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Televangelist Joel Osteen: God Accepts Gays

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Oct 4, 2013
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Victoria Osteen with her husband, the pastor Joel Osteen, left
Victoria Osteen with her husband, the pastor Joel Osteen, left  (Source:Steve Ueckert/The Houston Chonicle, via Associated Press)

Joel Osteen, one of the most popular televangelists in America, was recently interview by Huffington Post Live and told the publication that God is accepting of gays.

Osteen, the Lakewood Houston pastor, was promoting his new book, "Break Out: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life," and was interviewed by HuffPo’s Josh Zepps. While they touched on usual topics, like prayer, they also talked about Pope Francis’ groundbreaking comments regarding the Catholic Church and LGBT rights.

Zepps quoted a line from his book, out Oct. 1, which reads, ""It doesn’t matter who likes you or who doesn’t like you, all that matters is God likes you. He accepts you, he approves of you."

Zepp then asked the pastor if that includes members of the LGBT community.

"I believe that God has breathed his life into every single person. We’re all on a journey. Nobody’s perfect," Osteen said. "I’m not here preaching hate, pushing people down, or telling people what they are doing wrong."

According to the ultra conservative website World Net Daily, Osteen added, "The Bible said a sin is pride, a sin is selfish ambition. We tend to pick out these certain things. But I believe every person is made in the image of God, and you have accept them as they are, on their journey. I’m not here to be preaching hate, pushing people down. I’m not here telling people what they’re doing wrong."

As CNN reports, last year Osteen said being gay was a sin, according to the Bible. WND reports that in 2012 he also appeared on Fox News Sunday and echoed similar statements to Chris Wallace, saying he "doesn’t dislike anybody" and believes gay people are some of the "most loving people in the world," even though he believes homosexuality is a sin.

"I believe the scripture says that being gay is a sin. But, you know, every time I say that, Chris ... people say, well, you are a gay hater and you’re a gay basher," Osteen said. "I’m not. I don’t - I don’t dislike anybody. Gays are some of the nicest, kindest, most loving people in the world. But my faith is based on what I believe the scripture says, and that’s the way I read the scripture."

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2013-10-05 17:43:26

    Joel Osteen often has a good and positive message, but this sounds like he’s playing both sides of the fence. Is he for or against gay equality? Pick a side already!


  • Jay ONeill, 2013-10-06 22:10:45

    ...this means so much to me, especially coming from you Joel, I feel blessed...


  • Jonathan Willner, 2013-10-07 23:42:08

    So a rich con man has decided that his imaginary friend likes, accepts and approves of me even though I’m a sinner. Why does anyone care?


  • Anonymous, 2013-10-11 23:42:49

    I would hope this indicates that Joel Osteen is having an authentic change of heart. If so, he would not be the first to move from being negative to positive about LGBT people. However, I would like to see proof in the form of an outreach to the LGBT community by action to support equality.


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