Joel Osteen Fraud?

Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen

If you’re wondering if Joel Osteen is a fraud, let me ask you…

If a person, pastor, singer, or anyone that loves Jesus, is pointing people to Him – then what is the issue?

It seems some Christians are eager and willing to slice and dice other Christians and I just don’t get that.

How in the world are we going to win the world for Jesus if we are so busy trying to deeply analyze people’s statements and find something bad in them?

People are NEVER going to like the exact same ‘style’ of worship around the world.

Our cultures are different, our experiences are different, and our personalities are different. That is okay!

What Type of Christian Are You?

Some Christians are calm. Some traditional. Some wild. Some expressive. Some we can’t tell what they are feeling because they don’t have an expression – but that is their expression!

Some Christians cry when they pray. Others close their eyes and fold their hands. Others get on their knees. Some lay on the floor. Some pray inside. Others out loud…

Some people must think God has a hearing problem because they shout at the top of their lungs.

All different – none wrong.

Our Calling

We love God. We worship Him. We are saved through Jesus’ blood and point people to Him. The Holy Spirit guides us daily through life.

Does it have to be any more complicated?

Chocolate Ice Cream

I think of it this way. I do not like chocolate. I know. Strange for a woman but it is true.

However – my daughter and husband LOVE it. Crazy, passionate love.

So when we go to an ice cream shop, we get different things. I get vanilla, or maybe raspberry, or even possibly orange and vanilla combined (I think I am getting hungry here.)

But Ashtyn and David??? They get chocolate ice cream, with chocolate chunks and hot fudge on top. EEEWWW!!!!!

My teeth hurt just thinking about it, but…

Just because my teeth hurt thinking about what ice cream they like, it doesn’t make the ice cream that they like wrong or bad.

It’s not illegal. They won’t go to hell for eating it. It wasn’t created by the devil.

The way that people connect with Jesus in their own personal style is not wrong. Whether their pastor yells, sings, speaks, laughs or whispers is not wrong.

Its All About Love

If we use as much energy to love and support other Christians as we do criticizing other Christians – we just might get this love your neighbor thing accomplished and win the world for Jesus.

So go out there and love someone today!

Then go buy some ice cream.

{ 144 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark O September 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Im no expert and boy have I sinned in my 50 years on this earth. I was raised a Catholic but as Ive gotten older I had many questions about the Catholic religion. I never seemed to get alot out of a Catholic mass. I stumbled across Joel Osteen on TV and I was drawn to his style. Catholic mass and their ideas seem to old and ancient and 80% of mass is just old customs of neeling then reciting then this and that. I want to hear a message that I can use in my life. I’m surprised they arent sacrficing lambs on the alter still. I get more out of a 30 min broadcast of Joels program than I do a month or more out of Catholic masses. Plus most Catholics I know go to church but when your with them they are flawed, condesending, self riteous people. Dont mean to slam Catholics but the people around me seem this way. I’m still Catholic but I listen to Gods word through Joel.


Edward August 11, 2014 at 3:41 am

I am always empowered when ever I watch and listen to Gods word that he (Joel) delivers. God bless you Joel.


victor cortes June 23, 2014 at 10:40 am

Joel, I’ ve seen so many preachers, pastors, ministers and so call “men of God” out there. It is not up to me to judge them, but as the word of God says ” you can identify them by there fruits, that is, by the way they act. Lets keep in mind that nobody is perfect. The only thing that makes us perfect is the blood of Jesuschrist. I’m pretty sure our brother Joel struggles against trials of this world like all of us in this world, but I also see a man that is letting our almighty God work through him in a very humble way in which I have felt the presence of God. It moves me to keep my faith up and making me spiritual and mentally challenged to maintain myself trusting him in this decadent world, in the only one we can lean on, Jesus our lord.


Blair Buell June 22, 2014 at 10:28 am

I look forward to Joel’s sermon every Sunday, he is certainly an inspiration to me. I lost my dear wife of 58 tears last July, and many of Joel’s sermons have helped me through my grief. I would love to be able to visit Lakewood sometime, I live on the east coast of Canada so it would be a long drive, but I am sure it would be worth it. God bless you Joel, and all people involved with your ministry.


Robin Gray June 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

Every time I watch Joel it is if God had him talk to me personly. I always fill touched and moved.


gregory June 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm

we love you joel !


