Joel Osteen A Fat Cat In Skinny Goat’s Clothing

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It is Sunday morning and we are up and watching a little television when we just happen to come across this fellow in a huge mega church preaching about how God wants to bless you with prosperity etc. Now I am interested in what this humble sounding fellow had to say as I am constantly curious how people could actually listen to these prosperity preachers on a constant basis. It turns out that his name is Joel Osteen and I remember seeing him on Larry King not to long ago. He has a new book so I guess he was on the book whore, I mean tour circuit to push his goods.

Now I don’t subscribe to these prosperity pushers such as Creflo Dollar, T.D. Jakes, John Hagee, Joyce Meyer, Pat Robertson, Juanita Bynum, The Tower of Power Schuller, Benny Hinn, Paula & Randy White, Oral Roberts, Mike Murdoch, Robert Tilton and Peter Popoff. Osteen and these preachers are pulling down money that would make the riches Pharaoh or Sultan blush. Yet God has specific scripture denouncing the rich lifestyle such as Mathew 19:24 “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Let Osteen and the other modern day swindlers tell it and you too can get to heaven by helping to line their pockets and bank accounts to overflowing.

Osteen was preaching today about not having a skinny goat mentality which he equated with a poor person mentality. You need to think big and know that God wants to make you prosperous with blessings. All you have to do is pray, OH and don’t forget to say the Amen. The Amen part is like sealing the prayer and blah, blah, blah. Now I am not a Christian by any means and know that God isn’t waiting in the wings to give me anything for giving these con artists one thin dime. In fact I think that just the opposite will happen, if I pay my hard earned money to this and the other thieves I will be even more destitute. It is like a fool calling the psychic hotline (which I worked for a short time) and what do they always ask? Why don’t I ever have any money, and will I get some money soon? I always wanted to say you have no money and won’t get any because you keep paying two dollars a minute for these phone calls. Why don’t you hang up and save your money then I could pop them on the head like a V-8 commercial.

Joel Osteen isn’t interested in my spiritual or any other part of my well being. He constantly talked about the fact that he also has a skinny goat mentality yet he grew up in the cradle of money as his father was also a preaching money maker. So where exactly did he get this skinny goat mentality. All he talked about for the entire time was building this mega church and how he felt that they could only afford to keep the old broken tiles and jacked up bathroom stalls etc. And when his cousin whom works for him said they should get all new things which prompted Osteen to wonder where his cousin got this fat cat mentality from. Well probably from the fact that through Osteen’s nepotism and cronyism he too is benefiting off the backs of Osteen’s poor stupid parishioners.

This mega church they built cost somewhere around seventy million dollars, damn that’s a lot of money. Yet he is a humble country preacher, “don’t know nothing about money matters,” is what he said when he had to go to Bank of America for a twenty five million dollar loan. Banks don’t just give that kind of money to people without a plan, no knowledge about how things in the real word work. He knows full well how money and the like work, like I said earlier, this guy was born to a money grabbing preacher. I don’t want to rag on anyone’s religion but I don’t believe that this preacher’s actually preaching about religion well maybe the religion of money. This guy and the others only seem to have one goal in mind and that is to separate you and me from our income and that is my problem.

I can barely look at these prosperity doctrine preacher’s let alone listen to the garbage they spew. I heard one preacher Paula White look into the camera and ask people to send her their first paycheck of the month. What! Is she crazy, most people are living paycheck to paycheck so who can afford to just send off a whole check to that cretin. She claims, just like Osteen and all the rest that you will get that back two fold or better. Gee if I send my hard earned money away how will I get this money back, is she going to pay my bills? This is another one of those “you got to have blind faith” things. I guess I am too inquisitive to just follow anything on blind faith. But, until others show more of a questioning nature instead of blindly following the pack like a good little sheeple.

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26 responses to “Joel Osteen A Fat Cat In Skinny Goat’s Clothing

  1. Sentinel,

    Excellent post..do not get me started on Joel Osteen and Creflo Dollar and the whole “prosperity preacher” movement. These clowns burn me up from the core. What gets me the maddest is not that T.D. Jakes and Creflo Dollar and these other bloodsuckers of the poor have no problem with preying on the weak, but that we have millions of people that don’t see this for what it is.( I guess that’s what makes them the weak)

    These men are basically just exploiting the two strongest human emotions, fear and greed. We could talk for days about what i think of Christianity, especially why there is no way that black folks should be calling themselves Christians, but i’ll save room on the page for someone else to comment.

