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My answer to Joel Olsteen is hurray brother with heros like you who needs cowards.(I know in these time we're living you have to be politicly correct or you religous bussiness is out the window) One thing I know is that you would have survive the roman arena. words of Jesus:
'I am the way the truth and the life noone comes to the father but by me.
---moises on 9/28/10

I do not trust high dollar shepards. As a lower profile inheritor, one thing that is true is that at least he is consistent in preaching LOVE which is very important. Some of these others who have a myriad of interesting topics re endtimes or prosperity that they get richer off of actually miss the message that with out love we are nothing. AN important message. Repentance needs to be out there and next they will compete for money with that message when it is socially correct.
---jody_martin on 7/4/08

Andrea, Joel Olsteens says he believes in Jesus, but he also rejects Jesus as being the only way to God. Have you read what Jesus Himself said regarding this in Matthew 10:32-33.

I also can't understand why so many people reject what is written in Romans 1:18-32, and 2 Peter Chapter 2.
---Rob on 10/26/07

Andrea, Joel Olsteens says he believes in Jesus, but he also rejects Jesus as being the only way to God. Have you read what Jesus Himself said regarding this in Matthew 10:32-33.

I also can't understand why so many people reject what is written in Romans 1:18-32, and 2 Peter Chapter 2.
---Rob on 10/26/07

Rob - my understanding of Jesus being the only way to God is that all all all people will stand before Jesus and be judged. Some to life some to eternal damnation. Believers are not judged in this fashion. So who gets life in that judgment. We do not know bc Jesus decides this bc He is the only way to the Father.
If I'm wrong in this interpretation it does not denigrate Christ but I'd be wrong. as Joel may be wrong but it is not bc he thinks buddah saves
---Andrea on 10/26/07

Thanks for pointing that out Rob. I taped that interview and will watch for those comments when I watch the interview this weekend. Blessings! :-)
---Holly4jc on 10/26/07

In John 14:6, the Bible teaches Jesus is the only way to God. In 2005, while being interviewed by Larry King, Joel Olsteen several times denied that Jesus is the only way. This is in direct contradition of what is written in scripture.

What I don't understand is why some people say Joel Olsteen speaks truth, they defend him, and they support him.
---Rob on 10/25/07

I have totally enjoyed reading the comments on this blog - Holly and Whisper especially. I would like to hear from someone that attends the church before making a sweeping judgement by calling him a false teacher. Sunday is only a part of the experience. Are there Bible studies and doctrinal classes where the "meat" and balance come in?
---bartel on 10/25/07

i am a very spiritual person and I beleive joel is a VERY inspirational person. He is softspoken and very motivational. He preaches in a non-threatening way which is what young kids are more receptive of.
---gabi on 10/25/07

---rosem4839 said," I do watch the Osteen Program, and like what I hear." I feel certain you are truthful. The fact that you like what you hear does not imply that his message is correct. I believe his message is for those with itching ears.
---Mima on 10/22/07

Janet_Arango: "The Bible does not say 'Come one, Come all.'"

Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, COME. And let him that heareth say, COME. And let him that is athirst COME. And WHOSOEVER will, let him take the water of life freely.
---jerry6593 on 10/22/07

I'm always amazed to see so many so called
"Christians" are so quick to judge a fellow brother. Especially when one is preaching the gospel message. I certainly hope Joel will continue. I have heard him and he does love the Lord our God, Jesus! In fact , I am going to write him and tell him to keep up the good work from faith in Jesus!
I am Catholic / Christian and love to hear others praise the Lord in their own special ways!
---Lisa on 10/21/07

I have in past years listen to Joel Osteen, but in reading I Corthinians 3:1 & 2, I am no longer a babe in Christ, who is fed with milk. I needed some meat in my teaching and I have moved on.
---Carrie on 10/21/07

I am also beginning to have problems with some of these Television pastors, with all this show and tell and begging for more and more money and then using part of my precious gift by sending me a Thank you gift. We can worship Christ without all these frills. Carrie
---Carrie on 10/21/07


While it may not always be about "feeling good", it should always be about "feeling right". Just as when you go to a dentist and have a tooth pulled, it hurts a lot but feels "right" in the end.

