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Joel Osteen, senior pastor of America's fastest growing megachurch, has helped dedicate a new cathedral affiliated with Elevate Life Church, telling those in attendance that the new worship center "is a place of destiny."

The Cathedral of Frisco, situated on 27 acres of land in eastern Denton County, extends nearly 100,000 square feet and stretches about 10 stories high. The Gothic-inspired church also sports state-of-the-art technology that allows stadium-style seating for up to 3,000 people. 

Osteen told the Elevate life congregation Sunday to expect great things and to be faithful churchgoers,WFAA-TV reported.

"I hoped tonight you'll be inspired to say, 'Hey – this is a place of destiny, and I'm a person of destiny.' You know, we didn't just happen to show up in the year of 2012," the Lakewood Church pastor said.

According to Dallas News, church members were in awe of Cathedral Frisco – which features a bookstore, coffee shop, and a large children's ministry space.

The dedication service saw a 3,000-pound pipe organ lowered from the ceiling and a 100-person choir perform. "I'm in total awe – to just watch from the very beginning as the vision was cast," said Angela Shaffer, 49. "It's more than what we ever could have imagined."

"We really wanted to bring the old to the new," David Stroud, one of the church's pastors, said of the cathedral's design, Dallas News reported.

Keith Craft, co-pastor of Elevate Life Church, who led the first dedication service Saturday evening, said, "It's a very amazing, surreal day that it's finally here" during service the following day. 

Pastor Craft had relayed in a Dallas News interview that his hope for the cathedral was to be "the pinnacle building in [the] community to point people toward Christ."

Elevate Life Church, a non-denominational community, will continue dedication services – which has a slated attendance of over 70 pastors from across the U.S. – through Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The dedication schedule is as follows, with events beginning at 7 p.m. local time:

  • Monday: Ed Young, founder and senior pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine
  • Tuesday: Stovall Weems, founder and lead pastor of Celebration Church in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Wednesday: Denny Duron, chancellor of Evangel Christian Academy and pastor of First Assembly of God in Shreveport, La.

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I hear you, Tammy.  I watch these videos taped by Elevate, Joel Osteen and Champion Life Church--just to name a few--and because they are so laughable, if I didn't know better, I'd assume they were all well produced parodies, and not the slick high-priced marketing videos that they are for counterfeit Christianity. 

 

The focus of these "pastors" and their ministries is not on Christ, but rather on ME and meeting MY needs.  Self-help sermons with hefty doses of pop psychology and buzz words take the place of serious expository teaching from the Scriptures. 

 

These churches use marketing and advertising gimmicks and focus groups to sell Christianity as if it were a product in the marketplace. 

 

Their "pastors" are amassing personal fortunes and building up cults of personality as  motivational speakers preaching a feel good gospel-lite message. 

 

As the apostle Paul said, "the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing." 

 

Their "worship" services are slickly produced entertainment extravaganzas using PowerPoint slide shows, elaborate lighting and sound systems, computer generated graphics, and professional musicians--about as far from "real" and "authentic" (their buzz words) as you can get. 

 

I know the Bible has prophesied that there will be many false prophets in the last days and that many will be deceived by their itching ears, but I'm still amazed by how gullible and easily deceived people are. 

 

Ironically, never before, have people had as much access to the Bible as they do now, including in electronic form on the Internet, and yet Biblical illiteracy is at an all-time high.

 

"For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths." 2 Timothy 4.3,4) 

 

I know the Bible has prophesied that there will be many false prophets in the last days and that many will be deceived by their itching ears, but I'm still amazed by how gullible and easily deceived people are. 

 I Totally Agree

How about Mr. T.D. Jakes in that Scarborough interview a while back, the "bishop" just comes right out with it and says Jesus is the product. Implying he's selling Christ..

No drop in membership.

It is still surprising to me that people won't leave these mega-whoredom houses of idolatry.

I'll let TD Jakes speak for himself. :)

 

"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world" (1 John 4.1)

"Then the LORD said to me, "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions, divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds" (Jeremiah 14.14).

"Test everything. Hold on to the good" (1 Thessalonians 5.21).

"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves" (2 Peter 2.1).

"This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD" (Jeremiah 23.16).

"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves"  (2 Peter 2.1).

"Test everything. Hold on to the good" (1 Thessalonians 5.21).

Did you see the church he was "preaching" in? That's the kid I was posting for a while until you researched him deeper & shared with me some things

Joel Osteen is more of a motivational speaker than a preacher to me. He makes a person feel good while fluffing up and watering down the gospel at the same time. Also while throwing in a few bible passages every now and then. I did notice that they made it sound like that it was there vision not God's. When God is taken out of the picture then people are drawn better. It also sound like to me they were putting on a show by lowering the pipe organ. But finally I noticed that all the preachers that were named off were all on t.v. "Televangelists" and they themselves have really big churches.

GRRRRRRR

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