Victoria Osteen’s comments on obedience to God have got her in hot water with some in the Christian community, with some even calling it blasphemous.
Osteen, co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston with her husband Joel, made the comments during a church service that has recently found its way to YouTube.
In the video above, Victoria Osteen’s comments about why congregants come to church laid the groundwork for the controversy lighting up the Internet and Christian message boards.
“I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we’re not doing it for God—I mean, that’s one way to look at it — we’re doing it for ourselves, because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. That’s the thing that gives Him the greatest joy.
“So, I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy. 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?”
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