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Glenn Beck to Address Baptist Grads, but His Mormonism Sparks Debate
Politics Daily ^ | May 14, 2010 | David Gibson

Posted on 05/15/2010 7:58:57 AM PDT by Colofornian

Glenn Beck is a darling of Fox News viewers and a must-see for legions of religious conservatives. So given his profile and right-of-center views, it was no surprise when it was announced that Beck would be a featured speaker at this Sunday's commencement at Baptist-run Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., the brainchild of the late Rev. Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority.

Falwell's son, Jerry Jr., is the current president of Liberty. In a statement explaining the invitation, he called Beck "one of the few courageous voices in the national media standing up for the principles upon which this nation was founded."

Yet if conservative Christians share Beck's political and social views, many of them also remain extremely suspicious of Beck's Mormon faith. Beck became a Mormon as an adult and credits his faith with turning his life around. But evangelicals generally consider Mormonism a "cult" and not Christian.

As a result, Beck's appearance at Liberty has generated an unusual amount of public infighting among evangelicals -- and creating the kind of controversy that is often associated with Catholic colleges, such as Notre Dame experienced last year when President Obama was invited to be the commencement speaker.

Ryan Begue, a Florida pastor who is in this year's graduating class from Liberty's theological seminary, said he was "shocked and disappointed" at Falwell's invitation to Beck.

"It seems that the leadership's decision in this matter gives the impression that it is more committed to conservatism than the Gospel," Begue wrote in the Florida Baptist Witness. "I have no beef with Glenn Beck as a person, but I certainly do with his religious beliefs. Why does Liberty not invite a Christian?"

Liberty University's Facebook page also lit up with the debate, while prominent Christian conservatives also weighed in.

"Alliances such as these are not glorifying to God, in that what association has God with false religions?" wrote John Ferguson, founder of the Voice of Truth blog. "The tangential dangers when the evangelical community unites with the secular world for the sake of social or political agendas are numerous because it leads to a dilution of truths from the Word of God, opens the door to give credence to non-believers within evangelical circles and ultimately leads to the eternal destruction of lost people."

A 2007 Pew Forum survey showed 25 percent of Americans would be less likely to vote for a Mormon candidate for president, with only Muslims and atheists earning higher negatives. But among white evangelicals who attend church weekly -- the GOP base and the dominant demographic of Liberty University -- the number rises to above 40 percent. In 2008, Focus on the Family, a leading lobby of the Christian right, pulled an interview with Beck over concerns that they would appear to be sanctioning his Mormon faith.

And during his 2008 bid, Romney faced a serious pushback from evangelicals who even opposed the idea of John McCain selecting him as his running mate on the Republican ticket, one of the factors that led McCain to finally choose Sarah Palin.

(Mormons insist they are Christians because they believe in Jesus Christ and consider the Bible Holy Scripture. But most traditional Christian churches do not accept the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints -- the formal name for Mormons -- as Christian because of the religion's beliefs on the nature of God, salvation, the Trinity and their scriptures, such as the Book of Mormon, and other texts discovered by founding prophet Joseph Smith in upstate New York in the 1800s.)

Falwell seemed to anticipate the risks of the Beck invitation when he noted in his statement that Liberty University has always held two end-of-year ceremonies -- a baccalaureate ceremony to confer degrees that "always includes a gospel message brought by someone who is in complete theological alignment with the university" and a separate commencement ceremony that "has always featured leaders from all walks of life and all faiths who share the university's social values and traditional family values."

"Commencement speakers," he noted, "have included representatives from the following faiths: Roman Catholicism, Judaism, mainline Protestant denominations such as the Episcopal Church, and even some speakers with no religious affiliation at all."

Falwell's effort did not forestall the controversy, however.

"We are not to put politics first and the Lord second," wrote Steve McConkey, another prominent Christian conservative, who is upset at the Beck invitation. "If this country is to have another revival, we need to get back to the basics, just like an athlete who has to go back to the basics to learn proper skills. We join Glenn Beck in many of his viewpoints, however, we do not endorse his Mormon beliefs."

