Monday, July 26, 2010

Joel Osteen Explains Prosperity Gospel

Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas which some believe is the largest church in America. His ministry reaches over seven million broadcast media viewers weekly in over 100 nations around the world. He church preaches the prosperity gospel.

Joel Osteen on 60 Minutes 14/10/2007. Reformed theologian Michael Horton can be seen criticising him. Horton tells CBS News correspondent Byron Pitts that Osteen's method of teaching is Christian heresy. Watch these videos:

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Joel Osteen on Fox News Sunday with host Chris Wallace in 23/12/2007. Brings up criticisms of Osteen's lack of Scripture reference in his sermons, as well as his hesitancy to discuss sin as an integral part of life. Osteen responded: "And I am ultimately trying to do that, but I'm trying to teach people how to live their everyday lives, and so I do focus on it, probably not as much as some people would like." His sermons and writings are sometimes reproached for their use of the concepts of prosperity theology, or the prosperity gospel, a belief that wealth and power are rewards for pious Christians. Watch these videos:

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He was accused of not clearly affirming that Jesus Christ is the only way a person can reach Heaven. He stated repeatedly that only God knows a person's heart, but that as a believer in the Christian faith he believes in an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. In late 2006, Osteen again appeared on Larry King Live and clarified his prior statement, saying he does in fact believe a personal relationship with Christ is the only way to Heaven. Watch these videos:

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