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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Joel Osteen’s gay problem: The religious right is history if he can’t solve it

Prophecy Sign:  The Apostate church of the last days

For those of us that hold to a conservative world view and believe the bible in its entirety, (including those sections that call homosexuality a sin), it is becoming a world were such beliefs are considered hateful and intolerable.  Even some well known so-called evangelical leaders are calling such doctrinal beliefs, quote: "politically intertwined, culturally ghettoized, Evangelical subculture" unquote.  To forego such long-held doctrinal teachings is by definition, 'apostasy', and is a sure sign we are living in the very last of the last days.

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 2 Timothy 4:3 NIV

Joel Osteen’s gay problem: The religious right is history if he can’t solve it
Joel Osteen has a problem, one that all Evangelicals in the U.S. are facing. The anti-gay position of mainstream Christianity has fallen out of favor with the public. Every reputable poll currently shows uncontested majority support for gay marriage. And the cultural shift happened more quickly than the churches can follow. The Huffington Post’s Josh Zepps recently asked Osteen about this passage from his new book, “Break Out: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barrier and Live an Extraordinary Life”: “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 wanted to know if this included gay folks. “Absolutely,” Osteen offered without missing a beat. Evangelicals are notoriously tricky on the subject. It’s common theology to claim that God accepts absolutely everyone because being gay is viewed as an affliction, not an identity. What makes Osteen’s statement so unusual is his claim that God “approves” of gay folks.

Rob Bell Voices Support for Gay Marriage
While speaking at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral (the Episcopal Cathedral of the Diocese of California) this Sunday, author and pastor Rob Bell was asked about his position on gay marriage. He responded to the question directly, saying, "I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it's a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man … I think this is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are."
Bell went on to explain some other thoughts about traditional evangelicalism and its influence on social issues: "I think we are witnessing the death of a particular subculture that doesn't work. I think there is a very narrow, politically intertwined, culturally ghettoized, Evangelical subculture that was told ‘we're gonna change the thing’ and they haven't …And we have supported policies and ways of viewing the world that are actually destructive. And we've done it in the name of God and we need to repent.” 

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