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Here’s How Pastor Joel Osteen Answered When Asked if Gay Marriage Is ‘Against the Rules’
The Blaze ^ | Jun. 2, 2014 | Billy Hallowell

Posted on 06/03/2014 10:11:38 AM PDT by Gamecock

Pastor Joel Osteen opposes gay marriage, but he doesn’t want his Christian ministry defined by his stance on the contentious social issue.

When asked by HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill whether gay marriage is “against the rules,” Osteen, pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, said he believes it is.

But the famed preacher offered an important caveat.

“It would be … but I don’t really focus on a lot of those things,” Osteen said. “I try to stay in my lane of what I feel called to do. [The topic] does come up in interviews and things … that’s not my core message.”

Osteen explained that his core message is helping people let go of their pasts, reach their dreams, have a healthy self-image and raise good children. While homosexuality is part of addressing life issues, the pastor said he doesn’t want to be defined by his views on the issue.

“Everybody’s welcome, but my take on it is, you know, it’s easy to make one issue — to become known for that or to let it side track your message,” he said. “If you look at our congregation .. we all have issues, everybody’s on a journey.”


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Osteen explained that his core message is helping people let go of their pasts, reach their dreams, have a healthy self-image and raise good children. While homosexuality is part of addressing life issues, the pastor said he doesn’t want to be defined by his views on the issue.

Let's not get bogged down with issues like sin, redemption, Jesus, etc.

1 posted on 06/03/2014 10:11:38 AM PDT by Gamecock
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2 posted on 06/03/2014 10:12:33 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Alex Murphy
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3 posted on 06/03/2014 10:12:58 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock
"Osteen explained that his core message is helping people let go of their pasts, reach their dreams, have a healthy self-image and raise good children"

In other words, just like any other run-of-the-mill motivational speaker.

4 posted on 06/03/2014 10:15:59 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: Gamecock

Straight up heretic. When he whiffed on the Gospel during the Larry King interview, that told me everything I needed to know about him.


5 posted on 06/03/2014 10:22:15 AM PDT by Salvavida (The restoration of the U.S.A. starts with filling the pews at every Bible-believing church.)
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To: Gamecock

Here's how Osteen looks in my "Vision"..............

6 posted on 06/03/2014 10:22:57 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Gamecock

The Apostle Paul wrote the Epistle of Galatians( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistle_to_the_Galatians) to warn the early Church/Christians about Apostates like Osteen.


7 posted on 06/03/2014 10:23:52 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Gamecock

And, yes, old Joel should be as fat as that sheep - from gorging himself on the paychecks of the gullible sheep that he daily deceives.


8 posted on 06/03/2014 10:24:27 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Gamecock
I try to stay in my lane of what I feel called to do.

...which apparently doesn't involve upholding the Law of God. Gotcha.

Godless mega-Church preachers, screen doors on submarines, coal shipments to Newcastle... all have something in common, in my mind. Aside from getting him his 15 minutes of fame (and plenty of cash), doesn't the word "pointless" come to mind, at very least? God help anyone who actually listens to him... or else "pointless" could easily morph into "poisonousness".
9 posted on 06/03/2014 10:27:21 AM PDT by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
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To: Gamecock

Rule #1 for the post-modern church: NO BAD NEWS!


10 posted on 06/03/2014 10:34:08 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Dr. Thorne

**Rule #1 for the post-modern church: NO BAD NEWS!**

Whichj means no good news either.


11 posted on 06/03/2014 10:37:04 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: fishtank

Nailed it.


12 posted on 06/03/2014 10:38:10 AM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: fishtank

More like chicken in mine.


13 posted on 06/03/2014 10:44:26 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Gamecock

“Gays buy books, too.”


14 posted on 06/03/2014 10:45:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Gamecock
I don't think he'll be the first big name evangelical-ish preacher to cave.
[The topic] does come up in interviews and things …

They're probing to find someone who will.

