Thursday, January 15, 2009

Is this guy a false prophet?

This Sunday for our Night Light service at 6pm I'll be teaching about how to fight against false teaching. So I want to take a couple posts to expose a little false teaching here by way of example. Let's start with the "Oasis of Love". Joel Osteen may be one of the happiest guys on the planet. He may be genuine in everything he says and writes. Even so, he is genuinely wrong in a lot of his teaching. I believe Joel Osteen has the spiritual gift of exhortation or encouragement. It is obvious the Lord uses him in this way. However it is equally obvious that he has not heeded the words of Paul in 1 Timothy 4:6 to be, "Constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine." Paul also says in verse 13, "Give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching" and in verse 16 to "Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching". Mr. Osteen's admitted ignorance as it concerns the sound doctrine of the Word has often been taken advantage of by the Enemy to deceive and confuse people. We need to pray for him but we also need to be wary of what he says. There is an old saying that someone can know just enough to be dangerous.

Go HERE for an insightful review of Joel Osteen's book, Your Best Life Now.

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