Sent: Thursday, June 30, 2005
Subject: JOEL'S INTERNET
JOEL OSTEEN'S INTERNET CRITICS
A RATHER MOTLEY CREW [06/30--2005]
If you have been
receiving my emails lately, you know that I have sorta been on another little
"exploration" expedition on the Internet, checking out the critics and
criticisms of Joel Osteen, our neighbor north of the ship channel on the
east side of Houston.
Of course, the majority of the articles and blogs
which can be accessed by "Googling" around the Internet seem to be of the
negative variety, and I have somewhat categorized the critics as I have
examined their posts.
(1) Some of them are what I call the
"entrepreneur" group -- they want to get another product on the market to
sell. They are always looking for fresh "new blood," for they can make
merchandise of it. They offer a variety of products which expose cults,
aberrants, and other heretics.
(2) Some of them are of the
Pedobaptist "Reformed" category, although some of these may actually be
of the "Baptist" variety ecclesiastically. They don't have any use for much of
anything which smells of being even close to "Arminian." If a church has more
than a hundred people in the services, it may have to pass a litmus test with
some of these. The Pedobaptist element baptizes babies and believes the "elect"
get regenerated when they are infants, and the "Baptist" element may cozy up
with the baby baptizers but they think that regeneration is reserved to sometime
later, but surely "prior to faith." But these things do not stop them from
alleging that Joel "doesn't preach the gospel." A few of them apparently are
identified with small groups and small churches which know the "doctrines of
grace" forward and in reverse, and they obviously believe themselves to be
the very "salt of the earth" for the preservation and propagation of "Reformed"
(3) Some of the critics are obviously trying to make a name
for themselves, and "exposing" Joel is just another opportunity for
embellishing their names. One gentlemen of this particular category has called
for something on the order of an "Internet crusade" by "bloggers" to oppose
Joel. This is the same "Apostle of Just About Everything Worthy of
Anyone's Attention" who gives the testimony that he and his family were all
"saved" during a Baptist "invitation," but then later -- after he met the
Pedobaptist "Calvinists" and learned the "truth" -- he posted three long
articles on his website claiming that invitations have "corrupted
Christianity." You may recall that I replied to his conniption fits against
public invitations about a year ago. One might wonder if he is perhaps "living
proof" of his charge against invitations!
(4) Most of them complain that
Joel "does not preach the gospel," but if you can even find the Gospel on
their websites you will have found something akin to the "needle in the
(5) A few of them apparently are identified with small
groups and small churches which know the "doctrines of grace" forward and in
reverse, and they obviously consider themselves to be the very "salt of the
earth" for the preservation of "Reformed" theology.
Their idea of
"evangelism" seems to be the proselytizing of the "elect" from Arminian
(6) As for the others, I am not quite sure what category they
fit other than something akin to "off the wall." -- Bob L.