How is Joel Osteen a heretic?
I’m glad you asked! Joel Osteen is a heretic because he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He preaches a message that is contradictory to scripture, and twisting scripture to fit his own purposes. You might have heard of his book, “Your best life now,” well basically he turns God into a butler. While God does bless His Children, He is not our butler or a means to an end. Our life on earth is not about living it to the best of our potential, it’s about glorifying God. Probably a great example of this is when his wife, Victoria Osteen, was speaking and said,
“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize, when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God – I mean that’s one way to look at it –we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. That’s the thing that gives him the greatest joy this morning. So, I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy.”
But what does scripture have to say about this? In 1 Corinthians 10:31, “31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Notice how Paul says, “Do all to the glory of God,” and not, “Do all to please yourself, because that’s what makes God happy.” Our lives are not about us, it’s all about God. We were created for God and by God, this can only be done though when we are regenerated by the Holy Spirit and made new, “17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come,” (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV). Anyone who tells you that you can love God and love money, has a mind set according to the flesh (Romans 8:5-6, ESV) and seems to forget that Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money,” (Matthew 6:24, ESV).
This is where Joel and his wife miss the point. You cannot love the things of this world (and by love I mean putting them before God) and follow God, it’s absolutely impossible. Trust me, I’ve tried. God says in Exodus 20:3-6, “3 “You shall have no other gods before me.4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” God wants all of our devotion, all of our adoration, all our worship. To paraphrase Abraham Kuyper, “There is nothing in this world that God doesn’t claim, “Mine!””
To put it simply, Anon, God is completely sovereign over His creation, and deserves to be glorified in our lives.