There has arguably been some softening, at least among the Southern Baptist leadership, in their view of Mormonism, perhaps influenced by the "ecumenism of the trenches" -- that in a culture war, all social conservatives must stick together. That is part of the reason that evangelicals and Roman Catholics now collaborate on fights against abortion and gay marriage despite their historical cultural divide and their ongoing doctrinal differences.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints used to be listed under "cults and sects" by the Southern Baptist Convention, but today is categorized among "newly developed religions" by the SBC's North American Mission Board. Similarly, some Southern Baptist leaders, such as Richard Land, have referred to Mormonism as the "fourth Abrahamic religion" after Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

But as the Glenn Beck commencement controversy shows, even fourth place isn't enough to overcome such long-held suspicions


TOPICS: Current Events; Evangelical Christian; Other Christian; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: 2010commencements; beck; christiancollege; glennbeck; inman; lds; liberty; libertyu; mormon; virginia
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From the article: ...evangelicals generally consider Mormonism a "cult" and not Christian. As a result, Beck's appearance at Liberty has generated an unusual amount of public infighting among evangelicals -- and creating the kind of controversy that is often associated with Catholic colleges, such as Notre Dame experienced last year when President Obama was invited to be the commencement speaker.

What next for Liberty? Sun Myung Moon owns the more conservative alternative to the DC Post - The Times -- and was at least for a while anti-Communist due to his times of being locked up by them in Korea...So I suppose we now can expect Liberty to invite the head Moonie and a whole host of future cultists?

Or since Islam vehemently opposes homosexuality, Liberty will wait to see which Muslim leaders emerge as outspoken on this issue -- and we can now expect Liberty to bring us an Imam who will discuss this subject as well?

Or a number of years ago, when Scientologists thought they were getting the short shrift of religious liberties by govt officials and reputation-wise, they did two things:
(a) They started having some of their leaders to wear white collars so they would be officially "recognized" as "ministers";
(b) They started putting out in-depth flyers and newspapers geared toward religious liberties and how our country was founded on religious liberties and how we need to cherish and protect religious liberties. And oh, BTW, especially Scientologists' "liberties!"
Therefore, when can we expect Liberty to start inviting Scientology reps to come on campus to speak out protecting religious liberties?

1 posted on 05/15/2010 7:58:58 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

I would so love to be there!


2 posted on 05/15/2010 7:59:53 AM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: All
From the article: And during his 2008 bid, Romney faced a serious pushback from evangelicals who even opposed the idea of John McCain selecting him as his running mate on the Republican ticket, one of the factors that led McCain to finally choose Sarah Palin.

Indeed. Evangelicals led the way to oppose Romney.

From the article: (Mormons insist they are Christians because they believe in Jesus Christ and consider the Bible Holy Scripture. But most traditional Christian churches do not accept the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints -- the formal name for Mormons -- as Christian because of the religion's beliefs on the nature of God, salvation, the Trinity and their scriptures, such as the Book of Mormon...)

Well, the way in which Mormons reject the Trinity is to declare all faithful temple Mormons as becoming future gods. When you have a universe full of gods, it’s kind of hard to believe in The Trinity, let alone be a monotheist.

3 posted on 05/15/2010 8:00:50 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: blueyon

I’m not sure I understand—is Glenn Beck there to convert grads to mormonism, or will he be speaking about freedom and liberty and making something of your life in service to others?

As long as he’s not doing the former, I don’t see why there would be an issue?


4 posted on 05/15/2010 8:01:56 AM PDT by pillut48 ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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From the article: ...a Florida pastor who is in this year's graduating class from Liberty's theological seminary, said he was "shocked and disappointed" at Falwell's invitation to Beck. "It seems that the leadership's decision in this matter gives the impression that it is more committed to conservatism than the Gospel," Begue wrote in the Florida Baptist Witness. "I have no beef with Glenn Beck as a person, but I certainly do with his religious beliefs. Why does Liberty not invite a Christian?"..."Alliances such as these are not glorifying to God, in that what association has God with false religions?" wrote John Ferguson, founder of the Voice of Truth blog. "The tangential dangers when the evangelical community unites with the secular world for the sake of social or political agendas are numerous because it leads to a dilution of truths from the Word of God, opens the door to give credence to non-believers within evangelical circles and ultimately leads to the eternal destruction of lost people."

