Oprah and Pastor Joel Osteen Talks Homosexuality And Degrees Of Sin
by Moody Adams Pastor Joel Osteen appeared again on the Oprah Winfrey’ TV show and dealt with his opinions regarding ‘sin.’ He made 3 mistakes.
First, he stresses that he preaches on the positive aspects of the gospel. Osteen has learned what successful politicians have known for a long time; people like positive messages. However, this means neglecting “repentance” and proclaiming the “whole counsel” of the gospel.
Paul reminded the Christians in Jerusalem, “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, 21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ… For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God ” (Acts 20:20,21, 27).
Second, Osteen said. "I don't think God categorizes sins." However the Bible says there are two catagories of sin, one that are pardonable and one sin that is unpardonable. In Matthew 12:31 Jesus said, “Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.”
Third, Osteen said he, “believes homosexuals can get into Heaven.” However, The Bible declares, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” (I Corinthians 6:9, 10).
“Effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind” means homosexuals. They can only go to heaven if they repent of this sin, ceasing to commit it.
“Christians are commanded to, “Flee fornication (sexual sin). Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.” Sexual sins are “a sacrilegious desecration of God's temple to profane uses,” warns Jamison, Fausset and Brown’s commentary.
Osteen did corectly say homosexuality is a sin, to his credit.