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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. Richard S Kaiser

    Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination

    August 3, 2011 at 4:51 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      Maybe Christians and/or the law should do what follows after the scripture I made mention of above this post!

      August 3, 2011 at 4:56 am |
    • Richard S Kaiser

      CNN's AI (artificial intelligence) wouldn't let me post the complete leviticus verse. If anyone is truly interested in reading the scriptured verse go to blueletterbible.com and look it up! 😦

      August 3, 2011 at 4:59 am |
  2. James N White 1251 E Sherman St Hammond IND

    Thanks for having -- to tell the world the it is a sin you said it the right way with love like Jesus would ,I will see you in Chicago,,,,BRO JAMES

    April 19, 2011 at 12:11 am |
  3. Jdonaldson

    How do these freaks keep getting on Larry King?

    February 23, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • GdONAlDaughter

      You meant the ho-mos? Apparently, they're more freak than anything or anyone to me.

      August 3, 2011 at 8:23 am |
  4. Ben

    Is living a luxurious life, feeding off of your "flock" while others struggle to make it paycheck to paycheck a sin? Just curious.

    February 17, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  5. Mickysmith

    I don't understand why this is such a big issue. The Bible says it is wrong and it is morally wrong. If you take all of the gay people and put the on another planet and separated the men from the women, the entire planet would die off. There would be no way to procreate and carry on. Yes, God is LOVE and He loves each and every one of us, but He does HATE our sin. That is why he had to send His one and only Son to die for us because he knew that we would fall short and do whatever we wanted to do because it "feel good/right". Just for clarification purposes the Bible does state that the EARTH revolves around the SUN and that the EARTH is ROUND. Please read the BIBLE before you ASSume what it says. It cracks me up how people always want to bash on Christians and how we are not living a moral life, well, Christians never professed to be perfect, just forgiven.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  6. Black Angel

    It's better to believe then to die and go to hell and see that it all was true.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
    • lindy

      heard this argument for 'faith' before: might as well believe because it couldn't hurt. Is that really believing or just a safe bet?

      February 22, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • nyldi

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

      August 3, 2011 at 7:53 am |
  7. Jon

    "If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us", however..... "If we confess our sins, Jesus Christ is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1John 1:8-9

    February 13, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  8. rev.dennis hartman

    Just as I enjoy working side by side GLBT persons here in God's kingdom, I look forward to working with them in the next. Since the earth is no longer flat and the sun does not circle the earth as the scriptures suggest, so it is that being GLBT is not evil in God's eyes. To plagerize a former presidential candidate, "It's about LOVE, stupid!" Nothing more – nothing less.

    February 10, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • Eric G.

      Thank you for your enlightened view. My point is that the Earth was never flat and the sun never revolved around the earth. It has never been morally correct to use religion to justify bigotry and hatred, and it never will be.

      February 10, 2011 at 8:23 am |
    • rw54

      Would we have as many problems in our society if more "minisers" quoted politicians instead of the 'Old Book"? You said, "Since the earth is no longer flat and the sun does not circle the earth as the scriptures suggest, so it is that being GLBT is not evil in God's eyes. Thank you SO MUCH for adding to the confusion by calling yourself a minister. Don't you understand that by nullifying one part of His word you nullify ALL of His word? I am still trying to find where the Bible suggests the earth is flat.

      April 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
    • ConfuZeus

      @ (not so) rev.dennis hartman

      What I heard is that bible says "God is sitting in the circle of the earth." Is the circle flat?

      Apparently, there's somebody saith the earth was flat, but definitely, it wasn't the bible who said it.

      August 3, 2011 at 5:16 am |
  9. Julie

    Sin or no sin. Keep your business for yourself. How gay marriage is going to destroy Christian marriage, I have no clue! Even if gays were walking around recruiting people, you do have free will Christians, do you?
    Divorce is a sin too, isn't it? So is killing people, yet conservatives are the gun lovers, war lowers "patriots". The biggest laugh still is how the bible is suppose to be some great source of holiness, yet thousands of different Christian religious groups cannot really get to a point of having one interpretation.
    This book is so holly you guys cannot convince each other. It's just pathetic!

    February 10, 2011 at 4:55 am |
  10. rw51

    I find it disturbing that here at the start of the 21st century, so many still place such blind allegiance and obedience to texts written by people who didn't understand what the sun is... or clouds... or gravity. Science may not yet have all the answers, but it keeps looking and updating, admitting when it was wrong and trying to correct mistakes, and that's good. Religion, especially fundamentalism makes no room for new information, can not admit when it is wrong, and clings to the status quo at the expense of advancement. It is amazing to think that had mankind not stagnated for nearly a half millenium under church/religious oppression and suppression, we would probably now have clean fusion as our primary energy source, colonies on the moon, and possibly even a cure for the common cold!

    February 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • LovinNOLA

      Well said, sir or ma'am. 🙂

      February 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
    • Ray

      Very well put! I have always wondered in amazement at the same thing. You have described very well, I think, a very important difference between religion and science. Religion is static .. calcified .. it does not change .. it is assumed by believers that the authorities that developed their religion knew everything, or knew enough at least. The scientific approach assumes that we never know enough, it constantly seeks new answers, and corrects current knowledge as new information is acquired. Appreciating Science does not mean one cannot also appreciate the deep mysteries and amazing reality that is the Universe and existence itself. Science is my religion and of this I am proud.

