June 26, 2005

Osteen Apologizes

Many of you have called, written or e-mailed regarding my recent appearance on Larry King Live. I appreciate your comments and value your words of correction and encouragement.

It was never my desire or intention to leave any doubt as to what I believe and Whom I serve. I believe with all my heart that it is only through Christ that we have hope in eternal life. I regret and sincerely apologize that I was unclear on the very thing in which I have dedicated my life.

Jesus declared in John 14; I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me. I believe that Jesus Christ alone is the only way to salvation. However, it wasnÂ’t until I had the opportunity to review the transcript of the interview that I realize I had not clearly stated that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the only way to heaven. ItÂ’s about the individualÂ’s choice to follow Him.

God has given me a platform to present the Gospel to a very diverse audience. In my desire not to alienate the people that Jesus came to save, I did not clearly communicate the convictions that I hold so precious.

I will use this as a learning experience and believe that God will ultimately use it for my good and His glory. I am comforted by the fact that He sees my heart and knows my intentions. I am so thankful that I have friends, like you, who are willing to share their concerns with me.

Thank you again to those who have written. I hope that you accept my deepest apology and see it in your heart to extend to me grace and forgiveness.

As always, I covet your prayers and I am believing for GodÂ’s best in your life,

Joel Osteen

from website. I am hoping that God will use the correction that Osteen has received to strengthen his message and the impact that he has on thousands of people, not just in Houston but nationwide. Many people have been disappointed with the way he's presented himself, and the Gospel -- hopefully this incident will mark a change.

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1 I wrote early about the interview. I would like to applaud Joel. You see the is a true man of God. To appoligze to the nation and to the supporters is a ture man. Many Pastors would have never even giving it a second thought to do that. Many people keep critzing this man, you know we need to stop looking at others faults and look at our self and check our heart first. Let God change people. People say he dosent preach hard and talk all bout theogly. But lets look at this mans fruits. This is a awesome Man of God. Keep preaching Joel you are the voice of this genaration wanted something real and true. God bless you all, remember lets live our best life now. Let me qutoe that scripture, no eye has seen and no ear and heard what God is going to do. Let keep our focus on the One we need to.

Posted by: Rene at June 26, 2005 02:41 PM (FfUjh)

2 Ok -- I am deleting a comment on this thread. If you can't be bothered to leave a valid email address, you have nothing worthwhile to contribute to the discussion. Bernie, your comment here and the comment on the other post are gone. If you have a problem with that, give me a valid email address.

Posted by: Warren at July 02, 2005 11:46 AM (iJfPJ)

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