Hiring a BigCommerce SEO Agency

Do you run a business using the BigCommerce platform? If so, you already have access to some of the best SEO features available for any shopping cart, but that doesn’t mean that your site is reaching its full SEO potential.  As the founder and CEO of a successful BigCommerce SEO company, I have seen how just a few professional customization touches can help businesses to reach new heights of success in a short period of time. But before we get into the specifics of how a BigCommerce SEO agency can benefit your business, let’s start with the basics.

If you need a BigCommerce SEO agency, I invite you to check out Coalition Technologies. We are a certified BigCommerce partner, and we have helped businesses to improve sales more than 10 times over. Just check out our case studies and see for yourself. We have a full time staff of professional SEOs, copywriters, developers and designers who all work together to elevate our clients to new heights of success. Call us for a free quote at 1-888-800-9101.

BigCommerce SEO Company

What is SEO? 

For those who don’t already know, SEO stands for “search engine optimization.” In a nutshell, it’s the process of achieving optimal search engine rankings for target keywords. For example, let’s say that you run a business specializing in rubber dog toys. You would want your website to appear near the top of the Google search results whenever someone performs a search for “rubber dog toys.”

BigCommerce and SEO

BigCommerce comes equipped with a wealth of SEO tools. Using the platform, you can easily create title tags and meta descriptions, implement SEO-friendly URLs, publish original copy and optimize your online store for conversion. These measures are all immensely helpful, but they can only get you so far. For instance, BigCommerce cannot build links for you, and it cannot compose the kind of keyword-optimized page copy that drives traffic and improves search rankings.

Advantages of BigCommerce

For those who don’t have a strong grasp of web development, BigCommerce makes it easy to automate many of the behind-the-scenes aspects of SEO. For instance, title tags and meta descriptions—the page titles and description text used by search engines—are coded into the page source, but you don’t need to understand coding in order to incorporate custom metas into your BigCommerce site. You can simply enter them into the user-friendly title and meta fields using your built-in content management system.

Some aspects of SEO are automated entirely by BigCommerce, meaning that you don’t need to worry about them at all. BigCommerce uses an optimal link navigation structure, creates search-friendly URLs and uses page layouts designed to maximize conversion rates. Simply having these features provides a huge head start to anyone concerned about SEO.

Limitations of BigCommerce

Of course, BigCommerce can’t do everything for you. You’re going to need some custom developers on your side if you want to ensure that your entire site is optimally set up for ongoing search engine crawlability and indexing. This involves testing—and sometimes amending—the types of server responses, minimizing duplicate content created by dynamic URLs, pinpointing weaknesses in the source code, and eliminating dead links, just to name a few examples.

Additionally, SEO involves a tremendous amount of research. It’s not enough to simply understand your industry. You need to figure out exactly what relevant terms and phrases are receiving search engine traffic. Furthermore, it’s important to find just the right combination of primary keywords, secondary keywords and long-tail keywords to drive the most possible traffic from a wide variety of sources.  This is where professional SEO is so hugely beneficial.

Lastly, of course, we have the issue of link building. Links are paramount in building relevance with Google and securing prominent search engine rankings. But if you don’t build the right links, your site may derive no value, or may even be penalized. It is absolutely essential that an SEO plan include an ongoing link-building campaign, which targets the most beneficial kinds of links in just the right quantities.

Choosing a BigCommerce SEO Partner

If you are interested in hiring a BigCommerce SEO agency to help you improve your search engine presence, it’s very important to choose a certified BigCommerce partner. BigCommerce partners must be approved by the company itself, and must have a thorough understanding of the platform. BigCommerce partners also have access to a wealth of tools, features, tutorials and customer service benefits that non-partners do not have.

When looking for an SEO agency, it’s also important to check out the company’s portfolio and ask important questions, such as:

1)     What companies have you worked for in the past?

2)     How much have you improved traffic and sales for your other clients?

3)     Do you have access to professional web developers?

4)     Does your SEO plan include professional copywriting services?

5)     Do you offer any guarantees?

Choose Coalition Technologies

If you need a BigCommerce SEO agency, I invite you to check out Coalition Technologies. We are a certified BigCommerce partner, and we have helped businesses to improve sales more than 10 times over. Just check out our case studies and see for yourself. We have a full time staff of professional SEOs, copywriters, developers and designers who all work together to elevate our clients to new heights of success. Call us for a free quote at 1-888-800-9101.

