Megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen was among a group of political and religious leaders who met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday. According to reports, Osteen was part of a delegation organized by the International Foundation in an effort to encourage interfaith relations and ecumenicism. Utah Senator Mike Lee (R), a Mormon, Gayle Beebe, the president of the interdenominational Westmont College in California, and Pastor Tim Timmons, founder of South Coast Community Church also in California, were among those who who greeted the pope, along with Osteen. “I just felt very honored and very humbled,” Osteen told local television station Click 2 Houston. “It was amazing. And even to go back into that part of the Vatican—there’s so much history there, the place that they took us through. You feel that deep respect and reverence for God.” The Lakewood leader also met with other Vatican staff during his visit, including Cardinal Pietro Paroli, Secretary of State for the Vatican, and had dinner with an unspecified staff member.
Joel Osteen Affirms Pope Francis, Wide Gate to Destruction
Christian News Network reports:
Megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen was among a group of political and religious leaders who met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday.
According to reports, Osteen was part of a delegation organized by the International Foundation in an effort to encourage interfaith relations and ecumenicism. . . .
Osteen told reporters that he believed the pope’s message and focus is one of unity.
“I love the fact that’s he’s made the Church more inclusive,” he said. “Not trying to make it smaller, but to try to make it larger—to take everybody in. So, that just resonates with me.”
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matt 7:13–14)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)
Indeed, Osteen is right when he observes that the Pope seeks to be all-inclusive. So much so, in fact, that on Sunday, 8 June, he allowed Muslim prayers to be prayed at the Vatican.
All of this simply re-emphasizes the fact that the Roman Catholic Church is not part of the true Church of Jesus Christ. If it were, it would not seek to unite with those who are hostile to God. Joel Osteen’s excitement and respect for Rome, then, only further demonstrates his biblical ignorance and affirms his own place among the myriad of false teachers in the visible church today. By his false doctrine, he reveals himself to be just as much an enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ as is Pope Francis and the Roman Catholic Church. May he repent, and turn to the true Savior before he realizes that the wide road upon which he has traveled is a road that leads to eternal damnation and torment.