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Megachuch pastor Joel Osteen dodges CNN questions on homosexuality (Osteen plays it safe)

 
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Megachuch pastor Joel Osteen dodges CNN questions on homosexuality (Osteen plays it safe)
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 CNN’s “Talking points with Soledad O’Brien” 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.


Osteen struggles to answer questions about his beliefs on homosexuality during a recent CNN appearance.
“Almost every time we have a pastor on, it’s a conversation we have,” CNN host O’Brien 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, I’ve stayed in my lane and my lane is lifting people’s spirits and there are issues that good, Bible-believing people see on both sides of the fence.”

However, when O’Brien 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.”

Osteen’s performance earned him the ire of Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, who wrote that while O’Brien 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.”

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Re: Megachuch pastor Joel Osteen dodges CNN questions on homosexuality (Osteen plays it safe)
Matthew 10:38 and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.


Luke 14:27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

Matthew 16:24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.



JAMES 4:4

You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

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I love Joel Osteen
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I love Joel Osteen
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He is another Dr Phil...
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Re: Megachuch pastor Joel Osteen dodges CNN questions on homosexuality (Osteen plays it safe)
He's a charlatan and a huckster, but luckily for him, the bible is bullshit. Otherwise, he'd be in danger of hellfire.
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