Kudos to TheoreticalPolitics for digging into Joel Osteen’s published interviews to “hoist him with his own petard”:
[Interviewer]FaithfulReader.com: Do you need to have a personal relationship with Christ or even be a Christian to benefit from what you write?
[Osteen]JO: I think that these principles will work in anybody’s life. I think Bible principles are principles for life.
I was reading today about one of the wealthiest men in the world. Every week he gives away homes and cars and surgery for the poor in his country of Saudi Arabia, and he continues his business and continues to be one of the wealthiest men in the world. I thought about it and that’s just right out of the principles of the Bible. When you give, God is going to give back to you. I think that having a positive attitude and expecting good things is just what the Bible says. The answers I think will work for anybody.
“Principles for life”. Which life, Joel? Which life did Jesus tell us to concern ourselves with?
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Clearly the principles that Joel Osteen believes are most important, the ones on which he focuses his ministry, are the ones that deal with making money.
Read the whole post here, if only to see that I’m not quoting out of context.