Skip to comments.Joel Osteen: Mormon Romney Is Christian; Obama Is Too
Posted on 04/25/2012 10:41:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Joel Osteen, the popular megachurch pastor from Houston, appeared Tuesday afternoon on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and said that he considers both presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a Mormon, and President Obama to be Christians.
Osteen, when asked about Romney's faith, said the former Massachusetts governor is indeed a Christian which is a similar statement to the one he made in January.
"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," said Osteen.
The Texas pastor did say that the Mormon faith was "not traditional Christianity," but that Mormonism still falls under the umbrella of Christian tenets. "Mormonism is a little different, but I still see them as brothers in Christ," said Osteen.
Many Christians do not consider Mormons to be Christians because they do not hold orthodox beliefs on core doctrines such as original sin, grace, the inerrancy of the Bible, and the understanding of the Trinity is different.
Osteen was also asked about President Obama's faith. Osteen said he has spent time with Obama and has no doubt that he is a Christian.
"I believe with all my heart that he's a Christian, as he says he is," Osteen stated.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Texas pastor served as guest chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives at the request of Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
Lee, the often fiery congresswoman known for championing liberal causes, called Osteen a "humble spirit," and praised him for leading the "largest and most growing church in American history."
Osteen prayed: "Father we thank you that you show your goodness and your favor to the United States of American and those who govern it. We ask that you bless this House of Representatives, and each member who serves in it."
"Help these lawmakers to search their hearts so that they may serve with dignity and honor and through them our nation will achieve the destiny that you have set before us. Give them wisdom as they make good decisions, courage that they will hold fast to your truth, and compassion that all should prosper from their laws. We receive your presence here today, Father, and we pray that these lawmakers will remain mindful of you, that they will honor you in everything that they do here. In Jesus name, Amen."
After leading the House in prayer, Osteen got a private tour of the capitol from Lee, including seeing a belief prayer in the House Chapel.
When asked by reporters if he was bringing a specific message to Congress, he replied that he wanted to see more compromise on Capitol Hill. "It seems like when I was growing up there was more compromise, wanting to work with each other, and I think all of them all of the lawmakers have hearts to do what's right and they all are passionate about it."
While in Washington, D.C. this week, Osteen will also have private meetings with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Sounds like a Universalist.
This is the same charlatan who, when asked specifically, would not say Jesus is the only way to God.
If this doesn’t expose the false prophet that is Joel Osteen, nothing will.
Sounds like somebody who wants to sell books and not offend anyone.
Church is not Disneyland.
I have never liked Osteen. He reminds me of those slick tonic salesman from decades ago.
Osteen better fix his priorities. God or books. God is the only true author.
OK then, don’t need his podcast.
Never trust a man, let alone a preacher, who wears a permanent.
—This is the same charlatan who, when asked specifically, would not say Jesus is the only way to God.—
That is what ended him for me. It’s pretty simple, really. Once he said that, I do not care to hear or read anything he says, regarding Christianity.
Now, if he knows of a couple of good local restaurants, I’m all ears.
"We are no longer a Christian Nation." BHO
The Creator is not amused.
He is the poster child for the Health, Wealth, and Prosperity Doctrine....aka.....heresy.
I'll go out on a limb: NONE OF THEM ARE.
"You shall know them by their fruits..."
Joel doesn’t know his theology...or he is lying.
Either is disturbing.
By the way, Romney is preferable to Obama, but it doesn’t mean his theology is orthodox, biblical Christianity.
But Osteen is a fraud himself getting super rich on his version of the Prosperity Gospel. We have a 1000 suckers born each minute and little wonder this nation is in such a mess.
One of the great signs of the Second Coming of Jesus is the Great Apostacy, the rise in false Christs, the lack of love.
Look around. Look up!
At best, two of these three men are not Christians and one is a very poor one. At worst they are all not Christian but pretending to be.
My first question is... “What were they doing praying in the House?”
I thought they frowned upon such activity.