Joel Osteen of the Houston megachurch
Lakewood has reiterated his view that being gay is a sin.
The 50-year-old Osteen, who is
currently pitching his latest book Break Out: 5 Keys to Go Beyond
Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life, was asked his views
on the subject during an interview with Larry King.
“I believe that Scripture says that
it's a sin,” Osteen told King. “But I always follow that up by
saying, 'You know what, we're not against anybody.'”
“But if you're calling it a sin. How
can it be a sin, if we don't know what causes it? You don't know why
you're heterosexual,” King asked.
“No,” Osteen answered. “And
there's a lot of things, Larry, that I don't understand. I don't
preach on it. I don't preach about it. It only comes up during the
“Does gay marriage annoy you?” King
“No, it doesn't annoy me. From a
scriptural point of view, I don't think it is what my faith would
teach. But it doesn't annoy me.” (The video is embedded on this
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