If you go to church and the whole experience feels somehow "wrong", then they have missed something. If it happens all the time, perhaps you're in the wrong church.
---StrongAxe on 10/20/07

Joel is bringing people closer to God...Many have testified to this, and have thanked God for him.
The problem is the self righteous Christians who are misjudging and discouraging those who are humble in their walk with he Lord. And those alike who are so mean spirited and cruel who claim to be Christian ,but are not acting like it.
Joel is a good example of a humble servant of the Lord. It comes through in all is ways.
Shame on you for saying otherwise.
---Lisa on 10/20/07

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I think he is more centered around money than he is salvation.
Eventhough it is not a sin to have money,
the thing of it is, you can't see the people
for money Materialism.
IN other words,there is more peas on
the floor,than it is in the pot.
---Jack on 10/19/07

1) Amen Gena and Whisper! We certainly do need to seek the Lord and ask God what our part is in all this...and if God leads us to pray a specific way for Joel...then be faithful to do so. Lesson learned though is that we need to always take everything we hear to the Lord and get His wisdom. My pastors from NC would preach a message and then tell us to not just take what they say as truth, but go home, study it for yourself and seek the Lord on it. They knew that they were not perfect and they...
---Holly4jc on 10/19/07

2) ...wanted us to learn to study for ourselves and measure everything we hear against the Word of God, to increase our knowledge and our ability to discern when someone is not speaking the truth of the Bible. If you don't know the Word and ALL it says within it, the good, the bad and the ugly, then you can be easily deceived. Many today who teach from a pulpit twist a scripture ever so slightly and it changes the entire meaning of it. If we don't know the Word for ourselves, we can be easily mislead. :-)
---Holly4jc on 10/19/07

Amen, You all make some good points. Definately I will begin to keep him in my prayers. Maybie he needs to get a bit more Hellacious and Fiery....
---Whisper on 10/19/07

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I agree with Holly4jc that sincerity is not the gold standard to measure a man of God or any other Christian. One can be sincerely wrong!

We do need to pray for Joel. Love covers a multitude of sins, and love prays for those who need to see the truth and who need to repent.

A lot more can be accomplished by praying for those who are in error than bashing them on blogs.
---Gena on 10/19/07

I feel that many TV evangelists have their own ways of "leading the Flock". I do watch the Osteen Program, and like what I hear.

A Pastor must be "inspiring" and uplifting. However,there also must be a "Fire and Brimstone" message of God's judgement and Wisdom.

The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books (Rev.20:12).
---rosem4839 on 10/19/07

Holly, I am hearing you, if this is your feeling about Joel, than I think we all need to ask God in prayer to speak to him directly about this situation.
---Whisper on 10/19/07

1) I would just like to address the issue of someone seeming "sincere". I used to believe in new-age beliefs, such as reincarnation, the use of stones and crystals for healing, etc. and I used to sell these items. I truly believed in all this and the powers of these things and when I sold them, I would tell each person of all that each crystal or stone would or could do for them and also sincerely encourage those who lost a loved one that they or their loved...
---Holly4jc on 10/19/07

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2) would be reincarnated someday and perhaps even have a life together again. I was oh, so sincere...because I really, really believed it, although it was not the truth. The psychic I was involved with was very, very sincere when she and I met and she spoke with me of my future and counseled me in other things. You can be as sincere as all get out if you truly believe what you are saying, but it does not make what you are saying the truth. Truth is truth and being...
---Holly4jc on 10/19/07

3) ...sincere about something that is not true does not make it true. I believe that we have to examine what a person is teaching/preaching and hold it up to what the Bible teaches and make sure it is balanced and contains all truth, not just part of the truth. You can have the gift of encouragement, but you still need to speak the truth in love. God is love, but He also brings correction and judgment. If people do not hear the truth of sin and hell, then how do they know that they need salvation?
---Holly4jc on 10/19/07

4) Church is not just about feeling times you feel great when you leave and at other times, you feel heavy conviction as God (via the Holy Spirit) deals with you on something that you just heard during the sermon...something that involves sin of some sort. How can you have conviction of sin with a "feel good" message each week? And let's not forget that the Word of God is living and sharper than any two edged sword...if the Word is not preached...then there is no real life.
---Holly4jc on 10/19/07

The Bible does not say "Come one, Come all." The Bible says that the way is narrow and few will enter. Joel Osteen is what the Bible means when It says luke warm. Being saved is serious business. We are suppose to grow and mature as Christians. Joel is diluting the message so much that his flock is going to parish from "Lack of Knowledge."
---Janet_Arango on 10/18/07

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I watched it last night, and he is very sincere, not any of us are perfect and those on these blogs that think they are, are not christians but fooling themselves and have a religious spirit often found based in llegalism. We are all parts of a puzzle, what one person doesn't have another one does, that is why we are called the body of Christ.
---Whisper on 10/18/07

i do agree that joel osteen does have a altar call at the end of his service but he never explains what you have to do to be saved. his messages are all about feel good.
---jo_ann on 10/17/07

Thanks Cynthia for the heads up, I'll be certain not to miss it.

