Joel Osteen: The LOA Pastor?
It’s hard to put my finger on why I’m so excited about Christian pastor Joel Osteen.
Maybe it’s because his sermons are filled with law of attraction friendly messages.
Or because I love the thought of 7 million people tuning in for his aligned guidance.
Or maybe because he’s just an exceptionally charismatic guy who can’t help but uplift others.
It’s probably all those things and more.
What I do know for sure is that that guy lights me up.
Not everyone feels that way about him, though.
Some fundamentalist Christians criticize Osteen for being a “theological lightweight” and argue he’s teaching new age heresy to the masses in the guise of Christianity. Some of those ‘new age heretics’ criticize Osteen for his references to an exclusionary God as well as his position on homosexuality. (Which I haven’t actually heard myself.)
What I see is a genuinely fun and upbeat guy sharing messages of hope, empowerment and possibility with a very large audience. What’s not to love?
Here’s a sample of stories and quotes gleaned from Osteen’s “Night of Hope” event in Salt Lake City last night that easily align with law of attraction principles:
- Osteen’s 48 year old mother surrounded herself with pictures of health & vibrancy when she was declining from live failure. (She’s now 80 and counting!)
- Life and death is in the power of our tongue.
- Thank God in advance for your victory.
- Don’t pray away your problems – trust you’ll be right where you should be when the winds are done blowing.
- Relinquish control to God. (Stop worrying, stop losing sleep.)
- Let go of what didn’t work out.
- God is for you, and wants you to make big bold requests.
- Make room for something big; you haven’t seen your best days yet.
- The first place we lose the battle is in our own thinking. Break free in your thinking!
- Dismiss those negative thoughts; release yourself from your limitations.
- Start talking, thinking and acting like your victory is going to happen.
- Speak the seeds of faith into being: “I am blessed, I am healthy, I am strong, I am victorious.”
- Take your praise to God, not your problems.
- Call the things that are not as if they already were. (Romans 4:17)
While Osteen might not be “fire and brimstone” enough for some religiously inclined folks, and perhaps quotes the Bible too often to turn on others, it’s clear this Houston pastor is onto something big.
He’s sharing (what I believe are) fundamental keys to a successful life with a wide audience that might not be able to tune in to Dispenza, Braden, Abraham, Bashar or even The Secret.
In fact, I know deliberate creators who use Osteen’s material as a bridge to converse with family members about law of attraction and manifesting.
I’m not saying some filtering isn’t helpful, but that’s a good practice no matter who we’re listening to. Take what works; leave what doesn’t.
And when it comes to Joel Osteen, I have to say, a lot of it works really well for this conscious creator.