Joel Osteen blesses Houston’s new gay mayor Annise Parker

Houston Mayor Annise Parker holds hands with her partner Kathy Hubbard, left, while bowing their heads during the prayer led by Houston evangelical megachurch pastor Joel Osteen at her a public inauguration ceremony Monday.

Pastor Joel Osteen has become a man of lawlessness.

Annise Parker, the newly-elected happens-to-be-lesbian mayor of Houston was sworn in Monday and the opening prayer was given by … Rev. Joel Osteen.

Is your head spinning?

Osteen heads the nation’s most mega of evangelical non-denominational megachurches, Lakewood Church in Houston where about 45,000 people cycle through a revamped sports stadium for services every weekend.

A lesbian mayor and her partner blessed by Joel Osteen.

Osteen has been all over telling folks (Larry King, Whoopi Goldberg) for years that homosexuality is not “God’s best.” I presume he means “God’s best choice” because otherwise I’m lost in the dropped or implied rest of the sentence. But “God’s best” is phrase Osteen never finishes so I’m just guessing.

Yet, Osteen hasn’t joined the more strident wing of the religious right in damning gays. Indeed, Osteen takes heat from other evangelicals who condemn him for not laying down a line of fire about sin of any kind. That’s not his style, says the preacher known for his broad smile and sermons that God wants you to be happy. Osteen’s best seller was titled, Your Best Life Now.

Source: USA Today.

My comment:

There is something seriously flawed with megachurches. The biggest one is the Vatican. It seems, as bigger they get, as more corrupt becomes their leaders.

Is there any Biblical verses, that promotes megachurches and big numbers?

The first Christians were scattered. They were an underground movement, because of their political non-correctness. They met in House Churches. and they gathered in the smallest possible numbers to avoid public attention and wrath from the Governments.

There were also Super-Apostles in the time of Paul. Let the reader understand what I am trying to tell you.

12 thoughts on “Joel Osteen blesses Houston’s new gay mayor Annise Parker

  1. Honestly, Ivar, I don’t understand what you’re trying to tell me.

    First, I think this is just one more evidence that Osteen is a false-teacher and a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He dilutes the Gospel message, gutting it of the reality of sin and Hell, making it into more self-help pablum. He tickles itching ears, telling them what they want to hear.

    But, surprisingly, you didn’t address Osteen’s theological errors in general or his apparent support of the gay mayor in particular. Instead, you went on about some problem you have with megachurches. (Which the Vatican is not, btw.)

    So, forgive me if I’m being dense, but… what exactly is the point of this post? Do you think megachurches are all evil?

    Sirrahc
    AViewFromTheRight.wordpress.com

    P.S. I don’t usually start off on a negative note when I first comment on a blog, so I apologize for that. I’m just… perplexed and somewhat irked, I guess. ;-}

    P.P.S. I do appreciate your efforts to further God’s kingdom with your work on this site. Be bold!

    1. Dear Sirrahc

      Shalom, and welcome to this site.

      In general, and as an observation, «Maga» Churches seems to become political bodies. Christianity seems to breath better in small persecuted groups that tells people an undiluted gospel message. I have to add, that many large Churches also have small «cell» groups. But they are most likely under the Spiritual control of the chief pastor, often a Charismatic One leader model.

  2. Ivar,

    OK, I’m catching on.

    When you say that mega-churches “become political bodies”, I take it you mean that there is more internal politics amongst the leadership? I’ve seen small groups with the same problem.

    While I have known churches to become too centralized and dominated by the senior pastor (including one I attended prior to college), I’m not aware of any correlation with church size.

    There are plenty of smaller congregations that have diluted the Gospel or otherwise twisted Scripture (cults start out small), and I think there are huge churches that are pretty much orthodox in their teaching (e.g., Rick Warren’s — not perfect, but seems pretty good).

    Earlier you asked “Is there any Biblical verses, that promotes megachurches and big numbers?”. I could turn that around and say “Are there any Bible verses that forbid the meeting of congregations over a certain size?” The answer to both is ‘no’, so what does that tell us? Only that it wasn’t directly addressed in Scripture. As I have said in a post on my own blog, “[S]ilence cannot be taken as proof against. There are many things that were not directly addressed in Scripture that are still OK to do, even encouraged, based on what was addressed. Without clear, Biblical instruction against such things, and as long as it is in accordance with Biblical principle and the focus is in glorifying God, there should be freedom to worship God in this manner.”

    The first Christian “churches” did indeed meet in homes and other places, often in secret. Fear from government or other religious groups was one reason. In other cases, there just weren’t that many believers, yet, so 1) they could fit in homes and 2) they may not have been able to finance building/maintaining a separate “house of worship”.

    I guess what I’m saying is that, while I understand your concerns, I cannot agree with your conclusions. Perhaps you are generalizing, but I think each church must be examined on a case-by-case basis, regardless of size.

    Sirrahc
    AViewFromTheRight.wordpress.com

    1. Dear Sirrahc

      You wrote:

      I guess what I’m saying is that, while I understand your concerns, I cannot agree with your conclusions. Perhaps you are generalizing, but I think each church must be examined on a case-by-case basis, regardless of size.

      My comment:

      You are right. I agree with you. But there is an important different between a small sect and a huge «Mega Church sect», and that is the level of influence. When Joel Osteen in on God TV, he is capable of deceiving millions of people. And to get the cash-flow he turns into a «politician». Or rather the business and politics of spirituality.

  3. I became confused after reading the above article about the priest blesses lesbian couples.I want to ask whether gay and lesbian marriage should be blessed in the sacred church?

      1. I missed that the church aims to rescue mission … because God’s promises must be fulfilled, wealth and abundance of God would give …

      2. Dear Samuel.

        Shalom, and thanks for this comment.

        If the Church is no SOS Earth Rescue Mission, its not a Church at all. Many Christians promote a life in the Flesh, and are neither sure about eternal life in Heaven, nor ready to face their Creator. The Global Church has in 2010 become a disaster zone, where false teachers and prophets gets access 24X7. First and foremost in so-called Christian TV-channels like «god-tv».

  4. Joel’s indicating a freemason sign in that pic. Is the “head on a stick” sign for betraying the secrets. 😦

    Such evil in this world.

  5. When I watched his interview with Larry King awhile back, that told me all I needed to know about Osteen. He made the same mistake with Oprah. Unfortunately.

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