Friday, 12 September 2014

Joel Osteen is still peddling cheap grace

It does concern me that Joel Osteen still preaches cheap grace, a message of religion without true repentance from sin, which he does not mention, and without true discipleship, taking up the cross to follow Jesus. Has he ever preached on true repentance?

My question for Joel and his fellow travellers is this: how does Osteenism, the teaching of Joel Osteen, fare where Christians are persecuted and suffer hardship for their faith?  Jesus taught His disciples that they would face tribulation. Paul the Apostle taught that those who live godly lives in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 2 Timothy 3:12. Paul himself faced trials, tribulations, troubles, problems, prison and persecution for his faithful ministry. The experiences of Christians outlined in Hebrews 11 do not accord with Osteenism, Joel's brand of religion.

Joel Osteen ignores vast chunks of the Bible and preaches a sickly sweet message that has no relevance to the persecuted and suffering saints in Syria and throughout the world.

Yes, Jesus said that in the world you shall have tribulation. John 16:33. It is not a text that Joel preaches on. It is obvious why when you understand Joel's sugary sayings and worldly materialistic religion.

According to Bonhoeffer:
Cheap grace is preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

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