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A cursory glance through either Facebook, Pintrest or Twitter will yield countless quotes from famed pastor Joel Osteen. His “feel good” type of preaching has been well received by many as evidenced by the multiple shares his quotes yield. However, an increased number of people feel this ultra wealthy pastor is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Matthew 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.”Advertisement
This verse perfectly describes the actions of pastor Osteen after Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 9 trillion gallons of water on the towns in Southeast Texas. The subsequent flooding will likely displace upwards of 30,000 people. Therefore, the right thing for an area church to do, especially one the size of Osteen’s Lakewood Church that boasts the largest congregation in the nation, would be to open up the church doors for displaced residents. However, Osteen didn’t make that move until after he was shammed for not being the hands and feet of Christ via social media.
Osteen made a comment implying he was praying for those affected by the storm, which is great but not enough. Until he received an immense amount of backlash from the Twitter community, he didn’t see fit to open the doors of his huge mega church. Currently, it is believed that Lakewood Church is being filled with air mattresses to make room for displaced residents, although this has not yet been confirmed, just implied.
In the Bible is says the following about actionable faith and how Christians should react in such a situation:
James 2:16 “If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?”
Let’s hope that Joel Osteen is in fact opening up his church to those in need, because otherwise, what good is his message?