I wouldn't go to hear Joel Osteen. He preaches the "prosperity
gospel." That is, if you keep the commandments of God that you will get rich
financially. The Bible teaches, and "Mormons" believe that even if you
keep all the commandments, you will experience hardship, perhaps poverty,
trials, adversities, and tribulation as part of our mortal testing experience.
Thank you Larry King for asking Mr. Osteen, years ago, on the chances of a rich
man entering heaven. Mr. Osteen and Rick Warren are great people because they
don't go out of their way to offend others, they are nice and want to be
nice. Yet the scriptures are pretty tough on the rich.
I wouldn't go see Joel Osteen. He preaches the "prosperity gospel."
He teaches that if you keep the commandments of Jesus Christ you will be blessed
financially. The Bible teaches, and "Mormons" believe, that even if you
keep all the commandments that you will suffer trials, tribulations, and
adversity as part of our mortal probation and test.
I've listened to Joel Osteen now and then. I used to live in Houston
across from the sports arena known as the Summit, which seats 16,800 people (the
LDS Conference Center, in comparison, seats 21,000). Joel Osteen's church
bought the building and turned the arena into a gargantuan sanctuary. I thought
this was pretty staggering.His core message, in my opinion, is that
we humans have stupendously, unimaginably more control over our lives than we
realize. I think he's correct. "We are the sum of our choices,"
as someone said. The unhappiest people I know are the ones who simply let
things happen to them and engage life more as an observer than a commander.
@RanchHand,Olsteen's cut is 9%.Any other questions?
What is the price of a ticket, how much is his cut?Those are the
relevant questions I would ask.