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Multiple sources: Joel Osteen says God "absolutely accepts homosexuals"

Osteen on HuffPo

Osteen on HuffPo

We know that Pastor Osteen has been duped once before by cyber hackers who have created fake websites looking exactly like Osteen’s ministry site, so when we saw the many “Joel Osteen: God ‘Absolutely’ Accepts Homosexuals,” headlines, we wanted to be sure that this was not the case before sharing this report and video of Osteen, in his own words, explaining why he thinks God approves of homosexuality:

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, megachurch speaker and author Joel Osteen advised that he believes God accepts homosexuals, and that he doesn’t want to “tell everybody what they’re doing wrong.”

Osteen sat down this week with host Josh Zepps to promote his new book Break Out: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life. The two discussed a variety of issues, from Pope Francis to fighting poverty to whether unbelievers can go to Heaven.

“You say here… ‘It doesn’t matter who likes you or doesn’t like you; all that matters is that God likes you. He accepts you; He approves of you,” Zepps stated, reading from Osteen’s book. “Is that true for gay men or true for homosexuals?”

“Absolutely,” Osteen replied. “I believe that God’s breathed His life into every person. We’re all on a journey. Nobody’s perfect.”

“The Bible says that sin is pride, sin is selfish ambition,” he continued. “We tend to pick on certain things, but I believe every person is made in the image of God, and you’ve got to accept them as they are as they’re on their journey.”

Osteen then explained his belief that Christians should exemplify kindness to the world, rather than “pushing people down.”

“Again, the Scripture teaches they way people are going to know His disciples is for our love for one another, and so, I’m not preaching hate [or] pushing people down,” he stated. “I’m not here to tell everybody what they’re doing wrong.”

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17 Responses to “Multiple sources: Joel Osteen says God "absolutely accepts homosexuals"”

  1. lyn #

    This man exists for one reason, as judgment by God for all who reject truth. "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thess. 2:11-12

    There's that 'wide mercy' Osteen mentions in the video, that is the same garbage Billy Graham stated back in '97 when talking to Robert Schuller. Actually, this wider mercy leads you down that very broad road, and pied pipers like Osteen are at the head of the pack. Osteen is a picture of what evil is, and looks like; disguised as a caring pastor of a church – loving, harmless, and dripping with deadly poisonous venom pouring off his tongue.
    Osteen locks arms with the Pope because they are both of Satan and push the evil Satanic agenda that will be prevalent in the 'church' during the end time.
    " These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast." Revelation 17:13 John Gill commentary, 'The princes of these kingdoms, and their subjects, become, in time, of one religion'

    October 4, 2013 at 3:01 AM Reply
    • J #

      Salvation is per head. "Work out your salvation…". "Judge not so that you will not be judged, condemn not, so you will not be condemned." "GOD loves sinners but he hates sin." What JO said is simple English, He accepts Homosexuals NOT Homosexuality, because there's hope that they will turn to GOD someday. GOD will not give up on you when you sin. You know the truth, let the truth set you free. Just before you pick up the stone to throw at JO, look at yourself, your life… Remove that log, so you will see clearly.

      November 4, 2013 at 3:58 AM Reply
      • Marie #

        And when we remove that log and test the teachings of Mr. Osteen against the very Word of God as the Bereans did in Acts 17:10-11 "Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more fair minded that those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so."

        Please test all things that Mr. Osteen says for our Holy Scriptures command us to do so. And easy test for us as believers and followers of our LORD Jesus Christ would simply be to ask, "Did Jesus have His best life now?"

        Perhaps another valid question would be, "Did the disciples of our LORD Jesus Christ have their "Best Life Now" while they preached and taught the people of their day concerning the sinful nature of man and their desperate need for a Savior?

        And a valid question for us today is this, "Are we living our "Best Life Now" or is our best life yet to come when we are living in our new resurrected bodies at the Second Coming of our LORD Jesus Christ?

        And if we believe that we are living our best life now, then we know not Christ, nor the teachings of our Glorious Hope to come. For Jesus, our Mighty King, did not come to make us healthy, wealthy, or prosperous….He came to save us from our sins.

