Michael Spencer – aka, iMonk – had a few choice words regarding Joel Osteen’s recent 60 Minutes interview. I’ve listed a few of my more favorite quotes below.I also figured that this afforded me a good opportunity to talk about (pile on?) Osteen’s “teaching.” Biblically sound or Christian self-help? I personally feel the guy’s teaching is the spiritual equivalent of a microwave pizza, and anyone who is truly seeking God’s truth would do well to run full speed in the opposite direction of this $73 million freight train.
How about those of you “outside” Christendom? What is your general perception of guys like Osteen? Does that affect your view of Jesus and the church as a whole?
Osteen is a Gospel preacher like Col. Sanders is an army officer.
Joel doesn’t preach the Gospel. At all.
He’s simply Tony Robbins with Praise music. His hero is Norman Vincent Peale. It’s a Christless, sinless, crossless, repentance-less message about everything turning out OK.
Osteen really, really doesn’t like what he knows about the God of Romans or Exodus or Psalms. He has another God in mind, and imagines that somehow it’s the Biblical God. The Golden Calf had better theology.