Anyway, in the midst of comments on a recent post, Bob Ross pops in and commends Joel Osteen. Then
Mr. Osteen's statement is encouraging on several fronts. First, it is encouraging to know that the constituency of Joel Osteen Ministries was so upset about the interview. Second, Mr. Osteen's statement includes a clear and unambiguous affirmation of the exclusivity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
But here's where it gets really interesting: Charles says, "That probably won't set too well with some of the "Internut" gnat-strainers and nitpickers who seem to be out for Joel's blood, but we like what Dr. Mohler has said. It reaffirms our own evaluation of Joel and justifies our refusal to become one of the anti-Joel crowd simply over some peripheral differences."
Of course, context is king, and this one is wrenched so far out of context that if it was someone's neck you'd think you were watching The Exorcist.
The bottom line is,
Here is the comment I posted in response to comments on that post.
Charles, I think you're quoting Al Mohler out of context. To really understand his comments, you must start with his criticism of Osteen's appearance on Larry King, and then his comment the following day about Osteen's apology letter. Please notice the last sentence: Other concerns can wait for another day.
What other concerns? Well, for one thing, Osteen is preaching the prosperity gospel, not the real gospel. Even my six-year old daughter can tell the difference.
Ran across this post from Extreme Theology which is right on point: there is exactly no difference in what Joel Osteen is selling and what Tony Robbins is selling--except for maybe the cuss words.
Although Dr. Mohler only reads blogs that are higher on the TTLB chain than mine, I'm pretty sure I'm on safe ground when I assert that the differences he would have with Joel Osteen are by no means "peripheral."
By the way--I had the unfortunate opportunity to see Tony Robbins last year at a conference I went to for work. It was the most amazing piece of mass manipulation I have ever seen (of course, I've never seen John Edwards "the psychic" in person, so he may be trumped one day). The most helpful thing he said the entire morning was "you should spend more time with your family." I took his advice, walked out halfway through, and spent the rest of the afternoon with my wife.
Update: Charles corrected me. It was Bob Ross who pointed to Mohler. I've adjusted my comments accordingly, and posted an apology to Charles on his site. I post one here, too.