This Joel Osteen guy seems to be getting a lot of press. Just to keep abreast of the goings on:
There’s a helpful post on him here.
His own self-help / power of positive thinking / “ministry” page is here.
An insightful review of his “opening night ceremonies” can be found here.
Just in case you ever needed proof of 2 Timothy 4:3-4.
And in reference to this nonsense (Osteen’s comments, not James’), Osteen needs to be warned–like all “loving inclusivists” and “humble emergents” need to be warned–with the warning God gave Ezekiel. We would be wise to preach and to teach with the love Christ modelled. We would be pleasing to God if we were to fulfill our ministries as Paul did. “The whole counsel of God” that Paul declared to the Ephesian elders included hell. Why are we so afraid to present that message now?
If we are ministers of a better covenant (see 2 Cor. 3 or the whole book of Hebrews), how much greater will our condemnation be than Ezekiel’s if we are unfaithful to proclaim to people that they are sinners under the just wrath of a holy God?
How will we escape having their blood on our hands if we don’t preach the reality of sin and hell? How can we call it “love” and “humility” when we are really just too chicken to make a bold proclamation like “I know the way of salvation and others don’t.”
If we can’t make that proclamation without blushing, why even call ourselves Christian?