The Shady Side Of Joel Osteen
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The Shady Side Of Joel Osteen


Joel Osteen has endured plenty of criticism
throughout his career. The toothy preacher has come under fire for
everything from his physical appearance to his spiritual beliefs to his lack of theological
training. However, in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,
the Houston, Texas-based pastor attracted a lot heat for allegedly not doing enough
to help. Here’s a look at the shady side of Joel Osteen. Hurricane Harvey In August 2017, Osteen faced enormous criticism
for not opening his Lakewood Church, which can house 16,800 people, to serve as a shelter
after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston, Texas and left many homeless. Osteen’s reps posted on Facebook on Monday,
August 28, 2017, that the church was “inaccessible due to flooding,” and directed people in need
to other shelters in the area. but TMZ responded with allegations that the
church was actually “bone dry.” That led to an outcry against Osteen, with
many taking to social media to bash the pastor for his actions. According to CNN, by Wednesday, August 30,
the church was open to refugees, but skeptics charged even that was just a public relations
move to ward off further criticism. Osteen, of course, refuted that. “we were waiting for the right time really
Lakewood is always open we just didn’t necessarily have staff here to help the night that it
flooded here.” Pass the collection plate In January 2015, New York attorney Richard
Garbarini told the National Enquirer that despite listing Lakewood Church as a non-profit, “[Osteen is] leveraging the church as a money-making
vehicle! The church pays [to air] his sermons, which
are just de facto infomercials to promote his books. The Lakewood Church is a shell to funnel people
to his website so he can sell his books.” Daniel Borochoff, head of Charity Watch, concurred,
telling the tabloid, “A non-profit needs to be acting in the public
interest and not in the private personal business interests of Joel Osteen. The church should benefit from the royalties
of these books when they are shouldering at least some of the cost of promoting them. If it isn’t getting something back, it oughta
be. It’s too much a promotional vehicle for him.” Osteen and Lakewood Church denied the allegations,
telling the Enquirer that Garbarini’s claims were “false and baseless,” adding, For more than 50 years Lakewood Church has
adhered to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.” Can’t we all just get along? Though leaders of other mega-churches condemned
white supremacists and racist attitudes after an August 2017 neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville,
Virginia left one woman dead and several others injured, Osteen kept noticeably mum. His only commentary on the incident, and on
the topic as a whole, was a vague Facebook post that read “One of the biggest challenges we all face
is getting along with people because everyone is different. We have different personalities, different
temperaments. We come from different backgrounds. When somebody doesn’t agree with us or not
doing what we like, it’s easy to get in conflict with them, to argue, to try to straighten
them out, to prove our point. No, you have to be the bigger person. Just because they’re doing wrong doesn’t mean
you have to engage.” Christian commentators took him to task, calling
his injunction not to confront evil “passive.” Courting controversy In 2005, Osteen got himself in trouble with
the faithful during an interview with Larry King where he seemed to imply atheists and
people of other faiths might end up in Heaven despite their beliefs. He said, “I don’t know if I believe they’re wrong. I believe here’s what the Bible teaches and
from the Christian faith this is what I believe… I’m going to let God be the judge of who goes
to Heaven and Hell… I believe it’s a relationship with Jesus. But you know what? I’m not going to go around telling everybody
else if they don’t want to believe that that’s going to be their choice…” Osteen later issued a public apology to his
flock, writing a letter that read in part, “It was never my desire or intention to leave
any doubt as to what I believe and Whom I serve… I believe that Jesus Christ alone is the only
way to salvation. However, it wasn’t until I had the opportunity
to review the transcript of the interview that I realize I had not clearly stated that
having a personal relationship with Jesus is the only way to heaven. It’s about the individual’s choice to follow
Him.” Osteen got himself embroiled in another controversy
in 2011, though, when he told Piers Morgan that while he believes homosexuality is wrong,
it’s not really that big of a deal. “I’ve always believed Pierce the scripture
shows that it’s a sin. But you know, I’m not one of those out there
to bash homosexuals and tell them they’re terrible people and all that.” When pressed during a later CNN interview
to clarify his stance, he doubled down on controversy, saying being straight is not
a choice, but being gay is still a sin. “seems like sometimes in Christianity we categorize
sin. Pride is a sin being critical is a sin, being
negative is a sin…” “So Homosexuality isn’t so bad.” “Well, I don’t think it’s God’s best.” Osteen’s careful attempts at not offending
anyone, however, only drew more criticism from all sides. Live and learn. Trouble in paradise In March 2017, Radar Online reported that
Osteen and Lakewood Church were being sued by a family accusing a church staff member
of body slamming their baby girl. Court documents obtained by the site claim
that in May 2014, “A representative of the church grabbed a
child safety seat housing Victoria Wedderburn, a minor, and threw the seat off the church
pew… [Victoria] landed face first on the floor,
while still strapped to the safety seat…[causing] serious bodily injury and extensive mental
and emotional damage.” Osteen’s attorneys claimed the “incident [that]
made the basis of this suit was caused by the actions of third parties over whom the
[Osteens] had no control.” Osteen also claimed the church and its employees
he had no liability for the incident, based on the “Charitable Immunity Act.” The church reportedly settled with the Wedderburn
family for $15,000, despite asserting it had no wrongdoing and that the claims were entirely
made up. The mark of the beast Finally, it’s not easy being righteous. Osteen found that out the hard way when he
was accused by the faithful of collaborating with the devil. The supposed blasphemy occurred when Osteen
attended his son’s graduation from the University of Texas. Osteen and his son posed for a photo flashing
the school’s famous “Hook ‘Em Horns” sign, which references the university’s longhorn
mascot. Some Christians, however, thought Osteen was
pledging his allegiance to Satan by using a “devil sign,” with the “demonic signal”
revealing Osteen’s true colors. You know what they say: tweet ’em all, and
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100 Comments

