Joel Osteen, pastor of a Texas megachurch and best-selling author, has identified homosexuality as a sin, according to the Power News Network website.
"The Scriptures show that it's a sin," said Osteen in a recent television interview. He added, "I don't believe homosexuality is God's best for a person's life."
Osteen also indicated in the interview that he was against gay civil partnerships, but stated, "I'm not going to bash those people. I say it's wrong because that's what the Scriptures say."
Osteen is pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, housed in a 16,000-seat auditorium. It is the largest worship center in the United States.