Props to Glenn Beck for speaking boldly of his faith — mostly. His message of faith, hope, and charity is resonating with conservative Christians as he travels the country on his “American Revival Tour”. He regularly hosts Christian pastors and evangelists on his Fox News program to talk about faith and patriotism. He often talks about Jesus and the Lord, something one rarely hears on the major media, especially in the context of spiritual warfare!
Beck has become the commentator of choice for conservatives who fervently believe in God and country. His message is so popular with conservative Christians that he was invited to deliver the commencement address at Liberty University this year.
In their eagerness to gain a foothold on the cultural mountain of media, prominent Christians are apparently willing to overlook the very important fact that Glenn Beck is a Mormon.
I agree with Beck’s views on most things political, but not when he’s advancing them under the banner of Jesus. First of all, Christ’s message had nothing to do with politics.
Second, and more important, Beck follows a fundamentally different Jesus. To the LDS, Jesus is a created being, not the Creator. That’s a huge difference, and just the first of many deviant teachings. Salvation, for example, is a combination of faith in the atonement of Christ and good works, a direct contradiction of biblical doctrine. It is by grace we are saved, not by works.
Maybe that’s why Beck is working so hard to spread his gospel. The professing Christians who are all too happy to use Beck’s program as a platform — including Dominionists and “seven mountains mandate” proponents Jim Garlow, chairman of Newt Gingrich’s Renewing American Leadership organization, and David Barton of Wallbuilders — will have a lot of ‘splaining to do at the Judgment.