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My husband got me watching Joel Osteen years ago. I liked him at first, because he was so dang positive, and he dressed pretty slick. too. But the message got old – God wants you to have it all, and He wants you to have it now. And for someone that has always believed giving ought to hurt a ittle, that message started to grate on me quite a bit.

Then he apppeared on Larry King Live, hocking one of his books, and he was unwilling to say that Jesus Christ was the only way to Heaven, nor was he able to explain what it means to be “saved.” Now, look, I don’t know Joel, so I can’t judge his heart. He could have just been really nervous and felt that he was “on the spot.” But it seems to me that if you’re a TV preacher, those are a couple of things you ought to have nailed down.

Now his wife is being sued for being pushy on an airplane. This story dates back to 2005.

Opening statements were set for Thursday in a case Victoria Osteen’s lawyer called “silly.” But Reginald McKamie, attorney for Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown, said he hopes the trial will show “that celebrity status doesn’t take precedence.”

Brown accuses Victoria Osteen of assaulting her before the start of a 2005 flight from Houston to Vail, Colo. Brown alleges Victoria Osteen threw her against a bathroom door and elbowed her in the left breast during an angry outburst over a stain on her first-class seat. The Federal Aviation Administration fined Victoria Osteen $3,000 for interfering with a crew member.
Joel Osteen was at his wife’s side Wednesday in court. McKamie said he expected to call the couple as witnesses.
(snip)…Brown’s suit claims the flight attendants asked to have Victoria Osteen removed from the plane. Hardin says Victoria Osteen and her family left voluntarily. The incident delayed the flight about 2½ hours.
Do I buy that Victoria Osteen got pushy on the plane? Sure. But this is a little over-the-top:
According to court documents, Brown claims that she suffers from anxiety and hemorrhoids because of the incident and said her faith was affected. She is also suing Osteen for medical expenses for counseling.
Brown had previously claimed she was attacked in another incident by an airport employee, according to a deposition she gave in the case.
Sounds to me like someone just wants to empty out the pockets of the Osteen family. Hemorrioids?? Come on, honey, I can do better than that. Acid reflux, maybe, but hemorroids??
I get nervous, however, whenever we take a Christian, stick him or her in the spotlight, and give that person millions of dollars. Especially if that person is preaching a feel-good gospel to the masses, as opposed to a message of humility and repentance. Following Jesus isn’t always fun, nor is it always lucrative. Sometimes following Jesus is hard work that requires giving things up, instead of raking them in. I guess you could say I’m much more in favor of a message that teaches me how to store up my treasures in Heaven, then line my earthly pockets with gold.
I have actually lightened up about my view of Osteen. After talking to several people who feel like Osteen gave them hope in troubled times, I’ve concluded that it’s entirely possible that God told Osteen to preach the way he preaches. I guess I just wish he would at least touch on some of the things I wrote about, above.
It’s just that I believe that mature Christians are beyond the fluff, you know? Give us some meat. Tell how how to serve Christ better, not how to earn enough income to put in a pool.
You could almost say that Osteen is seeker-friendly, whereas finding real meat is something that has to be done outside of Lakewood Church.

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