Internet Monk gives a great wrap-up to last night’s 60 minutes interview with Joel Osteen. His best quote was the title to this post: “Osteen is a Gospel preacher like Col. Sanders is an army officer.” That about sums it up. I am grateful that they also interviewed Dr. Michael Horton. He wrote several articles after taping his interview which you can find here.
You can also read the whole thing at 60 minutes. Personally, I don’t believe Osteen understands the gospel according to Jesus, nor does he preach it.
Here’s an excerpt that made me very uncomfortable:
“To become a better you, you must be positive towards yourself, develop better relationships, embrace the place where you are. Not one mention of God in that. Not one mention of Jesus Christ in that,” Pitts remarks.
“That’s just my message. There is scripture in there that backs it all up. But I feel like, Byron, I’m called to help people…how do we walk out the Christian life? How do we live it? And these are principles that can help you. I mean, there’s a lot better people qualified to say, ‘Here’s a book that going to explain the scriptures to you.’ I don’t think that’s my gifting,” Osteen says.