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Interview with Pastor Joel Osteen (Full Transcript)

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Rev. Joel Osteen, senior pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston on April 6, 2009 visited the offices of The Wall Street Journal for an interview with Steven Waldman, Editor-in-Chief of Beliefnet & WSJ.com columnist. Osteen is preaching in Yankee Stadium on April 25.
BELIEFNET: What’s your core message [at Yankee Stadium] going to be?
OSTEEN: My core message is that God is good, that he’s on our side, and even though times are tough and a lot of people are suffering I believe God can still bring us through, and that he has good days in the days ahead. So it’s all about hope and believing for better days.
BELIEFNET: You’ve written quite a lot about how people should try to develop better attitudes and approaches in order to bring themselves success, good relationships, prosperity – and that having a good attitude can ultimately bring you prosperity. So if you’re not achieving prosperity right now, what does that tell you about your attitude?
OSTEEN: Well, I don’t know. People in tough times, it doesn’t mean they don’t have a great attitude. All through the scripture, there’s people like Joseph that was treated so unfairly, spent 13 years in prison for something he didn’t do. But he kept that good attitude and in the end he saw God’s blessing and favor. I wouldn’t ever say if you’re having tough times then there must be something wrong with you or your attitude. Life’s a fight. It’s a good fight of faith. I encourage people to stay up, stay hopeful, stay faith filled. I believe that when you think of the negative and you get up discouraged and there’s nothing good in my future, I really believe it almost ties the hands of God. God works where there’s an attitude of faith. I believe faith is all about hope.
BELIEFNET: What do you mean “it ties the hands of God?”


