Prophecy Sign: The Last Days 'Laodicean Apostate Church'
Ah Joel Osteen...the constantly smiling purveyor of feel good Christianity, where you can have it all, (awesome job, beautiful soulmate, house with a picket-fence), just by feeling good about yourself. Sounds like an Anthony Robbins self help seminar rather than the gospel of Jesus Christ where Christ warned that his follower would have tribulation in the world. Such has become much of Western Christendom today, where preaching conviction is replaced with preaching prosperity.
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3 NIV
Joel Osteen Says He's Not Cheating People by Not Preaching About Hell
Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen says he isn't cheating anyone by not talking about Hell and repentance, insisting that people feel guilty enough already, and he wants to lift up believers instead of bringing them down. When asked in an Easter Sunday interview by CBS News' "Sunday Morning" program "Do you feel like you're cheating people by not telling them about the Hell part? Or repentance part?" Osteen answered: "No, I really don't, because it's a different approach." He continued: "You know, it's not hellfire and brimstone. But I say most people are beaten down enough by life. They already feel guilty enough. They're not doing what they should, raising their kids — we can all find reasons. So I want them to come to Lakewood or our meetings and be lifted up, to say, 'You know what? I may not be perfect, but I'm moving forward. I'm doing better.' And I think that motivates you to do better."