        November 4, 2013 at 8:21 AM Reply
      • lyn #

        Where o where does the Bible say 'God loves sinners, but hates sin'?! You will NOT find that in all of scripture. God does NOT accept homosexuals, again, where is scriptural support for such nonsense?! It's amazing how people come here spewing out their opinions, trotting them out like they are the inerrant word of God, and expect true followers of the Lamb to accept it without a challenge.
        The bible doesn't state any of what you say 'J'; the bible commands all to 'repent and believe on the Lord Jesus'. This is not an option, nor does the bible say God hopes all will someday repent. Good grief, doesn't anybody study the attributes of God anymore?
        I do see clearly, because God the Spirit is the teacher of God's people. Osteen is a false teacher, a wolf disguised as a sheep. His message tickles the ear, but doesn't prick the heart. True followers of Christ are called to mortify sin, to put it to death! That's NOT an option – see Colossians 3:5

        If people would spend as MUCH time in God's word and in prayer crying out for wisdom and understanding as they do defending false teachers, there would be less defense of the wolf and more crying out for mercy and forgiveness of defending what God hates.

        May 19, 2014 at 10:31 AM Reply
        • JMM #

          "For God so loved the world" I think this includes sinners.
          "while we were still sinners Christ died for us" I think this means that Christ loved us enough to die for us even though we were still sinners.
          I think we could safely say that while people were still homosexuals Christ died for them.
          He died for them because he loves them and desires to be reconciled to them.
          "He does not want anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance"
          I think it would be safe to say God does desire that all would repent and that no one would perish.

          "I do see clearly"Lyn
          “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains. J 9:41

          October 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM Reply
          • lyn #

            The verses you quote do NOT refer to unregenerate sinners, they refer to those God calls out of darkness into light. You forget, the Bible was not written in English, nor can you pull verses out of context to fit your own theology. Who was Paul addressing in Romans when he said 'while we were still sinners, Christ died for us'? He was speaking to born again believers, NOT the entire world, but God's elect. You cannot say that text means God loves everybody, for that is not the context of the verse. To do so is to add to God's word something it doesn't say.
            Those whom are called and drawn by God {see Acts 2:39, John 6:44}, who are born from above by God {see John 1:13, 3:3, Ezekiel 36:26-27}, who forsake sin { see Acts 2:38, 3:19, 17:30, Ezekiel 14:6, 18:30, just to mention a few} who have been gifted with salvation and faith because of grace {see Ephesians 2:8-9}…these are the ones God loves.

            Do not forget this verse, "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." Romans 9:13. We simply cannot tell sinners God loves them, for we do NOT know whom God chooses to set His affections on. He chose to love Jacob, yet He rejected Esau. Do you know whom God chooses to show mercy to for eternal life and whom He doesn't? Hardly.

            This is from Psalm 7:11, "God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day." This is from John 3:36, " He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." How can you tell sinners God loves them when the Bible states God is angry with them and His wrath abides on those who continue on in sin?

            The Gospel message is not 'God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life!' The Bible COMMANDS, this is not optional – the Bible commands sinners everywhere to repent and believe {trust, cleave to} on the Lord Jesus Christ. There is no hope for the sinner apart from Christ's finished work on the cross and God's mercy and grace. I challenge you to show me, from Scripture, where we are commanded to tell sinners God loves them as part of the Gospel presentation. The Apostles never said such, nor did our Lord. Nowhere does the Bible state we should tell sinners who are dead in sin that God loves them.

            I also urge you to study what biblical love actually is, it isn't the same as human emotions. God is love, indeed, BUT, that doesn't mean He loves every single person ever born. He certainly does not love sinners who continue on in sin, making a habitual practice of sin. As a matter of fact, the Bible speaks of such sinners – He that committeth sin is of the devil – 1 John 3:8b

            October 19, 2014 at 9:29 AM
  2. Becky #

    JO twist and cherry picks from Scripture. He is not a real Pastor. He is at best motivational speaker to the masses. Sad that so many think he is worth listening to.

    October 4, 2013 at 6:05 AM Reply
  3. It was only a matter of time, with his "worldly friendly" ways that he come to this.

    October 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM Reply
  4. Marie #

    I was once a follower of Joel Osteen, purchasing his books for mammon, watching his television services with great anticipation, dancing around my living room to the beat of his highly professions praise band, and preaching Joel Osteen to may family: until one day…..

