Joel Osteen— televangelist, author, and Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas—has been hitting the airwaves hard promoting his new book, Break Out: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life.
Osteen recently sat down with Josh Zepps of HuffPost Live to talk shop on everything from prayer, to the Pope, to (of course) the gays.
During their chit chat, Zepps read a piece that he liked from Osteen's new book:
"It doesn't matter who likes you or doesn't like you, all that matters is that God likes you. He accepts you, he approves of you."
Zepps followed up by asking if that included homosexuals.
"Absolutely. I believe that God breathed life into every person, and that every person is made in the image of God and you have to accept them as they are on their journey. I'm not here to preach hate or push people down."
Well, surprise, surprise!
See the video in all of its glory below.
What did you think about what Osteen had to say? And may we ask, why do so many preachers talk in that creepy-voice? *shivers*