The Shady Side Of Joel Osteen

The Shady Side Of Joel Osteen


Joel Osteen has endured plenty of criticism
throughout his career. The toothy preacher has come under fire for
everything from his physical appearance to his spiritual beliefs to his lack of theological
training. However, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,
the Houston, Texas-based pastor attracted a lot heat for allegedly not doing enough
to help. Here’s a look at the shady side of Joel Osteen. Hurricane Harvey In August 2017, Osteen faced enormous criticism
for not opening his Lakewood Church, which can house 16,800 people, to serve as a shelter
after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas and left many homeless. Osteen’s reps posted on Facebook on Monday,
August 28, 2017, that the church was “inaccessible due to flooding,” and directed people in need
to other shelters in the area. but TMZ responded with allegations that the
church was actually “bone dry.” That led to an outcry against Osteen, with
many taking to social media to bash the pastor for his actions. According to CNN, by Wednesday, August 30,
the church was open to refugees, but skeptics charged even that was just a public relations
move to ward off further criticism. Osteen, of course, refuted that. “we were waiting for the right time really
Lakewood is always open we just didn’t necessarily have staff here to help the night that it
flooded here.” Pass the collection plate In January 2015, New York attorney Richard
Garbarini told the National Enquirer that despite listing Lakewood Church as a non-profit, “[Osteen is] leveraging the church as a money-making
vehicle! The church pays [to air] his sermons, which
are just de facto infomercials to promote his books. The Lakewood Church is a shell to funnel people
to his website so he can sell his books.” Daniel Borochoff, head of Charity Watch, concurred,
telling the tabloid, “A non-profit needs to be acting in the public
interest and not in the private personal business interests of Joel Osteen. The church should benefit from the royalties
of these books when they are shouldering at least some of the cost of promoting them. If it isn’t getting something back, it oughta
be. It’s too much a promotional vehicle for him.” Osteen and Lakewood Church denied the allegations,
telling the Enquirer that Garbarini’s claims were “false and baseless,” adding, For more than 50 years Lakewood Church has
adhered to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.” Can’t we all just get along? Though leaders of other mega-churches condemned
white supremacists and racist attitudes after an August 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville,
Virginia left one woman dead and several others injured, Osteen kept noticeably mum. His only commentary on the incident, and on
the topic as a whole, was a vague Facebook post that read “One of the biggest challenges we all face
is getting along with people because everyone is different. We have different personalities, different
temperaments. We come from different backgrounds. When somebody doesn’t agree with us or not
doing what we like, it’s easy to get in conflict with them, to argue, to try to straighten
them out, to prove our point. No, you have to be the bigger person. Just because they’re doing wrong doesn’t mean
you have to engage.” Christian commentators took him to task, calling
his injunction not to confront evil “passive.” Courting controversy In 2005, Osteen got himself in trouble with
the faithful during an interview with Larry King where he seemed to imply atheists and
people of other faiths might end up in Heaven despite their beliefs. He said, “I don’t know if I believe they’re wrong. I believe here’s what the Bible teaches and
from the Christian faith this is what I believe… I’m going to let God be the judge of who goes
to Heaven and Hell… I believe it’s a relationship with Jesus. But you know what? I’m not going to go around telling everybody
else if they don’t want to believe that that’s going to be their choice…” Osteen later issued a public apology to his
flock, writing a letter that read in part, “It was never my desire or intention to leave
any doubt as to what I believe and Whom I serve… I believe that Jesus Christ alone is the only
way to salvation. However, it wasn’t until I had the opportunity
to review the transcript of the interview that I realize I had not clearly stated that
having a personal relationship with Jesus is the only way to heaven. It’s about the individual’s choice to follow
Him.” Osteen got himself embroiled in another controversy
in 2011, though, when he told Piers Morgan that while he believes homosexuality is wrong,
it’s not really that big of a deal. “I’ve always believed Pierce the scripture
shows that it’s a sin. But you know, I’m not one of those out there
to bash homosexuals and tell them they’re terrible people and all that.” When pressed during a later CNN interview
to clarify his stance, he doubled down on controversy, saying being straight is not
a choice, but being gay is still a sin. “seems like sometimes in Christianity we categorize
sin. Pride is a sin being critical is a sin, being
negative is a sin…” “So Homosexuality isn’t so bad.” “Well, I don’t think it’s God’s best.” Osteen’s careful attempts at not offending
anyone, however, only drew more criticism from all sides. Live and learn. Trouble in paradise In March 2017, Radar Online reported that
Osteen and Lakewood Church were being sued by a family accusing a church staff member
of body slamming their baby girl. Court documents obtained by the site claim
that in May 2014, “A representative of the church grabbed a
child safety seat housing Victoria Wedderburn, a minor, and threw the seat off the church
pew… [Victoria] landed face first on the floor,
while still strapped to the safety seat…[causing] serious bodily injury and extensive mental
and emotional damage.” Osteen’s attorneys claimed the “incident [that]
made the basis of this suit was caused by the actions of third parties over whom the
[Osteens] had no control.” Osteen also claimed the church and its employees
he had no liability for the incident, based on the “Charitable Immunity Act.” The church reportedly settled with the Wedderburn
family for $15,000, despite asserting it had no wrongdoing and that the claims were entirely
made up. The mark of the beast Finally, it’s not easy being righteous. Osteen found that out the hard way when he
was accused by the faithful of collaborating with the devil. The supposed blasphemy occurred when Osteen
attended his son’s graduation from the University of Texas. Osteen and his son posed for a photo flashing
the school’s famous “Hook ‘Em Horns” sign, which references the university’s longhorn
mascot. Some Christians, however, thought Osteen was
pledging his allegiance to Satan by using a “devil sign,” with the “demonic signal”
revealing Osteen’s true colors. You know what they say: tweet ’em all, and
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100 comments

