April 24th, 2012
01:40 PM ET
3 years ago

Osteen: Romney is a Christian

(CNN) – Famed pastor Joel Osteen reiterated his position that Mitt Romney is a Christian on Tuesday, saying as long as the likely GOP presidential nominee believes that Jesus is the Son of God then he subscribes to the Christian faith.

"When I hear Mitt Romney say that he believes that Jesus is the Son of God–that he's the Christ, raised from the dead, that he's his Savior–that's good enough for me," Osteen said in an interview to air on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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While Osteen described the Mormon faith as "not traditional Christianity," he said he believes Mormons fall under the Christian tent.

"Mormonism is a little different, but I still see them as brothers in Christ," the pastor argued.

Romney's faith has largely remained an outlier in this presidential cycle, though some have expressed skepticism at the likely Republican nominee's religious views.

A leading Baptist pastor in Dallas, for example, made headlines in October when he urged Republicans to vote against Romney, saying voters should elect what he called a Christian, not a Mormon. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints identify themselves as Christians.

More recently, some students at the evangelical Liberty University have taken issue with Romney being tapped to deliver the school's commencement address in May.

Recent polls, however, show a majority of Americans are open to having a Mormon as president.

Romney is not the only one who has taken heat over his faith. Polls have shown a small minority of Americans have questioned whether President Barack Obama is a Christian.

Countering the speculation, Osteen said Tuesday he has spent time with the president and has no doubt about his faith.

"I believe with all my heart that he's a Christian, as he says he is," Osteen said.

Watch the full interview HERE

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soundoff (553 Responses)
  1. Brian

    I don't recall Christians believing that they become Gods when they die and get their own planets. Actually, that's a bit blasphemous from what I learned. To say that all you need to do to be Christian is say that you believe JC is your savior, that's setting the bar pretty low.

    April 24, 2012 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  2. Susan

    TAX his church and all the others involved in political "opinion".

    April 24, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Bob

    Ah, the Great Osteen has spoken, so it must be true! And what if Romney isn't a Christian? Who the heck cares? It's not a requirement for the job - and it shouldn't be. We don't live in a theocracy - thank God!

    April 24, 2012 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  4. jms58

    Just two phonies believing in each other. How quaint!

    April 24, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Sirned

    How convinient of him....Bawwww haaaaaa. I remember Huckabee saying the constitution should be more like the bible. I guess the Evangelicals meant The Book of Mormans....I don't really care a hoot about anyone's religion. But when people roll in the religion river of Christianity and then backtrack I call out hypocrisy...

    April 24, 2012 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  6. John in Vegas

    Thanks Joel for answering that burning question. Now go back to ripping off the elderly and gullible with your fake ministry and silly books and leave the rest of us alone.

    April 24, 2012 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  7. Joe

    Whew, I thought he believed in a different set of delusions as the rest of america....

    April 24, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. Maya

    "Traditional" Christians believe that a Jewish carpenter/prophet, magically conceived without sperm or a Y chromosome to inherit, walked on water and was raised from the dead... and they are criticizing Romney over magic underwear? Seriously?

    Relax, people. There is no need to argue, because ALL of your religions are ridiculous and downright creepy.

    April 24, 2012 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  9. Robert

    I believe Christ gave the final definition; "By their fruits ye shall know them". As a group, the Mormons seem to live the gospel closer than any other people on earth. They are ALWAYS the first people on the scene to help out after a major disaster. They don't speak evil of other faiths. They give everyone the shirt off their backs.

    April 24, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  10. Melo-D

    Yet Obama went to a Christian church for years and you can't get any one of these "evangelicals" to say he's christian. Olsteen should have just said, "Romney is a white republican and that's good enough for me".

    April 24, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. a7m

    To be Christian, it is not enough to believe that Christ was the son of God. One has to share Christ's message– which Romney, with his screw-the-poor approach does not respect. He is not Christian. Neither is Osteen.

