Joel Osteen: Apologizing for wealth is "almost an insult to our God"
March 3, 2011
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The last time Joel Osteen was invited to CNN studios he minced up his words. Gobbled up his answers and fumbled through the interview that Larry King begged listeners to call in to save him from self destruction. This inadvertently poured fuel into a flame and a red faced Joel swore to return with a vengeance.
This time Joel mastered all his theological wit. This time the smiling prophet was armed with a donkey jaw bone and spared no one. Prancing in the blue and green corner with shades of lilac in the background of the new Piers Morgan Tonight Show he pounced at the first opportunity and kept going till Piers touched the hem of his wealth.
Morgan asked Osteen if he ever felt guilty for his wealth. He replied, “I don’t ever feel guilty because it comes from – it’s God’s blessings on my life. And for me to apologize for God’s – how God has blessed you, it’s almost an insult to our God.”
Osteen continued, “There is a religious – I call it a spirit or something that says we have to be poor and broke and defeated and sad to show people that we’re really humble, and that we really love God. And I don’t believe that. I believe God wants us to be examples of what it means to live for him. And that our money is to be a blessing to others.”
Well though he did not give scriptural references, he sure will get alot more people listening in next time. America’s most loved pastor almost lamented his not being involved in deep theological issues of the day and almost promised to adhere to solid doctrine. “I think I’ve grown in my knowledge,” Osteen said. “I mean, those first interviews. I mean, this was all new to me. I mean, I wasn’t – I didn’t go to seminary. I wasn’t – I was raised in this, but not in front of the camera. But I think this point – people say I don’t – that I don’t talk about sin.”
Are you sure he mentioned the “s” word? Yes, he indeed for once mentioned sin and also talked about homosexuality (that it isn’t God’s best too). How I wish he left Piers with the good news of the gospel that even fornicators, adulterers and liars are also sinners who can find forgiveness if they repent and put their trust in Jesus Christ.
Oh wait a minute. May be repentance too is “almost an insult to our God.”