  1. He's more like a cult leader because his followers believe in him living lavishly. What else is he capable of. People are starving , sleep on the streets. Are hungry, unemployed and homeless, without hope. But Duplantis and Copland have forgotten these people Their.
    fancy homes and vacations take priiority.j we are all demons… as Kenneth Copland says. I think he's got it turned around. How do they sleep at nigh?!?

  2. I remember he helped during Allison I really think he didn’t want his church to get ruined, during Harvey church took us in that Friday took tuns of donations kept it and kicked us out but Sunday service. Not to mention we slept on a floor, I was great full and took charge set up chain lines to help unload 18wheeler worth of food that we never got to eat lol that like I said was donated.. like I said I am steel grateful.

  3. Let me ask Osteen fans : Would Jesus use media and appear on TV shows? I don't think so. He would let His actions speak for themselves. Osteen and all false preachers use PR tactics. Jesus had all opportunities to be treated like a rock star. He was a posterchild for humility. (ok, His apostles were bodyguards sort of but that is it).

  4. I'm afraid to God but when he comes, your anti-christ he spoke all about you, why??? I suggest him let God "Yahweh" In tagalog introduce you his servant not that on the anti-christ. People of the Lord, don't believe on him!!!! He spoke directly into individuals with the use of movies, all that has the mind of people to talk. I lied it before God.

  5. I'AM SO SORRY THAT ANYONE WOULD HAVE BAD THOUGHTS ABOUT JOEL OSTEEN++++++HE IS A MAN OF GOD++++++++++++

  6. Halo can all in the area we thought it was a stupid idea when we face all what did the champions to give Glorified Him to

  7. The LORD,God, has a purpose for all peoples, and that is for His glory, this pastor like many peoples will bend the knee at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, all will know at that time that the wages of Sin is Eternal suffering in darkness separated from God Almighty Creator and His kingdom, outer darkness and weeping, gnashing of the teeth is the price for evil doers, and the pit(Shoul) is the Eternal Judgment,!!!

