Joel Osteen’s Biblically Incorrect Facebook Post-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
Joel Osteen, pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston, is alleged to have sent out a message to his followers on Facebook that said, “God said in Numbers 11:23, ‘Moses, is there any limit to My power?’ He was saying, ‘Moses, you saw Me part the Red Sea, stop the sun for Joshua, keep three Hebrew teenagers safe in a fiery furnace, don’t you realize that I can bring water without rain?’ There’s no limit to God’s power.”
Some observed that the message is biblically incorrect and that Pastor Osteen should return to Sunday school.
We checked the official Facebook feed of Joel Osteen Ministries, and the message was posted on September 15, 2014.
According to a September 19, 2014, article by The Daily Caller, some discrepancies were discovered in the post. The article said that “Moses was dead before Joshua asked God to stop the setting of the sun.” The Biblical account in the book of Daniel about Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego walking out of the fiery furnace miraculously unharmed took place around 582 BC, close to 900 years after the death of Moses.
One follower of Osteen’s Facebook page responded to the post, “Joel you need to know Gods word Moses was not there when God stopped the sun for Joshua or the three teenagers in the fiery furnace they happened after God took Moses up on Mount Sinai to die for his disbelief.”
Rev. Osteen has come under fire in the past from critics of his ministry who say he preaches a false Gospel of prosperity.