September 19th, 2012
01:07 PM ET

Osteen on negative political campaigns

(CNN)–Joel Osteen stopped by to talk on Tuesday night with Piers Morgan about negative campaigns and attack ads.  You can see the clip above.

You can also see the Belief Blog interview with Osteen, the pastor of the biggest church in the US here:

Five things we learned from Joel Osteen's visit

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Politics

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  1. cookbook

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    October 3, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  2. Josie Revisited

    I'm actually surprised at all the hate for Joel Osteen here. I've watched his shows in the mornings and didn't think he was that bad of a guy. He is sending the right message, and he's trying to reach a large audience. God is obviously helping him with that, because just before his booming success he was at the point where he'd have to give up. All of a sudden, everything fell into place for him. I look at him and his wife and though I am probably one of the most leftist, anti-organized religion supporters out there, I don't see anything evil in either of them.

    September 21, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
    • Tedso

      A-s-t-r-o-t-u-r-f much? Come on Joel, we know your name isn't Josie. And wash your plastic-less-than-fantastic hair this decade already. The oil spill is gonna take a big cleanup effort.

      September 21, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  3. atroy

    Joel Olsteen worships at the annual Bear Roundup to maintain that wet-hair look.

    September 21, 2012 at 5:45 am |
  4. Robert E. Lee

    remember folks, there is no 'I" in team

    September 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • jamest

      Nor is thee one in Osteen 🙂

      September 20, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  5. Capitolism101

    Osteen was at a crossroad in his life... Either he was going to be a used car salesman or sell snake oil to the feeble minded.
    He chose the job that paid better...

    September 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Denise

      He wears the oil that he preaches in his hair, for sure.

      September 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
  6. nottolate

    Why ask Osteen anything? Or why go ask the devil for the truth? The guy is a known false teacher and CNN staffers being completely ignorant of religious matter make him appear credible.

    September 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      From his comments during the interview, it sounds like he appeared on Piers Morgan's show to shill a book.

      How do "CNN staffers" make Joel Osteen appear credible here?

      September 20, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
    • jamest

      To me, you seem to be saying that some preachers are OK and can be trusted to tell the truth. Do I understand that correctly?

      September 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • cliff

      As an evangelical I assure you Osteen does not speak for me. His "touchy-feely" message is a disgrace and something he will dearly pay for when he stands before God on judgment day! CNN, as the voice for athiests, loves to have him on spouting his "humanism" approach for mankind!

      September 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Tedso

      cliff, you're an evangelical and you ADMIT it? Too funny. You might not realize it but you just called yourself ignorant and pathetically stupid in front of an audience of thousands.

      September 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
    • Fallacy Spotting 101

      Post by 'cliff' contains a form of the flawed argument known as Pascal's Wager.


      September 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • cliff

      tedso, et al, it is sad, but true, when an opposite view has no legitimate rebuttal they first turn to name-calling and/or use an attempt to belittle. Sorta fits "you folks" doesn't it?

      September 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  7. Oregon reality check

    For all you God hating, left wingers out there... Just so you know. There is an entire population of people waiting patiently to vote your beloved Obama OUT of office. This generation doesn't participate in polls and doesn't believe the BS the mainstream press is blowing up everyone skirt. Frankly, this country is long overdue for a revolution of action to remove the this selfish, greedy and ignorant mentality from all of the government and the seats of power. While we still have a country to govern.
    Obama isn't going to just get voted out...he is going to get voted out with such a huge, overwhelming one sided vote, it will be humiliating for him and all the press that was on his payroll. So keep shoveling Obama PR manure..the only ones that can't smell the STENCH are those that are doing the shoveling. God Bless America!

    September 20, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • jamest

      You have some very large testlcles calling critics of Joel Osteen ignorant. Right wingers (self-included) do not need to be delusional believers in spiritous hallucinations in order to call BALONEY on Osteen and the rest of his ilk – bless their hearts.

      September 20, 2012 at 10:45 am |
    • BU2B

      You can't hate an ent-ity that does not exist.

      September 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Denise

      'reality check' we don't hate your god. We just despise you and your delusion, for very valid reasons. But I do love Oregon.

      September 20, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
    • Denise

      And you have very small testicles.

      September 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
    • Robert E. Lee

      thats telling them

      September 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • old ben

      Lol. You are truly dreaming large, aren't you? I'm confident we are going to see red states turn blue in Nov. like never before.

      September 20, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Dr. Diamond

      -Dear Oregon -hear's a reality check for u. I'm a left winger and I have a personally relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. And when I last spoke to Him (Jesus) this morning I was told Obama wins 2013 A.D. Now if you are bigger than God I suggest u take it up with HIM. "God said it I believe it ...it's done and u right wing hypocrites can't stop the hand of GOD. U had better pray that all of u with your hate & bigotry don't go to hell along with your father the devil. Remember u heard it hear first. Obama wins 2013 A.D." I am my brother's keeper"
      Dr. Diamond 2012 A.D.

      September 20, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • cliff

      BU2B, and you others like him...Athiests are petty and smallminded ideologues who regard every expression of public religiousity as a personal affront! You really need to get a life.