Indeed why is Liberty wanting to lend ”credence” to someone who believes ALL Christian creeds are an “abomination” to God?

If Glenn Beck believes the very First Vision of Joseph Smith…
… recorded in Joseph Smith – History, Pearl of Great Price, vv. 18-20 – it’s Mormon “scripture”…
…then Beck believes ALL Christian creeds are “putrid” and therefore NONE of them honor God.

Therefore, does Beck reject the very foundational Mormon "scripture" of his faith? Or if he embraces it, does he secretly mock the very beliefs many of his listeners adhere to?

5 posted on 05/15/2010 8:02:53 AM PDT by Colofornian
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But most traditional Christian churches do not accept the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — the formal name for Mormons — as Christian because of the religion’s beliefs on the nature of God, salvation, the Trinity and their scriptures, such as the Book of Mormon, and other texts discovered by founding prophet Joseph Smith in upstate New York in the 1800s)
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So which ones do ???


6 posted on 05/15/2010 8:03:10 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: pillut48; blueyon
I’m not sure I understand—is Glenn Beck there to convert grads to mormonism, or will he be speaking about freedom and liberty and making something of your life in service to others? As long as he’s not doing the former, I don’t see why there would be an issue?

So you would also be comfortable with Liberty inviting an Imam or a Scientologist or a Moonie -- as long as none of these speakers used it as a platform for conversion?

7 posted on 05/15/2010 8:04:21 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

The Devil of hell just loves it when Christians get into catfights, clawing at each other and hissing, “You’re not a real Christian! You’re going to hell!” instead of uniting. The people who fight on this forum instead of uniting in a solid front, including those who sanctimoniously say, “I’ll pray for your enlightenment,” are a perfect case in point.


8 posted on 05/15/2010 8:04:29 AM PDT by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: pillut48

Eggs ackley.


9 posted on 05/15/2010 8:04:41 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Obots, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when they are deceived.)
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To: All
Liberty U is pushing Amnesty for illegal aliens with Rev. Samuel Rodriguez... so I don't think they should be criticizing anyone.
10 posted on 05/15/2010 8:07:21 AM PDT by Minus_The_Bear
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To: Colofornian
I hope he bears solemn testimony.

Also tell little Beckie not to forget the onions in his pocket so he can shed those big phony tears for all to see.


11 posted on 05/15/2010 8:10:03 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 20 Miles North of Fredonia Arizona)
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To: ottbmare
The Devil of hell just loves it when Christians get into catfights, clawing at each other and hissing, “You’re not a real Christian! You’re going to hell!” instead of uniting.

Are you talking about Christians who disagree on threads like this -- like about whether Beck's invite was a good idea? Or are you now overriding all others' vantage point that Lds are not Christians?

If it's the latter, then how can somebody who believes they will become a god one day, believe in a monotheistic faith like Christianity?

You can't get more basic to what is Christianity than by saying, "Yes, we as Christians believe in one God." A faith which embraces potentially hundreds of thousands of gods isn't Christianity.

Mormon teachings clearly teach about a "council of gods" -- about how temple Mormons can become a god...and one of its own prophets from our generation (Kimball) at one time said he supposed he was talking to 225,000 future gods.

12 posted on 05/15/2010 8:10:30 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian
Falwell seemed to anticipate the risks of the Beck invitation when he noted in his statement that Liberty University has always held two end-of-year ceremonies -- a baccalaureate ceremony to confer degrees that "always includes a gospel message brought by someone who is in complete theological alignment with the university" and a separate commencement ceremony that "has always featured leaders from all walks of life and all faiths who share the university's social values and traditional family values."

"Commencement speakers," he noted, "have included representatives from the following faiths: Roman Catholicism, Judaism, mainline Protestant denominations such as the Episcopal Church, and even some speakers with no religious affiliation at all."

While I'm not too sure I am real comfortable with that set-up, there ARE two events - the official ceremony where degrees are conferred has a "tradition" gospel-preaching, theologically-aligned message. The secondary event is more of a motivational event for the new grads - and apparently has included keynote speakers from a variety of walks. While somewhat dangerous - the second event isn't so much focused on the religious aspects of the grads' future, but on society and making an impact.

