If you were to ask Joel Osteen are Mormons true Christians, his response would be, "In my mind they are".
In an Interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, this was Mr. Osteen's exact quote.
When asked further about his opinion on Joseph Smith and other issues regarding Mormon theology, he stated, "I really haven't studied them or thought about them".
My question would be to him is, "Why not?"
Mormonism is not some little winky dink, johnny come lately religion with only a few members. Mormonism is a religion claiming perhaps millions around the world. It is a religion that has misled many of God's elect to bond with them for the purpose of community, or in some cases, the receiving and harboring of bad teaching.
Mr. Osteen's dialogue with Mr. Wallace favors being asked a question in grade school. When a child is asked a question in grade school, and then gets the question wrong, he will be faulted more if his answer to why he doesn't know the answer is because he didn't take the time to study.
In regards to Mormonism, it does not take some deep theological research to be able to make a personal assessment that it does not fall in line with the Word of God.
Mr. Osteen is either truly out of touch with the world and various religious communities around him, or he is a liar and does not want to offend. Either way, his followers should be ashamed and embarrassed of his responses in regards to this particular issue.
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I PERSONALLY AT ONE TIME KNEW NOTHING ABOUT MORMONISM. THEN I MET A COUPLE A FEW YEARS AGO AND SHE SAID SHE AND HER HUSBAND TRULY BELIEVED THEY WERE BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS UNTIL THEY STARTED LISTENING TO SOME TRUE BIBLE TEACHING VIA THE INTERNET AND THEY REPENTED AND RECEIVED JESUS AS LORD AND ARE NOW OUT OF THE MORMON CHURCH, INTO THE BODY OF CHRIST. ONE OTHER PERSON I KNEW WHO WAS IN THE MORMON FAITH, TOLD ME OF WHEN SHE WAS IN A HOSPTIAL AND A MISTAKE WAS MADE THAT TOOK HER LIFE; SHE RELATED TO ME THAT SHE WENT TO HELL, SAW SOME MORMON ELDERS THAT HAD DIED PREVIOUSLY AND SOME OTHER MEMBERS SHE HAD KNOWN, THEN SHE CRIED OUT TO GOD AND SAID JESUS, GET ME OUT OF HERE, I DON'T BELONG HERE. SHE CAME BACK TO HER BODY AND FOR SOME TIME SHE WAS SHARING HER TESTIMONY WITH VARIOUS CHURCHES. THIS IS DOCUMENTED IN A HOSPITAL RECORD. LET'S ALL PRAY THAT THIS DECEPTION WILL BE LIFTED FROM THEIR EYES AND THEY WILL SEE THE TRUTH.
J.O. is more than out of touch with the world. I've watched him on TV. He supposedly has Bible studies, yet never once cracks open the Bible he holds. His references to scripture are way out of context with the verse as it was intended.
Doesn't it say that if one seeks to please men then he wouldn't be pleasing to God?
That truth would indict him there, let alone how he sadly fails to rightly divide the word of truth.
At best he's misled; at worse he's lazy regarding Bible study.
Today's hottest preachers desperately want to be popular with EVERYBODY and reassure everyone their religion is OKAY. The final suthority of the Word of God is getting tossed out the window in the name of popularity!