Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Joel Osteen's new book, Become a Better You is reviewed at Challies.com. A little excerpt is worthy of mention here which is pertinent to the issue at hand:

This is Osteen’s second book, and the follow-up to his bestselling Your Best
Life Now. Like the previous title, this one features a picture of the smiling
pastor on the front cover and offers seven steps to a better life. Like Your
Best Life Now much of the book follows this format: “The way to ______ is not to
______. Instead, you need to ______. You might say, ‘But Joel, I can’t do ______
and ______.’ I know it’s hard. Rise to the challenge. Don’t let yourself get
beat up or knocked down. God has so much more for you.” And like his previous
book, this one is maddeningly repetitive. It is a handful of his sermonettes for
Christianettes expanded into 380 pages of mind-numbing repetition.
You can read the whole post here. Let us pray for and live in such a way that the truth and glories of the biblical gospel will be made known in the world through us, God's messengers.

Titus 1:9-13 9 holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. 10 For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11 who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach, for the sake of sordid gain. 12 One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, "Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." 13 This testimony is true. For this cause reprove them severely that they may be sound in the faith,

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Geoff, it's a sad testimony to the anemic state of the "church" today that there would even be 10 people sitting around listening to Osteen, much less a whole dome full of people sucking in this drivel.

The antidote of coure is sound preaching and teaching. Son, I don't believe the church has the luxury of spending time trafficking in marginal stuff. What you and many other men are doing by faithfully opening God's Word and handling it accurately is the only way that the church will be fed.

Keep up the good work!

Love,

Dad

your wifey ;-) said...

Preach it, Honey!

This guy is definately one of those "wolves in sheeps clothing"... the church needs to be made aware of this guy's faulty theology. Underlying his doctrine is a foundation of man-centered theology, which completely opposes the Bible's God-centered theology. Unfortunately, there are too many undiscerning Christians, who preferred to have their "ears tickled" than to be confronted with the convicting truths contained in the Word of God (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

We need more men, like you Honey, to boldly teach truth and to "refute those who contradict" the clear teaching of God's Word (Titus 1:9).

geoffrey kirkland said...

2 Timothy 4:1-4
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths.

Amen. Thanks for the posts, guys.

Anonymous said...

Geoff, you and the review are right on target. May God be pleased to expose the heresy of Osteen and others like him to the millions (sadly) who follow him.
I saw him on Fox News this morning (Friday) and posted something today.

Les

geoffrey kirkland said...

Thanks Les, I'll check out your blog.

Thanks

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