Joel Osteen is causing controversy since a recent radio interview that took place six months ago, during which he allegedly came to the defense of GOP hopeful Donald Trump, has resurfaced.
The pastor of the Houston-based Independent megachurch, Lakewood Church, Joel Osteen has a throng of followers at the church and around the world. He is frequently under fire for his “prosperity” preaching that doesn’t ring true with many Bible-based congregations.
It was while promoting his book, The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today, that Joel Osteen spoke with Kilmead & Friends via Fox Radio, when the topic turned to Donald Trump.
Pastor Joel Osteen says Donald Trump "Is a Good Man" lol pic.twitter.com/qWWBw3uCWW
— danielgotskillz (@danielgotskillz) March 14, 2016
During the conversation, Joel Osteen called Donald Trump a “good man.”
Now Osteen is under fire for allegedly endorsing Trump, and that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Lakewood Church has issued a statement regarding the situation, on behalf of Joel Osteen.
“Contrary to the misinformation making the rounds on social media, Pastor Joel Osteen has not endorsed any candidate for President of the United States.”
Brace yourself. Pastor Joel Osteen blasted for speaking highly of Donald Trump https://t.co/gkIKuJldpG
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) March 15, 2016
Joel Osteen is the victim of something that often happens when push comes to shove in an election year. Candidates are seeking high-profile endorsements at this stage of the game. Osteen commented in an interview months ago that Donald Trump is a “good person,” and someone has taken that statement–out of context–and made it into something it isn’t.
Joel Osteen isn’t the first person this has happened to, and he certainly won’t be the last. However for now, he hasn’t endorsed Donald Trump–or anyone else.