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. Steve

    What the heck is wrong with you people? are you electing a Pope or a President? who cares what invisible friends he belives in. You should be more concerned about whether or not he can balance a chequebook or not.

    April 24, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  2. ladyfon

    For you tards out there that say Joel Osteen is a money changer and christdollar faith. He does not even take a paycheck from his church. He makes money on the side by selling christian motivational books and speaking engagements.

    April 24, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. vancouverron

    Yeah, we certainly can't have anyone with a silly ridiculous belief system running things. Make sure they have more reasonable beliefs–the son of a god born to a virgin, rising from the dead, ascending into heaven–things like that.

    April 24, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. Ken

    I wonder what size of an "honorarium" this speaker had to receive (and from whom) before he could make this important and considered determination? Just asking....

    April 24, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Independent

    Realist – How could you vote for Obama who attended Rev. Wright's divisive and hateful preaching every Sunday for so many years? Hasn't Obama lived by those preaching by creating the most divisive congress and the country ever?

    April 24, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. TomGI

    Who is Osteen? And why should I care who he endorses?

    April 24, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. albert

    Ladyfon: first off, is calling people"Tards" a very christian thing to do?!? Second, it is a well known fact that Osteen sells these books at his church meetings. And finally, the Bible says you receive (the word) free, so give free. I am sure Osteen counts on blind sheep such as yourself for money. The bottom line is that Osteen is NOT a Christian. He is fare removed from anything it teaches.

    April 24, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. Steve

    Should Romney be fortunate enough to be elected, he will place his hand on the Holy Bible to be sworn in and do so invoking God...like all previous Presidents before. Mormons do not place the Book of Mormon in prominence to the Holy Bible...one is not "better" than the other. The scare tactics by the religious right are ridiculous.

    April 24, 2012 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. ProperVillain

    Usually I like Osteen but he needs to stay out of politics. Romney may profess Christ but that doesn't cancel the fact that he is an out-or-touch multi-millionaire who will make sure the will of his financiers is done above that of the American public.
    You know, like all politicians.
    I am sick and tired of people bringing their religion into politics. If you need to trumpet the fact that you are a Christian (or muslim, or Buddhist, or whatever) it only shows me that the way you live your life isn't enough to show people what you believe. What you truly believe comes out in your actions. It has NOTHING to do with what you profess from your mouth.

    April 24, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  10. bfin

    @ Lee, You do not know what you are talking about. I am not even going to try to explain what is wrong about what you wrote. You wouldn't understand it! Just be a good person, and stop spreading things that aren't true.

    April 24, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Blue

    Okay, Joel thinks that Mitt is a Christian, the real Christian is our President. I haven't heard moneybags say that about Presidnet Obama. The Morman religion is not considered a Chritian. I haven't heard Mitt say Christian, have you?

    April 24, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  12. popseal

    The smiling Cheshire cat of pop culture religion defines who is a Christian? Anyone who has read the words of Jesus directly from the New Testament can easily spot these hustlers peddling their stock.

    April 24, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  13. Wyo

    Certainly not going to exclude Romney from consideration based on his beliefs, but anyone who says the Mormon church is a type of Christianity, hasn't looked at the tenets of their beliefs. Satan as a half brother of Jesus? Working through a tiered system on your way to ruling a planet? God was a man who became God through this type of system? I guess Mormonism is to Christianity as Buddhism is to Christianity - they are both a type of religion.

    April 24, 2012 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  14. Mike

    It's funny that Osteen thinks his theology of idolatry is christianity

    April 24, 2012 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. Steve


    I find it interesting in lieu of your comment about Mormons getting to have more than one wife, that Obama's father's tribe in Africa has a long-standing tradition of polygamy. Romney's great-grandfather was a polygamist. I guess the whole polygamy thing really is not a factor in this whole debate, but it never was, or should have been since neither Obama or Romney have ever practiced it.

    April 24, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  16. TNDave

    If you really want to know what Mormon's believe, go to the source instead of relying on the many uninformed opinions thrown about in the comments. See mormon-dot-org

    April 24, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  17. R.Merrell

    Who cares? Politicians in this country are constantly tripping over themselves to "out-Christian" their foes. They all want to wear their particular brand of Jesus-ness on their sleeves and lapels yet once in office, they soon fail to practice what they preach. Their enablers are people like Jerry Falwell, Joel Osteen, and a whole host of evangelists who have managed to turn religion into cash machines for themselves. Why is being "religious" so important to Americans? Religion certainly hasn't made our society less violent, nor more compassionate. And we're being constantly inundated by "religious" politicians who continue to fail their constituents and the real needs of society and the nation. Religion is nothing but big business in the U.S. with no tax consequences or liability whatsoever.

    April 24, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. james - St. Paul, MN

    Mr. Romney rates highly in Joel Osteen's world; just one more of the many reasons why Mr. Romney is not to be trusted.

    April 24, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  19. DLinLA


    So basically he is using the pulpit as his infomercial. He is still profiting from the church – just not in direct payment. I wish my job let me use their facilities to make $$ on the side...

    April 24, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. manner

    I hope Joel Osteen will run fro president one day.

    April 24, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. Jez

    Romney is NOT Christian. Christianity never endorsed polygamy, nor child "brides".

    April 24, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. Ken in MD

    OK. So? He's a Christian. I knew that already. Mormons are Christians. Duh. But again, so?

    April 24, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Tuna

    What Joel will not do for money and power!!!!!!!!!!

    April 24, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. gt

    thank you...good answer...but this is about jobs... jobs... jobs...

    April 24, 2012 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. mfx3

    And for a certain price, the Pope will sell you an indulgence and guarantee your admission into Heaven. Men have been vouching for the Almighty since the beginning of religion. It's what they do when they want money, power, or sex.

    April 24, 2012 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
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