Pastor John Osteen Preached Righteousness But Son Joel Osteen Preaches Fluff?
We found videos of Lakewood Church Pastor John Osteen, the father of Pastor Joel Osteen. We were able to see a distinct difference in their preaching styles. The father, late John Osteen preached in a traditional style and focused on truth and righteousness. On his video below, “How to Find and Do the Will of God for Your Life”, he specifies people finding their gift and using it for God’s purposes. He even spoke on how people can make millions of dollars and stay out of the will of God which would make them miserable.
“There’s something worth more than money and that’s living in the will of God,” he said.
You can see how his traditional straight forward style attracted many believers in his church and around the world. John Osteen hosted a weekly television show “John Osteen” for 16 years until his death in 1999.
His son Joel Osteen reluctantly took over as pastor because he did not want to preach or have the style of preaching like his father. We remember seeing a show when Joel Osteen said those exact words and that he was going to grow Lakewood Church into much bigger ministry and reach many more people.
Well he surely did when he bought a stadium in Houston and now reaches millions of people but what kind of ministry is he teaching? Though it is more modern, is he reaching people to truly save souls or is he providing religious outlet in the form of a church club? Does he have what it takes to really win souls that want to live for God or only follow the “Joel Osteen phenomenon”?
Don’t get us wrong, Joel Osteen is a great motivational speaker. When you listen to him, he can encourage you but even when he adds a scripture here and there, some can only feel inspired not delivered. This is the difference in John Osteen the preacher and Joel Osteen the preacher/motivational speaker.
Father and pastor John Osteen would not bite his tongue on anything. He spoke the Gospel as it was intended to be spoken and received. Son and pastor Joel Osteen can move a crowd by ‘inspiring’ people but if he is challenged on his faith, he fumbles his words more than a football player in a losing game. You will rarely get straight answers from him on the scriptures but his father was no stranger to preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
Please check out the two pastors, father and son and see the difference in styles. See if you are encouraged in the Lord to live His will or just feeling inspired by a motivational speech that’s fluffed and wrapped up real pretty.
Here’s the late Pastor John Osteen’s sermon