Los Angeles Magento Developers and Programmers

Magento is an extremely powerful shopping cart platform, and if you use it for your business, you have probably already seen how it can improve not only your sales, but also the ease with which you can manage day-to-day operations. But are you ready to take your Magento experience to the next level? As the founder a successful design and development firm, I have seen time and again how custom development can take a good Magento website and make it truly great.

Los Angeles Magento Developers

Magento – The Basics

For those not already on the Magento bandwagon, Magento is a comprehensive content management system and ecommerce solution for online businesses. Using Magento, you can build your online store from the ground up, with custom designs, product pages and more. With your store up and running, you can manage and track your sales, run promotions, interact with customers, and so much more. Magento is one of the oldest and most popular ecommerce platforms out there, and it remains the Gold Standard for many loyal businesses. You can try a free download of Magento by clicking here.

Taking Magento to the Next Level

If you already use this versatile platform, or if you’re interested in building a powerful and intuitive website for your online business, consider just some of the benefits of hiring custom developers.

  • Enjoy a website that’s truly tailored to your needs. As powerful as Magento is, the platform cannot automatically conform itself to the needs of each individual business. Professional custom development ensures that your site is fully your own, set apart from the competition and assembled in such a way that guarantees the maximum revenue at the end of each day.
  • Remove all of the guess work from optimizing your site. Magento has everything you need to run a successful website, but that doesn’t mean you’re using it to its full potential. For instance, ProTools software has everything you need to record and mix a hit record, but unless you understand professional audio engineering, it’s not going to do you much good. Custom Magento developers can help you to utilize the software to its fullest benefit. This is nearly impossible to achieve using the general configurations.
  • Avoid the common issues that hold other companies back. Even when you use a great system like Magento, the fact is that things break. One misplaced piece of code can cause errors throughout your entire website. Sometimes the errors are obvious, like when you an encounter a “404 Not Found” page in place of an important product, but some important errors remain completely unseen, like sitemap problems that prevent search engines from indexing your pages. Some of the most common errors can prove devastating for traffic and sales, and a professional developer works hard to prevent such oversights from occurring.
  • Benefit from the maximum traffic. A good developer knows how to code web pages, but a great developer understands the role of search engine optimization in helping a page to truly soar. You may not realize this, but development is essential to enabling search engines to properly index your site. From customizing your sitemaps to proactively eliminating the potential for content duplication, custom development is paramount in ensuring that your site is able to achieve the kinds of search rankings that result in maximized sales.

Choosing a Magento Developer

Once you decide to inquire about custom Magento services, the next big step is choosing the right company. Not all Magento partners specialize in development, and not all developers specialize in using Magento, so the key is to find the best of both worlds. You must also factor in other variables like cost, experience and scope of work.

First and foremost, make sure that the developer that you choose not only understands the Magento platform, but is a certified Magento partner. This ensures that the developer isn’t just giving you lip service when they say that they can handle a Magento project, and it demonstrates an intimate familiarity with the platform. In addition, Magento has a wealth of tools available only to its partners, as well as premium customer service.

Second, find out about the developer’s experience. How long have they been using Magento? What businesses have they worked for in the past, and how have they benefited those businesses? Ask to see portfolios and examples of client testimonials. These factors can go a long way in helping you to determine whether a particular developer is worth your time and money.

Consider Coalition Technologies

If you want the benefit of having a truly knowledgeable and accomplished Magento partner on your side, consider Coalition Technologies. Our full-time team of Los Angeles Magento designers and developers boasts more than a century of combined experience, and we have helped business owners to take their companies to new heights of online success. But don’t simply take my word for it. Let me show you exactly how Coalition can help you. Call us today at 1-888-800-9101 for a free quote.

