Larry King Show
April 8, 2009
Never in all of modern history has a Spirit-Filled, Born Again preacher, the son of a Spirit-filled, Born Again preacher spoke in favor of Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Gay and Lesbian Marriage, and Gay and Lesbian adoption of Children.
Never in all of modern history has a Spirit-Filled Born Again preacher declared such a man as Obama loves Jesus Christ, and that he is following his beliefs in Christ in his wholesale destruction of the nation and the church.
The only deed comparable to this was the Pope and Catholic bishops’ proclamation in 330 AD of
If Joel Osteen is not the false prophet that will proclaim the antichrist as God and to be worshipped; certainly one that is cut from the same cloth as this man will arise and do so.
(CNN) -- Joel Osteen is the senior pastor
The Osteens, known for their
optimistic outlook on life, visited "Larry King Live" Tuesday night
for a wide-ranging interview that covered President Obama, same-sex marriage,
the recent outbreak of mass shootings, the state of religion in
The following interview has been edited for brevity and clarity:
Larry King: Since you were last on, we have sworn in our first African-American president. What are your impressions [of Barack Obama]?
Joel Osteen: Well, I think he's doing a great job. I'm impressed with his skill, his calmness, his just strength under pressure. These are tough times for him.
King: And you, Victoria?
Victoria Osteen: I've been really impressed. In fact, I've been impressed [with] the first lady. She stepped up, and she's done a remarkable job.
King: Recent polls show 12 percent of Americans still believe Obama is a Muslim, and 35 percent say they don't know his religion, but to most of them it don't matter. Should it matter?
Joel Osteen: Well, it matters to me. It matters to me that I know he loves the Lord, and I think it's important that he has convictions from his faith. So to me, it matters when I'm making my personal decisions. (How has Joel Osteen determined that Obama loves Jesus Christ? How has Joel Osteen determined Obama’s pro-abortion pro-homosexual, pro-muslim anti-christian, socialist marxist agenda is Obama’s faith convictions from knowing and loving Jesus Christ? This is possibly the most amoral, corrupt, and perverted statements of calling that which is evil – good, that has come out of the mouth of any modern preacher.)
King: Does it matter to you, Victoria?
Victoria Osteen: It does. It matters to me. ... I believe he is a Christian.
King: The "Hope for Today Bible." This is a new Bible [from you]. How is this different from other Bibles?
Joel Osteen: It's a living translation of the Bible, which is an easy version to read. And then it's got our notes besides certain passages. And it's just to help people maybe to understand the Bible a little bit easier.
King: Do you think that eventually many more states are going to allow same-sex marriage?
Osteen: You know, I don't know where it's all going ... I'd love to see it stay
between a male and a female, not knocking anybody else. (Joel Osteen is publicly
stating before all of unsaved
King: Supposing there were more states that had it. What would be the harm?
Victoria Osteen: We really want to see marriage between a man and a woman. There [are] going to be people who get together and have relationships and have what they call their families. But I just think marriage should be sanctified by the church. It should be between a man and a woman.
King: Should a gay couple be allowed to adopt?
Joel Osteen: I think that, again, it's best for a male and a female. I'm not saying that gay people aren't good people. ... (Joel Osteen declares here gay couples, and lesbian couples “Are good people” – and while they may not be the best they should be allowed to adopt.)
King: Or good parents.
Joel Osteen: Yeah, exactly. (Joel Osteen here declares gay couples and lesbian couples are “Good Parents for adoption) But again, I like to shoot for God's best, and that is a father and a mother in the home. It doesn't always happen. I know a lot of people raised by single parents. And you know what? We bless them and pray for them as well. But I think God's best is a male and female.
King: In the new issue of Newsweek,
the lead story by Jon Meacham is "The Decline and Fall of Christian America." Just off the premise of
that headline, do you accept that? That Christian America is in
trouble? (We have
addressed this issue repeatedly concerning the
trying to think where he's coming from. ... I see faith in
King: The Newsweek article quotes our Albert Mohler Jr. And he's president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. And he said, "The so-called Judeo-Christian consensus of the last millennium has given way to a post-modern, post-Christian, post-Western cultural crisis which threatens the heart of our very culture."
Osteen: Well, he's a smart man and I respect him. You know, maybe what he's saying
is true. . . (Osteen when close questioned, quickly
back tracks -- and
then tosses out another colossal jewel of ignorance)
King: What do you make of these mass shootings?
Joel Osteen: You know, it's really sad. People get deranged. People get confused. ... I believe there are dark forces in our world. There are evil forces that, unfortunately, we can give into. And some of it is just from depression, just that mental illness.
King: Do you pray for them, Victoria? The shooters?
Victoria Osteen: Oh, absolutely. You've got to pray for them. They're obviously tormented. They're deceived and not cherishing life. ... So yeah, we do pray for them.
King: We've had a mass depression in this country, recession. Do you think that might be at the core of some of these things?
Victoria Osteen: I think it is. When you've lost your job and you've just been beaten down and you don't see any future, it's easy to start letting those negative thoughts play. ... You don't have anything to live for. It's never going to get any better. And I think that if you don't watch it, you'll just spiral down and down and down.
And that is why we feel so strongly about just giving people hope. Even at your lowest moment, you never know what God can do. He can turn any situation around. You can be just one night from getting the break you need, getting the job you want.
King: How do you deal with death, having to console people [who are] dying?
Joel Osteen: Well, it's difficult. But Larry, we have the hope of heaven. We believe we'll see our loved ones again. And as hard as it is, we'll just try to encourage people that death is just a separation. ... I lost my dad 10 years ago, and he was my best friend. But it's amazing the peace that God gave me. So I believe that God can give you a strength and a new beginning.
King: Where do you believe he is?
Joel Osteen: I believe he's in heaven.
King: Which is a place. ...
Joel Osteen: I believe it's a real place. ... You've had people on a lot about near death experience, and I've talked to them too, how they've had an accident and all of a sudden, they're up watching themselves. And I believe that our spirit's on the inside.
My belief as a Christian is when we receive Christ as salvation that that gives us a guarantee for heaven.