    My family sat me down at the dinner table and said, "Mom, we are sick and tired of hearing about Joel Osteen. It's Joel said this and Joel said that as if he were god or something!" And why don't you read your Bible anymore and quote that instead of that Osteen guy? You always preached to us growing up that the Word of God is the most important reading and studying that we will ever do because it leads us to Jesus Christ and teaches us how to live for Him? What happened to you Mom? Please, please, please stop preaching Joel Osteen and go back to preaching and teaching Jesus Christ."

    I hurt so badly after that honest confrontation from the ones closest to me, my family. And they were right, I was losing my first love, Jesus Christ, and they could see it and I could not. My whole world seemed to have come crashing down on me in an uncontrolable tailspin and I wept in my quiet times away from my earthly loved ones. They never saw my tears, but could see my broken heart in my eyes and demeanor.

    My family was right, I was wrong, terribly wrong, drifting on every wave of doctrine by these herectics desperately seeking more truth beyond the Holy Spirit inspired words of our Bible, thinking in my mind that I was growing in my faith, yet falling into a greater abyss. Sure, I was finally fitting in with the women at church who promoted the Osteens, the Joyce Meyers, the Beth Moores, the Paula Whites, the Lee Gradys, the Oral Roberts, the Pat Robertsons, the Rick Warrens, the Jack Hayfords, oh dear, the list seems endless these days, does it not. As long as I was reading their books, watching their DVD's and accepting their false doctrines, according to these women, I was "arriving" and "growing deeper in my relationship with the lord (another lord alright.)

    Jesus promised us in His Word that He would never leave us nor forsake us, and His promises are always true. Praise Him. In my hurt, in truth here, my PRIDE was bruised, beaten and battered, for we know in part that our Heavenly Father dicsiplines those He loves, and it takes time te realize this. God, the Holy Sprit, was guiding me back to His Word and my family was the catalyst He used to convict my soul of falling into apostasy. What great love our Father has for us. "I Praise the LORD according to His righteousness, And will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High." Psalm 7:17

    October 6, 2013 at 3:42 AM Reply
    • Pat #

      Thank you so much for your honesty. I'm sure it took alot of courage of your dear ones to bring forth the truth, and even more courage for you to come to terms with what they were saying. God bless you and your family.

      October 12, 2013 at 3:34 AM Reply
  5. Marie #

    So, what happens when the clergy and leadership within our churches promote men's words above and beyond the Holy Spirit inspired Word of God. It is very, no extremely difficult, in our present day to sit in a church who desires to follow Jesus Christ and His teachings. Anotherwords, most of the sermons now peached elevate man's words high above Scriptures and oh, the sermon message may have one or two Scriptures mentioned, but the remainder will consist of quotes from mere men, stories of the pastor's family and friends (his or the pastrix's best life now), jokes to stroke the funny bones, motivational words telling of how God needs us and is using us for His Kingdom here on earth, psychology to negate that fact that we are sinners in NEED of Jesus Christ, and great words of flattery telling of how more "spiritual" his congregation is in comparision with the other churches in the community.

    Meanwhile, the sheep are starving in the pastures and the shepherding are living and breathing in their own self aggrandizement.

    What happens within Christianity when the pulpits are filled with heretcs, teaching heresy not found in the Holy Bible? One of the outward manifestations is sexual sin as man is given over to his own depravity. The church begins to accept homosexuality as normal and this is the natural progression of fallenness, is it not.

    Has not the church already accepted, embraced, and made excuses for other sexual sins….divorce, adultery, fornication, lust-whether physically or in the thought process, pornogrpahy-how many of our Christian men and women visit the local strip bar? or watch it on the internet, and the like, the television programs we watch-most of which are disgusteing, the movies we pay to see-most of which I wouldn't take my 90 year old grandmother too, the music we listen to-have you ever analyzed the words and all of the gross sexual connotations that come out of their mouths/hearts- and no, please do not follow your heart for it is deceitful above all things……..

    Anotherwords, the church has blended in beautifully with the rest of the world that we label as "unsaved" as there is no pursuit of holiness nor righteousness. But let us not be deceived here…..there does exist the outward appearance of these godly traits, but we know that in part, results in a "holier than thou attitude" combines with "self righteousness," So then, we are left with several questions….

    What does "a pure heart" look like in these modern times, for I hear this phrase from church women constantly all the while 2 Timothy 3:1-6 traits are being manifested in their lives….so is this what a pure heart looks like?

