Joel Osteen Comes To Hawaii

Published On: Feb 02 2012 11:25:49 PM HST   Updated On: Feb 02 2012 11:43:33 PM HST

He leads the biggest church in America with 40,000 members.

This week, Joel Osteen is in Hawaii preaching his message of hope.

"Meeting him finally is basically a dream come true," said Katherine Higa.

The New York Times reported Osteen one of the most influential people on Twitter.

Hundreds of his biggest fans met the preacher at a book signing at Kahala Mall.

Overcome with emotion and happiness, fans of Osteen rejoiced after meeting him for the first time.

"Unbelievable. It means so much to me. He touched my heart," said Betty Anzalone.

"I'm so excited he just shook my hand. He's so loving and kind and I feel it generate out of him," said Barbara Schade.

Osteen preaches his Christian message to sold out arenas in twelve cities each year.

His appearance Friday night at the Blaisdell Arena is already sold out. This is his first visit to Hawaii in his twelve years of ministry.

"Our message is God is good. He's on your side and he wants you to live a blessed life. Part of message too is that even if you've made mistakes you can get to where God wants you to be," said Osteen.

A long line of fans waited patiently to meet the preacher, but some critics of Osteen say he teaches "gospel lite," a watered down version of Christianity.

"I do see where they're coming from, but he always stresses God's not focusing on what you're doing wrong in your life but what you're doing right in your life," said Higa.

He responded to what some of his critics are saying about his message.

"I think i do talk about the negative things and adversities but the Bible says it's the goodness of God that leads people to repent. I believe there's enough pushing people down. I like telling people you may have made mistakes, but God can forgive you," said Osteen


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