Andrew and I were flipping through the channels tonight and ran across a sermon by Joel Osteen. We watched it for a bit, but it really annoyed me. His whole sermon was about how God has promised wealth, and he kept throwing out these obscure verses and taking them totally out of context. But I think he forgot something… God does not promise that His people will be wealthy!! He promised that He would provide what we need (Matt. 6:30-33), He does not promise to provide for our wants. And, honestly, I think that God talks more about providing for us spiritually more than He talks about the physical. Ugh. And throughout the whole message, I did not see him with an open Bible. Yes, he quoted Scripture, but never the reference. His “sermon” was a motivational speech.
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matt. 7:15.