On this episode of The White Horse Inn, the guys discuss Joel Osteen – A Case Study in American Religion. Here’s the details:
Why is Joel Osteen so popular? Is he a faithful representative of the Christian faith, or is his message more about self-help and personal motivation? On this edition of the White Horse Inn, the hosts will examine the theology of this bestselling author as they continue their series “Christless Christianity.”
If I had my way, I would declare a moratorium on public preaching of “the plan of salvation” in America for one to two years. Then I would call on everyone who has use of the airways and the pulpits to preach the holiness of God, the righteousness of God and the law of God, until sinners would cry out, “What must we do to be saved?” Then I would take them off in a corner and whisper the gospel to them. Such drastic action is needed because we have gospel-hardened a generation of sinners by telling them how to be saved before they have any understanding why they need to be saved.
– Paris Reidhead
1919 – 1992
Russ Sukhia delivers another convicting sermon entitled: Hated by the World? Here’s a brief description of this message:
‘I have given them your word, and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.’ ‘Excuse me, did I hear you say something about Christians being hated by the world? I don’t remember reading that in your promotional literature. I remember the part about the joys of heaven and sins forgiven, love, joy, peace, etc. But I don’t recall anyone telling me I would be hated by the world?’ What did Jesus mean by ‘the world’ (kosmos)?What was there about Jesus that the world could hate? What is there about Christians that the world can hate? Jesus was hated because He rebuked the world for sin, because He was different from others, and because of the exclusiveness of His claims. With references to modern persecution, this message points out how Christians are hated for the same reasons.
In this Age of New Age, the sound scholarship of men like Bezel333 is a welcome oasis in a desert of…yuckiness.
D. Wayne Dyer, who sounds like a High Priest in the Church of Oprah, teaches a mushy-gushy, “You are everything” type of religion–kind of like the “prosperity ‘gospel'”.