I wonder how Joel Osteen and Rick Warren preach the death and resurrection of Christ without mentioning sin, God’s wrath, and judgment. Here are some quotes from USA Today:
Osteen: “I never thought about (using the word ‘sinners’), but I probably don’t. Most people already know what they’re doing wrong. When I get them to church, I want to tell them that you can change.”
Warren: “Real life begins by committing yourself completely to Jesus Christ.” And after a person prays, “Jesus, I believe in you and I receive you,” Warren tells him, “Welcome to the family of God!”
Americans: Percentage of people who consider the following as sin â€“ homosexuality, 52%; premarital sex, 45%; not regularly attending church services, 18%.
Consider how others treat sin versus these two “giants” of modern evangelicalism and the American public.
Pope Benedict XVI: “We are losing the notion of sin. If people do not confess regularly, they risk slowing their spiritual rhythm.”
Michael Horton, Professor of Theology, Westminster Seminary in California: “‘To hell with sin when being good is enough.’ That’s the drift of American preaching today in a lot of churches. People know what sin is; they just don’t believe in it anymore. We mix up happiness and holiness, and God is no longer the reference point.”
Albert Mohler, President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: “Instead of violating the law of the Creator, it becomes more a matter of etiquette… there’s no sense of guilt or shame.”
And consider how Paul, the apostle, preached Christ:
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Cor 15:3-4).
So when it comes to being faithful to preaching of the true gospel, how do Osteen, Warren and the evangelical mainstream stack up against the Apostle Paul and Pope Benedict XVI?