The answer for any Latter Day Saint that understands the doctrine is simple.
There is way to know with a perfect clarity if something is from God or not. If
it leads you to Christ then it is of Christ. That is one of the basic
principles taught in Moroni. It is not up for debate.If this man is
bringing people closer to Christ, then there is the answer. The
rest of the negative comments above are irrelevant.As for his
endorsement. I for one appreciate his willingness to not be so possessive of
the term Christian in the cultural sense. Here he has moved away from the
traditional evangelical highjacking of the term which is defined as those who
believe in the trinity or who are traditional protestants. As opposed to those
who believe that the person referred to as Jesus Christ is the son of God and
that only through Him can salvation be achieved. Good for Joel and
good for us. The closer we all grow together in Christ, the sooner we can
resolve the minor differences which we have and add to what they believe.
I will line up as an active LDS memember and support Joel. His is the only TV
sermon I will sit and watch he is a good person. Glad he made the comments he
did about Mormons.
I liked Mr Osteen's comments and agree we're all brothers in Christ. I
figure Christ ultimately judges these things. I also like how the pastor
refrains from most political issues. I think it's easy to corrupt theology
by attempting to grasp political power. Seems the pastor's very dedicated
to his mission, as I am to mine as an LDS member.That's the
essence of religious freedom...
For all the Mormon haters and haters in general out there I would ask one
question: Don't you think you have done enough damage to Jesus Christ with
all your hate? Isn't it about time to cease your evil speaking and seek
forgiveness from your Lord?
How do you know it was a Mormon that has issues with Joel Ostend making money
utahbluedevill? You assume too much. I think Joel seems like a fine person and I
appreciate his optimism and positive take on certain subjects. It's nice
he thinks mitt is a Christian but it doesn't really matter what
anyone's opinion of mitt's religion is, since that is one thing that
will never be taken from mitt or any other religious person ( their faith and
It is really sad to see some of the attacking comments on here. It is
profoundly telling to see people do exactly what they complain others do to
them."Coming from a man that has made millions from
Christianity, Mormons are now considered to be fellow Christians".I hope this same attitude and judgement is used every time this person buys a
church book, because this is how Osteen has made is money, publishing, and not
off of the tithes of those who worship at his church. Osteen takes no salary
from his job as preacher. Rather he has made his money from publishing
books.So i hope that very same judgemental attitude is reflected
toward those who publish LDS books, or make movies, or perform music.
I have always watched Joel Osteen and have enjoyed his sermons. He is a very
sincere man and seems to have a wonderful heart. I have even more respect for
him now. Thank you Joel Osteen for doing what others in your field have not had
the guts to say. I remain a fan of yours.
I like what he said "Christians and Mormons are "brothers in
Christ."". In a family, there may be four sons and they all act
differently and don't get along, they may have different ideas how to raise
a family or how to spend money, but they are brothers in that family. Sometimes
they have to find the things they agree with or enjoy that are the same, and not
focus on how they differ. My husband has four sons like that. There is a riff
with some of them, but when they are at a family gathering, they put those
I have to say, this almost gave me a heart attack! The World became a little
less jaded for me today...
How wonderful, how condescending. Coming from a man that has made millions from
Christianity, Mormons are now considered to be fellow Christians. Wow I can
sleep better tonight.
I like Joel Osteen and his ministry... it is very positive and he often has many
good points. I too would stand to defend Pastor Osteen against silly comments
like above. I could care less on much of the minutia that "religious"
people argue about, as in the end it is not what you know, but what you do with
it that is far more important. Osteen preaches very positive non-denominational
messages, and never claims to be the mouth piece of God.But on
whether Osteen thinks Mormons are Christians or not, I could care less. No ones
opinion of my Christianity matters to me. And I would hope Osteen (or Romney)
would care less how others classify his faith other than by how he lives his
faith in daily practiceWho cares what your faith is if you
don't live it. "accentuate the positive".. what a novel concept.
@JoeBlow"How many LDS will come to the defense of Mr Osteen in
relation to the above comment?"-------I will defend
him. I have always liked Joel Olsteen even before this recent show of respect to
Mormons. Some Latter-Day Saints are put off by his tactics and wealth, but not
me. I think his sermons are pretty good and genuine.
I was already planning on it, JoeBlow.BrokenClay, I think you might
be missing the point. Yep, Mormons could find plenty of valid, doctrinal
disagreements with Pastor Osteen. But regardless of those theological
differences, I think he does a splendid job of fulfilling President Gordon B.
Hinckley's charge to "accentuate the positive."
"An endorsement from Joel Osteen doesn't mean a whole lot. He's
far-afield in a number of areas."Gotta love it.How
many LDS will come to the defense of Mr Osteen in relation to the above comment?
I have always enjoyed Pastor Osteen's sermons. I have always thought he was
a sincere man and a loving man. He always seemed far above the hateful rhetoric
that more than a few evangelical preachers engage in. His comments regarding
Mormons is further proof of the sincere heart of this good man. Yes, there are
differences in doctrine and opinion but we are all Christians. In typical
fashion, Pastor Osteen expresses it simply and beautifully.
An endorsement from Joel Osteen doesn't mean a whole lot. He's
far-afield in a number of areas.