    April 24, 2012 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  12. llosano

    First of all, Osteen is not a man of God, for he does not preach the true Gospel. All he knows is how to be happier. That is not what the Lord Jesus came to do on earth. The Lord came to destroy the work of the devil and to set us free from Hell. Mitt Romney is not a Christian, but he is a Mormon. Mormon's doctrine is different from the Christian doctrine for for them, Satan and Jesus are just brothers; and they believe that humans will become gods one day and have their own world. What is christian about that?

    April 24, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  13. Melo-D

    Do most Chrisitans baptize Jewish people post mortum?

    April 24, 2012 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. tefera

    I don't beleive this!!! Osteen accept Mormonism as a christians? Really? What a world we live in? Whom shall we believe this days? We all face Jugdement one day infront of the Lord and we will answer.

    April 24, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. Joel Miller

    I do not care one whit whether Romney is a Christian, Muslim, Jew, or atheist. He's an unimaginative opportunist.

    April 24, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. MrHighMighty

    When a false Christian is endorsed by a pastor, you know the pastor is false also. Romney's attitude of entitlement is consistent with the anti-Christian Mormon addition to Scripture that they are entitled to the Grace of God and that they have been eternal beings before their time in this earthly body. Mormons are similar to Muslims in that they did not like what Jesus and Scripture revealed about the true nature of Man, so they made up extra stuff to believe in. False doctrine is Satan's favorite deception.

    April 24, 2012 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. jj

    The earth changes are beginning to happen, there is a threat of extermination of species, extreme weather is here, the world economy is sinking, there is unbelievable disparity between the rich and poor – and all the Christian clowns and Republican politicians can talk about is their imaginary god.

    April 24, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. j

    Osteen is such a satanist...meaning he never preaches the bibles, never talks about sin, never says you can go to hell.....just like the devil to lie and convince you of something that will damn your soul.

    The bible says Satan has ministers that APPEAR like God's ministers...Joel Osteen and Benny Hinn are leading the charge of false prophets

    April 24, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  19. AbacusAmy

    For everyone who says the Book of Mormon isn't real by quoting Revelations – how many of you actually understand the history and order of the books in the Bible? Did you miss the scripture in Deuteronomy that says ye shall not add nor take away? So do you believe in the New Testament and consider yourself Christian? How do you not get that the references in Revelations and Deuteronomy apply specifically to the messages in those books? Instead you take scripture out of context and blanket your own interpretations across the masses.

    Rampant ignorance abounds

    April 24, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. SensibleJoe

    The question is, "Is Joel Osteen a Christian?" How extravagantly he and his wife live certainly doesn't jive with the ethics and example of Jesus Christ.

    April 24, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. MrHighMighty

    When a pastor endorses a false Christian, you know the pastor is false also. Romney's attitude of entitlement comes from the anti-Christian Mormon addition to Scripture that they are entitled to the Grace of God and that they were eternal beings before their time in this earthly body. Mormons are similar to Muslims in that they did not like what Jesus and Scripture taught about the true nature of Man, so they made up stuff they could accept. False doctrine is Satan's favorite deception.

    April 24, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. 2tor

    Well, that's definitely better than Rev Wright calling him a Christian, because then we'd know it's a lie!

    April 24, 2012 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    As a Christian living in the greater Houston area, I'm not sure that what Joel Osteen preaches is anywhere near what Jesus taught, which diminishes his "endorsement" of Romney's faith considerably. But from what I know of Mormon beliefs, they have more in common with Hinduism that with Christianity.

    April 24, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. swohio

    What difference does it make if Osteen thinks Romney is a Christian or not? It's not like Osteen's word is the final authority on the matter.

    April 24, 2012 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. Dom

    Last I checked, we were guaranteed the freedom to practice any religion we choose by the constitution. Allowing a factor such as the religion of a candidate to influence your voting decision is fundamentally un-American.

    April 24, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
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