OSTEEN: I think back to the scripture where it says Jesus couldn’t do any miracles in his own home town because the people didn’t believe. I really believe that the scripture talks about, it’s our faith that pleases God. It’s our belief that “God, you’re for me, you’re on my side. Yes, it’s hard, but I trust you. You’re in control.” I believe that’s what allows God to work in our lives.
BELIEFNET: You’ve written that sometimes these hard times can be useful because it takes off “the rough edges.” If you look at the recession not in individual terms but as an entire economy, an entire country, what’s the message we should be taking from God about why we’re suffering as a nation?
OSTEEN: I don’t know if I know that exact message. I do think that the tough times help us to focus [on] our faith, maybe make some adjustments of what we could be doing better. I know in my own ministry we’ve made adjustments in terms of being more frugal. Probably stuff we should have made five years ago but we didn’t need to… even though it’s difficult some good can come out of it. I don’t think it’s God punishing us or anything like that. Sometimes people make some bad decisions when it comes to some of the fraud that’s taken place and you reap the consequences. But I just believe it’s another test. America’s always come through and it will come through again.
BELIEFNET: I want to read to you a prayer circle that was posted on Beliefnet. We’ve gotten a lot of prayer requests related to financial hard times. “I’m a very devout Christian who is losing his will to fight a condition of job loss. For the past six months I have been praying to God to help me secure suitable employment and have not been successful. Within a couple of days, I may have to go to jail due to mounting debts. I do not understand why God is so far away in answering prayer.”
OSTEEN: There are difficult times. In the scripture, there’s people just like that. They prayed to God and felt nothing. It’s difficult but my encouragement to that gentleman would be you know in these tough times when your faith is tested and you have to trust God. I keep going back to these Bible examples, but I think about Job. He lost his family, lost his business, lost his health, yet he said, “Though God slays me I will trust him.” He’s got to get back to that place where you know, ‘Even though I don’t understand; I’m going to still trust God.’ That’s what faith is all about.
I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s difficult. I feel like I’ve had a blessed life. I’m healthy, I’ve got good children. My heart breaks for people like that. But I know that to say, “Too bad, you were dealt a bad hand and God doesn’t care about you,” I don’t think that’s the right thing. I’d just encourage him to know that God’s in control. You don’t know. Tomorrow morning he might get the break that he needs. That’s my thing – keep filled with faith. Keep doing what you can do and I believe God will do what you can’t do.
BELIEFNET: You’ve said you don’t know what God’s timing is but do you think that it’s always in your lifetime that you get the payback?
OSTEEN: I believe that, in general, that is. Even in these tough times, a payback that God can give you peace when you shouldn’t have peace. I know when my father died he was my best friend; I thought why do I feel this peace? I was grieving but I thought, ‘you know, I think I can make it.’ I thought that was God being released in my lifetime. It may not have been money or a dream coming true but I do believe that in general you’ll see God’s goodness in your lifetime. I know that a lot of the blessings that I have in my life are because of my parents. My dad never saw his ministry grow like I have seen it. I believe that I’m reaping some of his rewards. I believe he’d be looking down today saying, “wow,” and saying, “I’m proud of my son but he had a big part of me seeing God’s blessings and favor because of the seeds they sewn.”
BELIEFNET: A recent survey found that the fastest growing group in America is people who say they have no religion at all. Why do you think that is?
OSTEEN: I don’t know that I know for sure. I think part of it may be that when we talk about being religious versus coming to church. Some people who come to my church say I’m not religious but I have a relationship with God. I grew up as a preacher’s kid and my dad is southern Baptist and certain denomination it’s a big big deal. Today, I don’t see people being nearly as concerned about denomination. I don’t know that I know that answer … In my own life I see faith at an all time high… we’re in a basketball arena holding services each weekend seeing thousands and thousands of people. This is an amazing day we’re living in, when we are seeing 45,000 people coming out to one church and friends in other parts of the country that have these large churches as well. So I don’t see if it corresponds in my mind that faith is going down. Seems to me faith is going up higher.
BELIEFNET: The two theories I’ve heard, one coming from the left one coming from the right…On the one hand, the one from the left, says Christianity has become so associated with politics and culture war issues that that’s turned people off. Do you think it’s possible that kind of engagement in culture war issues has driven people away from Christianity?
OSTEEN: I’m sure it could. I can’t say for sure if I believe it but I do agree with some of that philosophy because I feel myself many times in those same shoes in that there was a time where I thought I don’t want to be known as “an Evangelical” because at the time that meant you were a Republican that was against everything. I think that’s changed. That was a few years back.
I don’t want people to look at me as their minister and say, ‘he’s a Republican and he’s against this, that and the other,’ because my church is made up of all different types of people. In some ways I would agree with that. That’s again probably back to a belief my Dad had that he didn’t get political because he didn’t want to divide the audience. I feel that same way. I don’t want to be categorized. Our message is about spreading Christ’s love to everybody. If you look at somebody and say he’s against that or that or he’s on that side, to me people start turning you off because of that.
BELIEFNET: Do you get asked a lot to weigh in on different political issues?
OSTEEN: I do, a lot. People realize now that I don’t do it. It’s not that I don’t want to stand up for things but I just think certain people are called for different things. We all have our different gifts. I have friends who are fantastic debaters and good at things like that. Again I think my gift is bringing hope to everybody, and I don’t want someone to look at me and say, “I would listen to him, I like what he’s saying, but he’s this or that politically and that turns me off.”
BELIEFNET: I’ve heard other people write, “sure he’s full of hope, he’s had a relatively blessed life.” Obviously we don’t know what people’s life is on the inside. You made a reference in one of your books to the “dark nights of the soul.” Have you had any dark nights of the soul?
