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Weirdness of the Day (Updated 6-17)

John on February 15, 2008 at 9:33 am

Update 6-17: Two weeks ago the senior pastor made some comments about those of us who’ve left. He gave the congregation an extremely self-serving version of events in the last 8-10 months, here’s the rest of the story.

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Scott and I just received this e-mail:

I CAN’T BELIEVE THE GARBAGE THAT YOU ARE WRITING ON THE INTERNET ABOUT JOEL OSTEEN. OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE NOT HAPPY WITH YOUR LIFE SO YOU ARE TRYING TO MAKE OTHERS MISERABLE. JOEL OSTEEN IS A MAN OF GOD AND SO WAS HIS DAD, MAY HE REST IN PEACE. WHEN YOU BAD MOUTH A MAN OF GOD IT IS LIKE BAD MOUTHING GOD. I WOULD BE VERY CAREFUL IF I WERE YOU. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOUL.

DEB

That’s weird enough, but the really weird part is I don’t think either one of us has said anything about Joel Osteen ever. A search of the site turns up zilch for “Osteen.”

Anyway, I can’t let this pass without taking a moment for a personal update. I quit my job at a local church last month (hence the dearth of new posts for a few weeks). I had some concerns about how the church was being run by our senior pastor. I won’t go into detail but suffice it to say that I’ve heard people talking like this recently and it makes me physically ill. No leader in the church is above reproof or correction. Anyone who suggests otherwise is a weak leader with something to hide.

Whoever you are, Deb, you have a lot of maturing to do. Apparently there’s not a lot of that going on among Joel’s devotees. (There, now I’ve said something about him).

SCOTT ADDS:

Funny, but I got the email and came over to the blog to put up a post about it…and John had beat me to it. I searched our site as well and found no references to Mr. Osteen in anything that we have written. We have had plenty to say about other guys of similar ilk, like Benny Hinn, Steve Munsey, Pat and Jan Crouch, et al. But nothing about Mr. Happy Pants himself.

But our “friends” over at Christian Research Network and Slice of Laodicea have had PLENTY to say about Osteen. I wonder if they received this email as well.

I will add my own personal update to Johns: My family recently left the same church as John and his family. We also had grave concerns over the decision-making process employed by the “senior” pastor as well as the faulty theological spin he was using to attempt to justify his rash of bad decisions. Coming from the unfortunate set of circumstances at our church where a “touch not God’s anointed” mentality began to emerge, Deb’s words really hit a sensitive spot. It seriously gives me the spiritual heebeegeebees.

ADDENDUM BY JOHN: The old church has hit a new low.

The senior pastor and at least some of his leadership team have decided tell people I never wrote the 33 messages I wrote for him over the last three years. They’re taking credit for my work and calling me a liar at the same time.

I’ve taken some heat for criticizing the “man of integrity” who runs this church. Read the actual story; then tell me he’s a man of integrity and not an outright liar.

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