Living his best life now for sure
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” Revelation 3
Whether you are a fan of the motivational speaker from Texas or not, one thing is absolutely for certain. Joel and Victoria Osteen are, without a doubt, living their best life now.
In the days before Christianity became the Church of Laodicea prophesied in the 3rd chapter of the book of Revelation, there were mighty men of God, great, Holy Spirit filled preachers who traveled the world setting up tents and seeing souls get saved. Men like DL Moody and Billy Sunday who pounded the sawdust trail looking for lost sinners.
That day is not our day. Not even close.
Joel Osteen’s version of the old-fashioned tent revival meetings are glitzy affairs attended by the upper-crust of society. With tickets prices being (yes, they charge you to come) starting at over $100.00 and going all the way up to $850.00, you would have to be pretty well off to afford to even walk through the door. Osteen likes to play “good cop, bad cop”. He makes a small bunch of tickets available through his site for cheap, but does nothing as various ticket agencies jack up the price through the roof. The old “my hands are tied” ruse doesn’t cut it. But again, our issue is not what the dollar amount is for any of the tickets, but that he is charging people to “hear the gospel”.
This is light years removed from the day where the preacher raised all the money for the revival and depended completely on the love offerings from God’s people to pay the expenses.
It is well within your right to be a fan of this man’s message, such as it is. Also within your rights to spend your hard-earned money to increase the size of his bank accounts. But do not call this man a preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That he absolutely is not. He is nothing more than Tony Robbins with a Jesus fish in a $4,000 suit.
The Apostle Paul said that to charge people to hear and receive the Gospel is an abuse of the preacher’s power. But Joel Osteen can breathe easy on that count – he doesn’t preach the Gospel. No, where he will be held accountable will be for leading millions of people astray and to Hell with the false Prosperity Gospel.
H/T to PimpPreacher.com for top 2 ticket price photos
H/T to Kristin M. Greene foriPhone screengrab ticket price photo