17 August 2010

Not Drinking the Glenn Beck Kool-Aid®

I received several copies of a letter yesterday. I’m still struggling with this is many ways. It was authored by a fellow that I have a great deal of respect for as a man, and as a Christian leader in America. The letter covered this man's thoughts on the faith of radio talk show host and Fox News favorite, Glenn Beck. This discussion has come up often, and seems to be all the buzz in the Christian realm right now. I have consternating over this for some time, and having formed an opinion, feel it necessary today to weigh in on my thoughts.

I’m not drinking the Glenn Beck Christian Kool-Aid.

Don't get me wrong, I love Glenn Beck, he's a heck of a nice guy. But there is much confusion here that needs to be addressed with regards to his Mormon faith.
  • What if any other known Mormon walked up to your door and started telling you about their love for Jesus?
  • What if any other self-confessed Mormon told you about their ‘conversion’ to Jesus?
  • What if any other Mormon started professing their love for family, conservative points of view and their “Christian” world-view?

At the very least you’d be suspect. And the first thing you’d have to ask is this: Which Jesus do you love, the Mormon Jesus or the Jesus that is the Son of the Living God, and not the brother of Satin? Glenn Beck has not revealed this that I know of. I have watched several interviews and dozens of programs and videos. The definition of Jesus is conspicuously missing from all of them.

I am as conservative as they come; most of you know that by now. Politically, socially, Glenn Beck speaks my language. I LOVE what Glenn Beck is doing for this country politically. Religiously, I am afraid.

Glenn Beck is a Mormon. In case we have forgotten, Mormonism is a heretical cult that leads people away from the true God by awful deceit. The main goal of the Mormon Church is to get people to believe that they are in fact a Christian church when in fact they are not, and what’s worse is that they know it and design their proselytizing specifically to combat that truth! Are we going to stop preaching that Mormonism is a cult because Glenn Beck speaks Christian-ese?

Have we forgotten that Mormonism exists because God told Joseph Smith the founder of the Mormon religion that, “…all their creeds were an abomination in His sight: that those professors were all corrupt..." (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vol. 1, p. 5-6). Mormonism exists because it proclaims itself that orthodox Christianity is false. The initial goal of Joseph Smith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was to purposely set itself apart from accepted orthodox Christianity. In other words, Mormonism purposely separated itself from orthodox Christianity, not the other way around. Now however, because the world has been made wise to their doctrine, the Mormon church is doing all it can to make everyone believe that they ARE a Christian church in direct opposition to their own tenets and founding beliefs. I wish they’d make up their minds, because it is confusing a lot of people, including apparently Glenn Beck.

Fruit? What real fruit does Glenn Beck have? If any, it is all questionable by having been tainted by the root of a false religion. There are a lot of trees out there that produce some really beautifully looking and wonderfully smelling fruit that is absolutely poisonous and will kill you when you eat it. Jim Jones loved families and Jesus too. Joseph Smith claimed to have a real conversion and love Jesus as well…

Until Glenn Beck comes out and says, “I love the Jesus of the bible, and do not believe the Mormon doctrine that Jesus is a created being and the brother of Satin”, he is doing nothing but spitting lies and deceit, and spreading false information about our Savior. Period. Of course if he does that than he will no longer be a Mormon. I will give you the possibility that perhaps Glenn Beck is doing this out of shear ignorance of true Christianity, but the chance is very slim. More on that later.

But here me out first. I love Glenn Beck. I hope that Glenn Beck’s love for Jesus is REAL, TRUE and sincere, and not rooted in Mormonism to the point where he is worshipping a false God. His confessions and conversions mean nothing if this is not the TRUE Jesus, the Second person of the Triune Godhead, not created, but Eternal Son of God. Belief in any other Jesus is a false belief in a false deity that can do nothing more for him with regards to his salvation than the microphone that he speaks into every day.

So his bosom burns, so what. Take a Tums® – but don’t call yourself a Mormon and go on TV and radio trying to convince the Christian population in America that Mormonism is the same as historical orthodox Christianity. Because it is not! It is wrong to do so, and it is deceiving people towards Hell – The REAL Hell. As far as I know, Mr. Beck has yet to explain or define Jesus, and I’m not ready to assume that he’s on the right track. Would you assume that from any other Cult member? If he really is, why does he continue to promote his Mormonism over a belief in Orthodox Christianity?

More simply, do you honestly think he’s never investigated this?? The differences between orthodox Christian churches and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? To do so would conclude that he does not know that there are differences, and clearly this cannot be true. Thinking that Glenn Beck is not aware that his church’s doctrinal teaching is that 'Jesus' is a created being and the brother to Satan - after more than 10 years of regular attendance at a Mormon Church, is the same as saying Barak Obama was unaware that the Reverend Jeremiah Wright was a Marxist bigot and hater of America!

Listen, Glenn is no dummy. Either he is a Mormon, or he is a Christian. You can be a born-again Christian and go to a Mormon church if you so choose, just the same as you can be a born-again Christian and go to a Catholic church as well. But IF you are a Christian and go to a Mormon church, you are not a Mormon by their own definition; not just our definition, but theirs as well! Remember, this is about Jesus. Is Glenn Beck a Mormon or a Christian? – You can’t be both. You can be a Christian that goes to a Mormon church, but you can’t be an Orthodox Christian and an ‘orthodox’ Mormon at the same time.

And here’s the real kicker for me: – If you are a true believer in the true Jesus, then sooner or later, you have to come out against EVERYTHING that teaches against Jesus or teaches a false Jesus or flies in the face of biblical dogmatic, orthodox Christianity… including the Mormon Church.

If you are a true born-again believer in the real Jesus Christ with a Salvational understanding of Jesus and the gospel, why would continue to attend a Cult? PLEASE - do not tell me it is for the reason of proselytizing. Paul did not become a member of a polytheistic cult in order to reach the people he was preaching to. Jesus did not have to become a prostitute to teach a prostitute that it was wrong and to bring her to true repentance and conversion. This logic is exposed as false in the case with Glenn Beck. He has no need to stay within the Mormon Church to covert those people to true Christianity, because he already believes that they are true Christians! That’s the point he tries to make every day on his radio and TV shows. This message seems to be elf defeating and should be seen as such by all those real Christians who believe that Glenn Beck he is a born-again believer.

Only God knows his heart. I do not. In the mean time, what we have is one man with the power of the media behind him, thrust before our American Christian community rallying to the cry of a Mormon who’s beliefs (if he truly is Mormon) are HERETICAL, in the name of Christianity. We are allowing this man to blur the line between the real Jesus and the Jesus of the Mormons. It is a very real danger.

In the end, this discussion is not about Glenn Beck, it's about what Glenn Beck is doing to Christian America. I had a question for God not too long ago. It had to deal with a decision that a good brother had to make. This man is a man of God, and lover of Jesus. He was at a cross-roads in his life and was confused as to what he should do, and asked that I pray for him. I did, and this is what the Lord gave me:

1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.

This discussion is approaching everywhere. Many people are talking about it. The Mormons love it. Conservative Christians cringe at the thought. Those in the middle, and those who are seeking a new or renewed relationship with Jesus are confused. Christianity is not confusing. It is lovingly simple.

Glenn I love you, but you are causing a nation full of confusion. And before we can be brothers, just answer one question for me:

Who is Jesus?