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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soundoff (553 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! G

    April 24, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  2. hesalive

    As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! Gal 1:9

    April 24, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. Ralebol

    If there is a God, he must be laughing at us. Well, more than usual.

    April 24, 2012 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. just sayin

    Funny how some people think they can know another persons heart better than that person does. This doesn't sit well with me.

    April 24, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Leigh2VA

    I'm a Christian, but I don't put too much stock into anything televangelists have to say about anything. But that's just me, I guess. I won't even go there on judging Romney. That's between him and God.

    April 24, 2012 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  6. Frank Cardenas

    Someone should as Joel Osteen that if Mormon Romney is a Christian than why don't Mormons observe Good Friday and Palm Sunday? Don't ALL Christian sects observe these days?

    April 24, 2012 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. gg

    please make the check out for cash

    April 24, 2012 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Hap

    This matters why? If he were Jewish, or Hindu would that disqualify him? This is why I'm a Christian that doesn't belong to a church. Who's Joel Osteen to decide who's worhty to call themselves a Christian? Judge not is the first thing that goes, Christians are as judgemental as anyone. The second thing they forget is to help the less fortunate, Just look at the republican agenda for evidence of that. Like little kids they all think theirs is better or they are right and you are wrong. There's really no such thing as a "Christian Tent" unless we're talking about Muslums. then they'll band together.

    April 24, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. Ashrakay

    I love how christians try to distance themselves from mormons because presumably, mormonism is just a crazy cult. Ironically, these christians can now understand what it is like to be an atheist. This is how we feel about every religion. You just feel this about every religion but your own.

    April 24, 2012 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  10. Ms. T.

    Joel Osteen should study the Mormon belief about Christ and stop trying to Favor everyone. Rodney is not a Christian according to scripture. Who called him out? He called out by the DOLLAR. Not Jesus.

    April 24, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  11. Mark

    will he say the same about Obama?

    April 24, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  12. Mills

    Only ignorant people believe Mormons aren't Christians. Apparently, one can go to "college" and get a so called "education" and come out absolutely ignorant. GOP....please, please, please stop catering to those buffoons! Break away & distance yourself, appeal to the intellect & let's get this great country of ours back on track!!!

    April 24, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  13. Mario Ohio

    [Osteen heard off camera] – And Mitt, please send that "gift" over to my Cayman Island holdings account. Bless you!

    April 24, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  14. Itmustbeso

    I love the sinner, show me the "golden plates" of Elmira NY and then I'll love ya. In the mean time, LDS are just WEIRD!

    April 24, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. Errm

    It's not that he's a Mormon...it's that he's a moron. No thanks!

    April 24, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  16. Miki801

    It has been said that a man can have as many wives as he can afford. Where, however, can one find a quarter of a wife?

    April 24, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  17. Orwell knows

    On your knees Rick, kiss the Ring, just like the pope.
    Osteen approved him as a Christian Bishop.
    You know the rules, show respect. GOP #1, GOD #2
    Remember what Huntsman recently said about republicans and PRC communist party.
    Screw up and you will end up like comrade Bo. Smile and suck it up for the Gipper.

    April 24, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  18. mochica

    Osteen said Tuesday he has spent time with the president and has no doubt about his faith. That's good to know, I wish others on the right would follow that same line of thinking. That said I think that Osteen's message is a dangerous one. We as Christians need to work to eliminate poverty and not tell the wealthy to live it up and live however they like because they will be forgiven in the end. In Ohio it is hard to find the news (NPR) on the radio because everything is Christian radio- which honestly sounds like Fox News. Today they were talking about how awful it was that so many people were attacking George Zimmerman?! Christians should be the opposite of the Republican Party (and that by no means is the Democratic Party). Christians should follow the example of Christ- period.

    April 24, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  19. mochica

    We are Catholics but when my wife was in the hospital for 3 months, no one from our church came to see her or even call her on the phone even though we asked for the priest to come and pray with her. Members of the Mormon church not only prayed with her but brought her really good food every night for an entire month and sat and talked with her before and after every surgery since neither of us had family members present. I don't agree with the Mormon theology, but their idea of community and taking responsibility for each other and their families is incredible. They also really value children, which is something that our society is moving away from. Their lack of selfishness is refreshing and I think that their way of life is a great example for the rest of us. Now, if we could just convince them to stop voting Republican (not that all of them do).

    April 24, 2012 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. PoBoy

    Osteen can say what he wants, but Mormons do not believe in Christ, and therefore are not Christians. He is doing this for political expediency, vice Christian truth. Whether you believe in religion or not, Christians know that Mormons are no more Christians than Jews. Stop the political nonsense!

    April 24, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  21. ray briggs

    If you define "Christian" as anyone who calls themselves Chistrain (no matter what they believe) then Mormons are Christians. If you define Christians as those have the traditional Christian beliefs, Mormons are not Christian because of their newly invented (1800's) really crazy, strange, Jesus is not fully God, Joseph Smith is a prophet, marrage is eternal, God made white people beter than Black people, ...ideas.

    April 24, 2012 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  22. Squigman

    One promise, and one only. The promise is to never vote for a candidate, man or woman, that thumps a bible or preaches from the podium with a shield of the President Of The United States on the front. The constitution, states that religion and state should be separate. Period.

    April 24, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  23. AP

    Is Osteen Christian?

    April 24, 2012 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  24. Juanito

    Secularism isn't confined to Christianity or Islam. Even Mormans can be secularists. Nonetheless, I don't agree with what Joel believes(as he stated) about Romney. The Morman's Standard Works, while including the Bible, adds 3 other books to belief. Any addition to the Word of God takes away from Christ's mission on the cross. He went to it to do away with legalism and religious doctrine, not to open the door and expand on it. His crucifiction was enough.

    April 24, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  25. richellelj

    Joel Osteen is an entertainer, not a pastor. He never even attended seminary, just took over for his daddy and started raking in the cash. He makes a mockery of everything Jesus preached.

    April 24, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
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