So…Joel Osteen released a Bible huh?

I actually wish this was a joke, but sadly it is not.  Joel Osteen has written the “Hope for Today Bible.” Here is part of the description from the publisher:

“We are who the Bible says we are, we can have what it says we can have, and we can do all that it promises we can do.”

Well, as I see it, the Bible says that I am a sinner who has fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and what I deserve is death (Romans 6:23), but because God is a just God of mercy, He sent His Son to die for me so that I might live (John 3:16, Romans 5:8). Yes indeed, Christ became sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).  However, to receive this gift of life that we don’t deserve, we have to deny ourselves and follow Him (Mark 8:34). We have to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31).

That is only part of what the Bible says, and I didn’t need any additional commentary to tell me that.

If Joel Osteen wants to write a feel good book, then so be it. But do not call it a Bible, and do not say that it is the message of the Bible. That is heresy.  Jesus came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10), not to give us health, wealth, and prosperity.

I just have five things left to say:

Soli Deo Gloria

Solus Christus

Sola Gratia

Sola Fide

Sola Scriptura

– Adam Smith

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4 thoughts on “So…Joel Osteen released a Bible huh?

  1. wellwateredgarden says:

    But Adam … have you considered how many Bible versions are out there nowadays? Could God actually be behind this?

  2. Adam Smith says:

    You can find a sample of this work on Google books. After reading one section of Mr. Osteen’s commentary it is apparent that this is not a study Bible. It is simply Mr. Osteen interpreting the text as he wants it.

    From Scott McMahan:

    If you thought the Bible was the story of Jesus Christ’s covenant of redemption for poor, needy sinners doomed to face the wrath of a holy God, Osteen will show you that it’s really a positive book that will help you live your best life now, through his “insights, notes, and encouragements…designed to help you grow deeper in your walk with God.” Not only that, you can read: “‘HopePoints’ are key words and supporting scriptures related to topics such as favor, forgiveness, anger, depression, loneliness, self-control, and many more.” Does that list include sin, hell, condemnation, and redemption?

    The way I look at it is that people who get this Bible may be called by God to read the Bible text, and see that its message doesn’t match the notes, and they can be saved in that way.

  3. Cassie Little says:

    First of all, God doesn’t need 500 different interpreted Bibles to say what he has to say. John 1:1 says ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Also Gen. 1:1 says ” In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Now, I find it very hard to believe that a God so mighty, powerful, awesome and wise, needs 500 versions of man’s theories and interpretations in what they call bibles to help him. He had holy men inspired by Himself, to write the word as he wanted it. But man wants to live his own way and therefore writes bibles that will justify his way of living.
    Joel Olsten’s teachings remind me of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood and he has on the red sweater. He want’s everyone to be his neighbor. This is why he will not preach on hell, on righteousness, on salvation as it should be taught. God forbid we offend someone teaching them something they need to know that will help them get them to heaven.
    But where I disagree with Adam Smith is that Jesus brought us salvation, but he also brought us healing through the stripes put on his back at the whipping post and also he wants us to prosper, but there are stipulations. Is. 53:4,5 “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
    In 3John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Thank God there is a stipulation at the end. Also Matt.6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Thank God again for the stipulation.

  4. Adam Smith says:

    Good comment Cassie. I had not thought of a Mister Rogers reference yet. That is a good point.

    Also, I don’t disagree that God wants us to prosper. But we must be careful on how we use the word and in what context we use it. God did not what us to prosper in what we as Americans view prosperity. There is no biblical reference to back that up.

    God wants us to be growing in the gospel of Christ and to “preach Him and Him crucified” to use what Paul said. Jesus didn’t come to make us prosper with money and health. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.

    God holds us in His hand and if we live to be more Christlike, then we will prosper by His standard…not ours.

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