Charity and Lakewood Church


But not to Joel Osteen.

Interestingly enough, he refused to open his megachurch to storm victims, but instead his website continued to encourage people to donate to him.

Um… he lives in a 17,000 square foot mansion. His church can seat tens of thousands of people.

Eventually, after being shamed by the press, he did open his church, and gave lame excuses.

And I understand social media went nuts over it. Someone created a graphic saying “You cannot serve God and mammon both.” And a picture of Osteen with the caption, “Challenge accepted!”

If I owned a church that size.. And a home that size… you know what? Let’s get people to donate sleeping bags. I just betcha that I could get 10,000 people to crash inside a warm, dry Lakewood Church – and probably another hundred or so in my house!

I don’t know how much Osteen is worth… but I’m pretty sure he could afford to put a few thousand aside to order food for everyone. Or order pizzas.

So it would cost a man (with what 50 million in savings), what, $250,000?

Ever consider the fact that maybe, just maybe, the Lord allowed Osteen to have that kind of wealth for just such a moment?

The owner of Dell computers donated $35 million for disaster relief. Not from his company, from his own bank account.

What if, just WHAT IF… Osteen had opened Lakewood as an emergency shelter, and then got up there after feeding everyone and preached a BIBLICAL gospel?

Sure, most would have just kept chewing and nodding, but a few might have gotten saved.

What’s it worth to you to not see someone burn in hell forever?

Osteen turned a golden moment to be a witness to Christ just ONCE in his life, into a moment to make Christianity look embarrassingly bad.

Rent 10,000 cots. Buy bulk food. Get church members busy in the kitchens. “Give them food, water. Someone go out to the thrift stores, get clothes. We’re giving stuff away today.”

That’s what Osteen should have done. That’s what I would have done. “Can we get stuff delivered by helicopter?”

See, this wasn’t about Joel Osteen, but about Jesus Christ. And Osteen made the Lord look bad.

At this point, Joel, it’s clear. You’re stealing someone else’s pulpit. Turn it over, and step down.

Or go to a seminary, open the books, LEARN something about the Bible, and stop preaching this “You need to get a bigger vision” recycled Norman Vincent Peale teachings.

Preach THE WORD. Be instant, in season and out of season!

Not health, wealth, and self esteem.

Robert Schuller eventually lost the Crystal Cathedral.

Lakewood is next.


Collision with Disobedience

I know I sound like a broken record – but we’re really in big trouble.

Driving by a Purpose Driven Church that’s on my way home, I see the lavish sign, “Beautiful Collision.”

What is it?  A pre-made program a church can buy, complete with roadside banners, suggested preaching plans (with outlines and suggested sermon illustrations as well).  The Pastor’s work is almost entirely done. The church can then be entertained, enlightened, and made to feel satisfied and happy.

The problem with this is – and again, i’m probably boring all of you, but PLEASE bear with me on this…

  • What doctrine is taught?
  • What sin is rebuked?
  • What Scriptures did this “Beautiful collision” come from?

Essentially, if you are writing a sermon series, and then trying to find the verses to hang them on… you are not preaching a text, you are preaching a PRE-text.

Sermons are to be about the teaching of doctrine, the reproval of sin, and the glorification of God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost.

Today’s Christianity is not about the reproval of sin, it is about being happy. “Don’t worry, be happy” went from being a novelty song of the ’80’s to indeed, becoming the new Bible for Christians. “My ears must be tickled!” Demands today’s churchgoers.

3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; 4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)

Everyone is now after happiness, self esteem and prosperity teaching. Nobody is reproved of sin, because, “Why, that would be negative!”

How then can you read the Bible? I have to preach the Bible! If you do not read your Bible, you will not know that what is being preached in today’s pulpits is NOT CHRISTIANITY!!! It is apostasy, heresy.

29  For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: 30  They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31  Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32  For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. Proverbs 1:29-32 (KJV)

If I do not reprove sin, I am in violation of the Bible.

16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

We are supposed to:

  • teach doctrine
  • reprove sin
  • correct error
  • and instruct in righteousness.

I don’t care about “How WONDERFUL it is we meet all kinds of people in today’s life!”

Yeah, and literally 95% of the people you meet will not enter the kingdom of Heaven! How beautiful is THAT??? the sad answer is, not very.

So, okay, enough of my ranting. Let’s get back to the series on “How to study the Bible.”

Because I’m not sure how you can preach some kind of ear tickling sermon, completely neglect the responsibility laid upon you as a preacher of the Gospel, and still claim to study your Bible?

Certainly not if you’re buying your sermon series from LIfeway.

