Recently some prominent televangelists and pastors were brought into an investigation by Sen. Charles Grassley. Every time this sort of things pops up, every pastor gets a black eye and looked at with suspicion.
One might be tempted to think the same thing of Joel Osteen as he pastors a HUGE, 48,000 member, church (the largest in America I believe) in Texas. But hear what the Orlando Sentinel says:
He has not taken a salary from his Houston megachurch for two years. He owns one house -- the same one he and his wife, Victoria, have lived in for 13 years -- and until recently he drove a 9-year-old car he inherited from his late father. Osteen pays his own hotel bills, and there is no private jet.Here is another good quote from Joel Osteen:
Although the upbeat minister does take collections at services, netting an estimated $43 million a year, Osteen does not ask for money on his broadcasts, which reach an estimated 7 million viewers weekly in the U.S. and 100 other countries. Nonetheless, an additional $30 million comes through the mail. His most recent book deal earned him a $13 million advance.
"We make plenty of money from our books," said Osteen, 44. "But we just live normal lives. We try to be conservative and honor God with our life and with our example."
Osteen refuses to condemn the targets of Grassley's inquiry, or Richard Roberts, who quit as president of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., amid charges that he used school funds and facilities for his family.
"While I never like to hear negative things about friends and other ministers, I choose to believe the very best in them," Osteen said.
Osteen agrees, offering his own definition of the prosperity gospel: "I never preach a message on money," he said. "I do believe that God wants us to be blessed, to have good marriages, to have peace in our minds, to have health, to have money to pay our bills. I think God wants us to excel. But everyone isn't going to be rich -- if we're talking about money."The author of the article is Mark I. Pinsky author of The Gospel According to the Simpsons which is a great book.
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