"Joel Osteen is a pagan religionist, a legalist, and a quasi-pantheist...He is a mouthpiece for Satan, he's an agent for Satan. How do I know that? Because he offers all the things that the unregenerate heart already wants...this is a false Christianity from Hell."
Joel Osteen is the leader of Lakewood Church, the largest church in America with around 50,000 people who attend each week. According to Nielsen Media Research, "Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into every U.S. television market where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world."
Joel Osteen preaches a misleading message of seemingly positive and abundant living, goodness, and hope. Instead of being focused on the Lord Jesus Christ, his messages revolve around his audience and make them the center of attention and focus of their lives. He aims to boost their self-esteem with his flattering speech, all the while starving their souls with what they really, and most desperately, need—the truth of God's word. He never preaches on sin, judgment, Hell, repentance, righteousness, or holiness; and yet these are the things continually emphasized by all the prophets, apostles, and our Lord Himself, all throughout the Bible.
Joel Osteen is is a heretic. He preaches a false gospel of universalism and denies the truth that Jesus is the only way to Heaven, which Jesus explicitly taught (John 3:18, 36; 14:6). He claims that Mormons are true Christians and that Hindus love God and go to Heaven. Because he knows how to tickle ears and tell people what they want to hear, his speech is very enticing, making him all the more a very dangerous man. He offers people false hope and assurance of what they want: love of self, money, and abundance—and not God—leaving them in a state of damnation and emnity with God.
Joel Osteen is is a legalist. He teaches that Christians are supposed to obey Old Testament dietary laws, exhorting his congregation to avoid such foods like pork, shrimp, shellfish, lobsters, etc. However, the dietary laws that were binding under the Old Covenant are actually nullified now under the New Covenant; foods or animals previously deemed unclean have now been "made clean" by God Himself (Acts 10:10-15). The Bible specifically says "every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused, if it is received with thanksgiving," (1 Timothy 4:4). The Bible warns that commanding to abstain from a particular food (e.g., pork) would be one of the doctrines of demons springing up in the latter times (1 Timothy 4:1, 3).
Joel Osteen is not Qualified to be a Minister
Joel Osteen is not sound in the faith. He refuses to preach the word of God, which is a divine command (2 Timothy 4:1-2). He neither follows nor teaches sound doctrine, and this results from the fact that he does not accurately handle or explain the Scriptures. As a matter of fact, as he has admitted himself, he is unable to do so. And yet all of these things are required by Scripture of a man in order for him to legitimately serve as a pastor (Titus 1:9, 13; 2:1; 1 Timothy 3:2; 4:6; 2 Timothy 2:15, 24). On top of this—even though this is not necessarily required but is obviously one of the reasons why his "ministry" is so grossly unbiblical—he has never attended seminary or received any formal pastoral education or training.
Not only does Joel dishonor God's word both by serving illegitimately as a pastor and by teaching heresy, his wife—Victoria Osteen—also defies Scripture by serving alongside her husband as a "pastor" as well. However, God has expressly forbidden women from holding positions of authority and leadership in the church (1 Timothy 2:12-13). Scripture identifies two offices in the church—pastor/elder and deacon—and one must be the husband of one wife in order to serve in either position (1 Timothy 3:1-2, 5, 8, 12; Titus 1:5-6).
False Teachers: God's Judgment
Pastor Paul Washer explains how false teachers like Joel Osteen are God's judgment on people with itching ears who want only what these men have to offer—which isn't God.
False Teacher: Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen is interviewed by Larry King and denies the gospel and exclusivity of Jesus Christ. Beware—this man is a false teacher of heresy that sends people to Hell.
Steve Lawson Rebukes Joel Osteen
Pastor Steve Lawson criticizes Joel's performance on his interview with Larry King, and openly rebukes him before the congregation.
Pastor Tim Rebukes Joel Osteen
Pastor Tim Conway rebukes Joel Osteen and his wife's damnable prosperity gospel. The Osteens blaspheme God by saying He sent His Son so that we could have "an abundant life."
John MacArthur Rebukes Joel Osteen
Pastor John MacArthur exposes Joel Osteen as a pagan religionist, quasi-pantheist, and agent of Satan. He critiques Joel's quotes and compares them with the Bible.
Paul Washer Rebukes Joel Osteen
Pastor Paul Washer explains how the true gospel of Jesus Christ has been replaced by a cheap alternative that has no power; such as is advocated by false teachers like Joel Osteen.
Unless otherwise noted, any Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible.
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