Benny Hinn – Scandal, Fake, Scam Artist & Fraud

Scam Benny Hinn

Fake fraudster Benny Hinn is at it again – the same guy who predicted the end of the world in 1992 and 1999, as well as the death of Fidel Castro in the 90’s – is now back on the road putting on more of his scandalously fake shows.  Benny Hinn is a megachurch televangelist “faith healer”. He claims to have been blessed directly by God himself with “The Anointing” that enables him to carry out supernatural acts. He also claims that he does this for the love of people and not the money (although he has been able to make $42 million dollars scamming people with his “anointings”. Basically Benny Hinn preys upon gullible people who have serious illnesses or have loved ones with serious illnesses such as AIDS, cancer, blindness and deafness and claims to be able to cure them. However there have been many deep investigative reports on his so-called healings and not one investigation was able to find any evidence of healings. These investigative reports were done by reputable organizations such as the Los Angeles Times, Dateline, HBO, 60 Minutes, and others.

Benny Hinn Fake

How does anyone believe in Benny Hinn the fake fraudster?!?! In 1999 he appeared on TBN and claimed that God had given him a vision telling him he would resurrect THOUSANDS of the dead… basically that people who placed their dead loved ones hands on TV screens tuned to the station would see them come back to life.  I am sure this lead to the horrifically macabre scenario of many gullible people placing dear departed mums hands on the tv… while the corpse slouched over.

How else does Benny Hinn do God’s work? In 2006 Benny Hinn Ministries decided that Benny Hinn was in need of a Gulfstream G4SP jet and sent out an email asking for donations to buy one.  Benny Hinn Ministries purchased this jet in 2007 for $36,000,000 and it costs $600,000 per year to maintain. I’m sure that this is a much better investment for Christians than donating that $36 million to the poor and truly sick and needy.

How Benny Hinn Hurts America

Benny Hinn Ministeries has also been issued a “Donor Alert” by Ministry Watch – a nonprofit group that monitors religious groups for scams and frauds.

Benny Hinn also violated scripture by divorcing his wife Suzanne in a major scandal. He claimed she was addicted to prescription drugs – wouldn’t you be addicted to prescription drugs if you were married to a psychopath who stole millions of dollars from gullible people?

Cheating Benny Hinn

If you visit Benny Hinn’s site it is currently geared towards taking money from people either by selling books and videos or directly accepting donations or getting people to come to his fraudulent miracle healing services. He has over 80 books for sale on the site, most for ridiculous prices like $100. I am willing to bet the value of one of his books ($100!) that most if not all of these books were ghost written. Benny Hinn just rakes in the cash off of them.

Horrible financial advice by Benny Hinn – Benny Hinn recommends that you make more money by donating $2,000 to him. Apparently god will bless you if you give Hinn donations. He misquotes a bunch of Bible verses written at other groups of people in order to try to back up his assertions that donating money to Benny Hinn and his quest for ever more awesome jets will result in you becoming rich.

Lance Armstrong – A Great Athlete

Special Guest Post by the Black Rooster out of Iran:

I would like to say a few words regarding Lance Armstrong and his use of performance enhancing drugs (PED’s) or in other words steroids. I know a lot of people won’t like what I have to say but I don’t care because they are mostly fat, useless, unathletic, jealous and obese people who haven’t even seen inside of a gym, let alone competed professionally in a sport.

Lance Armstrong is probably one of the greatest athletes of our generation. Now before I explain any further I want everyone to know that I’m not a cycling fan at all and I have never even seen a Tour de France race. The truth is I’ve always found the sport slightly gay. There is something about skinny dudes wearing tights and sitting on a hard saddle for hours that I never quite understood. As a matter of fact I’m not even a big fan of bicycles. The last bike I owned was over 15 years ago and I never bought another one since. I just wanted to clarify that in case anyone thinks I’m all over Lance’s nuts or a big fan of the sport.

Now regarding Lance. Anyone who’s ever competed professionally in any sport or is a fitness freak like myself knows the amount of sacrifice, dedication and hard work that someone like Lance has put in. Not only has he dedicated his whole life to this sport but he’s had the genetics for it as well. Because being the best in any sport, whether it’s cycling, baseball, basketball or bodybuilding you have to have the genetics and the dedication.  There are a lot of people who have the genetics for a specific sport but they don’t have the dedication and the mentality to become a super star and there are people who have the mentality and the dedication but not the genes. Lance had the” complete package” and that’s why he won the Tour De France 7 times.

