Apostate preacher Joel Osteen continues to play the pied piper, leading blind down the road of destruction in America. In an interview with the Huffington Post, he said that God “absolutely” approves of every person, including those who practice sodomy.
In promoting his new book Break Out! 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life, the charlatan of Lakewood Church in Houston told the Huffington Post about what he thought of those who engage in sodomy.
During the interview, Josh Zepps of HuffPo Live quoted Osteen’s book, “It doesn’t matter who likes you or who doesn’t like you, all that matters is God likes you. He accepts you, he approves of you.”
He then asked Osteen if that reference included those who engage in sodomy.
“Absolutely,” Osteen insisted, “I believe that God has breathed his life into every single person. We’re all on a journey. Nobody’s perfect.”
He went on to attempt to mesh sodomy with other sins.
“The Bible said a sin is pride, a sin is selfish ambition. We tend to pick out these certain things,” Osteen said. “But I believe every person is made in the image of God, and you have accept them as they are, on their journey. I’m not here to be preaching hate, pushing people down. I’m not here telling people what they’re doing wrong.”
I agree. The Bible does point out these things as sin, but we don’t leave those off, just because at a particular moment we may be speaking to someone who engages in the sin of sodomy. We hold God’s standard high on all of these things.
In fact, sodomy is referred to as an abomination, but did you also know other sins are listed as abominations?
- Lying lips (Prov. 12:22)
- Wicked thoughts (Prov. 15:26)
- Pride (Prov. 16:5)
- Unequal weights and measures (Prov. 20:10)
- Sometimes our prayers are (Prov. 28:9)
- Sometimes our worship is (Deut. 17:3-4)
- Child sacrifice and divination (Deut. 18:10-12)
- Our trinkets (crosses, rabbit’s foot, etc.) (Deut. 27:15)
- Even our words (Prov. 16:6)
This is why even when we deal with the issue of sodomy, even calling it an abomination, we should remember that other sins are referenced in the same way. However, God never says he accepts any of us when we are practicing these things. In fact, He rejects us, and we have ample evidence from the Scriptures that he did so to those in the Old Testament (cf. 1 Cor. 10). The Scriptures even teach us that He is “angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11) and “visits the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate” Him (Exodus 20:5).
Now, understand that in 2012, Osteen did say that engaging in sodomy is a sin. He told Fox News’ Chris Wallace, “I believe the scripture says that being gay is a sin. But, you know, every time I say that, Chris … people say, well, you are a gay hater and you’re a gay basher,” Osteen told Wallace during the interview. “I’m not. I don’t – I don’t dislike anybody. Gays are some of the nicest, kindest, most loving people in the world. But my faith is based on what I believe the scripture says, and that’s the way I read the scripture.”
There is some of this I agree with. Simply because we view sodomy as sin, does not mean we don’t have any compassion to tell those in sin the truth. That does not mean we hate them. It’s actually an act of love, in the same manner that when my children are doing wrong, it’s my job as a parent to correct them, and even discipline them, so that they learn what is right for their own good. However, to then tell those engaged in sin that God “approves” of them or “accepts” them while they practice their wickedness is a lie from the father of lies.
Sodom was destroyed for a plethora of sins, but the predominant one that was focused on in Genesis 19 was the sin of sodomy (the men of the city wanted to “know” (rape) the angels that came to Lot’s house), from which we get the name. God turned it literally into Hell and utterly destroyed the city and the people.
Osteen is doing no favors for those who engage in sodomy. One would be better off to listen to the words of Jesus. In speaking of false prophets, Jesus said:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:15-23
Quickly, Jesus points out that false prophets are known by their fruits. Look at the fruit of Osteen. Is it really doing the will of the Father or making people comfortable in their sin (telling them that God accepts them in their sin, but never calling them to repent of that sin). Does it look like Jesus accepts people who call Him Lord, but don’t obey? Who preach, but don’t obey? Who cast out devils, but don’t obey? Who do wonderful works, but don’t obey? No. He says for them to depart from Him because they work iniquity. In the vernacular, Jesus tells them to “Get lost” because they practice lawlessness, or sin (1 John 3:4).
For anyone who practices sodomy, or any sin for that matter, the command of God is for you to repent of your sin and put your faith in the Son of God, who demonstrated His love for sinners by giving His life to set them free from their sin.