OSTEEN: I think we have and I have. In 1981, my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She was given a few weeks to live. I was away at college. I’d never seen my mother sick a day in her life. She was 48 years old. I thought this is astounding. It never happens to our family. You think that. That was certainly a dark time.
There’s been other things as well. I can’t apologize that I do feel like I have a blessed life. I grew up in America; I’ve spent a lot of time in India and just do feel very grateful that I was raised by great, loving parents.
On the flip side, my father, he was raised in extreme poverty, came out of the great depression, and he made something with his life. I think that’s part of the seeds inside of me to want to encourage people to know that you can rise higher. You can become all God created you to be even if you’ve had difficulties, even if you weren’t born into a good, loving family, God still has a plan for your life.
BELIEFNET: There’s about 10 million people in the world who die each year who die before they reach the age of one year old. These are obviously people who haven’t done anything wrong. They haven’t had the wrong attitude, they haven’t done bad deeds and yet they don’t even make it to their first year. How does that gibe with your message of hope? Part of why your message of hope is very appealing is that it’s very empowering; you can actually guide your own ship. When you see something like that where it seems so arbitrary, how do you gibe these two?
OSTEEN: I guess I go back to the belief that God is in complete control and he knows what’s best for us and there’s always going to be things we don’t understand. In Houston I bet every week, I pray for half dozen people there at the medical center, and many times children. I never have a good answer for them except I encourage them that God will give them the strength to make it through anything you come up against. The other thing is, I believe that if we put our lives in the hand of the Lord we’ll go to be with him at the exact right time. I pray for people whose teenage son is killed in an auto wreck. I don’t get hung up on trying to explain it. I just gotta go back to say “God you know I don’t understand it but I’m going to trust you.”
BELIEFNET: You’ve been called a prosperity gospel person. You’ve explained that that is not accurate. So why don’t you sort through for our listeners what is prosperity gospel and what is different about your message?
OSTEEN: I don’t know what exactly what… I’ve heard prosperity gospel defined as so many different things. I can just come back to what I believe and that’s yes God wants us to prosper but it’s never all about money. That’s just such a small portion of it being happy. Prospering is having peace of mind and making good decisions and having good relationships, and your health. Sometimes what I get criticized for is, I do believe God wants you to be blessed and happy and healthy and whole. I’m not saying you’re not going to have some of those dark nights and difficult times. Life can be tough but even in those tough times I believe God can give us strength and scripture says count it all joy if we stay full of faith that we can make through.
BELIEFNET: You have said, if I’m reading this right, that people would prosper financially…am I misunderstanding that or are you saying prosperity isn’t about financial prosperity?
OSTEEN: It’s part of it but I do think that we need money to pay our bills and I do think that God wants you to be blessed so you have enough money to send your kids to college and to take your family to the next level. The fact that’s how my father came out of the great depression, no money, no education, no future, but yet he believed, and it didn’t happen overnight, and that’s my belief, that God does want you to excel in your business. He wants you to be blessed not only to pay your bills but so you can help someone else.
How could I encourage our church to buy this new facility and I’m telling you to be poor and broke and you’re not supposed to have anything so you can look holy. I just don’t buy into that. We’re his children. He wants us to be blessed. It’s all an attitude of our heart. Where people get it wrong is well all he’s talking about is money. Gods not concerned just about our money. It’s an attitude of our heart. I want to be blessed so I can leave a legacy to my children. I want to be blessed so I can build orphanages. Blessed so I can build hospitals and do other things with our finances.
BELIEFNET: But money is part of it?
OSTEEN: I think it is part of it.
BELIEFNET: So, if God wants us to be blessed in that way, if we’re not succeeding at that moment, how can we interpret that? If God wants that for us, why isn’t it happening?
OSTEEN: There’s times and seasons. I don’t think you can look at a poor person and say you must not be holy; you must be doing something wrong. That’s not necessarily true. I have friends in India that live great, Godly lives helping people and they live on 40 dollars a month or something like that.
I do believe that if you’re on welfare today, God wants you to rise higher. My message is, don’t settle there. Don’t say you know this is my lot in life, I was born in the wrong family and I’ve had some bad breaks. Don’t settle there. Believe you can rise higher. I can tell story after story of people who have come out of not only depression and bad health but out of, what you call, out of the projects. They’ve risen up and done something great with their life.
BELIEFNET: You have spoken about the idea that if you lead a good life, a life of good deeds, you’ll be rewarded, that God is keeping scores. I just finished a book on the founding fathers, and the founders loved that idea because they thought one of the purposes of religion was to promote religion and if you had the sense that God was keeping score and watching your good deeds and that would create a virtuous citizenry. But what was interesting to me is that a lot of people disagree with them, including a lot of the Protestant clergy, and they would say so today – an emphasis on deeds, paying back, is against the notion of salvation through faith. This is one of the criticisms you get form other Christian leaders, how do you react to one point of criticism?
OSTEEN: They’re both right. We are saved through faith. There’s nothing we can do. We don’t have to work our way to heaven. I do think that when you become a believer in Christ, you should be doing good things for other people. A lot of time …God is a just God. He sees your acts of obedience and kindness and nobody else may be paying attention. You may be doing the right thing at work and not getting the credit you deserve. That’s why I believe God’s keeping the records and I believe you will be rewarded even in this life; somehow, some way God will make it up to you. It may be he protected you from accident you never knew. I just believe you can’t give God something without God giving you more in return, whether its peace or joy or satisfaction. I just think that’s the way our God is.
