Interview: Joel Osteen On Prosperity Gospel, Crystal Cathedral, and Jesus

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Joel Osteen doesn’t like to ruffle feathers; he is known for his open-arms, positive-thinking, God-wants-to-bless-you approach to Christianity, which has earned him a loyal following of millions worldwide and the largest and fastest growing church in U.S. history.

But ironically by striving to not exclude anyone and embracing all, Osteen has in fact alienated a segment of evangelical Christians who accuse him of watering down the Gospel or preaching a “cotton candy Gospel.”

The Christian Post met up with Osteen at the Nationals Park baseball stadium in Washington, D.C. on Friday – one day before his scheduled America’s Night of Hope event (it was rescheduled for Sunday due to concerns about the weather) – to talk to him about the widespread perception that he is the representative of the prosperity gospel, the difficulties he faces as a pastor, and how he plans to hand down leadership of Lakewood Church.

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