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The church began as a movement in Jerusalem. It became a philosophy in Greece, an institution in Rome, a culture in Europe and, when it came to America, it became a business a highly profitable business. But God is coming back for a movement. Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous.
If a man really wanted to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion. Capitalizing on Christianity has proved to be far more lucrative than starting a new religion. But as the Bible tells us. Positive Confession movement applied to finances. It is deeply alarming that most Christians seem to be blissfully unaware of the fact that the principles of the Word-Faith movement being trumpeted from pulpits across the land, stem from the same occult sources as the spiritual movement known as New Thought. Then, in view of millions who have never heard of Jesus, imagine how many souls an organization like GFA could save with money wasted on million dollar homes, antiques, jets, jewelry, fancy cars, wardrobes and watches. 5 million Trump Tower condo in New York, giving away a Bentley as a birthday gift is no big deal.
3,000 per night at locations including Hawaii, Cancun, London, Milan etc. Gucci sunglasses, gold necklaces, diamond bracelets, Rolex watches and Bentleys, and says he is “on a different scale than the little black preacher sitting over there” . 6 million luxurious pink brick, seven-bedroom home with swimming pool in the affluent White Rock Lake area of Dallasnext door to the former mansion of oil tycoon H. A “more than a million dollar,” black-tie wedding, Swarovski Crystal embellished gown, a 7. 15 million on a lavish production called “Creation”, then declared bankruptcy. Osteen, the “senior pastor” of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas was born on the 5th of March, 1963, son of John Osteen, original founder of Lakewood Church.
After attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joel returned to Houston in 1982, and produced John Osteen’s televised sermons for 17 years, declining any invitation to preach, until January 1999 when his father suddenly passed away from a heart attack. Named as one of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006”, and selected as the “Most Influential Christian in 2006” by the readers of Church Report Magazine , Osteen’s first book Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner in 2004. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 2 years selling more than 4 million copies. On July 16, 2005, Lakewood Church relocated from its old building in northeast Houston into its new home, a 16,800 seat facility southwest of downtown Houston along U. Highway 59, which had twice the capacity of its former sanctuary.
The arena was home to the Houston Rockets when they won two league titles in the 1990s and the Houston Comets of the WNBA when they won four. 75 million to complete, features two waterfalls, three gargantuan television screens and a lighting system that rivals those found at rock concerts. Two choir lofts with 12 rows of rich purple pews sit between the waterfalls, accented by live foliage. Absent, however, is a cross, an image of God or Jesus Christ or any other traditional religious symbols. Osteen said his father never displayed such symbols and he simply continued the tradition.
Instead, the new location will feature a larger version of the church’s trademark globe, rotating slowly behind Osteen as he preaches. 30 million every year on its television ministry. And how can Osteen and Lakewood church afford all this? 30 million or so comes in the mail. It’s a cash cow and a family business.
Osteen’s brother, sister and mother are ministers in the church. But the real money for Osteen comes from his book sales, which are re-packaged versions of his sermons. In hib book, Your Best Life Now, Osteen talks about how his wife, Victoria, a striking, fashionably dressed blonde, wanted to buy a fancy house some years before the money started rolling in. But Victoria had more faith,” he wrote. She convinced me we could live in an elegant home and several years later, it did come to pass. 9 million”, the Osteens have upgraded. 17,000-square-foot stone mansion in the Tall Timbers subdivision in River Oaks.
The Osteens’ new home is situated on 1. 86 acres and surrounded by an ornamental fence. The 411: It has six bedrooms, six bathrooms, three elevators and five wood-burning fireplaces, with a one-bedroom guest house and pool house. The Tanglewood house is owned by Joel and Victoria Osteen according to Harris County Appraisal District records.
The River Oaks home is technically owned by the Covenant Trust, which means the Osteens do not qualify for a homestead exemption on it. 260,000 in property taxes on the new home this year. Culture map adds that Osteen hasn’t drawn a salary from the church since 2005. His “income comes from best-selling books and related products, such as calendars, daybooks and inspirational pamphlets”. Michael Horton, professor of theology at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California, calls Osteen’s gospel a “cotton candy gospel”, adding that Osteen’s “core message is God is nice, you’re nice, be nice”. He goes on to say that “Osteen tells only half the story of the Bible, focusing on the good news without talking about sin, suffering and redemption” and says it is heresy “to say that God is our resource for getting our best life now”.
Osteen said he doesn’t get into controversial subjects like sin and judgment. False religions such as Islam, Hinduism, and Judaism don’t concern him. He doesn’t really know who’s going to hell and who isn’t” . Unfortunately Osteen’s message is FAR more dangerous than “cotton candy” and the heresy of making religion about us instead of about God. The fact is Osteen got very rich peddling concepts from the occult world. Osteen’s first book, Your Best Life Now, was released in October 2004, just two or three short years after he read Positive Imaging:The Powerful Way to Change Your Life by Norman Vincent Peale.