Joel Osteen and becoming a better Mormon?

Our friends Steve Camp and James White has recently pointed out Joel Osteen’s answer to whether or not a Mormon is a true Christian. They’ve documented and said what needs to be said on the topic. The transcript reads as follows:

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 savior, 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 savior, to me that’s a common bond.

Another warning though as to the dangers Osteen represents in this new ecumenism is that the Mormon bookseller Deseret Book is selling Osteen’s book Become a Better You. Someone might make the inference that Osteen has an ulterior motive in answering the Mormon as Christians question so that his book will sell more copies. I don’t think this is the case. As he states in the interview he hasn’t really studied the theological issues. This makes Osteen’s influence even more dangerous, in my mind, as it gives even more credence to Mormonism to the thousands that listen to him. I imagine that for the Mormons this could open a whole new dialogue starter for their evangelism.

Along the same lines many may not know the history behind Mormon author, Stephen Covey’s best selling book either. As Bill Gordon points out in his article 7 Habits of a Highly Successful Mormon, Stephen Covey.

It may come as a surprise to many Christians, but the popular personal growth programs written and promoted by Stephen R. Covey are meant to subtly promote his Mormon beliefs. Ironically, one of the reasons his materials, such as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, are so popular among Christian leaders is because they give a prominent place to spirituality in personal growth.



(HT: Todd Wood)

tagged as , in Church Issues,Culture,theology

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Yogi Taylor December 28, 2007 at 11:28 am

Very insightful post! I didn’t know that about Covey, that was interesting.

I agree that Osteen truly believes that Mormons are Christians, and as I was reading you pointed out the very thought that I had… not knowing and unstudied makes his influence much more dangerous!

I watched him on 60 minutes this past Sunday night and he made several disturbing comments. You can watch/read it at:

Simply based on what I am reading/listening to him say, I am having trouble believing that he is even born again… What are your thoughts?

Yogi Taylor

2 Erica May 23, 2010 at 11:31 am

Hi I am a Christian because I believe in Christ. I go to (what they call a Mormon Church). I do not know believe Joseph Smith is the founder of the church…Nor we preach that…It is sad when people that do not know much about the church tries to write articles like this….I can testify that CHRIST IS THE ONLY SAVIOR IN THE WORLD AND THAT HEAVENLY FATHER AND JESUS LOVES US AND WE WILL ONE DAY RETURN TO THEE PRESENCE….AND THAT Joseph Smith WAS A MAN THAT SERVE GOD that’s all..The Bible says “You will know them by their fruits = actions” and we strive to be honest and hard working people and that! comes from been a true Christian that is why Romney has a good character been a Christian (or Mormon = nick name from Book of Mormon). Best Regards 😉

3 Mark May 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm


Thanks for stopping by. I believe you are objecting to the position that Mormonism is not Christianity. If you would look at this post Straight Answers from A Mormon it will show how the person Christians understand Jesus to be is not the same person that Mormons understand Jesus to be.

Did Joseph Smith accept the creeds of the churches of his day as Christian? Do you think those creeds are different today than during Smith’s life time?

4 LuAnn July 25, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Back off Joel Osteen. You are messing with God’s annoited, there. He is not Mormon, he is leaving the judgement to God Almighty!

If this painting is so great, and really speaks of ONE NATION UNDER GOD, where is the Native American in this picture? NOT THERE!!!

This Painting; however beautiful, IS NOT about this country as a true nation. It leaves out the NATIVE AMERICAN!!! The true tribes of this soil. Where are they? NOT THERE, left out. I do not believe that is what the TRUE GOD, Yeshua, would have wanted. IF it were genuinely inspired by God Almighty, the Native American would have been a part.


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