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.