Skip to comments.I am sorry Glenn but I cannot join you
Posted on 08/31/2010 6:42:35 PM PDT by Gamecock
I really like Glenn Beck. Though I have never met him in person, I have often watched his television programs and thought it would be so nice to have that kind of a guy as a friend. I imagine that he is far too busy and way too inaccessible for that to become a reality, but I do genuinely like the man. He is insightful, articulate, funny, and seems to want some great things for his family and our nation. I do think that sometimes he has one or two conspiracy theories that may not be fully justified - we shall see - but all in all, Glenn seems to be a really nice guy.
I share many of the same goals as Glenn. I speak as one born in England but now very much a U.S. citizen. All my children were born here in these United States and I live and pray for America to become in all reality, "one nation under God." I love America. I sincerely believe Glenn does too.
But I do have a problem - not a problem with him as a person in any way at all, but when he asks me to join him in praying for the very same things I wish for my country, I just cannot. I can pray for these things privately, and with fellow Christians, of course, and I do. I just cannot stand with Glenn in a public setting and be comfortable while I know he is praying to a false god. How could I ever say "Amen" at the end of his prayer that people would turn back to the god he serves? I just cannot do it. That is because Glenn Beck is a Mormon. The "god" he prays to is not in any way the same God as mine.
I know.. I know.. even saying this is politically and religiously incorrect, but I cannot help but say it. When Glenn Beck speaks of "god" we need to remember that he uses a different dictionary to Christians. The God of the Bible is One in essence and eternally exists in three co-equal Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Mormons reject this completely, believing that there are many worlds controlled by different gods and the god of this planet was once a man. The Jesus of Mormonism is the begotten offspring of this exalted man in sexual union with one of his many wives, and this god lives on a planet circling a star named Kolob, and his "gospel" is the message of how you, too, can be exalted to godhood. Christianity is Monotheistic. Mormonism is the most polytheistic religion in the world. Doctrine matters folks and deceived people, deceive people!
A dear fellow Christian, in coming to understand where I am on this issue wrote to me today saying, "I like Glenn Beck and appreciate his effort to bring America back to her godly roots. He is doing a great job in uniting government, church, and media. He does speak from a Mormon perspective but still has a heart of seeing America return to God even though he might not have the same theological view as we do."
I responded by saying, " I understand you - but I cannot agree that Mormonism is in any way "godly." According to the Bible, there is nothing at all godly about false religion. Godliness is not just about acts of service, honor, integrity, courage and the like, as wonderful as these things are, but it also includes worship of the One true God and the avoidance of all forms of idolatry. Mormonism is idolatrous worship and when Glenn Beck prays, despite his intentions, he prays to a false god who cannot help either Mr. Beck or America."
I can remember reading about the worshippers of the golden calf. They had high family values and were absolutely sincere in their worship. Now I may not be the sharpest tool in the drawer, but I do tend to get the distinct impression that God didn't like the worship - yeah, the ground opening up and swallowing the worshippers.. hmmm... it does lead me to believe that God was somehow ticked, wouldn't you say?
And then I wonder what God would feel about a "prophet" in the Old Testament asking Baal to bring Israel back to its godly roots. I think in such times, he would be stoned. In Deuteronomy 18:20 God says to His people, "But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die."
God often tested His people by seeing if they would be true to Him even as false prophets tried to lure them away from Himself. God says, "If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, Let us go after other gods, which you have not known, and let us serve them, you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has taught rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst" (Deuteronomy 13:1-5).
Thank God for grace!!! (we don't stone false prophets now) but I believe God's feelings about false worship have not changed. As Glenn Beck calls this nation to pray for some very valuable, important and even vital things, I ask now, is God testing us in the same way today? Perhaps God has raised Glenn Beck up for this very purpose, to test our hearts. Just a thought!
As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, the one and only God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the eternal One, Yahweh, the great I AM, the Alpha and Omega, who is from everlasting to everlasting.
So, though I really like you Glenn, thanks for the invite, but I cannot join you.
I agree with you. The left has learned the lesson of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Too many on the right need to learn the same lesson. We can quibble about flags and uniforms after the battle.
Join the club...these 'Beck Bashers' must all be MSNBC employees...they want Beck taken down by any means necessary...
You will pray with any man, but would you pray to any god?
Why did you post both of this “pastor’s” little blurbs in two different posts? Seems like one is more than enough. Just curious.
The prize is not an earthly election or even the temporal salvation of a nation.
Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
You made a good point.
This pastor was signalling more to Glenn haters than to Glenn.
Who can find fault with the absolutely awesome event last Saturday? I have watched two of Glenn's evening programs regarding the Aug. 28 event and a video. It was so awe inspiring.
In India worshipers pray to thousands of gods.
The electorate is responding in a strongly unified voice against ObamaScare, Cap&Tax, and the generally communist and dangerous direction of the Obama, Pelosi, and Reid agenda.
Nitpicking against each other over trivial religious garbage is a luxury we cannot afford.
This post will not last long, and does not deserve to.
I am not Mormon, but Mormon bashing is not allowed here.
It is really stupid to go off on these rants, besides, Beck is doing a great job of carrying the battle against the enemy now.
How many times is this thing going to be posted?? sheesh
How wonderful that God in his infinite wisdom decided that you should post a singularly unhelpful essay.
Your guess is as good as mine as to why He would want you to breed religious dissension on a political web site, but it is said that He works in mysterious ways.
Can you be a God in mormonism?
I am about as Fundamental as it gets, and even I can see the Devil striving to stop this in it's tracks.
Beck had rabbis, priests, and even an imam or two up there with him, which makes him LESS of a bigot than some. Any Imam willing to stand tall with a plan for keeping America strong and full of liberty FOR ALL makes even me think there may be one or two honest Muslims, and after the last decade, that is saying something. The time for bickering is after we throw the devil out of office. Then I will be delighted to have you go head to head with those with a different godview, and I hope you convince them...after Obama is gone, hopefully in an orange jumpsuit, or barring that, at least Congress has changed hands. Until that time, Wormwood, take this outside.
Ben Franklin said it, I believe: "If we do not hang together, we shall all hang separately."
Oh brother...it’s all interpretation. Muslims would disagree, so would wiccans - no one wins these “My God is real” arguments.
You can't dismiss Christianity with that trite of a sentence.
BILL PRESS, RADIO TALK SHOW HOST: I was there.
ODONNELL: So, look, on a typical summer Saturday on the mall, 80,000 is not a big deal. Thats just the flow through traffic of tourists. What is your sense of how many people there were actually Beck supporters? Like what percent of the crowd? Half the crowd, three-quarters of the crowd?
PRESS: First of all, Im glad to know that Glenn Beck is channeling Keith Olbermann. I wish he listened to him more often, Lawrence. I have to tell you, I give him credit for getting a big crowd. Look, they pumped thisthey pimped this on Fox News for about a year. There were more than 80,000 people there, I believe. I dont know. Im not a counter. Id give them 100,000 anyhow. I think it shows the power of Fox News to attract that many people.
I think it also shows, which is a little worrying to me, that theres a lot of energy on the other side. And the energy is not with our base. The energy is with the Tea Partiers these days. They were out.
ODONNELL: Getting a crowd there is pretty easy. Ive been on a lot of film shoots on the mall. And youll get 20,000 people watching a film shoot that they didnt even know was going to happen that day. Lets get to what Beck said. Beck said that America today begins to turn back to God. But as Steve Bennen (ph) at Washington Monthly points out, the question of whose God Beck is talking about has been racing around the Internet all day. The Christian News Wire says, for example, quote, Glenn Beck promotes a false gospel, however many of his political ideas can help America.
They also said on Christian News Wire, our country was founded on Judeo-Christian values. Mormonism is not a Christian denomination. Is thishow strange is this for Beck trying to be a religious leader of Christian conservatives who dont regard his religion as something that they can follow?
PRESS: Look, it is totally bizarre. First of all, the guy is a talk show host. Im a talk show host. Hes nothing but a talk show host. And hes suddenly metamorphosed, after two years of just total politics, slamming Obama day in and day outhes suddenly metamorphosed into some combination of religious hot stream, of some combination of a Jimmy Swaggart and an Oral Roberts. And then he says Obamas problem is he follows Liberation Theology, which he calls a perversion of the Christian gospel.
Let me tell you something, Lawrence, we dont need a Mormon to teach Christians what the gospel is all about.
ODONNELL: Author and radio talk show host Bill Press, thanks for getting out there on the mall for us, Bill. Your accounts are invaluable.
I was hoping to see some "born again" bashing as well, but evidently his profile page is still under construction.
Good grief indeed! Maybe God does have a great sense of humor by inspiring a Mormon to organize a rally like that to again awaken His people.
Thank you God and thank you Glenn for the work you do.