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
– Adam Smith