While I don't agree with mormonism, and would never ask a Mormon to occupy the pulpit at our church, Beck speaks of "his faith" and sounds so very "mainstream Christian". IN fact, many of handful of faith-related statements I have heard him make don't necessarily line up with the tennants of Mormanism.

13 posted on 05/15/2010 8:13:20 AM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: ottbmare
The people who fight on this forum instead of uniting in a solid front, including those who sanctimoniously say, “I’ll pray for your enlightenment,” are a perfect case in point.

This very question assumes that while the Lds send 52,000 missionaries out to the world to convert Christians to Mormonism, that Christians should lay down the sword of the Word, and stop trying to convert Mormons.

So why is it apparently "OK" for those like you who raise comments like this for Mormons to convert Christians, but when Christians dare suggest that Mormons indeed remain a mission field, you call that "hissing"???

14 posted on 05/15/2010 8:14:49 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Utah Binger

Good grief...

Is Beck drunk in that photo ???


15 posted on 05/15/2010 8:15:45 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Colofornian

You mean there are people in this century that actually are so bored that they care about this?

He’s giving a graduation speech. If Jesus hates his faith that much, he will be turned into a pillar of salt.

If he has better things to do, nothing will happen.


16 posted on 05/15/2010 8:15:57 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Iran doesnt have a 2nd admendment. Ya s ee how that turned out?)
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To: TheBattman
While I don't agree with mormonism, and would never ask a Mormon to occupy the pulpit at our church, Beck speaks of "his faith" and sounds so very "mainstream Christian".

Are you saying the more "counterfeit" you are the more "credence" Christian leaders should give a person?

17 posted on 05/15/2010 8:16:20 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

To the best of my knowledge, they’ve had speakers like Ben Stein (Jewish) and Newt Gingrich (Catholic) in the past. It appears they invite conservatives, regardless of their religious affiliation.


18 posted on 05/15/2010 8:17:30 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: pillut48

Excellent point.

So much hate in the name of religion.

God save us from ourselves.


19 posted on 05/15/2010 8:18:35 AM PDT by airborne
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To: VanDeKoik
You mean there are people in this century that actually are so bored that they care about this? He’s giving a graduation speech. If Jesus hates his faith that much, he will be turned into a pillar of salt. If he has better things to do, nothing will happen.

Go back to when Obama spoke at Notre Dame. There were dozens & dozens of FReeper threads over Obama giving a mere graduation speech. Were you consistent and accused the thousands of posters of those that they were all given to boredom, and that "If Jesus hated the non-Catholic faith of Obama so much that he would be turned into a pillar of salt?" NO? (I thought not)

20 posted on 05/15/2010 8:19:07 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: pillut48
"...will he be speaking about freedom and liberty and making something of your life in service to others...?"

If you challenge Beck's message, and don't listen to his calls for Liberty and Freedom on the radio, you can't call yourself a Conservative. IMO.

(It is though our Founders were speaking from beyond the grave).

21 posted on 05/15/2010 8:20:00 AM PDT by Does so (ObamaCare...I pay for medical-marijuana claims by millions of Americans? 'Guess I do now.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Bearing Testimonkey


22 posted on 05/15/2010 8:20:35 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 20 Miles North of Fredonia Arizona)
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To: Colofornian

If all Spirit-filled Christians would take their places in government, stand for righteousness, vote their convictions, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.


23 posted on 05/15/2010 8:20:59 AM PDT by stars & stripes forever ( Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness)
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To: Colofornian

I refer to my original question. Will he be wearing his Mormon underwear on the outside or something? Do Imams and Scientologists give inspirational speeches about freedom and liberty and making something of your life in service to others?


24 posted on 05/15/2010 8:21:30 AM PDT by pillut48 ("Calling ILLEGAL aliens "immigrants" is like calling shoplifters 'customers'!"-UCFRoadWarrior ><>)
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To: anniegetyourgun
To the best of my knowledge, they’ve had speakers like Ben Stein (Jewish)...

