Joel Osteen Calls Homosexuals Sinners

"I've always believed, Piers, the scriptures shows that it's a sin. But I'm not one of those that will bash homosexuals, tell them they're terrible people and all that, I mean there are other sins in the bible too," he said.

Even before the full interview aired, Osteen's comments had gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups --and even some other church leaders-- firing back.

"When people hear in church that God doesn't love homosexuals, it authorizes people who are hateful in their hearts or fearful to go out and commit violence," says Reverend Harry Knox, Senior Pastor at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in Houston.

The President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus also spoke out, saying he wishes Osteen would learn more about the gay community.

"We want to extend an invitation to Pastor Osteen to talk with us .. maybe we can help him understand who we are."

But at the same time, Osteen's feelings are not uncommon among religious leaders. The Houston Area Pastor Council, an inter-racial and inter-denominational coalition of local pastors, released a statement, saying in-part: "Joel Osteen not only has the right to answer a question by an interviewer about the homosexual lifestyle, he has a duty as a pastor to express the truth found in the Bible he teaches from."

Joel Osteen Calls Homosexuals Sinners

Best-selling author Joel Osteen is the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston Texas housed in a 16,000 seat auditorium. It is the largest regularly used worship center in the United States. Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Joel and his wife Victoria Osteen were interviewed on “Piers Morgan Tonight” show. During a discussion on faith, finances, charity and more; Osteen shared his opinion about homosexuality among other opinions and beliefs.

“The scriptures shows that it’s a sin,” said Osteen in the interview. “But you know, I’m not one of those that are out there to bash homosexuals and tell them that they’re terrible people and all of that. I mean, there are other sins in the Bible too…I don’t believe homosexuality is God’s best for a person’s life.”

This statement was followed by Morgan’s question.

“You don’t normally talk about sin. That’s the first time I have heard you spell it out. It’s almost like you came ready for that question and thought I’m actually gonna say this. I’m gonna say its a sin.”

Osteen went on to defend himself by saying that he often spoke about how our lives should be lived. Later he also indicated that he was against gay civil partnerships.

“I’m not gonna bash those people [gays]. I say it’s wrong because that’s what the scripture says.”

Osteen’s controversial statement stirred varying emotions among people. On one side it stirred a lot of hustle as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups - and even some other church leaders – started firing back.

“When people hear in church that God doesn't love homosexuals, it authorizes people who are hateful in their hearts or fearful to go out and commit violence,” says Reverend Harry Knox, Senior Pastor at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in Houston.

The President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus also spoke out, saying he wishes Osteen would learn more about the gay community.

"We want to extend an invitation to Pastor Osteen to talk with us .. maybe we can help him understand who we are."

At the same time his feelings matched that of several religious leaders. The Houston Area Pastor Council, an inter-racial and inter-denominational coalition of local pastors, released a statement, saying in-part:

“Joel Osteen not only has the right to answer a question by an interviewer about the homosexual lifestyle, he has a duty as a pastor to express the truth found in the Bible he teaches from.”

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"I've always believed, Piers, the scriptures shows that it's a sin. But I'm not one of those that will bash homosexuals, tell them they're terrible people and all that, I mean there are other sins in the bible too," he said.

Even before the full interview aired, Osteen's comments had gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups --and even some other church leaders-- firing back.

"When people hear in church that God doesn't love homosexuals, it authorizes people who are hateful in their hearts or fearful to go out and commit violence," says Reverend Harry Knox, Senior Pastor at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in Houston.

The President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus also spoke out, saying he wishes Osteen would learn more about the gay community.

"We want to extend an invitation to Pastor Osteen to talk with us .. maybe we can help him understand who we are."

But at the same time, Osteen's feelings are not uncommon among religious leaders. The Houston Area Pastor Council, an inter-racial and inter-denominational coalition of local pastors, released a statement, saying in-part: "Joel Osteen not only has the right to answer a question by an interviewer about the homosexual lifestyle, he has a duty as a pastor to express the truth found in the Bible he teaches from."

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