BELIEFNET: Would that be true if you haven’t accepted Christ?
OSTEEN: I believe the principles of the scripture are true. For instance, I believe if you don’t accept Christ but you’re a giver, I believe you’re going to receive. It’s just a principle, from the scripture, but I think it’s a law of God. I saw a report on a Saudi prince one time. This man is one of the richest men in the world. He would take a moth a year and give houses to the poor people and cars. I thought isn’t that interesting. And yet every year he’d just continue to flourish. I thought, ‘you know what when you take care of the poor when you help people that have less than you can’t help but be blessed.’
That’s just the law of God. I believe it is true.
BELIEFNET: Another interesting point that you’ve made is that you shouldn’t try to settle scores because God will do it for you.
OSTEEN: Yes. I talked about that Sunday. I just think that a lot of time human nature wants to pay people back to get revenge. To me it’s my reading of the scripture says don’t avenge yourself. Let God do it for you. I think when we spend our time trying to get even, trying to get people back, it’s the inside flesh part of us, if we just leave to God, it in the end, I say he’ll make our lives right, he’ll bring the justice into our lives. It’s a distraction to try to straighten everybody out. That’s why I never argue with our critics. I never even hear the criticism until I come to an interview. I know it’s out there but you know what I search my heart for every day, ‘God am I on the right course? Am I doing what I’m supposed to be doing?’ And I think as long as I know that, then I don’t have to worry about the critics, people trying to bring me down. I believe God will fight my battles for me.
BELIEFNET: I had a conversation with an evangelical book publisher and I mentioned that we on Beliefnet were having a video by Joel Osteen. And she said oh he’s not really Christian. Have you ever heard that?
OSTEEN: I’ve never heard that one. I’ve never heard that one. It’s certainly the foundation of my faith. I’d never heard that one. [laughs]
BELIEFNET: In “Become a Better You,” you wrote the scripture indicates that God has already approved and accepted you. If God approves you, why don’t you start approving yourself? You urge people to stop listening to accusing voices and learning to like yourself. I’ve had conversations with gay Christians who have said they’ve tried to do that but since the church’s position is that their essence, their relationships, is sinful how can they get to the point of loving themselves if the church doesn’t love them?
OSTEEN: It’s an interesting point of view. When I say God accepts and approves you, I think that he made you. You’ve got to feel good about yourself to begin with. I don’t know if I’m answering your question directly. I do think it is up to us to follow God’s word. So I’m sure there are plenty of people that are gay in my church and they know that I believe that that’s not God’s best. I think that a lot of time the church has been hard, picked out certain groups, and beat them down, and I don’t think that’s the right thing to do. I can understand their point of view but I hope that we’re always changing and trying to grow, eve myself I’m certainly not perfect, in accordance to what the scripture says.
BELIEFNET: Does your church do reparative therapy to try to bring gays to heterosexual lifestyle?
OSTEEN: We help everyone. I don’t know that we have a program directly for that.
BELIEFNET: What do you think of that approach?
OSTEEN: Well, um, I believe that, we try to help anyone, we don’t try to push anything down people’s throats. But we would sit down in a loving way if somebody wanted help, saying I’m struggling with homosexual desire can you help me, sure we’ll pray with you and give you some scripture and stand with you. If somebody came and said ‘you know I have these desires, I’m practicing and I want to change,’ we’d help them but I don’t think I come to get up there… I mean same thing with alcohol and drugs and stuff like that. That would be our approach – to help anybody that we can to see God’s word.
BELIEFNET: What do you say if they come to you say, “this is who I am and I don’t want to change. What I want is to love myself.”
OSTEEN: I would encourage the person, I would pray with them, I’m not going to force anything down their throats. I would just tell them in a loving way, probably already know, that I believe God’s best is when you come in accordance with his word, that’s when you’ll be the most fulfilled.
BELIEFNET: Are there anyways in which your message has changed in the last 5 or 10 years as you’ve lived your life or seen things around you? Anything where you’ve adapted?
OSTEEN: I think so. I started 10 years ago. I started preaching like my father… I think 4, 5, 6 years ago I got my stride and this is what I’m good at, this is what I love doing, encouraging people, helping them to overcome their past. And I think I’ve grown
BELIEFNET: How so?
OSTEEN: I don’t know. Hate to use the word, deeper, but just more mature. You learn more. My first book I wrote I’d just been ministering for a few years. I’m proud of it but I think my second book is better. I have more understanding of the scripture and I realize that if I say that coming from a Christian background it didn’t mean the same thing to other people. I’ve got some good constructive criticism where I’ve been learning. I hope 10 years from now, that I can say the same thing, that I’ve grown, I’ve gotten better, I’ve learned some of the issues.
Not that I’ve wavered on my faith but you know what I realized that staying hopeful and positive doesn’t make everything perfect. I can’t promise you you’re not going to have an accident and I’m going to tell you God s going to protect you. but even if something happens he’ll be there to protect you. It’s taking a broader view of who God is.
BELIEFNET: It’s interesting to think you’ve only been doing this for 10 years. There are tens of thousands of preachers in America of different faiths getting up each weekend and preaching and yet here we are with you as one of the top one or two in the United States in terms of your reach and influence. And you’re about to do what from a long island boys point of view the ultimate venue -Yankee stadium. Why you? Why have you had this tremendous success?
OSTEEN: I get asked that. I don’t know that I know. I’ll come up with some things, and I don’t mean to sound arrogant…part of it is the seeds that my parents have sown. More practical, my message is always to lift people. I’m not saying other people don’t as well. That’s why I’m cautious about it. It’s always lifted people up. I’ve done my best to take it from a religious message to just, here’s a way to help lead your life according to scripture…I’ve tried to reach people from all walks of life, people that haven’t gone to church. I don’t know that I’m right. I don’t know what it is.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just God’s favor, he just happened to put me at the right place at the right time. I don’t know. I wish I did.



