Joel Osteen

November 15, 2010 at 8:02 2 comments

Last night I watch Joel Osteen speek to thousands for people at his church.  He is confident handsome, with oiled hair and good suit.   He didn’t mention Jesus Christ once.  He refered to God and the Holy Spirit.  Without Christ we have nothing.  I heard him quote a verse and twisted its meaning.

32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:32-34 (NIV)

Joel Osteen twist verse 33 by leaving out first seek his kingdom of his ritheousness.  Then he quotes, Jesus said he will give us all things. His message is power of positive thinking and faith will get you stuff for your enjoyment.  Joel is unfamilar to the Proverbs.

The ransom of a man’s life is his wealth, but a poor man hears no threat. Proverb 13:8 (ESV)

Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1  (The Living Translation)

The rich and the poor meet together; the LORD is the maker of them all. Proverbs 22:2 (ESV)

What Jesus say about riches?

13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

16And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

Do Not Worry

22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifeb26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

27“Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

This Jesus’ consitant message throughout his life.  Its about having enough for your self and enough to give to the poor.  No one should seek riches for it will trap them in trusting their riches instead of God.

Jesus never tells us or suggest our motives ahout be about getting rich.   Jesus Christ is the friend of the poor however, he doesn’t suggest we seek poverty as well.

We need to thankful for what we have.

Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; Colossians 4:2  (NASV)

Jesus answered a rich man.

16Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.”

18“Which ones?” the man inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother, and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”

20“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”

26Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

27Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

28Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first. Matthew 19:16-30 (NIV)

Jesus always keeps telling us the about the spiritual side of life and riches he talked about our spiritual riches in heaven and fruits of Spirit.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tammy  |  November 16, 2010 at 8:02

    I pretty much despise positive thinking. I find it scary that so many people confuse it with Christianity. Our pastor used to say that “this is a church for losers” and the positive thinkers were really uncomfortable with that. He just meant that we are ALL losers without Christ. Jesus was considered a “Loser” by the world.
    How have so many lost sight of that? Is it just because they want it to be easy to be a Christian? I think if it’s easy, you’re not doing it right!!!

    Reply
  • 2. traskman  |  January 6, 2011 at 8:02

    Deb,

    Who are you? I do not recognize you email address?

    Paul

    Reply

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