Posted by: Joe Palmer | January 10, 2012

Joel Osteen says Homosexuality is a sin.

Joel Osteen has clarified his stand on homosexuality.  It is a sin, but gay people will go to heaven.  Perhaps you are like me and don’t find that very clear. Is Osteen right?  Is he compromising the truth?

Here is a excerpt from the article on Osteen.

“Will a gay person be accepted into heaven, as you see it?,” Oprah asked the famed pastor. “I believe they will,” he responded. ”Sometimes we look at gay being a bigger sin than being proud or not telling the truth. I don’t think God categorizes sins.”


Here, Osteen made it clear that he believes homosexuality is sinful. But Oprah pushed him a bit harder to solidify his stance, asking, “Does that mean that you’re saying that you believe that being gay is a sin?”

“I believe that homosexuality is shown as a sin in the scripture,” he responded. “Oprah, it’s a hard thing in a sense, because I’m for everybody. I’m not against anybody. I don‘t think anybody’s second class,” Osteen continued, as he explained that the bible’s message on the matter, in his view, is clear.

Osteen is right that a homosexual can get to heaven.  They get their the same way a thief or a liar does, by repenting and being baptized for their sins.  Homosexuals will be in heaven but as with all sins we are asked to give up our sin.  But don’t take my word for it, look at what the Bible says.

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”  (1 Corinthians 6:9–11 NKJV)

Osteen is right.  So what is the problem?  The problem  Oprah and Joel both have is calling sin, sin, without seeming mean-spirited.  Homosexuality is a sin among many sins. Oprah asked is it wrong to “be gay?” Oprah like many today use the phrase being gay as if it isn’t a choice.  They think that someone is gay because they are born that way, not that they choose  to live that way.  Homosexuality is an urge a temptation. We all have urges, and temptations.

  • The alcoholic has an urge to drink.
  • The pyromaniac to set fires.
  • The thief to steal.
  • The heterosexual to cheat on their mate.
  • The pedophile to abuse children.

What do we do with our sinful urges? SAY NO.

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,”  (Titus 2:11–13 NIV)

But some want to say that the homosexual can’t say no.  That we shouldn’t ask them to say no.  That we can’t judge that their choice is any different from ours. As you see in the previous passage (I Cor 6:9-11) God said that homosexuality is wrong.  But notice that he said some homosexuals had stopped living that way and were now in a right relationship with God.  We do ourselves and others no favors when we gloss over what sin is.  We should not communicate that sin is anything more or less than sin.  It is when we acknowledge that  sin that we take the first step in conquering it. It seems to me that Oprah and Osteen are both reluctant to do that.

Joe Palmer



  1. Great non-pc article!!

  2. Thank you Jim. I appreciate your blog too.

  3. Only way for a homosexual to get to heaven is to repent, and to go and sin no more.

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