Joel Osteen has endured plenty of criticism throughout his career. The toothy preacher has come under fire for everything from his physical appearance to his spiritual beliefs to his lack of theological training. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the Houston, Texas-based pastor attracted a lot heat for allegedly not doing enough to help, like so many selfless community members actually did, becoming heroes in the process. But this preacher had already weathered plenty of controversy prior to the waters of Buffalo Bayou raising up around the southeast Texas city. From not being quick enough to condemn some clearly objectionable behavior, to being accused of misrepresenting the basic tenets of Christianity in a variety of ways, Osteen's public image is far from that of a flawless saint. Let's take a look at what potentially lurks beneath this holy man's bright smile.
Joel Osteen On Piers Morgan Tonight: "Homosexuality Is A Sin" - Windows and Doors
Joel Osteen has a problem, one that all Evangelicals in the U. The anti-gay position of mainstream Christianity has fallen out of favor with the public. Every reputable poll currently shows uncontested majority support for gay marriage. And the cultural shift happened more quickly than the churches can follow. He accepts you, he approves of you.
Pastor Joel Osteen to Oprah: Homosexuality Is Sin -- But Gay People Will Get Into Heaven
Who cares? Why is this news? Why is CNN releasing this segment of the interview now? What does it say about those who tune in to see and hear the obvious?
Osteen is a Christian and has built a media empire around his faith and his message of positivity and redemption. He said:. However, his father, John Osteen, was a Southern Baptist preacher 3 before he founded the Lakewood Church in Houston in 4 and upon his death in , Joel took over as senior pastor.