In Joel's defense, I happened to watch this live (yes, I don't know what I was thinking) and it was a VERY hostile (and typical Manhattan) audience almost from the very beginning. And, Behar and Walters began attacking from literally the very first question. Did Olsteen do great? No. But, I think he was just trying to be respectful in an otherwise disrespectful environment.
Luke 12:11 & 12
11 “When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say;
12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
I think the author is using the weakness of Osteen's response to illustrate the principle of being prepared to respond to questions with the gospel, especially to hostile questions.
High-profile pastors who appear on talk shows should consider how the Apostle Paul could turn a riot, a philosophical forum, or a prison stay into a gospel sermon. In a post-Christian age, that would be a knack worth learning.Any pastor who decides to appear on a talk show should really study Paul's skill at bringing any situation or conversation back to the gospel.