*Joel Osteen, senior pastor of the 40,000-member Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, spoke with The Christian Post on Friday at Marlins Park baseball stadium in Miami, Fla. – one day before his scheduled America’s Night of Hope event – to talk about his life in ministry, how to respond when bad things happen to good people, and why he doesn’t like being grouped in with televangelists who preach the prosperity gospel, says the Christian Post.
The following is an edited transcript of the interview.
Osteen: You know, it’s interesting, because I didn’t feel pressured. I know that some of my friends that were preachers’ kids did. I was never forced to go to church, so I didn’t feel pressure. I guess, in a sense, you knew that people were watching. I think that my children are the same way, in that I don’t know if they feel pressured. I guess maybe in one way they do.
I don’t think that I fit in that mold, because like I said, a lot of my friends did feel that pressure. A lot of preachers’ kids are some of the most rebellious kids in the world. I never was like that. And I think that’s because my parents were the same in the church as they were at home. So we didn’t see mixed messages. I think that’s the difference. Because my friends didn’t. Their parents were one way in the pulpit and then things were a lot different at home.
Read the full interview here.