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. Satan is grinning...

    Osteen continues to woo the masses with the prosperity, "feel good", easy-believism gospel. Satan loves it when preachers water down the Word of God. The Bible is very clear and straight forward. Ignore the Almighty's Word at your own (eternal) peril.

    April 25, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  2. TheMagusNYC

    The Christian doctrine is based on the co-eternal divinity of Christ, co-equal with the Father and Holy Spirit as set at Nicaea in the third century. Mormons explicitly reject this view in favor of unitarianism, claiming Christ to be a created spirit being, and thus not being qualified to fully redeem humanity. While Joel Osteen mistakenly suggests that Mormons are Christians, no Christian Church accepts the baptisms of Mormons, and the Mormon Church does not considier Joel Osteen to be a true Christian, but a follower of the apostate "Christiandom."

    April 25, 2012 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  3. vegasdre

    Mr.Romney will te you anything to achieve the Mormon Church's goal of demonstrating that they are the one "True Church". Read the "White Horse Prophecies".
    You'll understand a lot better about the biggest Super Pac of all.

    April 25, 2012 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  4. Larry

    What difference does it make whether Romney is a christian or not? This is not a requirement for being president. And the Constitution stipulates a separation between church and state. Man cannot serve 2 (TWO) masters. If you serve the master of the church then how can you serve the master of the AMERICAN PEOPLE? The president must ascribe to an OATH to the Constitution above even his church. Actually his profession to church pretty much disqualifies him as president.

    April 25, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  5. sick of republican phonies

    This man has fleeced the "faithful" for too many millions of dollars to be considered a follower of Christ. If you believe the Bible, Matthew 19:24 says "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." If this faker really BELIEVED the word of Jesus he would give all his money away and do some REAL good in the world.

    April 25, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  6. Maria

    Christians beware....get into your Word. Discern the truth! Anyone can SAY anything....especially if they want your vote!

    April 25, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  7. Randall -- God's chosen one

    Have we yet to establish that Joel Osteen himself is truly a Christian?

    Hey Joel, ever tried getting into a Mormon Temple? Try it sometime, and you'll find that YOU (as a professed Christian) are NOT welcome and would not allowed inside. Mormons only want those inside who have already gulped down a big glass of their cultist Kool Aid.

    Sorry Joel, but Romney is NOT a Christian.

    April 25, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  8. Joe - Wilmington, DE

    Amazing. So, if you are not a Christian you are not Presidential material. How bigoted and appalling is that?!?

    Everyone, praise the Lord and climb aboard the idiot-mobile.

    April 25, 2012 07:22 am at 7:22 am |
  9. Another Day in the RW Idiot Mines

    And this is relevant why?

    April 25, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  10. PhilaVarsity

    Billy Baseball above nailed it. Thanks Billy.

    April 25, 2012 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  11. Christian

    Mormons believe God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost are three distinct entities from each other. Christians believe God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are one.

    Mormons do not believe in Virgin Mary. Christians believe Jesus was begotten of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

    These are basic, fundamental tenants of each religion. Again with all due respect, Mormonism is not Christianity.

    April 25, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  12. Bill the Cat

    Yet another reason Osteen is nothing more than a charlitain. Those who listen to him are hearing nothing more than a self-help speech. He's Tony Robbins with a few out of context bible verses.

    April 25, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  13. juliewriter

    To discuss Romney's faith typically doesn't interest me, but I was struck by the hypocrisy expressed in this interview by a Christian minister who waxes apologetic about whether or not Mormonism is Christianity. I'm infuriated to hear religious zealots who would leap at the chance to demonize political candidates who they perceive as being "other than Christian"; but now defend Mormonism, because they agree with the politics of the candidate, it's entirely duplicitous. Mormonism is either a Christian religion or not, there's no ambiguity. This interview is another example of right wing zealous hypocrisy.

    April 25, 2012 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  14. Bambam

    I guess there are many brain-washed people who care what Osteen thinks, but as far as I'm concerned he's just another in a long line of hypocritical and power-hungry right-wing nuts.

    April 25, 2012 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  15. dmacker

    Obama calls himself a Christian and many take him at his word.
    Why not Romney?

    April 25, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  16. Richard

    Osteen should read the Book Of Mormon and then read the New Testament–the Book of Revelation. He will learn then that because someone says they are a Christian does not make it so. This is relevant–Funny how millions of followers to the Morman religion dont even question how it started. Joe Smith who founded Mormanism was a card shark, a hustler and a fraud. He conned a few dozen idiots into thinking he was a prophet, and those few dozen idiots conned more dozens of idiots and here we are today...I mean this was the 19th century... It is amazing the amount of stupidity there is in the planet...

    April 25, 2012 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  17. Doc

    A true Christian adheres to the position that all Christians are brothers (male brothers and female brothers). No religion, especially Mormonism, embraces that view. So, there are citizens of the US that Romney would consider inferior and unnecessary of consideration of equal protection under our laws. He fits well within racist confines. He fits less well with true democratic equality of all citizens. Watch his actions, not his tongue. All his actions up to today bears this thesis out. Witness his new-found religion on immigration and the counterpunch of enforcing newly minted laws of Alabama and Arizona. Nuff said.

    April 25, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  18. Evangenital

    I completely agree with jbm66.

    Anyone who believes in all this stupidity and the people who start it all is silly. You might as well shelve the bible with Bamby and Snow White, under fairy tales.

    April 25, 2012 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  19. JCQueipo

    Osteen is a REPUBLICAN !!!!

    April 25, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  20. Marty, FL

    Mitt Romney unfortunately lies way too much, which is immoral regardless of religion.

    April 25, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  21. Joe The Plumber

    Christians who say Mormons are not Christians are not Christians themselves.

    April 25, 2012 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  22. AndyJupiter

    Joel Osteen.... one of Satan's finest .

    April 25, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. Tyler1982

    Ron Paul is really the only candidate that's truly following the teachings of Christ. I don't think Jesus would be policing the world and invading countries for their oil.

    April 25, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  24. John B.

    Just one more reason to not like him. Pandering his Religeon now.

    April 25, 2012 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  25. Chipster

    @Billy Baseball So, if you ask a candidate "do you believe that Jesus is God? Not just 'a god', but God? That is, God who was from beginning, the one involved with creating the world?" and they say "Yes!" So what? Does that mean they will be a good or bad President? Does that mean that they will choose highly skilled and capable Cabinet members? Does that mean they will be fiscally responsible and firm in negotiations with world leaders? Really? I don't care if a person is a Christian or believes in God or is an atheist. I want someone who is smart, strong and capable of making intelligent decisions. Yes, I do care if a person has morals but I've know a lot of Christians who think they are moral because they can confess every Sunday and then go back to their scandalous behavior on Monday – think of pedophile priests! Seriously? Is that who you would want as President? You don't have to be religious to realize it's good to treat people the way you would like to be treated. I'm sick of religious fanatics of all faiths!

    April 25, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
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