Stuff I Wish You'd Quit Saying: I Hate Joel Osteen 1

Stuff I Wish You’d Quit Saying: I Hate Joel Osteen

Stuff I Wish You’d Quit Saying Day 13 “I Hate Joel Osteen”

I had 15 requests in regards to Joel Osteen. Some were “I wish people would stop hating on Joel Osteen.” The rest were… uh, hating on Joel Osteen.

I couldn’t stop thinking about this and I admit I had chicken scratched Joel Osteen in my side notes as a “possible” topic.

Joel kept getting in my way. Commercials, this and that in my news feed, and finally I woke up to him in my hotel room.  I was speaking in Dallas, staying alone in a hotel. In the rare blessing of quiet, I fell asleep with the television on and I woke up to an Osteen sermon.

The sermon, “Your True Value Doesn’t Come From People.”

I scratched this quote on my notepad: “You can’t become so dependent on people that you’re getting your worth and value out of how they treat you. It’s easy to become addicted to compliments, addicted to encouragement, addicted to them cheering you on, now you rely on man to keep you feeling good about yourself, to always be there to validate you, to make you feel approved, like a drug if they don’t keep you fixed… you get discouraged, feel inferior… and you try and win their approval. The problem is you are trying to get from people what only God can give.”

Indignant, I vowed, “OSTEEN MUST BE STOPPED!!!!”

I digress, unable to sleep, I got up and googled some videos and articles about him.

He seems harmless.

Cheesy humor, but I respect a guy that can laugh at himself. And he seems pretty happy; pretty wife, nice life.

Tonight, in the shower he came to mind again.  In a well-deserved, (I caught up the laundry today and organized fall clothes for the kids, I am feeling pretty self-righteous) shower, my mind bounced ideas off the tiled walls while my exhausted flesh was assaulted with lavender infused steam and a loofa.

I could certainly come up with a dozen or so PLEASE STOP TELLING ME WHO TO VOTE FOR posts, or Can this election PLEASE be over NOW!?!?!

But let’s talk about Joel.

With my hair in a towel, clean jammies, and a giant cup of steaming decaf I started researching Pastor Osteen.

And here is my conclusion.

A lot of people hate him.

A lot of people love him.

He preaches a pretty “feel good” message.

He always points back to Jesus.

And in the current American atmosphere… he is just too freaking nice.  Someone make him stop it. For the love of all that is good and holy!  Is the televangelist a madman???






Oh and… Prosperity and Grace.

The prosperity gospel is a hot button topic. But, I will get back to that.


“Well, now you can’t teach too much grace or the people will go crazy and think they can do whatever they want.”

Need I remind you, Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton are our current choices for the most vital job in the country.  Soooo..  We have cruised on past crazy and entered into a whole new state of loopy.

Uh-oh Bubba, I think there are hookers in the whore house!?!?!

Yet, more than the obvious crazy there is social media crazy where every attitude and minimally important belief is spouted. And sure, I am part of the problem, but you’re still reading so I will continue.

When it comes to Osteen I can find only two reasons to be up in arms.

  1. Jealousy
  2. Fear

I can see the jealousy thing, he does have it all. His teeth are stark raving white! However, his “prosperity” is something he claims that you can have too. He does teach you can have it all if you believe in your birthright as sons and daughters of the Most High. However, he goes on to say, “If God blesses you abundantly, you can pour out those riches on those less fortunate, and share the goodness of God.”

Truly, he should be stopped.

And maybe he is making promises he can’t keep or shouldn’t attempt, which brings me to fear.

What are you afraid is going to happen if Joel preaches this message? That he will lead people astray? Or that all of the sudden droves of people in need of GOOD NEWS might sit down and listen and hear about a man named Jesus?

Cause here’s my beef with the fear aspect: If we believe in Jesus Christ what do we have to fear?


The first time I heard about Jesus it was in a Mormon Church, I was baptized in a Disciples of Christ, married in a Catholic Church and I have 200 books in my office, books I can’t begin to finish, all about Jesus.  Since the first time I heard His name I have sought Jesus and I know Him better today than I did yesterday.

The walk of relationship is far more satisfying than the work of religion.

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Let Jesus be Jesus. If Joel Osteen is facilitator for the first time the name of the LORD is whispered into a person’s life – JESUS is more than capable of unearthing truth. He is Jesus after all.  God isn’t shocked that Joel Osteen has 25,000 in attendance every Sunday morning.  He’s not on the throne popping Xanax and taking his blood pressure, “JESUS! Did you know about this guy??? Did you have any idea this was going on??? Who is this joker and why are his teeth so white??”

The God of Israel, Maker of Heaven and Earth, King of Kings, Alpha and Omega is fully aware of what Osteen is teaching, preaching, and doing.

The reality is, nothing gets past Him.

Unless of course, The God of the Universe was napping during the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, which would explain a lot… “JESUS! I told you not to send in the clowns until AFTER the Conventions!”

