Joel & Victoria Osteen on Sirius XM Radio Channel 128 – Positive Inspiration to Balance All The Doom

Posted on Aug 27, 2016

I’m going out on a limb with this post. I don’t care, I’ve never run with the pack anyway.

I have a Sirius XM Radio subscription. For some time now I’ve been tuning into Joel Osteen on Channel 128 while driving. I’ve heard his name used with such disdain by so many Christians in the alternative media,  mainly because of  a perceived “health and wealth” or “prosperity gospel” message. I was skeptical at first, however I haven’t heard anything yet that sends up the red flag. Some claim he never uses the name of Jesus, however Joel ends every message with an invitation to make Jesus Christ Lord.

I like Joel, and I enjoy listening to his messages. I agree with just about everything I’ve heard him say on Sirius XM channel 128.  I consume a steady diet of negative information  from the alternative media and Joel brings some balance back into my mind.

I don’t agree that Joel promotes a prosperity gospel exclusively, at all. I’m certified to teach and counsel Biblical financial concepts by the late Larry Burkett ministry Christian Financial Concepts. I believe I’m qualified to spot and tag a prosperity gospel message.

I don’t have any idea about every comment or position Joel or Victoria ever expounded on, but they’re human and I have enough discernment to filter out and overlook minor differences or a verbal slip here or there.

I personally don’t believe Joel was called to bludgeon the flock with the Word and a doom and gloom, hell fire and damnation message, or even a last days ministry. There are plenty out there filling those slots.  Joel doesn’t have the disposition or personality for those ministries. He’s well suited for exactly what he’s doing and it’s obviously working for him, by God’s grace.

Wikipedia tells us Joel’s televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries. He’s also in about 30 million vehicles on Sirius XM, channel 128.

Also from Wikipedia:

Osteen says that he chooses to focus more on the goodness of God and on living an obedient life than on sin.[22] Osteen says that he tries to teach Biblical principles in a simple way, emphasizing the power of love and a positive attitude.[23] When asked why he does not focus more on sin, the devil and hell in detail, Osteen stated in an interview with CBN News, “When I grew up, the Devil was a reason why I had a headache or the Devil was the reason I got mad today. We always blamed the Devil. I think today when I say the enemy, I like to make it broader. Sometimes the enemy can be our own thoughts. We’ve trained ourselves the wrong way. Or the enemy can be our own lack of discipline. Some people preach about Hell like you’re already going there, and to me the Gospel means ‘Good News.’ I’d rather say God is a God of mercy. So I think the people already know what they’re doing wrong, and I certainly believe in Hell. But to me, when I see thousands of people before me, it just doesn’t come out of me to say, ‘You guys are terrible, and you’re going to Hell.’ I’d rather say that God is a God of mercy. You’ve got to live an obedient life, but for every mistake you’ve made, there’s mercy there, and I believe we can do better.”[9]

Here’s my personal assessment after listening to Joel for several months. He’s preaching to people by the acre because his message appeals to people suffering with everyday issues and problems such as: health issues, financial issues, relationship issues, divorce, job related issues, addiction issues, sin, and stinking thinking issues, and any other issue I may have left out.

Joel and Victoria are meeting people right where they are in life, and most of them have a bucket full of problems, they’re hurting, and they need help and direction. They don’t need to be bludgeoned with the Word of God.

Update: For all the pastors and others referring to “self-help ministries” with disdain. Please, some of the most successful ministries I’ve ever seen were the ones meeting basic needs in another person’s life; then it’s much easier to share Christ and the salvation message.  The strategy I subscribe to and support myself are ministries that ‘earn the right to minister’ to another. To throw rocks at Joel for this is like saying with disdain “a food bank ministry”, or an “alcoholic ministry”, or “well water missions to remote villages”, or “medical missions”. Or you could even throw rocks at me for a “health & diet ministry”. Turn your guns on the other side and stop shooting at those trying to make a difference.

Joel consistently ends every message with a call for those listening to ask Jesus Christ to be Lord of their life. That makes him alright in my mind.


If you don’t have Sirius XM, then check out Joel and Victoria’s YouTube Channel.  Sometimes I start one of Joel’s YouTube messages on a smart TV and have the messages going in the background for hours. Many of the messages I’ve heard a dozen times or more.


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