Posted by: judy | March 27, 2010

Glenn Beck’s American Revival: What Kind of Unity Is This?

 There is so much that Glenn Beck gets right. The research on American History and today’s political climate is typically on the mark. However, sprinkled throughout his conservative and passionate rantings is his twisted theology.  Each time I hear it — I try to overlook it along with the fact that he is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon).

This latest event, Glenn Beck’s American Revival, focuses on the revival of Thomas Jefferson’s beliefs and rallying the American People to action. At this event Glenn and his guests want to turn our attention to the fundamental ideals of Faith, Hope, and Charity. On his radio program on Friday, I heard him say that all religions must come together with these three ideals. Working together we can make a difference.

It was brief and buried in the conservative rhetoric — yet raises a glaring red flag. As with other ‘voices’, Glenn Beck identifies the problems and concerns with our government and its leaders correctly and concisely.

BUT his answer is skewed.

Unity of Religions for any purpose based on anything but Jesus Christ is not unity for Christians. In this instance conservative politics just provides another unifying factor other than Jesus. It is both acceptable and sensible and cloaked in deception.

Listen carefully and Proceed with caution.  1John 8-11

“Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting’ for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.”

John MacArthur’s notes: “Although a reward is generally promised Christians for hopitality the idea here is of the fullness of a believer’s reward for all the good he has done. A loss of that reward may occur to any believer who does not discriminated fellowship on the basis of adherence to the truth. This is a potent warning. All the eternal reward one earns by seeing Christ purely, eagerly, and effectively in the Spirit can be diminished by any aiding or abetting of false teaching.”

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  1. Glenn, I attened yesterday’s American Revival in Orlando Florida. I felt like crying for joy as I am finally seeing the call for Christians to unite beginning to be realized. With regard to you meeting with people who think outside the box and coming up with a plan to reduce our country’s debt. Question: how do we enact this plan with the currently administrative in place? The Holy Spirit gave me the following ideas too some of which you are already doing. Praise the Lord! If there is not roon enough to include them in this box. Please contact me at angel0ffaith@yahoo.com. Thank you and God bless!
    1. I would seek God daily for guidance; I can hardly run my own life without His help.
    2. I would set up an allegiance of clergy throughout the country to advise me. I would rely on the Holy Spirit to show me His true leaders in the Church.
    3. I would divide all our problems into the different categories plaguing our Country.
    a. I would then get people who think outside the box for each category that have integrity and honesty and give them six months to come up with a solution. They would not get paid for this. They would do it because they love our country and want a better future for our children and grandchildren.
    4. I would mandate that every business roll back prices for the sake of our country. This would include corporations, oil companies, school. Everyone. With the extra money people save from paying lower prices they must get out of debt. This would be for one year’s time. We would offer a tax incentive for those people who could substantiate saving money after one year’s time.
    5. I would make it mandatory that all members of congress take a pay cut and have to rely on the same retirement and health insurance plan that other American’s have to rely on. They would only get raises based on their performance.
    6. I would enact term limits for all congressmen and Supreme Court justices.
    7. Congress would have to rely on the same retirement plan AND health care they deem acceptable for the American people. As servant is not greater than their master!
    8. The churches would either lose their tax exempt status or they would have to substantiate using 20% of all monies collected to get back to being the church in the book of Acts. It is the churches responsibility to take care of the widows and orphans. This fund would include taking care of the people who could not afford health insurance, etc. If they choose not to show how they are using 20% of their money to take care of those less fortunate, then the tax money collected would be put in a fund for this purpose.
    9. Effective immediately all money people pay into social security will go into a private fund that earns interest for their exclusive use to retire on.
    10. Effective immediately all people collecting welfare who do not work would have to report every day to perform various services throughout their community. What they currently receive in welfare would be calculated into an hourly wage. If they show up for work, they get paid. If they don’t they won’t. They will get 5 paid sick days per year and 1 week’s paid vacation per year.

    • Donna,

      I’m curious about a couple of things that you said.

      First of all, do you see Glenn Beck as someone who could unite Christians? How could he considering he is a Mormon? He cannot possibly unite us since Mormons worship a different god. It would be like standing side by side with Satan.