  • Shifa Massey

    Western people neither receive the strict WORD nor the flexible one. When Pastor Joel Osteen is trying to be flexible for such generation they don't like that too even. He is walking on the WORD with wisdom. Nothing bad.
    Pity on such people who don't accept God either way 👎🏻

  • Cynthia Riddle

    I remember when a flight attendant accidentally spilled a partial glass of OJ on Victoria O. on a flight ( First Class, of course)… her daughter was with her too !! Oh boy! True colors flew ! Her head almost spun around and projectile puke was about to spew forth ! Talk about “Fruits of the Spirit”… it made News.. I can’t find the news clip..hmm.. weird?? Joel had a ‘talk’ with her and he made an apology. She has been submissive since, supposedly… at least in the public eye. Temper, temper, temper…

  • Julie Thao

    Jesus Christ folks. there's attachment to everything. If he's os bad at heart like all you think god would've not blessed him to where he is today. Just think, he cant run the shelter himself. At the moment who knows the rest of the staff and people who can organize or make sure the place was safe and suitable probably had their own home flooded and are not able to help until they take care of their household and family first. geeze just because hes rich y'all just disliked him.

  • nancy

    I do believe he is a dirty, rotten, low, down, money grubbing, thief. How many homeless do you feed with that multi-million dollar bank account you misappropriate.

  • Noah Hines

    this false teacher needs to be rebuked harshly for preaching a false prosperity gospel, misrepresenting true Christianity and deceiving masses

  • Mereanna Ranui

    Lol that most of these ministers use the Word of God just to boost their pockets and full their bank accounts so they can live a luxury live. Not one of them ever follow in Jesus footsteps! For instance take the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness when the enemy of God put Jesus to the test, that Satan took Jesus to the top of the mountain and saw him the kingdom of the world and said to Jesus "I will give you all this if you would bow down and worship me." But Jesus rejected Satan, by replying "Get behind me Satan, you shall worship the Lord your God and only Him shall you worship! That Jesus was saying to Satan "I am a man and I did not come into the world to gloryfied Myself or the world, nor did I come to make a name for Myself! But I have one mission and one goal and that is to glorified God the Father who is in the heavens. That Satan could not enter into Jesus for Jesus had one goal and that to come and redeemed people and to save us from a world that is dying in decay and corruption. And to make us His kingdom people that we may be saved from God's wrath in the last days!

  • Jane Dough

    The "false preacher/teacher" infestation is all over the globe. Stand up and speak out against ALL of them – in the Holy name of JESUS CHRIST !!

