Was Victoria Osteen Really That Off Base?

AFTER+MATH

victoria-osteen“When you come to church, when you worship him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy. Amen?”  -Victoria Osteen

This statement finished this week’s astounding viral.  Victoria Osteen proclaimed worship to be about your happiness; when we are most happy in worship and in life, God is most happy.  Worship ought to be self-serving; that’s what God wants for us.  As we all watched this 30-second clip, we sat mouth-open aghast at the audacity of Mrs. Osteen’s claim.  How could an audience of tens of thousands stand and applaud something so foolish?  It’s not even veiled–not even thinly-veiled.  The thing that shocked us most was not the content of this short statement, but the form.  She didn’t try to sugar coat it.  She plainly stated: “When you come to church…you’re doing it for yourself.”

Hold Up.

Most of us…

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