Pastor and bestselling author Joel Osteen recently defended his vaguely defined views on homosexuality, saying he prefers to avoid divisive issues from the pulpit.
The pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston recently stated that while he believes gay marriage is “against the rules,” he doesn’t want his ministry defined by how he views the issue…….
However, many evangelical pastors and church leaders find Osteen’s unwillingness to discuss “hot button issues” from the pulpit disconcerting.
“Those placed in authority positions within the church have an obligation to preach truth, to preach the whole Word of God, unpleasant or not” said Rev. Stacy Swimp of Revive Alive Missional Ministries.
“Those who fail to do so are cowards, and the Bible is clear that cowards will be thrown into a lake of fire,” he continued, quoting Revelation 21:8
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