  • Lara.M. Green

    HIS MOTHER SAID GOD HEALED HER FROM CANCER….BUT WHEN HIS DAD DIED THEY ACTED NONCHALANT AND SAID WE'RE NOT SAD WE DIDNT WANT HIM TO SUFFER AND THEY WERE SO FAKE AT HIS FUNERAL! sO GOD CAN HEAL HER BUT NOT THE DAD???? …..Joels Dad was a much better and sincere preacher. HE'S THE ONE WHO ORIGINALLY BUILT LAKEWOOD CHURCH. …theres some kind of spell of deep darkness on those people/him and his present family!

  • Feardorcha Olionnachain

    To all the envious and jealous individuals—- WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO HELP ANY ONE ELSE OR BETTER STILL HOW MUCH WOULD U GIVE AWAY IF YOU HAD IT —but if you give when you have a lot that proves nothing —so with your little you can gauge your CHARITABLE HART — I challenge you all – the next time you see a beggar — empty your wallet — HARD CHOICE

  • MARCI'A THE HOOLIGAN

    The horn signal IS a sign of the devil. Google it. Richard Rimerez flashed it back in 1985, while screaming his undying allegiance to satan!

  • mark lester gamayon

    Maybe because the people don’t go to church every Sunday that’s why he don’t care when they need Help because of the people does every Sunday for God

  • Billy Bynorth

    If you're still not sure what's so disgusting about Joel olsteen I'll tell you . He uses the name of our lord jesus to make his pile of filthy lucre, and boy, does he do it in style, private jets, mansions, whatever, you name it, his multi million pound bank account will pay for it. Jesus will judge this false teacher and his pile of filthy lucre all his deceived followers have him. Amen to that.

  • Mike Sowder

    Black panther, neo nazi, homosexual, believe don't believe all your $ is green. Don't come with change losers. Hi I'm Joel osteen. I'm no less of a vulture than a psychic. Are you down on your luck, dimwitted and misled? Easily believe lies? Come to Lakewood church, watch my dental implants gleam with glory, I mean $ no wait… what are my intentions again? Oh yeah, $.

  • Momma Bears Corner

    people will always fuss and he DID OPEN IT…. lots OF THIS PERSONS VIDEO IS MISCORRECT. i HATE WHEN PEOPLE SPREAD LIES.

  • Momma Bears Corner

    FUNNY HOW this video SAYS DONT OFFEND BUT IT IS ATTACKING HIM WITH ANYTHING THEY CAN FIND LOL talk about foot in mouth

  • damon french

    Osteen and the rest of these Christian Charlatans are the consequences of the Theologians of all Christian denominations not rebuking Amy Semple McPherson and her charasmatic evangelism as being anathema. Their silence has allowed these "pastors" to only multiply and ultimately take over and re-invent what we call Christianity. They are nothing more than Whore's of Babylon and only want your money. They could care less about the people who send them their money and more importantly the true teachings of Jesus Christ or Jesus himself!

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  • roark jones

    I WAS THERE DURING "KATRINA," THE HURRICANE VICTIMS DESTROYED, THE SUPERDOME!!!! THEY TRIED TO HELP THEM, AND THEY COMPLETELY DESTROYED THE PLACE!!!!! THE US ARMY WENT TO 9TH WARD TO HELP, AND THE "VICTIMS," SHOT AT THEM, THAT WERE TRYING TO HELP!!!! SO AS A CHRISTIAN MYSELF, I TRY TO HELP THOSE I CAN, AND GO TO ALL LENGTHS TO DO SO, "YOU C-A-N-N-O-T HELP E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E," SO UNLESS YOU WERE THERE "DO NOT POST WHAT YOU FEEL, ONLY TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU FOR-SHORE KNOW, AS A FACT!!!!!!!

  • Ty Reitman

    Listen guys, if Osteen brings people to Jesus Christ, we should be grateful for that much…Having said that, he rides the fence way too much, is not Hot for Jesus as much as he is success and material possession, and needs to stick to scripture more!

  • Teri McKnight

    I don't know if hes good or not but I got two of his books just because I attended a church. If people work hard do they not deserve reward? It seems like most of the condemning I'm hearing is about the money he has. Its biblical to have abundance when we walk with the Lord.

  • macroevolve

    Osteen just keeps stepping in the dung. He recently went to an event Lady Gaga was at. I don't trust any of these mega church pastors.

