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Multi-platinum recording artist Carman Licciardello recently took to social media to defend Joel Osteen, calling him “a God ordained bridge between the mainstream world and the church,” and urging Christians to stop “terrorizing” the successful megachurch pastor. (Read the full article on The Gospel Herald)


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I almost fell over when I saw this one, singer Carmen took up the fight to support Joel Osteen. Carmen says Osteen is a “God ordained bridge between the mainstream world and the church”, he also said Osteen is one of Christianity’s “key representatives” – really Carmen? Where did you get that idea from? Osteen is God ordained? that is a pretty serious statement that is without merit.

If Joel and Victoria Osteen are the epitome of today’s Church, we are in serious trouble as a Christian community. Allow me to present some examples of why I say this.

Osteen cannot even get biblical events right, a pastor who does not know his Bible. Moses saw the sun stand still was one of his recent statements. You can read about that one here.

Joel dances around the truth often, when Larry King tried to pin him down on Jesus being the only way to heaven Joel says basically he believes that BUT does not know about others even of different faiths. Really? You can see that interview here.

Joel as well teaches the prosperity gospel that is no gospel at all. See this article for a good example of what is wrong with Joel Osteen’s teachings.

Then we have Victoria Osteen saying, “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.” Uh really Victoria, do you worship the same God as I do?
Then Victoria turns around and defends herself but leaves out part of what she said.

From The Blaze, “While I admit that I could have been more articulate in my remarks, I stand by my point that when we worship God and are obedient to Him we will be better for it,” That is NOT what she all said! This statement I agree with, not the original.

The Osteens are more than a little confused on biblical theology, worship, and many other things. Worship is first and foremost about God, not us. The entire Church is all about God, not us. The Osteens make God out to be some kind of over-indulgent pappa in the sky, existing to grant us all of our wants. We are here to serve God, to glorify Him and serve Him.

If you are into “tickle my ears” teaching then the Osteen’s Church is right where you belong. If however you desire to honestly follow God and serve Him, then stay far far away from the Osteens. Their teachings align more with New Age philosophy than with the Word of God.

So no Carmen, I will not support Joel Osteen nor anyone who does.

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