Who is the Lord?

2 And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go. Exodus 5:2 (KJV)

You’re all God. You don’t have a God living in you; you are one! … When I read in the Bible where God tells Moses, ‘I AM,’ I say, ‘Yeah, I am too!'” (Kenneth Copeland, “The Force of Love,” Tape BBC-56).

“God had no avenue of lasting faith or moving in the earth. He had to have covenant with somebody. … He had to be invited in, in other words, or He couldn’t come. God is on the outside looking in. In order to have any say so in the earth, He’s going to have to be in agreement with a man here.” (Kenneth Copeland, God’s Covenants With Man II, 1985, audiotape #01-4404, side 1)

There is real problems with defining God in Word Faith.  As I mentioned yesterday, Copeland and many other Word Faith teachers claim God is a man, having a body. The Bible teaches something else, but that’s beside the point.

Now for the major issue. God, according to the Word Faith teachers, is not God. We are g-d. I remember reading a quote from either Kenneth Hagin or Kenneth Copeland where whoever the word faith teacher was rebuked Satan, and God supposedly said to him, “I’m glad you said something to him, I couldn’t do it!”

The issue is – to the faith preacher, God is not g-d, but the faith teacher is.

“God’s reason for creating Adam was His desire to reproduce Himself…He was not a little like God. He was not almost like God. He was not subordinate to God even” (Kenneth Copeland, “Following the Faith of Abraham,” tape 01-3001).

Man…was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God’s presence without any consciousness of inferiority…. God has made us as much like Himself as possible…. He made us the same class of being that He is Himself…. Man lived in the realm of God. He lived on terms equal with God…. The believer is called Christ….That’s who we are; we’re Christ!  (Kenneth E. Hagin, “Zoe: The God-Kind of Life” (Tulsa, OK: Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc., 1989), pp. 35-36, 41.)

Um… no. I’m not Jesus Christ. Not by a long shot. If you think that we’re Jesus Christ, your definition of Jesus Christ is tremendously faulty.

Jesus Christ is God. He does not require permission. He does not require faith. He does not require…

…any of us. Jesus Christ will never say, “I need you” or “I can do nothing without you.” Indeed, He says the opposite – we can do nothing apart from Him!

But every Word Faith teacher reports hearing from Jesus Christ (which one, I don’t know, but it’s not the Jesus of the Bible…) “I need you, son, I need you.” Or, “I need you boy, I need you.” Or… the exact word in the middle changes depending on the style of speech.


Biblical Answer – this is the Son of God. I want you to really grasp that. The very moment that the deed to the earth is held forth in Heaven, and the question is asked, “Who is worthy to open?” those in Heaven actually weep, because of their unworthiness.

1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. Revelation 5:1-5 (KJV)

Read it. Don’t skip it. The words of Philip are completely unimportant in this moment. Really reflect on this, that no man could even LOOK at the seals, let alone open them. Only Jesus Christ.

And he looks at Benny Hinn and says… “I need you. I need you.”

When does this happen? Only in Benny Hinn’s imagination. The REAL Jesus Christ is so POWERFUL, so AMAZING, so HOLY, that… He does not need us. If every human being rejected Him, he’d be sad. And He’d be utterly right to condemn every Human Being to Hell.

To claim Jesus Christ is telling you personally, “I need you” is to place yourself higher than God. You know, I don’t think I’d really want to explain myself to Jesus Christ why I was saying this.

Because He just might ask. And if Hinn  and Copeland are not saved…. He most assuredly will require them to explain these statements to all His redeemed, who will be watching – and probably grieving as they see so many forced to make an account of themselves.

The Spirit of God spoke to me, and He said “Son, realize this” Now follow me in this, don’t let your tradition trip you up. He said “Think this way. A twice-born man whipped Satan in his own domain.” And I threw my Bible..I said “What?” He said “A born-again man defeated Satan – the first-born of many brethren defeated him.” He said “You are the very image, and the very copy of that one.” I said “Goodness Gracious, saints alive.” I began to see what had gone on in there, and I said “Well you don’t mean – You couldn’t dare mean that I could have done the same thing?” He said “Oh yeah. If you’d had the knowledge of the Word of God that He did you could’ve done the same thing cause you’re a re-born man too.” (Kenneth Copeland, “Substitution and Identification” (Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989, audio tape #00-0202, side 2)

Kenneth Copeland teaches an utter denial of Jesus Christ, and a pagan exalting of himself as just as much a god as Jesus Christ. Indeed, he seems to skirt around disparaging Jesus Christ almost every chance he gets.

