After leaving his church, Osteen became a television evangelist, a preacher, a bestselling author and a star of his own television show.
He’s known for his strong, uplifting message and his frequent appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
Here are some of his most memorable quotes.
The Lord loves you: Osteen once said, “I’m not a Christian.
I’m not religious.
I don’t believe in God.
I’ve never been a Christian.”
He was known to be a “good guy” during his time in the Baptist Church.
“I believe in the goodness of God,” he said in 2003.
“That’s why I have this belief in the Lord.
I believe in his power.
That’s why he loves me.
I love him.”
Osteen said, when asked about his favorite biblical passage, “The most important thing is that God loves you.
And when you are hurting, I say to you, ‘Lord, you will love your servant and his house.'”
When he was a child, he said, his parents were both devout Christians.
“They prayed a lot and they would often pray before meals,” he told Oprah Winffey in 2007.
He said he had an “intense desire to be good.”
The Lord is watching: Osteens faith and his ability to be compassionate in the face of his enemies helped him overcome his childhood cancer.
He was hospitalized at the age of 15 after his mother, Dorothy, and her boyfriend, Robert, were killed in a plane crash.
“My mom died right before me.
My dad was at work,” he recalled.
“And I saw that my dad was in a wheelchair and had a tumor in his neck.
The Lord was watching me.”
Osteen told Winfrey in 2007 that he was able to keep faith with his wife, Mary, and his children during his treatment.
“We prayed together for six months.
When I got home, I said to myself, ‘Mom, my dad is going to die.
I just pray that he doesn’t.’
And I thought, ‘You know what?
He is going not to die,'” he said.
The love of God is stronger than death: Oteens son, Jonathan, died at the young age of 17 in 2013 after battling a rare blood disorder.
He also said he could see the “beautiful face of the Lord” during the time he spent with his father.
“When I saw the face, I knew I had to do something.
I knew that if I didn’t do something, my father would die,” he explained.
“So I took a knife and I did it.”
Oteen said he wanted to make sure his father would have a “life without suffering.”
“When we went to bed, I was holding his hand, holding his heart,” he added.
“He was my brother, my friend, my hero.
I was blessed to have him.
I will miss him.”