Please do your research on the prosperity gospel. These podcasts are deceptive, as they twist the message of the Bible to make it seem like Christianity is all about riches on earth, which is wrong. The Bible clearly warns us to stay away from such false teachers.
Christianity is about eternal significance, no matter what we experience in this world. The messages told in these podcast take our focus off of the eternal and place it on the world.
Now, God has the ability to give us blessings, which we should be grateful for. However, receiving those blessings are not the final goal of Christianity. Rather, they should only propel us to move forward in the direction God is showing us to be His will.
For Joel Osteen, prosperity and the receiving of blessings is what he believes to be the final goal of Christianity, which is evident in how he lives his life and what he teaches. His messages are geared towards deceiving people to believe that Christianity should be about earthly riches, and that living a Christian life is easy and that all your problems will vanish. This is not true, as Jesus clearly taught otherwise.
Of course, the messages in these podcasts are more appealing to people, which is why Joel Osteen has had great success. His messages leave out all the harder facts about Christianity that we don’t like to hear but are necessary for living a life fully dedicated to the Lord. This is exactly the intention of the prosperity gospel movement.
Christianity is about living the life God has purposely planned for you, and to grow the kingdom of God. However, to do so, we must fill our minds with sound teaching, which is not found in this podcast