Saturday, October 27, 2007

A Better You?

I got to work today around 655 am and was walking to my desk and just happened to glance over at a co-workers desk to see Mr. Mullet man. When I see Joel; I have to be honest here-he makes my stomach a little sick. I am going to post some stats later about Joel Osteen so you can have a little history on him. Why does Joel make me sick? Simply stated, "He makes a public mockery of the sacrificial work of Christ on the Cross." Osteen makes it seem as if Christ died so that we can have "a better life now." This is light years away from the truth of the Gospel. We are to have our affections set on things eternal not on the temporary futility of this momentary life. Christ suffered the wrath of God so that we could have far more than what this puny world has to offer.

Just a reality check to see how Christian our nation has become; we look at the nations largest churches HERE
Osteen more than doubles the second largest church in America. We are living in a day as to where the reality of the prophetic scriptures are literally coming alive.

2 Tim 4:3 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.

1Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

If you even think for a second that Joel is a Christian, I am praying for you to awake from your twice dead state. Hope I don't sound harsh but let us walk down the familiar Galatian road to see how Paul feels about the same topic.

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Paul holds back nothing here. He at a time preached and brought the unadulterated Gospel to the people of Galatia and before he returned the Judaizers had come in to bring in a addition to the true Gospel. They started to say that as Christians we have to hold the Mosaic Law and this was called by the Great Apostle Paul in the Greek "Anathema" In Greek this word means a man accursed, devoted to the direst of woes.

1 Corinthians 7:19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

It is interesting that those teaching circumcision were said to have intentionally departed from the truth in order to make money from teaching circumcision or to glory in the flesh of those they deceived while those that innocently believed it is what God wanted were to be reprimanded to make them strong in the faith. It is as though the false teachers, being unwilling to repent of their false teaching, would not be corrected through reprimand as someone who made an innocent mistake would be corrected through reprimand.

Let us examine the 7 things Joel Speaks about is his book in order to become a better you.

1) Keep Pressing Forward
2) Be Positive Towards Yourself
3) Develop Better Relationships
4) Develop Better Habits
5) Embrace the Place You Are
6) Develop Your Inner Life
7) Stay Passionate About Life

I am not going to waist my time articulating why these things that Joel speaks about are not Biblical. Just watch the videos and try to imagine Apostle Paul or Christ preaching messages like this man. God Bless in CHRIST