Just in case you missed this story that is spreading like wildfire around the Internet, Victoria Osteen (Joel Osteen’s wife) has expressed their doctrine on what they believe doing good and worshiping God are really about. According to the Osteens, it’s all really about yourself.
Mrs. Osteen gushes the following with her ever-grinning husband on stage beside her: “I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it—we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy … I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy. When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”
The Osteens want us to say never mind to the fact that we do good in loving obedience to the Father because he’s worthy of it. Never mind that through his prophet Samuel, the Lord told us he delights in our obedience to him way more than any of our sacrifices (1 Samuel 15:22). Forget about the fact that we love him because he first loved us (1 John 4:19) when, for instance, Jesus died for our sins.
To view the video of this heretical statement and a pastor’s true Biblical views about it, see this article at Christian News Network by Heather Clark.