“Sorry Dad…”

May your floors be sticky and your calling ordained. Love, Jami

Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. 2 Corinthians 3:5

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  1. Kathy of the HavinsNest on October 13, 2016 at 7:18 am

    While I’m admittedly not an Osteen fan I appreciate your persceptive. I try to look at both sides of an issue. Thank you for helping me see the “other side” to Osteen’s ministry.

  2. Candy on October 13, 2016 at 8:02 am

    We like the guy! I mean besides those white teeth what’s not to like? Yeah there’s that prosperity thing but I have to say there’s really no other explanation for my own life other than Geoff’s hard work. And then there’s the time my friend Christa was asked to consider joining their worship team. She ended up saying no but she also told me it was the only place she had ever walked into up to that time where you felt the presence of Holy Spirit when you walked into the room. That’s pretty huge. Oh. And apparently you have to dress up to go to church there. That definitely leaves me out.

    • jami_amerine on October 13, 2016 at 8:08 am


  3. Brianna on October 13, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I love your humor and perspective on JO! Although he sets my teeth on edge when I hear him speak, there are some nuggets of gold he has spoken. Too often we tend to throw out the baby with the bathwater — this was a great post. Very entertaining.

    • jami_amerine on October 13, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Thank you Brianna

  4. Jane Carter on October 13, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Oh, Jami, I love how you make me stop and think….

    Honestly, I go back and forth on Joel – and some of that is due to solely to the stigma of society’s opinion. But, he is leading people to Jesus. Just think how many souls have a relationship with their Heavenly Father because of his ministry! I love your quote about the walk of the relationship vs. the walk of the religion. Amen and Amen – tell it like it is, girl!

    • jami_amerine on October 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Thanks Jane… I really appreciate that.

  5. Glenna McKelvie on October 13, 2016 at 10:04 am

    I’ve been known to have a cuppa with Joel (on TV) followed by Second Baptist– in my jammies. Love ❤️

    • jami_amerine on October 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Yes, I know mom.

  6. Lynn Bradley on October 13, 2016 at 10:57 am

    I appreciate your view and enjoy your writing style.
    Personally, I do not think Joel is harmless or helpful. I am extremely opposed to all prosperity gospel teaching.

  7. Holly on October 13, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Loved your article. Joel has been on my radar recently as well so it was timely. As was your insight on the clowns…that makes so much more sense!!!

  8. Kristen Wright on October 13, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    There are people who love Joel Osteen, people who hate him, and people who wisely and biblically have discerned that Joel is a false teacher. We often think that false teachers will be so obvious…wearing devil horns and sporting an evil laugh or something equally ridiculous, but in reality the Bible tells us that false teachers will tickle our ears and will have large numbers of followers. False teachers preach a false gospel that often sounds so much better than than the real gospel message. Those who don’t know the true gospel message and even some who do are easily led astray by these teachers.
    I am including link to a review of one of Mr. Osteen’s latest books entitled “The Power of I Am”. The title itself is heretical. Any student of God’s word would see this title and think “Oh, a book about God’s power”…wrong. This book is about the power of speaking “I am” statements about yourself…instead of “I am ugly” you should say “I am beautiful” because apparently you are what you speak about yourself. When I first heard about this book, I almost cried. I spent a year studying the book of John and learned the immense power that these two words “I AM” hold. They represent the very essence of God. The fact that Mr. Osteen would blithely use them as a way to manipulate the universe into giving you want you want is appalling. Mr. Osteen is not harmless and cheesy…he is dangerous.

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  11. Liz on October 21, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Even though Joel Osteen has some nuggets of gold in his preaching and many come to Jesus through him he’s not preaching the true gospel. That’s what it comes down to, preaching the truth and God expects nothing less of his children to do that. Did Paul sorta, kind of preach the good news? How about Peter or John? Where in the Bible does it say share the good news in a way that entices people to believe even if it’s not all true? To say things that are sort of biblical and then add in a few other things because it sounds nice. What about those poor souls who come to Jesus under false pretenses and then their eyes are opened to the truth later on down the road? They will be like the seeds scattered either amongst the cracks or thorns. They may not like the truth and walk away, or keep buying into the false gospel, or feel very betrayed by what they had been taught. God gives us the power to discern but it’s like playing with matches listening to this guy. The more the ears are tickled the more you may unintentionally start gravitating towards Joel. I don’t hate Joel, I pray the holy spirit will convict him of what he is saying is not 100o/o true and change his message to what is true. In the mean time it’s of the utmost importance to understand that is dangerous to listen to him.

  12. anja on February 5, 2017 at 8:34 am

    christians getting together to hate on a christian pastor how rich and my family wonder why i ditched church? i got tired of christian hate jealousy and envy hidden behind false accusations like oh its the prosperity gospel oh its feel good bullshit well you are right why should your nasty sadistic hating and jealous god want anyone to feel good yes?

    • jami_amerine on February 5, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Salvation literally means to prosper. Personally I am fascinated when I get an email from prospering Americans … offended by the prosperity gospel. Yes message me from a computer you keep in your pocket about this wayward message of hope. What?!?!

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