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. Erik

    Why do we STILL care whether Romney is Mormon or Christian? Who gives a crap. If he is the best qualified to lead what difference does it make. Let him do whatever he wants in his own time. On the clock as president he just has to do what is best for the people. Reading people say "we need to elect a christian" is a reflection of ignorance that they refuse to see who is best qualified. They only see religion. It's sad in this day in age some people can't get past it.

    April 24, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. Christian

    I have great respect for Joel Osteen; however, he seems a bit confused about Romney's religion. Mormons do not believe in the Holy Trinity nor our Christian Creeds. They do not believe Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit, as Christians do.

    With all due respect, Mormonism is not Christianity.

    April 24, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. allan

    Please supply me with a non christian that I can vote for. Our country would be a better place.

    April 24, 2012 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  4. Maul

    Mitt Romney is a member of a church that one of their CORNERSTONE beliefs is that the creeds of all other Christians are an "Abomination" in the sight of God. In other words, if you are not a Mormon, Mitt Romney believes that your beliefs are an abomination in the sight of God. Look it up for yourself before you vote.

    April 24, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  5. laser engineer

    There is a lot of misinformation out there about us Mormons. I am constantly shocked at how everyone seems to know my beliefs better than I do.
    We Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is our savior.
    We believe the Bible to be the word of God.
    We also believe that God's word is not limited to a group of texts and letters compiled by men thousands of years ago. We believe that God continues to talk to prophets just as He always has done.
    We believe that God communicates to other groups of people across the globe and that the Book of Mormon is a collection of writings of prophets from one of these groups.
    Talk to a Mormon or visit mormon.org to answer your questions. Stop spewing your ignorance to strangers.

    April 24, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  6. zazu

    Mormonism is as just as Christian as Islam is. Muslims believe in Jesus too! As a liberal, I have to congratulate the GOP, for putting forth the first non-christian presidential candidate on a major American party ticket. Now all religions have an opening including Muslims, Jehovah's witnesses, and the like. It is ironic though!

    April 24, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  7. X

    If Romney was a "Christian" he would be one. He is a Mormon.

    April 24, 2012 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  8. Curiousnomad

    I think it is irrelevant what religion a person worships- especially a politician. In fact- if they profess to be a completely moral ethical person, following religious doctrine AND they are running for President in my mind that makes them a hypocrite. The personality trait of a person who would do that, or aspire to be as successful at business as Romney, has invariably done immoral and unethical things to achieve their goals at any cost.

    April 24, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. Mtnmedic

    Religious kooks can't even get along with each other, let alone the rest of society. Wow. Organized religion is the biggest scam of all time. Individual spirituality is real.

    April 24, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  10. laser engineer

    We Mormons do believe in the trinity: Our 1st Article of Faith is: "We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost." The only difference is our definition doesn't come from the Nicene Creed.

    April 24, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  11. maxhedroom

    That's what great about organized religion. You can make up whatever nonsense you need to fit the situation and a bunch of dopes will believe it.

    April 24, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  12. tjcafe

    I would prefer to vote for a atheist or agnostic. The world is better off without religious fantasies.

    April 24, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  13. Jason

    I don't believe Joel Osteen is a Christian

    April 24, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. Randall -- God's Chosen One

    Hey Joel, ever tried getting into a Mormon Temple? Try it sometime, and you'll find that YOU (a Christian) are NOT welcome and would not allowed inside.

    Sorry Joel, but Romney is NOT a Christian.

    April 24, 2012 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. Mike in Dallas

    It is incredible to me, in the 21st century, that we could even be having this ridiculous discussion. While I am a Christian, I'm certainly not a Mormon, and I don't believe in the Book of Mormon, but I believe the Mormons are just as Christian as the average Baptist, Lutheran, Disciples of Christ, or Methodist. Its not my place to judge another person's religion. Judge not lest ye be judged...

    April 24, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  16. Engineer

    Show me where Romney's "religious fantasies" negatively influenced his very successful business or political life.

    April 24, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  17. Gabe

    Who cares??!!!

    April 24, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  18. Brad - Ohio

    It is laughable that so many "Christians" who wouldn't let their kids see a Harry Potter movie are going to vote for Romney just because he's a Republican. The Party Of Hypocrisy . . .

    April 24, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  19. coloradospgs

    It will be interesting to see, IF Romney becomes President, which bible he puts his hands on for the swearing in.

    April 24, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  20. Paul Ernest Show

    Is "Bishop Romney" accepting Christ as everything now he is running for president or is this his sect permanent belief? That's not what I have heard from the young men who walk the streets of America for decades like Romney did when he was young. Over and over again, they tell you their church leader and founder "Neville" or so, is the Christ. Another deception with his scripture?

    April 24, 2012 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  21. letbereal

    I agree with the comment made by "Christian",

    April 24, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  22. t3chn0ph0b3

    Moromonism is a form of Christianity, period. Live with it, Baptists.

    April 24, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  23. WOW

    Joel Osteen is a good man and a highly respected religious leader. I agree with his opinion. Mormons are Christian.

    April 24, 2012 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  24. anon

    Mormonism is not Christianity. In Christianity, if your God isn't named Jesus than you've got the wrong God. God is Jesus and Mormons don't believe that. They are Mormons not Christian.

    As for Joel Osteen, he should study God's Word – his statement that Mormons are Christians is inaccurate and shows his lack of theology but then I guess that's what you get when you preach a fake prosperity Gospel that is sugar coated!

    April 24, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. Larry L

    I would dearly love to examine Joel Osteen's tax returns.

    April 24, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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