I am not the least bit impressed with this useless commentary on Joel Osteen. I am in my 70’s a born-again Christian since 1985 & spirit filled. Joel Osteen’s father was a true bible-believing Christian. Joel Osteen isn’t …he doesn’t preach the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 3:3 “ Unless you are born-again you will NEVER see the Kingdom of Heaven. (Take that one up with God).
Love doesn’t get you into Heaven… believing & receiving Jesus Christ & being born from above .. does. Love is one of the Fruits of the Spirit. Joel Osteen has the largest church in the US preaching ‘another’ gospel. If you were a true Christian you would know this. He is leading his flock right into the pits of hell by not preaching the Word of God. I know several people who watch his program on TV ‘religiously’ are not born-again, don’t read their Bible & didn’t have a clue when I tried to explain it to them.
No- Christians do not EXPECT Pastors to live in the poor house. That’s why Christians Tithe to the Church. I personally don’t know any ‘poor’ Pastors…. but nor do I know any Pastors that live in a 10 1/2 Million dollar Mansion. The good news of Christ is not Preached to make people RICH…and he should be ashamed of himself. Taking people’s money to mae himself rich? A disgrace. The Gospel has NEVER been about you being rich. It’s about you being enriched by the grace of God.
I suggest YOU read your Bible, understand it & then you will KNOW the TRUTH about Joel Osteen.
Oh btw read the part where Christ says MANY False Prophets Will Arise and Deceive Many’ Indeed, notice again that Jesus said, “Many shall come in my name “ — His name being Jesus. Furthermore, they would come in His name, not with His name or bearing His name. They would presume to represent Him — So a clearer rendering of what Jesus meant in Matthew 24:4–5 would be: “Take heed that no one deceives you. for many shall come claiming to represent Me. It is these people — false preachers and teachers claiming to be Christian — who would proliferate and deceive ever more people as the end of the age neared.
The apostle Paul later affirmed, in a Christian context, that “evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:13). So not only do they deceive others. These false teachers themselves are deceived.
In His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus issued the following warning regarding false prophets or preachers: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves”
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ [merely acknowledging Him as Lord], shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). Then notice: “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied [preached or taught] in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’” (Matthew 7:22).
Again, as in Matthew 24, we see such preachers coming in Jesus’ name — having done various works in His name. But their lives are not lives conformed to the will of God. Jesus concludes, “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:23).
Perhaps, you should write an article on this.