In his latest commentary on contemporary culture and modern evangelicalism, Dr.Al Mohler posts some important thoughts on the interview Piers Morgan (of “America’s Got Talent” fame) held this past Wednesday night with popular “preacher” (happiness therapist?) and author Joel Osteen and his wife. This too is a window to the “soul” of America, and it is a sick soul that is revealed. I will quote a few paragraphs and urge you to read the rest at the link above. And as we close out this week and look forward to worshiping the Lord and hearing the gospel of salvation in Christ alone tomorrow, let us give thanks for our faithful ministers of the Word. As they proclaim the truth, they give us the real glad tidings which we sinners need. They are the true messengers of joy.
An interview that begins with a statement like, “Well, Piers, to me, faith is all about learning to be happy where you are,” is probably not going to end well. Piers Morgan’s interview with Joel and Victoria Osteen last night was very revealing about the Osteens — but little Christian truth was revealed. At the same time, the interview deserves closer attention than you might expect.
After introducing the Osteens, Morgan let Joel talk about his latest book, Every Day’s A Friday, How To Be Happier Seven Days a Week. Like the book itself, Joel’s presentation could be reduced to his own brand of highly therapeutic prosperity theology. For Joel Osteen, it’s not a theology that is reducible to money alone. Instead, his focus is more on individual happiness and self-fulfillment. In his rendering, God might not want everyone to be rich, but he does want his creatures to experience every day as . . . a Friday?
…Oh, one final and very significant statement from the interview demands attention. Piers Morgan looked at Joel Osteen and asked the million-dollar question:
But, I mean, shouldn’t the scripture be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age. I mean, we were talking before the break about the issue about eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, not everything in the scriptures, really, is, in my view, conducive to modern life. I mean, like everything else, doesn’t it have to move with the times and isn’t it down again to people like you to interpret it in a way that evolves when you’re known as a very progressive preacher?
Shouldn’t the Bible be “dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age?” There you have the modernist worldview reduced to a single question. The Bible will simply have to give way to modern moral authorities, and have to be interpreted “in a way that evolves.”