Saw this courtesy of Isaiah’s website.

If Joel Osteen’s ‘gospel’ looks absurd then, then it is absurd now.

Your Best Life Now?

This quiz will help you understand the foolishness of the modern gospel

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  1. Sicarii says:

    Glad you had a laugh about it too, mate. 🙂

    Shabbat Shalom.

  2. Pilgrim says:

    Greetings brother Alan:

    Actually, in an ironic way, the little Joel Osteen cartoon in the corner has a gem of truth to it. The Christians depicted in the Coliseum still have their best life ahead of them . . . eternal life with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ.

    Those who choose to stake their souls on the social, prosperity, health and wealth “gospel” that Osteen is preaching will find that (after death) their best life was actually behind them . . . this life here on earth.

    Sadly, that will be a shocking (and eternal) realization that many will come to when they reap the consequences of adhering to a false gospel and seeking to have their best life NOW instead of taking up their crosses and dying to self.

    – The Pilgrim

  3. Don in Texas says:

    I have not always been a Christian. My life before was empty and unfulfilling. Then I was found by Him and I answered His voice. For the last several years, I have been living with purpose and without fear. I truly believe that I am living my best life now. I also plan to live my best life in eternity. Thank you Joel Osteen for showing me that obedience to God through Jesus Christ is the way to live My Best Life NOW!

    To all other accidental readers of this blog (like me), Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for you; not so that you could live in misery and defeat, but that you could be filled with joy and live a life of victory. While you may one day be called to suffer for Christ’s sake, don’t listen to those who would tell you to suffer for suffering’s sake. God loves you with an everlasting love and he wants you to live a meaningful and victorious life! God bless you!

  4. Alan Higgins says:

    Don I cannot comment on your salvation but what I can comment on is that the gospel that Joel Osteen preaches is NOT the gospel of Jesus Christ

  5. Pilgrim says:

    Dear Don,

    Do you think that you are greater than the Lord Jesus? He very clearly told us in John 15:20 that the servant is not greater than the Master. If they persecuted Jesus, they will persecute His believers. (Please read it for yourself).

    I am sure you don’t think of yourself as greater than Jesus, (and I wasn’t asking to be confrontational) but the theology that you are holding to says otherwise.

    No one is advocating suffering for the sake of suffering. John 15:20 and a plethora of other verses throughout the New Testament warn believers to expect suffering and persecution. If you are truly a believer, you will suffer for His sake.

    “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.” Luke 6:26 (ESV)

  6. Pilgrim says:

    And here’s what Charles Spurgeon had to say about this:

    “Doth that man love his Lord who would be willing to see Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, while for himself he craves a chaplet of laurel? Shall Jesus ascend to His throne by the cross, and do we expect to be carried there on the shoulders of applauding crowds? Be not so vain in your imagination. Count you the cost, and if you are not willing to bear Christ’s cross, go away to your farm and to your merchandise, and make the most of them; only let me whisper this in your ear, ‘What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?'”

  7. Alan Higgins says:

    I do enjoy your quotes Pilgrim

  8. Pilgrim says:

    Dear Alan:

    I just wanted to let you know that I’ve added you to my blog roll. :o)

    Never Compromise!

    – The Pilgrim

  9. Alan Higgins says:

    Thanks Pilgrim

  10. Phillip Gilbert says:

    Life as a Christian is very hard at times but its still the best life that exists. In reading the book, Your Best Life Now, it brings this to mind:

    Jesus said directly or indirectly in His Word:

    Come unto me all you who are heavy laiden and I will give you rest. (REST)

    I came to give you life and life more abundantly. (ABUNDANT)

    All things are possible with God. (GREAT POSSIBILITIES)

    Great is our faithfulness – a beautiful song that brings out greatness in us to serve God. Even to those who were persecuted and tormented.

    I never once heard brother Joel say to follow him, or its about him, I hear him saying, its all about God.

    The God of love and hope that died for us, most certainly did not want us to suffer except when such suffering is best for us to mature us and glorify Him. The plan is to bring us to glory with Him to live forever, I can get get excited about that. Things do happen in a fallen world, not that God caused them, man did. But good things happen too.

    Joel Olsteens book does not teach another gospel. It simply reveals to us the hope that is in the gospel, the good news of Christ. I did not interpet the book to imply materialism, but a greater message, that is to reveal God truly loves us and offers us more hope and promise than anything or anyone.

    Sometime less is best. Sometimes more is good. But in Christ – whether we have less or more – ALWAYS is about Your Best Life Now.

    I am amazed at how sometimes people feel that we must see God in a harsh legalistic manner, who offers nothing to us now, but only later. Thats not true! We have the privilege to serve him now, thats our best life now. God always blesses obedience, now or later, but He blesses.

    Keep up the good work Brother Joel. God bless you, and God bless all of those who have been, and will be, persecuted and tried!

    I will add, I respect other peoples opinions also, so please respect mine as well.

    People’s religions, culture, past, and perhaps very being effect how we see things. I approached the book with an open mind looking for the good in it, not trying to find fault with it.

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