April 24th, 2012
01:40 PM ET
11 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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  1. CrazyPolitics

    I don't know. Are we sure Romney isn't a closet Muslim? And what about those family connections in Mexico? Has he produced a birth certificate? He might not be a U.S. citizen. Come on conservatives! You warned us these things have to be checked out.

    April 24, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. jo an

    The only person who knows who is a Christian..is the person...in Jesus's time it was about 'Who was Jewish'...I do not believe like the Fundamentalist/Evangelicals and yet I consider myself a Christian and I could care less what others think...To each his own...

    April 24, 2012 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  3. Jacqui

    Even the demons believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Christians are known by their fruit and while it would be remiss of anyone of us to judge another who has not only believed, but has received Jesus into his heart, I believe that we should never put our spin on the Word of God.

    I believe that people are confusing Christianity with Conservatism. There is nowhere recorded in the Holy Scriptures that God loves the Republicans and hates the Democrats. He said that whosoever believes in Him and receives Him into their heart, the same shall be given power to become a child of God. Everyone needs His grace, the rich and the poor, the educated and the un-educated, the black and the white and everything in between.

    April 24, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    why is it that it's always Republicans that feel the need to bring religion into politics. I am more interested in Romney's policies which at this point I don't care for than to what church he may attend. And just because you claim to be a Christian doesn't mean you are a good person. History can prove that.

    April 24, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. chris

    You don't have to be a Christian to believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead there were at least 500 witnesses also even the Roman soldiers at the crucifixion indicated this must be the son of God. I wonder how much Romney believe in Joseph Smith as the first prophet called of God in modern times

    It might be said that the doctrine of the trinity is the very first of all doctrines in which Latter-day Saint teachings differ from the traditional view.

    April 24, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    My goodness...a voice of reason and tolerance among Chrisitan evangelicals.

    April 24, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. jpa

    I think Joel Osteen’s main interest is not in saving souls but in making money. Some would claim that he does not receive any payment from his church, but that all of his fortune comes from his outside ventures. Well, if it were not for his mega church exposure, I doubt that he would be even able to sell a pencil or speak anywhere publicly. Wolf certainly would not call him.
    So many people want to keep religion out of politics. If that is truly how you feel, then stop screaming about President Obama being a Muslim. Obama says that he is not a Muslim, but is a Christian. Romney says that he is INDEED a Mormon. So maybe President Obama should say that he is a…………mormon! Then maybe the south would vote for him. NOT!! The South does not care what Obama says he is, they have other reasons not voting for him, which have nothing to do with his religion OR his politics.
    Every time Joel Osteen opens his mouth, his credibility sinks lower. Is he a teacher, a preacher, or just a mega church spokes person?

    April 24, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Lisha

    Prostestant, Catholic, Jew, Mormon, and yes, llike it or not, Muslim.....the US Constitution provides for the separation of church and state. As long as the candidate is competent and does not force their religious views on others by way of governing what does their religion matter??? I have never understood this.

    April 24, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  9. AbacusAmy

    @ Jez

    Christianity NEVER endorsed polygamy? So do Christians believe in the WHOLE Bible? I believe David and Solomon were beloved of the Father and practiced polygamy....

    April 24, 2012 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  10. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    @ Ray E (Georgia)

    funny you should mention or claim that Obama is for "spreading other people's wealth around" I take it you're a Christian so look in the Bible and see what Jesus said the rich should do in reference to the poor. Sounds a bit more like what you claim Obama is promoting than Romney is.

    April 24, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. peter

    believing in religion is not believing in god, its believing the humans who wrote the stories about god. if you believe that god spoke to people thousands of years ago, and trust the people who wrote about it, you are displaying ignorance. i respect peoples ideas of what a god might be, but to believe the bible is to believe in fables and legends. greek mythology had temples built to worship their gods, they believed just as strongly in their time. in time all current religion will become mythology. any intelligent adult knows this deep down, no matter what they claim to believe.

    April 24, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    I like the part of Christ sitting with sinners, and those who thought they were righteous mocked him for it. I am Mormon and I believe we all need Christ, for there is only one perfect man to ever exist. It not only takes Christ, but also a knowledge of God, and His Son Jesus Christ, as John 17:3 mentions. As we toil between our knowledge of good and evil, the gospel of opposites, one day it will be split and we shall be reborn into the Kingdome of God to receive our justice and mercy. I love Christ, and I have come closer to him by studying all that I can of ancient and modern sources. I grew up Evangelical and am very happy in my conversion to Mormonism, since I don't need to be angry at those who have a different understanding than I do. I believe the true Christ can save all men as soon as they gain a knowledge of Him, but for some reason there are those that say that their Christ can only save the ones who think a certain way.

