On Tuesday night, televangelist Joel Osteen appeared alongside his wife, Victoria, on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight," where he discussed the highly-contentious issue of gay marriage.
During the show, Morgan showed a clip from Osteen's January appearance on the show. In the clip, the pastor is seen stating that he believes, based on the Bible, that homosexuality is a sin. Below, watch the clip from January:
After showing Osteen his past words on the matter, Morgan asked, "Has your position changed at all since then?" Here was the mega pastor's response:
"You know, Piers, it really never changes because mine's based out of the scripture. That's what I believe that the scripture says -- that homosexuality is a sin. I believed it before and I still believe it now....
I'm not mad at anybody, I don't dislike anybody. Respecting my faith and believing in what the scripture says, that's the best way I can interpret it."
Watch these statements, below:
Osteen reiterated numerous times that he is "not...against anybody." In analyzing the dialogue, Greg Hengler, over at TownHall.com, wrote:
Kudos to Joel for saying homosexuality is a sin, but, like a pilot or a sea captain, if your coordinate system is off by even a tiny bit, your destination will be missed by a heckuva lot.
Toward the middle of this clip Joel begins to lose a biblically-centered navigation system when he concedes: "I'm not against anything." He and his wife Victoria also confess that they would attend a homosexual marriage; and therefore, be witness to, not speak out in objection to, and have to "forever hold their peace" about that union.
While some would certainly contend that the Osteens would be violating biblical principles in their willingness to attend a gay wedding, others would disagree.
The pastor did state that his willingness to attend the marriage of an individual who is close to him was rooted more in respect for that person than anything else. It is this case, he says, attending a gay wedding would be permissible, though Osteen was careful to let the audience know that he does, indeed, view homosexuality as sinful.