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. BunnyBunny

    I do wonder how much the Mormon Church is putting out to get Romney elected? (Remember Prop 8, they are political) Will the Mormon Church have a say in policy?

    Romney refuses to tell who his big fundraisers are, refuses to release past tax returns, destroys PC hard drives as he leaves office. He is very secretive.

    April 24, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. BubbaHoTep

    Basically anyone who claims to be a Christian from the GOP is a Christian but any Democrat who claims to be a Christian is lying. Since when does one's political affiliation synonymous with personal beliefs? Obama has been a practicing Christian for a long time and been going to church forever but he is label a Muslim. Romney being a devout Mormon beliefs in some really unchristian like teachings but he is considered a Christian. LOL No wonder this countryand the GOP are so messed up. If God blessed this country before he sure is forsaking us now.

    April 24, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. ru4rl

    This idiot is only a christian for the money. I'm no Romney supporter but who is anyone to question their faith? Anyone remember all the GOPers insulting Mormonism by saying the believe Romney believes he's a Christian. Kinda reminds me of the old lady in Blazzing Saddles......"of course you won't tell anyone I spoke to you!"

    April 24, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  4. Mcshannon

    Osteen is way off base and needs to clarify how all Mormons relate to Christ. Osteen I thought you were brilliant but you just dimmed in my eyes.

    April 24, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. minell

    In James 2:19, Thou believes that there is one God; the devils also believe, and tremble. Does that make you a christian because you believe in one God? No, it does not. You have to repent, turn from your wicked ways, ask the Lord to come into your heart and save you from your sins. This process is between you and your Lord. There is no other name to be saved other than the name of Jesus. Every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess, Jesus is Lord.

    April 24, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  6. Seth

    Have you heard of the
    All-American Prophet?
    The blonde-haired,
    Blue-eyed voice of God!
    He didn't come from the Middle East
    Like those other holy men!
    No, God's favorite prophet was...

    April 24, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. curious

    Mormons believe Satan was the son of God as well.

    April 24, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. Mikeybklyn

    O'steen believes in the Easter Bunny. Someone tell him religion is a mental illness.

    April 24, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. iab

    I watched an interview last year can't remember who conducted the interview but Osteen was so passive, didn't stand for any thing or even have an opinion on anything not even gays. I would have had greater respect for him if he had stated God
    loves everyone. It is not my place to judge, I should be a peace maker, feed the hungry cloth the poor, see that justice is served. This man lives in a vacuum, not in touch with the real world. It is obvious when one can say Romney follows the teachings of Christ. I have no clue as to what bible Joel reads. I to believe he is a speaker who makes ppl feel good.

    Joel is wealthy so he will ponder to Mitt and the wealthy.

    April 24, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. stormy miller

    it amazes me that osteen just say's if romney believes jesus is the son of god then that is good enough. president obama has stated time and time again that he is a christian and a large majority of christians still say he is a muslim. those people make me sick. most christians say mormonism is a cult. but i suppose because romney is a rich white guy he gets to be apart of the good ole christian boys club

    April 24, 2012 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Bob

    Yes, Mormons are Christians.... who believe in aliens.

    April 24, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  12. Animenut

    Well, there you have it. Now we wait for Franklin to weigh in.

    April 24, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. GOP hate america

    christian, Mormon who cares both religions are stupid filled with stupid people.

    April 24, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  14. Matt Landry


    Can't wait (although it won't be in my lifetime) until religious affiliation is frowned upon when selecting our leaders. Belief in fairy tales is dangerous.....

    April 24, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  15. rad666

    "Jim Jones realized that the way to achieve social change through Marxism in the United States was to mobilize people through religion." -– Let's hear it for Rev Jim Jones, he was spot on.

    April 24, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  16. joe smith

    what i love here is, wolf blitzer, the former AIPAC lobbist trying to make fotter with osreen, at the expense of romney.talk about calling the kettle black..got to love the left hand news, they really know how to spin it..

    April 24, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Man DeLorean

    Mormonism isn't a "cult," in the common usage of the word; that is, its followers aren't brainwashed Kool-Aid drinkers. They're fairly ordinary churchgoers, like many other people. That said, from theological perspective, Mormonism most definitely is NOT orthodox Christianity. Their teachings about the divine nature of Christ, as well as their acceptance of the Book of Mormon as canon, place them well outside the mainstream of Christendom. Osteen, as an evangelical pastor, should know this and have the guts to say so.

    The interesting conundrum for traditional Christians is this: we have a candidate whose Christian testimony is very mainstream and who gives good evidence of living out his faith in his personal life. Yet his politics are anathema to the typical evangelical conservative. So, what is a "good Christian voter" to do–vote for the Christian they don't like or the Mormon they do? My guess is most conservatives will try to convince themselves they aren't really hypocrites.

    April 24, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  18. CallonGod

    James 2:
    18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

    April 24, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. toadears

    And I say Osteen is a grandfathered in, nepotistic piece of drek just like most of Hollywood and Washington DC. He is a false prophet on many levels.

    April 24, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. CallonGod

    Revelations 22: 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.

    April 24, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |

    All religion is a cult. And if you don't belong to the right one. . . well. . . I guess you're gonna have some problems, huh?

    April 24, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  22. Barry Goldwater's grand-nephew


    "Writing lies about other peoples faith is deceitful".
    Writing, speaking and making up lies and deceitful "facts" is the very soul of Modern Christian Conservative Republician politics. They are the purveyors of the "big lie" theory of political smear tactics.

    April 24, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. Grady

    osteen should go out of his way and say that obama is a christian also...

    April 24, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. gravis

    O Goodie! Another religious huckster speaks up in support of the GOP. What a surprise!

    April 24, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. Jim Brody

    WE will be the judge of who is Christian. No Christian would hold Romney's views and values, regardless of what this Osteen character says.

    April 24, 2012 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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