Apparently one of Victoria Osteen's summer sermons has just now gone viral and people are finally speaking up about the sheer nuttiness of the beliefs held by these people and their followers.
Here is what she said...(emphasis mine)
Try reading this with the background song "Don't worry, be happy" playing in your head- I seriously think she must have been listening to that song when she came up with this sermon/theology/ideology.
"When we obey God, we're NOT doing it for God - I mean, that's one way to look at it. But we're doing it for our self! Because God takes pleasure when we're happy! That's the thing that gives Him THE GREATEST JOY this morning. So I want you to know this morning, just do good FOR YOUR OWN SELF. Do good cause God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, WHEN YOU COME TO WORSHIP HIM you're NOT doing it for God really - you're doing it for yourself! Amen!"
Yeah, she REALLY said all that, and yes she and others really believe it. And I guess she's just being honest about those mega churches... it really is just about themselves. It's about how THEY feel, it isn't about worshiping God- Osteen admits it.
God's "greatest joy" is when people are feeling happy?
Guess that means God is tickled pink with fornicators- cause we all know how happy they are frolicking in mortal sin. How about all those rapists having a good old time raping? Murderers, murdering? Liars, lying? Thieves, thieving? Happy, happy, happy!
I never heard Jesus preach "The GREATEST joy my Father in Heaven has is when everyone is happy, happy, happy! So don't obey my Father in Heaven because He said so, do it for yourselves!"
Where's that in the Bible?
A few quotes from the HuffPost interview:
Rick Henderson (Protestant pastor): "I'm not saying they're not Christians, BUT..." :)
Steve Camp (Protestant Pastor): "Victoria is sweet but uninformed" and "immature but sincere" - he also goes on to mention she's a good example of why women aren't supposed to be pastors.
May God save them from their happy selves.
Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner