Why I Disagree with Joel Osteen

joel_osteen-false_prophetA discussion on Face Book concerning Joel Osteen gave me pause to think and to do some research. What I found is that Osteen, because of his preaching style cannot say as Paul did in Acts 20:26, 27;

“Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”

Osteen says that he chooses to focus on the goodness of God rather than sin.[Fox News on Osteen] Osteen explains that he tries to teach Biblical principles in a simple way, emphasizing the power of love and a positive attitude.[CBS News on Osteen] In an appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight in January 2011, Osteen mentioned he didn’t attend seminary and began preaching as a new experience.[“Piers Morgan: Joel Osteen: Homosexuality is ‘a sin'”]

In Matt. 24:11 Jesus warned the disciples with these words.

 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

And in 1 John 4:1 we read;

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Osteen says he does not like to preach on sin or hell but let’s see what Jesus had to say about Hell. (He preached on Hell much more than He preached on Heaven)

 Matthew Passage
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5.22
29 If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell. Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 5.29-30
13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 7.13-14
21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you;depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’ Sermon on the Mount
Matthew 7.21-23
10 Now when Jesus heard this, He marveled and said to those who were following, “Truly I say to you, I have not found such great faith with anyone in Israel. 11 I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; 12 but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Encounter with Roman Centurion
Matthew 8.10-12
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Warnings of Persecution
Matthew 10.28
29 But he *said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” Tares Among Wheat
Matthew 13.29-30
49 So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous, 50 and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Instruction on the Kingdom of Heaven
Matthew 13.49-50
8 “If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast into the eternal fire. 9 If your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than to have two eyes and be cast into the fiery hell. Warning of Impediments to the Kingdom of God
Matthew 18.8-9
 11 “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he *said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.” Inadequate Preparation for the Kingdom of God
Matthew 22.11-14
13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.32 Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell? Condemnation of the Religious
Matthew 23.13, 32-33
50 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know, 51 and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Christ’s Return and Judgment
Matthew 24.50-51
29 “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Christ’s Return and Judgment
Matthew 25.29-30
40 The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’ 41 “Then He will also say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels; 42 for I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43 I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ 44 Then they themselves also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not take care of You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Christ’s Return and Judgment
Matthew 25.40-46

In Mark, Jesus spoke of hell in the following passages: Mark 3.28-29, 9.43-48. In Luke, He taught about hell and judgment in Luke 10.14-15, 12.4-5, 13.24-28, 16.22-28. And finally, in John, John 5.28-29.

And there you are; so think on these things.

13 thoughts on “Why I Disagree with Joel Osteen”

    1. Amen, Gail and that means the post is serving it’s purpose. Be sure to check each Friday for the new series on Ephesians. Great verse by verse study.

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