( THE BUTTHOLE COMMENT NAZI'S at FaceBook refused to allow this comment..said I was bashing pastors..BUT its okay for them to let other bash the LGBT community?) ARIANNA...get a grip and hire some comment nazi's with balls..its amazing how you let your folks Pick and choose who gets read..and who doesn't...)
What is really a sin? being a rich snake oil salesman selling YOUR religion like a prime time tv extravaganza .. with the glitz and glamour of a weekly Awards show, makes us want to believe your remark OSTEEN? YOU sir are an idiot.. I think YOUR Jesus and the one I've read about are two different people.. the whole Glorification of, and marketing of religion that you..Pat Robertson and the late Falwell ..(who must be burning in hell).. sell each day is a SIN! YEAP.that a sin! God created all of us in his image..NOT the image you try to create.***********
Conservative televangelist Joel Osteen went on national television this morning and admitted that his own sexual orientation is not a choice -- despite maintaining consistently in previous interviews that being gay is a sin, albeit one that "God gives us the grace to change."
The best selling author and Texas megachurch leader went on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" as part of a segment featuring both Osteen and New Yorker writer and former Bill Clinton adviser Richard Socarides.
Osteen has repeatedly tried to tip toe around his stance on homosexuality, telling Piers Morgan in October of 2011 that he's not "mad at anybody" and doesn't "dislike anybody," while reiterating his belief that the scripture says homosexuality is a sin," and "two hundred years from now, the Scripture is still going to say that."
Citing that interview, Socarides, who has often campaigned for LGBT rights, and host O'Brien pushed Osteen to clarify his stance on homosexuality, especially for those gays and lesbians who listen to his sermons that emphasize personal happiness and other uplifting themes.
O’Brien: But for people who are gay, you’re saying so then you shouldn’t be gay?
Osteen: Well, I think that’s the big debate. The scripture says you’ve got to work out your own salvation.
Socarides: Do you think you can choose to be gay or not gay? You think you choose to be straight?
Osteen: I know I have not chosen to be straight, I just feel like that’s who I am.
Socarides: So how can I choose to be gay?