Christians believe we share the same God as the Jews -- the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Mormons -- going back to Lds "prophet" Hinckley and statements in their official Ensign magazine, claim Mormons worship a different God than Christians do. (Something I actually agree with)

25 posted on 05/15/2010 8:22:07 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

I REALLY like Glen Beck, but he should not be invited to speak at the graduation at a Christian college.

I also doubt that Beck understands much about the theology of Mormonism, either. I suppose it is possible that he is a Bible-believing Christian who simply does not understand the cultish theology of Mormonism.


26 posted on 05/15/2010 8:22:20 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Does so

If you challenge Beck’s message, and don’t listen to his calls for Liberty and Freedom on the radio, you can’t call yourself a Conservative. IMO.
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I dont listen to Beck...

Are you suggesting that I am not a Conservative ???

I challenge Beck’s silence on the birth certificate and his mockery of the “birthers”

Are you suggesting that I am not a Conservative ???


27 posted on 05/15/2010 8:22:34 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Utah Binger

So that dopey look and the crocidile tears are important to the delivery ???


28 posted on 05/15/2010 8:23:59 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: anniegetyourgun

I don’t think any of them were a commencement speaker.


29 posted on 05/15/2010 8:24:10 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Colofornian

How come nobody cares about HARRY REID”S religion? He is Morman.


30 posted on 05/15/2010 8:25:03 AM PDT by barbarianbabs (Liberty 5-3000)
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To: Tennessee Nana

I haven’t been to fast and testimony meeting for over forty years, but if I remember correctly that is the proper approach to make dummies think you are humble and speshul.


31 posted on 05/15/2010 8:26:10 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 20 Miles North of Fredonia Arizona)
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To: Does so

If you challenge Beck’s message, and don’t listen to his calls for Liberty and Freedom on the radio, you can’t call yourself a Conservative. IMO.
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Is your only litmus test for Conservatism a regular tuning into Beck’s radio program ???


32 posted on 05/15/2010 8:26:25 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Colofornian

They do, but it appears that Liberty has done this before.


33 posted on 05/15/2010 8:26:51 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: Colofornian

**Glenn Beck to Address Baptist Grads, but His Mormonism Sparks Debate**

Why would any Baptist organization invite a Mormon to speak. It would be better if Glen were even reverted to his original religion — Catholicism.

Would the Baptist organization have invited him then? Why now?


34 posted on 05/15/2010 8:27:23 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: ottbmare

“The Devil of hell just loves it when Christians get into catfights”

Mormons are no more Christian than the Muslims; both groups started by men who wanted to have sex with children, take multiple wives, and to control others through fear, murder, and force, wrote their own “books” and laid claim to being God’s messenger while denouncing Jesus Christ. That isn’t Christian.


35 posted on 05/15/2010 8:27:38 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: pillut48

I’m with you. It seems kind of silly to worry about Beck’s religion when he rarely speaks of it himself.

Personally I suspect a lot of the pot stirring comes from the outside.


36 posted on 05/15/2010 8:27:41 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: SeaHawkFan

http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=18495&MID=6873


37 posted on 05/15/2010 8:28:37 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: airborne
Allow me to give you a parallel situation:

Take whatever your most cherished beliefs are. Get a circle of friends around you who embrace the same beliefs.

Then watch one of them invite you over to a BBQ at their house, where he's invited a speaker whose very core beliefs tell him that your beliefs...
...are an "abomination" (the word means "putrid")...
...and that those who believe them are ALL "corrupt"...
...and that those who adhere to these beliefs are part of a group belonging to Satan...
...and how might you react???

Oh sure, your BBQ host says, he assures you that the speaker won't bring up anything of these things...he'll stick to only "common-ground" issues...

Bottom-line: If you don't know what Mormon teachings teach about Scriptures, then google "Joseph Smith - History" and read verses 18-20 re: what Smith says about Christian beliefs and Christian professors of their faith...and then google 1 Nephi 14:9-10 and read that reference to Mormons believing only two churches exist -- theirs and everybody else belonging to the "Church of Satan."

38 posted on 05/15/2010 8:29:14 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Salvation

How much of a Catholic was he ???


39 posted on 05/15/2010 8:29:44 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

“I challenge Beck’s silence on the birth certificate and his mockery of the “birthers”

Are you suggesting that I am not a Conservative ???

