[quote=John Paul III]Joel Osteen is the king of the new denominational churches among us, he now preaches in the Houston, TX compact center where the Rockets used to play basketball games, he pulls in thousands at a time for a chance to hear him speak. He travels to large cities like the Billy G revivals.
Not to take anything away from his ministry, but he is not an ordained minister, but he is a great motivational speaker? He does speak a christian message on how we should live our lives from a moral standpoint.
He is a prosperity teaching minister who really is more into self-help than God help. I’ve looked at his books and watched him on TV. He (like many others) teaches this false gospel of “believe it and you will receive it” and “you just have to pray harder” or “be a better person” and God will bless you materially.
I know saintly people who show their love for God on a daily basis and they aren’t filthy rich. So, I really take offense to Osteen’s message. It’s not only bad theology, it denigrates those who are living their best for God.
For years I watched my father-in-law swim through this kind of mess and he is just now coming around to more basic good theology that leaves all the self-help garbage out of his life. There’s nothing wrong with improving yourself, but everything is wrong when you use Scripture on which to base a false and destructive gospel. It has led people I know to lose faith and fall hard when they didn’t receive “all that God has to offer those who just have to believe and be healed and be wealthy like God wants them to be”.
Osteen is an ordained preacher. His father was the pastor of the church till he died. His son was ordained and became pastor at that point. For ordination, all one has to do is go through a process where the local congregation (along with elders/deacons) declares him to be ordained. You don’t necessarily have to go to a seminary to be ordained.