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Mitt Romney is a Christian: Joel Osteen demonstrates the Christianity of love and acceptance

Mitt Romney is a Christian: Joel Osteen demonstrates the Christianity of love and acceptance

As the bickering between Christians goes on about whether Mitt Romney is a Christian because he is Mormon, the final word has come down from megachurch pastor Joel Osteen:  Romney is definitely a Christian.  So is Obama.  This came out of an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer:

Osteen says that nobody has to "prove" to him that they are a Christian, and he has no problem with someone who is not Christian being President of the United States because Osteen says as a Christian, "he loves everyone" and that there is more to look at in a presidential candidate than their faith—their values, and leadership ability.  This is in stark contrast to the more severe tone pastors like Franklin Graham have taken in which Graham threw doubt on whether Obama is a Christian and said point blank that Mitt Romney is not a Christian because he is Mormon.  Many Christians do not consider Mormons to be Christians because they do not hold orthodox beliefs on core doctrines such as original sin, grace, the inerrancy of the Bible, and the understanding of the Trinity is different.

Osteen did say that the Mormon faith was "not traditional Christianity," but that Mormonism still falls under the umbrella of Christian tenets. "Mormonism is a little different, but I still see them as brothers in Christ," said Osteen.

 

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