Joel Osteen is again in the news, and again proclaiming that Mormonism is just another form of Christianity. Albert Mohler has an excellent article about this situation, which I highly recommend.
I first reported on Osteen’s false teaching and his agreeing that Mormonism was just another Christian denomination back on 10/24/07. In that post I linked to an article by Pastor Bob Liichow exposing the many false teachings of Osteen. I again reported on Osteen’s support of Mormonism on 12/29/07 where I even explained some of the teachings of Mormonism which prove it is not Christian. I guess we will continue to hear Osteen support Mormonism as long as Mitt Romney is in presidential races, because that is when the media looks to Osteen as representative of Christianity, and seeks his assurance against those who deny that Mormons are Christian.
What all this proves is that Osteen hasn’t the vaguest idea of what true Christianity is, or what the true Gospel is. Yet, while watching the video of Osteen, which Mohler posts, we hear Osteen claim that he grew up in the “purest form of Christianity”! The Christianity Osteen grew up in was anything but pure, which is why he is nothing but a false teacher today - he’s teaching what he learned from his father, to which he added his own ideas with even more emphasis on “feel good theology.”
Osteen’s father, John Osteen, although ordained as a Southern Baptist pastor, dissociated himself from the Baptists in 1958 when he became charismatic. It was he who started Lakewood Church which Joel Osteen heads today. (Joel doesn’t pastor this gathering because he is a goatherd who feeds false doctrine - poison - to those who gather to hear him.)
Joel himself has no biblical training, although he did spend one semester at Oral Roberts University learning the Word of Faith heresy. Osteen’s experience at producing his father’s television programs, his popularity due to the self-esteem messages in his books, his ability as a motivational speaker and his message of the prosperity gospel are all what gives him his large audience. There is very little of true biblical teaching in anything written or taught by Osteen, but that is because he has claimed that “people are not looking for theology,” which is why he doesn’t teach it.
When Joel does teach any theology, it is usually of the Word of Faith heresy, and he is one of the broadcasters on the Trinity Broadcasting Network - haven of all the Word of Faith heretics. His sermons always start with a WOF liturgy of “positive confession.” Most of all, he avoids discussing sin, and does not like to call people “sinners.”
I just recently posted an article about Osteen’s statement that he could attend a same-sex fake wedding without a problem - something no real pastor would do because that would give tacit approval and validation of the ceremony.
Joel Osteen does not understand or preach true biblical Christianity yet “Christian “ booksellers make a fortune off of his many books. He has been labeled as America’s “most influential pastor,” and one of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People in America.”
And yet, for all his influence, Joel Osteen does nothing to lead people to the true Christ and true God, rather he feeds them poison on a weekly basis.