Evaluating Joel Osteen

I am back blogging again after 6 months! I almost thought God isn’t giving me grace to blog. However, it is necessary to blog on some issues to edify and warn the Church. So, now for that, He has given me grace!

Now, to the main story — I have heard some of my pentecostal and charismatic friends speak very highly of an American preacher named Joel Osteen. He comes on GOD TV quite often and has authored books like “Your Best Life Now” and “Becoming a Better You” which are readily available in some of our Christian bookstores like OM. However, just like how Paul said “For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel” (Romans 9:6), let me venture to say “For they are not all Christian who appear on God TV and have their books sold in Christian stores.”

Please read the following 2 articles by 2 of my trusted teachers – Gary Giley and Michael Horton.

Also, please view the following videos and see how Joel Osteen dilly dallies on the clear teaching of the Bible and how someone like John MacArthur responds so clearly when asked the same question.

Let us learn to discern. Let us read and listen the right people and not become examples of 2 Timothy 4:3

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Fool’s Gold?

Fool's Gold
Fool's Gold

John MacArthur is undoubtedly one of the best Bible teachers today. He has written over 50 books, all of which clearly show his passion for God’s Word. Pick up any book of MacArthur and you can be sure of certain things a) his books will be solidly biblical b) his arguments will be cogent c) his refutation of anything biblically deviant will be complete. Although I do not hold to all the views that Dr. MacArthur holds to, I respect him highly and thoroughly enjoy his writings.

In this book, Fool’s Gold, Mac Arthur and his seminary team show how there is a great lack of discernment in the Church today and how people rush to embrace any teaching as gold when it is actually spurious. The title of the book is an analogy borrowed from the mad 19th Century gold rush in California which pauperized many (MacArthur is a native of California)  — something the authors fear will happen to the Church, in a spiritual sense

They analyze many trends which are prevalent in the church today and present a thorough critique. Many of these trends are present in the Indian Churches also. Some of the issues handled are ‘watered-down’ preaching, Purpose Driven Life’s message, altar calls, contemporary christian music’s lyrics, consumerisitic attitude towards the Church and a few more. The authors go to show how every wind of doctrine is being tolerated in the church today and how the Bible calls for discernment and rejection of such trends.

I must confess that I find it hard to disagree with them. I was quite startled to realize how Purpose Driven Life is so loose in its theology after having read this book. I could not discern it before because I myself did not study the Bible enough to be able to recognize it. This way this book has spurred me on to dig deeper into God’s word.

I recommend it highly