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Joel Osteen on Divorce

My wife was flipping through the channels and hung out on Joel Osteen for a second to see if what I've said previously was true. Within minutes he managed to say, "If somebody says something to you that you don't want to hear, look at them with a smile on your face and let it go in one ear and right out the other." I thought, "That's dangerous advice, but whatever." (See Proverbs 13, esp v. 1, 10).

A few minutes later he actually said, "If you're in a relationship with somebody who's a controller, you know what? That's not going to get better. That's a manipulative relationship. You need to take a leap of faith and get out of that relationship." He actually said divorce was a step of faith and a recommendable option if it feels like it will never get better!
[Jesus] answered "Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh'? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together let not man separate...And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery." (Matthew 19:4-6,9)

Well, I was actually at that service, and he was referring to people that are dating the wrong person. He was not taking about divorce. The only time he talks about divorce is about people been hurt by it. I go to Lakewood and I can attest that he said recently, “I am not for divorce, but I am for divorced people” Because divorce people need help to recover for such a traumatic experience. But he has never, never, never ever told, or insinuated, that divorce is a viable option.

I am going to tell you something that you wouldn’t know just by tuning in to his broadcast. Lakewood is a massive organization where there are all sort of classes and groups available for the people. He may not preach the “harsh” stuff from the pulpit, but that does not mean is not part of the core Christian values of the church. I took the pre-marital classes from there, and before that attended the singles group, and they are as devoted to the word of god as any of the other churches that I have attended other the pass 25 years. Remember one thing, he is reaching out a lot of people, and not everybody is at the same point in live, have the same background, or reacts the same to the same preaching. He may sound general in the broadcast, but there is a lot more substance to the services on Wednesday, and also all throughout the week. Why putting down someone that has such a great success preaching the word of God and bringing people to church? Prey for him, even if you don’t like him…
by: alias () - 23 December '08 - 17:23
Thanks for this posting Joel and all you prayers for me I finaly took yhat leep of faith and I already feel like a new man. Thank God for joel , and Victoria Osteen.
by: Terry parks () - 19 December '11 - 22:10
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Title: Joel Osteen on Divorce
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