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60 Minutes, Joel Osteen, and ESPN October 16, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Evangelicalism, Joel Osteen, Personalities, Prosperity Gospel, Religion.

I did not see the 60 Minutes piece on Osteen but heard about it here on ESPN Radio. (UPDATE: The date to look under is 10/15/2007. The theme: Appreciate Greatness.) WARNING! You have to register for a podcast to play this. Basically Cowherd was making a point about the critical spirit of American society. He asks why someone is critical of Osteen when he preaches a positive message that gets people “under the tent.” Cowherd does not claim to be religious and his question is legitimate. The answer can be found in the links below but the short answer is this: “A message that sounds positive but is not true is not a positive message but a lie.” 

The post is about Osteen, the links about related topics (HT: The Shepherd’s Scrapbook)

There are a lot of connecting links here mainly to detractors of Joel Osteen but one video link where he speaks for himself to Larry King. Thanks to the fellows who gathered these links.

Links to Michael Horton (he was interviewed on 60 Minutes about Osteen) articles. (HT: Pastor and People by Dustin Benge)

Osteen’s newest book reviewed and a segment of him on Larry King Live. (HT: Expository Thoughts by Paul Lamy)



1. Harold Maude - October 18, 2007

I’m always torn when it comes to Joel Osteen. Yes, he does have uplifting messages for everyone and offers sound words of advice in terms of living a wise life.

As for the religious part, I see it like this. 1. He is introducing folks to GOD, or at least getting some folks to (positively) reconsider their relationship with HIM; 2. He’s not telling anyone to give him money, or telling them they have to sew (their finances) to reap (material wealth), or that he has some kind of direct connection to GOD (like most of this word of faith ‘preachers’ do); 3. Although he always keeps his message about GOD, I don’t think I’ve ever heard this dude mention Jesus, the Holy Spirit and keeping up w/ GOD’s laws…

The biggest disservice I think he’s doing anyone is by only offering to guide them half way… which goes into what you said about a positive message. Osteen gives the impression that you can just go about these things, but neglects to mention that nothing much will happen unless you have a sound spiritual life/ relationship with GOD.

So, OK. He’s lying. I’d still take him over all of those snakes hawking people’s money.

2. Roger - October 31, 2007

It’s easy to bring someone to the Lord, the hard part is building a strong foundation under him or her to gout in the world and preach to others, and it is clear to me that Olstein’s tactics does not do that and that is dangerous and many will say, playing right into satan’s hands. He wants us christians to take the back seast and keep to ourselves and I have seen nothing in Olstein’s tactics that says otherwise.

3. Rafael - December 29, 2007

Once again, Joel Osteen’s utter failure to uphold Christian truth in an age of apostacy only further supports what is all too clear about his teaching: it is spiritually bankrupt.

Here is a link to articles our ministry has created on Osteen’s heretical compromise that is anointed as “Christianity” today.


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