  2. Peter

    I can’t agree with you more! As an Orthodox Christian I love to read about the Saints after the times of Jesus Christ and during the time of Jesus Christ. Heck, Jesus Christ Himself was born poor, lived poor, & died poor. Remember that Scripture, “Foxes have holes & birds have nests but the Son of Man has no where to lay His head.” It’s to say that our Savior was a homeless man! Praise God! If you read the life of say St Francis of Assisi who was rich yet chose to live poor & freely to live as close as Christ did as possible yet 21st century Christianity has allowed such blasphemy to take over and it’s so sad. I felt so bad one time because someone sent me a chain prayer at work about repeating a prayer for Financial prosperity. I went off on them and quoted what Jesus said to the rich man & even explained the story. It wasn’t very Christ like of me but at the same time standing up for truth is important though it can be done much more Christ-like lol. Look at Mother Teresa, look at the people who live in monastaries, are they rich? Actually yes! In spirit! They’re so free, so joyful! It’s awesome! Now unfortunately these preachers begin speaking for God and totally mishandling everything Jesus stood for and preached about. I’m not saying Jesus doesn’t want you to be happy, I mean, He loves us you know? But, I just think these preachers are using Jesus to make millions and it’s working! Yes, we all need encouragement, we all need to be reminded that Jesus is love and He loves us unconditionally no matter what we’re going through but I just feel that these preachers are using Jesus to make a lot of money and that’s where the blasphemy starts. I’m so happy to know that there’s someone out there who feels the same way I do! God Bless u!

  3. theblacksentinel

    Tyrone & Peter,

    I am disgusted by the so called teachings of these supposed people of God. I don’t understand how so many people can be taken in by their illogical antics. I think that maybe it is greed that is propelling these individuals to the top of the money charts. They tell people exactly what they want to hear, that God wants them to have everything their hearts desire in the form of material goods. It is like these people don’t actually read the bible that these preachers are supposed to be preaching from.

    You know I too could go on forever. Another great post to read is by Brotherpeacemaker called http://brotherpeacemaker.wordpress.com/2007/07/16/what-would-jesus-do/

    Thanks for the comments.

  4. Equal Time

    Thanks for the post on the prosperity preachers. This is my first time on the sight so forgive me if you have dealt with these other bloodsuckers in America known as the humble, benevolent, MD’s. Who go about sucking the last dollar out of the sick. Passing them like an old purse from the family practice (after extracting every possible insurance dollar) off the specialist, who each take their turn at them. The medical profession are the real profit mongers! Get 2 tylenol caps during a hospital stay . You will be amazed if you bother to look at your itemized bill to know that you have paid $20 for 2 OTC pills! This is just the tip of the Iceberg. However I am not going to paint all Drs. with a wide brush as you seem to be doing all television ministries. By the don’t get me started on the Legal profession in this country or the press either for that matter. UMM oh my I guess there are rotten apples in all professions, even bloggers.? What do u think?

  5. theblacksentinel

    Equal Time,

    I agree with you that there are rotten apples, even in commenter’s on blogs. Also, I am not talking about the medical industry, the post was on SLEAZY prosperity doctrine preachers. I never painted ALL preacher’s as bad, I made reference to a few that I feel are getting rich on the backs of their followers.

    Even though the medical field is full of profit mongers they do serve a purpose. Where as what purpose is served by a phonied up skinny goat mentality having boy next door, I am your best friend and golden ticket to getting into heaven pusher who is bilking thousands out of millions? There is none! Reading the bible I don’t see any stories of Jesus saying to followers that to get the blessings they badly needed they should give him ten percent of their earnings or donate as much as they can humanly afford.

    If you are so inclined by all means do a post or two on the medical blood suckers, that is your right. But, it is also my right to point out anything “I” let me say that again “I” want to point out. Which happens to be the prosperity doctrine bull crap preachers.

    But, thanks for the reply anyway.

  6. Ray Sheehan

    Too bad you’re not a Christian, you’d make a good one!
    Ever thought about converting?

  7. theblacksentinel

    Thanks Ray,

    But no I wouldn’t even consider that. I am sure you are being facetious in some way but that is OK as well.

    Thanks for the comment

  8. Ken

    I’m surprised by some of the commentary here. Jesus had a lot to say about money in more than 2,000 places in the New Testament. But here’s the summary – all resources God gives us, whether monetary or skills or otherwise, are for two purposes. One is to provide for our needs and the other is to provide for the needs of others.

    While the Old Testament scriptures did specify a 10th of everything we earned being an offering to the Lord as a command (called tithing), Christians do not give because we feel we have to, but rather as a way of thanking God for what He has already done for us on the cross through Jesus. The ultimate desire of every Christ-follower is (or at least should be) to share the good news of forgiveness of sin through Jesus, and we give towards that work so that more people can hear that news and be reconciled to God.

