In November of 2004, a leading evangelical spoke to LDS people at the historic Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City and said evangelicals have spread lies about LDS beliefs.
Dr. Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary in California, one of the largest multi-denominational seminaries in the world, confessed, “We have sinned against you.” Functioning as a wise, tactful, gracious, bridge-building reformer, Mr. Mouw then uttered something even more significant.
He said he took encouragement from what Mormon founder Joseph Smith proclaimed at the occasion of the founding of the Mormon Church in 1830. Get ready, my friends, to feel the presence of God as you read Joseph Smith’s words as quoted by Mr. Mouw: “We know that all men must repent and believe on the name of Jesus Christ, and worship the Father in his name, and endure in faith on his name to the end, or they cannot be saved in the kingdom of God.”Read the whole story on Beliefnet.
Osteen is the beloved pastor of the largest church in the U.S. He is also the charismatic (pun intended) minister of a worldwide broadcast media ministry.
Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston was asked by Fox News during the 2007 Presidential Primary campaign of Mormon Mitt Romney if he believes a Mormon is a true Christian. He said, “Well, in my mind they are.”
WALLACE: And what about Mitt Romney? And I’ve got to ask you the question, because it is a question whether it should be or not in this campaign, is a Mormon a true Christian?
OSTEEN: Well, in my mind they are. Mitt Romney has said that he believes in Christ as his savior, and that’s what I believe, so, you know, I’m not the one to judge the little details of it. So I believe they are.
And so, you know, Mitt Romney seems like a man of character and integrity to me, and I don’t think he would — anything would stop me from voting for him if that’s what I felt like.
WALLACE: So, for instance, when people start talking about Joseph Smith, the founder of the church, and the golden tablets in upstate New York, and God assumes the shape of a man, do you not get hung up in those theological issues?
OSTEEN: I probably don’t get hung up in them because I haven’t really studied them or thought about them. And you know, I just try to let God be the judge of that. I mean, I don’t know.
I certainly can’t say that I agree with everything that I’ve heard about it, but from what I’ve heard from Mitt, when he says that Christ is his savior, to me that’s a common bond.