What do you think of Joel Osteen? Let’s see if that changes by the time you’ve read all this.
“We’re not doing this for GOD…
Do good for your own self.”
Sound like the words of a preacher’s wife? So said Joel Osteen’s other half one Sunday morning service! No doubt, Joel shares her opinion. After all she was standing next to him (with his giant grin of approval). She’s also co-pastor.
For those who don’t know much about Joel Osteen, he is the leader of a multimillion dollar enterprise known as Joel Osteen Ministries and Lakeland Church, a megachurch that meets at a former sports arena, the Compaq Center, with 43,000 weekly in attendance—millions also watch on television.
Joel Osteen appears happy and oh so encouraging to multitudes around the world. But he doesn’t preach the basics of the Gospel— repentance from sin, and victory over sin and hell. Many of these words, he simply won’t use nor allow in church.
What’s the problem? Ever heard of Simon the Sorcerer/Believer? He was a man that captivated huge audiences, much like most tel-evangelists today.
Before you object, let me remind you Victoria is co-pastor of Lakeland megachurch. Secondly, when she said these words, her husband Joel the main pastor was beside her. Since then, he has also made comments in her defense and in approval.
“So I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re NOT doing it for God. That’s one way to look at it, we’re doing it for OURSELVES. Because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. That’s the thing that gives him the greatest joy this morning. So I just want you to know this morning, just do good for your OWNSELF. Do good because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re NOT doing it for God really! You’re doing it for YOURSELF! Because that’s what makes God happy, amen?”
You don’t need to say it; I already know. These blasphemous words went VIRAL. Carefully listen to the message of Joel Osteen’s wife. “We’re doing it for ourselves, do good for your ownself, we’re not doing it for God really”. Do you notice a similarity between this believer, Victoria Osteen and the believer Simon?
Yes. The EXALTATION of SELF.
Enticing men with passions for evil, historical satanism—the worship of satan and self-exaltation—has long kept its overt boundaries outside the doors of Christian churches. In 1948 the first public satanic group was planted in Ohio led by Herbert Arthur Sloane.
Then since the 1960’s, under his scheming devices, Anton Lavey created a new image of satanism called “modern satanism,” which is being used today to draw many ignorantly into this practice, and eventually to theistic satanism (worship of a literal devil). But they start with deception, just calling it all symbolism.
Lavey preached that satan is not an entity but is only a symbol of certain human traits. He preached that satan is only a symbol of pride, carnality and individualism. Individualism meaning, the individual must enforce their own meaning of life and rise above the conformity of the masses. That is EXALTATION OF SELF represented by satan, merely a symbol according to Lavey.
(Although I do NOT believe satan is merely a symbol, I’m not going to give satan the respect of capitalizing his ‘name.’ I’m following the example of my pastor, who also doesn’t do this.)
satan = symbol?
To mislead the people, Anton Lavey preached that satan is not a real entity, but is a symbol. Knowing satan is a real entity, his purpose was to move people to accept this satan worship as a harmless lifestyle and belief system. A palatable (a more ‘tasteful,’ easily accepted) form of satanism.
Anton Lavey in a defensive effort to explain why he preaches that lying doctrine after receiving criticism from other satanists, wrote in his book ‘Lucifer Rising’:
If they’re at all intelligent [other true satanist’s] …they’ll realize that there’s only so much I can say publicly…I will not advance things in print which make my position untenable (indefensible)…How long would the church of satan have lasted if I hadn’t appeased and outraged in just the right combination? It required a certain amount of discretion and diplomacy to balance the outrage.” (Lucifer Rising, p. 133)
At the end of last year, a satanic temple advocated for an image of satan also known as lucifer falling from heaven into hell to be placed next to a Nativity of the birth of YAHUSHUA during the Christmas Holidays—titled “Happy Holidays from the satanic temple.”
They gained the support of certain separatist groups because of the supposed belief of this organization that the devil is not real.
Mormonism is a little different, but I still see them as brothers in Christ.Joel Osteen – Mormonism officially teaches that satan and Jesus are literally brothers
Now in an interview with CBN news reporter Kristi Watts, we learn something about what Victoria Osteen and her husband preach, however Joel Osteen takes the wheel.
Watts: Some people want to know why you don’t say the “s” word, the “d” word, or the “h” word … sin, the Devil and Hell.
Joel Osteen: When I grew up, the Devil was a reason why I had a headache or the Devil was the reason I got mad today. We always blamed the Devil. I think today when I say the Enemy, I like to make it broader. Sometimes the Enemy can be our own thoughts. We’ve trained ourselves the wrong way. Or the Enemy can be our own lack of discipline.
Carefully listen to his doctrine.
A few years ago, my pastor Elisabeth Elijah also had something to say about this, “In his church, the words REPENTANCE and HELL and SATAN are not even allowed! If you even speak these words in his church or the word SIN, we have been told you can be escorted out by no less then 5 men! Can you imagine such a thing? Truly Joel Osteen has sold out to satan for financial wealth. And all his followers—if they don’t repent—shall follow him right into the bowels of hell!”