      Secondly, did the Holy Spirit also ‘give’ you how these new ‘ideas’ were to be enforced? by Obama? The National Guard? By who’s standards would a church qualify as a ‘church from the book of Acts’? Glenn Beck’s standards?

      “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?” 2 Cor. 6:14-15

      Our job as Christians isn’t to ‘redeem’ this country; we are to be about the work of Christ sharing His Good News with all people. (Matt. 28:19)

      • Mormons are Christians. How can you say they believe in a different God? Everything in their religion focuses around Jesus Christ. Read some of their theology and you would know that. They do have some beliefs that are different from other Christian churches, but isn’t that the same with Protestants, Baptists, Catholics, and every other Christian church that say they worship the same God?

        • Welcome, Jack,

          The reason I say that Mormons are not Christians and they worship a different god is because that is the truth.

          Here are some facts about Mormon theology that give evidence to this truth:

          According to Joseph Smith, “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!!! . . . We have imagined that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil, so that you may see,” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345).

          However, Isaiah states the truth when he says in chapter 43 v. 11, “I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior. AND He has always been in eternity. (Isaiah 57:11) Let’s not forget the Gospel of John that tells us that God and Jesus were in the beginning ch.1 v.1.

          It can’t be both ways, Jack! Either God was a man and eventually became a god or He always was God. I’ll stick with His perfect Word about Himself.

          Mormons also have a different Jesus. Here’s why I say that:

          Mormon doctrine states that “”Christ was begotten by an Immortal Father in the same way that mortal men are begotten by mortal fathers” (Mormon Doctrine, by Bruce McConkie, p. 547). And how about this gem, “Jesus is the literal spirit-brother of Lucifer, a creation (Gospel Through the Ages, p. 15).

          God’s Holy Word tells us about the Jesus that is the second Person of the Trinity when it says in Isaiah 7:14, “…the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” Lucifer was a created being, an angel, which by definition could NOT be Jesus brother. Lucifer was not and never will be human.

          (Info taken from: http://www.carm.org/comparison-between-christian-doctrine-and-mormon-doctrine)

          Glenn Chatfield has done some excellent articles on Mormonism that will help you understand more clearly. Here’s just one example:

          Mormon’s “Celestial Marriage” and Baptism for the Dead:

          http://watchmansbagpipes.blogspot.com/2010/07/mormonisms-celestial-marriage-and.html

          Ron Rhodes also has a excellent site at http://www.ronrhodes.org/

          May the Lord open your eyes to His Truth!

          ~Yvonne

  2. In response to your statement: On his radio program on Friday, I heard him say that all religions must come together with these three ideals. Working together we can make a difference.

    It was brief and buried in the conservative rhetoric — yet raises a glaring red flag. As with other ‘voices’, Glenn Beck identifies the problems and concerns with our government and its leaders correctly and concisely.

    BUT his answer is skewed.
    THIS IS NOT TRUE!
    There will come a time when each and every one of us will stand before God and be judged and held accountable for our actions. When you and only you stand before God on this day, do you think He will ask you what denomination you represent? Do you think He will ask you what church you attended? No!
    We are called to unite and be one body of Christ, not be separate as represented by the different denominations. This division is causing too much animosity, dissension, and false teaching among the body of Christ. It defeats the purpose of the church altogether.
    My career of seven years as an International Critical Issues Manager was eliminated on October 5, 2007, due to corporate America outsourcing our jobs overseas, but I was not anxious. The Lord told me four years earlier to wait for the Forced Management Severance Package. The package finally arrived, and I had never been so joyful in losing a job. As a matter of fact, I have never lost a job before. Around that time, the Holy Spirit inspired me to send an article and a letter across the nation beseeching all the Christian organizations to unite to help save our country. The Lord kept showing me this Scripture: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken” (Ecclesiastes 4:12).

    • Hi Donna,

      Welcome and thank you for your thoughts. I too get very ‘inspired’ listening to Glenn and there is much he gets right. BUT listen carefully to his solution. He is not speaking of ‘denominations’ uniting — nor did I. He is saying ‘religions’ there is a world of difference. Scripture does not support unification by anything other than Jesus Christ. 1John 8-11,

      “Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting’ for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.”

