“I believe that [Mormons] are Christians,” Mr. Osteen said. “I don’t know if it’s the purest form of Christianity, like I grew up with. But you know what, I know Mormons. I hear Mitt Romney — and I’ve never met him — but I hear him say, ‘I believe Jesus is the son of God,’ ‘I believe he’s my savior,’ and that’s one of the core issues.
“I’m sure there are other issues that we don’t agree on. But you know, I can say that the Baptists and the Methodists and the Catholics don’t all agree on everything. So that would be my take on it.” (Online Source)This isn't a new stance for Osteen. He made a similar declaration four years ago in an interview with Chris Wallace, and his conclusions were wrong at that time as well. Mormonism is not just an impure form of Christianity. It is not Christianity, period. And if one professes to be a Christian, thereby adhering to the core doctrines of the biblical faith, then there are quite a few issues with which to disagree.
From Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM):
Mormonism teaches that God the Father has a body of flesh and bones (D. & C. 130:22) and that Jesus is a creation. It teaches that he was begotten in heaven as one of God’s spirit children (See the Book, Jesus the Christ, by James Talmage, p. 8). This is in strict contrast to the biblical teaching that he is God in flesh (John 1:1, 14), eternal (John 1:1, 2, 15), uncreated, yet born on earth (Col. 1:15), and the creator all (John 1:3; Col. 1:16-17). Jesus cannot be both created and not created at the same time. Though Mormonism teaches that Jesus is God in flesh, it teaches that he is "a" god in flesh, one of three gods that comprise the office of the Trinity (Articles of Faith, by Talmage, pp. 35-40). These three gods are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. This is in direct contradiction of the biblical doctrine that there is only one God (Isaiah 44:6,8; 45:5).
Because Mormonism denies the biblical truth of who God is, who Jesus is, how forgiveness of sins is attained, and what the gospel is, the Mormon is not Christian -- in spite of all his claims that he is Christian. (Online Source)Perhaps it would do Mr. Osteen well to study the Mormon religion before making such statements. Indeed, it would behoove him greatly to heed the words of the late Dr. Walter Martin:
Today Mormonism is powerful, its missionary program immense, and its inroads upon the Christian faith tragic…concerned Christian pastors, evangelists, and laymen everywhere [must] recognize the threat of Mormonism and the need for a definite plan of action to meet the growing challenge at home and abroad. (Online Source)And while in this same Washington Times article, we see that Osteen has declared that the faith of Americans is at an "all time high," one must consider: faith in what? Faith is useless if it lies in a false god. Faith is worthless if it lies in oneself. The only faith worth possessing is that which rests in the triune God of the Bible. The only eternally saving faith is that which lies in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Any other faith will prove temporal, and will ultimately prove to be damning.