  8. DO NOT JUDGE AS THE WORLD JUDGES.
    DID YOU NOT KNOW THAT GOD
    IS OUR AVENGER!!!
    2 PETER 3:7 HE HAS A DAY HE WILL JUDGE THE UNGODLY.

  9. I don't care what nobody says about Joel Osteen I watch him every Sunday at 10 a.m. on Fox and I don't believe any of this bull crap that they're saying everybody takes things out of context as far as him hold his fingers up for the horns that's the school's mascot let's get for real Love Jesus Christ

  10. My church (ccf) accepts donations to support the church and the staff, the pastors don’t get the money.

  11. Idk I’m not a fan of him but he’s kinda cute. Is he a scam artist or predator praying on religious people? That’s up for debate. but I also think the people who question him are looney . I mean he had to apologize for so much shit that in my opinion was misunderstood. I’m not a fan of his but I also think people in general can be dumb

  12. Evilvangelicals use God as a hate tool! Joel Olsteen is one of them! So are the macho boys who like Trump!

  13. No church tells me lies and gets my money! Screw you! Republicans are scum and I will never support a republican! I never did in the past either!

  14. Who is Nicki Swift & from whom or where does she get her platform – she cherry picked things to support her narrative – much of which is not true or slanted to suit her purposes. Lakewood does more than any of you nay sayers have any knowledge about & Osteens support numerous missions out reaches & have medical clinics in many countries. The hurricane story is a joke – opening a 16,000 seat arena with no staff, security', insurance, provisions etc. would have been a disaster. They are emergency distribution center for the city of Houston. Some of you need to get informed before spewing what you presume to be true !

  15. Shady, no, complete Black out, phoney as a three dollar bill. I think he started life as a Used Car Salesman trying to sell someones elses junk Automobile!

  16. Joel is many things, Christian isn't one of them. Peacemaking, not War Making: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. [Matthew 5:9] Resist
    not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. [Matthew 5:39] I say unto you, Love your
    enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despite-fully use you, and persecute
    you; [Matthew 5:44]

    The Death Penalty: Thou shalt not kill [Matthew 5:21]

    Crime and Punishment: If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to cast a stone at her. [John 8:7] Do not judge, lest
    you too be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged and with the measure you use, it will be measured to
    you. [Matthew 7:1 & 2.]

    Justice: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. [Matthew 5:6] Blessed are the
    merciful: for they shall obtain mercy [Matthew 5:7] But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your
    trespasses. [Matthew 6:15]

    Corporate Greed and the Religion of Wealth: In the temple courts [Jesus] found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and other
    sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle;
    he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. [John 2:14 & 15.] Watch out! Be on your guard against
    all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. [Luke 12.15.] Truly, I say unto you, it will
    be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 19:23] You cannot serve both God and Money. [Matthew 6:24.]

    Paying Taxes & Separation of Church & State: Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the
    things that are God's. [Matthew 22:21]

    Community: Love your neighbor as yourself. .[Matthew 22:39] So in everything, do to others as you would have them do to you.
    [Matthew 7:12.] If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.
    [Matthew 19:21]

    Equality & Social Programs: But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed,
    because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just. [Luke 14:13 &14.]

    Public Prayer & Displays of Faith: And when thou pray, thou shall not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in
    the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
    But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret. . .
    [Matthew 6:6 & 7]

    Strict Enforcement of Religious Laws: If any of you has a son or a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take
    hold of it and lift it out? [Matthew 12:11] The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. [Mark 2:27.]

    Individuality & Personal Spiritual Experience: Ye are the light of the world. [Matthew 5:14]

  17. All pastors that write books use their church to promote the books. All churches with TV programs pay for their own air time. No news here, just more twisting of facts.

  18. This man is about money not the word of God. I wonder if he would give away his 40 million dollar empire and his 10 million dollar home to if Jesus told thats the only way to heaven.