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Husband

posted April 13, 2009 at 11:18 am


A small point, but how is comparing homosexual relationships to “problems with “drugs and alcohol” any better than comparing them to incest and child molestation?
Most gay people are not “struggling with” being gay; they’re struggling to combat the lies and hate that the “religious” “right” perpetrate about them.
And how is a homosexual attempting to become something s/he is not (namely, a heterosexual) “in accordance with God’s will” for God’s gay and lesbian children? Did God make a mistake when God made us? How does Osteen (or Dobson or Warren, etc.) ‘know’ God’s will for other people in the first place?
Sorry, but yet another preacher man puts his foot in his mouth on issues about which he evidently knows not much.



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Tim

posted April 14, 2009 at 8:44 am


Let’s be explicit here, since Osteen himself cannot be: Joel Osteen is homophobic and anti-gay. He has seemingly no understanding of sexual orientation and would prefer to try and repair the homosexual (psychological damage notwithstanding) than to take on the more fundamental task of repairing a homophobic society. He opposes same-sex marriage. He pretends to know God’s “plan” and God’s “ideal” when the truth is he is afraid to take a stand on the tough issues and the first to back down from confrontation. This man is sure a nice-enough fellow, but he is a coward.



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posted April 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm


Just to fill in a few blanks, concerning how this relatively unschooled preacher could have built such a large flock. Articles often mention that his father was a pastor and sometimes they even mention that his father started Lakewood Church. What an understatement! Lakewood Church was one of the most amazing churches in the U.S. before Joel Osteen became pastor in 1999.
Dr. John Osteen started the church in a feed store in 1959 and in 40 years it had a rapidly growing weekly attendance of about 11,000 and a nationally syndicated weekly TV broadcast viewed by millions. It was well-organized for ministry even by the time Joel started working in the TV ministry as a young man, and had a worldwide ministry and vast resources at the time John Osteen died of a heart attach in 1999.
This is not to diminish the growth in the church’s ministry since Joel became pastor, as attendance doubled from 11,000 in 1999 to 22,000 one year later. Sometimes, churches dwindle following the death of a founding pastor, but that didn’t happen in this case, as the strong organization was able to capitalize on Joel’s appeal, and vice versa, in remarkable ways.
Just wanted to add some context. His popularity didn’t come out of nowhere, but rather, he became the new face of a popular ministry, which he has expanded greatly.



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Terry Sam Daniel

posted April 15, 2009 at 4:31 am


i will not be saying much to you except i am a person who knew the difference between “zealotry-due to old Christian-traditions” and original faith in JESUS whichis simply confessing and riding the words of Our Father Almighty …. and that happened initially when i was listening to Joel Osteen sermons.
regarding mistakes of GOD(Luke 12:10-12)
…. what right do you have to ask like that?
relaxing initially and silently Reading and reflecting quietly the books of Deutronomy , and the books of Romans , Ephesians, Collosians ,and Galatians would be apt for a rash mouthed person like you…
i mean, i can understand a totally rash person who uses derogatory words against a person who has succeded in moving a lot of lives and improvements too….but you, who talks loud and loads of gibberish… — dear friend whoever you are-
knowing “meaningful” phrases would do you good if you use it to get yourself out of situations which endangers your life,,, its told in the book of Proverbs.
Again its told in the book of lUKE 12:10-12 that ,,anybody who speaks against the son of MAN would be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the spirit shall not be forgiven at all.IT WOULD BE BETTER TO KNOW THAT sPIRIT IS tHE FATHER’S CARING SPIRIT. since your comment is against a simple Joel osteen,,,,
i am happy that a person like you have forgiveness from GOD.
God maDE YOU PROPERLY AS MYSELF AND JOEL HIMSELF , NOT ONLY THAT FATHER ALMIGHTY GAVE you the same authority which we are using for our spiritual wars and that is- THE AUTHORITY FOR overcoming the temptations of the devil ( LUKE 10:19-20)
Hope you are happy to know that….
where you dont have expertise on the “bad effects” of any activities despisable to Father Almighty (as per book of Exodus),,,,, there is only an easy way for being safe and blameless in the eyes of GOD.
USE your BY_BIRTH_God_given_gift of “RESTRAIN”…..in order to know what restrain is .: check the “dictionary” first and then read psalms 1…. dont worry, go on,- its a small chapter about choices you have….
and one more thingif Father was to punish us according to what we are really deserving then none of us have a reason to exist…..
one last thing :- you will become good but even then you will face the same problems you have given up and thats for a minimum range…. read luke 22:31-32
Take care and God Bless You just as he had did to me through Joel’s spirit filled sermons about real goodness in faith to Almighty who loves us beyond our wildest imaginations…….. bye



