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    Tsk tsk Joel Osteen blesses Houston's New Gay Mayor

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    http://content.usatoday.com/communit...-evangelical/1




    Annise Parker, the newly-elected happens-to-be-lesbian mayor of Houston was sworn in Monday and the opening prayer was given by ... Rev. Joel Osteen.


    Is your head spinning? Osteen heads the nation's most mega of evangelical non-denominational megachurches, Lakewood Church in Houston where about 45,000 people cycle through a revamped sports stadium for services every weekend.

    Osteen has been all over telling folks (Larry King, Whoopi Goldberg) for years that homosexuality is not "God's best." I presume he means "God's best choice" because otherwise I'm lost in the dropped or implied rest of the sentence. But "God's best" is phrase Osteen never finishes so I'm just guessing.

    Yet, Osteen hasn't joined the more strident wing of the religious right in damning gays. Indeed, Osteen takes heat from other evangelicals who condemn him for not laying down a line of fire about sin of any kind. That's not his style, says the preacher known for his broad smile and sermons that God wants you to be happy. Osteen's best seller was titled, Your Best Life Now.



    Televangelist and best-selling author, Joel Osteen (shown here with his wife, Victoria. at the opening of the nation's largest church in a former Houston sports arena, gave the opening prayer at the inauguration of Houston's new mayor, Annise Parker, a lesbian. CAPTIONBy Jessica Kourkounis, APNow (hat tip to Mark Silk for pointing me to the Box Turtle Bulletin) writer Timothy Kincaid suggests to his gay readership that they look at Osteen more fully and fairly. Kincaid's post (which carries a disclaimer that others on the staff of the webzine don't necessarily agreed) says:


    I think it would be useful for our community to adopt a more nuanced view of religious leaders. By doing so, we might find ourselves with unexpected allies.

    Joel Osteen does not agree with my understanding of Scripture; but his disagreement does not make him a hater or a bigot. And I recognize the value in having a lesbian politician -- elected despite her opponent's religion-based homophobic campaign -- being given blessing by the pastor of the largest congregation in the nation.

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    Not very surprising at all. Joel has been a compromiser for a long, long time.

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    Sigh.
    1 Thessalonians 5:4 (New International Version)

    4But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.

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    Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

    Please pray for my wife's salvation. Her name is Sarah.

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    Considering it's Joel Osteen, this isn't the least bit surprising.

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    Well....

    You know, I don't really even have a comment. I am so Joeled and Ricked and Gayed out right about now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cocopea9052 View Post
    Well....

    You know, I don't really even have a comment. I am so Joeled and Ricked and Gayed out right about now.
    Ditto to that
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    I bet he didn't even tell him that being homosexual was "not God's best".............
    No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn... Isaiah 54.17

    A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
    Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
    Psalm 91:7-8

    What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
    Romans 8:31

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    Well... that's Joel. Not surprising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarriorX View Post
    I bet he didn't even tell him that being homosexual was "not God's best".............
    probably not....

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    Rather looks like he is endorsing this ...

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    Sad but not surprising.

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    not surprised considering Osteen and Lakewood are part of the seeker-driven

    willow creek association

    the whole wca network of churches is very seeker-driven and compromising

    (i.e. slants to the left theology-wise)
    For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)

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    My thoughts are the sad depths of discernment by people in Houston to even elect the morally depraved. Same thing up here in Canada with the people in Winnipeg.

    They don't realize that God will hold them guilty of approving and electing a person engaged in morally depravity.

    If every politician knew that he was going to be held guilty in God's courtroom for approving of the sins of others there would be less compromise to secure votes.
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    Is ordinary man capable of "blessing" anybody? I mean, don't all true blessings come only from God??

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    Sigh. It seems to me that elections are won and lost over the number of votes cast.

    I live in Harris County. With this election, there were seven candidates originally---three democrats, one republican, and one Socialist Workers (yikes!)---and it ended up with a run-off election between two of the democratic candidates. The republican candidate received 20% of the original vote. With regard to the run-off election, I heard no information about when the run-off election was being held, though again, the other candidate was not what many of us would have considered a good alternative to cast a vote for. Please at least google on all this and see for yourself and be educated on what happened in Houston. Bill White's candidate who ran was a democrat. I don't know anyone who is happy about this last mayoral election or the [lack] of choice of a good candidate because I am a conservative surrounded by conservatives here, but we are becoming the minority. Please understand that since Katrina, many of the poor residents who are/were dependent on government help are now here---and we have an increasing population of Hispanics (many illegals), many in gangs like MS13, so while Big Oil, among other very lucrative industry like healthcare, is still big time here in Houston, things have turned more democratic within the city. The number of us who vote republican/conservative is decreasing. Alhere, please keep that in mind as you make comments. Maybe you are unfamiliar with what has happened in Houston in the last decade with our demographic.

    It would be good to pray over those of us who live here or within its vicinity and work there, as my husband does, that the Lord bring people into full realization of their sin as the Bible defines it and into relationship with Him through His son Jesus and then to walk rightly. That is what I pray. It's a fallen world. Things are getting worse---a sign of the times we are in. But the Lord is good and faithful to those of us who love Him. He commands us to be merciful to others---we speak truth in love---whether to Joel Osteen who can't seem to say the word sin anymore, to Annise Parker a lesbian who is now in position of authority, or to my neighbor 8 houses away who is still sitting in his unbelief completely lost. We are to pray, and pray and pray more for these folks who are twisting God's Word (which I think is one of the scariest things), who are in positions of authority, for those who are lost.

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