Rev. Rick Warren has conceded that churches are probably responsible for some anti-gay attitudes in America.

The 58-year-old Warren is the founder and senior pastor of the Lake Forest, California-based megachurch Saddleback Church – the eighth-largest church in the United States – and the author of the best-selling book The Purpose Driven Life.

While Warren is on a media tour to promote an updated edition of his book, interviewers have peppered him with questions about his disapproval of homosexuality.

When asked by The Huffington Post whether gays go to hell, Warren answered: “No, not because they're gay. We go to Hell because we choose to reject the grace of God.”

Gays who accept Jesus are “going to Heaven … without a doubt,” he said.

When CNN host John Berman asked Warren whether “some of our churches are responsible for some of the attitudes towards gays in America, the negative attitudes?” Warren answered “yeah.”

“Probably, yeah,” Warren said. “In fact, there are some people who are extremely violent or hateful. And hate is never of God, never.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

(Related: Rick Warren suggests gay marriage is inevitable.)