    What does the pursuit of holiness look like as I watch those in clergy and leadership positions cover up to secretly hide the sexual sins manifesting in their own lives and the lives of those within their own households?

    What does the pursuit of righteousness look like as we begin to manifest our own list of righteous acts in accordance to the doctrines of men and women instead of the very Word of our God?

    So then, where are the sermons and teachings regarding any sexual sin within the church system and at what point will preachers begin to preach the truth in spirit and in love? I have never heard a sermon regarding any sexual sin……I have heard the youth pastor admonish young ladies for wearing inappropriate clothing only to observe a double standard in her own dress that is less than modest-I believe George Orwell would call this "double speak," but my children would call this a "double standard."

    So in my relationship with Jesus Christ, I am learing it is so very easy, so very easy to preach and teach the Word of God, but within the church walls, it is so very difficult to live it for we have lost our first love, Jesus Christ.

    I have been out of the church system for several years now and fellowship outside of temples made with human hands. Jesus Christ is my Cornerstone, my Head, and my Solid Rock, and my teacher is God, the Holy Spirit. And as a result, I am learning what true repentance looks like through the Word, and what a life lived for Christ looks like. The road has been narrow, very gravelly, filled with many potholes, and a few road blocks and detours…..and I count is all joy to be on this walk with Jesus daily, praising and worshipping His Holy Name above all Names, for that wide paved road that I drive every day to work, will ultimately lead me to nell for all eternity.

    And when Jesus returns in that Great and Glorious Second Coming that many look forward too, will He find faith?

    I believe, yes, there are few, but Jesus will find a faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints. Amen.

    October 6, 2013 at 4:18 AM Reply

    Uh, yeah, IF they are repentant

    October 15, 2013 at 9:30 AM Reply
  7. awest #

    Our God and a forgiving God, and when we come to him with a deformity of spirit which causes us to sin, we are to receive healing, not stay In the same pool sin, the book of eziekiel says, the sovereign Lord does not desire the death of anyone, so REPENT and live!

    May 18, 2014 at 11:07 PM Reply
  8. ProudGAYchristian #

    God accepts gay people and being gay is NOT a sin. Why do you people keep spreading these lies ?

    October 17, 2014 at 12:35 AM Reply
    • standupwi #

      God's Word says otherwise. You are the one who has been deceived by a lie.

      October 18, 2014 at 7:00 AM Reply
    • rosinavoz #

      To be a Christian means forsaking our sin. God does not accept any sinful behavior…not even tiny lies. He cannot because He is holy. He sent His Son to die so our sins can be forgiven. We don't have to be mastered by them any longer. We have the power, in Christ, to overcome any temptation. We will never be perfect in this life. But, when we cooperate with God, admit our sin, and turn from it, He will through the power of His Spirit help us to live a life more pleasing to Him. It possible that one could be a Christian who is struggling with same sex attractions just as it is possible for someone to be a Christian with a weakness for any other sin; lying, anxiety, anger, etc. But to be proudly, openly, unrepentantly gay AND Christian, that is not possible. It goes against what the bible teaches. It is redefining what Christian means. As Christians,we seek to please God first and foremost….not our own lusts. That means turning from the desires of our flesh and obeying what God says in every area of life.

      Please take a little time to listen to this debate on the topic: "Gay Christianity" Debated. http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php/2013/05/22/

      Dr. James White debates Justin Lee, who, like yourself, claims to be a 'gay Christian'.

      October 18, 2014 at 5:13 PM Reply
  9. lyn #

    Nowhere does the Bible say God 'accepts' homosexuality, or prideful boasting of reveling in this sin. Read this from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you." Take special note of the first half of verse 11, 'such WERE some of you'- past tense. It means you NO LONGER practice the sins the Apostle Paul listed. This is what a true born from above follower of Christ looks like – they forsake their sins, which is what repentance is all about. They live the rest of their time on this earth walking in obedience to His word, and speaking His truth to those who are still lost in sin and its bondage. Unless you are born again by God, you will not grasp the truth of His word – it will not take root in your heart.
    If you are still lusting after the same sex, you are sinning against God and are NOT a true follower of Jesus. You will perish in your sins, the Bible is crystal clear on this matter. May God reveal truth to you, may He remove the veil of darkness over your sin-hardened heart and pierce you with His truth

    October 18, 2014 at 8:05 AM Reply

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