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Joel Osteen: ‘I Have Not Chosen To Be Straight,’ But Gay Still A Sin

by David Badash on September 20, 2012

in News,Politics,Religion

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Joel Osteen, the popular megachurch pastor, talked with CNN’s Soledad O’Brien this morning and admitted that he had never “chosen to be straight,” and acknowledged he just “feels” he is. Regardless, as LGBT activist and Clinton White House adviser Richard Socarides asked him, how can he still view being gay as a sin? Osteen, as you can see in the video below, says “I try to stay in my lane,” and stick to what has made him “successful,” namely, trying to lift people up.

O’Brien, who recently has become a much more through, hard core journalist, pressed Osteen, asking him what message is he sending to the 45,000 people who attend his megachurch weekly.

Osteen repeatedly attempted to both sidestep the issue, and claim that he just deals with the parts of the Bible he likes. But he also listed a litany of sins, like being prideful and lying, to which O’Brien responded, “Those are all things you can change.”

Socarides point-blank asked Osteen, “You think you can choose to be gay or not gay? You think you choose to be straight?”

“I know I have not chosen to be straight” Osteen replied. “I just feel like that’s who I am.”

So, Pastor Joel Osteen admits that he did not choose to be straight, but assumes others have chosen to be gay — or engage in homosexual behavior, as the anti-gay religious claim homosexuality is not inborn, but a “behavior,” — and still insists being gay is a sin. Because that’s what’s in the Bible.

In April, Osteen told Fox News that he doesn’t hate gay people, but given the way he interprets his Bible, he is forced to believe that homosexuality is a sin — but that doesn’t mean he is a “gay hater” or a “gay basher.”

Last year, Joel Osteen suggested that homosexuals are not whole persons, and that if they are loved enough they will stop being gay, and that he didn’t believe homosexuality is “God’s best” for a person’s life.

Crab puff, anyone?

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{ 4 comments }

BearFlagCitizen September 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Mr. Osteen, just like you, I didn't "choose" my sexuality. I was created by god, exactly as I was meant to be. If you do not agree, perhaps you'd better do some thoughtful praying, and ask your god, does he make mistakes? I already know what your answer will be. Think on it.

Just saw that episode of West Wing the other night. Loved it.

Coxhere August 29, 2013 at 8:09 am

Osteen didn't become a megachurch preacher by challenging his thousands to actually follow in Jesus' steps. Rather, he followed in his dad's footsteps in order to assure that he'd remain the megachurch's number one gun: by telling his followers what they like to hear. Jesus didn't say what people wanted to hear, so they killed him. Osteen is no Jesus of Nazareth.

david0296 September 20, 2012 at 4:06 pm

The problem with Joel is that he's simple parroting what he believes the Bible says on the issue. I don't think he believes it's as big of an issue as most Christians make it out to be. He compared homosexuality to lying. But Christians aren't trying to pass constitutional amendments banning lying… or divorce… or adultery. So what Joel might believe doesn't really jive with the real world. I also don't think he brings up issues about homosexuality at his church because he knows it will alienate a lot of his parishioners (aka: paychecks). But if he really believes that sexual orientation should be treated the same way as lying or swearing, etc., then he really does have an obligation to make that position clear to the public at large.

I do take issue with him saying that being gay isn't God's best. Especially when even he knows that people don't choose their sexual orientation. If he believes that God created everything, he's basically criticizing God's handiwork.

James_M_Martin September 20, 2012 at 10:34 pm

In an age of smart phones and stem cell research some people still rely on dogma to justify their positions, born of fear, superstition and scriptural authority. Huckabee has always reminded me of the frightened fat boy in the backwoods adult adventure film, "Deliverance," the very one to squeal like a pig when a couple of mountain men strip him, tie him to a tree, and plow his ass each in turn. Osteen is not only ignorant of science, he has violated Biblical law by allowing his wife Victoria to lead him around like a bull with a nose ring. Psssst, Joel, it is the female who is supposed to be a help mate.

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