I have read several threads now on how some people knock Joel Osteen for his ‘prosperity gospel’. Have any of these people ever read any of his books? Have they truly listened to his message? Have they examined themselves to see where they have ‘stinkin’ thinkin’’? What you fear about him reveals just how out of touch all of you are with the reality of God’s love. And exactly what have your attitudes reaped? Acrimony, derision and mediocrity? Now that's something to admire! Get a life; all of you!
You claim that because he lives in a beautiful home that heis crooked. Are you jealous? What about all of the missionary work he does and that his church supports? You knock this man yet still buy pizzas from Papa John? Hypocrites! Joel actually HELPS people! Does Papa John? He sells them cheap decorated pizzas and pays his workers minimum wage while maintaining his 30 foot MOAT!
My wife and I volunteered at an event of Joel's in Philadelphia a few years back. His staff treated us well; they prayed with us; they never ASKED for money; they made themselves available if we had any special requests. If you watch his program he never asks for cash. He offers free books for those who donate. He turns over most of his income from his best seller books to his church. Now, that's something to scoff about? Only those without would damn him for something they wish they had. Unbelievable!
I didn't see a 30 foot moat around Joel's house! Only someone living in fear would needa 30 foot moat to keep others out? Why does John Schnatter fear others? Could it be that he has made millions off of the back of minimum wage workers? Comparing him to Joel Osteen is ludicrous. Joel does his own work; he writes books and they SELL! Why? Because they teach that God is on YOUR side and that health, wealth, prosperity and abundance are already given to you by grace. Not some crusty old pseudo-Christian attitude that being poor is good!
Being healthy gives you a long and happy life! Being wealthy affords you the opportunity to help others MORE!! Being prosperous allows you to grow and expand with others!!! Being abundant allows you to share your talents, skills and abilities with others and ADD TO their lives!!!! And what’s wrong with all of these things? NOTHING!!! What’s wrong are those with a childish and ignorant attitude concerning what they term the ‘prosperity gospel’.
Some have claimed that I am brainwashed by the prosperity gospel. No brainwashing here! We are all created to be healthy, wealthy, prosperous and abundant! It is foolish to believe the LIARS that say we aren't. Take your fake God and shove it where the Sun don't shine. God is love and love NEVER takes away. It always adds to! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)