  • Shane Whitefeather

    Agreed till you implied Osteen was a Neo-Nazi!  Lazy the bigoted remark.  Will give Osteen a  chance after hearing that main stream media lie

  • Steven Tally

    I will not lie. I watch olsteen on sundays. I really enjoy his program just for the word of god. God will deal with him if he’s not doing gods work. I don’t judge because I too will be judge. Let the lord deal with him

  • M Qi

    Believing in Jesus is not a religion. It’s a gospel that everyone needs. St Paul said in
    1 Corinthians 9:18 “What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel."

  • Sandy Heesom

    Any pastor thaf does not uplift Jesus Christ CONTINUALLY and that never talks about the need for Christians to deny self daily…..is a FRAUD! No we are not talking a mere deny self a little bit either!!

    Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

  • Nunya Biznis

    See how we like to point our fingers at everyone but ourselves. Haha. A bunch of self-righteous people. I don't care for Joel's ministry. I don't think he teaches from the same bible I read from. But, I am one of the flawed people who needed Jesus before I read my bible. Honestly, I don't think anyone was won to Christ by a good bashing. And, wouldn't we all agree Joel needs salvation. Isn't that the solution to his ministry?

  • Ettore Moreno

    His father is rolling over in his grave for what his son became. What a deceiver. People are so stupid because they donated money to his lavished life style. I believe we will see the tragic way of his failure pretty soon.

  • hammer r

    It’s all about the $$$$ and controlling people. People need to think for themselves and trust in their own moral compass. There’s a reason the followers are the flock, the sheep.

  • 007 James

    Joel is thief in sheep clothing worse than Judas ! living luxurious on Charity Fraud for the poor an sick and the blind ! living in millions dollars mansion's on Charity Fraud like the test of these Greedy Gluttonous scheming thieving preachers ! They should be hanged like Judas ! Hell waiting for the Greedy thieving scheming Pricks ! Using God church as a business to enrich themselves on scheme's an Charity Fraud while millions of the poor are living in the streets & most are sick & hungry ! While Joel is living like a King on God money and Robbing the store house for himself and his Jezebel' wife !

  • Eddie B

    Olsteen is a charlatan just like the other big money "Men Of The Cloth". He is nothing more than a highly paid, religious entertainer.

  • Kevin Pounders

    I was passing thru the area of Lakewood Church, I stopped by to ask for financial assistance from the church. I was told, “we only aid members of our church, so be on your way. Now!”

  • Xepa Apex

    Its not just osteen, they are all charlatans, heretics, &., hypocrites. They who except Satan's bribes; for whom on swift wings cometh punishment.

  • Popeye 99

    I think Joel Ostend wife has a spirit of Jezebel and Joel is afraid she will beat the crap out of him if he doesn’t do what she wants. He also needs to grow a set in my opinion. He is to afraid of offending someone that he has Zero fear of God and a whole lot of fear of man. That is totally backwards

  • joshua raglin

    How many people has he got to come on board, that's his Job, and I think he's done a good job at that, he's had wild success, and were all only human, who are we to judge. Hypocrites attacking hypocrites, there's no resolution in that.

  • stephanie souza

    Why do these people continue to give their money to these men…Kids are dying all over, people are starving too and you all sit under lies and empty your pockets!??? Really …..

  • Dr. Red Duke

    How many of you ponentes of attended '' Lakewood Church '' in Houston Texas ? I would be interested in How Many live in Texas that Judge Joel Osteen and his ministry . I do not know Joel Osteen nor do I attend Lakewood Church at this time , However , His Father , The Late Pastor John Osteen was a life long friend of mine . I HAVE SEEN THE BOOK'S ! Regarding How much Lakewood Church does for the poor around the world . I would imagine those of you who actually attend services ( CHURCH ) on a regular basis , Lakewood does more to spread the Gospel , Feed the hungry , Give water to the thirsty , Cloth the naked ; All found in Matthew Chapter 25 . They the majority of you put together . Regarding the Building of Lakewood church , Joel Osteen and Lakewood church DO NOT own the BUILDING , The City Does ! They have the power and authority in contracts to take the building in a DISASTER ! Judge Not , Lest yee be Judge , Again, In Matthew Ch. 05.

  • James Pollman

    Hopefully… this guy will be hung by the balls when his real motive is proven?

    No… Swaggart and Bakker are still selling Jesus for Dollars!

    What a Panty Guy!

  • toni kume

    if I would like a picture of the devil's character and appearance he is the closest image I can come, since he has almost all. he must be the devil's favorite child.

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