From time to time, I hear of Christian evangelists maligned by other Christians for not being rigid enough, not scriptural….for supposedly selling new Christians down the river with false proclamations, etc.
Some of those included in the list of ‘charlatans’ are Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Todd White….many, many others are on that list. While I feel Joel Osteen is mostly fluff and ‘feel good,’ he and others do bring people to faith. Should these people brought to faith limit themselves to the teachings of Joel and the others forever, limiting their own reading and study of scripture, limiting input from other good solid Christian thinkers/writers? I think not, definitely NOT. If that’s where people stay, they need enlightenment.
Even Hillsong, a church that started in Australia and is now all over the world and particularly compelling to young people who are reached through it’s fabulous praise music, encourages these same young people to get into Bible studies, go to Bible based churches, etc. But Hillsong is maligned by many as well.
So I’d like to share this question with you…..if who you think is ‘lightweight’ brings people to Christian faith, is it our place to say whether that faith is true or not? Is it their place to have to prove it to anybody?
I was recently told T.D. Jakes, Obama’s supposed Christian mentor, doesn’t believe in the Trinity. Now THAT kind of teaching I’d totally be against! HOW can anybody actually deny what’s so clearly in the Bible and call himself a Christian pastor, mentor, expert? Impossible!
I read yesterday, after Googling him, that Todd White doesn’t preach salvation or repentance ten minutes after I saw him on some Christian TV station talking about his life that had been completely sinful…a daughter out of wedlock, a terrible cocaine addiction, never working, etc etc….until he found Christ. He completely went off drugs, married his little girl’s mother and has remained married now for 11 years, during which they’ve had two more daughters. He witnesses to thousands of people and some have come to faith…he spoke of submitting himself to God, of a hugely changed life because of that, etc etc., yet he is utterly maligned by those who “know better.”
I’m not slamming those ‘know better’ people but I’m curious about them. I actually get the feeling that talking about the deep love of God is anathema to many Christians. If you’re interested in this subject, I’d like to hear your thoughts. I hope my post is clear enough that I’ve imparted what ‘this subject’ is!
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Matthew 7: 15
And then there is this:
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:2