Now regarding steroids. Anyone who thinks that steroids are some sort of a miracle thing that you take and then all of a sudden you’re a superstar is a flat out IDIOT. I’m sick and tired of people thinking that steroids turn you into superman and therefore anyone who uses steroids is not a “genuine” sportsman or a “true” athlete, whatever the fuck that means. A lot of people think you can sit on your ass all day long and do nothing and as soon as you inject your first steroid all of a sudden you look like Arnold Schwarzenegger or you can run like Usain Bolt or bike like Lance.  These people need to go to a gym and look at all the professional bodybuilders that use steroids. These guys eat, sleep and train like animals. They workout harder than anyone you’ve ever seen including the “non-steroid using general population” which I often refer to as NSUF (Non-Steroid-Using-Fatties). These bodybuilders are some of the most disciplined people you’ve ever seen. They have dedicated their entire lives to perfecting their physique. Their training, dieting and lifestyle is so hardcore and gruesome that an average person couldn’t do it for one week, let alone for 15-20 years.

Now let’s put things into perspective. There are hundreds and thousands of bodybuilders  who train like animals, are super disciplined, dedicate their entire lives to bodybuilding and use steroids but they never win a Mr Olympia title or they never become a legend like Arnie or Ronnie Coleman, why? That brings me back to my previous point, because they either lack the genetics or they don’t train hard enough, basically they don’t have the “complete package.” Same principle applies to every other sport on this planet, including cycling and our boy Lance Armstrong. The truth is that a lot of professional cyclists out there use steroids, just like in any other sport. In fact the Lance Armstrong era is seen as a “dark time” in cycling history because steroid use amongst professional cyclists all over the world was very common and widespread. So how come then thousands of professional cyclists using steroids for over a decade, none of them could win 7 Tour de France titles? For the same reason that the professional bodybuilder didn’t turn into Arnie, because he either lacked the genetics or the dedication to become a superstar like Lance Armstrong.

So in conclusion my dear fat readers we see that the issue is not steroids. Lance dedicated his whole life to the sport of cycling and he had the complete package to become a superstar, something that 99.9% of steroid using professional cyclists lacked. Lance did use steroids but so did most of his competitors but they just weren’t good enough to beat him and become a legend so now they want to destroy him. Therefore not only is Lance Armstrong a great athlete but he deserves all of his 7 medals. So next time you feel like talking shit about him and discredit him maybe you should visit your local gym and train with a bodybuilder for just one hour or put on one of those tight cycling outfits, strap on a helmet and sit on that hard saddle and bike your way through France before you open your mouth.

How to Write A Resume – 7 Tips By a Hiring Manager

Are you wondering why you have submitted your resume for over 300 positions but received only a handful of calls back and still have yet to find your dream job?

I am about to give you the insider secrets from a recruiter who has hired many people on how to write a resume that will get you calls back. Read on for the top 10 tips on how to write a winning resume:

  1. Have other people review it for stupid mistakes.  The moment I see a spelling or grammar error, I skip on to the next resume.  One of my biggest duties when reviewing candidates is to hunt for reasons to say NO, not yes. The moment I find one, I skip on to the next. I need to filter 300 resumes down to 1 good hire and that requires lots of no’s. Don’t make it easy for me by having spelling, grammar, or formatting errors.
  2. Don’t leave significant gaps in your resume. If I see gaps of a year or more, I assume you were unable to get a job and no one else wanted you or you were too lazy to get a job. Either assumption will get you tossed in the trash bin. If you do have gaps in your resume, fill it up with something interesting – “travelled to 35 countries and learned 2 languages” would work or “taught myself to program in PHP”.
  3. Customize your resume for the job you are applying for. If I see you mention my company by name in your Objective area at the top, that shows you truly care about getting hired by my company. Make sure you highlight key skills and experiences that will show you are a good fit for the job you are applying for.
  4. Turn your resume into an infographic. People who have unique (but still fairly professional) resumes always get a big leg up. It shows creativity, passion and a desire to work.
  5. Do not use cutesy fonts, weird clip art, or lie. Lying and getting caught will get your resume instantly tossed out.
  6. Use good keywords. Use specific words related to the skills and job you are applying for. For instance if you are trying to get a job as a programmer, use phrases like php, mysql, apache, Zend, and other technologies you have worked with.
  7. Organize your resume so it is clear and easy to understand how to find things at a glance. A disorganized resume shows a disorganized person.


