Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen told “Katie” during a recent interview that he wouldn’t marry two gay individuals saying, “No Katie, because I feel that would go against what the Scriptures teaches. He said he doesn’t ‘harp’ on such issues.
Osteen also said “But anytime I talk about this, people say you’re a gay-basher and all that, we are not. We’re for everybody. Our ministry is about lifting people up.” So, he’s not for gay marriage, but he’s for everyone, right?
Joel Osteen also emphasized that the overall theme in the Bible, which was also echoed by Jesus Christ — “love God and love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Katie Couric asked Osteen “are you worried if you spoke out supporting it [gay marriage] that there would be a backlash against your congregation?”
Osteen said “Well, I think there would be because I don’t feel like that’s what the Scriptures says.” He added, ”But again, there’s so many things that we can focus on. I’m not going to harp on one group. I’m for everybody. Jesus said, ‘I didn’t come into the world to condemn people but that the world could be saved.’ Our ministry is about lifting people up. Let them make their own decisions, I’m not the one to judge anybody,” he added.