Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen Declares Homosexuality Sin

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Joel Osteen, pastor of Houston Texas megachurch and best-selling author, identified homosexuality as sin.

This happened on Wednesday’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” show during a discussion of faith, finances, charity, and more.

“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.”

After the above statement Morgan questioned Osteen, “You don’t normally talk about sin. That’s the first time I have heard you spell it out. It’s almost like you came ready for that question and thought I’m actually gonna say this. I’m gonna say its a sin.”

Osteen answered by noting both that he has grown in knowledge since his first interviews. Osteen also defended himself by saying that he often speaks about how we should live our lives.

Later in the interview, Osteen indicated that he was against gay civil partnerships, but stated in reference to gay people, “I’m not gonna bash those people. I say it’s wrong because that’s what the scripture says.

Joel Osteen is pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston Texas housed in a 16,000 seat auditorium. It is the largest regularly used worship center in the united states.

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41 Comments for “Megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen Declares Homosexuality Sin”

  1. After watching Joel Osteen’s interview with Piers Morgan I was shocked that he would use the sciptures to hide his own homophobia. That is the real sin here. My gay friends would never stoop this low and they sure are not cowards and hypocrites. What kind of a person talks about others this way. Certainly no one I would associate with.

  2. In Romans 1, God’s Word is clear. Homosexuality practiced is a sin. Gluttony is also a sin. I am guilty of it, and if it were preached on as it should, perhaps I’d be strengthened to leave it behind.

    Having your behavior preached against is not at all the same as being condemned. It’s being encouraged to do what is right and avoid what is wrong.


  4. I believe that God gave us Christ to forgive us because of our sins. God said it was an abomination in the old testament to lie with a man. But he also said a lot of other things were sinful, and that is why Christ came to us, because even good people arent perfect. thats my opinion.

  5. Osteen cites Scripture to declare that homosexuality is a sin. How does he feel about slavery? Scripture says we should keep slaves and even gives us rules about who we can own and how much we can beat them. Curious to know how many slaves Osteen owns.

  6. Amen Joel, speak the Truth, and stand on His Word. =]

  7. Homosexuality….a person who is entirely virginal, yet gay, is no less gay than someone who has same-gender sex. A person is not “homosexual” because of what they do with their genitals, but because of their orientation. I am, was, and always will be Gay and I spent much of my life struggling to reconcile a faith in Jesus Christ with that orientation. I became alcoholic and suicidal because I thought despite the cross, that God held a special condemnation for me because of my orientation. It took years of really delving into Scripture (I did not reconcile my orientation and faith simply because doing so would make me feel better–I prayer to know the truth)…but learning that, among other things, the ancient holiness code referred to separation and difference…and that Paul’s references to “homosexuals” were most likely the heterosexual cult prostitutes that he observed in Rome…plus the fact that there is no really strong “anti-Gay” wave in the early Church, though homosexuality was as prevalent then as now….only underscore that our Savior, Himself, did not see it important to address it in the manner present day evangelicals are obsessed with. I hope that Osteen is as compelled to profess that those who eat shellfish are outside the Kingdom of Heaven, or that people who wear mixed-fiber clothing are, too. No, it seems that homosexuality holds a “special” place in the evangelical pulpits of America. Few stop to question the sinfulness of leading homosexual people to believe that there are extra barriers to God’s love and forgiveness at the cross for them. There are still too many LGBT people blowing their heads off because they think God is against them.

  8. I think that it is really irresponsible of Mr Osteen to label Homosexuality as a sin. How many lives has hurt by saying this on CNN ? Wake up Joel, words can kill!

  9. Suzanne – You say words can kill. Words can also bring life. What about all the people who will come to a faith in Jesus Christ because of Joel, and their lives are better for it? You attack him for condemning, yet aren’t you doing the same thing. Isn’t his opinion as valid as yours? Why are YOU not being tolerant? In a day and age in which we are supposed to be tolerant of one another’s opinion, how come he can’t have his?

