Once again, I will state the obvious: I am not a pastor, reverend or other church leader. I am a physician by trade, but I was and still am a Christian. A recent article in the United for Awakening website (unitedforawakening.com/joel-osteen-rebukes-apostles-paul-peter-and-john/) caught my eye. Now, I am not a Joel Olsteen hater as my nieces would say. We live in the US and we have both (theoretically) the freedom of religion and free speech. That being said, when I read that a prominent minister is inferring that the Apostle Paul, Peter and John were incorrect in what they wrote, it struck a chord. For those who read this posting, these three apostles account for at least 17 of the 27 books of the New Testament. And just to make a further point, these 17 books went through many councils in the early centuries of the first millenium to be approved as part of the canon of the New Testament. Paul and Peter were the main apostles to the Gentiles and Jews.

I do not claim to know what Mr. Olsteen is thinking. My opinion is that this view is his way of being all inclusive in that what Paul, Peter and John write can be viewed as offensive to modern church attenders. And Mr. Olsteen would make a good point, seeing that his Lakewood Church boasts over 40,000 attendees weekly. However, doctrine is not subject to change and the Bible warns of not changing or adding or subtracting to it (see Rev 22:18-19). The Bible warns of the idle words that come out of men's mouths (Matt 12:36). As a physician, I have to acknowledge the works of Hippocrates and Oski and Pasteur and others in the past whose medical innovations set the foundations of modern medicine. If I declared even one of these medical giants to be in error, I would be branded a charlatan and rightly so. Mr. Olsteen needs to be very cautious as to what he says, especially as a "teacher" to his congregation. The Bible has a specific warning for false teachers (2 Pet 2:1). More importantly, his congregation has to hold him accountable to what he teaches. We live in age where the Bible, regardless of what version one desires, is in digital format and multiple languages and is accessible anytime. The Truth is in the Word and it is not meant to make you feel good and warm and fuzzy and apathetic; it is meant to make you come to the acknowledge what one is (a sinner), what Christ did (died and rose from the grave) and what one can have if s/he accepts Christ (eternal life).

Mr Olsteen, all I can say to you is that I and my family will be praying for you and your ministry.