Joel Olsteen: “I Didn’t Choose to be Straight”
Joel Olsteen, a conservative who makes his money by appealing to people of faith, was asked about homosexuality recently on CNN. During the interview, Olsteen admitted that he didn’t choose to be straight. But while he made this admission, he did continue on to say that being gay is a sin.
Olsteen maintains that the scripture is clear that being gay is a sin and that “two hundred years from now, the Scripture is still going to say that.”
Here is a partial transcript of the interview, which consisted of Olsteen, Soledad O’Brien and former Clinton advisor Richard Socarides.
O’Brien: But for people who are gay, you’re saying so then you shouldn’t be gay?
Osteen: Well, I think that’s the big debate. The scripture says you’ve got to work out your own salvation.
Socarides: Do you think you can choose to be gay or not gay? You think you choose to be straight?
Osteen: I know I have not chosen to be straight, I just feel like that’s who I am.
Socarides: So how can I choose to be gay?
After being backed into a corner, Olsteen then asked the host to stick to issues he understands. It appears that this is not comfortable territory for the megapastor. In the past, Olsteen has compared homosexuality to breaking an addiction.
“I believe that it’s a process. But I believe that God can give us grace to change. We’ve seen people break addictions, and do other other things as well,” Osteen said to Piers Morgan last year.
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