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Joel Osteen’s wife suggests ‘praying for yourself’; starts megachurch debate

Joel Osteen’s wife, Victoria, has come under increased scrutiny after a video surfaced where she suggests praying for yourself. While the Osteens are no strangers to debates, this latest clip has people wondering about megachurches and their teachings. The concerns about what Victoria said come from the issue of idolatry and how nobody tried to correct her. According to Headlines and Global News on Thursday, Victoria Osteen told a congregation they should attend church for themselves instead of for worshiping God.

The video clearly shows Victoria Osteen taking a moment to speak to the congregation. The words she uses focuses on self-awareness and removes God from the equation. Suggesting that you don’t pray for God is quite shocking. Suggesting a reason to pray would be for yourself is not biblical based and not found in scripture.

"So, I want you to know this morning: Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy," said Victoria Osteen. "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?"

Megachurches like Lakewood Church have been under increased scrutiny about their teachings. Instead of focusing on more scripture based sermons, the Osteens tend to focus on a more positive and enlightened approach. Rarely are any negative words used and they dwell on personal happiness and creating prosperity in life.

The Victoria Osteen’s comments are being debated as too humanistic and contrary to scripture. Add that one of the biggest preachers in the world is standing beside her and listening without any correction and you have one controversy ready to go. Joel Osteen seems embroiled in the controversy too. He doesn’t try to correct her in front of their massive Lakewood Church, so some are lead to believe he agrees with her. On the other hand, some have suggested that her comments are taken totally out of context and that it changes the meaning to see just a portion of her speech.

So when you pray do you do it for God? Or like Victoria Osteen suggests, do you do it for yourself?