    The bible addresses people who preach out of selfish motive. In the book of Phillipians, the apostle Paul wrote “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.” If some preachers do things for themselves and yet God is glorified, than God is still glorified.

    I would love for you to look past the ulginess of Christians (including myself) and see the beauty of Christ himself. No matter how much we as people screw it up, Jesus still gave himself for you and for me.

  9. theblacksentinel

    Ken,

    I understand you completely. Yet, I feel that these false prophets need to be robbed of the right to rob the Christians who are trying to gain salvation by giving to these thieves until they are living the life of a Billionaire. My reason for this post is to ask the question of Christians such as yourself, how does this person who is NOT spreading the word of God help you all? He and others are spreading the word of pay me and your place in heaven is pretty much assured.

    Thanks for the reply.

  10. For those of you who are interested, I’ve written a very detailed article that addresses the false doctrines of the Word-Faith Movement. It can be found at:
    http://www.victorstephens.com/victorstephenswebsite_018.htm

  11. brotherpeacemaker

    I’m embarrassed to say that I was a member of Joel Olsteen’s church for about three months when I was living in Houston and before I discovered the African spiritualities. This was before he was able to purchase the Summit (the old arena where the Houston Rockets used to play basketball). The political maneuvering associated with the whole affair was pretty disgusting. His church was the last church I ever attended. My mom enjoys watching Mr. Olsteen’s sermons. But I have a problem sending money to an organization that is supposed to use the funds to do god’s work only to see these people use a percentage of the money or their popularity to live like financial barons. Too many people are preaching that god wants you to be rich but wants everyone else to go to hell. That’s nonsense!

    Peace

  12. Rick

    Mathew 19:24 does say what you say it does in the article. However maybe you should read the whole passage and not just the verse that supports your viewpoint. The very next thing after that verse is, “and the disciples were amazed and asked then who among us can be saved?” That doesn’t sound like a bunch of paupers responding to me.
    Just like when Jesus said he had the no place to lay his head and everyone assumes he had no home, however if you tried reading your Bible you would understand that that passage was about the town he was visiting. If you read the Bible you would have read in John that Jesus had people ask him where he lived and he said come with me and they dwelt therein. Yes I could tell you exactly where that verse is but maybe if you look for it yourself you will read a little closer.

  13. theblacksentinel

    Rick,

    I have read the bible enough to know that I don’t care to continue reading it. 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said this is impossible for mere humans but with god all things are possible. Now where in “this” statement does he concede saying anything about humans living the life of sultans? No where. And consequently even if the disciples were rich men and not paupers, wasn’t Jesus warning them of this problem?

    Anyway, there is no way that you are going to convince me that the bible sanctions these false idol worshiping prophets. They worship the almighty dollar, not god. How many people besides them and their cohorts are getting rich from their pulpit pimping schemes?

    You can read anything you want into the scriptures in order to support those money grubbers as well. So I guess short of actually going and asking Jesus or god, you will not know what was meant. So if supporting these criminal types is your thing, then by all means have at it. But allow me my right to say no!

    Thanks for the reply

  14. Barbara Ricci

    There is goodness and evil. The good man wears white and the bad man wears black in the movies.There is a good force at work in the world and an evil force. When you die you will go to one place or the other…to heaven with Jesus or to hell to be tormented for eternity. So choose you this day whom you will serve. Once you die, the choice is gone forever. Choose goodness and life. Ask Jesus Christ into your hearts and you will finally know the truth.

  15. theblacksentinel

    Barbara,

    Please give me a break! Why would I choose a god who wants to torment me for eternity if I don’t do some supposed right thing. If they are god don’t they already know what I am going to do? So then why doesn’t god just send me to hell right now? Doesn’t make much sense. Also, don’t serial killers ask for forgiveness and take Jesus in their hearts after they have already done what they wanted to do in life, going to heaven as well. Also, I know quite a lot of Christians and the majority if not all are extremely judgmental and self righteous, so why would I want to be with them in heaven that would undoubtedly be hell for me.

    Why do I have to do anything as god knows EVERYTHING, so god knows if I am going to hell. It doesn’t matter what I do then. I know the truth more so than you or anyone else can help me with.

    Thanks for the reply

  16. Damien

    Sentinel,

    Your last comment is exactly what I try to tell people. If GOD is so loving then why would he send someone to hell that lived life to the best of their ability? I like you said that I have more faith than they do… If he is GOD let him be GOD… How can we have choices if GOD knows our soul and hearts and so forth… If there is a revelation if there is a certain end then there must be a certain present in GOD’s eyes… but who am I a mere mortal to claim that I know GOD or can even understand him/her/it.
    GOD wants us to help each other. Not put all our money together so we can play “Who has the Largest Steeple”.
    Isn’t one of the commandments something like worshiping false idols.
    I may come off as “not liking” Christians. I find that if you really read the bible and take it for what it is then you would find that it’s all about loving each other and helping each other.
    That’s just my 2 cents.

