During an interview with the Huffington Post on Wednesday, to promote his new book, “Break Out! 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life”, the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, Joel Osteen, was asked his opinion on the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis.
Host Josh Zepps of HuffPost Live fielded viewer questions and asked the charismatic televangelist, Reverend Joel Osteen, his thoughts on prayer, gays and his view of Pope Francis.
I think the Pope is fantastic…his tone and his humility. We may not agree one hundred percent on doctrine and theology, but it’s (the Catholic Church and our Church) open for everybody. I like his tone, not pushing people away.
For 22-minutes Joel Osteen talked about his early life in poverty, praying for big things, spirituality, faith, religion and homosexuals. The Christian preacher stated all people must be acknowledged for who they are.
I believe that God breathed life into every person and that every person is made in the image of God and you have accept them as they are, on their journey. I'm not here to preach hate or push people down.
When asked about religion and spirituality, here too, Osteen and Pope Francis have the same goal, to bring people into a relationship with God.
I do think that religion has turned a lot of people off. Part of it is because it was all about the rules and was political. I think now people have a hunger for God, they want to have a relationship, but they don't want to be called religious. I'm not trying to get them to join my religion, I'm just trying to plant a seed of hope in their heart.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if after hearing of Joel Osteen’s interview and opinion on the current Pontiff that Pope Francis would reach out to the leader of Lakewood Church for a theological discussion.
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