Matthew 7:13-15 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

“Joel Osteen, pastor of the largest church in America, says that Mormons are Christians. In an interview with The Washington Post, Osteen said: “I don’t know if it’s the purest form of Christianity, like I grew up with. But you know what, I know Mormons. I hear Mitt Romney–and I’ve never met him–but I hear him say, ‘I believe Jesus is the son of God, I believe He’s my savior,’ and that’s one of the core issues” (Washington Post, Oct. 26, 2011). Osteen is biblically ignorant and spiritually naive at a frightful level. The Bible warns of false christs and false gospels (2 Cor. 11:1-4). False teachers use the same language as sound Bible teachers but they have a different dictionary. Jesus warned of many who would call Him Lord and even do many wonderful works but they are not saved (Matthew 7:21-23). The Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints exalts its own writings as authoritative alongside Scripture, teaches that salvation is by faith plus works, denies the Trinity, claims that God was once a man, that Jesus Christ was a created being, that he had many wives, that he is the brother of Satan, that men have pre-existent souls, that the living can be baptized for the salvation of the dead, and that those who endure faithfully in this life will be gods in the next. In fact, Mormonism denies or corrupts most cardinal doctrines of the New Testament faith.” (Emphasis added)

– David Cloud

“Osteen promotes some of prosperity theology’s favorite notions, such as reprogramming your mind with positive thoughts or changing your life with the power of your spoken words…Much like Rick Warren, Joel Osteen promotes the unbiblical idea of self esteem, which while appealing to the flesh, is not compatible with biblical teaching”

– The Berean Call

“Joel Osteen, pastor of a megachurch in Houston , Texas , has been selected by Barbara Walters as one of the 10 Most Fascinating People for 2006. This is the first time that a pastor has appeared on the annual television special. Osteen focuses on a ‘positive’ message and refuses to preach on such things as repentance and judgment. You won’t hear a red-hot sermon on hell, such as those that Jesus preached, at Lakewood Church . Walters said it was ‘steen’s positive message and huge congregation that led her to pick him. An uncompromising Bible preacher will never be rewarded by this wicked world. The world did not love Jesus 2,000 years ago and it does not love those who are faithful to His message today. ‘Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets’ (Luke 6:26). ‘If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also’ (John 15:19-20).” (Emphasis added)

– David Cloud

“Osteen is yet another of the many Word Faith teachers currently infesting our Lord’s Church–an alarmingly arrogant breed who are now fearlessly spouting their doctrines of devils.”

– Ken Silva

“Osteen teaches essentially the same theology as his Word of Faith mentors, but he gives it an updated twist. …This is a message that appeals to the flesh of unbelievers and worldly- minded Christians and would account for the superstar status that Osteen now has… I am charging Joel Osteen with being a false teacher: a man who has twisted the gospel to entice the fallen nature of people, who has turned God into a genie, and who has distorted Scripture to present a warm and fuzzy yet warped form of Christianity. ”

– Southern View Chapel (June/July 2009 – Volume 15, Issue 4)

More Info:

1. Joel Osteen: “I don’t know”

2. Joel Osteen Says Homosexuality is ‘a Sin’ but Won’t ‘Preach on It.’

3.  Joel Osteen Unsure if Jesus Was Poor

4. Slumbering Dogs, Greedy Dogs

5. The Leaven of Lakewood



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