Below is a four minutes and forty seconds interview of Joel Osteen on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The appearance on the talk show was an opportunity to promote his book, The Power of I Am.
Colbert, who is Catholic, gave an introductory question about the book that should resonate with anybody who has some familiarity with his or her Bible. Colbert referenced the Exodus 3 encounter of Moses before the Lord. Moses asked the name of God, and God responded with “I AM WHO I AM.”
Osteen’s book, however, has nothing to do with Exodus 3 or any of the multiple I Am statements of the Lord found in the Scriptures. Instead the I Am’s of the book are self-pronouncements that the reader is to make. Colbert was a bit wary of this approach as indicated with this statement,
What more do you have to add to the Word of God?
Even Stephen Colbert can spot that this book isn’t exactly biblical teaching. Christians should be aware that not only does Osteen distort a great biblical truth, he flips it upside down by emphasizing the power of man. This is man-centered religion as contrasted to what should be God-centered faith.
As the interview continued, Osteen pressed the point that our words have power. If I speak aloud that I am talented or I am healthy or I am strong, the power of my spoken word has prophetic power to make those things so.
Again the focus is upon man instead of upon the Lord. The Bible teaches us that it is the Word of God that is powerful. As Hebrews teaches, For the word of God is living and active…(Hebrews 4:12).”
This is not the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). This is something else. I hope that you will be wise when he hear this sort of teaching by recognizing it for what it is.
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