Osteen had this to say ...
Joel Osteen has shown why it is imperative to know the Bible, and the core doctrines of Biblical Christianity. Osteen seems to completely be unaware of the teachings of Mormonism, which means he should not be commenting on them, or he does not care ... which means he should not being using his Pastoral position to comment on them. Either way, per the usual, Osteen is as wrong as the day is long.
What Osteen fails to understand, is that simply saying, "I believe in Christ" or "Christ is my savior" does NOT mean by default they are talking about the Jesus we find in the Bible. Anyone who has experience dealing with mormons or other members in a cult know that frequently, Mormons use Christian terms, and have changed the meaning. For example, a Christian and a Mormon would both say, they believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. However, Mormons mean that as God, who was once a mortal man, who has progressed to godhood through a process of exaltation, who has god parents, has A Son, the first born in the flesh only, whose name is Jesus. Jesus is not the only Son of God, as we are all literally in mormonism the literal offspring of God. Also, Lucifer is the spirit brother of Jesus in mormonism. Do you see what I mean? Same words, however the meanings are DRASTICALLY different.
What about core Christian beliefs?
What about core Christian beliefs?
The Jesus in the Bible that we read about as a coming promise in the Old Testament, as being the Son of God made flesh being born, living, dying, and resurrected in the Gospels, and the living Jesus at the right hand of the Father in the Epistles, is the same Jesus. Some of His nature:
Eternal (John 1:1-2)
Creator (John 1:3)
Only son of God (John 3:16)
Our Eternal High Priest (Hebrews 6:20)
The 2nd person described in the Trinity (Deut. 6:4)
The mediator between God and Man (1 Tim. 2:5)
The propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2, 1 John 4:10)
The only name by which men can be saved (Acts 4:12)
The I AM (Mark 14:62)
Is this Jesus who was just described the same Jesus as we read about in Mormon Doctrine? Some of the nature of the Mormon Jesus:
Not Eternal (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
Not the only son of God (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
Not the Eternal High Priest (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
Not a member of a triune God, but a separate God, one of many (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
Not the only mediator, but Gordon B. Hinckley and Joseph Smith (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
His death is not enough, but require a litany of works (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)No Salvation without belief Joseph Smith is a Prophet (Click LDS.ORG Link Here)
This list is not even close to being exhaustive, but when you have a religion who denies virtually every single core doctrine of Christianity, you are left with something quite to the contrary of Biblical Christianity. If mormonism wishes to set itself apart from Christianity, that would be helpful. However, they continue to push themselves as, "just another denomination of Christianity", all the while completely attacking it as false, corrupted, and in need of restoration.
Mormonism denies the trinity, it denies the Biblical plan of salvation, it denies the full deity of God, it deifies man, it denies that God's word is sufficient, it denies what the Bible teaches about hell, it denies the Biblical teaching of creation ex nihilo, etc. Virtually every single core doctrine of Christianity is violated. For these reasons, and many more, I deny that mormonism is anything other than a cult, and a pray that Osteen will be awakened to the damage he is doing when he wrongfully classifies mormonism as another branch of Christianity.
For more information, see this helpful chart from rose publishing Here