Joel Osteen’s Christless Ministry

Galatians 1:8-9(KJV)

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. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Joel Osteen is the leader of the biggest church in America. Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, has over 43,000 members.

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When I see the above picture, I find it mind-blowing. How can so many people be brainwashed by this guy? If they read their Bible, they’d know that Joel Osteen was a wolf-like sheep.

Why do I call him that? Because he’s not a pastor, he’s a motivational speaker. Joel doesn’t use Jesus’ name, doesn’t talk about being saved by the Blood, doesn’t even talk about going to hell for not believing. So what does he talk about, and why are so many people flocking to him?

“When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.”

“It’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It’s God’s will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt.”

“If we say it long enough eventually we’re going to reap a harvest. We’re going to get exactly what we’re saying.”

These are just a few of his quotes. They don’t even sound scriptural. But they sure do sound good, and if you didn’t know your Bible, that’s the sort of nonsense you’d want to hear. That’s why so many people attend his church, he makes them feel good about themselves.

What he’s doing is called “New Age“, and not only isn’t biblical, it strongly goes AGAINST the Bible. Do not be fooled by this wolf-like sheep!

Begotten

John 3:16 (KJV)

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

What does “begotten” mean? This is perhaps one of the most quoted verses in the entire Bible, after Genesis 1:1 and Psalms 23. Yet most people don’t even know what that one word means. I didn’t know until a minute ago (which led me to writing this post). In fact, the word is so overlooked that it’s removed from the NIV, the version a majority of Americans are using. Unfortunately.

According to Google, the word means, “A past participle of beget.” Click on “beget” and you get “(typically of a man, sometimes of a man and a woman) bring (a child) into existence by the process of reproduction.”

Okay, so that just means Jesus is his son. why do we need such a fancy word to explain that? Heck, the word “son” is the very next word after “begotten”. That’s redundant!

Now hold on a second, previous paragraph. That word wouldn’t be there unless there was a reason for it being there. Let’s look deeper. What is that word in Greek?

μονογενῆ (or monogenes). which means, “single of its kind“.

I think we can agree that there never has been and never will be anyone like Jesus. Therefore, He truly is God’s only begotten Son. The evil NIV tries to downplay Him by making the verse “one and only Son”, which devalues the original text. That’s why that one word is so important. By saying Jesus is God’s “one and only Son”, you’re putting doubt into people’s mind that Jesus is in fact God. Because if He’s His Son, and he was born 2,000 years ago, yet God is eternal, how can Jesus be God? Insert the word “begotten” and you have your answer.

One word makes a difference between understanding and being mislead.

 

Biblical Translations

 

3 John 1:4 (KJV)

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

 

One of the biggest controversies splitting modern Christians is the debate over which English translation of the Bible is the most accurate. I’m going to just say right now that it’s the King James Version. No sense making that be the twist ending of this post, because it wouldn’t be much of a twist. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have noticed that I’ve been using that version since the beginning of this series. My goal here is to prove that it’s the correct version and why other, more modern versions are actually evil.

What? The Bible is evil? When it changes the Word of God to fit an agenda, then yes, it’s evil. Let’s start with the New International Version, which is the most popular modern version. What do the translators of the NIV have to say?

“Even the best literal translation can’t follow the original form all the time. And even the best meaning-based translation can’t capture every detail of meaning found in the original.”

That was the translators themselves (not some anti-NIV website) stating that it’s not possible to translate the Bible so that the original meaning is there. So by there own admission, their version isn’t complete or authoritative.

Michael Marlowe of Bible Researcher has this to say:

“In June of 2011 the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) published a critique of the 2011 NIV, which describes and criticizes the gender-neutralizing alterations of the revision. The critique is carefully written, and I recommend it highly. It should be studied by those who are considering using this version. The critique rightly emphasizes the fact that the revision is designed “to water down or omit details of meaning that modern culture finds offensive.” This is the crux of the matter: the theoretical position taken by the NIV revisers, that the language of the version must be made inoffensive to the sensitivities of feminism. That is what makes the revision unacceptable to conservatives.”

Romans 9:33 (KJV)

33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

The Bible will offend people. By changing things to make it inoffensive, you’re changing the word of God, which is forbidden.

Interpreting the Bible is very important to understanding it. This page is a clear example of people who read the Bible and misinterpreted it. I’m going to run through real fast and refute their claims.

The site says: “1- Notice in Luke 24:1, the women came to the tomb with medicine and found Jesus gone.  If he was already dead, they would have no reason to bring this to dead Jesus.  But Jesus was alive and was receiving medical treatment.”

Luke 24:1 (KJV)

24 Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

Spices are not medicines. Jesus was a Jew, remember? Here’s a Jewish website explaining Jewish burial customs. they use spices instead of flowers.

The site says: “2- Also, notice in John 20:15, Mary Magdalene thought Jesus was a gardener, after he healed and rose back up.”

Here, context is key, so I included the verse before and the verse after:

John 20:14-16 (KJV)

14 And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.

She wasn’t looking at Him and didn’t even realize it was Jesus.

 

The site says: “3- And in John 20:17, Jesus was still in pain, he told Mary Magdalene “touch me not!”.”

John 20:17 (KJV)

17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Basically, “Don’t waste any time, but go tell people that I have risen.”

The site says: 4- And in John 20:19-29, Jesus showed his original body to the disciples, and they checked it. Jesus Christ: Never actually died. He has always been alive in the tomb receiving medical treatment. He was never buried underground, or in a coffin. He was laid on the floor, alive.”

These spiritually blind people were falsely preaching that Jesus was alive in the tomb, merely getting medical treatment, and they used modern traditions to back up their claims. It was customary of the time to bury people in a tomb (back in those days it was more like a cave than what we consider a tomb these days. They were saying that because there was no coffin, and because Jesus physically appeared to His Disciples, he never died. they were denying the Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. that’s what satan wants the world to do.

To really understand the Word of God, and to avoid corrupt teaching like the one I just presented, you need a correct translation of the Bible. But how can I be sure that the King James Bible is the one true English version? As always, I will back up my claims.

But lucky for me, Jesus-Is-Savior.com already thoroughly did this for me. That link is a list of other links proving that the King James Version is the authoritative version of the Bible. And here is a list of verses deleted from the NIV.

I know most people reading this will probably be thinking, “But the King James version is written in Shakespearean and is impossible to understand. NIV and modern translations are written in plain English”. I know you’re thinking that because I thought the same way my entire life until recently. I used the NIV my whole life, always being told I should use the KJV. I’m dyslexic, so I always used that as my excuse for not reading the hard-to-read version. But eventually, last week, I did the research for myself and was shocked to find out how many changes modern versions made. Modern translations of the Bible literally attack God’s Word by changing things around, removing words or verses, and by trying hard not to offend anyone. King James Version offends people, because it makes them realize they’re living in sin. it doesn’t shy away from the heavy stuff.

And as for being hard to read, once I saw the truth, I started trying to read the KJV more, and now, a week later, it’s not a problem for me. I’m dyslexic and I can understand it. If I come across something i don’t understand, I merely research it until I understand it. There is no excuse for not understanding God’s Word.