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Terry Sam Daniel

posted April 15, 2009 at 4:49 am


this is for “TIM” …..
I dont think your agequalifies you for telling things like this which first of al derogatory and flinging dirt at a person who is trying to help people. second of all… it shows how ignorant you are of things in the bible… Reading the books of Exodus would be apt for you since your query is about sexual orientation…..
and one more thing all this statements from you and to Joel osteen and God using me to defend him and his work is all as per the plan fixed for you by him in order to return to his saving grace….
again if you are encouraged then read deutronomy 23:15-24 and 27:11-26 and 28:1-14
hope you are blessed to go on further and understand the real understanding abouit Father Almighty.
take care , enjoy your war journey.AMEN



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posted April 15, 2009 at 10:17 am


My goodness. The Greatest Commandment in the Bible is to love your neighbor as yourself. Love is not in any of these comments only condemnation. Joel Osteen sounds like he is speaking with love. He is not trying to change anyone. There is alot of bitterness in these tones which is one reason we desparately as a world need GOD and his word. Love to all and may God Bless you…



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Jay

posted April 15, 2009 at 10:55 am


I think anyone who doesn’t believe Joel Osteen is a Christian, just doesn’t know what they are talking about.
The gays and lesbians keep trying to demand their rights and making excuses for their behavior. The truth is their lifestyle is an abomination to God and against what the Bible teaches. People are not “born” like that, it is their choice, because of lust and lack of will power to straighten out their lives and live the life God meant for them to have.



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Elia

posted April 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm


God Bless You and all your family. Thank you very much!! eventhough I have not gone to Houston and visit your church I listen every sunday your message and read your daily devolitonal messages too!!
Keep up the good, terrific assignmant that God has placed in your hands!!!



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posted April 15, 2009 at 1:43 pm


I will start my day and end my day with a prayer,that is all i wanted
to do.I will also ask forgiveness if i have hurt someone by my choice
of words,i will just do my best to answer questions to people the
best way i know with respect,i will not joke around anymore,i am just
been misunderstood with my style.From now on,i will limit myself from
too much interaction with other people,i needed time to be by my
self.I will thank God if day is through knowing that i have done my
best at work and at peace with other people.



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Cyndi

posted April 15, 2009 at 7:38 pm


Every Sunday i like watching you to hear what you will say thank god that the Lord choose you



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posted April 15, 2009 at 11:49 pm


MY SISTER AND I WERE ONCE GOING TO GO SEE JOEL, IT BLEW MY MIND, IT WAS LIKE I WAS TRYING TO BUY TICKETS TO A CONCERT, ONE SECTION WAS 50.00, UP TO 200.00 BUCKS FOR OTHERS, WHATS UP WITH THAT? I MEAN JUST THINK AT HIS CHURCH IN HOUSTON HAS 40,000 VISITORS AND LETS JUST SAY THE AVERAGE TITHE WAS 5.00 WHICH IS LOW CONSIDERING WHAT PEOPLE GIVE, THEY HERE THE OLD GIVE 5 YOU WILL BE BLESSED 500 ETC. ETC. IF HE TOLD HIS 40,000 TO GO TO RESCUE MISSIONS AND TAKE AN INVINTORY OF WHAT IDIVIDUALS NEEDED PLUS GET TO KNOW THESE FOLKS WHO HAVE FALLEN ON HARD TIMES OR HAVE BEEN THERE ALL THEIR LIFE ,SEND YOUR FLOCK OUT AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, INSIST THAT JUST LIKE JESUS SAID AND DID, DO MISSONARY WORK RIGHT HERE IN THE UINTED STATES, AN INSTITUTION LIKE HIS COULD DO ALOT OF GODLY THINGS ,THE HELL WITH YANKEE STADIUM, HIT THE STREETS OF NY, DONT BE AROUUND IT “BE IN IT” IF YOUR GAY, YOUR LIKE ALL OF US, JUST GIVE YOUR LIFE TO JESUS, BELIEVE HE DIED ON THE CROSS FOR ALL US SINNERS AND DO THE RIGHT THINGS JESUS SAID YOU MAY STILL STAY GAY BUT ONCE YOU START WALKING YOUR TALK FOR JESUS WILL PUT YOU WHERE YOU SHOULD BE ANYWAY, ITS NOT ABOUT MAKING A LIVING, ITS ABOUT MAKING A GIVING, ”NEVER JUDGE ANYONE TILL YOU HAVE REALLY WALKED IN THEIR SHOES” GRACE AND PEACE,,”GATOR”



