I said all that to say this: some people think I have been too hard on Joel Osteen. They say I should leave him alone, I’m just jealous because I don’t have a big church like him, I just don’t like him because I’m against everything, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.
This is old news, really, I admit this, but I just have to post a link to the clip of him on Larry King Live for those who do not believe me. When asked whether one has to believe in Jesus Christ to be saved he doesn’t do what a true man of God (minister or otherwise) would and should do, which is: state emphatically, with grace but without mincing words, that Jesus Christ is the only way to God because Jesus Christ did what we could not do, namely, give himself in our place to pay the penalty we rightly deserved for our sins. No, he doesn’t do that. Instead, he bobs-and-weaves, he changes the subject, he becomes postmodern in referring to his Christian faith, he uses platitudes (“it’s not for me to judge”), he talks about his father and a trip he took to India, he refers to the importance of loving God, in fact, he does almost everything in sixty seconds but simply answer the question.
And yet, he is regarded as a “Christian” leader. Not in my book. At least he’s right that a true believer will have works and to say that you are a true believer but don’t have works is a cop-out. But then shouldn’t that be patently obvious? (I say this because it is not patently obvious to many.) But when it came to time to man-up and stand up for the truth, he didn’t do it. So much for this great Christian leader.
Anyway, enough of this old news; here’s the link: Joel Osteen on the Gospel