January 24th, 2011
08:01 PM ET

Pastor Joel Osteen: Homosexuality is "a sin"

Best-selling author and Pastor Joel Osteen, and his wife Victoria Osteen, are the guests on Wednesday's "Piers Morgan Tonight," and the hour-long discussion touches on faith, finances, charity and more.

But one part related to a topic Osteen rarely discusses – sin. Specifically, why homosexuality is a sin, and according to the scriptures, Elton John is a sinner.

"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."

Read the full story on Piers Morgan Tonight's new site.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Culture wars • Homosexuality • TV

soundoff (272 Responses)
  1. Stephanie

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    October 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
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  3. Deltamike

    and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working unseemliness, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was due.
    Romans 1:27

    September 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Deltamike

      For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,
      Mark 10:7

      September 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  4. Myklds

    Only misguided individuals who'll think or say that the bible is bias and hateful to gays.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  5. nyldi

    It's better to be blinded by faith, got everything wrong and die with nothing next, rather than to be consumed by our own ego of utter unbelief, got wrong and die with eternal damnation and torment.

    August 3, 2011 at 8:00 am |
  6. Myklds

    The Bible doesn't condemn ho-mos, only ho-mo-s-exuality.

    August 3, 2011 at 7:19 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      @ Mykids

      Go then to blueletterbible.com and read the whole chapter of Leviticus chapter 20. Theres a whole lotta splainin for Lucy to do! 🙂

      August 3, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • Myklds


      Thanks for the site, no need for me to go there. I have my KJV in front of me. The entire chapter covers "ALL" the (adultery, incests, sodomy etc.) unclean things of the world and is NOT bias to gays. Moreover, it only condemns the gayness act but NOT necessarily to the gay itself.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:15 am |
  7. Richard S Kaiser

    Leviticus chapter 20 is full of baloney! blueletterbible.com My favorite place to read the misery of taken liberty! 🙂

    August 3, 2011 at 5:28 am |
    • Deltamike

      Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."
      Luke 23:34

      September 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  8. Richard S Kaiser

    I know of no other verses in the Christian Gospels that says anything about man lying with another man. If anyone does know of other passages of scripture saying anything else about such please post it! 🙂 Have a wonderful day everyone!

    August 3, 2011 at 5:03 am |
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