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Janet

posted April 16, 2009 at 1:29 pm


I think Joes is truly blessed by God to help lift people up. We are all or I should say alot of us are struggling with the world as it is we don’t want a preacher to just be asking for money all the time once is enough. Because he only does at the end of his program I feel people want to see him become successful. And he is so sincere when he talks about God helping us.Some people use music like carroll roberson he is so blessed in his music to reach people like myself. And there in not a bigger turnoff for myself then to hear preachers only discuss money. Another thing is I don’t like to hear other preachers put him down or say he only talks about doing good why don’t you all try it and maybe you would be successful also..



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Janet

posted April 16, 2009 at 1:39 pm


You know people who say he is a coward for not standing up for gays. What on earth planet are you from. HE is a preacher of Gods word not yours. He is only doing the will of God not gays. No one has ever put out of his church have they. He says he will pray for you and help you. What more do you want his blood too. Why don’t you try reading the word of God. He states this in the Holy Bible not Joel he is just telling you what God wants us all to be. You may be gay or a murderer or whatever else our sick world can come up with but he can only do and tell you what God says and feels not what you want to hear him say.. NOW GO AND READ THE BIBLE..and see and read it for yourself grow up and quit blaming the world for your problems. You chose what you want in life so deal with it..



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Nancy Edwards

posted April 17, 2009 at 7:08 pm


I am a 74 yrs lady and I enjoyed listen to Pastor Joel Osteen.
I was raised in Godly Home I had a good Christian Father and
Mother who showed me the Christ Walk and I can relate with the
Pastor. Pastor Osteen Preaches the TRUE WORD OF GOD.
Blessings
Nancy Edwards



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Get Over It!

posted April 18, 2009 at 11:16 am


I am a resident of Houston and I haven’t attended a service of Joel’s personally, but I watch each weekend on tv and for the past several weeks he somehow has spoken about the subject that was on my mind at that particular time. Although he isn’t “traditional” in the delivery of his sermons, he gets the point across and makes everyone feel better and hopeful. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and everyone is different in their personal preference, but it certainly doesn’t hurt, especially in these times, to have someone who can accomplish this. After all, this is exactly what Jesus did. What is the point of criticizing someone who is doing God’s work to the best of his ability? If you can’t say something good, then don’t say anything at all!



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Nichole Cline

posted April 24, 2009 at 10:25 pm


As far as Gays go, the Bible says in First Corinthians 6:9-11, NIV version; “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy not drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justfied in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” So you may be Gay now, but if you become saved and change your lifestyle, then you too can inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
As far as Money goes, the Bible says in Malachi 3: 8-10, NIV version: “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse–the whole nation of you–because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.
And there are many more verses on tithing:
Gen. 14:20
Genesis 28:20-22
2 Chr. 31:5-6
Neh. 10:35-39; 12:44
Matt. 23:23
Luke 11:42
So read the Word of God, and you too can find out the many blessings and benefits he has promised each and every one of us. It is not the preachers job to inform you of all these things, but also your responsibility to read and study the Word to find them out. We have a Loving God, who only wants us to Love him back and trust him and live life in a righteous manner. So please, if you do not like what a preacher is preaching, don’t take his or her word for it, look it up in the Bible and find out for yourself. And remember, Preachers will have to go before the Lord one day, and they will be held accountable for everything they taught, so that is why they preach on things like gays and tithing, not to hurt you, but to do their calling and preach the Word of God.



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Ross Anderson

posted April 25, 2009 at 9:11 pm


Joel is the best preacher that there has ever been on t.v.
We have had too many preachers that bang you over the head all the time.
Joel makes you feel good and shows you that you are worth something.
He does not cry for money from Sunday to Sunday.
Ross



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churchmouse

posted April 25, 2009 at 11:06 pm


Joel is a feel good preacher. He rarely talks the gospel message, only about feeling good inside. The reason we go to church is not to leave feeling like we can make money that if we pray God will make everything perfect. The reason you should go to Church is to WORSHIP GOD.
Osteen does not have to ask for money…….his self help books and the mega people sitting in his mega church in the mega pews give enough money.
We need preachers that preach the Word. Joel does not do this. In fact I dont think Joel really knows the meaning of Born Again. At one time he even believed that all roads lead to heaven. Did you ever see the Larry King interview. So many were outraged over his answers that he had to apologize for what he said. But he can’t take back what he said……
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfwYU2pmWYQ



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Craig from Cincinnati...

posted April 27, 2009 at 8:29 am


Joel: I’m 55 years young and I’ve been for 40+ years a strong follower of Dr. Peale, Dr. Schuller…and now— You. I strongly believe the world needs to view a glass half-full—equally or MORE than half empty— and recognize Gods Blessings to us all, moment by moment. I applaud your efforts and your continual message. In my work life, I have been in over 170 cities worldwide presenting motivational/inspirational seminars to the Business world and KNOW how tough it can be to have MANY people criticize and demean you because of how you “see the glass.” But in my heart I’ve always known that God was/is pleased with my promotion of hope, diligence and overall message— God loves you Joel and so do I…Keep up your tremendous ministry! Peace.



