Pastor Joel Osteen sees Mormons as fellow Christians

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    April 29, 2012 6:43 p.m.

    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.

  • Stay the Course Salt Lake City, utah
    April 27, 2012 10:42 p.m.

    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.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    April 27, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    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...

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    April 27, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    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?

  • J21 South Jordan, UT
    April 27, 2012 7:37 a.m.

    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 testimony).

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 26, 2012 7:58 p.m.

    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.

  • dbrbmw Orem, UT
    April 26, 2012 7:42 p.m.

    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.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    April 26, 2012 3:53 p.m.

    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 things aside.

  • milojthatch Sandy, UT
    April 26, 2012 11:37 a.m.

    I have to say, this almost gave me a heart attack! The World became a little less jaded for me today...

  • Jim Mesa, Az
    April 26, 2012 9:18 a.m.

    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.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    April 25, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    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 practice

    Who cares what your faith is if you don't live it. "accentuate the positive".. what a novel concept.

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 25, 2012 10:35 p.m.

    "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.

  • nathan000000 Orem, UT
    April 25, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    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."

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    April 25, 2012 4:44 p.m.

    "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?

  • Max Charlotte, NC
    April 25, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    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.

  • brokenclay Scottsdale, AZ
    April 25, 2012 3:09 p.m.

    An endorsement from Joel Osteen doesn't mean a whole lot. He's far-afield in a number of areas.