Tired of the same old Sunday rituals?
Here’s a fun way to enliven the conversations.
Ask your pastor this question:
Why would you NOT trade places with Joel Osteen?
Poor Joel has been a magnet for ridicule and derision.
Most of it, well deserved.
He is notoriously vague on Christian doctrine.
He is notoriously outspoken on pop psychology mental health.
And his perpetual grin, be honest, CAN’T be sincere.
You can say a lot of things about J.O.
But you can’t say he isn’t a success.
He is wildly successful.
So it’s fair to ask your pastor why he would not want Osteen’s success.
Make sure you warn the pastor that answering this question requires some soul searching.
Do not accept trite answers like:
“Oh! I would trade places with him then preach THE PROPER gospel message!”
Such thoughts are noble, though naive.
How did the Osteen empire become the behemoth that it is today?
Was it Joel’s unflinching proclamation of Biblical truth?
(Sorry, that was unprofessional.)
The titles of Osteen’s best-selling books hint at the secret to his success.
“Your Best Life Now”
“Think Better Live Better”
“I Declare – 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life”
“You Can You Will”
Behold! The key to Joel Osteen’s mass appeal.
Each book a redundant recitation of the power of positive thinking.
These books have sold millions of copies.
And oddly, no reader has ever duplicated Osteen’s success using the principles.
…shouldn’t there be at least two Lakewood Churches?
The consistently absent piece of the Osteen puzzle is Jesus.
Sputter and spew if you must
“Joel Osteen talks about Jesus all the time!”
He talks about a character named ‘Jesus’, that’s true.
And to give credit where due, Joel’s Jesus sounds like a great guy!
Joel’s Jesus wants to make people happy.
Joel’s Jesus includes EVERYONE even people who don’t want to be included!
Joel’s Jesus loves everyone.
Joel’s Jesus never criticizes or judges.
And Joel’s Jesus…
…this is the most important part…
…doesn’t ask anything of his disciples.
THAT is why millions of people flock to Joel’s Jesus.
He’s giving away money, happiness, fame, success and straight teeth FOR FREE!
It’s much easier to acquire a 10 million dollar mansion with a message like that…
…than by telling people, “the wages of sin is death”.
So the deeper question becomes:
Is it possible to achieve Joel Osteen’s success while adhering to New Testament doctrine?
If your pastor thinks he can do it, then ask him one more question.
What do you think this means?
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds. – Matthew 16:24