Beck aids the liberals by allowing their leader to remain in office without Constitutional vetting. That is hardly a conservative, trashing a primary necessity of the Constitution all in the name of, well, nothing. There is no reason not to question Obama’s qualifications to be President.


40 posted on 05/15/2010 8:30:42 AM PDT by CodeToad
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To: Utah Binger

I recall Tammy Baker did pretty well with the phony tears and she wasn’t a Mormon !


41 posted on 05/15/2010 8:32:07 AM PDT by timeflies
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To: anniegetyourgun
They do, but it appears that Liberty has done this before.

Done what before? Invite a non-Christian speaker? (Yes)
Invite somebody who is by faith somebody who believes in many gods? (No)

42 posted on 05/15/2010 8:33:21 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: timeflies

Yea can you imagine Beck with all that makeup running down his face?

Wait a minute. What a great idea!

Hey Beck. Get some fake eyelashes and paint on some makeup that runs down your face.


43 posted on 05/15/2010 8:34:53 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Mount Carmel Utah, 20 Miles North of Fredonia Arizona)
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To: pillut48
Do Imams and Scientologists give inspirational speeches about...making something of your life in service to others?

(Jim Jones did)

44 posted on 05/15/2010 8:36:04 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: Colofornian

Does Beck believe in a different Jesus & a different gospel? Yes. Does Gingrich believe in doctrines of men? Yes. Does Stein deny the Messiah has come? Yes.

I don’t distinguish, and apparently Liberty doesn’t discern.


45 posted on 05/15/2010 8:42:33 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: timeflies

She wasnt a drunk either...


46 posted on 05/15/2010 8:42:47 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: anniegetyourgun

Thanks for the info. Don’t see how Glen Beck would be a problem then. I suppose that there is at least one other speaker who will provide a distictively Christian message or charge top the graduating senors.


47 posted on 05/15/2010 8:43:06 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Tennessee Nana
Beck seems to think we're not going to see the COLB—maybe never in our lifetimes. I agree with Beck.

So why present an opportunity for the Dims to discredit Patriots even further?

You "challenge" Beck, but don't listen?

==8-O

48 posted on 05/15/2010 8:44:00 AM PDT by Does so (ObamaCare...I pay for medical-marijuana claims by millions of Americans? 'Guess I do now.)
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To: barbarianbabs
How come nobody cares about HARRY REID”S religion? He is Morman.

That's because no conservative campus bodies would give Reid a platform to speak.

You know. One where Reid might get up there and say something like: "They are the most anti-Christian people I can imagine, the people from the Christian far right."

Oh wait.

Reid was invited to such a campus.

Reid did make such a comment on such a conservative campus.

And the host university was...(drum roll)

...the same faith as that of Beck:

Reid also told reporters the Republican Party has been driven by evangelical Christians for 20 years. "They are the most anti-Christian people I can imagine, the people from the Christian far right." (Deseret News, Oct. 10, 2007) See Reid Gets Warm Reception at BYU

I guess I was "rash" to have that initial thought shoot unchecked through my brain.

My bad.

49 posted on 05/15/2010 8:46:01 AM PDT by Colofornian
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To: SeaHawkFan
I also doubt that Beck understands much about the theology of Mormonism, either. I suppose it is possible that he is a Bible-believing Christian who simply does not understand the cultish theology of Mormonism.

I agree totally. I know lots of Mormons who haven't a clue as to the differences between their faith and true Christianity, or the dirty laundry of the origins of the Mormon church. They naturally accept the "good" parts, while remaining ignorant of the facts. Doesn't the word tell us that Satan will appear as an angel of light to deceive us? A counterfeit is useless unless it can somewhat approximate the original. I believe it is those parts, and his love for his wife who was Morman that led him to Mormanism in his time of trials with alcohol.

I believe that instead of argueing over whether or not Mr. Beck is the speaker at a Christian college, we should be thankful for his strident politically conservative voice, and pray continually that God will take the scales from his eyes in regards to his religious beliefs.
50 posted on 05/15/2010 8:46:45 AM PDT by rickomatic
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