Source: All Christian News.com
Rick Warren, the prominent pastor and author of the best-selling book, “The Purpose Driven Life,” is openly reflective on what it means to be gay and whether or not being gay stops you from going to heaven.
Warren recently stated that gay behavior might be sinful and that gay men and women can go to heaven. Both of these statements are controversial, particularly since Warren has been known to be outspoken about gay culture.
During an interview this week with the Huffington Post, Warren was asked if being gay was a sin.
“I have many, many gay friends, and have worked around the world with them in gay organizations to try to stop AIDS,” he said. “We’re doing ‘World AIDS Day’ this weekend at Saddleback Church. My wife and I have given millions of dollars to help people with HIV/AIDS and have worked with gay organizations on that.”
“What about the love part, though? I hear about the AIDS part,” asked Huffpost Live Host, Marc Lamont Hill. “It’s not illegal to love somebody,” Warren replied.
“But you think it’s a sin,” Hill said.
“No, it’s not a sin to love somebody,” Warren said.
“It might be a sin to have s*x with them,” he added. “It might be.”
Recently, Warren spoke on CNN and was asked if it is possible for someone to be born gay. He said that he’s not so sure about that one.
“I think the jury is still out on that,” he said. “It wouldn’t bother me if there was a ‘gay gene’ found, because here’s what we know about life: I have all kinds of natural feelings in my life, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I should act on every feeling. … I do not believe that attraction is a sin, but I do believe that some actions are sin.”
Also during his interview on the Huffington Post, Warren stated that he believes that gay people can still go to heaven. This remark contradicts those of other pastors, who argue that gay people will go to hell since they are living in this form of sin.
“No, not because they’re gay,” he said. “We go to Hell because we choose to reject the grace of God.”
When asked if a gay man can go to heaven if he accepts Jesus, Warren was clear in his response.
“He’s going to Heaven!” he declared. “Without a doubt.”