60 Minutes and Lakewood Church

So I was flipping through the channels last night and saw Joel Osteen on 60 Minutes. I continued to watch it for a couple of minutes.

I was amazed at what Joel was discussing. They were talking about his church and it’s influence on people’s lives. They also discussed his books and how they are not “religious” but pratical.

At one point in the interview Joel began to cry and the cameras couldn’t keep him in the shot. The interviewer asked him “Joel explain what is going on here.” Joel responded with “it’s just so fulfilling on Sunday afternoon to see the lives you have impacted.”

The next section talked about his message and what he talks about.

I thought about this and what to say a couple of things about it:

1. It truly is fulfilling to work in a church and see the lives changed.

2. I wish that outsiders would just leave churches and especially Pastor’s alone about their messages. In my mind if the church is growing and saving souls who cares if their message is more happy than the “we are going to hell” way.

3. If a church is growing and being successful they must be doing something right. So way to go Lakewood!

So basically I thought the interview was very interesting but I wish that the media outlets would stop critizing churches on their style and messages.

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2 Responses

  1. I’m not an outsider. I’m not jealous at Joel Osteen. And “success” can be equated to cancer. Cancer is explosive growth of cells that when multiplied enough, kill those in whom it grows. If tree frogs are the bellweathers of our ecology, Lakewood Church is the granddaddy of them all of evangelicalism.

    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.

    http://www.spiritwatch.org/behindsmile.htm

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