She mentions all this while warning that Sunday churches will be used to lead people to the antichrist during the Great Tribulation, “The spirit of the antichrist is in Joel Osteen’s church and ALL the organized churches that refuse to teach the Jewishness of our Messiah!”
Notice, Joel Osteen tells the CBN reporter that the enemy satan, is much “broader” for him now, and is a representative of other things such as our own thoughts, or lack of discipline.
Or in other words, this enemy is symbolic.
I believe that Jesus is the way to the one God, but I believe there are many paths to Jesus.Joel Osteen – notice he hasn’t at all said there’s only one way to GOD (John 14:6)
When he denies repeatedly (such as in his interviews with Oprah and Larry King) that the only way to salvation is alone true repentance through the cross of YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH (Hebrew for “Jesus the Christ”)—-is it really so shocking that the spirit of antichrist is already present in Joel Osteens church?
Every spirit that does not acknowledge YAHUSHUA, is not from GOD. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. (1 John 2:22)
In other words what he said in the interview, is that this enemy, satan is symbolic—exactly what Anton Levey taught and what the church of satan teaches. If the enemy is just symbolic, the implication is that there is no need to be concerned about sin or satan.
In other words, the antichrist and spirit of antichrist is just symbolic and there’s no need think twice about them. But the truth is we need to be on guard, especially because we are in the last days—most Christians will be on earth when the antichrist reveals himself. Except for a counterfeit, there’s no mass church pre-tribulation rapture.
Only a small remnant will be caught away to Heaven before the Great Tribulation. Some will remain sealed with divine protection, and many will be martyred (see Rev 7). But there will be a second rapture for all the surviving saints, martyrs and the Two Witnesses—however they will witness the events of the Tribulation, so we must concern ourselves with living Holy and stay on guard against antichrist doctrines and influence in this world.
Christians should not underestimate the devil for the antichrist will use the Sunday Churches to administer the mark of the beast—and anyone who takes the mark of the beast will be eternally damned (Rev 13:1-8; 14:9-11 etc). End Time Christians must take this seriously! Joel Osteen’s lukewarm messages are dangerous.
Now to make things clear the Word of God says, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8, NIV). When YAHUSHUA tells the parable of the sower (Matt 13:25), HE later interprets it and defines the enemy as an actual entity, “The enemy […] is the devil” (Matt 13:39). It really doesn’t get much clearer than this:
And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Revelation 12:9)
Make no mistake, satan, an entity, a fallen angel, who is the enemy of your soul is in no way symbolic, but is as real creature that will be judged by YAHUVEH GOD in the end of days along with those who promote satan’s agenda:
Joel Osteen, you have a price to pay. With your soul, you shall pay! You’re nothing more than the Orator (Speaker). You stand behind a pulpit but there’s nothing Holy in you or your wife and the congregation that fills this hall and fills the pews, layer upon layer, I do not know any of you!
You are not Holy. You come to have your ears filled with only that which gives you the desires of your hearts. Joel Osteen…You shall wear the curses of Deuteronomy 28 like it’s second skin for you have led the people astray. (Prophecy 102, YAHUSHUA says “It’s Only a Matter of Time!”)
The Role of Homosexuality in the Churches?
I’m sure you’ve already heard the many soundbites of Joel Osteen’s blanket approval of homosexuality, such as:
How is this the antichrist’s agenda for mark of the beast in the Great Tribulation and the ultimate abomination? There is in fact a connection between satanic rites, homosexuality, sodomy, sadly Joel Osteen and the mark of the beast.
The Joel, Victoria & Lavey Doctrine – Same Old lie
So here are correlations. Both the Osteens and Anton Lavey preach the exaltation of self and that satan, the enemy of our souls is symbolic of evil things—and therefore we don’t need to be concerned about satan or sin. What does YAH say to Joel Osteen about this?
Just because you refuse to warn about the devil, does not mean satan is not the ruler of your heart and soul. (Prophecy 92)
What you are seeing here is what Scripture tells us: not only can satan come as an angel of darkness, but also as an angel of light.
The real satanist is not quite so easily recognized as such.Anton Szandor Lavey
“No wonder, for even satan disguises himself as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).
Is Joel Osteen a servant of satan, masquerading as a servant of righteousness?
Joel Osteen, you are lukewarm and I, YAHUVEH, vomit you out of MY mouth! You preach psychological babble that cannot save anyone’s soul.
I, YAHUSHUA, have this against you Joel Osteen. You preach the devil’s doctrine of the antichrist, a New Age “feel good religion” that leads everyone who believes you to hell! Joel Osteen, where will you hide when it feels like the ‘Astrodome’ crashes in on you?
You fool yourself Joel Osteen. You chase away the Holy who warn you to repent of your sins and warn you about hell.
Just because you deny there is a hell does not mean you will not spend eternity there with your wife and children and all your congregation that believe your lies—IF you do not repent!
Just because you refuse to warn about the devil, does not mean satan is not the ruler of your heart and soul.