We have discussed Joel Osteen on a few occasions on this site, but we’ve never discussed his wife. A recent video has social media and news outlets discussing the false doctrinal claims she made, but we want to look more closely at the real problem that she represents in the modern church.
Before we go into that, let’s watch the video in question:
Their followers, however, are more open to be reached.
I was at lunch with friend last year when he told me that his wife followed Osteen. Even my brother’s family believe that Lakewood Church is fine and that the prosperity “gospel” has legs. I understand the pull. We all must face the demons that bring a focus of this world into light. We all have vices in the form of earthly pleasures that compel us. This is why many modern churches promote the doctrine that we can live a better life now and Jesus can help.
This is not just far from the truth. It’s the exact opposite. We are not here to love our life. Just as I pointed out in our last article, there are so many pulls within churches that take us down a dark path. The very name of the event shown to the right is an example of what’s wrong with modern churches.
Yeshua spoke to this concept in the Gospel of John:
John 12:25 (KJV)
He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
We are very unlikely to be able to reach the Osteens, but we can reach their followers. Tell them that the doctrines taught in churches like Lakewood and by people like the Osteens are false. It’s hard to call them evil because they are almost always extremely charismatic and likeable, but if we understand that they are simply terribly misled and empowered to promote their misguided messages, then it’s easier to get through to people.
There is no doctrine in the Bible that teaches us to love our lives. In other words, we are not here to make ourselves happy. We are here to serve Him and please Him by obeying what He asks of us. It is true that this results in us having peace. We could split hairs and say that technically we are doing all He asks for ourselves…but not for happiness on this earth. We are doing it for eternal life after death, thanks to Yeshua. But, she wasn’t speaking of eternal life. She was clearly speaking of your earthly life.
We are meant to live humbly in prayer doing His will and what He asks of us, which is to come out of the world and walk with Him. We must fight the forces of darkness while clothed in the full Armor of God and we are to make disciples of all nations. We do that because He is worthy, not because we want to make ourselves happy.