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Joel Osteen is viewed as a religious leader who inspires and provides words of advice through speeches, podcasts, TV appearances and books. Osteen has millions of followers around the world and a diverse membership at his Lakewood Church in Houston.

But Osteen is currently facing backlash because of what he said about presidential candidate Donald Trump. During an interview with FOX News Radio in October 2015, Osteen was asked his thoughts about Trump and his slogan, “Make America Great Again.” Osteen began the statement by saying he wasn’t on top of politics, but he also praised Trump.

“Mr. Trump, he is an incredible communicator and brander like President Clinton said. He’d been a friend of our ministry. He’s a good man,” Osteen said.

Since deciding to run for president, Trump has built his campaign by using racism, lies, and rhetoric. He has called for violence against his protesters and has shown a lack of knowledge about common issues that are crucial to being a political leader. However, he currently has the best chance of becoming the Republican nominee.

Osteen didn’t formally endorse Trump, but some who followed him have decided to blast him on social media.

Here are the reactions below:

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  • Malibu Jones

    Olivia Pope….where are you?

  • GibbyD

    Neither Osteen or Trump are godly , good or even respectable . Read (Psalm 73:12)KJB ( Hebrews 12:8)KJB. Trump is an unrepentant prolific fornicator and three time adulterer . Trump brags about his whoremonering in his book even calling women , ” pieces of ass”

  • Bob Huntsman

    Osteen is as much (or more) of a FRAUD as Drumpf is!!

  • Bobby Adams

    Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

  • Mp Puckerin

    I really liked Osteen but just because someone can speak the word doesn’t mean he will follow it! I’m so disappointed by this news. I even gave to his ministry. Apparently not more than TRUMP!

  • cupcake333

    what>>> more trump hating .you cant condem a man of god without riding in the devils seat your self if olsteen is a fraud. then that mean MOSES WAS TOO ? HE ALSO bought the word of god reguardless of his naysyer opposers etc … olsteen is delivering a message he aint supppose to
    hate no one period .. he care bout people period … most the people i encountered dont under
    stand how god use us…. how can you condem trump? you without sin cast your stone .. but remembr when you die d only you gotta answer for judging others trump is a child of god . ..
    money n power dont exempt you from god will … he got money if you won the lotto youwould too
    would that make you ungodly ? rich will be hated obama was middle class
    so was every liked president ummm?

  • Larry K Boyd

    I didn’t hear any endorsement by Osteen ! Some … people are like Piranas eager to devour! You know God places every King according to His Plan. Who are we to judge? It is past time that we Doubt our Doubts and start Believing our Beliefs. Proverbs 3: 5 & 6

    • Cyberologist

      Churches and pastors must be careful as churches can lose their non-profit status if they make political endorsements. Osteen can not endorse anybody..we know he doesn’t want to pay taxes on his million$…

      However calling Trump inspirational and good is about as close as he can get and this statement is what got out. When asked about what he thinks of Donald Trump, the pastor said,

      “Mr. Trump is an incredible communicator and brander. He’s been a friend of our ministry. He’s a good man.” It didn’t say Osteen endorsed him it said “he spoke highly of Trump” people reacted to this quote.

      Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/2887921/joel-osteen-claims-donald-trump-is-a-good-man/#p73olO4cGX6i0JK4.99

    • OND

      Come on Larry a man such as Osteen should distance himself from Trump with such haste it could cause whiplash. Deep down we all know that.

  • Marisol

    I always knew that there was something about Osteen’s spirit that was frightening. For years he never preached God’s words. Now, all of a sudden, for the past two years he’s been referring to scripture. As far as I’m concerned, if he looks like Joel he’s the devil anyway. However, that doesn’t mean that people who doesn’t look like Joel is not the devil as well. Joel’s new facial plastic surgery’s got him acting up. His wife had her face done years ago. I guess Joel felt that it was necessary to at least look almost as young….

  • http://abstractedvues.weebly.com/ Penelope

    Anyone who endorses Trump endorses violence, racism, hatred and utter disrespect for the human race. Wake up America, Donald Trump is an Elitist and is just saying what he needs to get what he wants, like he always does, He gets in office he will treat you like the garbage he is comparing everyone else to.

  • Cyberologist

    WoW I know dude is opulent with a 10 mil$ crib, a fleet of cars, and private jet etc etc he’s all about his cheddar w/his mega church, book writing dollars but I never thought he would suck up to a racist KKK neo Nazi just because he’s a billionaire calling that good.

    Churches and pastors must be careful as churches can lose their non-profit status if they make political endorsements.

    The great real estate mogul who only caters to the elite and uber wealthy. As for that being inspirational I must have missed eg Tump Towers Affordable Housing Complex.

  • alrotundo

    So now he’s a PRO-TORTURE preacher? Why am I not surprised???

  • Jennette Medina

    Whoever really knows about Joel Osteen style knows that he would not say a bad word about anyone regardless of who that person is. He has said it himself his commission in this world is to love people on their way to salvation and that’s exactly what he does. Other preachers are commissioned to scare people in to Jesus and others to send everyone to hell well to each it’s own. I rather being loved than scsred to Jesus