Joel Osteen is definitely spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and it means making the receivers feel good about themselves. No one who receives and accepts the gospel of Jesus Christ will remain feeling bad about themselves, no way.
Since Jesus himself came here on earth to save, to cleanse us of our sins which includes our bad behaviours; People therefore should feel relieved and good that their shortcomings will not haunt them anymore when they accept the gospel of Jesus. They feel delivered from guilty acts, that was what Jesus came for, to set us free and not feel condemn. Jesus wants us to live in peace and not feel stressed and worried. It says in the book of John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Is this not what Joel preaches in most of his sermons about being at peace with ourselves?
Honestly, the enemy does not like seeing Jesus followers being happy and all the time positive. Joel Osteen’s sermons are mostly based on being positive and when people are positive they tend to feel good about themselves. Paramountly, people feel great and are self confident which means peace. Isn’t peace and freedom the qualities of life we all need? Why live in bondage when you have been set free. That is why God uses people like Joel Osteen to remind us of the abundant life we have and should enjoy without being limited by the worldly thinking.
For example, Luke 8:24-25, “Master, master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” He asked his disciples. From this piece of verses, Jesus in all sounds to need of us to be calm, be at peace, not be afraid, most of all be faithful to trust in him for things to be fine. How in the world are people to feel good about themselves if facing troubles while listening to negative messages. Thankfully, we have good models of Jesus to help halt more Alzheimer’s cases. I am using Alzheimer’s here simply because when a person is stressed, they tend to be more forgetful than normal.
People criticise Joel Osteen that he does not refer to bible verses. Laughable, because it’s plain blasphemy. That is why he is a crowd puller, he refers to the bible everytime he preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even at every end of his sermons, he encourages people in other parts of the world watching , to join bible based churches. That is where himself is routed, concerning his sermons. Joel’s spread of gospel, I believe has served many souls from depressions of all forms. It’s the gospel of Jesus Christ.