I'm the good news guy - Joel Osteen at Larry King's

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Here's an excerpt from an interview with a faithful and Christ-centered man of God... He could be your pastor... If you let him!

KING: But you're not fire and brimstone, right? You're not pound the decks and hell and damnation?

OSTEEN: No. That's not me. It's never been me [you, you, you!]. I've always been an encourager at heart. And when I took over from my father he came from the Southern Baptist background and back 40, 50 years ago there was a lot more of that. But, you know, I just -- I don't believe in that [then God lied about Hell, hu?]. I don't believe -- maybe it was for a time. But I don't have it in my heart to condemn people. I'm there to encourage them. I see myself more as a coach, as a motivator [yes, God is looking for motivators, not pastors; good for you] to help them experience the life God has for us.

KING: But don't you think if people don't believe as you believe, they're somehow condemned?

OSTEEN: You know, I think that happens in our society. But I try not to do that. I tell people all the time, preached a couple Sundays about it. I'm for everybody. You may not agree with me, but to me it's not my job to try to straighten everybody out. The Gospel called the good news. My message [thanks for clearing that up, I thought it was God message] is a message of hope, that's God's for you. You can live a good life [a good life now? why worry about life after death...] no matter what's happened to you. And so I don't know. I know there is condemnation but I don't feel that's my place [so we've seen that already...].


KING: Good news guy, right?

OSTEEN: Yeah. But you know what? It's just in me. I search my heart [I thought we were to search God's will] and I think, God, is this what I'm supposed to do? I made a decision when my father died, you know what? I'm going to be who I feel like [yeah, don't even pay attention to what God wants you to be] I'm supposed to be. And if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. Not the end of the world if I'm not the pastor [anyways, that was your human decision (and your father's)]...

KING: Where were you ordained?

OSTEEN: I was ordained from the church there, Lakewood, under my dad's ministry [see? it was your dad's (and your) decision), as I said before]. (Online source, emphasis and comments mine)

(Hey, nobody told him was already on the air!!!)



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