Victoria Osteen causes controversy over sermon on God

Lakewood Church pastor Victoria Osteen received a large backlash from the Christian community after footage of an August sermon surfaced showing her encouraging listeners to “do good for your own self.”

The pastor told the congregation that the key to making God happy is first making oneself happy.

“When we obey God, we’re not doing it for God…we’re doing it for ourself. Because God takes pleasure when we’re happy. Do good ’cause 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,” shee said.

Once the video began making rounds, many in the Christian community took to Twitter and other blogs to express their dismay at her comments.

Steve Camp, the pastor of The Cross Church in Palm City, Florida, told the Christian News Network that her remarks went against scripture:

“It’s the age old sin of idolatry — that it’s not about God, it’s about us. True worship for the humanist is about how we feel at the end of the day and what gives us meaning, as opposed to what gives God glory.”

College chaplain Morgan Guyton, however, critiqued Osteen’s wording but also commended her way to push against what he called an “unhealthy attitude about worship in the middle-class American church.”

He says that, “The benefit that we gain from pretending that we don’t benefit is the sense of moral superiority to other people… I would revise Victoria Osteen’s words to point out that the way we gain true happiness is to forget ourselves because of our delight in God.”