Millionaire Televangelist Defends His Lack of Empathy in Bizarre Spiel to Parishioners

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Filthy rich televangelist Joel Osteen found himself in the nation’s spotlight last week for failing to open his church doors to Hurricane Harvey victims in a timely manner. Only after he was shamed did Osteen show up to open his megachurch, and even then, he couldn’t do it without asking for donations — the man is a trained con artist.

This past Sunday, Osteen delivered a bizarre sermon at his Lakewood megachurch.

He told his flock:

“You know I really believe in these times of difficulty it’s for me, certainly, not the time to question your faith but to turn to your faith because God is the one that gives you the strength to make it through the difficult times.”

Osteen added, “We are not going to understand everything that happens but, you know, having a ‘poor old me’ mentality or ‘look what I lost’ or ‘why did this happen’, that’s just going to pull you down. Like we’ve been talking about all night, you just got to turn it over and say ‘God you’re still on the throne’.”

Osteen then attempted to clear his name, reflecting back to a time in 2001 when his megachurch nearly flooded. He stated:

“Had we opened the building sooner and someone got injured, or perhaps the building flooded and someone lost their lives, that would have been a very different story. Now I don’t mind taking the heat for being precautious. But I don’t want to take the heat for being foolish.”

Osteen continued:

“This is not just an attack on me, it’s an attack on what we stand for—for faith, for hope, for love. Jesus even said, ‘When the world hates you, remember: it hated me first.’”

Watch the clip below:

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  1. A Man of God is concerned, above all else, with the good of all, the whole flock. It’s a sacred trust. It’s not all about him, even if there are times that it feels like it’s all about him. But none of it is, really. It’s trap for a vain man or women who perhaps longs to do a good job. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to be in such a public line of fire every day, especially if you’re Joel Osteen. You have good anecdotes and a cheerful message, but you never say anything that speaks in any particulars to address the suffering in the world. People need to talk about these things, especially in terms on the “we” of the church, asking ourselves “how we can contribute to the well-being of others?”. it seems that all you do is deliver thoughtless ‘feel good’ anecdotes in order to line your pockets. It would really be a big righteous step if you went back and completed a good education. Not at Bible College either. College is supposed to challenge people to engage with the world, not encourage them to live a more insulated, prescribed lives by memorizing what somebody else wrote but never talking about it themselves. I realize the size of your congregation might make this suggestion in your facility, but nonetheless you should get everyone to form small groups of 6-8 members each. Have each person choose a neighbor in the group as a partner for the duration of the exercise. Give each person of a pair about 5 minutes (more or less) for each to ask their partner to tell you about themselves for a fixed time you set. I think this part should take a bit longer than step one. None of this involves electronics, by the way. At the end of the exercise, each person has told his or her story. Move everyone back to the big circle and, in turns, each partner kneels behind them and put their hands on their partner’s shoulders and tell the group what she or he told you about themselves. Remember to be kind.
    Try it, Joel. It will move mountains!

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