As an ex Mormon I have been interested in the rise of Mit Romney and especially how the USA’s international reputation may be harmed if they elected a Mormon as President.
A friend sent me details of an interview on Fox TV of a few years back between Joel Osteen and the host of the show, Chris Wallace of FOX News. Joel Osteen is an American author, televangelist, and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
WALLACE: And what about Mitt Romney? And I’ve got to ask you the question, because it is a question whether it should be or not in this campaign, is a Mormon a true Christian?
OSTEEN: Well, in my mind they are. Mitt Romney has said that he believes in Christ as his saviour, and that’s what I believe, so, you know, I’m not the one to judge the little details of it. So I believe they are.
And so, you know, Mitt Romney seems like a man of character and integrity to me, and I don’t think he would — anything would stop me from voting for him if that’s what I felt like.
WALLACE: So, for instance, when people start talking about Joseph Smith, the founder of the church, and the golden tablets in upstate New York, and God assumes the shape of a man, do you not get hung up in those theological issues?
OSTEEN: I probably don’t get hung up in them because I haven’t really studied them or thought about them. And you know, I just try to let God be the judge of that. I mean, I don’t know.
I certainly can’t say that I agree with everything that I’ve heard about it, but from what I’ve heard from Mitt, when he says that Christ is his saviour, to me that’s a common bond.
– Source: FOX News Sunday With Chris Wallace, Dec. 23, 2007
I hope Osteen is better informed now. Though it is alarming that even then, as a senior Christian leader, he seems to have been seriously lacking in theological stature.
I assume my friend sent me this as he read my post “Mitt Romney Republican hopeful believes Jesus is son of God. Oh does he?” where I wrote about this very same claim of Romney’s about Jesus being the son of god. What sort of son and what sort of god was he talking about was the very thing I addressed.
For much greater detail about Mormonism see my previous post: Mitt Romney: “Would the USA people elect a Mormon President?”