  10. I am a homosexual…I have also been with my partner for almost 7 years…and together we are raising two beautiful little girls who were abandoned by their parents…We believe in God, and teach our children about God…With that being said, I believe that God loves us too, if he didn’t, he wouldn’t have blessed us with two beautiful little girls…However, I don’t fault Joel Osteen for his comments on the show…atleast he admitted that there are other sins and even pointed out that some people rate sins…A sin is a sin…and none of us are without sin…I may not be perfect, but I try

  11. Leigh Ann, you say you are gay but God gave you two beautiful girls? I am sorry, but you didnt get them together. That is why God calls it wicked and an abomination, because two women cannot mate together as two men cannot, it is unnatural and wicked. I feel sorry for your girls, because it takes a father and a mother to raise kids naturally. You are damaging them for life, spiritually and mentally because of your wicked behavior. God and man are to love the sinners in such a way that they abstain from their behavior, turn from their sin and accept God, those churches that do not teach that are leading their sheep astray. Sorry for the cold hard facts, it is in the Bible, read it and pray over it. Gods truth and mans truth are two different things and only God’s truth will prevail, not yours!

  12. PJ and Leigh Ann,
    I would be proud to know either of you and Leigh Ann congratulations on your daughters. You will be a fantastic parent. I am not gay myself but the world is a better place because of all the gay people in it. Don’t get caught up in the strange phenomenon called homophobia. Many people are insecure about themselves and feel the need to hate. Can you imagine a world without hate? What a concept! Also many can’t think for themselves and need others to think for them. Always remember that people care for you and do not listen to those horrible meaningless comments. They are not the worth the paper they are written on.

  13. You can have your opinions. You can argue it all day. But you forget that God is the one you have to convince that HE is wrong…. Does the created tell the Creator HE doesn’t know what HE is talking about? I think not. Yes we all sin, but we are told to go and sin no more also… not to live in it. Read the Bible, it is good for the soul.

  14. Piers does not know the real meaning of the word “judge”. All this guy Osteen is doing is referring to what is written in the scriptures. He also stated that it is just the same as any other sin and therefore not against anyone that sins. Neither is he against the homosexual; he is saying is that scripturally homosexuality is a sin.

  15. 1 Cor. 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” joel was asked a question an he told the truth now people want to hate he didnt right the bible why dont everyone take the time out your crazy lives an read the bible an really read it cus there is more then the 10 commandments….love you joel you keep it real n that is what i love about u…..xoxoxo

  16. Tank God 4 peeps like u Joel…u r a blessing. Tank u 4 sayin it d way it is. U didnt sound lik u r on d war path aganist it or any sin 4 dat matter. Show men d way & its up 2 dem 2 take a decision. At d end of d day we will all discover it wasnt btwen us or any man, institution, church or organisation bt btwen us & our maker.

  17. The purpose of God is for all men and women to come to the knowledge of the salvation that He has for us through Christ Jesus and to invite Christ to come and live within so that HE mighty do away with all sin in us. That includes murder, the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers. God is clearly against slavery Ken, read 1 timothy 1:10.

    Remember, God made the universe, its rules and all within. If you don’t like the view of God that homosexual is a detestable sin , why don’t you made your own universe and move there into and stop blaming Joel Osteen who does not make the rules.

  18. Who cares? If some tiny neighborhood church preacher with 40 people in his congregation says homosexuality is a sin, you shrug it off. Joel Osteen says it and omigod it’s NEWS! Why? Because he’s convinced 19,000 fools to keep his mega-church scam going?

    This only matters to people who take this “businessman” seriously and believe what he is running is a church. Joel Osteen will go the Hell as surely as the people he calls sinners.

  19. How long before we hear Joel Osteen confess that he has had an “inappropriate” relationship? Ted Haggard anyone? Sin seems to follow right behind condemnation.

  20. I’m always intrigued by the Gay community that claims that everyone who states what the Bible clearly says, “hates” or is using “hate-filled” speech or is “homophobic.” The vast majority of heterosexuals do not hate homosexuals any more than any other activity that the Scriptures condemn as sin. To disagree with your lifestyle is no more hateful than a good friend offering advice to another good friend.

  21. Strange that we should bash each other like this. I believe that stating one’s view based on the principles of the Bible you believe does not constitute homophobia. It is not Osteen who is condemning homosexuality here but the book from he preaches.