I also want to point out that no two preachers should be alike Often guys will immitate their own minister when they have a turn to preach. I like that no two snowflakes have been created the same,I love Joels style, it beats the loudmouth hell,fire,and brimstone I was raised with. He goes about it different, then never finishes with out a call to salvation at end of program. I would not change a thing about him.
---Whisper on 10/16/07

Blessings to all, I just wanted to share with everyone that Joel Osteen is supposed to be on the Glen Beck show on this Wednesday night the 17th. Glen Beck comes on after Nancy Grace. I just thought you would like to know. I am going to watch this interview. God Bless!
---Cynthia on 10/16/07

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Did anyone see the Joel Olsteen interview on 60 Minutes this past Sunday night? Any thoughts or perhaps discernments?
---Holly4jc on 10/16/07

After I watched the special on Joel Olsteen on 60 Minutes Sunday night...I was praying and seeking God about Joel and what he preaches because he seemed to be leaving out a large portion of the Gospel, nothing about sin, repentence, etc...just warm fuzzies. This is the scripture that God gave me:

Galatians 1:9
As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
---Holly4jc on 10/16/07

I think Joel Osteen is a great Motivational speaker. He uplifts, he encourages and that's great. But he does NOT preach the whole gospel. Just being good and having a good attitude is NOT going to get you to heaven. We have to work out our own salvation with Fear and Trembling. There is evil and a devil and people need to be told about sin and deliverance. We must not tippy-toe around the Word of God. I pray that everyone reads the Bible for themselves to show themselves accountable to the Lord.
---Angela on 10/15/07

Friends, why dont you promote the truth instead of judging others..Joel is not chritian???? what about you judgmental christians????? are you doing God's work as Joel is??? are you truly??? Lord have mercy..
---jana on 10/15/07

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He is just great. I wish I met more guys like him. A real love. And one of the most enlightened young preachers of our time. After his dad died, the church just fell into his lap and more than quatrupeled in size. All you mockers. be quiet you don't know of what you speak.
---Whisper on 10/15/07

How can Joel Olsteen call himself a Christian, and have a Christian Church, when he himself denies that Salvation is only found in Christ.
---Rob on 10/15/07

There definitely is a great awakening taking place according to Scripture. Here it is:

Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Rom 13:12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
---Linda on 10/15/07

1Co 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not, for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

Definitely an opening of the eyes (Eph.1:17) to the truth of who Jesus is, what Jesus did, and what that means to us. Until the wife wakes up and looks her husband square in the face, not much is going to take place.
---Linda on 10/15/07

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People judging Osteen are probably the same ones watching all that other garbage on tv

what have you done to lift a person's spiritual walk lately

do you encourage others? you don't seem very encouraging.
---Andrea on 10/15/07

Joel Osteen is a false prophet who never preaches about sin and only promotes a positive Gospel just like Norman Vincent Peale or Robert Schuller. We need to be reminded that we are sinners and need a heart right with our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ, these men deny the whole council of God to gain a following!
---Dave on 10/15/07

Hi -
The problem with the church today (or should I say with most Chriustians) is that they do not study the Bible. They are Bible ignorant and willing and able to accept any good sounding message thy hear.
I should not be surprised - it's prophesied that these days are coming and indeed are here.
There will be a "great awakening" soon that will surprise everyone - the rapture.
---mark on 10/15/07

All my life I was taught to live right. Even though I was taught that, I made mistakes along the way. Joel Osteen preachings have given me a new light. I know God put him here to help people turn their lives around. I am now a much better person, I pray faithfully and Thank God everyday for everything. Living in such a sometimes sad and hurtful world why should we knock someone who tries to bring good words. Look in the mirror before you judge, there is no perfect person except GOD.
---margie_m on 10/14/07

