Thursday, November 10, 2011

Issues with Popular Mormon Evangelist Glenn Beck

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Issues with Popular Mormon Evangelist Glenn Beck
By Eric Barger

Several weeks ago I began formulating "An Open Letter Concerning Glenn Beck" that appeared in my last email update.

Like many of you, I have appreciated Glenn Beck's research and his stand concerning public policy and politics. Knowing that he was a Mormon, I was genuinely hoping that he was an uninformed, peripheral Mormon who really didn't understand the teachings and doctrines of the LDS Church. We now know that this is not the case.

There are so many facets to explore here, it's hard to know just which ones to address first. Here are just a few of the moving parts to this story.
  • Christian leaders who don't understand (or who just want to ignore the fact) that Mormonism teaches false doctrine that includes a different Jesus, a different gospel, and a different spirit than that which is reflected in the Bible — exactly as 2 Corinthians 11:3-4 warns of.
  • Christian leaders who shockingly don't care that, by their presence at Beck's late August events in Washington, DC, or on his TV program, they are in effect endorsing the mistaken notion that "Mormonism is Christian." Regular viewers know that Beck has turned his attention to talking about "God" constantly, saying that "America's only hope is God." I concur! Only problem is, which God? Interestingly, on his September 17 TV program Glenn decided to make comparisons between the "revolutions" of Jesus, Moses, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.! Bringing Jesus down to earth sounded more like Brian McLaren and I'm wondering whether anyone else caught the clear implication of Universalism.
  • Beck's series of videos from LDS.org that clearly enunciate his reliance on and understanding of Mormonism, including his admission that the Mormon Temple ritual guides "80% of our marriage."
  • The backlash now being experienced by brave Christian leaders who have opposed Beck's Mormon evangelism - even though each and every one that I know of has applauded his public policy stands.
  • The general lack of discernment displayed by so many professed Christians concerning Mormonism and false doctrine in general. It's like, "Glenn is a Mormon? Who cares! He's our leader."
  • The thinking displayed by many Christians that, regardless of Beck's recent bent to preach Mormonism, he alone can lead us to save the country.
  • How grateful and exonerated Mormons are that Beck is (in their eyes) helping to inch closer to the fulfillment of Joseph Smith's "White Horse Prophecy" and thus save the United States and our Constitution. (Smith said, "The time will come when the destiny of the nation will hang upon a single thread. At that critical juncture, this people will step forth and save it from the threatened destruction.") I have asked, "Is Glenn Beck the 'John the Baptist' for Mitt Romney?"
  • Today we are relatively free of religious persecution in America. Yet shocking numbers of self-professed Christians are now ready and willing to surrender biblical truth and principles in a perceived effort to save the country. In view of that, how easy it appears Antichrist's initial work will be!
Every day I encounter the cry of "You are too narrow," or "Don't be so legalistic," or the real capper, "You are judgmental and pharisaical." As the letters we've received indicate, there are a lot of people upset that I and others have touched the sacred cow named "Beck." However, what can I do? I am not saying "Don't watch Glenn Beck." I AM saying watch with biblically discerning eyes.

This is exactly what we said on Jan Markell's "Understanding the Times" radio program back on August 28 when Jan, Brannon Howse, Ed Decker and I took two hours to examine the whole Glenn Beck phenomenon and controversy. We were careful to give credit to Beck for his courageous stand concerning America and the corruption that is currently gripping Washington. But we also gave the stern warning that many are confused by Beck's marked turn into airing his religious beliefs. I asked on air that day if Beck could be "John the Baptist" for Mitt Romney in an attempt to normalize Mormonism for the Salt Lake City leadership? Today, nearly a month later, I believe even more that this could be the agenda. (God, please give us a candidate for President who knows You and will serve You!)

No matter what the penalty in the end, the choice for me is easy. I made the decision long ago that truth would always win over popularity. What is happening concerning Glenn Beck and Evangelicals is just the sort of mess that results when cultic doctrine is confused with Christianity — all in the name of a noble cause. I must reiterate that the bottom line for informed believers is the fact that many unsuspecting people are being led to believe that Mormonism is nothing more than a quirky or perhaps more enlightened Christian group. That thought cannot stand unchallenged.

I believe that Christians need to reevaluate the way we are thinking on issues like this. Regardless of how grieved we are over the current direction of our nation, our allegiance must be first to God and to His Word. As my friend, Pastor Sam Buckingham, said to me recently, "We are not the Republican Party, and the Church had better figure that out."

Let's remember that Glenn Beck chose to make religion a main aspect of his daily program. We may have been uneasy with the fact of his professed Mormonism, but I don't know of anyone in discernment ministry who decided to just attack Beck. It's not with Glenn where the problem lies, anyway. Its with Mormonism. However, Beck's insistence on teaching Mormon doctrine and convoluting it as "Christian" must be answered, no matter how unpopular doing so may be with some. I trust that those who oppose us now will in time see my point.

I just pray that the price of backing Beck and ignoring the Bible doesn't equate to souls lost for eternity. If I didn't think that was already the case, I would never have taken up this issue.###
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After spending two decades immersed in the world as a record producer, rock musician, drug addict, and New Ager, Eric Barger (pronounced Bar-jer) is now widely recognized in the area of Christian Apologetics Ministry. Eric’s Take A Stand! Ministries confronts both the culture and the Church, focusing on the Cults, World Religions, the Occult, Spiritual Warfare and most particularly the troubling unbiblical trends and doctrinal issues facing Christians in these end days. He is the author or co-author of numerous books such as the best-seller, From Rock to Rock, Entertaining Spirits Unaware: The End-Time Occult Invasion, and Disarming the Powers of Darkness. Eric has written for or been interviewed by hundreds of print and electronic media outlets. For more information, visit his website at www.ericbarger.com.

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