  22. Seriously guys… is anyone suprised that a Christian pastor would be against gay mariage and think it’s a sin??… and furthermore who cares.. just because the scriptures say it’s a sin, doesn’t mean that all Christians are homo-phobic, or that they are being judgemental. Also, just because the scriptures say it’s a sin doesn’t make gay people bad people. Like he said, it’s “a” sin, nothing more. there are a lot of sins that plenty of poeple are guilty of, including i’m sure this Pastor. Everyone just do what you think is right and stop fighting about stupid things… some poeple think it’s a sin, and some people don’t, get over it.

  23. Matthew 19:24:
    “And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.”


  24. Sheesh. It’s amazing how many of your will quote freely from scripture when it suits your particular bigotry but then shy away if the -serious- admonitions of Leviticus might get in the way of your Easter Ham or your special-occasion Lobster. The bible gave great advice for its time. Much has changed. You’ve adapted your dietary habits because you know more now. How odd that you’re unwilling to move off this loser of an argument.

  25. Someday, Christianity will be studied as mythology in literature classes, just as Greek and Roman mythologies are today.

  26. I wonder why its so easy for us to judge others and yet when a man of God comes out publicly to tell us what the scripture says, we bash out on them without thinking about it. Let us remove the speck in our eyes before we go and attack the log in another person’s eye.
    People say things like Christ should be taken out of christmas carols and yet no one seems to see it as an offence to Christianity and yet when a man of God comes out to say scripturally identified sins and what he is living for- Christ, all hell breaks loose.
    God help us all.

  27. The LGBT agenda is as anti-Christian as any evil movement in history has been.

    Osteen was simply being honest to the truth.

    The world is going to sriek in horror of that reality.

  28. Notice in the above scripture that gays will not go to Heaven..That means they will go to Hell when they die unless they

  29. Lord, Joel does not need to be preaching right now. He needs some serious training. I am a lay person and I would have did a hundred times better in that interview. He needs some apologetics courses. You have to be able to explain your beliefs.

  30. Sin is sin, we all fall short when trying not to sin.
    We must love people as Christ did but also be truthful with them in love
    We cannot and should not try to make something not sin when God has decreed it so, just to make people feel better


  32. Humans have been on earth for approximately 2.5 million years. There have been many religions which include many different Gods. Everyone thinks that their religion is the only one. I believe you should do some serious research and know everthing about the religion before you choose one such as When did it start ?, Why did it start? and most important Who wrote the original text?. Also, How were all the notes kept? ( computers were not around 2000 years ago). I am really lucky beacause I can accept other views other than my own but many people cannot. Too bad , we could live in a better world but we never will. I fortunately live in a country where everone has equal rights. You should try it sometime.

  33. Did you religious freaks ever cross your narrow minds that the book you are quoting is just a propaganda book, written by some old farty pants complexed males, who hated women and anybody different from them. The bible was written in 3,4th century, way after Jesus lived, for the purpose of instituting a new order to replace the Roman empire. But I guess you religious fanatics are so caught up in your hate and pointing fingers, faulting everyone who doesn’t conform and act like you, that your brains are all F-ed up from the smuggy farts and constipation caused by your religious nonsense. Why you even refer to God as a Father, maybe God is a mother. I know for sure, that if God is anything like my father was, than he must be really screwed up. Like Jon Lennon said, “Imagine the world with no religion, is a world where everyone lives in peace and harmony.” Never in the history of human kind has was a war carried out in the name of non-religion, most suffering and killings were caused in the name of religion. If the outcome of no-religion is peace and harmony isn’t No religion superior to any God driven religion? The facts clearly point that it is, but of course, you religious people hate facts and common sense. Anyways, if going to Heaven means I have to be with constipated people like you, than I’d rather go to hell. Amen.

  34. This is what is called apostasy. When you study the Bible you will find that God’s law says homosexuality is a sin. Period. That’s it. And Joel Osteen does not have any right by himself to say that anyone is living in sin. Only under God’s authority can he say so. And what does the Bible say about that? He’s got God’s authority to “preach to all the nations”. Why would any Christian call out someone on their life style for no reason? It doesn’t make any sense…but guess what. We have a reason. A very valid one. The Creator of the universe tells us to. You see it’s not really that the Christian calls people out, it’s God calling them out.

