As you know, life is very precious.
Apart from communion with the living Christ through His indwelling presence, a host of consuming appetites inevitably crowd out intimacy with the Lover of our souls.
But truth is also crucial. As Paul said to Timothy: “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”
The moment truth is compromised, the covering that protects us from the devil’s schemes simply crumples to the ground, leaving us naked and vulnerable.
And that is precisely why I have written a new book especially for friends like you who support the Christian Research Institute and the Bible Answer Man broadcast prayerfully and financially.
This brand new resource is titled The Osteenification of American Christianity.
And as the title suggests, “Osteenification” is nothing short of the wholesale transformation of American—indeed global—Christianity.
It is the prime provocateur of a seductive brand of Christianity that reduces God to a means to our ends. And beckons multitudes to the table of the Master, not for the love of the Master but for what is on the table.
The glory of the cross transposed to the glory of consumerism—a fast-food Christianity long on looks, dreadfully short on substance.
The triumph of technique over theology. Style over substance. The preeminence of psychobabble over precept and principle.
And while a host of pretenders follow in his train, Joel Osteen is clearly the biggest of the bunch. According to People magazine, “twice as big as the nearest competitor.”
In short, Osteen is the de facto high priest of a new brand of Christianity perfectly suited for a feel-good generation.
What should be quickly added is this: Osteenification is not synonymous with Pentecostalism or charismatic renewal. Osteen’s teachings are not charismatic, they are cultic.
And amid Osteenian self-affirmations—“I am blessed,” “I am prosperous,” “My God is a ‘supersizing God’”—there lies a darker hue. Indeed, behind the smile lies a robust emphasis on that which is negative.
“The moment you speak something out,” says Osteen, “you give birth to it. This is a spiritual principle, and it works whether what you are saying is good or bad, positive or negative.”
The battle for authentic Christianity has never been more intense.
So thank you for your ever-important support of the Christian Research Institute and the Bible Answer Man broadcast.
And please be sure to request your copy of The Osteenification of American Christianity when you respond.
May God bless you as you help us proclaim His great love!
… because Life and Truth matter,
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