  17. theblacksentinel

    Damien,

    Thanks, I agree with your two cents. Steeple envy is to me worshiping a false idol. That was funny yet so true.

    Again thanks for the reply.

  18. Once again, Joel Osteen’s utter failure to uphold Christian truth in an age of apostacy only further supports what is all too clear about his teaching: it is spiritually bankrupt.

    Here is a link to articles our ministry has created on Osteen’s heretical compromise that is anointed as “Christianity” today.

    http://www.spiritwatch.org/behindsmile.htm

  19. Chris

    I know you are not a Christian, but if only many had your discernment.

  20. I borrowed your Creflo pic. I hope that’s okay.

  21. Chris,

    No problem about the pic. And that you for that. I just want people to question things that MAN tells them. They can believe the religion and the bible. But don’t let some man get between you and god with a bunch of junk.

    Thanks.

  22. I Believe

    To all of you non believers out there who have such a negative attitude. Just remember you reap what you sow. You sow nothing you get nothing. If you are negative you attract negative. You sure can read the jealousy in their opinion. I would really hate to be them. I am a believer and always will be. AMEN
    JOEL OSTEEN IS THE BEST!!!

  23. I Believe,

    You are right, you reap what you sow! And yes Joel Osteen is the best! The BEST at sucking money out of the pockets of the idiots who make it a point to see that him and his family live in mansions, drive big fancy cars and travel the world laughing it up while all of you who gave sit around wondering how you are going to afford that loaf of bread. Yeah, worrying that this man is holding my eternal fate in his greedy money grubbing hands, makes me laugh. In fact your god said through Jesus that a rich man has the chance of getting into heaven as a camel has to get through the eye of a needle. Now you go and think about that, while you dream that I am jealous of Joel Osteen. Just because a person points out a fake doesn’t mean that they are jealous. It means that they are tired of “I believe” and people like them being bamboozled and hoodwinked by a swindler.

    Good luck buddy!

  24. william

    Damien

    If God is all loving how can he send people to hell, Well my if God is all loving he must be just according to his own principles, Just see it like this if your father has set out rules for you to obey and he obviously loves you he has to discapline you in otherwise he Goes against what he stands for and wouldnt be just, The same is with God If you knowingly and purposely go against his word do you expect him to welcome you into heaven? No he is an infinite being so you must suffer his wrath in hell infinately, For denying his love and turning away from him while you were alive.

    If God is love and just he must hate what is wrong, it only makes sense.

    Hope this has helped

  25. William,

    This doesn’t quite make sense. You see my father (in the earthly sense) doesn’t have a clue what I am or am not going to do in life. He gives me directions on how to live and if I disobey those directions he is going to be angry and punish me. He will be angry because that is a human trait. Now, if my father put food on my plate and I ate it, then he gets bent out of shape and punishes me, that would be ridiculous. He already knew that I was going to eat the food he placed in front of me being hungry and all. So why punish me?

    Now, god KNOWS what I am going to do, at least according to the church and the bible he knows everything. So, if I am not to do anything wrong, then why not just stop me and send me to hell before letting me be born? Or better yet, why not just stop me? Why give free will and things that are supposedly bad only to send a message through a book saying that I should NOT choose my free will to do what I want? Why not just take away free will and then everyone will do what you want?

    The problem that I have is that you and everyone else is subscribing human traits to someone or something that is not supposed to be human. Why follow a god who has the same frivolous and silly traits that humans have? That doesn’t seem very enlightened or advanced. I am now being told that I have to believe that god put me on earth without one bit of guidance except for a book written by MEN, then turn around and punish me for not following some arcane rules that were never given to me first hand! Oh my how ridiculous is that?

    I think that I will take my chances. If I have to burn in hell for exercising the free will given to me, then I know that this person punishing me is no god, but some idiot version of one such as in the twilight zone. And I will gladly go burning rather than sit in a heaven that surely must be hell that no one can ever exercise any free will. Unfortunately, the only people going to hell will be those who die and create their own hell due to the simple minded teachings they chose with their free will to follow.

    Thanks.

  26. Betty Alexander

    I am a christian,I read my Bible every day,I believe every word in it,The Bible was given to Godly men, by God to write!If there was no heaven or hell I would still serve God,because He is the only way to have peace in your heart,at all times,if something goes wrong in my life all I need to do is Pray and I get peace over it,Being a Christian is more than just saying you are a Christian,you have to live it,and show everyone that you know, that you are a Christian!

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