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Osteen: Being Gay Still a Sin, Always Will Be

Osteen: Being Gay Still a Sin, Always Will Be

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Houston megachurch pastor Joel Osteen may be known as the purveyor of a "Christian-lite," feel-good gospel, but he stands squarely with hard-line conservatives on homosexuality.

Tuesday on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, the host asked Osteen (pictured) if his views on homosexuality and same-sex marriage had changed since he appeared on the program in January, when he characterized being gay as sinful. The minister replied that they never have and never will.

"Mine's based out of the Scripture. That's what I believe that the Scripture says, that homosexuality is a sin," he said.

Morgan, describing Osteen as a "progressive preacher," asked him, "Shouldn't the Scripture be dragged kicking and screaming into the modern age?" Osteen replied, "I can't see how you would change that. ... Two hundred years from now, the Scripture's still gonna say that."

While Osteen generally avoids dealing with divisive issues such as LGBT rights and abortion, the idea that he is progressive is definitely questionable. In 2009 he famously said, "Homosexuality is not God's best." He later attempted to soften the comment by saying, "I don't think it's God's best for your life."

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.