Victoria Osteen told her husband’s (Joel Osteen) congregants at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX that God is a genie. Just rub the side of his lamp, tickle him, offer up a little thank you for granting some wishes, and then poof, whatever one’s heart desires is granted. It’s that simple. Because people, God’s creation, aren’t here to worship the Creator, but to worship Him to better themselves. The church needs to wake up to this unadulterated heresy. Joel Osteen is the Tony Robbins of Christianity, and together with his wife’s little tidbits of wisdom, church goers are being sent straight to Hell in a neatly tied hand-basket. As reported by Crossmap.com:
“Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria are mega-church pastors and authors, with 43 thousand members in the church and millions of followers and viewers. In a video of a Sunday worship service, Victoria says to the church that “I just want to encourage everyone of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God- I mean, that’s one way to look at it- we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy.”
“She continues saying, “So I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”
Here’s the YouTube clip of this blasphemy. The proof is right there in the tape. She said it and there is no taking this back.
This is a lie from the pit of Hell. God takes pleasure when we’re happy? Were the apostles happy when they were being crucified upside down, stoned, and beheaded for His namesake? They were sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and they died for it. The apostle Paul had a thorn in his flesh that is never identified. There is no doubt he wasn’t happy about it. But he knew the truth, as he wrote in Philippians 1: 21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Victoria Osteen might want to take this message to Iraqi Christians who are dying for their faith. Obviously they didn’t worship correctly or they wouldn’t be dying. She is preaching the same message the world preaches,” do whatever makes you feel good.” Homosexuals are doing what makes them feel good. So is God happy with their abomination? If one listens to her message, any sin is permissible. For if people exist on his earth to please themselves, then everyone should just do what is right in their own eyes. That’s what sin is. Human nature is evil and there is no one good. God is not happy with people pleasing themselves, because this is SIN.
Again, like her husband, she’s missing the boat completely. Athena Keener wrote a spectacular piece on Joel Osteen in July. What Victoria is saying is right in line with his feel good gospel message of prosperity. That God just wants His people to prosper, to have the best of everything, to be kings of this world. Not to suffer as the apostles did and as Christians around the world are doing so at this very moment. Athena writes:
“Osteen has stated many times that he wants to focus not on sin, but on the fact that ‘Jesus likes everyone. He isn’t against anybody.” We all know that Jesus exemplified love. And scripture tells us that God loves us. The problem with Joel’s message isn’t that he wants everyone to be happy. The problem is that by not addressing sin, and our need of repentance, he removes the need of the Cross.”
Despite what the progressive, watered-down-gospel-preaching pastors want you to believe, speaking out against sin is biblical. It’s NECESSSARY. Without it there is no salvation.
Victoria Osteen just made obedience and worship about “me, myself, and I.” Worship God to get what “you” want. Worship and obedience have nothing to do with repentance, acknowledgment of sin, or the cross, but personal gain. Because after all, God, our heavenly Santa Claus, is just happy when we’re happy. Joel Osteen must be so pleased that his message of prosperity just got a little more to the point, and even more heretical.