      John MacArthur notes: “Although a reward is generally promised Christians for hopitality the idea here is of the fullness of a believer’s reward for all the good he has done. A loss of that reward may occur to any believer who does not discriminated fellowship on the basis of adherence to the truth. This is a potent warning. All the eternal reward one earns by seeing Christ purely, eagerly, and effectively in the Spirit can be diminished by any aiding or abetting of false teaching.”

      Donna, different religions are not part of the Body of Christ. There is only one Body and one Church of Jesus Christ and it centers and revolves around the Truth of Christ found in Scripture. Jesus Christ is the embodiment of Truth — Truth does not exist separate from Him.

  3. The DEVIL quoted Scripture to Jesus Christ the Messiah in the desert, and yet we think somehow that EVIL is going to come in ugly packages? How foolish Christians have become. More sadly, the Christian who may not even be saved is being held under delusion right now. Ultimately Satan is laughing that Christians are so angry at their falliable corruptable politicans that they are willing to sacrifice TRUTH (Jesus Christ as the ONLY way) for salvation by and through the state. These types of Christians are no more innocent then the Sal Alinsky, Obamabots, who delcare war on Climate Change and usher in Socialism. Christians are just as guilty of Idolatry when it comes to their Glenn Beck’s, Sarah Palin’s, Rush Limbaugh’s etc. If I am correct the point of this article is to point out that Glenn Beck is asking his devoted followers to abandon the ONE TRUE GOD, the ONE MESSIAH, and follow now whom…him, or someone more wicked…I knew Glenn was going to flip sooner or later. He need the constant attention and his relationship with his ‘followers’ is just as Cultic as those who worship Obama. COME OUT AND BE YE SEPARATE! all you who Believe upon the Name of Jesus Christ! Repent and come out from among them! The time is drawing to a close! Pray the HOLY SPIRIT give you discernment and reveal idolatry before GOD Himself sends the strong delusion. Thanks for this post. I warned of GB months ago…it’s on my blog.

    • Welcome! You certainly made the point much clearer than I did. Yes, the point of this post is to magnify the seemingly harmless thread of ‘unity’ throughout GB diatribes. Interestingly our conservative Pastor warned of this type of idolatry and false hope placed in someone or something else other than Jesus Christ to ‘save us’. He bridged Habakkuk 1 to Matthew 21 to the present. Where is our hope? The conservative talk radio people feed on the frenzie like this past week. It is prudent to remember that there is an element of ‘entertainment’ in all of it.

      The moment that the Jews realized that Jesus Christ was not a militant and earthly King — the same group who praised His entry into Jerusalem is the same crowd who chanted, ‘Crucify Him’.

  4. Glenn Beck is a Republican, he does not like Barack Obama as there are many people in this country who feel the same as he does. However, the word charity means LOVE in the Bible. The bible is the written word of God. I want to remind all politicians that if you are a bellever in the Kingdom of God, you do not speak what you want, see what you want or do what you want if it is not in the word of God. I have not heard Glenn Beck or any of his friends say anything good about any of our lawmakers unless they had the same affiliatiion of party. BLESSINGS AND CURSES cannot come from the same mouth.It is what comes from a man’s heart that will defile him. The Republicans can recall every word from Ronald Reagan especially their 11th commandment. God did not give out that commandment, God said we are to love one another as HE has loved us. People need to speak truth to the mountain and the country will come together. Tell the Tea Baggers to stop denying that they are Republicans because they are. Tell the tea baggers to get rid of their signs and the get on their knees and pray for the leader of our country which the Bible tells us to do. If we all stay withl God’s Word about every day living we will come together as a nation. STOP USING THE WORD AFRAID AND SCARED, GOD did not give us the spirit of fear but of a spirit of love and a sound mind.

  5. Wilma, ugh I hate to tell you this but you should know that Anderson Cooper used the term ‘tea baggers’ and it means a very derogatory sexual act among homosexual men. It has nothing to do with the tea party movement. Before you keep using that term you might want to know that.


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