If you still haven’t come to the realization that Joel Osteen (and his wife) are heretics, then you haven’t been paying attention or you’ve been hoodwinked by his Christian ‘sounding’ rhetoric which underneath is nothing other than new age self fulfillment in the guise of Christian faith.
Need more proof? There’s this.
A recently recorded video is circulating online of Victoria Osteen, wife of megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen, calling on congregants at Lakewood Church to ‘do good for your own self’ because obedience, the church and worship are not for God as much as for self-happiness.
“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy,” she declares in the undated 36-second clip with her husband standing by her side and nodding. “That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy…”
The theological problem with that, in case you missed it, is that worship is NOT about you and obedience is NOT about your happiness. God doesn’t exist for you, you exist for God. The Osteen’s, as heretics, have it just backwards.
Why do I mention this? Because some Christians in our country have been duped by Osteen’s self fulfillment false gospel and it is my task as the under-shepherd to guard the sheep from the wolves.
The Osteens are wolves.
Be sure to come Sunday Night to join us for our (abbreviated) evening worship service and stay afterwards for our fellowship meal.
We are so pleased to have Bro Mason Goodman bringing the message Sunday morning and again that evening. Mason served the Riverside Church in Harriman for over 30 years before retiring (but not retiring) after which he became the Director of Missions of our Association.
Please be in prayer for both the Nominating Committee and the Budget Committee as they begin the process of arranging the budget and enlisting workers for next year (beginning October 1). And if you are asked to fill a position, please consider prayerfully doing so.
Petros-Joyner Supply Drive- If you can help, we’re looking for paper, pencils, spiral one subject notebooks, colored pencils, crayons, glue sticks, cap erasers, safety scissors, and small hand held pencil sharpeners. Today is the end of the drive. To all who helped, thank you!
Sadie H. (the tiny one, not the adult one), Gerri T.’s granddaughter, is having surgery Friday. Please remember her.
Faye’s family will receive friends Saturday from Noon – 2 and the funeral will follow at 2, officiated by Roy Langley.
Was enjoyed by all.
Please remember the family of Faye Elmore, she passed away today.
Please remember that the Youth Group will meet at 6 tonight (instead of beginning at 7). There’s a special program and back to school celebration from 6-8, so please make sure your young people know.
Doris’s surgery was successful and the doctor was pleased with the results. She returns tomorrow to have the eyepatch removed and to receive instructions for treatment.
(In case you hadn’t heard, she had eye surgery).
Most pastors believe that the Bible addresses the current issues of the day, but few speak about them from behind the pulpit, according to a recent study from a prominent research organization.
George Barna was a guest on the American Family Radio program “Today’s Issues” on Thursday, where he explained a research project that he has been working on for the past two years. In his study, Barna’s organization asked pastors across the country about their beliefs regarding the relevancy of Scripture to societal, moral and political issues, and the content of their sermons in light of their beliefs.
“‘What we’re finding is that when we ask them about all the key issues of the day, [90 percent of them are] telling us, ‘Yes, the Bible speaks to every one of these issues,” he explained. “Then we ask them: ‘Well, are you teaching your people what the Bible says about those issues?’ and the numbers drop…to less than 10 percent of pastors who say they will speak to it.”
Sadder still the metrics by which America’s pastors measure their work:
“There are five factors that the vast majority of pastors turn to,” he outlined. “Attendance, giving, number of programs, number of staff, and square footage.”
The only meaningful measure of ‘success’ is faithfulness to God and fidelity to the teachings of Scripture. None of the stuff above has anything at all to do with real ministry.
America’s pastors… the problem, not the solution.
A bit of humor for your Tuesday- from BJ-
The preacher’s 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon. One day, she asked him why.
“Well, Honey,” he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. “I’m asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.” “How come He doesn’t answer it?” she asked.
We’re proud of all our young people and we like to show them off.
The family will receive friends Sunday, August 10, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Schubert Funeral Home, Wartburg. Funeral services will follow at 7:00 PM with Rev. Ronald Guthrie officiating. Graveside Services will be Monday, August 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the Union Cemetery, Wartburg.