April 24th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Osteen: Romney is a Christian

By Ashley Killough, CNN

(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."

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.

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soundoff (446 Responses)
  1. Wow!

    I totally agree with Jas. Even the Devil is a Christian according to what Joel Osteen said. While I don't claim to know if Mitt Romney will go to heaven or not and I can't say if he's a Christian, I think Joel Osteen need to rethink his statements. Let's not forget the KKK claim to be a Christians organization. So, does Joel Osteen see them as "brothers is Christ" too? It just makes him look like a blasphemer and as if he care more about helping Mitt Romney become president than he does about the true word of God! He need to clarify his statements quickly or he might see a backlash at his Church. I like Joel Osteen but I call it like I see it - blasphemy!

    June 4, 2012 at 5:13 am |
  2. jas

    Umm hello even the devil kno's and believes that jesus christ is god's son. Does that make him a Christian then???

    May 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
  3. David Nelson

    I think Jesus will be the one who decides if Mitt Romney is a Christian, not Joel Osteen. Mormonism on the other hand fails the test miserably. In Mormonism, Jesus and Satan are brothers. In the Book of Mormon, Jesus was born in Jerusalem, not Bethlehem as was prophecied by Micah. The Jesus of the Book of Mormon supposedly destroyed many large cities in the Americas and killed perhaps millions. Mormon leaders once taught that their Jesus had three wives. The list is very, very long and easily researchable.

    May 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
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