  19. Remember even the devil was an angel. If you think this guy cares about you then your and idiot he cares about then dollars

  20. This video is pure garbage. First, anybody who has lived in the Houston area in times of disaster knows Lakewood's reputation for charity to disaster victims. Joel Osteen led a nationwide effort to aid the victims of Katrina despite the fact that it didn't impact the Houston area. The reason Lakewood didn't take in victims? 1. The roads to the church were underwater and the staff couldn't get there for nearly two days. Houston got 3 feet of rain in 3 days, people. How stupid to you have to be to think Lakewood wasn't affected? 2. Lakewood always coordinates their relief efforts with the city of Houston so as to work efficiently, and the city asked Lakewood to act as a distribution center and direct people seeking shelter to the convention center downtown which was better suited for housing people. Once the convention center reached capacity Lakewood acted as an overflow location for storm refugees. Nothing shady there.
    As for Charlottesville, Joel has always avoided commenting on political issues while pastoring the largest multicultural church in the nation. There's no conflict there, as Joel's pastoral philosophy is to bring people together and offer hope and encouragement rather than promote divisiveness and negativity. The members are obviously receptive to his approach. Nothing shady there.
    The only valid point raised in the video is the church funds being used to promote his books, but that same criticism could be offered to numerous other megachurch pastors and televangelists. The practice is widespread and is really a matter for the church to address, not those outside of the church. BTW, Joel Osteen hasn't taken a salary since 2005. He lives off of his book revenue so I doubt that his members are going to complain too much.

  21. I can see clearly behind that fake smile is wicked and evil look in those eyes. He is a servant of the devil himself.

  22. Nicki Swift. Please actually be a Houstonian who lives in Houston who LIVES by Lakewood church and actually go to Lakewood church before you make a video compiling any article you can find to bash someone you've NEVER MET, A Church YOU'VE NEVER BEEN TO AND A PERSON THAT DID NOT GO THROUGH HARVEY. I am that person and none of this is true.

  23. Of course, he's NOT opening the church to shelter the storm's victims because he is NOT a TRUE follower of Jesus. Opening the church for the victims will NOT be bringing him MONEY of which, is what his preaching is all about. He's one of the WOLVES on TBN channel who are Lucifer's pack of WOLVES and so many gullible people are being DECEIVED.

  24. 2 Timothy 3:2
    People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

  25. DANG just lookit that big plastic grin on his face. probably B cuz of all that money he's rakin' in.

  26. It's all about the money. Him and his wife went to see a Lady Gaga concert. Demons supporting demons. He and his wife will be in the lake of fire. Money money money that's what he cares about.

  27. The whole parking lot was full of water! You also need organization. You just dont open doors and everybody runs wild. Who is doing that?

  28. Olstien like many false preachers preach constantly to give when giving to God is not of money but of the land and Jesus himself tell's us to worship and serve God only. Jesus profits us nothing!!!

  29. He is nothing but a con man bilking dumb evangelicals out of millions so he can maintain his luxurious lifestyle. ..

  30. Smile and style and profile, but no mistake we all will stand before the all mighty GOD and give account of everything.

  31. Of course he is shady. All the wealthy lavish ministries of ideologies & religions of catholic & protestant are phoney worldly nasty in some way or another.

  32. before anyone dare judge another let God be God for eg .
    Pastor Shane tells the world who Osteen visits or not CHRISTIANS PLEASE WE SERVE A BIG GOD LET HIM DO HIS JOB AND GIVE OUR GOD THE BENEFIT TO GOD TO JUDGE NOT MAN STAY BLESSED PRAY FOR THE TIME IS COMING EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY TONGUE WILL SOON CONFESS
    JESUS IS THE ONLY WAY
    OSTEEN IS ONLY IN THE FLESH HE IS NOT JESUS SO PLEASE LET US NOT JUDGE INSTEAD OF SAVING SOULS

  33. FAKE !!!! I can't believe people send their money to this man, unbelievable people even drive through the parking lot of his church

  34. My grandfather was John Osteen's only assistant pastor his name was Leonard pardon that's my grandfather Joel Osteen and his family are amazing and great people with integrity

  35. Stop judging this guy and do your own business as the good book says. ALL HAVE SIN, ALL HAVE COME SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD.

