. I listen to Joel often. His message is to try to get you to see yourself as God sees you. If you say and see yourself as a defeated weak worm of the dust then don’t be surprised if you live your spiritual life depressed and defeated. If you start to see and think about yourself as being victorious, more than a conqueror, blessed and highly favored, just as the Word of God says we are, how do you think you will live? You will in the very least have a much better outlook on life. I declare these things in Jesus name. Amen and amen.

  • 01e1ngvar

    His words couldn’t be proved by Scriptures, so he’s just storyteller.

  • Larry/vietnamvet1971

    Exactly, BUT his listeners have their ears tickled and are Satisfied, 30,000 people and they give their money to hear his Rah, Rah cheer leading pep rallies.

  • Herbert

    Christian Dominionism is preaching something similar in terms of the Rapture, even going so far as to claim that “The rapture will remove the WICKED…” Osteen is connected to this Laodicean apostasy along with countless others. I fear it may be too late for them.

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