Friday, June 01, 2007

Joel Osteen's Self-Centered Gospel


Joel Osteen's e-mailed "Today's Word" message this morning reads:

My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love.” (1 John 3:18)

Today's Word from Joel and Victoria

It’s important for you to let those special people in your life know how much you appreciate their love and faithfulness to you. It’s easy for human beings to let their love stop with words. Now loving words are certainly crucial to a love relationship, but words by themselves are not enough. The Bible says very clearly that we are to love not just by the words we say, but by the deeds of love that we do for others. There is absolutely no limit to the good things that can happen when you decide to let love be the driving force in your life. True love is so strong that the Bible says, “Many waters cannot quench love” (Song of Songs 8:7). That’s a wonderful promise that when you choose to love, your efforts will not be in vain. God will open the windows of heaven and rain down His joy, abundance and favor on you when you learn to love the way He loves.

Once again, what starts out as a great message on helping others gets turned around so that the motivation for doing these things becomes to get rewarded and receive favor. We know from Your Best Life Now what he means by favor - good seats on aircraft, etc.

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