Ur Video: Are Mormons Christians?
Joel Osteen & Rick Warren react to Mitt Romney's nomination and faith.

Most evangelicals vote for Republican candidates, and for the last three decades the Republican Party has coveted evangelical votes by emphasizing the GOP's close link to Christian faith and values. But with Mitt Romney now the Republican candidate for President, many are asking whether his Mormon faith will be a stumbling block for evangelicals.

Last week a controversy erupted when Liberty University, the country's largest Christian college, invited Romney to be the commencement speaker. Some students and alumni are upset that the school invited a non-Christian to speak. They accuse Liberty of putting partisan politics ahead of it's commitment to Christ.

The Liberty U. controversy highlights a growing debate about the relationship between Mormonism and Christianity: are Mormons Christians? In these videos two prominent pastors take different perspectives. What are you telling your church members? And should it impact the way we vote?

Joel Osteen: Mormons are Christians

Rick Warren: Mormons deny the Trinity

April 26, 2012

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Rob

May 04, 2012  12:50am

Romney has not been nominated, nor has he been declared the Republican Candidate for President...that won't happen till August at the National Convention, if it indeed does happen (likely, but not guaranteed). Just sayin'.

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Clark Bunch

April 30, 2012  8:18am

Mormons are outside the box of mainstream, Protestant Christianity. They don't believe all of the same things about Jesus that many evangelicals in the United States do. But we're not voting in November for a church pastor. Mitt Romney isn't running for president of the SBC. I did not vote for Obama, but none of the accusations he is a Muslim phased be in the least. So what if he is? The President is ONE PERSON, and Islamic law could not become the law of the land without a majority vote in both houses of Congress. And if it did would be struck down by the Supreme Court. Our system may have become a joke to many, but it still works. Mitt Romney, who I voted for in my state's primary back in 2008, is morally conservative. Since Roe v. Wade passed there have been 4 Republicans and 3 Democrats in office. Abortion is not going away regardless of who gets elected. The federal government is not a church, so to an extent is doesn't matter what religion the candidate is. (However... an atheist will not be getting any party nomination, there has only been 1 American president that was unmarried.)

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Jb

April 27, 2012  10:35am

Votes must be cast on the basis of what you value, and who you think best represents those values regardless of their religion. Bringing up their religion is a religious red herring to side-track conservative voters from voting for the person they best believe can lead this country and move us back in the direction we as Conservatives would like to see our country go. One does not have to agree with Mormonism or accept its tenets to vote for a Mormon. Will conservative Christians vote for Romney? Yes. Do we think he is relationally right with God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son and empowered by the Holy Spirit who are all One and the same God? No. But that will not stop us from voting for the person we think will best represent our values and lead our country in the way we believe is best. We WILL vote. We must.

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Steve Martin

April 27, 2012  7:17am

Once during a class on 'cults', our pastor was asked,"Could there be some Christians within the Mormon religion?" (I won't dignify it by calling it a 'church') Our pastor replied, "Sure. There might even be some here."

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Dave

April 27, 2012  5:43am

It seems to me that an equally relevant question is "are Christians Jews?" Christians hold the Jewish scripture to be sacred, and follow its teachings, although possibly not in the same way as mainstream Judaism. We just added another book that changes a few details about salvation.

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Karen

April 26, 2012  10:01pm

Warren at least makes a legitimate doctrinal point. Olsteen's approach is classic Nominalism (a problem within Protestantism generally, but I would hope not usually quite to this level). To use our theological vocabulary in the latter sense ultimately voids our beliefs of any real meaning or substance at all.

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sheerahkahn

April 26, 2012  1:52pm

I'm wondering why his Mormonism is even being considered a subject of relevance for his bid to be President? Whatever Mr. Romney believes should be considered separate and non-admissible to his resume. Mr. Romney's qualifications for Presidential office should be based on his record as a politician, and his business dealings. Even if he brings up his "religiosity" we should politely decline to engage in that line of consideration as each individual's practice of their faith WILL NEVER WITHSTAND SCRUTINY or critique from inspection.

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April 26, 2012  11:58am

i'm not an osteen fan, but he did NOT say that mormons are christians (contra the CNN headline), and actually is clear in saying that mormonism is not traditional christianity. he does say that anyone who says they believe in Jesus is good enough for him.

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Roscoe

April 26, 2012  11:46am

What about Osteen and Warren- are they? More importantly, would most mainstream Christians believe that Osteen & Warren are credible enough on the subject to dare to proffer an answer. Doubtful.

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