I received the following email. It is provided here just as it was received, from a man I do not know, have never corresponded with, nor have any idea why he wrote me. The man, from Houston, Texas, is pictured above and attends the church of a popular television motivational preacher.
Dear sir I read your criticitizem of Joel Olestien.It seemed unjustified and made you appear very unChristian.Who do you think brings more people to Christ?who is more successful and who is a published author?i have this last month finally gotten to like Like the church enough attend regularly and be a part of the body.People like you are why I have stayed away all these years.Take you’re attitude and go join ISIS. You are nothing special.
Today, truth is determined by popularity. Church attendance substitutes for new birth. Godliness is based upon wealth. Worldly achievement is the measure of the Spirit. The Word of God is replaced by the slick speech of a snake oil salesman pawning feel-good half-truths. Redemption from sin in Jesus alone by grace with the promise of Heaven is replaced with here-and-now greed-fulfilling prosperity. It doesn’t matter what a person avows or teaches, image is everything. All the while, sound doctrine lies raped and disemboweled in the gutter.
This is an age of the personality cult. Mention that Jesus isn’t the eternal God or the only-begotten Son, that your words create reality and can knock God off His throne, that Jesus is not the only Way to God, that there are 9 members of the Godhead, reject the Trinitarian formula of water baptism, teach that Christ’s death on the cross didn’t save anyone or that you become a god at salvation, and the followers yawn**; question the un-Biblical teachings of their favorite television heroes and they will threaten to gun you down.
Any gospel that ignores the historic teaching of the Word of God also ignores the God who gave it!
Note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple (Romans 16:17-18).
** Teachings of prominent tv personalities: Kenneth Hagin, Paula White, Jesse Duplantis, Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, TD Jakes, Kenneth Copeland, and Creflo Dollar.