Why People are Being so Mean to Victoria Osteen

Reagan Rose Blog

joel1The following clip of Victoria Osteen, wife and co-pastor to Joel Osteen, has been making the rounds on my Facebook feed. In the clip Mrs. Osteen encourages the 40,000 some odd congregants of Lakewood church to “do good for your own self”. But, she adds, to do good not just for God’s sake, but “do good because God wants you to be happy.” The clip finishes with a shot of Bill Cosby saying, “that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life!” from the Cosby Show.

It struck me that some people who watch, listen, or read Joel & Victoria Osteen, and find their messages encouraging, might be confused by this. Perhaps you’ve heard others say critical things about the Osteens. Why are people saying this is a stupid statement? Who would want to knock down the Osteens when they inspire so many? Doesn’t God want us to be happy? Why are people so against of these…

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5 thoughts on “Why People are Being so Mean to Victoria Osteen

  1. Elizabeth Pryer says:

    Amen, Amen, AND AMEN!!! I think this is one of your best writings!! For some reason I’m unable to leave a comment on the page, but wanted you to know I’m in totally agreement with you. You are an inspiration, and have a gift for writing! Enjoy your facebook pics!

    Have a super blessed day! Elizabeth

  2. Keli says:

    I heard this message actually… few days a ago. I actually agree with her. Why not do good for ourselves as well as God? I mean, if we are truly acting for His good, it’s ALSO for our benefit, and doing that with smile on our face, doing good well, doing whatever we are doing so that the work it produces is excellent, and so that we can bless others through our jobs or service or volunteering… doing good so that we can further in life, isn’t a bad thing.. Fact is, if we are doing good and succeeding, it should be a huge moment where God is being glorified in that, our success is a success to God, God would cheer us on if we got a promotion at work, if we deserve it or are doing things honestly. I don’t understand why people are mad at her or attack her…

  3. Keli says:

    People see us joyful and successful, it’s a moment to praise God.

  4. Harvey Earls says:

    Doing good is a good thing. It’s a great thing, and the Bible clearly teaches to do good.
    But Mrs. Olsteen didn’t say that.
    She said “when we obey God…we’re doing it for ourselves”
    “God takes pleasure when we’re happy, that’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy”
    “just do good for your own self”
    “do good because God wants you to be happy”
    “when you come to church and worship Him, you’re not doing it for God, you’re doing it for yourself.”
    She taught that we are at the center of why we obey God, do good, worship, go to church, etc – not God at the center.
    Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
    It’s not about us.
    Making our own success or prosperity and self-happiness the aim and goal of our life is not only contrary to Biblical doctrine, but it has to be insulting to Christians all across the world who live in spiritual wealth yet are in abject poverty. I couldn’t imagine Mrs. Olsteen preaching this message to the people of Sudan, or Somalia, or Afghanistan, or China, or Indonesia – those Christians who are not only poor, but are persecuted in great numbers.
    While God might would choose to bless us with a promotion, wealth, success, etc., historically, biblically, and in the world today, we are taught in Matthew 6:20 to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” God has much greater ways of blessing us than promotions, wealth, or temporary happiness.
    Living life, doing stuff, whatever, for the sake and goal of personal happiness, as Mrs. Olsteen suggests, is no different than the lost of the world. Whenever anything, including self, is at the center of what we do, then we have shifted our worship from God to that thing (self, in this case). Do all for the glory of God, with no conditions attached to our obedience (happiness, success, etc), and then we’ll find out how blessed and happy we really can be living for Him!
    Galatians 2:20 – I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

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