Gregory F. May 28, 2014 at 9:58 pm

john 17:23 ……lets work together and be as one


Gregory F. May 27, 2014 at 10:10 am

love keeps no record of wrongs ……….1 cor….Ch 13 ……..verse4 thru 7


Gloria Allen May 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

Joel Osteen is THE BEST preacher hands down anywhere. If you listen to/watch his broadcast, and he doesn’t move you, bring you to Jesus and God – then you have a heart of stone.

He is the most uplifting compassionate living and insight pres her I have ever encountered and I watch him on TV every Sunday,


gregory May 25, 2014 at 9:39 am

john 13:34…….a new command I give you ;love one another as I have loved you , so you must love one another…………. .,


Sara May 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Joel Osteen has bought me back to god. We now attend a good bible based church in our area I look forward to going to worship every Sunday. I feel happy and I know have a personal relationship with my savior. I was raised catholic. I feel so great now. Iam fifty and finally found god. Thanks Joel.


Sally's Tender Care May 4, 2014 at 6:09 am

I wish to Thank Joel for his faith and what he believes I been reading and listening to his teaching for years I have been reading his I declare going on 2 years My dear sister passed on from this life 12/22/2012 Joel’s teachings are helping thru this time and because of my Day Care of 17 years her grand child is my number 76 lil angel that God gave me to teach. If my daughter had not started sending these books on Joel’s teachings I would have gave up long time ago now to see these children going to College , There is a God and he’s winning


estella muniz April 14, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Amen! You get not 5 but 7+ STARS for explaining it just like it is… in a nut(cocoa)shell shall we say?

I was raised a Catholic in my early years, then went to Baptist in my teen years (it helped me understand lots that I had questions about) then married and went to Catholic again. But like you say, it doesn’t matter what church we choose, I CHOOSE GOD and HE’S EVERYWHERE! And though there’s many different kettles I try to tell others, “but we are praying to the same God and worshipping the same God so let’s not be judgemental but just love one another and love more those who don’t know God.

Joel Osteen is awesome and I can listen to him all day long! His lessons are what keep me walking the “right path” and forgiving others and I have learned to deal with complicated people at work many times asking myself, “now how would Joel handle this?” and try to conduct myself as holy as possible. Just praying for those individuals who try to sour my day but they can’t bc I have God on my team – ALWAYS!


Lazaro April 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I feel blessed every time I listen to Joel and Victoria Osteen. I had the privilege of attending “A Night Of Hope” in Anaheim this past Friday. I have a teen age daughter from a previous marriage. I am also a blessed “Newlewed” My wife, daughter and I were so moved by his powerful words. We had the opportunity to hear his beautiful daughter sing. Joel’s mother passed on strong words of encouragement along with his wife Victoria. My daughter who had some doubts prior to attending is now a believer and was saved on Friday. Words can not express the gratitude I feel for this man. All I can say is thank you God for putting Joel and his family in our lives at the right place, at the right time.


Jesse w cuzick April 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

i watch Joel every Sunday and we all enjoy them don’t stop


Mario Lopez March 24, 2014 at 12:34 am

Muy bien me a cambiado mi vida


Nicole Crank April 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Muy bien me a cambiado mi vida

Translation: Well to me changed my life


dee dee March 18, 2014 at 10:57 am

Joel what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger for GOD endure all just like Jeremiah and Nehemiah at the end of it we become stronger and stronger


dee dee March 18, 2014 at 10:53 am

eeeeeexaaaactly!!!!!!! that should get deep to people. Why are they taintin God?? Joel Osteen keep GODS spirit blazing!!!!! You are one preacher in a trillion


Sharon Lauzier March 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Joel & Victoria Osteen are like “angels on earth” & I will never stop loving them for all they have done for me. I’ve been through so many physical & emotional struggles in my life & many times when I tune in to listen to Joel’s sermon, it’s as though he wrote it for me. I feel God led me to receive the word of God through the Osteens & I only believe they are messengers on this earth to bring people to know & learn to love God. That’s what they have done for me & I thank God every day for their perfect health & existence.


