Wikipedia describes a megachurch as a church that has 2,000 or more attendants for a typical weekly service. The Hartford Institute's database lists over 1,300 such churches in the United States.
Most megachurches tend to be evangelical or Pentecostal and are often semi-dependent from the major denominations.
On Monday, December 8, 2008, Joel and Victoria Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas appeared on CNN. During their interview with Larry King, Victoria Osteen talked about her latest book entitled Love Your Life, while the Word of God teaches us: He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. (John 12:25; Luke 9:24; 17:33).
Through his ministry, Joel Osteen is misleading all the people through a 'prosperity' gospel which is not after Christ but a false Christ. The Word of God teaches the believers not to entangle themselves with the affairs of this life (2 Tim. 2:4).
Consider the work of Rick and Kay Warren, founders of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, who use a disease like AIDS to swell their own coffers, while Christ taught his apostles to go out into the word and heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and to cast out devils (Matthew 10:8).
Who are these false Christs and false prophets that the Bible speaks of in Matthew 24:24, who speak and use great swelling words that are in opposition to the Word of God?
They use little snippets out of the Bible of which they have no knowledge, as they are separated from the true and living God and deceive all of their followers (2 Peter 2:17-19).
For a better understanding of the above we encourage you to read and study the article 'False Apostles and False Christs' listed on this web site. There are many other articles that will clearly explain what it means to be a sinner and what it means to repent.
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