We all knew that Joel Osteen was challenged when it came to the Bible, but every now and then a tidbit comes to light that displays how ignorant he is of God's word.
We must talk a moment about pork; ham, bacon, pepperoni. These are some things that the scripture tells us we should not eat... and of course this has to do with anything that comes from the pig, a hog, a swine... Back in the bible days the pig was considered unclean, it was never considered a source of food. - Joel Osteen
Joel goes on to tell us his personal reasoning for avoiding pork, talks about the pig's diet and it's digestive system, then goes on to tell how he prefers fresh fish, fresh salmon, and chicken. All of which proves that Joel know less about biblical dietary requirement than he knows about how chickens are raised.
But Joel isn't alone on the pulpit disparaging bacon. Jim Staley quite often disparaged bacon, but then he was deep into the Hebrew Roots movement. (I say "was" because because the Passion for Truth pastor is now doing 7 years for investment fraud). Rick Warren too say to abstain from pork in his diet book The Daniel Plan. But is this right? Should men in a position of spiritual authority be telling Christians what to eat and what not to eat based on scripture?