My Top 10 Favorite Activities in Los Angeles

Below are my top 10 favorite activities to do in Los Angeles:

  1. Outdoor rock climbing in Malibu Creek or at Tick Rock
  2. Comedy shows at the Comedy Store
  3. Outdoor basketball or flag football at Venice beach
  4. Visiting the Getty museum with its beautiful views and art
  5. Going to new restaurants – and old ones I love like A-Frame, Lemonade, Earl’s, and the Corner Door
  6. Pitch & Putt golf (several courses on the West side)
  7. Go see plays at the community theaters with their excellent talent
  8. Hot air ballooning in Temecula
  9. Walking around the Santa Monica Promenade
  10. Hike up to the Griffith Observatory

Joel Osteen: Megachurch Televangelist Pastor without Christ?! SCANDAL!

SUPER FUNNY UPDATE ON JOEL OSTEEN: Check out Joel Osteen’s super scammy books he sells on Amazon (24!!!) including his self help BS book
and his hilarious book on “Wise Choices”. If only he’d follow his own advice!
LOL! For all you Joel Osteen fanboys – remember he just cynically feeds on you to make money so he can live his fancy lifestyle. He couldn’t care less about you in reality.

Popular televangelist preacher Joel Osteen has been named the “Most Influential Christian in America” in 2006 by the Church Report, was one ofJoel Osteen Scandal Man Barbara Walters, “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006 and operates an extraordinarily profitable religious scam operation that probably will one day end in scandal.

So who is this guy who has appeared on 60 Minutes, Larry King Live and has his own television shows?

Who is this guy who thinks he can share the mighty name of Joel?

Joel Osteen has not yet had major sex scandals, drug scandals or molestation scandals like the other megachurch pastors: Pat Robertson, Al Sharpton, Ted Haggard, Paul Barnes, D.E. (Earl) Paulk, Jimmy Swaggert, Jim Bakker, William Dodd and too many others to possibly mention here. What Joel Osteen DOESN’T do is the real question.

In his sermons, Joel Osteen does not talk about God. Joel Osteen instead talks about almost everything except God. He has a television ministry, a massive church, $43 million a year in tithes and another $36 million a year in mailed in donations, but he won’t talk about God. He, like Pastor Kevin Gerald, talks about more pleasant topics, such as donating money to him and positive thinking. He has written two books, the second of which sold 3 million copies, but his books don’t really talk about God either. It’s just his bland and boring advice on how to live a happy life that has been thought of by other people first, “Think positively about yourself” and other such drivel.

What does Joel Osteen say when people ask him about why he does not discuss God or Jesus Christ or sin or what you need to do to go to Heaven? “That’s not my gift.” What are you doing being a freaking megachurch pastor then, bonehead?!

If you are going to try to operate a religious scam, at least make it religious! I actually think that Joel Osteen operating a secular “Christian” church is more of a scandal than Ted Haggard and his transsexual prostitutes and meth! (Though not nearly as funny of a scandal).

Joel Osteen didn’t even found his megachurch; instead the business was handed down to him by his father. When Joel Osteen became the head pastor of his church, he had only preached ONE sermon in his entire life- and that was the week before. Joel Osteen does not have any training in the Bible (seminary, degrees, etc.), which is probably why he doesn’t want to talk about it much.Joel Osteen & Barbara Walters

My loyal readers have pointed out to me many times that the ridiculous actions of leaders in religion do not invalidate their beliefs. They are absolutely correct on this. However, there has never been anything that VALIDATES their beliefs either. The Flying Spaghetti Monster has the same amount of evidence on his side as most other gods. Here is another question I put to you: Please find me a single megachurch pastor who is NOT a scam-running, meth-eating, prostitute-abusing criminal. Anyone?

Update March 3, 2008 on JOEL OSTEEN:

Many people have been discussing Joel Osteen in the comments and making statements about his beliefs, behavior and preaching methods that show a distinct lack of understanding of his profit driven motives. Below I have added a video of Joel Osteen on Larry King Live where he dances around the core question of the Christian faith: What does it take to get to heaven? Joel Osteen hems and haws and won’t even say that people of different religions won’t make it to heaven.

The partial transcript for Joel Osteen’s interview with Larry King is below. I have basically pulled out the most pertinent excerpts to the point I have tried to make on televangelist Joel Osteen.

