Mark Driscoll Firm, But Kind, About Joel Osteen on Prosperity Teaching

In the context of my ongoing debate with the fire-lovers about the best way to critique those from other churches, the following clip is most illuminating. Mark Driscoll is not known for being a weak feminist man. In this video he gives us a fantastic example of how to call out the errors of the “health, wealth, and prosperity” movement, and specifically Joel Osteen. He does so with clarity, and is very firm. But he does so with grace.

I am willing to bet that this is a recent clip from Driscoll, and am very impressed at the way God seems to be working on his heart. He drips humility, graciousness, and yet a passionate love for the truth. What irony that I should find myself pointing to the man who has often been called the ‘cussing pastor’ as a model of gracious rebuke. I love the look on Driscoll’s face when he says, “Just so you know . . . that’s not right!” Watch this clip in its entirety—it includes a section of a sermon from Joel Osteen, along with Driscoll’s response to it. He then goes on to speak about that culturally irrelevant word ‘sin.’ (HT: Reformation Nation)

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For more information, see my interview with Mark Driscoll, his blog, the Acts 29 network and Mars Hill Church.

About Adrian Warnock

Adrian Warnock is a medical doctor, and a writer. Since 1995 he has been a member of Jubilee Church London. Adrian serves as part of Jubilee's leadership team alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus. Adrian is also the author of Raised With Christ - How The Resurrection Changes Everything, published by Crossway.
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