Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Joel Osteen's message...
Well, I just finished watching Joel Osteen again last tonight. What a great uplifting message he has! I see why so many flock to his sermons. It is, however, sad he is leading folks in the opposite direction of the true Biblical God. Joel's heart is in the right place I suspect, but unfortunately his message leaves way too many on the same well traveled path towards eternal Separation from God. Are we reminded enough times that more people will go to Hell than Heaven according to Jesus Christ Himself ? I don't think we are. All too many people thinking they are saved, yet an enemy of God even as they sit in church. False doctrine makes False converts to Christ. Even if they sit in church every Sunday, feed the hungry, help the poor, smile all day long, give more than 10% of their income, help those in need, make friends with everyone they meet, etc... There are others who are also very concerned with Osteen's message as I am, and why I write this.
A life in Christ, is dead to this world and all it has to offer. Do we think our 'good' acts make us a 'good' person in God's sight? Do we think our 'good' intentions make us 'good' in God's sight? Do we think we can actually earn God's favor? EARN God's favor, as Osteen teaches? Even after what Christ did on the cross for us? We should think again. We smell of sin's death before a God so Holy His mere shadow would blind and kill us. I wish Osteen would speak of that Biblical truth. God has only ONE ultimate thing in mind for us. It ain't got nothing to do with our earthly happiness, job, money, sex, friends, family etc... it is our salvation. That is not achieved by us saying or speaking the words "Christ is my savior and I accecpt Him". It is achieved by our heart being truly convicted by our sins, and a life changing faith in Christ for paying our due penalty of an eternal Death sentence in hell. Which we all deserve standing before an all Just Holy God as our Judge.
"Thank you Jesus!" should take on a new meaning, eh?