Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Who Let The Theologians In Here? (The SBC, that is.)

Goto this website and read the blog... i will give comments soon... interested to hear everyone else's

Monday, June 27, 2005

Doogie Howser M.Div

For all of those who saw Joel Osteen on Larry King Live... I am sorry, but I must talk about the "interview" The operative phrase for the rest of this blog is... "I don't know" Before this interview Osteen was nothing more than a nuisance... now he could potentially be a heretical problem, maybe, I don't know. That is the problem, the fact that he says "I don't know" to any question that might possibly be devisive. For example, and this one is the worst example or best, When a caller asked Osteen what his stand was on Christ saying that He is the only way to Heaven, and that she had never heard him take a position on the issue (really no position from Osteen, Shocking) he comes out with some backbone and says that's what I believe. Notice I say some backbone, not real backbone, because even here he should not be qualifying that by saying that is what "I" believe, but instead he should of said that is what is correct. What little backbone he had soon succumbs to the "I want everyone to like me Monster" Larry King then asks, "what about Jews, and Muslims are they not going to Heaven?" Osteen folds like a card table after a garage sale. Larry "I don't know" he says. I can't judge their hearts, God judges hearts, they could be in Heaven. Larry then asks what about atheists are they going to Heaven. This should be a softball for old Doogie, but he strikes out. Larry, again "I don't know" they might, I can't judge people's hearts. Other softballs were lobbed up by Larry in the interview such as "Does God love the Devil", and " What bothers you most in life, what do you wish you could change" His response is a powerful... "I don't know"Larry tries to help him and says "what about depression?" To which Osteen showing his disconnect with things not prosperous says "Well some of it is chemical i guess, but it's a choice really for most people and in my book I tell people how to let go of the past" Thanks Doogie I wasn't depressed until I heard you tonight, but I will choose not to be later by letting go of the memory of this interview. I guess what Doogie does know is that he has built his ministry on the premis of being liked and being prosperous... and correct answers to these questions could cause the leaves to fall off the money tree. He's an embarrassment to Evangelicals everywhere. He is the modern day example of the Superapostles of Paul's day. The worst part for those who know little or nothing of Christ see on the bottom of the screen during the whole interview "Evangelical's Rising Star" Hopefully, we will wake up and see that his gospel is not the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. More to come on this subject...

Thursday, June 23, 2005


I went to the convention this week... not knowing what quite to expect. The Pastors' Conference for the most part was impressive. Voddie Baucham was excellent, his logical expository sermon on how to defend one's belief in the Bible was great. Who would have believed that using the text in the context which God placed it, would be edifying. His attack of the weak defenses of the Gospel was harsh, but necessary. Saying that the Bible works for you, does not work for anyone. Explaining to someone how the Bible is historically reliable is however very powerful. Ergan Caner, well the man is charged, he brought the heat in the 1st inning and closed just as strong. From his calling out of the Prosperity Driven evangelists "Doogie Howser M.Div" that was just classic and telling us that the Muslims are purpose driven too. Besides his clever antecdotes, he made a strong point for not watering down the Gospel. Despite the gasps from the crowd it was something we all needed to hear. I just pray that the 1million baptisms in a year goal, does not make people believe we can control God and his purposes, or that we can somehow expand his Kingdom without his help. Everyone can and I'm it, forgets one crucially important fact, only with the Grace of God as our help. We cannot do it alone. If God shall so bless us praise the Lord if he does not, praise the Lord... for he is mighty and his ways are better than our own, and the Lord only knows how best to expand his Kingdom.