Sincerity: That’s the most important thing: If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
About midway thru this Osteen equates wealth with happiness, and being poor with being miserable. That’s his simple equation. It boils down to that. Only money can make you happy (but there’s the catch, true Christianity is not defined by temporal happiness : Jesus died to make us holy, and then, we can be happy for that fact).
Jesus died to set us free from the delusion that money, wealth and pleasure equals happiness.
Joel is promoting one of the very things that Jesus died to destroy.
Let’s repeat: Osteen is saying that ONLY MONEY CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY. Listen again, THAT is his message.
By equating being poor with being miserable he just pronounced Jesus Christ a fool, and the early church as fools.
If only Jesus could have listened to Joel!!!! Poor Jesus was so miserable! Right? He didn’t have any money, no possessions… right? How could He possibly have been happy? Right, Joel? Not to mention Paul, John, Peter.
Yes, the guy in the video is right, leaders such as Osteen ARE the judgment of God on backslidden Christians.
And when Joel says that he doesn’t want to “beat people down” he means, that to tell people the truth is to beat them down.
He means, that if he spoke all that Jesus said, and the Apostles said, that he would be “beating people down”.
He is trying to “protect” people from what Jesus and the Apostles said.
It means that Jesus Christ was abusive. It means the Apostles were abusive, beating people down….
...But money answers all things. Eccl 10:19b
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