Sin isn’t something that alarms Joel Osteen; he won’t preach on it for fear it will offend and make people feel bad. But, pork, on the other hand, really worries him.
He warns his congregation against the harm of eating pork and shellfish. He says he doesn’t want to take a chance on putting that junk into his body, so he made changes for health sake, and to honor God.
He worries more about the body, that will return to dust, than the soul, which is eternal. The things put into the mouth will be eliminated, but the things we digest into our spirit can and will destroy us. Osteen would do better to preach repentance, and the principles of living a holy life before God; preach Christ and Him crucified, for Osteen has a responsibility to God, and his congregation to teach the narrow way that leads to life.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not cavalier about proper nutrition. I’ve seen how poor nutrition destroys people’s health. It’s just amazing that Osteen, who will never preach sin and repentance, will gently rebuke his congregation about their dietary choices, but will never provide soul-saving teaching that will preserve their eternal souls.