Is this really a church? 2.0

25 Jan

One of the best resources for theology on the Internet is a little site called The web site contains a wealth of reference materials, sermons, audio files, and book reviews. I usually like to visit the new section to see what is the new thing. Today I found a link to the newest broadcast of White Horse Inn. White Horse Inn is a radio teaching ministry hosted by Michael Horton. It centers around the teachings of reformed theology. He usually hosts the broadcast with a panel of guests to discuss a particular subject. The newest broadcast subject was “Joel Osteen: A Case Study in American Religion”. This is quite a popular topic since Joel Osteen’s “church” is the largest one in the United States.

I would encourage anyone reading to go to the audio broadcast and listen to it. I will link to it at the end of this posting. I will just mention a few of the highlights in the broadcast. One of the most agreeable comments made by the panel was that the noun “church” should be removed from his congregation at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. But one of the most memorable comments in the broadcast was made by the host Michael Horton. He described a time when he was questioned by a 60 Minutes interviewer concerning Osteen. The interviewer asked him if he thought the teaching of Osteen was heresy? Horton reflected that he told him that he did not consider his teachings to have enough content to be considered heresy. Ouch! One of the guests in the broadcast points out that this theology is not just far off the gospel teaching that when we sin, or as Osteen calls it “do wrong”,  we are sinning against a holy God. But it is not even a social gospel that teaches when we sin we are offending our neighbor. The guest says it is a gospel that teaches when we sin it is a sin against our navel or against ourselves. There is much more insight into the bad theology taught in the American church, in particular by Joel Osteen.

 Here is the audio link for the broadcast


2 responses to “Is this really a church? 2.0

  1. Mark Vander Pol

    January 25, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Hello! I stumbled onto your blog and thought I would give you another great resource concerning this topic. Dr. Horton (WHI Host) wrote a review of Osteen’s newest book which gives a great summary and critique of Osteen’s theology and use of Scripture. That and other articles can be found on this page: WHI Osteen page.

    If you are new to the WHI I strongly recommend listening to the first two broadcasts from this year.

  2. barrydean

    January 25, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Hey Mark,

    Thanks for stumbling and commenting. I am not new to WHI although I haven’t listened to the program in a while. I will definitely check out the web page you referenced.


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