If you are in a Word Faith church, you need to really start examining your beliefs in light of the Bible. Does the Bible line up with this stuff? Or not?

If not… you need to get out of it, fast.

Define God

8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any. Isaiah 44:8 (KJV)

The Word Faith movement has some problems with the definition of God. To the rank and file word faith church attender,  they pretty much agree with Christians… God is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

To Word Faith Teachers, it is God the man, Jesus the first born again man, and The Holy Spirit.

Where do they get the God the man from?

The truth is, from a blend of New thought teachings of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, and the bizarre study bible by J. Finis Dake. I remember it was recommended to me by my pastor. I couldn’t afford it at the time, but I found it at the local library. I returned it the next day, when I read “God lives on the planet Heaven and is a six foot tall man.” I’m summarizing, but that’s RIGHT in the beginning of that book – I really am not comfortable calling that a Bible. I told my pastor at the time, “I don’t know – that Dake guy is a Mormon or something. He thinks God is a man.

19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19 (KJV)

God is “a being that is very uncanny the way He’s very much like you and me. A being that stands somewhere around 6’-2”, 6’-3”, that  weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of a couple of hundred  pounds, little better, [and] has a [hand] span of nine inches across.” (Kenneth Copeland, Spirit, Soul and Body I, 1985, audiotape #01-0601, side 1)

“[Adam] was the copy, looked just like [God]. If you stood Adam upside God, they look just exactly alike. If you stood Jesus and Adam side-by-side, they would look and sound exactly alike.” (Kenneth Copeland, Authority of the Believer IV, 1987, audiotape #01-0304, side 1)

There you have it. Kenneth Copeland agrees with and teaches the “God the man” theology of J. Finis Dake. Not only that, but he has the “Adam was God too” theology and the “Heaven is a planet” theology as well.

Heaven has a north and a south and an east and a west.  Consequently, it must be a planet.” (Kenneth Copeland, Spirit, Soul and Body I, 1985 audiotape #01-0601, side 1)

“You’re all God. You don’t have a God living in you; you are one! … When I read in the Bible where God tells Moses, ‘I AM,’ I say, ‘Yeah, I am too!'” (Kenneth Copeland, “The Force of Love,” Tape BBC-56).

Adam, in the Garden of Eden, was God manifested in the flesh.” (Kenneth Copeland, Following the Faith of Abraham I, 1989 audiotape, #01-3001, side 1)

This is not Christianity. This is paganism. This is New Age. Word Faith teachers have no right to mock any New Age Adherent for shouting on the beach, “I am g-d!” Sorry, I can’t bring myself to type that. But if Kenneth Copeland, Myles Munroe, Creflo Dollar and Joyce Meyer are teaching the same thing, they are just as wrong, just as pagan.

Yesterday I gave a number of quotes of Word Faith teachers denying the deity of Christ. ALL of them teach Jesus Christ was the first Born Again man,

Newsflash – Jesus Christ was without sin, perfect. He was not born again. We need to be born again. He does not.

So who is the god of Word Faith?

The Holy Spirit. Not the Holy Spirit of the Bible, but an entity that chooses to give some people – all word faith teachers by the way – extreme levels of “Anointing” and “faith” that roughly coincide with their bank accounts (more money, more Holy Spirit).

It causes people to babble, roll on the floor, bark like dogs, and laugh hysterically. Apparently Hindu’s get this same “Holy Spirit” too, but they call it Kundalini.

The holy Spirit causes some word faith teachers to levitate, fly, see the minds of their followers and staffers. Mind you, they never do this levitating or flying in front of their followers.

This Holy Spirit apparently steals from the wealthy, according to word faith teachers, as they preach that we can command the Holy Spirit to lay up for us the wealth of the wicked.

If you take the teachings of the word faith teachers and contrast them to Christianity, you begin to ask uncomfortable questions. Like – are you people really Christians? I never hear you preach the Gospel. I hear them preach a lot of Jesus on the Cross, but always emphasizing that they believe He took on the nature of (‘l’havdil) satan.

Sorry for using the Hebrew word above, but I can’t bring myself to write those words without putting a separation between Jesus and… So Jews when writing a blasphemy always use the word “Separate” between the Holy and the profane.

Jesus Christ is God. He cannot CEASE to be God. He emptied Himself, limiting Himself in a way we cannot grasp while He was on Earth, but right now in Heaven, He is fully God and Fully Man. Jesus Christ cannot take on the nature of… (l’havdil) satan. Sorry. Can’t happen. He became the offering for sin, but did not die spiritually.

I’ll explain that more tomorrow.

