Should we care about Joel Osteen?

If you are in doubt about that question, read Brian Lee’s article in the Daily Caller. As Brian suggests,

It is not primarily the details of Osteen’s biblical sunbeams that are problematic. It’s the overall message. What’s missing is any sense of human sin. Osteen leads his crowd in a mantra at the opening of his performance: “This is my Bible. Tonight I will be taught the word of God. I can do what it says I can do.” Again, bootstraps.

Earlier Sunday, 45 worshipers (about 0.1% of Osteen’s crowd) gathered at Christ Reformed Church in Logan Circle — and other churches in this city — to hear a message of sin and salvation, the Good News of a God who loves those who are his sworn enemies. They responded to God’s word with prayer, song, and confession, and received the benediction of a God who pardons sin full and free.

As Orthodox Christians we need to work hard to get our message out amid all the clutter of preachers like Joel Osteen. Lee’s article is winsome and gets straight to the point. Read the whole thing.


About Matthew J. Tuininga

Matthew J. Tuininga is the Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Posted on May 5, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Should we care about Joel Osteen?.

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