July 07, 2010

The Apostle Paul vs. Joel Osteen

The [prosperity] Gospel according to Joel Osteen:
"The fourth aspect--and one of the most important--to developing a fresh vision for your life is discovering how to experience more of God's favor. The Bible clearly states, "God has crowned us with glory and honor. The word 'honor' could also be translated as 'favor,' and favor means to assist to provide with special advantages and to receive preferential treatment. In other words, God wants to make your life easier. He wants to assist you, to promote you, to give you advantages. He wants you to have preferential treatment." pg 38 Your Best Life Now

Beyond the utter contradiction such rubbish is to the weight of biblical witness, is the affront it is to the marvel of Paul's wisdom in Philippians 2:5-7

"Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men."

In other words, we cannot possibly have any more "favor" with God than the favor He has shown us in His becoming a human being in order to save us from ourselves; our sin.

And what is the context of the wonder of God's favor as evidenced by Christ's incarnation?
More of Paul's wisdom: "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others." Philippians 2:3-4

More of Joel O's wisdom? "I've come to expect to be treated differently. Ive learned to expect people to want to help me. My attitude is I'm a child of the Most High God... I can expect people to go out of their way to want to help me." pg 39 Your Best Life Now

As soon as a publisher gets a clue, The Proper Pursuit of Prosperity will be published.


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