Friday, February 15, 2013
Norman Vincent Peale gave us "The Power of Positive Thinking."
Joel Osteen’s message are described as ". . . simple self-help message." Those attending his church report his message to be both uplifting and accessible.
Rick Warren often called "the most inspiring preacher of our time" was greatly influenced by Robert Schuller of The Crystal Cathedral, who was greatly influenced by Norman Vincent Peale.
George Mair in his book A Life With Purpose states:
"feel good sermons" combine psychology and religion to form a therapeutic brand of religion. The sermons are motivational rather than academic and focus on the ordinary problems of ordinary people in their everyday lives. Mair contends Peale's present day followers know, as Peale did, "that to talk about sin, suffering, and guilt does not produce the attendance numbers they want."
Guided by the misguided, millions across the nation and around the world float aimlessly through life, adrift on the Dead Sea while the Fountain of Living Water is cast aside for yet one more feel good, uplifting, accessible, me first message.
"LORD, the hope of Israel, all who abandon You will be put to shame. All who turn away from Me will be written in the dirt, for they have abandoned the LORD, the fountain of living water." Jeremiah 17:13
Shake us and wake us LORD - That we may do the work You have called us to do.