Joel Osteen Preaches to Sold-Out Crowd in Yankee Stadium

I don’t know whether the crowd at Yankee Stadium was gathered to hear Joel Osteen, or to see the new stadium, but one thing is certain… the world does not want to hear the offense of the cross of Christ, and you can be sure they didn’t hear it from Osteen.

The world loves it’s own, and because we are not of the world, the world will not hear us.  Only those whose hearts are touched and led by the Spirit will listen to the life-changing and sanctifying message of the gospel.

In this article, it’s made plain that Osteen didn’t seek out Yankee Stadium, they came searching for him.

The Osteen’s did not contact the Yankee’s looking for a place to preach, instead the Yankees were looking for a preacher.

“They asked us and we felt very honored,” Osteen said.

The choice of the preacher made sense. Osteen’s message to people is all about victory.   (Online Source)

Interesting, huh?  Could you imagine them inviting Paul Washer or John MacArthur to deliver a sermon?  Nah, they would actually preach sin, and that would be too offensive. 

Joh 3:20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Joh 7:7  The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

The world loves Joel Osteen.  He isn’t the least bit offensive, and his message bears absolutely no threat to the lost sinners among them.  He looks nothing like the picture Scripture paints of a true messenger of the gospel:

Mt 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

I ponder the relationship preachers like Joel Osteen have with the world.  The world embraces Osteen wholeheartedly, and find soothing words of  encouragement, and promises of hope that can guide them in living their best life now.  But, I ask you…do you really want to live your best life now, in a fleshly body, in a life full of heartache and pain?  Life is like a vapor, here one moment and then it’s gone.  Eternity is, well, eternal.  Many, in trying to satisfy the lusts of the flesh, turn to a false gospel that sometimes has earthly dividends, but will reap no eternal reward.

Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

When the world loves the message we bring, we need to consider that it is because we are preaching a worldly message, not the Word of God handed down from Heaven.

6 thoughts on “Joel Osteen Preaches to Sold-Out Crowd in Yankee Stadium

  1. Amy

    Everyone wants wisdom. It’s why Joel Osteen is popular. Osteen has a smarmy way of delivering down-to-earth wisdom. He is the Garrison Keillor of 21st century Christianity. And if one were to apply what Osteen has to offer in the daily affairs of life, it’s possible that life may look a little better. But listen to Osteen, or any of the other “word of faith” preachers who have large ministries and the messages is patently void of the cross.

    People are looking to us for wisdom, and rightly so. They want wisdom for life. They want to avoid the foolish pitfalls that make life difficult. But the wisdom we offer is not the wisdom that has similarities to Osteen’s wisdom or the world’s wisdom. This wisdom is Christ (hear echoes of “the Lord our counsel” in Isaiah 29). Our people need the gospel. They need the cross. They need Christ.

  2. Joe

    Do you know if there is a transcript of his “sermon?”

    I tuned in to watch on TBN. Actually, my guide said that the movie “Abraham” was on and instead, I got Osteen. Ugh.

    In any case, I know he started his sermon asking everyone to open to Deuteronomy 31, if I’m not mistaken. Then I waited to see if he’d teach from it and for at least 5-10 minutes, he never went back to his Bible.

    Plenty of folks got their ears tickled that night.

  3. Carol

    Why do people pay money to hear his dribble? The blind masses grasp for someone to tickle their ears and they’ll fork out money to listen to him, when they could just stay home and turn on their “Christian TV” and find him there!

    What a waste of money and a waste of words. I’ll stop for a moment to hear him and all he does is dribble out some cultural motivational speaking, with a God loves you, but never tells them Jesus suffered death on a cross for them! He will be ashamed when Jesus Returns!

  4. darklight

    I have been around the blog pages and listened to a lot of points of view.

    I have to agree that this Osteen character does seem too good to be true. He is no nice and gives out that aura of approachability and his message is so appealling, but it does not make it right.

    On the other hand does it make it right to make judgements in this matter based on what might also be a doctrine that was altered years ago to suit a certain movement?

    Which camp is correct?

    What if and this is a big “what if..”, but what if both camps are wrong?

    I have (and still am) studied theology and church history and something has nagged at me for years about the origins of what we know as Chiristianity and what it’s real message was. So I am going back to study again and again until I find it.

    In the meantime all I can say is that it is by the fruit of whatever movement is to be judged. In the years gone by the focus was upon sin and judgement, but in my homeland of Wales, I have stepped into many an old chapel and can still feel the oppression and guilt of those times, it produced a generation that were afraid to move upon fear of judgement. Sin is an issue that does appear throughout the bible, that is a fact and the death of Christ was to take care of the penalty of this. Nowadays that message has been taken over by a user friendly message and an emphasis on victory and power, signs and wonders, also to a degree a part of biblical teaching, but not the be all and end all. The fruit we are beginning to see from this movement is chaos in many ways.

    Like I said before…What if and this is a big “what if..”, but what if both camps are wrong?

    One thing is for sure, we are running out of time to find out.

  5. Carol

    One needs to examine the fruit of these teachers. If the words are not in line with the Word of God, you have to suspect their teachings. He talks about God loves you and has a plan for your life…but I’ve never heard him speak about the only way to God is through Jesus, and nothing about repentance from the wicked ways, and carnality is wickedness.

    Carnality is anything that hinders the spiritual heart of man. It can be something as obvious as anger, hatred, murder, stealing and things that the culture does not even look twice at that is bad such as gossip, gluttony, lusting for what someone else has…

    He should not have a church so big that he cannot minister to his “flock”. He should not be making a living writing hideous books that seeks “best life now” . Instead it should be living humbly, and teaching about storing up treasures in heaven.

    I could go on and on…the point is to look at the fruit of his life. If a true man of God wanted to preach the truth, he would not be making appearances on popular cable news talk shows.

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