Joel Osteen buttresses his false teaching with “stories” that supposedly prove his point.
Here’s one cited by Hank Hanegraaff in The Osteenification of American Christianity. He has taken it from a book by Osteen, Become a Better You–which sounds like a parody, but it isn’t.
In this yarn, Osteen tells of “an interesting study done in 1993 by the United States military… Researchers extracted some white blood cells from a volunteer and they carefully paced them in a test tube. They then put a probe from a lie-detector machine down in that test tube, to measure the person’s emotional response. Next, they instructed this same volunteer to go to a couple of doors down and watch some violent scenes from an old war movie on television. When this man watched the scenes, even though the blood that was being tested as in another room, when he got all uptight and tense, that lie detector test shot off the page. It was detecting his emotional response even though the blood was no longer in his body.” (Osteenification, pgs. 18-19)
He’s gotta be kidding, right? I mean, this is the kind of thing you hear on the playground from other kids when you’re all in the 4th grade. It also reminds me of the night my wife and I heard a drunken man patiently explaining to a pool parlor owner that “it was guns that killed off the dinosaurs.”
What kind of nincompoop do you have to be, to believe a tale like this? And what kind of adult has the chutzpah to tell it in a published book purported to be non-fiction–“religious,” even?
Joel, baby, you’re walking on thin ice. I don’t think God likes it when idiotic fish-stories are told in His name.
Better repent while you can.