Ken Silva at Apprising Ministries just posted a comment on my latest Osteen post and referenced an article on his site that links not only to Joel Osteen’s beliefs about Mormonism, but also the fact that Deseret Books, the publishing arm of the Mormon Church, sees such little threat from Osteen’s latest book that they are selling it in their bookstore. Here’s the link.
I reproduce below the “money shot” from an interview that Chris Wallace had with Joel Osteen on Fox News Sunday; the entire transcript is here.
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.
“…I’m not the one to judge the little details of it.” He’s not the one to judge “little things” like who Jesus is, how we are made right with God through His death, our response of faith. Ah, but he is the one to pastor 50,000 people. Absurd. Utterly absurd.
I’m sorry, but this is astonishing, even for Joel Osteen. I guess it shouldn’t be; I really would have (on what basis, I don’t know) given him the benefit of the doubt that he’d at least know enough not to take this position, but at this point, there really doesn’t appear to be much of anything that Joel would say “negatively” about anybody. Astonishing…
UPDATE: Here’s a thought that I seriously am beginning to wonder about: should followers of Jesus make a decision not to patronize stores, publishers, etc. who call themselves “Christian”, but who carry his drivel? That would mean, for instance, Family Bookstores and Christian Book Distributors, for starters (and, of course, TBN, but there are dozens of reasons not to patronize TBN). Am I calling for a boycott? Well, maybe…what think ye? Of course, you’d have to produce a letter explaining such actions, but I honestly wonder if this might be the issue that begins to return some of these Christian entities to a modicum of sanity. I’m not getting my hopes up, but…