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Joel Osteen, WWJD? Jesus would sell his $10 million dollar mansion.

By , February 8, 2012

What Would Jesus Do? 

Would he want his followers to buy a $10 million mansion like this?

 http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/07-04-10-after-move-to-river-oaks-joel-osteen-wants-to-sell-tanglewood-land-for-11-million/? 

Consider this from Matthew 25- “For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink.”

The only reason I’m taking the time to write about Joel Osteen again is because he is pronouncing homosexuality a “sin”, while he blatantly disobeys the command of Christ for Christians to live a life of moderation and selflessness.  He’s living a VERY lavish lifestyle, while as a disciple of Christ he is called to sell “ALL” his possessions and give to the poor. Luke 14:33

 ”To be content with what you have”. Hebrews 13:5

“Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? James 2:5

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out . And having food and clothing let us be content with that.” I Timothy 6:8

“Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.” Proverbs 30:8

Joel to Oprah: “I believe that homosexuality is shown as a sin in the scripture.”

You can watch the Oprah clip here: http://youtu.be/RTl1YLI8C5g

It’s quite convenient that Joel interprets some of the Bible literally when it comes to homosexuality, but easily wiggles himself out of other verses that fit his particular situation.

 I believe that extreme wealth for a disciple of Christ, is shown as SIN in the scripture.

“…none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has”. Luke 14:33

“If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor and you will have riches in heaven”.  (Matt. 19:21)

Sell your possessions and give alms”. Luke 12:33

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,…. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…. for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Matt. 6:19-21

“You cannot serve God and money.” Matthew 6:24

In this same Oprah interview Joel Osteen called himself a “big giver”.  But Jesus taught that you should NOT give out of your wealth, but out of sacrifice.  Otherwise, it’s meaningless.

Mark Chapter 12… Widows Mite story:

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

Even the Old Testament taught this principle of not offering God something that costs you nothing in II Samuel 24:24.

Let’s be honest Joel, the $10 million dollar mansion that you live in, could be sold for a more modest house.  Do you honestly think that God is pleased with you offering a fraction of what you make, living with much more than you need?  

Is it not more Christ-like to live in even just a $ 1 Million dollar home or how about a $500,000. home?

I believe that the Bible must be taken in its entirety, and without selective literalism.  My point in all of this is that you have no right to call homosexuality a sin, based on the Bible, while you yourself are not following the Bible’s teachings.

All in all, I personally think the Bible has some good, some bad, but that it was written by human hands.  But you claim to be a “Christ”-ian, so please live up to the name. Ask yourself WWJD?

If you want to live like a real “Christ”-ian, I suggest you study the ministry of Keith Green, a fellow Texan, who refused to charge for his concerts or make money off of his record deals; opting instead to help the homeless, sick and downtrodden with the income God had blessed him with. You’d be a lot more credible if you lived this way.  Instead you are using your Christian books, not as a ministry, but as a business.  You are selling a feel good, twisted version of Christ’s gospel.  WWJD?

 

 


The Irony of Joel Osteen

By , October 6, 2011

Joel Osteen says “Live Your Best Life Now.”  

Really? Here and now?  That’s not what Jesus taught- our treasure is in Heaven… Christians are to live a life of contentment and service now.  Now is the time to sell the $10 million mansion, stop being “lukewarm” and actually live like Jesus did, simply.

WWJD w/ $$$$$$ millions? I think I can figure that out…

MATTHEW 25 “ I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t have any particular feelings about Osteen himself, but I have to disagree with his “lifestyle”.  You see, Joel Osteen says he’s a Christian, aka a follower of Jesus Christ.  Yet if we look at the life and the calling of Jesus upon his disciples, it’s well a bit different than Joel’s lifestyle.

I don’t make a habit of judging other people or their personal lives, yet there is a lot of irony here.  Joel and his wife live in a mansion.  And well, the Christ had some things to say about wealth.

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt,…. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven…. for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Matt. 6:19-21

“…none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has”. Luke 14:33

 “If you want to be perfect, go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor and you will have riches in heaven”.  (Matt. 19:21)

 “Sell your possessions and give alms”. Luke 12:33

The only reason I would point this out at all, is that Mr. Osteen went on the Piers Morgan show this week and said that being gay is a sin. hmm.  A little cherry picking?  Yes, I’d say that once again we have a Christian, that is promoting particular interpretations of bible, while ignoring other parts of the “HOLY” scripture all together.

Also, for Mrs. Osteen, in keeping with the WHOLE Word of God, I’d have to say your jewelry, dress and makeup, is well, a sin.  “That women should adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in seemly apparel, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire” . 1 Tim. 2:9 

“Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit…”

Victoria Osteen, just saying: “Let the women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but let them be in subjection: I Cor. 14:34

“I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” I Timothy 2:12

You see, the Bible as a whole is well, kinda ridiculous.  Yes, we’re sentimental about it in our culture.  But really there are some silly things in there, written by mere men, not God.  Men who had alot of personal feelings and opinions influence their writings, men who had no understanding of modern science and human sexuality. Keep in mind, Apostle Paul even stated in II Corinthians 8 and other places that he is giving his opinion, “I speak not by Commandment … and herein I give my advice” 2 Cor. 8: 8-10.  God’s word? no Paul’s.  Please, Mr. Osteen understand that the bible is not the perfect, straightforward book you think it is and that it has no place in our civil laws.  We are Americans.  We are black, white, christian, non-Christian, all different, all citizens who deserve the civil right to be married.

Here is a video of Joel Osteen declaring being gay a sin and gay marriage being wrong…

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