Monday, January 9, 2012

Joel Osteen: A Man-Pleaser or God-Pleaser?

No new surprises, but this is a new video of Joel with Oprah.

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First Question
Oprah asks, "Are there many paths to get to the one God."

Joel's answer: "I believe that Jesus is the way to the one God, but I believe there are many paths to Jesus. You don't know how Jesus would reveal Himself to somebody. So, I'm not into excluding people. Jesus can reveal Himself to anybody.

Let's give Joel a second chance to explain. Maybe Oprah made him nervous:

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From all of that twisted explanation, I'd say that Joel believes that Jesus is not the only way to heaven. If he does, he needs to get his story straight.

New Age teaching says:  Jesus was not and is not the only Christ, nor is he God. Many New Age writers on the other hand refer to a Christ spirit. They believe there have been many Christ, Jesus being only one of many. [1]

Is Joel really teaching New Age doctrine, Universalism, or is he pushing the false gospel of ecumenism?

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He loves to side-step!

Second Question
Oprah asks: "Will a gay person be accepted into heaven, as you see it?"

Joel's answer: "I believe they will."

The Apostle Paul says, writing by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that homosexuals "shall not inherit the kingdom of God" (I Corinthians 6:9, 10). God said to Israel, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination" (Leviticus 18:22). "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them." (Leviticus 20:13).[2]

Does Joel believe that hell is a fraud? He's a man-pleaser.

"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, and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Tim. 4:3-4