Self-help gospel of Joel Osteen or Grace?
Just read this seemingly fair and helpful critique of Osteen and his theology of self-help.
One quote out of the article struck me. Osteen is said to say, “We don’t always get what we deserve in life, but we usually get no more than we expect; we receive what we believe.”
But, when I read Matthew 20, I see that all we receive is of grace and is not dependent on the effects of our believing.
I read Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the parable of the workers yesterday. A few quotes from Lloyd-Jones
- Even the rewards are of grace. He need not give them, and if you think you can determine and predict how they are to come you will be quite wrong. Everything is of grace in the Christian life from the very beginning to the very end.
- Be prepared for surprises in this Kingdom. You never know what is going to happen. The last shall be first
- It is grace at the beginning, grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our deathbeds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us at the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace, wondrous grace. `By the grace of God I am what I am.’ `Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.