Mark H from Atlanta, Ga March 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm

God created us all to be different and with a variety of gifts. So, it stands to reason that there are many styles of preaching and even types of preaching. The Lord puts different missions on the hearts of men and women that are willing to say, “Here I am Lord, send me.” Joel’s calling and style are going to be different than other ministers. Like many have stated here, as long as the truth of of Lord is preached and people are coming to Him, what difference does it really make? Personally, I enjoy many types and styles of preaching and all have a place at God’s table as long as He is glorified and His truth is being taught. It is also incumbent upon us as Christians to be knowledgeable of God’s word and diligent in the study of it so that we can know a fraud when we hear one. God bless everyone and thanks for allowing a place for people to comment.


Raymond Royer March 12, 2014 at 7:14 pm

Pastor Joel Osteen Beside God is my hero He has a great ministry ……………………………………………………….


Linda V, Francis March 12, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Pastor Joey, you have always been an inspiration to me whenever I tune in to your ministry. All of the negative remarks being said about you—just throw them over your shoulders and let God take deal with them. This too, shall pass. God is at helm of your. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY..


Sandra Milliner February 18, 2014 at 9:33 pm

where can I fine it on TV and the times.


Linda V, Francis March 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm

I have been listening to Joel Osteen for years. His sermons are very uplifting to cme. Reminds of a saying” You can please some of the people some of the times; but not all of the people all of the time.” Now, people, at a time like this, we should sympathize with the Pastor; not defray his character! After preaching for so many years–Where does fraudulent,etc. comes in? Is he running for a politica


Donna Hodge October 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I have listen to Joel Osteen for years now, he has given me strength and a reason to live. When I watch him he is a god fearing man, his sermans at times I feel are meant for me, but everyone is going through their own demons. This world we live in now is the time we need Joel to keep us in the faith and let us know we will get through this. I have all of his books and the Bible he wrote so people like me can understand, I read my books before I go to bed every night..I need Joel in my life, I lost my 33 yr daughter this year from cancer, she had it everywhere in her body. I believe if I didn’t believe in what Joel preaches about god, I would have taken my own life. God was persecuted and I feel that Joel is being persecuted by people, because some people are ignorant and others don’t believe in good, it that is not persecution then I don’t know what is.


John H. October 7, 2013 at 12:00 am



rodney pinyan December 2, 2013 at 7:41 am

amen!! I like that!! you said a mouth full god bless you!!


Natisha August 29, 2013 at 1:29 am

Am a Christian,and I love to listen to Joel Osteen.


Arturo Martinez July 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

God Blessed Joel Osteen and his Family and Lakewood Church .


John June 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

Whether it is Joel Osteen or Al Sharpton, the gospel is the good news, not that you compromise with prosperity and God’s love. The gospel (good news) is that Jesus came into the world to seek and save those who are lost, died on the cross, was buried , resurrected in 3 days and returned to Heaven to become our mediator and propitiation for our sins. If you try to preach something else, you condemning those that follow that false doctrine to hell along with the person propagating that trash!!


rodney pinyan December 2, 2013 at 7:42 am

man that was good!!! amen!!!


Gina June 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

I loved your explanation!


Sim Li Yee May 22, 2013 at 7:17 am

I’m from Malaysia. So-called Buddhist having a Christian Husband, been attending church mass with him for the past 7 years. I’m having hard time in understanding the priest’s sermons, because I never read bible and never understand what those verses mean. When I came across Joel Osteen through youtube channel, I was totally hooked up.

OMG, this man made me feel the GOD existence, he has given me so much hope, he made me understand what is faith. I do agree, his sermons are more like a motivational talk through god’s teaching in simplified, modern English instead of Biblical language but it successfully conveyed the message/teaching of god.

I don’t understand why other pastors commenting that he’s being a fraud, hoax or devil teaching, etc……but i think those who had bad mouth about Joel wouldn’t be any better. It could be jealousy or they just want to take opportunity to build their fame through Joel.

Joel has done a great job in all his sermons, touches my heart every moment I listen to them, gave me strength to face my obstacles, give me hopes on my future, he made me realized how much mistakes and ignorance I had done whether to my family, friends, works, financial, etc.

Thanks to him, I’m a happy soul now with my hubby, everyday counting our blessings, irregardless big or small.

May god bless Joel and his family. If I ever hv chance to pay a visit to USA, I will definitely stop by the Lakewood Church.


Angela May 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

Nicole, That is the best that I have ever heard it explained. Great job!!