Televangelist Joel Osteen Discusses Christianity with Larry King

First is Larry King’s impressive introduction of Joel Osteen:

LARRY KING, CNN HOST: Tonight, Joel Osteen, evangelism’s hottest rising star, pastor for the biggest congregation in the United States… Pastor Joel Osteen is here for the hour…. Joel Osteen is the author of the number one “New York Times” best-seller, “Your Best Life Now.” There you see its cover. “Seven Steps to Living at Your Full Potential.” There is now a compendium been published called “Your Best Life Now Journal,” a guide to reaching that full potential. Joel Osteen is pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His father before him. He has been called the smiling preacher.

Larry King knows Joel Osteen Ministries is huge and tries to play nice with him throughout the interview.

KING: Why are you a preacher?

JOEL OSTEEN: You know, I never was for 17 years. I worked with my dad there at the church. He tried to get me to minister. I didn’t have it in me. I worked behind the scenes. I loved doing production and things. But when my father died, I just knew — I don’t know how to explain it, it sounds kind of odd, but I just knew down to here I was supposed to step up to the plate and pastor the church. And it was odd because I had never preached before. But I just knew I was supposed to do it.

Hmmm… either God gave him the “calling” or he was scared of losing his father’s multi-million dollar preaching business.

KING: But don’t you think if people don’t believe as you believe, they’re somehow condemned?

JOEL OSTEEN: You know, I think that happens in our society. But I try not to do that. I tell people all the time, preached a couple Sundays about it. I’m for everybody. You may not agree with me, but to me it’s not my job to try to straighten everybody out. The Gospel called the good news. My message is a message of hope, that’s God’s for you. You can live a good life no matter what’s happened to you. And so I don’t know. I know there is condemnation but I don’t feel that’s my place.

Joel Osteen comes right out and says that he will refuse to condemn sinners. He is too afraid, it’s not his place, he just wants to spew bland niceties… hmmm.

LARRY KING: Where were you ordained? OSTEEN: I was ordained from the church there, Lakewood, under my dad’s ministry.

LARRY KING: So you didn’t go to seminary?

JOEL OSTEEN: No, sir, I didn’t.

LARRY KING: They can just make you a minister?

JOEL OSTEEN: You can, you can.

Wow. Joel Osteen never even attended Bible school or classes for future preachers. No wonder he is so clueless about Biblical theology.

LARRY KING: Is it hard to lead a Christian life?

JOEL OSTEEN: I don’t think it’s that hard. To me it’s fun. We have joy and happiness. Our family — I don’t feel like that at all. I’m not trying to follow a set of rules and stuff. I’m just living my life.

LARRY KING: But you have rules, don’t you?

JOEL OSTEEN: We do have rules. But the main rule to me is to honor God with your life. To life a life of integrity. Not be selfish. You know, help others. But that’s really the essence of the Christian faith.

Of course its not hard for Joel Osteen to lead a Christian life. BECAUSE HE’S NOT!!!

LARRY KING: What if you’re Jewish or Muslim, you don’t accept Christ at all?

JOEL OSTEEN: You know, I’m very careful about saying who would and wouldn’t go to heaven. I don’t know …

LARRY KING: If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They’re wrong, aren’t they?

JOEL OSTEEN: Well, I don’t know if I believe they’re wrong. I believe here’s what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God with judge a person’s heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don’t know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don’t know. I’ve seen their sincerity. So I don’t know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.

The last exchange between Larry King and Joel Osteen hits the nail on the head of everything that is wrong with the Joel Osteen Ministry. All it is is fluff. He can’t even defend the single core belief of Christianity- that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is a requirement to gain access to Heaven.

Below is more Joel Osteen preaching videos. Joel Osteen preaches on cheesy, transparent topics that have nothing to do with the Bible. He twists scripture around to serve his own purposes of mass produced drivel. My question to Joel Osteen is where in the Bible does it say Christians have a “right to total victory” over physical pain, financial problems and other issues? Did he completely miss the book of Job or the trials and tribulations that the early Christians had to suffer under the Romans? I don’t think that Joel Osteen has ever even read the Bible.


Jesus once went into a temple and threw out currency traders and salespeople…. WHO WILL THROW THE SCANDAL CREATING JOEL OSTEEN OUT OF GOD’S ASTRODOME TEMPLE?

Further discussion: Joel Osteen megachurch building – Joel Osteen paid the city of Houston $90,000,000 to remodel the former home of NBA team Houston Rockets and an additional $14,000,000 to lease the building for 30 years. Preacher Joel Osteen’s megachurch does not even own the building! Pastor Joel Osteen doesn’t care though- he’ll be dead by then and this church is all about him. The most interesting thing about the new church is that there is not a SINGLE cross in the whole building! Want to know why? Joel Osteen says that he wants to remove all “stumbling blocks” from the way of people coming to his church and being comfortable. Since when has Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross been a STUMBLING BLOCK for faith?! The scandal here is that the Joel Osteen is doing and saying blasphemous things… and no one is calling him out on it. The pastor of the largest church in America won’t even follow the basic tenets of Christianity!

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Joel Osteen is unable to even keep his own family under control. Pastor Joel Olsteen’s wife, Victoria Osteen, has been fined $3,000 and is being sued for assaulting a flight attendant on her first-class trip to the playground of the rich and famous Vail, Colorado.

Bible Verses that Condemn Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen

I have had quite a few people post in the comments asking what does it really matter what Joel Osteen believes if he’s helping people? If Joel Osteen teaches nice things, isn’t it okay for him to be a Christian pastor? I understand that my opinions of right and wrong should not sway you, but I ask you to consider what the Bible says on the matter. First, let’s take the Bible verses that are the standard definition of who is a Christian:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NIV)

For the wages of sin is death. Romans 6:23 (NIV)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faithand this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Godnot by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

To summarize, the only way to be saved and go to heaven is by the grace of Jesus and by faith in God. These are the basic verses that every Christian who has accepted Christ knows. Now for the verses that clearly state that only Christians who believe the above will go to Heaven:

-John 3:3: no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.
-John 3:15: everyone who believes in him [Jesus] may have eternal life.
-John 3:18: whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of Gods one and only Son.
-John 14:6: Jesus answered: No one comes to the Father except through me
-Acts 3:23: And it shall be, that every soul that shall not hearken to that prophet, shall be utterly destroyed from among the people. (ASV)
-Acts 4:12: Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved
-Romans 10:9: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved
-Hebrews 9:28: he [Christ] will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him
-1 John 5:12: he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.

The nine quoted verses above clearly state that only Christians can go to Heaven. Now, if Joel Osteen truly believed and was a pastor of a Bible-based church, would he preach a false message of hope to people? Joel Osteen is essentially subverting the word of God, which motivated me to write this post. I am not sure why Joel would do this, but my postulation (as above) is that he is doing it for financial gain. Joel Osteens father was a pastor and he has been a pastor for a long time now and he should know better than most people the MOST basic tenets of Christianity. Ignorance is an excuse for new Christians (as long as they work at it), but not for a shepherd of the flock.

Do you know what the Bible says about false teachers like Joel Osteen?

-2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth , and be turned aside to fables.

-Matthew 7:15,16 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheeps clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits.

-Acts 20:29-31 For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves . Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.

-2 Peter 2:1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

-2 Peter 3:16,17 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked;

-Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

-Hebrews 13:9 Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.

The Bible is very, very harsh in its condemnation of people who change, twist or leave out parts of its doctrine. False leaders (Joel Osteen), to me, are more disgusting than someone who is a hypocrite (Ted Haggard).

For more information on mega church pastor Joel Osteen you can search Google with the terms joelosteen.com or joel osteen.com to find the man’s website. You could also use terms such as Joel Osteen Website or Joel Osteen Lakewood Church for other sorts of information on him.

Why do I care what Joel Osteen does or doesnt do in his church, especially seeing that I am not religious? People who are cheats, fakes, and phonies really bother me. I have written quite a few other posts on various community leaders who lead people astray for their own personal gain. My tax dollars go to support Joel Osteen (every church in America is exempt from taxes, but Joel Osteen is making millions tax-free teaching his Prosperity Message when he is basically just another self-help guru). I also am very wary of megachurch pastors (I used to attend one and have seen many on television)- they often seem to be some of the craziest people (Jim Jones-Want some Kool Aid?)