Skip to comments.Megachuch pastor Joel Osteen dodges CNN questions on homosexuality
Posted on 09/27/2012 2:54:55 PM PDT by NYer
September 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) Texas Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen squirmed under a barrage of question about his beliefs on homosexuality during a discussion on CNNs Talking points with Soledad OBrien last Thursday.
The conversation began as a discussion between Osteen and New Age self-help guru Deepak Chopra about the importance of positive thinking, but then abruptly turned to homosexuality.
Almost every time we have a pastor on, its a conversation we have, CNN host OBrien explained to Osteen.
I always wonder when you say homosexuality is a sin and there’s a bunch of people who clearly are gay who are in your church, she continued. You’re calling them sinners. I mean, that is the opposite of uplifting, I would think.
Well, Soledad, I don’t necessarily focus on that. I only talk about that in the interviews, Osteen replied.
When asked if he thought he had an important voice to lend to the public debate about homosexuality, Osteen answered, I think part of my, if you want to call it success, Ive stayed in my lane and my lane is lifting peoples spirits and there are issues that good, Bible-believing people see on both sides of the fence.
However, when OBrien suggested point blank that Osteen would say Scripture condemns homosexuality as a sin, Osteen responded, exactly.
When I read the scripture, that’s what I believe, that the scripture condemns it or says it’s a sin, Osteen said. It also says, you know, lying it and being prideful is.
Osteen was then asked by panelist and gay rights activist Richard Socarides whether he had chosen to be heterosexual. Osteen replied that he had not, adding, I don’t understand all those issues and so, you know, I try to stick on the issues that I do understand. I know this. I’m for everybody. I’m not for pushing people down.
Osteens performance earned him the ire of Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, who wrote that while OBrien had established the perfect platform for Osteen to respond with the gospel of Jesus Christ, Osteen did not.
Viewers of CNN saw a display of confusion, evasion, and equivocation coming from one presented as a Christian pastor, charged Mohler. What they were really seeing is the total theological bankruptcy of the word of faith movement and the gospel of positive thinking.
Osteen cannot, or at least will not, speak even the simplest word of biblical conviction. He states his intention to stay in his lane of glib affirmation.
Osteen is a heretic and a snake-oil salesman.
Other than that, he’s dumber than a bucket of rocks.
1. If you are taling with Soledad OBrien, you know there will be “Gotcha” questions.
2. While I believe Osteen preaches a fundamentally sound gospel, he is wise not to give answers which only aid his enemies.
Christians see both sides of the fence when it comes to sin now?
Sin is debatable as long as we are lifting spirits?
First Church of Self-Esteem?
“Word of Faith” movement has always been corrupt, vacuous and bankrupt
For this guy, yes. “Stayed in his lane”, indeed.
You have got to be kidding.
Don’t know anything about Osteen and don’t care. O’Brian on the other hand doesn’t have a clue. Churches are filled with sinners.
I would agree....he’s just one step away from the regular TV minister crowd of the 1980s. He might not be spending weekends in Vegas or driving in a Porsche, but he still has some issues.
....Osteens performance earned him the ire of Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, who wrote that while OBrien had established the perfect platform for Osteen to respond with the gospel of Jesus Christ, Osteen did not.
Osteen lives every bit as opulent a lifestyle as any of the Benny Hins of the industry.
I mean, that is the opposite of uplifting, I would think.
On the contrary ... a call to repentance can be very uplifting, particularly when one answers said call.
Let's talk about your support for socialism and abortion, Mizzz O'Brien. You shall not steal. You shall not murder.
He has made a ton of money selling that snake oil to his followers, too.
That would be lost on O`Brien.. To liberals there are no sinners... just victims.
The Church of the blow-dried saints.
On Sunday, the church I attend is full of sinners (except for the infants). We're there because we know we're sinners and we need both the reminder of that fact, and the graces that come from attending.
What's wrong with that guy? Church attendance isn't supposed to be uplifting. It's supposed to be redeeming.