The great heretic Joel Osteen has come up (as usual) with another million-dollar book, The Power of I AM. This time, it’s not merely the false teaching of prosperity, but worse. It is blasphemous. In browsing some pages from the Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature, I did not see him saying to his readers (the general public) that they can claim to be I Am. Maybe he does not know that in the Bible, I Am is the translation of God’s covenant name Yhwh; for example, God says to Moses, “I Am who I Am” (Exod 3:14). And most of the time, this word Yhwh is translated as Lord (Exod 3:15; Psa 110:1). And actually, his co-heretics in the Word-Faith movement (Benny Hinn, Creepy Dollar, Joyce Meyer, etc.) teach that Christians will become “small gods” (just like Mormons).
Then in just a few minutes of browsing the preview, I saw this:
He quotes Romans 4:17, King James 2000 translation. Most translations are similar to the English Standard Version, “calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Rom 4:17). The context is Paul’s explanation that God’s fulfillment of his promises to Abraham “did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith,” the faith of Abraham (Rom 4:13). So in verse 17, Paul says,
as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
So when Paul says that God “calls into existence the things that do not exist,” he is referring to God who “gives life to the dead” and creates all things out of nothing. Paul is not talking about any human being, much less about anyone not talking about “the way you are,” and instead talking about “the way you want to be.” Paul is not talking about speaking into reality your success in life! Instead, he is talking about the promise of salvation and heavenly inheritance through faith in Christ, whose righteous is counted to those who believe:
But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification (Romans 4:23-25)
I’m sure that this is just one of the countless distortions of God’s Holy Word in his book (as usual).
In diametrical opposition to the Bible, Osteen’s preposterous and blasphemous book is totally all about you and I and how we are to speak into existence our own self-esteem and success. Nothing about the reality of all mankind’s sinfulness, about confessing and repenting of our sin, about Jesus Christ saving us from this hopeless condition through his atoning sacrifice on the cross, about God’s wrathful and righteous judgment on unrepentant sinners. In short, nothing about the true Gospel.
The Table of Contents betrays this self-centered, man-centered book:
So caveat emptor! Like all of Osteen’s books, this one is all about what the devil wants you to believe.