    April 24, 2012 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Osteen along with Richard Land is compromising on the fact that the Mormon faith fits all of the criteria for being a cult. The Mormon faith also bears serious similarities to the Islamic faith. Prior to Romney being a republican, some Evangelical Christian leaders even called Islam, Medieval Mormonism. Now all of a sudden, because Romney is a republican they are endorsing him over a President that is a professing Christian???

    April 24, 2012 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. ufadoof

    I wish Obama would lie and say he is a muslim. I would love to watch all the teahadists freak out. Personally I think it's time we start electing atheists. Solves the whole religion in politics issue.

    April 24, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. Cindy

    Mormonism. Christianity. Both faith cults. I think it's crazy, crazy, crazy that Americans still insist that their leadership believes, or at least professes to believe, in supernatural mysticism in order to be "electable". To me, these beliefs should actually exclude someone from any responsible position of power. How is believing in God any different from believing in ghosts or fairies or Big Foot? You'd think it that mystical religion would be SO fringe and yet so many buy into it. It's very perplexing.

    April 24, 2012 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. Captain Moroni

    Who's more Christian – Romney or the people who say Romney is not Christian?
    – Romney believes that Jesus is the Savior and Redeemer of the world
    – Believes in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible
    – Romney is married and faithful to his wife of over 40 years
    – Paid over 15% to charity
    – Attends church every Sunday – not just on Christmas or Easter
    – Keeps the sabbath day holy – will not buy any item or attend sport games on Sunday.
    – Does not gamble, smoke, drink coffee or tea, drink alcohol, take drugs, or swear
    – Will not judge another person's faith
    – Gave years of service helping other families in their needs. How many Mormon neighbors that you know will give the shirt off their back to help someone?

    If you believe that Romney is not Christian or believes in a different Jesus than main stream Christians, go ahead and take the test!

    April 24, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. Candace Clough

    so much for article 6, "...no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States."

    April 24, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. frank thomas

    True mormons only believe jesus was a prophet, they do not accept the holy trinity, how can they be called christians?? M ormon relilgion was started by joesph smith taking stories out of th ebible relating to more than one wife of any age, they were run out of most states until they migrated to desolate nearly uninhabitated utah.

    April 24, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    well im sure he wouldn't have been considered a christian BEFORE he won the gop nom. hypocrites.

    April 24, 2012 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. dmac

    For those that do not beleive in the scripture(s) then this post is not for you, for those that do:

    There are those Christians that beleive the devil himself will be allowed back into heaven or that Goliath could have been pacified to the point of not wanting to kill every soldier that day.

    If your true to the scriptures, then be true to the scriptures. Dont make them out to be a pass for any and every comment, conduct or beleif.

    Either your are cold or hot but because you are lukewarm, i will spew you out of my mouth (Rev 3:15).

    April 24, 2012 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  21. Cindy

    Osteen is just following the "money." That is what he is about. Of course Romney believes Jesus is the son of God. He also believes Bill Clinton is the son of God. You are the son of God and I am the son of God. But the Franklins, Billy and Franklin say he is not a Christian and that is good enough for me.

    April 24, 2012 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  22. Guitar

    Osteen is just another scamming, pretend holy preacher, living nothing like Christ would if he were alive today. Does anyone possibly think Jesus would spout such blasphemy as: "God wants us to be rich!" as Osteen has. The guy is purported worth $75 Million Dollars, why doesn't he just keep $1Mil for himself and use the other $74 Mil of it to take care of the sick, the hungry, the poor, the less fortunate as Christ taught? No one has to send anyone else their hard earned money to try to connect with God! Why does anyone keep supporting these thieves lavish lifestyles? Pitiful!

    April 24, 2012 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. Ron

    You had to read to the bottom of the article to find out the Osteen says Obama is also a Christian.

    April 24, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Judas

    Governor Romney is a Mormon. Mormon religion says that there are many gods, each with his own planet to rule. Mormon religion says that Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers. Mormon religion says that a good Mormon can become a god and rule his own planet in the afterlife. These are not Christian concepts. Reverend Osteen is wrong on this one. Nothing against Mormons, but why pretend that this is Christian belief? Governor Romney has the perfect right to believe in any faith that brings him peace, and it should not be a political issue,

    April 24, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  25. Jimh77

    Yea, well so is the pope. Both still Cults, so what's changed?

    April 24, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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