February 4, 2016

Joel Osteen: Magazine declares him ‘success’

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Joel Osteen on the cover of the February issue of SUCCESS magazine. Photo courtesy of SUCCESS Magazine

Joel Osteen on the cover of the February issue of SUCCESS magazine. Photo courtesy of SUCCESS Magazine

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(RNS) Featured on the February cover of Success magazine, Houston megachurch pastor and best-selling author Joel Osteen says he doesn’t hear the critics of his “prosperity gospel” who say he causes people to focus on themselves instead of God.

“It seems like I’m naive, but everybody I talk to, they’re saying, ‘You helped me, I like listening to you,’” he told Success. “And the stadiums full of people? They’re not coming because they’re critics. They’re coming because you touched their life.”

Joel Osteen on the cover of the February issue of SUCCESS magazine. Photo courtesy of SUCCESS Magazine

Joel Osteen on the cover of the February issue of Success magazine. Photo courtesy of SUCCESS Magazine

Osteen tells writer Michael Mooney, in the article that calls him “the most popular minister on the planet,” that precision is one of the keys to his success.

“It’s got to look good, and you’ve got to be precise,” he said of productions such as “A Night of Hope” that he held in San Francisco’s AT&T Park last year with the help of a team of almost 200 people. “There’s so much competing for the viewer’s attention these days.”

Osteen is promoting his latest book, “The Power of I Am,” and recently had a theological discussion on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Colbert asked how he was going to top God telling Moses “I am that I am.”

Osteen said he was shifting to how people describe themselves after the words “I am.”

“I think there’s power in our words,” he told Colbert. “I think people don’t realize how many times we speak negative things about ourselves.”

(Adelle M. Banks is production editor and a national reporter for RNS)

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  • Joel Oilsheen

    My sheep I mean my people just give me even more of your money and you’ll feel better. I need more money to put more grease in my hair daily. I want to be even more slick and greasy and slimy. Just don’t slip on the oil slick when I ooze by cuz I’ll want you on your feet to give me more money next time so I can put even more grease in my hair.

  • G Key

    I’m so glad Mr. Osteen has been declared a success by “Success”.
    Maybe he’ll retire now.

  • Let me get this right, a guy is named a success cuz he takes the name God gave Himself and sells books by insinuating that folks should use it on themselves invoking their God-like power of creation? Seriously? The last time I looked, the first fella to sell “you will be like God” theology didn’t fare so well!

  • AMAZING how ALL OF YOU PEOPLE WHO BITCH ABOUT MINISTERS HAVING MONEY, ARE SO IGNORANT AS WHAT THE BIBLE,SAYS CONCERNING MONEY. I dare say that NONE OF YOU HAVE EVER GIVEN A DIME TO FURTHER CHRISTIANITY. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO REPENT NOW WHILE THERE’S STILL TIME. YOU BUNCH OF LEARNED PEOPLE, BIBLE SAYS, “CAST NOT YOUR PEARLS BEFORE THE SWINE” , SELAH.

  • Chill,Pearl…Gary’s being facetious; there’s no way you can take someone seriously who posts THAT many caps,LOL!!!

  • Sheryl

    “And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.” Luke 16:15

    I believe this is God’s opinion of Osteen and countless others claiming Christianity today, including the pope.

  • BEN IN OAKLAND

    Jesus: Give away all that you have and follow Me.

    Joel: Give me all that you have and follow Jesus.

  • Timothy

    Funny thing is he make his message only about the person, making there life’s still the main character in this story of life. What about He who created it all???? Joel olsteen is simply a man of numbers to declare success, and his approach is less God, mor motivation.

  • G Key

    I was going to express dismay over “YOU PEOPLE WHO BITCH ABOUT MINISTERS HAVING MONEY” and “I dare say that NONE OF YOU HAVE EVER GIVEN A DIME TO FURTHER CHRISTIANITY”, until I was enlightened by the in-between part about “ARE SO IGNORANT AS WHAT THE BIBLE,SAYS CONCERNING MONEY”.

    So I congratulate you, and only suggest “less anger, more sarcasm”!

  • MB

    ChurchSalt: I chuckled reading your comment.

  • I have never heard a message from this man or read any of his books or articles. I don’t know where he stands biblically. As far as success goes what I know is that if we are seeking to do what God wants and are putting Him first in our lives then we are indeed successful in this life. Successful because we have His approval. As far as being a success in the eyes of men, that is another matter. We should keep our eyes on the Lord and not be distracted by teachings of men that may be contrary to the Word of God. “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me.”…Jesus (John 14:6) We need to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and turn away from sin. We should follow Him as He directs us by His Word and His Holy Spirit. “You have no need for anyone to teach you, for His anointing (Holy Spirit) will teach you all things”. 1 John God Bless

  • aajayunlimited

    Well said. I’d say that people should examine their “Christian” denominations(or sect of denomination) and doctrines. For example, Catholicism(means universal: occultic leaders are masters at hidden nessages and being universal is a most evil plan for the world and religion) or divisions within it seem very flawed from a Christian perspective. They teach(if my presumptions are correct) that saints should be prayed to. Also, people are deemed saints. I would imagine that they deem “holy acts” to be tied with saints and through osmosis you’re a saint. There are two major flaws with that: the devil can appear as a beacon of light before men(John in Rev. marvelled I believe at a tremendous show of evil) or even manipulate them(as he did with Adam/Eve or Job’s friends) and how can man determine who makes it to heaven or hell or judge any matter that is above the affairs of earth anyway(effectively doing what God has given to whom it is prepared)? Also, Confess your sins before a…

  • Ben

    He is Word of Faith
    And dig a little deeper, look for video of Joel asking his congregation and partners for $30 Million dollars to pay off the remaining owed on the loan he took out for $130 to purchase & renovate the building. That video would prove otherwise.

  • Sheila

    Joel Osteen presents God’s Word in such a positive light and his messages line up with the Bible. I love that he focuses on all the benefits we have as God’s children rather than “thou shall not”. He presents God’s Word in the light of God’s love for His children. I feel so lifted up in God’s love after hearing Joel.

    Just a message to all of Joel’s critics for his success. If you read the bible you will find that God blessed Abraham and others. They were considered wealthy people of their time. Soloman was the richest and wisest man ever. God is the same yesterday, today, and always, God may be blessing Joel because he is shining light on all the reasons we should accept God’s gift of salvation.