I visited thywordistruth’s blog and he posted this video of an excerpt of a sermon by Pastor Steve Lawson (who???) with the following transcript:
KING: Is it hard to lead a Christian life?
OSTEEN: I don't think it's that hard. To me it's fun. We have joy and happiness. Our family -- I don't feel like that at all. I'm not trying to follow a set of rules and stuff. I'm just living my life.
KING: But you have rules, don't you?
OSTEEN: We do have rules. But the main rule to me is to honor God with your life. To life a life of integrity. Not be selfish. You know, help others. But that's really the essence of the Christian faith.
KING: That we live in deeds?
OSTEEN: I don't know. What do you mean by that?
KING: Because we've had ministers on who said, your record don't count. You either believe in Christ or you don't. If you believe in Christ, you are, you are going to heaven. And if you don't no matter what you've done in your life, you ain't.
OSTEEN: Yeah, I don't know. There's probably a balance between. I believe you have to know Christ. But I think that if you know Christ, if you're a believer in God, you're going to have some good works. I think it's a cop-out to say I'm a Christian but I don't ever do anything ...
KING: What if you're Jewish or Muslim, you don't accept Christ at all?
OSTEEN: You know, I'm very careful about saying who would and wouldn't go to heaven. I don't know ...
KING: If you believe you have to believe in Christ? They're wrong, aren't they?
OSTEEN: Well, I don't know if I believe they're wrong. I believe here's what the Bible teaches and from the Christian faith this is what I believe. But I just think that only God with judge a person's heart. I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don't know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don't know. I've seen their sincerity. So I don't know. I know for me, and what the Bible teaches, I want to have a relationship with Jesus.
Again, we see another pastor riding on the fame of Joel Osteen. Based on an interview of Joel Osteen on the TV show Larry King Live on CNN, Pastor Steve Lawson (who???) accused Joel Osteen of not knowing or daring to declare the gospel.
However, is that true? Larry King asked Joel a very loaded question of who goes or who doesn’t go to heaven. This question should be answered within the walls of the church, not live on CNN. Larry King pushed the question further by asking whether Jews or Muslims can go to heaven, whether they are wrong …
I don’t mind Joel looking stupid on TV by not really answering this question on CNN, rather than be really stupid by answering it directly and then cause religious conflict, not to mention bring danger to himself and his family if and when extremists decide to respond.
This type of question will never be allowed on Singapore TV because the Singapore government knows how fragile our country’s racial and religious harmony is, and how one little spark can start off a huge fire of hatred which cannot be controlled.
There is a proper time and place to declare the gospel but it is certainly not on a 1minute interview with Larry King.