Joel is really just a motivational speaker, not a pastor. Many of the things he teaches are not in the Bible. The gospel is not about how we can be positive and live a good life... it’s about how we failed, how God created us in his image and then we sinned against him. After we sin against him, we can no longer be with him because God is holy and can not tolerate sin. But, God sent his only son to die in our place so that whoever trusts in him might have eternal life with God.
The whole reason we have the gospel is because, we can’t be good. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”[Romans 8:28]. Since we can’t be good, Jesus took our punishment so that we could be with God.
Joel, is teaching we just have to work hard for a good life, that happiness is our priority. But this world is sinful, everything on this world is going to let us down. Why would we choose something temporary and meaningless if God promises us eternal life!?
I am a Christian. I am a sinner through and through, but Jesus took my punishment so now I am righteous. The world says to be happy... I have more than happiness. When you have been saved by Jesus, you are free. I am free from my sin, I have JOY! This joy is invincible! The joy that is promised is not reliant on circumstances. You can be joyful even in the darkest of times!
Ok, so I would not recommend this podcast, it is NOT the gospel and it is misrepresenting Christianity.