Biblical Eyesight Emerging Forefront
Sadly Joel Osteen goes from doctrinally confused to full fledged false prophet. His comments today about Mormonism scare me. Osteen is more than likely one of the most influential speakers and writers in Christianity today. The problem is there is a lot of things Osteen says that are not Biblical, and the following comments are a good example of that. This is what he said on an interview on CBS this morning.
“What I see about Governor Romney is that he says, ‘I believe Jesus Christ is the son of God, he’s raised from the dead and he’s my savior.’ I see him as being a believer in Christ, like me.”
Charlie Rose said, “That’s enough for you?”
“That’s enough for me,” Osteen said. “There’s differences in all religion. I realize Mormonism is different from Christianity, but you know what, he’s a man of faith and values. And to me, that’s strong.” 1
So Osteen believes a follower of Joseph Smith is a Christian. There is several issues with that statement. Wayne Grudem has a good counter point to this statement.
These warnings should keep any Christians from being fooled by the claims of Mormons, for example, that an angel (Moroni) spoke to Joseph Smith and revealed to him the basis of the Mormon religion. Such “revelation” is contrary to the teachings of Scripture at many points (with respect to such doctrines as the Trinity, the person of Christ, justification by faith alone, and many others), and Christians should be warned against accepting these claims. 2
We know Mormonism is a cult, but in my mind the jury is still out on Osteen. Some areas he is right, but there are some areas that are concerning. He was defiantly wrong when he said Romney is a Christian based on his confession does not put into account Mormonisms beliefs about the Trinity, the person of Christ, and nature of Scripture. For those who follow Osteen the Apostle Paul wisely spoke about why people would like him.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. II Timothy 4:3-4 ESV
If you want to see what Osteen said, check go to this link, and see for yourself.
1 from http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505270_162-57359651/osteen-romney-believer-in-christ-like-me/ seen on 1.22.12
2 Grudem, Wayne Systematic Theology Grand Rapids: InterVarsity Press p. 200