In an interview with the Christian Post on April 21, 2013, Osteen expressed her sense of being seen as part of the Gospel of Prosperity. “I am divided in the Gospel of Prosperity and I never think it is right, but that is exactly what it is. I think prosperity, and I`ve said it 1000 times, it`s healthy, it has great kids, it`s quiet. Money is one of them; And yes, I believe that God wants us to surpass ourselves… be blessed, so that we may be a greater blessing to others. I feel very rewarded. I wrote a book and sold millions of copies; And Victoria and I were able to help more people than we had imagined. But when I hear the term Gospel of prosperity, I think people sometimes say, “Well, he`s just asking for money.”  In 2017, Osteen`s net assets were variable to $40 million and $60 million.  He lives with his family in a 17,000-square-metre mansion in River Oaks, worth an estimated $10.5 million.  Osteen says that as a senior priest he does not receive a salary from the Church, which has an annual budget of $70 million and instead depends on the income from the sale of books.  It is estimated that Osteen himself has a net worth of more than $50 million, with his church occupying $43 million a year in collections.
 On October 14, 2007, 60 Minutes ran a 12-minute section on Osteen entitled “Joel Osteen Answers his Cris Critics,” in which reformed theologian Michael Horton told CBS News correspondent Byron Pitt that Osteen`s message was Kherès. Horton explained that the problem with Osteen`s message was that she was doing religion on us rather than on God.  Welcome to the Joel Osteen Daily Podcast. Joel and Victoria Osteen inspire people to realize their dreams, find new beginnings and live their best lives. He and Victoria live in Houston, TX. Visit Joel`s website at joelosteen.com. I listen to this podcast almost every day. It`s more of a way of life than a single thing, it grows in you and with you. It is a good thing that Osteen has generally avoided discussing or preaching on controversial topics such as same-sex marriage, abortion and politics.
  He stated that he believed that the Church tended to focus on particular subjects (such as homosexuality) to the point of neglecting others.   When asked whether he believes God approves of homosexuality, Osteen said that homosexuality is a sin according to his interpretation of Scripture, but he said that homosexuals were welcome in his Church without judgment.     Osteen`s preaching involves memorizing his remarks and listening on tape.  Osteen says he chooses to focus more on God`s goodness and the life of obedience than on sin.  He says he tries to teach biblical principles in a simple way, emphasizing the strength of love and a positive attitude.  When asked why he no longer focuses on sin, the devil and hell in detail, Osteen said in an interview with CBN News: Osteen`s sermons and writings are sometimes criticized for promoting the theology of well-being or the gospel of prosperity, a belief that the reward of material gain is God`s will for all pious Christians.        On August 15, 2018, less than a year after Harvey`s result, the City of Houston and Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed a day in honour of Lakewood and Osteen`s assistance in rebuilding efforts throughout the Houston area.   He found that Lakewood and his pastors “helped more than 1,150 families in the Houston area whose homes were damaged or destroyed by floods” and purchased “$1.1 million in construction materials, furniture, equipment and paid work, and through the contribution of more than 2,500 volunteers.” Osteen was born in Houston, Texas and is one of six children of John Osteen and Dolores (“Dodie”) Pilgrim.