April 18, 2016
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A Twitter Survey of @JoelOsteen

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A Christless, and or Crossless Gospel is no Gospel at all.

Contributor puts together a twitter survey on Joel Osteen. One of the most successful pastors of one of the largest churches in America. Osteen who tweets 2-4 times a day, appears to present a Christless gospel message, according to the Twitter survey. Personally, I have never tuned into Osteen’s TV program, or attended a single service, or know him personally. I have never read any of his books, except for one of his father’s books. I have been disappointed with responses to

Personally, I have never tuned into Osteen’s TV program, or attended a single service, or know him personally. I have never read any of his books, except for one of his father’s books. I have been disappointed with responses to some of Larry Kings questions, but that was more about a personal preference on my part. I thought he should have taken the opportunity to present the Gospel message on homosexuality. Instead, he chose to talk about his book. After all, Osteen was on Larry King’s show
to promote his book. I want to say his book’s title was ” your best life now”.

My initial thoughts after reading the survey reminded me of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, specifically, chapter 1:1-10 as a warning to the Galatian churches, that it is possible some are preaching another Gospel than the word given through Christ to the Apostles. My take away from the article; The body of Christ in this final hour should examine the message we communicate even our tweets, making sure we are pointing the unbeliever to God the Father, Christ and the Holy Spirit who are one, foremost. [Editor of HeraldSound]

From Evangelist Reinhardt Bonnke official Facebook Page: here is what he had to say along the same lines of a crossless gospel, ” Any portrayal of God without Calvary is a betrayal. The church is here to absolutely and essentially make known that “God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself.” His blood finally exhibits His heart. A Crossless Christianity is nothing but a caricature. “I am NOT ashamed…” (Romans 1,16)…are you? REINHARD BONNKE

The Apostle Paul’s Warning to the Galatians

Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers and sisters with me,To the churches in Galatia: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse! Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:1-10http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…

 

Joel Osteen Likes God…He just doesn’t like Jesus [A Twitter Survey of @JoelOsteen] 54

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I often talk about the Christ-less Gospel of Joel Osteen. Whenever people ask me what I mean by that, I always tell them this; Joel Osteen does not talk about the Christian Gospel. Joel does not follow in the footsteps of Paul and share this message

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you,which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve… 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

Rather, the gospel of Joel Osteen, the “good news” that he brings is that “God loves you and wants to save you from life of mediocrity and small dreams. Therefore, if you believe in God and be obedient to him, God will give you a plan for your life that includes big dreams, self-esteem, favor, health and wealth, influence, a better job, a positive self-image and a fulfilled life free of negativity”. That’s it. That’s what it’s all about. That is the sum of just about every book, every sermon, every media appearance, and every tweet of Joel Osteen, condensed into a few sentences.

That being said, there is something very important to understand about Joel Osteen: He does talk about God. A lot. You cannot accuse the man of not mentioning him because he’s all over that. Here’s the thing, though- Its never really in a personal sense. Joel talks about God, but its always in a vague amorphous sense. There is certainly nothing distinctly Christian or Biblical about it. There’s nothing doctrinal or theological about the way he talks about God. Rather is an ethereal, shapeless, formless, customizable, singular being thing that is out there called God that functions like a cosmic vending machine whose sole purpose is seeming to bless you and make your life better. Even when he mentions God, it’s not ABOUT God, but it’s about what God can do for YOU.

feed, Jesus is Not. Joel Osteen rarely, if ever, mentioned Jesus. He rarely, if every, mentions Christ. This is true when you listen to his sermons, read his tweets, and listen to him on whatever talk show he’s touring. Let me give you some basic numbers

Just for kicks I did a quick survey of all Joel Osteen tweets in the last year. I can’t go further back, so we’ll stick with going back to July 8, 2013, which is a little more than a year ago. Out of Joel Osteens806 tweets, not including any of his replies to other people, he mentions “God” 334 times.

Want to guess how many times he mentioned “Jesus”?

Once.

One time.

I figured that number seemed a little, so I exchanged the word “Jesus” for “Christ”? And know how many times Christ was mentioned?

Twice.

Two times.

In the spirit of generosity I though perhaps Joel was more comfortable using his real name “Yeshua” and searched accordingly.

No times.

How about “Lord?”

One time. And it was referring to God.

So this is where we’re at. This means that Americans most influential pastor, the guy with the biggest Church [43,000 members]. One of the most well-known and most recognized pastors with the biggest platform, out of 806 tweets this last year, in a Twitter feed that is not about his personal life, but rather serves to communicate his version of theological truths about Christianity and Faith for his 2.6 million followers…Joel Osteen mentioned Jesus in some capacity 3 times.

I don’t have access to the rest of his twitter account, but if you extrapolate the numbers, going back to 2009 when he joined, out of his 11300 tweets, he mentioned the name Jesus, God in human flesh, our great God and savior who was fully man and fully God who excruciatingly bore the wrath of the father on a cross and died and rose again in propitiation for our sins- yeah that guy… he likely only got mentioned 24 times. On a Twitter feed designed to share the truth about the Christian life from a supposed Christian leader who tweets 2-4 times a day.

And know what? All three were at Easter. Nothing for the rest of the year. Which of course made me wonder “Didn’t he even mention Jesus at Christmas?” Nope. These were his four Christmas eve and Christmas tweets

Now of course if you look up to some of Joel’s favorite topics and the main message he likes to communicate, he references to “dreams” as in to quote a recent tweet “You’re closer to seeing that dream come to pass than you think. You may not be able to see it, but it can see you.” 48 mentions.

How about “great/greatness?” as in “You have the seeds of greatness, don’t allow something small to keep you from God’s best” 365 mentions

Or how “favor” as in “Go get your favor, your dream, your victory. It has your name on it.” 32 mentions

And you can put any other of his favorite buzzwords in a search bar, and you’ll get scores of hits.

But talk of Jesus..and his death and resurrection…his salvation…his shed blood and sin….the forgiveness he offers….his grace and mercy…his loving kindness- there’s nothing even remotely like that there.

But talk of Jesus..and his death and resurrection…his salvation…his shed blood and sin….the forgiveness he offers….his grace and mercy…his loving kindness- there’s nothing even remotely like that there.

Like I said, Christ-less

[Contributed by Dustin Germain]

 

[Added on 04/19/2016] An addendum to my notes would be: Believers cannot have fellowship or a close relationship with God the father without Christ who forgives us through his death, burial and resurrection. Christ sits at the right hand of the father pouring out his Spirit on the Body of Christ. Without Christ, we can not receive the person of the Holy Spirit who empowers the Church and the believer to live for God, to walk this Christian walk by the Spirit. We have been called to live in the Spirit not according to the flesh. Any other Gospel message leaves us to our own self-determined ways, which ironically is hostility with God and Christ. Editor@Heraldsound.com

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