A comment on WND’s website about Joel Osteen’s teaching says it all. Their story quoting an Equirerer Article alleging a financial scandal drew a number of comments. Aside from the story, the comment I found most interesting is from TXPatriot – Frank M •
“From the multitude of responses which people have posted relative to this article, the issue with Osteen has little to nothing to do with fundraising in his church. At issue is the half-baked gospel message he touts, which has led many to believe that the God of the Universe can be deployed as their own supernatural bell-hop…ring the prayer bell, and He shows up with all the health and wealth you could ever desire. That’s just malarkey!”
His post was discerning. Good point TXPatriot
A fascinating review of the Catholic Church of Rome. The unrepented track record of the Catholic Church leaves heretical doctrine still intact. This is a very interesting review for all who have forgotten the reason for the Reformation.
Well, that’s a great question that so many aren’t sure about. Michael Pearl a great short answer with an opening statement that will surprise you!
You’ll enjoy this, let’s listen:
[Update: this link is not appearing on the referenced website any longer so you might have to search. This post was added in 2008 so it’s been a long time and it was moved from the original URL.]
Sometimes I think people have lost all their reasoning. Sid Roth has this “pastor” on his show (David Jones) and he shows some “angel feathers” and “gems” that he says fell from heaven. Seriously. I’m not kidding. They look like carnival trinkets and feathers that fell out of a cheap pillow.
I’m dumbfounded. How is it that believers have lost their discernment? They’ve lost their way, ignoring the importance of reading God’s word and holding to sound doctrine. Don’t get me wrong, I love miracles; I believe in miracles, not spectacles. I’ll post more but just wanted you to see this.
Sid Roth’s video (short url for space):
You can actually see the “angel feathers” and “gems” about 2/3’s through the video! What fun!
The intro to David Jones says:
“In his meetings, there are supernatural manifestations of angelic feathers, gold dust, appearances of precious gemstones and physical healing. All this happened when he learned the key to unlock God’s heart and favor.”
Oh, he’s selling his book too.
Feathers? Sorry, I don’t buy this at all. Gems? Nope. Seriously, those look like carnival prizes.
Take those feathers to a lab and see if they are organic or synthetic. I’d like to see what the DNA report says. Perhaps “Made In China”.
David misquotes scripture when he tries to make a point that it’s dangerous to question him when he gives the example of a co-worker angering him, when he says to the co-worker: “it’s better that a millstone be tied about your neck and cast into the depths of the sea than to mess with one of God’s little ones”
Why did he misquote Matthew 18:6? Is “messing with one of His children” a veiled warning that nobody should question this story? It’s our duty to do so.
but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Why should we challenge this?
1 John 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Claims of angel feathers and gems must be tested and proven. There is no fear in testing the spirits to see whether they are from God. It’s a mandate that we should be wary of false prophets and lying wonders.
Let’s see them prove it. Validate the evidence with real science and a peer review report.
In the meantime, let God be the judge. Keep in the word of God. Endure sound doctrine and do not be led astray.
I really liked listening to David. He seems like a nice guy. I just wonder who is planting this stuff and fooling him.