  36. Amen, God said feed my sheep, all he does is take the sheeps money.. The bible warns us in the last days about the false prophets..And if u have the holy spirit in you God will discern to us who the false prophets are..

  37. Joel Osteen does NOT preach the full counsel of God. He does NOT read from the bible during sermons and when he does speak about Jesus, he paraphrases/twists scripture. Joel is basically just a motivational speaker who uses God to promote his schtick. He is sucsessfully running a Ponzi scheme and making millions of dollars under the guise of Christianity. REPENT JOEL, REPENT.

  38. Joe Osteen is so wrongly judged by the media because he speaks positivity I pray that people will stop bashing him because it gives very much negativity to the body of Christ we are to focus on getting Souls into the kingdom not fighting against one another pursuing what the Lord wants us to do in our lives

  39. It's not up to us to judge Joel for whatever some people say about him, he is a good preacher, and he didn't let those who criticize him distract him from the purpose God gave him. Let's also keep in mind that he reaches out to more people now using modern technology so there is a large cost in doing that and it is worth it. God bless you Joel.

  40. Western people neither receive the strict WORD nor the flexible one. When Pastor Joel Osteen is trying to be flexible for such generation they don't like that too even. He is walking on the WORD with wisdom. Nothing bad.
    Pity on such people who don't accept God either way 👎🏻

  41. I remember when a flight attendant accidentally spilled a partial glass of OJ on Victoria O. on a flight ( First Class, of course)… her daughter was with her too !! Oh boy! True colors flew ! Her head almost spun around and projectile puke was about to spew forth ! Talk about “Fruits of the Spirit”… it made News.. I can’t find the news clip..hmm.. weird?? Joel had a ‘talk’ with her and he made an apology. She has been submissive since, supposedly… at least in the public eye. Temper, temper, temper…

  42. Jesus Christ folks. there's attachment to everything. If he's os bad at heart like all you think god would've not blessed him to where he is today. Just think, he cant run the shelter himself. At the moment who knows the rest of the staff and people who can organize or make sure the place was safe and suitable probably had their own home flooded and are not able to help until they take care of their household and family first. geeze just because hes rich y'all just disliked him.

  43. I do believe he is a dirty, rotten, low, down, money grubbing, thief. How many homeless do you feed with that multi-million dollar bank account you misappropriate.

  44. this false teacher needs to be rebuked harshly for preaching a false prosperity gospel, misrepresenting true Christianity and deceiving masses

  45. Lol that most of these ministers use the Word of God just to boost their pockets and full their bank accounts so they can live a luxury live. Not one of them ever follow in Jesus footsteps! For instance take the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness when the enemy of God put Jesus to the test, that Satan took Jesus to the top of the mountain and saw him the kingdom of the world and said to Jesus "I will give you all this if you would bow down and worship me." But Jesus rejected Satan, by replying "Get behind me Satan, you shall worship the Lord your God and only Him shall you worship! That Jesus was saying to Satan "I am a man and I did not come into the world to gloryfied Myself or the world, nor did I come to make a name for Myself! But I have one mission and one goal and that is to glorified God the Father who is in the heavens. That Satan could not enter into Jesus for Jesus had one goal and that to come and redeemed people and to save us from a world that is dying in decay and corruption. And to make us His kingdom people that we may be saved from God's wrath in the last days!

  46. The "false preacher/teacher" infestation is all over the globe. Stand up and speak out against ALL of them – in the Holy name of JESUS CHRIST !!

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