Joel Osteen’s “Success Christianity” has never sat well with me, and this is the best summation I have seen on what exactly is wrong with Joel and his ministry. I do not believe Joel is sending anyone to hell, but he sure isn’t doing much to change their direction.
Joel could go a long way toward enhancing his education (two years of studying television production and marketing) and ministry just by sitting down and reading 1 & 2 Timothy:
I charge [thee] therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:2-5.
I always get the feeling Osteen is more concerned with itching ears than bearing the Word.