Joel Osteen and The Prosperity Gospel

The Narrowing Path

Think on These Things Articles

by Pastor Gary Gilley (reprinted with kind permission)

Joel Osteen and The Prosperity Gospel

(June/July 2009 – Volume 15, Issue 4)

The New Age book and video by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, which gained popularity recently due to Oprah Winfrey’s strong promotion, teaches that we can “create [our] own happiness through the law of attraction.”  Whether it is cash, health, prosperity or happiness, all can be ours if we will just learn to use “the secret.”  Byrne tells us, “Disease cannot live in a body that is in a healthy emotional state.” But be warned: “If you have a disease and you are focusing on it and talking to people about it, you are going to create more disease cells.”[1]

Such rhetoric should sound familiar to anyone even faintly aware of the Word of Faith Movement, often termed “the prosperity gospel.”  This group has…

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