PimpPreacher.com Houston Bureau 06/06/2014
According to Essence Music Festival - a 3 day pass to see Prince, Lionel Richie, Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu and more on (July 4-6, 2014) in New Orleans is only $249, with 111 tickets remaining. Considering that lineup of Superstar Talent, how much would you pay to hear “Christian Superstar” Joel Osteen preach the Gospel of Jesus? According to StubHub.com, ticket scalpers are selling tickets for The Joel Osteen Tour for as much as $850. SEE COST PER SEAT!
On the StubHub.com site, tickets for this event are being resold by Ticket Scalpers therefore the price is currently ranging from $18 in the Nose Bleed Seats, all the way up to $850 if you desire to look directly up Joel Osteen’s Nose.
Stubhub.com is also reporting that the normal cost of tickets in Delta Suit B without the Scalper mark up is $592.
Since when did scalpers start scalping church tickets you ask? Since 2005, when Joel Osteen proved he could sellout a stadium. Traditionally ticket scalpers are only interested in sold out events. Apparently the scalpers feel this event will sell out, and fans of Joel Osteen are willing to pay their asking premium. Regardless of the Performer on the stage - even if that performer just so happens to be a Preacher, the scalpers somehow seem to know how to make a profit, and they’re planning to profit as Joel profits
For some crazy reason Christians are willing to pay the high cost of these tickets just to get a front row view of Joel Osteen, prices that even tower above “A List” performers like Beyoncé.
We did a little research on the cost of concert tickets for Joel Osteen as compared to other performers, and the cost for Pastor Osteen ranks near the top of all tours this summer. For a “Cover Artist” who simply recaps the Greatest Hits of Jesus Christ, Joel Osteen makes Jay-Z look like a one hit wonder.
Listed below are ticket prices for other concert tours of well known artists.
Average Concert Ticket Prices
10. Paul McCartney/The Beatles
Avg. concert ticket cost: $241
Avg. concert ticket cost: $270
8. Fleetwood Mac
Avg. concert ticket cost: $282
Avg. concert ticket cost: $282
Current tour: The Mrs. Carter Show
Most recent album: Beyonce (2013)
6. Roger Waters
Avg. concert ticket cost: $314
Current tour: The Wall Live (ended in 2013)
Most recent album: Ca Ira (2005)
5. Justin Timberlake
Avg. concert ticket cost: $339
Current tour: The 20/20 Experience
Most recent album: The 20/20 Experience (2013)
Avg. concert ticket cost: $354
Current tour: Unnamed
Most recent album: Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
3. Maroon 5
Avg. concert ticket cost: $364
Current tour: Unnamed
Most recent album: Overexposed (2012)
2. One Direction
Avg. concert ticket cost: $460
1. The Rolling Stones
Avg. concert ticket cost: $624
On Thursday morning, two seats in the first row of the stadium’s Delta Suit B were for sale on eBay and StubHub for $850 each. Andrea David a spokeswoman for Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen Ministries said “We’ve had this issue since we started doing tours about 10 years ago. We encourage people to get their tickets from the official venues or our website or ticketmaster.”
Jesus Has Left The Building!
Something about this just feels wrong - kind of like Matthew 21:12-13 wrong. It’s true that this event is in Yankee Stadium and not in a traditional church building, but we (The Believers in Christ) make up the True Church. My question for Joel Osteen and his wife is why have this Christian Gathering in Yankee Stadium where there is already fixed cost involved?
No matter how Lakewood Ministries attempt to spin this event - it is 100% about selling the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I find totally skanky is how Joel Osteen has made more money of the Bible than Peter, Paul, Timothy, Luke, The Sons of Zebedee, Mary, Malachi, and our Lord Jesus Christ (just to name a few). This Gospel was given Free Of Charge for our guidance,reflection, instruction, and connection with our God. Any gathering of Christians should be Free Of Charge just in case those who desire to convert from Islam or Hinduism are present, and in a same manner as the Great Apostles - we gain the opportunity to participate in The Great Commission.
Yes Joel Osteen is a Rock Star - but not for Christ. This upcoming tour is for the sole purpose of selling his products, and the promotion of his brand, none of which is in the service of our Lord. So to Joel Osteen I say "Rock On" and "Everyday You Hustling"and "Don’t Stop Until You Get Enough" just as long as you never make the mistake of calling yourself a Christian Pastor. Because you’re not a Christian Pastor, and your ministry is for Christian Entertainment Purposes Only.
To Pastors like Joel Osteen
God has sent us, the followers of Christ who preach the Gospel for Free to deliver a firm Cease & Desist Letter in the name Jesus. Freely you received this Gospel, and Freely you were ordered to distribute it. If you are a fan of Joel Osteen and considering paying $850 just to be close to him - then Joel is your Jesus. Finally!
How great this event could be if it was free of Charge - like Diana Ross free concert inCentral Park in 1983. Just a thought Joel Osteen, just a thought.
This is not the first time we have covered the enormous cost of Joel Osteen’s Gospel - please read Pay Per View Jesus!