C.H. Spurgeon

Sinners, let me address you with words of life; Jesus wants nothing from you, nothing whatsoever, nothing done, nothing felt; he gives both work and feeling. Ragged, penniless, just as you are, lost, forsaken, desolate, with no good feelings, and no good hopes, still Jesus comes to you, and in these words of pity he addresses you, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out."

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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Wife, Co-pastor, Christian Draws Diversity of Thought

Removing myself momentarily from the discrepancies of their doctrines, I would like to make note of an interesting point in this article concerning Victoria Osteen. Victoria is the wife of Joel Osteen, but more importantly here she professes Christianity and is the co-pastor of Lakewood Church.

It is no secret that when those in the spot-light are seen doing something ‘wrong’, whether the whole world is guilty of the same, they are immediately brought before the judgment seat of the media and those who watch such. This is why those of us who claim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior must be mindful of our actions regardless of the situation and our emotions that tend to lead us astray into sin.

I found it interesting that when polling for jurors, the article mentions a couple of types. We have those that [1] ‘had been to Lakewood Church and acknowledged holding the Osteens in high regard and being star-struck by them’ and then those that claim they [2] ‘didn't like preachers or televangelists and that ministers can lie.’ So, before the court proceedings can even begin, it would appear that there are those which are ‘for’ and those which are ‘against’ the Osteens (professing Christians) from the get-go.

Regardless of whether Victoria is guilty or innocent of the charges, this article simply shows the stigma that some have brought upon ‘religious beliefs, celebrity and the public's perception of preachers and televangelists’ by choices professing Christians in notable arenas have made. This does not free us that are not in the media light from guilt if we should cause others to ‘worship us’ by our pride or turn away from God by our sinful deeds, but merely means we should all be mindful of ourselves, our intentions, and our honest walk with God; for we may all fall at any time we take our eyes off the Son.

I just found the diversity of thought concerning the jurors over this one incident interesting. How does this story affect you? Have you also judged by whether you worship or despise them and their ministry, or has it caused you to take a moment to observe yourself to see if you too have such a sin as has been claimed to have happened here?


BEAST said...

The truth is this: When a group of morons (especially Christians) wish to claim high moral ground, they are expected to behave, failing which, they will be judged by the preposterous claims of their proclaimed moral fortitude.

How many christian "leaders" have fallen short of their lofty claims? Plenty. Kent Hovind, he of the absurd dino land, jailed for ten years for tax fraud. Ted Haggard, the anti gay pastor who admitted having gay sex and (Gasp!) using meth.....the catholic priests who, despite their vows of celibracy, simply couldn't keep their hands off altar boy's bottom. The list goes on.

Since Christians as a group love to drum up about the evils of secular society, they shouldn't complain when the majority of the folks, particularly the leaders, can't keep up with the standards they have set. This is only playing fair.


BEAST said...

If Christians do not want to be "judged", then perhaps they should start thinking the next time they start shooting off about gays, atheists, etc about their supposed "sins" or "transgressions".

As the saying goes: You reap what you sow.


Writer, Splinters of Silver.com said...

Indeed, but the sins of others do not justify our sins, they must still be repented of and faith put in the Savior Jesus Christ.


BEAST said...

Well then you have no course to complain.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.


John Bunyan

To be saved is to be preserved in the faith to the end. 'He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.' (Mt. 24:13) Not that perseverance is an accident in Christianity, or a thing performed by human industry; they that are saved 'are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation.' (1 Pet. 1: 3-6) But perseverance is absolutely necessary to the complete saving of the soul…. He that goeth to sea with a purpose to arrive at Spain, cannot arrive there if he be drowned by the way; wherefore perseverance is absolutely necessary to the saving of the soul.