Joel Osteen is the pastor of the largest "Church" in the United States of America. He is very influential and has sold millions of books. Recently, in a sermon at the beginning of 2016, he made the following statement: "We're Going to take the limits off of God." You can listen to where he said this here (At 8:07). At 18:00 in the same podcast you can hear Victoria say, "Our yes gives God permission to bring forth his promises in our life." God does not need our permission and to insinuate that is to deny both his sovereignty and his omnipotence.
The Omnipotence of God is both an essential doctrine and one of the most basic doctrines of the Christian faith. The doctrine of Omnipotence is one that a real Christian would not deny. To insinuate that God has limits, let alone that we are the ones that place the limits on Him, is not only blasphemous, it is unchristian and heretical. Before I was even saved I not only knew about omnipotence, but I fully understood it. The Bible is more than clear about God's omnipotence. If you asked a six-year-old who goes to a solid church if God can do anything and everything, that kid would probably say yes. Here are just a few verses that prove this.
"For nothing will be impossible with God." (Luke 1:37, ESV)
"But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.'" (Matthew 19:26, ESV)
"Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure." (Psalm 147:5, ESV)
This goes hand in hand with his Word-of-Faith teaching, which says that our words have the power to command God and have Him do our will. Contrarily, we cannot command God nor can God be bound to our will or be forced to obey us. Instead, God is Omnipotent. He can do anything in accordance with His will.
Usually, Romans 1 is applied to unbelievers that directly deny the God of the Bible (Atheists, Agnostics, Muslims, Hindus, etc.). For those that try to pretend that they believe in the Christian God, we usually go to Jude or 2 Peter 2 or Matthew 7. This is most certainly a Romans 1 issue though. Read this section from Romans 1 (18-23, ESV).
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things."
While this is often applied to those who outright deny the existence of God, it also says, "For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse." Not only is this saying that Matt Dilihaunty, Richard Dawkins, and Bill Nye are without excuse for their idolatry. It is also saying that Joel Osteen is without excuse for his heresy and idolatry, as he is blaspheming God by making heretical statements about God's nature which has been made clear to Joel.
Joel Osteen is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Not only that, the sheep's clothing isn't even that good. It is a poorly made disguise. As some would say, Joel is low-hanging fruit. The fact that he is the pastor of the most popular megachurch in the United States is telling about our condition. We need to be more discerning, and we can't be too afraid to speak out against false teachings in the Church. I know people will call you mean and judgmental. I know you'll get called names, people will make fun of you, and make parodies about you. You may lose friends. People might even call it Unchristian (I challenge them to read Matthew 21 and 2 Peter 2 if they do). All of that and then some has happened to me. It is worth being criticized to obey the command to, "See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ." (Colossians 2:8). As a the Body of Christ, we are to defend the name of Christ by speaking against those who would blaspheme his name. So please, avoid false teachers and please do not shame those God has gifted with discernment. For discernment is a spiritual gift given by God to certain believers for the building up of the Body of Christ, just like charity. So please, practice and support discernment as it has been given by God to the Church.
[Writer's Note: I noticed that this article has been used to connect Osteen with conspiracy theories about the Illuminati and Freemasons. While I recognize that the Freemasons are a cult and that the Illuminati were a cult when they existed (And still are if they still exist), I don't endorse these theories or claims]
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Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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