Joel Osteen Wins 'Worst Easter Sermon Award'

Listeners calling into the "Fighting for the Faith Radio" program (heard on the internet-based Pirate Christian Radio) voted Joel Osteen's Easter message as the worst one delivered on this year's holiday. According to the Christian News Wire,
This year's winner of the first ever, Worst Easter Sermon Award went to Joel Osteen's sermon "You Have Come Back Power".

Commenting on Osteen's sermon Rosebrough stated, "Jesus didn't die and rise again on the cross so that you can have 'come back power over life's set backs'. Osteen completely missed the point of Jesus' life, death and resurrection and as a result he missed the entire point of Christianity."
Maybe one of my seminary buddies can help: Isn't there a theological term for "come back power?"

Other messages examined in the contest included:
  • A sermon that explored the "deep" spiritual lessons of the movie Slumdog Millionaire.
  • A sermon entitled "Beer Babes & Baseball"
  • A sermon entitled "Livin' Venti" that encouraged people to live life to the fullest.
  • And a sermon entitled "Easter in the Octagon"
Chris Rosenbrough, host of the program, reportedly stated,
"Every Christmas Christians whine and complain about secular and atheistic efforts designed to take Christ out of Christmas yet more and more Christian pastors have committed an even worse offense and have removed Jesus Christ and His victorious resurrection from the grave from their Easter sermons," said Chris Rosebrough. "Far too many pastors have played the role of Judas and have betrayed Jesus. Rather than being paid 30 pieces of silver, these pastors have sold Jesus out for the fame and adulation that accompany having a 'growing, relevant 'man-centered' church'."

. . ."These Churches have stopped preaching the offense of Christ Crucified for Sins and His resurrection for our justification and have traded the Biblical Gospel for empty feel-good platitudes, and self-help mythologies that scratch itching ears."
Hopefully, the award will achieve the desired effect of raising "awareness of this serious and growing problem within Christianity" and calling "these pastors to repentance."

(HT: DJP)

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