      September 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
    • cliff

      Diamond...I seriously doubt God "told you" those things. Like all liberals, you are easily deceived!

      September 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • malsings07

      Be quiet you're just a racist neither Romney or Obama can do anything with this country worth while....not in this lifetime.

      September 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  8. jamest

    Why in the world anyone would turn to Joel Osteen for his view(s) on this topic beats the crap out of me. I have an IQ between 62 and 65 and even I know baloney when I see it, hear it or read it. This guy is full of baloney piled on top of baloney and I don't think he was even aware that Piers was mocking him live and in front of the world.

    September 20, 2012 at 10:12 am |
    • nottolate

      Well even with that IQ you're obviously not dumb. I'd say a lot smarter than most in the world havig picked up on the fact that Osteen is a fraud.

      September 20, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  9. AvdBerg

    Joel Osteen does not preach the Gospel of Christ. Please read on.

    The above subject article is a good example how distorted things have become in society with the media industry as the main culprit.

    The local media, including CNN, Fox and your local TV stations and newspapers are a very important element of social and political behavior, as society is shaped by what it sees, hears and reads and it is conditioned by the events that influence the mind of every person. You reap what you sow.

    To allow anyone to be directed by public opinion is dangerous because most public opinion is the view of the media. If the media does not like something, their bias taints information getting to the public, and this forms public opinion. Public opinion is never based on research and facts. The public uses the media for its sole source of information and for this reason social behavior will continue to deteriorate and wax worse and worse (2 Timothy 3:13).

    For a better understanding of the role of the media we invite you to read the articles ‘Influence of the Media’ and ‘CNN Belief Blog – Sign of the Times’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Joel Osteen is a false apostle and preacher and encourage you to read the article ‘False Apostles and False Christs’ listed on our website.

    The media does not provide accurate information on ‘Religion’ as it continues to ignore the truth and the history of deceptions (John 14:17). They only report how they want you to hear things. They have created the big chasm that now exists without offering any solutions.

    Consider the truth about Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, Judaism, Evangelicals and Christianity and all other religions and ask yourself the following question.

    Are so-called Catholics, Muslims, Mormons, Israelites and Evangelicals and all those that call themselves ‘Christians’ followers of the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Word of God, or do they follow after an image of a false god and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Gal. 4:8)?

    For a better understanding of the history of Catholicism, Islam, Mormonism, Christianity, and Judaism and its spread throughout the world, we invite you to read the articles ‘The Mystery Babylon’, ‘Can Christianity or Any Other Religion Save You?’, ‘World History and Developments in the Middle East’ and ‘Clash of Civilizations’, listed on our website http://www.aworlddeceived.ca

    Mitt Romney’s and Barack Obama’s faith does not stand in the teachings of Christ but rather in an image of the spirit and the god of this world and a false Christ (Matthew 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:13-15; Gal. 4:8).

    For a better understanding of the history of the Mormon Church and Mitt Romney’s quest for the Presidency of the USA, we invite you to read the articles ‘Mormon Church – Cult and Spiritual Harlot’ and ‘Barack Obama – President of the United States of America’, listed on our website.

    All of the other pages and articles listed on our website explain how and by whom this whole world has been deceived as confirmed in Revelation 12:9.

    September 20, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • mama kindless

      Revelation?? Everyone knows whoever wrote that mess was high as a kite. St. John the Opium Addict, evidently.

      September 20, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • mama kindless

      But Joel is a fake, as is all televangelists.

      September 20, 2012 at 10:35 am |
    • mama kindless

      Goodness – "as are all". Watch your grammar mama.

      September 20, 2012 at 10:36 am |

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      September 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  10. mama kindless

    It's really best for all people including children to have an agnostic approach to god, and an atheistic approach to all religion. It keeps things simple for kids, and lets them be all that they can be. They just need to be taught that some things, like all religion, were just made up by salesmen and politicians from long ago. (Yes, charlatan folklore and spam started long before the Bible; what would make you think they hadn't?) And they need to be taught that other things, like God, we really don't know a damn thing about.

    Atheists have strong minds and don't need a religion. Many religious folk have the best intentions. But too often, religious folk run and hide their misdeeds within their religion (and by doing so, they disserve society). And too often, religious folk are easily offended when someone mocks their make-believe characters – and, as we can see they can get really CRAZY!

    Although there are many religious folk with good intentions – some selflessly helping others, religions and religious organizations are, as a whole, just big old clubs – each trying to out do each other and inspiring hate and division (often disguised as love) along the way. The problem is that people too easily buy into religion and don't realize how unfounded it all is. And when they buy into it, they buy into a lot of really old, really weird tenets that are nothing but harmful for the human species.

    Take Christianity, for instance. Just look at all the things that Christians argue about amongst themselves today – abortion, men's and women's roles in the church, celibacy, contraception, acceptance of gays, etc. Most of these issues have their roots in the conflicted, unfounded tenets of early Christianity. Non-Mormons harp on Joseph Smith these days. But we really don't have any more proof at all to believe that Paul, the self-proclaimed "apostle" was anything more than an ordinary man who needed to make up religious "sales literature" to survive and spread his own personal beliefs. And yet a good chunk of the NT is attributed to Paul and accepted by many Christians. And a lot of what he wrote about has to do with many of the issues I mentioned above that have Christians fighting amongst themselves hundreds of years later. It's way too unfounded to argue over.