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Peter Muiruri

posted April 27, 2009 at 11:54 am


Joel i’m based in Nairobi and a staunch believer of your ministry(with more than sufficient reasons). I dont see the sense (only malice) in your critics when they say that you dont adress areas like condemnation among others-I woint expect you to! Wht the nay sayers dont do is read scripture like 1st cornthians 12:7-11
(But the manifestation of the spirit is given to each one for a beneficial purpose. 8 For example, to one there is given through the spirit speech of wisdom, to another speech of knowledge according to the same spirit, 9 to another… 11 But all these operations the one and the same spirit performs, making a distribution to each one respectively just as it wills.) Dont be bowed, its your gift to inspire faith and hope in GOD.Dont be unnatural to your gift.Lov you, kp walking, God bless you.When i come to USA i MUST VISIT LAKEWOOD.



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pam borrajo

posted May 1, 2009 at 10:58 am


GOD BLESS JOEL & VICTORIA!!!! I WATCH THEM FAITHFULLY.. I HAVE PRAISED GOD AND GIVE THANKS EVERY MORNING!! IT GIVES ME A GREAT ATTITUDE THE REST OF THE DAY. IT TRULY WORKS!! GOD ID GOOD. I HAVE HAD MY PRAYERS ANSWERED AND EVEN A MIRICLE!! I PRAY THAT MORE PASTORS WILL BRING THE MESSAGE AS THE OLSTEENS DO!! AMEN & AMEN



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posted May 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm


Ilove Joel & Victoria they are for real when it come to what GOD can do. There is nothing too hard for GOD,The only thing GOD cant do is fail.



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MARI G.

posted May 24, 2009 at 1:51 pm


GOD PUT JOEL ON THIS EARTH FOR A REASON AND THAT IS TO PREACH.AND I THINK HE DOES A FANTASTIC JOB. I WATCH HIM EVERY SUNDAY .HE MAKES ME FEEL GOOD FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. GOD CHOOSE HIM TO BE A PREACHER BECAUSE HE KNEW HE COULD HANDLE TELLING THE TRUTH AND GETTING ACROSS TO MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ABOUT GOD. SO IF PEOPLE DON’T LIKE HIM THEN DON’T WATCH HIM BUT YOUR JUST LOSING OUT.HE DOES THE BEST THAT HE CAN AND I AM PROUD OF HIM, HE IS NOT ASHAME TO WORSHIP GOD,I’D RATHER SEE HIM THEN WALKING AROUND SEEING PEOPLE HIGH ON DRUGS,SWEARING,DRUNK.



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posted May 31, 2009 at 7:51 am


DUE TO CARING FOR MY HANDI-CAPPED HOME BOUND MOTHER, I AM UNABLE TO PHYSICALLY ATTEND CHURCH…THAT’S WHY THE OSTEEN’S MINISTRIES ARE SUCH A BLESSING TO BOTH MY MOTHER AND MYSELF!!! I GIVE THANKS IN MY DAILY PRAYERS FOR THEIR TV BROADCASTS. I HAVE BEEN “TURNED OFF” BY PREVIOUS TV MINISTRIES (OTHER THAN BILLY GRAHAM’S SERMONS, WHO I BELIEVE PAVED THE WAY FOR JOEL/VICTORIA’S BROADCASTS)FROM THE EXAMPLES OF JIM/TAMMY BAKER, JERRY FALWELL, ETC…I REALIZE THAT NOT EVERYONE IS A CHAMPION OF THE OSTEEN’S BUT I CERTAINLY AM…I ALSO AM ACTIVE WITH INDEPENDENT BIBLE STUDIES, LOCAL/INTERNATIONAL CHARITY ORGANIZATIONS…I AM SO VERY BLESSED TO HAVE HAD A FORMER BOSS WHO INTRODUCED ME TO THE OSTEENS MINISTRIES ABOUT 4 YRS AGO…GOD PUTS THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE @ THE RIGHT TIME…YOU JUST HAVE TO HAVE FAITH AND AN OPEN HEART TO RECEIVE! THANK YOU JESUS



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