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Oh… the problems you get yourself into if you’re a prosperity gospel preacher. Pastor Frank Ray is accused of trying to hit his wife with their Bentley. Pastor Ray says that just didn’t happen.  (Watch the video here) There are some problems though… Pastor Ray’s word to everyone going through some marital difficulties: “I wish that somehow me and my wife could get along and make it but when you can’t, you just can’t.” Be encouraged, Church.
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Current Events
OK… this is bizarre. Faith Life Church is a large church ‘Word of Faith’ church located in Branson, MO. And they’re opening a new church… in Sarasota, FL… a megachurch… in just a couple weeks. Pastor Keith Moore announced to the Branson congregation that their new sister church would open in Sarasota on February 5 for their first service. Faith Life Church purchased a large warehouse and has installed 2,700 chairs.  They’ve also paved a 600 space parking lot, done a lot of building improvements and even landscaping. They purchased the building for about $4 million. They also purchased a 2.2 million seven-bed, seven-bath home to use as a residence. And they’ve raised over 3 million on a 5 million target for the complete renovation of the inside of the church building. From the news story, there’s no mention of why Sarasota.  And no insight into why they think this new satellite campus will merit such a huge space, or huge expenditure. Looks to me like this may be a huge test of faith for the church’s prosperity gospel.  Cause it sure don’t make sense to me. Thoughts? SOURCE
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Current Events
Tim Schraeder has written a wonderful synopsis of Joel Osteen’s appearance on Oprah’s new show over the weekend.  I think it’s worth your read. Some of the more interesting things to me: On preaching prosperity: Why would people think preaching prosperity is a bad thing?
  • I don’t know who would say that you aren’t supposed to leave your children better off than you were.
  • Prosperity isn’t just financial… it’s abundant life… body, soul, mind, and spirit.
  • You can’t be a blessing if you are poor, broke and depressed.
If you are poor, broke, and depressed is it because you aren’t praying enough or aren’t in alignment?
  • It’s a mixture of things.
  • I think there are forces trying to hold us all down.
  • A lot of it is just that we choose to accept things as they are.
  • We have to choose to rise out of it.
On criticism: You have been criticized by fundamentalists about the lack of doctrine or Christ in the messages… 
  • I try to search my own heart every morning.
  • I feel like if I am pure before God and my heart is right, I don’t have to listen to my critics or answer to them.
  • I answer to God.
  • I try to stay focused on what God has called me to do.
On money: Where does the money you live your life with come from?
  • We don’t take a salary from the ministry.
  • It comes from books sales and other things like that.
  • I don’t make apologies for God’s blessings.
  • We’re big givers, we practice what we preach.
  • Money should never be the focus of your life.
  • Your focus should be to be a blessings to others.
  • Wishing you were someone else is an insult to God.
  • He made each one of us as a masterpiece.
Universalism and Homosexuality: Are there many paths to get to the one God?
  • Jesus is the way to the one God.
  • And I believe there are many paths to Jesus.
  • I’m not into excluding people.
Are gay people also included?
  • Absolutely.
  • I believe gay people will be accepted in Heaven.
  • We look at being gay as being a bigger sin than being prideful.
  • I don’t believe God categorizes sins.
  • We are all changing.
  • We need to be willing to change and grow.
  • Heaven is open for all of us.
Are you saying that being gay is a sin?
  • I believe homosexuality is a sin, according to the Bible.
  • When I read the Scripture with good faith, I see it as being a sin.
Overall, it looks like a good performance by Osteen. Your thoughts? Take a moment to read more of Tim’s synopsis of the whole interview here…      
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