    Get a good cup of tea, and sit down and collect your thoughts. If you find it helpful to pray to a god (something you know nothing about), fine. But it is really healthier for the mind to leave behind all the characters that people over the centuries have invented or given powers to, for which there is little or no foundation. Because with those invented characters and powers – that's where division and hate join the little party in your mind. That's where, in your mind, you are inheriting the division and hate from ordinary politicians, lobbyists and salesmen from long ago. My goodness.

    September 20, 2012 at 9:21 am |
  11. Martin

    A millionare preacher, what else is new. Want to watch somethig really scary? watch one of his services on tv and look at how many people are there just loving it no matter what he says, and all he says is common sense stuff anyway.. you should always look both ways before crossing the road and God shall rewad you by not being run over, amen brothers and sisters... and everybody is like he's so wise he really opened my eyes... scary scary.

    September 20, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • levi

      I would love to be his hair color salesman.

      September 20, 2012 at 8:07 am |
  12. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    September 20, 2012 at 5:27 am |
    • hal 9001

      I'm sorry "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but you assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

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      I'm sorry, "Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things", but your assertions regarding atheism and prayer are unfounded. The degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is 0.0. To help you understand the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements, I will access my Idiomatic Expression Equivalency module (IEE). Using my IEE module, the expression that best matches the degree to which your assertions may represent correct statements is: "TOTAL FAIL, DUDE".

      I see that you repeat these unfounded statements with high frequency. Perhaps the following book might help you overcome this problem:

      I'm Told I Have Dementia: What You Can Do... Who You Can Turn to...
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      September 20, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • jamest

      Perseveration is unhealthy.

      September 20, 2012 at 10:14 am |
  13. Brecht

    With Joel Osteen as indeed with most of these televangelists you see all the typical symptoms of a self conscious fraud. Its enough to make one lose ones lunch. At the very least lose ones religion.

    September 20, 2012 at 2:11 am |
  14. suckahpleez

    Joel Osteen and his wife are FAKES

    September 20, 2012 at 1:10 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      That's a shocking allegation. Were they replaced by robotics? When? And I thought Joel Osteen's smile was a product of vaseline.

      September 20, 2012 at 3:20 am |
    • mama kindless

      Well duh!! Televangelism is an industry filled with fakes – what did you expect?

      September 20, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • Denise

      The oil in his hair is the real engine grade.

      September 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  15. Reality

    Only for the new members of this blog.

    JC's family and friends had it right 2000 years ago ( Mark 3: 21 "And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.")

    Said passage is one of the few judged to be authentic by most contemporary NT scholars. e.g. See Professor Ludemann's conclusion in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, p. 24 and p. 694.

    Actually, Jesus was a bit "touched". After all he thought he spoke to Satan, thought he changed water into wine, thought he raised Lazarus from the dead etc. In today's world, said Jesus would be declared legally insane.

    Or did P, M, M, L and J simply make him into a first century magic-man via their epistles and gospels of semi-fiction? Many contemporary NT experts after thorough analyses of all the scriptures go with the latter magic-man conclusion with J's gospel being mostly fiction.

    Obviously, today's followers of Paul et al's "magic-man" are also a bit on the odd side believing in all the Christian mumbo jumbo about bodies resurrecting, and exorcisms, and miracles, and "magic-man atonement, and infallible, old, European/Utah white men, and 24/7 body/blood sacrifices followed by consumption of said sacrifices. Yummy!!!!

    So why do we really care what a first century CE, illiterate, long-dead, preacher/magic, (married or not) man or Joel Osteen would do or say?

    September 19, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
    • cliff

      Reality, I hate to tell you this but modern day "N.T. Scholars" is an oxy-moron! The are a product of humanism...not Christianity!

      September 21, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  16. I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

    Ahoy there mateys,

    One last 'Huzzah' for 'talk like a pirate day' 2012.


    September 19, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  17. HM8432

    I went to a Joel Osteen service once, and never again. The sermon was heavy on feel good fluffy-popcorn theology, and he seemed hung-up on how God would make you financially wealthy as a reward for faith. The church itself was shamelessly glitzy and obviously well-monied. God does not want you to be wealthy, he wants you to love your fellow man, and look out for those less fortunate than yourself; He may want you to be spiritually wealthy, but materialism is putting personal wealth and self before God. Leaving the service, many of the Sunday Christian attendees were very unfriendly and rude...it was a race out of the church parking lot, and to the closest chain restaurant for lunch for these people...and back to their lives of secular false-piety. Mr. Osteen is clearly no Billy Graham, he needs to humble himself, and put on the sackcloth!

    September 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • End Religion

      Gee, a financial leader who's just scamming for dough? Imagine that...

      September 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • cliff

      Actually..scripture says, "I would that you prosper as your soul prospers!" God has nothing against His believers prospering as long as your SPIRITUAL growth takes first place with Him!

      September 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
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