15 posted on 06/03/2014 10:52:25 AM PDT by Lee N. Field ("And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise" Gal 3:29)
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To: Gamecock

I like Phil Robertson more everyday.


16 posted on 06/03/2014 11:14:50 AM PDT by ryan71 (The Partisans)
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To: Gamecock

Everybody is on a journey? To the bank? Where are they going?

What a pusbag.


17 posted on 06/03/2014 11:23:43 AM PDT by the anti-mahdi
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To: Gamecock

Joel isn’t interested in what Paul told Timothy:

We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

Why get bogged down in the BIBLE, right, Joel??


18 posted on 06/03/2014 12:02:20 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Gamecock

Joel, why don’t you grow up and act like a real Christian.


19 posted on 06/03/2014 12:06:05 PM PDT by mulligan (I)
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To: Gamecock

I wouldn’t buy a used car from the guy.


20 posted on 06/03/2014 12:07:22 PM PDT by Ted Grant
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To: Gamecock

Olsten preaches what I like to refer to as “Squishtianity.” He preaches a contentless, touchy-feeling “Gospel” with a lot of pop psycho-babble and tear-jerking illustrations designed for church-goers who are addicted to American Idol and daytime tv.


21 posted on 06/03/2014 12:44:34 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: Gamecock

None of his core message has anything to do with salvation.


22 posted on 06/03/2014 12:47:28 PM PDT by HangingTuff
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To: SoFloFreeper
And this other thing Paul told Timothy.

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

23 posted on 06/03/2014 12:50:36 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: attiladhun2
My dad calls it “cotton candy christianity.” Looks pretty and colorful, fluffy, smells good, tastes sweet, but has no sustenance, and just dissolves away to nothing when you try to gain nourishment from it.
24 posted on 06/03/2014 12:55:59 PM PDT by Hoffer Rand (Bear His image. Bring His message. Be the Church.)
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To: Hoffer Rand

A diet of cotton candy will kill you eventually. You need a steady diet of meat, spuds, gravy, and veggies to be well nourished. Olsten and his ilk might as well preach using pull quotes from Parade magazine as texts. They use little enough of it, and oft misuse Scripture when they do.


25 posted on 06/03/2014 1:20:48 PM PDT by attiladhun2 (The Free World has a new leader--his name is Benjamin Netanyahu)
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To: Gamecock

Lilly-livered coward. He has denied Christ in front of the world. He may be enjoying his rich life here on earth, but nothing in the world is worth your eternity!


26 posted on 06/03/2014 1:41:53 PM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: attiladhun2

I agree except the spuds. Apparently an ice cream sundae has more nutritional value than a potato.

I will say though that a spud has more nutritional value than Osteen and those types of false teachers.


27 posted on 06/03/2014 1:52:51 PM PDT by Bulwyf
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To: Gamecock

and yet there is a FReeper that has a Joel Osteen Word of the Day daily thread here... As far as I am concerned, this guy is a charlatan and a phony. One of the worst kinds of televangelist hustlers out there today.


28 posted on 06/03/2014 5:25:58 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Dr. Thorne

Which is another way of saying ANYTHING GOES. The world it turning into a modern day Sodam and Gomorrah but the church instead of rebuking it, is embracing all of the sin of the people within it.


29 posted on 06/03/2014 5:30:28 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: ryan71

me too, he is a no BS man of God. He is someone most pastors should strive to be more like.


30 posted on 06/03/2014 5:31:29 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Gamecock; All

So does Osteen truly believe he is doing God’s work or is he knowingly trying to deceive people? I think he is truly evil behind that phony facade of a smiley touchy feely guy.


31 posted on 06/03/2014 5:39:08 PM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Blue Highway

Who said the antichrist’s message has to be overtly evil?


32 posted on 06/03/2014 7:27:56 PM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: mulligan

“Joel, why don’t you grow up and act like a real Christian.”

Joel, just emulate your daddy, he really was a pastor. And he preached the good news of Jesus Christ.


33 posted on 06/05/2014 5:53:23 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders)
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