CNN fails to learn; Joel Osteen fails to teach April 25, 2012Posted by #4 in Everything but the kitchen sink.
Tags: Bible, Christ, CNN, God, Jesus, Joel Osteen, Mitt Romney, Mormon, Mormonism, Osteen
CNN just posted “Five things we learned from Joel Osteen” on their website. You can read it here. There are two things that stick out ( to me, anyway ): 1. CNN doesn’t know how to interview and get to the heart of the matter and 2. Joel Osteen has no message worth receiving.
I will be completely honest from the outset. I really know nothing about Osteen. I have never heard him preach, I have never read one of his books. I only know that he is introduced as a Christian pastor of America’s largest church but beyond that I do not even know if he is really a Christian; I am reluctant to take him at his word, especially after reading this article by Eric Marrapodi and Dan Gilgoff. There are many people today who claim Christianity as their faith, but they are wolves in sheep’s clothing leading many people astray. Lets take a look at what CNN learned and break it down, from a true Christian perspective.
Number 1. Osteen’s optimism is unflappable: apparently Mr. Osteen is a “glass-half-full” kind of guy. As long as his own church is doing great, the state of other churches across the nation and the world doesn’t really bother him. Also..
“The denominations aren’t as big of a deal so they may not look for a church that just says the First Church for Baptists or Methodists or Catholics,” he said. “They look for place where people are believers of a like minded faith. And so I see those types of churches growing and that’s the type of church our is.”
I don’t really have a problem with his statement about denominations not being a big deal. I happen to agree that denominations really are a stumbling block to people and keep them from living according to God’s Word; instead they live according to the rules and traditions of their denomination, much like the Pharisees that Jesus confronted during his earthly 3 year ministry. What I have a problem with is his generic statement of “like minded faith”. This could, and usually does include any belief no matter how ridiculous or stupid. As usual, CNN failed to follow up on this with pointed questions, they just let it roll on by. Obliviously, the reporters were just having a quaint chat.
Number 2. He hates weighing in on politics but will – sometimes. Politics, according to Osteen, “divides people”. When I read that I could not believe how perceptive this guy is. No one has ever been able to figure that out about politics. Amazing.
He also said that it’s “not my personality to call something a threat…”
If Mr. Osteen is truly a follower of Christ, then as a preacher, he better be prepared to call something a threat when it really is. Christ not only called things a threat, he confronted them head on to the point of enraging them. By not identifying threats, Mr. Osteen is leading his flock down a dangerous path and not preparing them for reality. Threats are all around us, especially from our own government. We are losing, in our lifetime, all the liberties afforded us by our founders and all those who fought and died to preserve those liberties. Failure to point that out is a benefit to no one.
Number 3. Osteen sees Mormons as fellow Christians.
“When I hear Mitt Romney say that he believes that Jesus is the Son of God, that he’s the Christ, raised from the dead, that he’s his savior – that’s good enough for me,”
What Mr. Osteen, and thereby default, CNN, is failing to tell you is everything behind that statement from Mitt Romney. Just like his reluctance to identity a threat, Mr. Osteen is reluctant to tells us what Mormons really believe. Maybe he doesn’t know?
Yes, Mormons claim Jesus as their Savior. but they are very reluctant to tell you that they do NOT hold him as part of the Godhead: Father, Son and Holy Spirit – the Trinity. In fact, God to them was a man just like us who attained immortality, having flesh and bone and is one of many other gods. They also believe that Jesus is a spirit brother to Satan. They also, as taught by Brigham Young, believe that Christs blood sacrifice on the cross was not sufficient to forgive all sins. Completely contrary to Biblical doctrine.
All lunatic and twisted and blasphemous. Everything that the Mormon church teaches about God is false and evil and there is a lot more. Basically all a lie straight from the father of lies himself, Satan. That is one reason that I will not vote for Romney. Anyone who adheres to this wicked and evil religion cannot be trusted, because their whole belief system is bankrupt. For Osteen to not point this out is a major mistake on his part as a “Christian” pastor.
Number 4. The point of Osteen’s TV broadcast is inspiring people and getting them to church. Getting people to church is not a bad thing, unless it is a church that does not teach from Holy Scripture the Bible. It doesn’t matter if they call themselves Baptist or Catholic or whatever, if they don’t teach the inerrant and infallible Word of God and that Christ is the only means of our salvation – then get out of there as fast as you can because they will lead you to your ultimate spiritual destruction. And if they teach from ANY book other than the Bible, they are deceiving you with lies.
Mr. Osteen should be more concerned about reaching people with the Gospel. Making disciples and baptizing them in the name of The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. That is the great commission. Church was never intended to be the means to win people to Christ, it is a place for Christian believers to serve one another and fellowship so they can go into the world and preach the Gospel. Obviously someone has missed the point or at least failed to point it out correctly.
Number 5. Serving communion to 40,000 people is tricky. Nothing was said about what communion is, who should take it and why it should be taken. CNN apparently doesn’t know or care – they could have asked.
The Bible is explicit in it’s warnings to who should and shouldn’t take communion and specifically why it should be taken. Mr. Osteen missed a golden opportunity to teach about this very personal act of worship. Communion is not to be taken lightly and especially not to be taken by anyone who is not living their life for God, having repented of their sins and accepted His free gift of Salvation. If anyone is living outside of God’s commands and they take communion, the Bible warns of dire consequences.
All in all, I found this article to be a complete waste of time, except as a subject for my ire: Mr. Osteen does not seem to be concerned about preaching the Gospel when he has this window of opportunity, and CNN is so lost in the religion of the world they don’t even know which questions to ask.
very much like “the blind leading the blind”.