      February 10, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
    • Patrick G.

      Ooooh, rw51 has spoken!! Move over God; there is a new "man behind the curtain". Seriously now. Surpassing the superficiality of mankinds successes, stagnations, and blunders, be they scientific, social, religious or otherwise, God stands true to his word above all that in support of each and every one of us (not what we do but who we are) and will one day look at our hearts and thereby know the answer to the ultimate question and say as a result either, "Yeah, he gets it.", or "Nope, he has no clue."

      February 15, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  11. AnotherQueen

    People of GOD cannot bow down to the ways of the world...Look you either believe in GOD and HIS entire world or none of it...It doesn't matter who is gay. I bellieve it is a spirit and all spirits are sumissive to GOD...GOD can heal. I do not understand all the things of life and i have family who have said they are gay. It does not change the word of GOD!

    February 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
  12. Roger

    Two comments as a devout Christian and Mormon:

    I know little of Joel Osteen's ministry but applaud his comments, like Paul of old: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeith" (Romans 1:16)

    The prophet Nephi from Old Testament times also foresaw our day (2 Nephi 28): "7Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us.

    8And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God—he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.

    9Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, false and vain and foolish doctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their works shall be in the dark.

    19For the kingdom of the devil must shake, and they which belong to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance, or the devil will grasp them with his everlasting chains, and they be stirred up to anger, and perish;

    20For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good.

    21And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.

    22And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.

    31Cursed is he that putteth his trust in man, or maketh flesh his arm, or shall hearken unto the precepts of men, save their precepts shall be given by the power of the Holy Ghost.

    32...nevertheless, I will be merciful unto them, saith the Lord God, if they will repent and come unto me; for mine arm is lengthened out all the day long, saith the Lord God of Hosts."

    January 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • Michael

      I will reserve my applaud for thinking and reason from this century.

      February 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  13. Stevo

    Benny Hin with a better haircut. Check yourself Pastor and your literal interpretation of the Bible...

    January 29, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  14. Patrick G.

    God loves us with the greatest love and does not want that any one of us should fall to sin, i.e. eternal condemnation. He has provided a way for us to be saved and judgement is part of that process. We have no need to make judgements on others except where it effects our personal lives and threatens our purpose of staying on the straight (no pun intended) and narrow. Joel genuinely cares about the path people take and in that respect will make judgement on whether someone has made a right or wrong decision (which usually has more than just a spiritual impact, but that is beside the point). Other than that purpose, it is our obligation to spread the truth and light of God's Word.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
    • Michael

      Of course he cares he needs more money, if you don't follow him you can't give him money. Show me a pastor that does not want your money and I might consider his morality, until then they are all thieves giving us all up for 30 pieces of silver.

      February 12, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  15. Steve

    Excellent. Well said Joel.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  16. Melinda G.

    He can be a motivational speaker, or whatever you think of him. But, the fact is, he brings people to Christ. Me as an example. And from there, Lakewood Church has different bible study classes, New Beginnings Class, Foundations Class, Life Groups, and many more so we learn about what God requires of us as Christians. You need to come see for yourself before you judge.

    To Chris and Luke...Joel was not bashing anyone, the reporter simply asked him. Bashing is not Love. And Joel is a very loving pastor. Bible says most important commandment of all....Love God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and Love your neighbor as yourself. And, we are all sinners. None are perfect but Jesus. But, Christians want to fight the desire to sin.

    January 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Michael

      All while making millions and living a very sinful existence himself. Did Jesus live such a lifestyle?

      February 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  17. Wade

    Lol!@ "according to the scriptures, Elton John is a sinner."

    We're all sinners!

    January 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  18. Nathan

    How about, the Bible is the final authority. Sin is sin. Thank you Osteen for not backing down.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      How about the bible is a fiary tale and poor fiction and not useful for anything other than starting a fire.

      January 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Michael

      How can the Bible be the final authority when it wasn't even the first and not everyone agrees with it.

      February 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  19. Chris

    @ Luke! here here I agree with you on that! I was angry watching that interview last night on cnn! I I was pretty shocked to see what he was saying about gay people!

    January 27, 2011 at 11:55 am |
  20. Charles Jenkins

    Why does CNN give a platform to bigots like Osteen? Whenever a so-called "religious perspective" is sought, it's always from a Conservative, bigoted televangelist type. Pastors of mainline Protestant denominations never appear as commentators on TV. On CNN, all the "religious" commentary seems to come from fakirs.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:28 am |
    • gerald

      Charles,

      Sounds to me like you got some bigotry going in there yourself. Against Christians.

      January 29, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • gogo

      Pastors of mainline Protestant denominations don't appear on TV because most of them don't have anything to say about anything.

      February 11, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
    • Michael

      Because the Protestant perspective does not have the same type of need to have 15 minutes of fame as the Olsteen types.

      February 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
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