  35. If Mr Osteen is going to preach against the “sin” of homosexuality, I hope he will also have words to say against those sinners who eat shellfish, or wear mixed-fiber clothing! These are abominations before God! Joel, please tell us you’re not a closet Lobster eater? I Pray for you Joel Osteen, that you find the strength to stay away from the raw bar. – @Susan, I feel sorry for you and your closed mind, I pray for you also

  36. People love to quote the old testament and bring up passages on slavery to cloud the argument. God’s own people were slaves in Egypt and he freed them. I think it’s clear he doesn’t like the concept. New Testament references are around submission to authority and not an endorsement of the practice.

    God is also clear on the matter of homosexuality – and other sexual sins like adultery and lust (even in your mind) – placing them all on the same level (I do think the church focuses too much on homosexual practices and not other heart/lust issues) but a sin is a sin in that regard. Any Christian who denies this is not reading their Bible in an honest manner, or may be picking & choosing what to believe and what not to believe which is a bit foolish.
    Regarding the arguments that the Bible is written was made up by a bunch of dudes looking to rule the world – I mean this with love – you should really research this because you are repeating lies told you by fellow un-educated persons on this topic. The people who wrote the new testament scriptures were persecuted without mercy and murdered for the most part. On earth, they gained no power and lost everything. There is no book more studied and taken to task for authenticity than the Bible. There are tens of thousands of secular archeological findings that prove its accuracy – and never ONE that has proven it false. True secular scholars (not dudes like Dan Brown, actual scholars) while they may not believe the message, do confirm that the Bible is an authentic manuscript and the gold standard for historical documentation of facts and events. The conspiracy theories don’t hold up to an honest factual review and thinking about the motivations of the authors and subjects of the book.

    @ReligionFreaks – you don’t want to go to Hell dude. Hell is the absence of the presence of God. God is the source of love, kindness, humor, laughter, beauty and peace. Living in a place like that would be terrible for 5 minutes, nevermind eternity. Don’t let people influence your eternal destiny, you are a loved creation.

  37. And to think I used to be so impressed with Joel and his wife’s ability to sell their greed wrapped up in religion. Now his true colors come out…not only is he a greedy bastard, he is a homophobic bastard as well…I see a future in politics for him!

  38. Informedcitizen

    I am not Christian, but I did think of Joel Osteen as a good speaker. After this rant, I have to say I will no longer view him the same. I agree with other posters that said that there are certain acts in the bible, such as slavery, that are condoned, yet, should they be ok, because they are endorsed in the bible?

  39. I’d just like to know why True Christians® won’t stone their disobedient children to death, or stone gays and lesbians,non-Christians and Sabbath-breakers to death, or banish lepers (it is *not* “Hansen’s Disease” as is the politically-correct medical term, but sinful, godless LEPROSY) and men who have sex with their menstruating wives as God’s Holy, Inerrant and Infallible Word tells them to do.

    When you confront Christians on their mamsy-pamsy, pick-and-choose, cafeteria-style approach to Christianity and why they REFUSE to stone disobedient children, homosexuals or adulterers, non-Christians or Sabbath-brekers to death; or why they use the politically-correct term “Hansen’s Disease” instead of the GODLY term “leprosy” and why they refuse to banish lepers and men who have sex with their menstruating wives, they always turn around and say, “But that doesn’t apply to TODAY” when Jesus says it most certainly DOES apply to today, e.g., “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 5:20).

    MY righteousness DOES exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, and I’m demanding that Christians start up their standards to MY -— and GOD’S standards!


    Come visit us at Baptists Invoking God’s Old Testament Standards!

  40. That’s no newsflash! I’ve been saying that for years because it’s true! The bible does say homosexuals can’t enter into the kingdom of heaven and sin is the only thing that can keep you out, so, YES! Homosexuality is a SIN!!! good grief!

  41. Informedcitizen: YES! If the bible says it then it’s the truth. You people are all sugar coating sin and worried about being politically correct. The bible is very serious about sin and very clear! How can you expect to go to heaven. Sinners don’t get into heaven. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (NIV). Leviticus 18:22 – “Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable.” (NIV)

    Leviticus 20:13 – “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” (NIV) Romans 1:26-27 – “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.” (NIV)

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