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I watch Joel O now and again and I find his preaching very uplifting and encouraging us to do what is right..I dont see anything wrong with that..Itchy Ears?? if you dont like it, then turn your tv off..If you think Joel is a False Teacher, I only hope you do better or else, turn your tv off and stop complaining...or judging God's Servant.
---jana on 9/27/07

I do Rob. Anointed>>>To set a person apart for a specific work or task. Also a symbal of God's power upon them.>>>How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and curing all who were under the tyranny of the Devil, because God was with Him. Acts 10-38. >>>Did you know that Jesus the Son of God is still at work today doing the same things? Well, He is.
---catherine on 9/26/07

I saw the Larry King show with Osteen and the fact that he didn't want to damn every Hindu or Muslim to hell - if that's your theology fine but its more complicated then that.
I believe as many do that Christ is the only way to heaven but He is the gate and some will go before Him that never knew Him in their lifetime. It will be His decision not ours. I believe that Ostenn would agree.
---Andrea on 9/25/07

Pastor Herb,

Sounds more to me like Joel was not making a judgment on the condition of a man's heart. That's more than I can say about some people on these blogs.

If Joel would have said, "Jesus is not the only way to heaven", then I would say something about what he preaches or believes.
---denna7667 on 9/25/07

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Honestly, I would have to say that only God sees the heart of us all, so I cannot really say whether Joel is truly saved or not. I have always heard that we will be surprised who will be in Heaven and who will not. Me, I like a preacher that "steps on my toes" so to speak. God is our judge and only God.
---Cynthia on 9/25/07

Mae, I often hear people use the word "ANNOINTED". I want to ask if you really knows what it means.

Also what do you have to say about all of the "FALSE PROPHETS" the Bible teaches will rise up in the last days.
---Rob on 9/25/07


I have never heard Joel Osteen preach anything that was not biblically sound. I have only heard him on his 30 minute broadcasts. As many times as I have heard him I would think there would be something that he would have misrepresented something. I refuse to go on, "I heard he said..." scenarios.
---denna7667 on 9/25/07

On Larry King Live, the following very disturbing conversation occurred with Larry King and Joel Osteen:

KING: What if you're Jewish or Muslim, you don't accept Christ at all?

OSTEEN: You know, I'm very careful about saying who would and wouldn't go to heaven. I don't know ...

He denies the only way to heaven is Jesus.
---Pastor_Herb on 9/25/07

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i believe that joel is truly a man sent from god, and if you have anything against him ,keep it to yourself for the word declares, touch not mine anointed and do my prophet no harm..god
---mae_osborn on 9/25/07

Denna7667, I am not referring to the Judgement that is ultimately reserved for GOD (YAHUVEH) alone. I am talking judgement in the sense of DISCERNMENT. Again, you can tell where a "christian" stands by the doctrine he/she believes and teaches. And "lives out". How can you know whether a "believer" is a sheep or a wolf if you do not use DISCERNMENT? And you have a GOD-given mandate to know whether such-and-such a teacher or prophet is of GOD or not by DISCERNMENT.
---Gordon on 9/25/07


HUGE difference between "testing" and "judging". When you face the judgment of Christ it is going to be you and Him. I prefer to let Jesus be the judge of some one's heart.

Because he prefers to preach positive messages does not make him biblically wrong. Jeremiah 29:11 `For I know the plans that I have for you,declares the LORD, `plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Sounds positive to me.
---denna7667 on 9/24/07

Denna7667, Out of your mouth will come what you truly BELIEVE in your heart. That's what Jesus (YAHUSHUA) meant when He said "by their fruits ye shall KNOW them". What they DO and what they SAY is a reflection of what they TRULY BELIEVE in their heart. So by THAT you can DISCERN whether one is TRULY following the LORD GOD (YAHUVEH) or NOT. That's why you have to "test the spirits" and KNOW the Bible, to discern whether one is teaching Biblically or not.
---Gordon on 9/22/07

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Denna7667, Out of your mouth will come what you truly BELIEVE in your heart. That's what Jesus (YAHUSHUA) meant when He said "by their fruits ye shall KNOW them". What they DO and what they SAY is a reflection of what they TRULY BELIEVE in their heart. So by THAT you can DISCERN whether one is TRULY following the LORD GOD (YAHUVEH) or NOT. That's why you have to "test the spirits" and KNOW the Bible, to discern whether one is teaching Biblically or not.
---Gordon on 9/22/07

I see a half hour show every week. I take for granted that is not the extent of his teaching.
I find the words he gives uplifting, edifying and thought provoking.

be blessed
---Andrea on 9/20/07

rob I also have read excerpts of that interview.
Osteen is a blind leader leading the blind.
The releif of that is, If God has people attending satans synagogues He surely will bring them too the truth, Left the 99 to get the 1
He won't leave His children there!!
He has promised and will He not perform?

