Solomon moves him one step closer to the mainstream. Yes, okay, there are lots more steps to go. But it's one step in the right direction.
As a prominent evangelical pastor based in San Antonio, you were recently catapulted into national controversy when you endorsed Senator
How did you feel when critics called you a Catholic-basher and said McCain should reject your endorsement? My statements regarding the Catholic Church have been grossly mischaracterized. I never called the Catholic Church “the anti-Christ” or a “false cult system.” I was referring to those Christians who ignore the Gospels.
What about your observation in a recent book that “most readers will be shocked by the clear record of history linking
But why bring all of that up now? ’Cause most of the world don’t know it. Christians don’t know it at all.
Two years ago, you founded Christians United for
That’s a touching sentiment, but some are concerned that the Zionism of American evangelicals stems from self-interest. Isn’t your involvement in Israel based on a desire to speed the second coming of Jesus? Our support of Israel has nothing to do with any kind of “end times” Bible scenario.
You’re not just sitting around waiting for the Rapture? No. My support of Israel is based on a recognition of the enormous debt we gentiles owe to the Jews. I have given millions of dollars to build hospitals and orphanages in Israel and to bring 25,000 Russian immigrants to Israel, because every Jewish person who comes to Israel makes it a stronger nation.
You’re often described as the pastor of a megachurch. Yes.
What makes it a megachurch instead of just a big church? I think they call you a megachurch when you go over 5,000. I have over 19,000 active members at Cornerstone Church in San Antonio.
You are also the president of Global Evangelism Television, which broadcasts your Sunday sermons around the country. I am on five days a week. My show can be seen throughout the world on several networks, including God TV, TBN and Daystar.
What do you make of
Let’s talk about your much-quoted comment that
I am not eager to rehash it either, although I wish that evangelicals were not so hard on gays. Our church is not hard against the gay people. Our church teaches what the Bible teaches, that it is not a righteous lifestyle. But of course we must love even sinners.
Do you have any gay friends? I don’t want to say that I have any friends, because when you say, “Who are they?” I don’t want them jumping off the balcony.
Do you have an Easter prayer to share with us? May the joy of Easter fill your heart and home.