It would have amazed me some time ago to see something like this, it no longer does. I would laugh, but this is not funny. High profile church leaders who have no idea what they are talking about. Osteen says Moses saw the sun stand still which God did for Joshua – uh hello Joel, Moses was dead when this happened!
What really concerns me though is that there are more like Joel Osteen out there that are clueless and teach wrong doctrine – while leading large flocks of the Lord’s people. The damage done by people like this is astounding. Each and every one of us should be checking what we are taught against what the Word of God has to say. This is our personal responsibility to do so, we are not to depend on whoever is teaching in whatever format! It does not matter if it is your pastor, a magazine article, or me or anyone else, check what is being taught against the Word of God, stop being lazy! Unfortunately many do not do this and many also have itching ears and want to hear what they desire to hear and not the truth. “Tickle my ears” teaching (I hate calling it teaching) is the pathway to hell, not heaven.
The truth of God’s Word does not sound as good (to many) as say being told that you will get whatever you want in life – it is yours just name it and claim it! God wants you to be happy after all right? Well here is the problem with that: the Bible does not tell us we will get what we want. When the Bible says to pray and ask for what we desire/need and God will give it to us, there is a catch. What we ask for must be in line with God’s will not ours. Matthew 7 mentions this although a better clarification of this is in John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will , and it shall be done unto you. Notice the wording here: and my words abide in you – therefore when you are asking God for something, remembering that His Word abides in you, what you ask for will be in His will. As we grow in Christ we also tend more to ask for things for others (insert “for the kingdom of God here) verses ourselves, this is a proven fact not an opinion.
God does want us to be happy, however that being said there is something God desires much more than our happiness; God desires our obedience, our worship, our absolute loyalty to Him, and our love for Him – our happiness is a secondary consideration.
If you listen to Joel and many others preach, God sounds like a glorified Santa Claus who is just waiting to take our latest “me” order – He lives to please us. Sorry Joel that is not my God. My God is bigger than that, and He has better than that for me.
Wake up and smell the coffee folks, I don’t care who it is preaching, how famous he is, or how big his church is. If he/she does not teach what lines up with God’s Word, then they teach falsehood and are not to be listened to, it is that simple.
What is your eternal life worth to you? Enough to do your own studying in His Word? Examine yourself in the faith, because maybe you aren’t in the faith after all. Think about that, it is your most important question ever – “Am I in the faith?” We need faith in Christ to save us, question is do you have faith in the right Jesus? Are you following a weak and spineless god who is preached to be a vending machine in the sky there to serve your needs? If so you are following the wrong Jesus and the wrong god.
Let there be NO mistake; we are here to serve God the Father and Christ, He does not serve us. We are here to do His bidding, not ours. God is to be glorified by us, we are not here to glorify ourselves. We do not exist to get all the things we want in life, we exist to serve God, to worship Him and glorify Him.
Bottom line folks, it is not about you, it never was about you and it never will be about you. It is all about God, period.
Commentary written by Greg: Publisher – The Olive Branch Report.
Author and megachurch speaker Joel Osteen raised eyebrows this week when he wrote on his popular Facebook page that Moses was present to see the sun stand still under Joshua’s leadership and that he witnessed the Hebrew boys being thrown into the fiery furnace.
“God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ Osteen, leader of the 43,000 member Lakewood Church, posted on Monday, and then proceeded to expound. “He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I can bring water without rain?’ There’s no limit to God’s power.”
The status received over 317,000 likes from his more than 8 million followers, and was shared over 52,000 times. A number of followers also agreed heartily with Osteen’s teaching in the comments section.
However, some began to notice that there was something not quite right about Osteen’s statement: Moses was dead when two out of the three cited events occurred.
“People! Moses was long dead before any of these things happened!” one commenter named Josh wrote. “You actually trust this man to be a solid teacher when he doesn’t even know something this basic?”
“Moses wasn’t even around when the sun stood still for Joshua; by that time, Moses was dead. And neither was he around when the Hebrew boys were put in the furnace,” wrote another named Leah. “Joel Osteen Ministries and the rest of y’all who gave them an amen, do any of y’all even read the Bible?”
A follower named Pamela also caught a third error in Osteen’s statement: Moses wasn’t seeking God for water in Numbers 11, but rather food.
“Moses wasn’t praying for rain, the people of Israel were asking for meat instead of manna in Numbers 11:23,” she wrote.
While all agreed that Osteen’s exhortation that “there is no limit to God’s power” is true, some were concerned about the megachurch leader’s knowledge of the Scriptures.
“You’d think a preacher of all people would know what’s actually in the Bible,” wrote a commenter named Steven. “Apparently that’s just wayyyy too much to ask.”
But others were also concerned that hundreds of thousands of followers saw nothing wrong with Osteen’s post.
“Oh man, 314,021 likes,” wrote a commenter named Alex.
“The same people who think Joel Osteen is a legitimate teacher of God’s word are the same people who, like him, either don’t read the Bible or read it with flawed, man-centered presuppositions,” added a man named Joshua. “This guy has been teaching for how long? How many people have liked this post?”
One follower asked that Osteen delete the post, advising that it would be “weird” to leave it online. The status now no longer appears on Joel Osteen Ministries’ Facebook page, but is accessible in a cached version.
As previously reported, Osteen’s wife Victoria also came under criticism in recent weeks after a video clip surfaced of the “co-pastor” exhorting the congregation that obedience and worship aren’t as much for God as they are for self-happiness.
“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy,” she declared in the undated 36-second clip with her husband standing by her side and nodding. “That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy…”
“So, I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy,” Osteen continues. “When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”
After online outrage erupted over her comments, Osteen issued a statement outlining that while she “could have been more articulate” in her teaching, “I stand by my point that when we worship God and are obedient to Him we will be better for it.”
SOURCE: Christian News
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