The one and only true promise keeper
---steven-rem7000 on 9/19/07

May I post an old addage?

The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

Intentions are not good enough, truth must be taught and prevail at all costs. Even if it costs you the loss of your church or a significant amount of your congregation. I pray that ALL pastors will preach the truth and not compromise, even if they only have one person left in their congregation. The truth is usually not very popular. The Gospel IS good news, but it is also sobering news.
---Holly4jc on 9/19/07

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A few years ago I remember seeing Joel Olsteen being interviewed on Larry King Live.

On several occasions, Joel Olsteen denied that Salvtion and the way to God is found only through Christ.

Joel Olsteen said it is up to every individual to find their own way to God.
---Rob on 9/19/07

I believe Joel has good intentions and a sincere heart. They did not want to see the father's hard work go down the drain. So he stepped up to the plate.This church is a family business. Millions, maybe billions of dollars at stake. Joel, was nominated. Let someone else step in and take it all away from them? No way. He is doing the best he can. But I don't think he is a preacher.
---Robyn on 9/19/07


It's not an "out". It's not up to me to judge a person's heart. That's what I was saying. I dare say nobody knows the heart except God.

I also say:

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven

John 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
---denna7667 on 9/19/07

I've started listening to him regularly. he doesn't twist scripture to get donations - he always gives me a chuckle and sometimes his stories/parables are worth writing down.
I've had one of his silly teachings on my note board for 6 mo.

Watch what dog you feed - its the one that will grow!
do not encourage envy, strife, slandering, self-righteous judgements or coarse talk - they will increase all around you
---Andrea on 9/19/07

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Denna7667, It IS for you to use DISCERNMENT on whether someone is teaching a True Gospel and a True Biblical Message or not. To say that it is "not for you to 'judge'" is really a an "out" from using good Spiritual Wisdom and Discernment.
---Gordon on 9/19/07

Absolutely Mima, absolutely.
---Helen_5378 on 9/17/07


I have heard him preach on sin and conviction. Does he do it regularly? No. Does that make him wrong or bad? That is not for me to judge. As I said I preach a positive message most of the time. I do preach on sin and conviction as well it just depends on where Holy Spirit leads for the congregational needs. I have had a message all set and changed it just before walking up to the pulpit.
---denna7667 on 9/16/07

Joel Osteen has no gospel.
I have listen to him and
. . . Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing,
but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Matthew 7:15
---steven-rem7000 on 9/16/07

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Denna 7667, Does Joel Osteen preach regularly about sin, the sin nature of mankind. Does he teach and warn about the horrors of Hell? If he does not then he is a false teacher. No matter how much his messages tickles the ears of his listeners. No matter how upbeat and positive his messages are. If they're not a balance of GOD's Love as well as His Judgement, they're not accurate.
---Gordon on 9/16/07

Is it possible that Joel Osteen is speaking to itching ears?
---Mima on 9/16/07

Some of his doctrine is off, but he rarely speaks on doctrine. His is very entertaining, and has a positive, upbeat message. I like him.
---jerry6593 on 9/15/07


I am very careful about anybody that starts a statement with, "I heard."

There is nothing wrong with preaching a positive message. I preach both at various times. I depend on the guidance and prodding of Holy Spirit and what He says people need to hear at a given time.
---denna7667 on 9/15/07

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One thing I like about JO is that he says he's not a preacher he claims himself to be an 'encourager'. He does have a call to Christianity each service by asking listeners to pray to Jesus the sinners prayer.
---1cor13_8 on 9/15/07

I watched him tonight he gives lots of encouraging advice. Today it was about not keeping an offence and being quick to forgive - it was edifying.
Its a real living this Christian life kind of teaching. I like it.
---andre5846 on 9/15/07

Do you watch him on cable? I haven't seen him on TV for a long time, but then I don't have cable anymore and I haven't had it for many years. I can see him in my mind though, and I recall that he did preach the truth when I saw him years ago.
---Eloy on 9/9/07

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