Melanie May 16, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I have listened to Joel Osteen for a few years now, as well as David and Nicole Crank. I “thank my God for them everytime I think of them” for they each have truly brought me closer to the Lord and His People. We are one bread – one body in Christ. My life has increased in insight and joy since they have entered my life – and that is on top of a Catholic heritage that wasn’t a bad one! Also Lisa Osteen Comes book expresses true Christian thinking and living. God Bless and Thank You for your ministries:)


Mickel May 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I have only been introduced to Joel Osteens ministry recently. I enjoy listening to him deliver Gods word,he seems genuinely blessed and I feel the Holy Spirit is in his heart. I pray he never tires from spreading Gods word,the Holy Spirit,and the love of Christ Jesus. Amen! He has and is causing me to desire a better relationship with Jesus.


Nicole Crank May 14, 2013 at 2:18 pm

He’s a great man! Thank you for this post and sharing your encouraging thoughts.


ALLAN WASTANI M. MULANDI May 3, 2013 at 2:28 am

Keep up the good job of the good old God. do not be discouraged by incitors, if i finish edditing my book, i would like u 2 use it n educate young african/american and the other communities on your youth seminar.


vicki renee silver April 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm

dear joel and Victoria:

my dear friend DEBBIE COCHRAN, A GOSPEL AND COUNTRY SINGER SONGWRITER turned me on to you……I lived in Hollywood, ca for 28 years…saw it all…..heard it all….and I was jaded and even bitter about religion….God…..Jesus…….I am originally from Arkansas and was raised in missionary Baptist church….but had just gotten to a point of not believing anything…..I am so happy to have found you two….I love you ….I am so proud of you……your are so beautiful to me because you give me hope to carry on….may God be with you in this life giving hiss full bleesing and mercy and may he be with you in the life hereafter…..right now you guys are my ROCK……I love your common folk style….so easy for me to relate to ….may you continue to have huge success and thank you guys for reaching out to the multitudes….you are both now in my heart….Thank you God for sending me two angels


Shirley Barrett April 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I think Joel is a very good preacher and always draws a hugh crowd of people. I don’t see any problem.


Cloti August 7, 2013 at 2:58 pm

The majority is not always right but true followers of Christ are shun by the world and persecuted for sharing the truth of God’s Word. They are not wealthy, charming, famous. Itchy ears cannot accept what is contrary to their flesh desires and their own understanding and human rationale


Nicole Crank August 12, 2013 at 10:08 am


If Jesus was persecuted by the world, then what makes us think we won’t be either, right?! Thanks for your thoughts!


Anders Böye April 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm

The Words of God are the same. The love of God is the same. So never mind the wrapping and the style as long as I in my spirit and in my Bible can find the same message as delivered.

To deliver as message and to communicate with people you have to be at their level and where there are. Hence we are all different languages and cultures there has to be an adjustment to get through to the souls ad hand.

The greater impact a preacher has. The more challenges they, he or she will face. Winning souls for Christ is declaring war on the dark side. The Devil don´t have to waste energy on people who doesn´t challenge him. So by making such a huge positiv impact Lakewood & Faith Church are sworn enemies by Satan. So it is imperative for the churches to stay connected, protected and annointed by the grace of The Lord and keep the faith and light. No dark has ever been able to kill the any tiny light. Stay save -stay enlightened – Greetings from Copenhagen Denmark


Sandra OH OH April 8, 2013 at 9:43 pm

As a Christian… Joel has been the BEST faith leader I have ever known, after him there are other that have the ability to make feel the Holy Spirit. Joel has a special way to preach. He uses common life situations for us to acknowledge the presence of our God Almighty in our lives … His book are best sellers… To my eyes he has been so blessed for representing God’s work and spreading the gospel as Jesus commanded us to do… God blessed our congregation with a magnificent building made a Great House of Worship. It is just that whoever comes can contribute with whatever they can give even it is just you heart and your devotion to Jesus. What others may think or do that is their business with God. Lakewood Church and its pastors will always receive Everyone as you are, poor or rich, homed or homeless, it doesn’t matter who you are as long as you come in with your heart. God bless Joel, God bless Lakewood. And GOD BLESS US A L L !!!!


Sandra February 5, 2013 at 8:45 am

I believe you are a good man. I love to watch your tv on Sunday. Thank you


Nicole Crank February 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm


Thank you, stop in for a visit sometime! :)


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