Osteen Slams Gays, Elton John

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com January 24 2011 6:15 PM ET

Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen appears on Wednesday’s Piers Morgan Tonight and reiterates his view that homosexuality is a sin, adding that he thinks Elton John and David Furnish are sinners.

He says, "The scripture shows that it's a sin. 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."

He goes on to say he thinks Elton John and David Furnish are sinners, and explains why: "Well, it's strictly back to what the scripture says. I mean, I can't grab one part and say God wants you to be blessed and live an abundant life and not grab the other part that says, you know what? You know, live that kind of life. So it comes back to the scripture. I'm not the judge. You know, God didn't tell me to go around judging everybody."

He has previously said on The View that he thinks homosexuality is a sin.

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