If medals were handed out to those who spoke the gospel truth clearly, Joel Osteen would not be in the line to receive anything. In fact, he will most probably receive a medal for being a top ranked gospel fudger, since it seems, he simply can’t resist fudging the gospel! The thing with Osteen is that he doesn’t get it wrong in private, in discussions one-on-one! No, he chooses to show the world his complete ignorance concerning the gospel on major television shows like Larry King Live, and now again in an interview with The Washington Times.
In this interview, Osteen said that Mormonism is just another form of Christianity, such as Baptists and Methodists. Like Dr. Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says, “By now, it is clear that Joel Osteen’s carelessness is deliberate and calculated.” Osteen has made statements similar to this so many times, that it simply cannot be out of ignorance, but from a calculated philosophy of life that refuses to deal with the truth and exclusivity of the gospel! For someone who has been a pastor for some time now, and with the responsibility of shepherding the number of people that attend his church, Osteen is remarkably cavalier about the truth of the gospel, and about the cultic and heretical teachings all around us today.
We can expect statements such as Osteen has made from the ordinary standard Christian in the pew, since most do not take the time to study the absolute truths of the gospel. However, Osteen has drawn the line in the sand, and by his statements it is clear that he is standing on the side of heresy.
Dr. Al Mohler has written an insightful commentary on Joel Osteen’s latest heretical outbursts, in his article named, “Does Joel Osteen Not Know, or Does He Not Care?” Read it as you think about what Osteen is claiming here!