John MacArthur Rebukes Assemblies of God Health, Wealth and Prosperity Gospel Preacher Joel Osteen (transcript of youtube video)
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A few weeks ago there was an event here in a dodger stadium with Joel Osteen 35,000 people at dodger Stadium something like that. He has now the largest quote un quote church using the word loosely in America down in Houston. You need to understand that he is a pagan, religious in every sense. He is a quasi pantheist. Jesus as a footnote that satisfies his critics and deceives his followers. The idea of this whole thing is that men have the power in themselves to change their lives.
In his definitive book Your Best Life Now he says, “and that ought to be a dead give away since the only this could be your best life is if you are going to hell” he says, “that anyone can create by faith and words the dreams he desires health, wealth, happiness, success” the list is always the same.
Here is some quotes from his book Your Best Life Now, “if you develop an image of success, health, abundance, joy, peace, happiness, nothing on earth will be able to hold those things from you” end quote.
You see that is the law of attraction, that is apart of this kind of system.
Here is another quote, “all of us are born for earthly greatness, you were born to win” win what? “God wants you to live in abundance. You were born to be a champion, he wants to give you the desires of your heart before we were formed he prepared us to live abundant lives to be happy, healthy, and whole but when our thinking becomes contaminated it is no longer in line with God’s Word.” End quote and by the way God’s Word is not the Bible, God’s Word is that Word that comes to us mystically, spiritually that tells us what we should want.
Here is another quote, “get your thinking positive and he will bring your desires to pass, he regards you as a strong, courageous, successful person. You are on your way to a new level of glory.” How do you get there? “Believe” he says, “visualise and speak out loud” same exact approach. “Words release your power, words give life to your dreams.”
Here is another quote, “friend there is a miracle in your mouth” I think Isaiah might object to that. Instead I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell the midst of people of unclean lips.
Here is Joel Osteen’s prayer, “I thank you Father that I have your favour” wow did he meet the Pharisee in Luke 18 or what? “I thank you that I am not like other people.”
Here is another quote, “I know these principles are true because they work for me and my wife.” Oh so that is the test of truth are you kidding? I know these things are true because they work for me and my wife, sure you are at the top of a ponzi scheme then he said, “even finding a perfect parking spot at the Mall” and I asked what about the little lady you cut often the key to that. What about her dreams? Maybe she was born to lose. I mean it is so silly so bizarre.
He says, “God has already done everything he is going to do the ball is in your court. You have to take that part of God which exists in you and create your own reality.”
What is the source of this? Where does this come from? Answer – Satan this is Satanic. This is not just off centred, this is Satanic. Why do I say that? Because health, wealth, prosperity, the fulfilment of all your dreams, you’re your desires that is what Satan always offers – that is called temptation. Based on the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, that is exactly what corrupt fallen, unregenerate people want – that is why it works so well. Right, you can go right into Satan’s system and make everybody feel religious and turn their desires, their temptations into some how honourable desires. I mean what did Satan say to Jesus, “grab some satisfaction, why are you hungry? You need to eat, you need to be healthy, whole” why would you let yourself be unpopular dive off the temple corner. Cool everybody will be wowed and you will be the winner, you will be the champion, you will be the Messiah, they will hail you, and by the way if you just look over to the Kingdoms of the world I will give those to you too. That is Satanic.
And why are these false teachers so successful at what they do? Because they are in cahoots with the devil. Why is Satan successful? Because his temptations although they might appear noble on the outside are imperfect accord with all the fallen, corrupt, selfish, proud, evil, desires of sinners. This is a false kind of Christianity and a false view of God and I think preachers like this who preach this stuff hate the true God. I really believe that I believe they hate the true God and they are afraid to death that somebody might find out who he really is.
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