Friday, August 25, 2006

How Sad

I hopped out of bed, ur, um, I crawled out of bed at 5 this morning and was checking some of my favorite blogs and read Steve Camps post ahref="">here.
Though I dont agree with Joel Osteens theology, I have to give Joel Osteen credit. After appearing to deny that Christ was the Only Way on Larry King Live ">here, two days later he quickly clarified and stated his beliefs.

I tried to link to his statement but for some reason the statement has been removed. I managed to find the transcript so I will print it below and link to his churches statements of belief here

Joel Osteens statement-"Many of you have called, written or e-mailed regarding my recent appearance on Larry King Live. I appreciate your comments and value your words of correction and encouragement.
It was never my desire or intention to leave any doubt as to what I believe and Whom I serve. I believe with all my heart that it is only through Christ that we have hope in eternal life. I regret and sincerely apologize that I was unclear on the very thing in which I have dedicated my life.
Jesus declared in John 14; I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me. I believe that Jesus Christ alone is the only way to salvation. However, it wasn’t until I had the opportunity to review the transcript of the interview that I realize I had not clearly stated that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the only way to heaven. It’s about the individual’s choice to follow Him.
God has given me a platform to present the Gospel to a very diverse audience. In my desire not to alienate the people that Jesus came to save, I did not clearly communicate the convictions that I hold so precious.
I will use this as a learning experience and believe that God will ultimately use it for my good and His glory. I am comforted by the fact that He sees my heart and knows my intentions. I am so thankful that I have friends, like you, who are willing to share their concerns with me.
Thank you again to those who have written. I hope that you accept my deepest apology and see it in your heart to extend to me grace and forgiveness.
As always, I covet your prayers and I am believing for God’s best in your life,
Joel Osteen"

However these two other FAMOUS representatives of Christianity
clearly stated what they believe.

How sad and frieghtening. Just think of all those who have been led astray as a result of hearing this interview as well as other interviews/statements made by these men since.

Please pray.

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