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 or joel 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?)

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2,056 thoughts on “Joel Osteen: Megachurch Televangelist Pastor without Christ?! SCANDAL!”

  1. Even though I am a believer, I like your site. You seem to be fair in your observations. I don’t like megachurch leaders either but also reject mega religion (i.e. catholicism) teachers. They can be just as contradicting of the Bible.

    Just found your site tonight on a Yahoo seach, and plan to catch up on the articles.

  2. please receive my sincere greetings in the name of our LORD CHRIST JESUS i hope this will find you and yours in sound health and spirit send my recommended work you have done to your family and your ministry. God loves them all. Holly Christians all are well there in your ministry both the LORD is and the families am blessed by your reply am a Kenyan young ministry pastor in kisii of ogembo town pasturing 190 members and shed of trees we are a small group but mighty in the LORD for what HE has been doing to us

    am married with one wife and blessed with 2 children i believe that the LORD has called me to preach the Good news to the poor to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release them from darkness for they are prisoners we are also blessed to be care takers and offering shelter to 20 need children in a compassionate orphanage center we operate out of the good will of well wishers and our fellow church members to enable and give the children a hope for there future.
    having been touched and moved by your statement of faith and your focus to make the gospel reach all corners of the world we have taken a step of faith to partner with you to enable us learn more from you those truths of GOD that we are not aware of so us to be GOD,S ambassadors hence the word may reach all corners of the world including Kenya hope that you will accept my request to partner with you and many of you friends of like minded partners for this has been our long term prayers God to link us to.
    may our heavenly father grant you peace and blessings us i earnestly wait to hear from you

    yours pastor Vincent Okongo Obure
    young fellowship ministry
    p.o box 313,ogembo 40204 Gucha

  3. I hear him talk about god all the time, i even have a podcast about him talking about jesus, I disagree with you

  4. Just today I told a Bible study leader. “I am sick of hearing Joel Osteen discredited” What made us God that we can discern what is in Joel’s heart? It seems church/christian leaders would uplift what is done in the name of Jesus. I am sick of hearing hateful remarks against God’s people, just because it is stated in a different vein than what they are used to hearing. All glory to my God, Jesus Christ.

  5. You could not be more wrong. Joel Osteen is the real deal. He is the one and only minister (televised or otherwise) i can honestly say i have faith in. And i dont beieve your going to find any scandals in this guys life. And there are not many bigger skeptics than i am.

  6. It is truly sad when people who are so unhappy will attack someone like Joel Osteen who is pure light and goodness. It happens, unfortunately. Joel Osteen obviously does a lot of good for a lot of people. God bless him and his.

  7. Wow, this man is so full of hate and anger. People that disagree and are angry over this blog, don’t give your pearls to swine. He doesn’t deserve even that. Joel knows he is and everyone that is a true believer can see it. That’s all that matters.

  8. It is so sad that there is so many unhappy people out there. To attack Joel Osteen, like this is so disturbing. And who are they to judge? I had the privilege to get to go to his Church and to meet him. He is the nicest, warmest and most sincere person. I read all his books and watch him every week. Love you Joel and Family!

  9. Its sad to how many ppl have been brainwashed with all that that god and Jesus bs!!! JoeHell osteen is a dam snake just like 99% of all pastors and you have to be a fool to believe in a invisible man nobody can prove existed till this day and try to live your life according to a book that’s written by some who lying anyway!!!

  10. I am a victim of the Church scam myself and now they took custody of my kids after I have been reporting all the illegal crimes they have committed. NOW is the time for Churches to fall and many cases and reports have been discovered involving children and foul play. I have over twenty years of records and witness letters of what is being done through the church. Oklahoma is number one state I have found in my leads. If your interested in the facts I have please ask and I will tell all.

  11. you poor folk sound jealous of him more than worried about his soul. and pick and choose the scripture to fit your rant…. it is not sin to be wealthy and healthy, try it you may like it. and besides Jesus came so we would prosper even as our soul prospers.. Good Day!

  12. We have all heard the scriptures you refer to. They have been repeated over and over our entire lives. I doubt Osteen would have achieved the level of success he has by repeating the same tired scripture passages we all know by heart. He instead chooses to preach about applying Christian principals in our daily lives in order that people become the best Christians they can be and become good role models to others. The Lord obviously gave him a talent of inspiring others. It would be a shame and quite possibly a sin for him to ignore and not use his talents. `You seem to feel that your calling is in the defamation of those who have achieved success , although by the looks of the comments to your ranting, your skills need more developing before you will be reaching any sort of success in your endeavor. However if you really believe that you are being inspired by God to post attacks on this guy and his congregation, comparing him to Jim Jones, than you should do what you feel is right.

  13. I could not disagree with this article more, Joel Osteen is a man who has dedicated his life to helping others and being receptive to people of all religions. Are you going to tell me that a person who prays faithfully and lives life as Jesus set out is going to be rejected entrance into heaven because of the country/religion he was born into? I don’t believe so. Joel is simply trying to spread the CHRISTIAN faith and beliefs in a way that can be applied to EVERY RELIGION AND EVEN ATHIESTS. Don’t hate on Joel, he has more faith and goodness in his pinky than you have in your heart.

  14. I believe Joel Osteen answered Larry King they same as I would. We don’t judge. That is up to God. Bless You, don’t be Envious.

  15. I couldnt disagree with you more on this, i couldnt help but notice all of this is YOUR OPINION rather then fact. You failed to point our any evidence of scams any evidence of scandals, any evidence that Joel is a bad person(or at least any worse then yourself), NOTHING. I love how you pointed out Victoria’s suit in 08′ however you failed to point out she was found not guilty and the Jury wanted to charge the flight attendent with having to pay the court back for the money wasted on the suit and they wanted her to pay the osteen’s back for there attorneys. She was looking to fill her pockets with cash at the expense of someone else. In fact she falsly accused someone else a couple years prior as well. I will pray for you sir God bless we all love you and hope that you come to a saving knowledge! 🙂

  16. Have you ever considered praying for ministers/church leaders? Your opinions don’t matter. Prayer changes things, not accusations, you sound like you need a hug.

  17. If you will listen to an entire service of Pastor Joel, you will see and hear that his messages are all based on and around Jesus Christ, our Lord and Perfect Savior. God has blessed him. God doesnt bless people that are not his own. Its as simple as that. Ive watched Joel for a long time, and he definately has a different way to get the message out but its definately based on the Holy Bible written by men by the power of God All Mighty. Thanks and God bless you all, and HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTmas!!!!!!!

  18.  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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

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