Care for the poor

7 If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: 8 But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth. 9 Beware that there be not a thought in thy wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and thine eye be evil against thy poor brother, and thou givest him nought; and he cry unto the LORD against thee, and it be sin unto thee. 10 Thou shalt surely give him, and thine heart shall not be grieved when thou givest unto him: because that for this thing the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thy works, and in all that thou puttest thine hand unto. 11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land. Deuteronomy 15:7-11 (KJV)

You know, this is a verse I really don’t recall hearing T. D. Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, or Joyce Meyers ever preaching on,

One of the teachings of the Word-Faith  preachers – and really, you can’t make this stuff up… it’s really what they teach! – is that if you give money to an anointed teacher of word faith, you get a blessing. Not sure how that works.

But they really teach that if you need a thousand dollar miracle, you send Kenneth Copeland a check for $1,000. If that check doesn’t bounce, then you’ll get a thousand dollar miracle. PLUS!!! You get blessed, some sixty fold, some a thousand fold! Hey! You can’t lose! Send Kenneth Copeland a thousand dollars, and you’ll get back a million in cash from God at some point! And if you sew that million dollars in cash into Kenneth Copeland… you’ll get back a BILLION dollars!

Maybe that explains the Federal Deficit.

Brothers and sisters, the only person this benefits is Kenneth Copeland. I’d love to hear from ONE person who send Kenneth Copeland a thousand dollar check, and got back an unforseen cash bonus of one million dollars. Just one.

Hey, I’d love to speak to anyone who could even claim the lowest tier of sixtyfold – sixty thousand dollars for a one thousand donation to Copeland.

Copeland’s ministries can’t complain – this is exactly what he teaches. And the people who get sucked into this are the ones who need the money the most. You’re so desperate to be able to even make ends meet, you’ll take a hundred bucks you can’t afford and send it to him.

I remember my first pastor, who I mentioned once was a word-faith teacher, talked about the time he made a pledge to donate a faith seed of ten thousand dollars, when he had nothing but lint in his pocket. And he boasted that the Lord was able to provide that cash at the last minute.

I got some doubts.

Did I donate the ten thousand? Nope. You gotta be kidding me.

Because there’s nothing in the Bible to support this.

And Copeland has his figures wrong on this, too…

18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower. 19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. 20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; 21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. 22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. 23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Matthew 13:18-23 (KJV)

This, friends, is talking about the benefits of being saved. They hear the WORD.  Gets SAVED. Bears FRUIT.

It has NOTHING to do with sending my money to Benny Hinn, who boldly says things like,

“Do you need a miracle? The Miracle matches the gift. You cannot get a thousand dollar blessing if you sew a hundred dollar gift.”

So, my advice to Hinn is this: Send the hundred dollar gift they sent you to Kenneth Copeland. When God blesses Benny Hinn, he can use that as the miracle increase for the person who needed the thousand dollar miracle, and did not get it!

11 For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land. Deuteronomy 15:11 (KJV)

How much money has Copeland, Hinn, Jakes, Meyers and Osteen donated to the poor? Seems to me that if Creflo Dollar needed that miracle Jet plane for his ministry, he should have given ten thousand dollars to the poor in his congregation, and saw if he was blessed a thousandfold.

This teaching makes me sick. it makes me angry. These wolves are overly wealthy. TD Jakes talked about the time the heater for his hot tub exploded, and blew the entire room to pieces. It never occurred to him that the vast, vast majority of his audience cannot afford their water bill, let alone a second water heater just for a hot tub. In a special room built for it.

Joyce Meyers has one of the biggest homes of ANY of the televangelists. There’s a parsonage for one televangelist that has a 3,000 foot garage.

It’s a parsonage. His megachurch pays for that house. It doesn’t come out of his pay.

Jesus Christ had no place to lay His head, and yet these men are fabulously wealthy. It’s sickening.

21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. Matthew 19:21 (KJV)

End Times Rebellion

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Matthew 24:12 (KJV)

3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV)

1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV)

In case anyone has never figured it out, these words are not referring to some future time, a century from now.

They’re describing right this very minute.

I meant to do another message on word faith, but I think the Lord changed my thoughts in mid stream.

I spent quite a long while when first putting up this blog answering cults. However, as I encounter more and more Christians, I can come to only one conclusion… we’re right in the midst – in the very thick of – the days spoken of in 1 Timothy 4:1.

It’s useless to deny it. It’s scary the changes that have come over Christianity. I’m really worried.

How to keep your witness from being corrupted?

First, understand the Bible commands you to identify a false teacher, and separate from him. You should not watch their TV shows. You should not attend their churches or read their books.1

7 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)

“Well, they teach some good stuff.” I know. I can think of one or two teachers who teach some things that are very good.  But the Bible tells me to mark and avoid.

