People use the Bible like Joel Olsteen preaches. They twist Bible verses to minister to their desires and goals. Here’s an example of twisting the Word of God with a smile:
“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.”
This verse as it’s quoted in pop-culture dreamy eyed “christianity” is a flat out lie.
Can you live till you are 500? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can a person with no legs walk? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can a blind person perform brain surgery an hour from now? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can you rob a bank? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can you make a million dollars in a multi-level pyramid scheme? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can we have that nice house we’ve always wanted? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can a 65 year old play quarterback and win a superbowl? After all, you can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can the team with the most players who put Scripture verses below their eyes and on their helmets get an advantage over those who do it less? After all, I can do ALL THINGS, right?
Can Dan Sheridan play in the NBA? After all, I can do ALL THINGS, right?
Add to the list. This is how people abuse God’s Word. Philippians 4:13 is a magic wand that opens the doors to all you desires and dreams. God is the great Genie in the sky who is there to grant your wishes. He’s the celestial waiter ready to take your order. Just say the magic verse enough times and click your heels together. Buy a Scripture t-shirt and bracelet too.
This is the mentality of the Joel Olsteen/TBN generation. They have no regard for the Scriptures and no reverence for the God of the Scriptures. They have a pop-culture God and an effeminate Christ. The Bible is just their book of desires.
Let’s take a look at the verse as Paul taught it. Paul’s version is hated by the name-it-and-claim-it Olsteenites. Here’s the context:
10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
What are the “all things” Paul can do through Christ who strengthens him? He was enabled to be content in poverty and when he was provided for. Those are the all things. Paul was initiated into the secret of how to rejoice in the Lord even though he was suffering. Paul was never RICH. Paul was living for God in all circumstances. He possessed everything even though he had no physical riches.
Did you hear that Mr. Olsteen? Did you hear that those of you who actually think these “positive” preachers are saying something profound?
The message Paul proclaimed brought him suffering. A message, by the way, the Olsteens of the world know nothing about. But Paul was strong enough to trust the Lord when he was hungry and thank Him when he ate. He could do “all those things” through Christ who gave him strength.
Joel Olsteen, and those like him, CHARGE Paul and our Lord of not having enough faith. They actually preach dis-content! They say that Paul wasn’t living his “best life now” by being content in his poverty.
But Paul and our Lord CHARGE the Olsteens of the world with having corrupt minds, being destitute of the truth, because they suppose that “godliness” is gain. As a result, Paul and our Lord tell Scripture believers to withdraw themselves from them. 1 Timothy 6:5.
I stand with Paul and our Lord. Whose side are you on? You can’t stand on one side without denying the other! Choose sides.