I don’t have a choice.

“But Joel Osteen makes me feel good!”

Run from it! He does not preach the Bible. You are required to separate from him.

6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:6-8 (KJV)

Now the last time I put these verses online together, someone called me a Pharisee. That’s highly Anti-semitic. I’m assuming he did not like me quoting the Bible, because I’m not the author of those verses… I’m just QUOTING them. But he apparently was offended by that.

Repeating what I said yesterday, if you’re offended by the word of God, that’s a salvation check moment.

11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)

Let me put this another way… any teacher who claims men can be gods is a false teacher. The Bible does not teach that.

Anyone who claims your words have creative powers… is a false teacher. I mean, I can speak helpful things, or hurtful. But I cannot speak a Mercedes into existence.

Is that what these teachers are teaching? Indeed they are.

I think a major “are you kidding me?” moment was when I heard a Southern Baptist quote Joyce Meyers. Uh… false teacher. Now, I’ll give her this, she’s got a LOT more integrity than most Word-Faith teachers. I mean, she returned money she’d embezzled years before, and had never been caught at. And indeed, she added an extra percentage. So she believes what she teaches.

All I have to do to make a lot of money is to tell you that you can make a lot of money, that you can climb out of your poverty because God guarantees it… and if you send me money as a faith seed, you’ll get it back a hundredfold. Hey, I even have more FAITH than Ken Copeland – I’ll speak that a THOUSANDFOLD! Send me money, mwahahahahaha!!!! But to DO that would be false. It’s false teaching.  I cannot imagine how Jesus Christ feels about false teachers fleecing the flock when so many people are in DESPERATE financial straits.

How about THIS message… You won’t get any more money that I can guarantee… but people out there are hurting. There are Christians out there who go to sleep crying. They are hungry. They are about to be homeless. God wants you to help them.

Will you get something out of it? Who CARES? Do it. Help them out. Find a Christian family in need and help them. See if your church has a benevolence fund and give to it. Tell your pastor you’re burdened for Christians in need. You don’t have much, but you’re giving ten dollars.

That’s a more Godly message.

Separate from false teachers. Love one another.

And I challenge the Word Faith people to preach that message.

Joel Osteen – it’s time we stopped being polite about him

I’ve just reached a point recently where – as much as I want to be loving and kind – I just want to tell him openly what I feel.

And it’s funny, the closer I get to God, the more I pray and really read my Bible, the harder it gets to turn my back on the Biblical injunction to mark and avoid false teachers.

What does a real Bible teacher, a real Pastor, do? He teaches the Bible. Osteen is well known to feature only one Bible verse per sermon.

If I were pastoring a Baptist church, and my Deacons noticed I was giving only one Bible verse in a 24 minute sermon (and spent the rest of the time talking about my fathers’ first church in a feedstore, my mother’s cancer, the struggles I went through when my father died, and the difficulties of buying the Compaq center in Texas – and whatever was left was recycled sermon illustrations, plagiarized Norman Vincent Peale and smatterings of Napoleon Hill and New Thought teachings) – I would expect my church to approach me and ask what’s wrong?

SOMEBODY should be pointing out that out of 24 minutes per sermon, there’s ONLY ONE BIBLE VERSE!

Next, a pastor should be preaching Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. One Christian did an analysis of Osteen’s web postings and found that Christ was mentioned only once out of 365 postings.

Kind of seeing a pattern here.

A pastor should study to shew himself approved. Osteen never attended seminary.  He does not call himself pastor, but rather, “Reverend”. That’s kind of a problem, in that word should only be used of God and not man. Osteen has not been trained as a pastor, but rather a video editor. The Biblical model is that of pastor training pastor, and in modern times that has expanded to several pastors training multiple pastors at once in Seminaries (hey if my Pastor wanted to spend hours a day for three years training me, I’d jump at the chance!).

Pastor’s feed the flock. Osteen serves the sermon example of twinkies – fluffy and tastes good, but will kill you spiritually if that’s all you’re eating.

Pastors counsel and care for the flock. Osteen has associate pastors doing all his counseling.

Pastors sound the warning for wolves and false teachers. Osteen loves everybody, and wouldn’t dream of marking and avoiding false teachers.

He’s by-passed every opportunity handed him on a platter by media personalities to proclaim salvation by Jesus Christ alone, something made explicitly clear in the Bible.

At this point, I cannot even conclude he’s even saved. If a Christian cannot proclaim Jesus Christ… doesn’t that make you question him?