More than just a “Parental Warning” about Glenn Beck…

The first time I heard Glenn Beck back in 2008 I remember hearing a still small voice in my head saying, “Take it with a grain of salt…don’t put much weight (if any) in his ‘god’ talk…”

Next time I listened to him I was impressed with his knowledge about the government corruption, the laws, latest trends in Washington etc.  But then Beck said something about “charity” (for about the 10th time) and that still small voice inside my head started warning me again…

Once I got home, it took about 10 seconds on Google to discover he was a devout Mormon. Well OK, that made listening to him on the way home from work that much easier for me.

RULE 1: If he’s talking politics, enjoy the show.  RULE 2: The minute he mentions ANYTHING “scriptural” or “spiritual” TURN THE CHANNEL.

Why?  Because Beck’s Jesus isn’t the same Jesus that I serve.  Because Beck’s spirituality isn’t coming from the same Spirit that I have dwelling within me.

I discovered an article today from The Berean Call on Glenn Beck – I hope this blesses you like it did me.

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Glenn  Beck, the television and radio talk show host who is best known for his  conservative political views, isn’t someone whom we would normally  address in our newsletter.  Concerns are usually directed at  individuals, programs, or organizations that promote spiritual or  theological views contrary to the Word of God. Beck, of late, seems to  be making himself at home in that realm, and he’s attracting many who  call themselves Bible-believing Christians.

His  influence among evangelicals is rather odd and may say more about the  state of evangelicalism than about Beck’s engaging personality. His  popularity is proof that there is very little discernment that’s based  on testing things by the Scriptures–a consequence, in part, of the  Church Growth Movement. Marketing principles have become the rule and  are being used to fill churches. Biblical doctrines, which convict, have  been set aside in favor of psychotherapeutic sermonettes–something to  keep the folks feeling good about themselves and coming back for more.  There’s no doubt that this trend has dumbed down much of the church and  has done away with discernment to a great extent.

Anyone  who proclaims the name of Jesus–even though his understanding of who  that is may be far removed from the biblical Jesus–is nevertheless  accepted as a brother in Christ. Conservativism, political or otherwise,  is seen to be the glue of spiritual fellowship, and its characteristics  have taken on scriptural status and a basis for kinship. I’ve been told  that “Beck must be a Christian because he’s all about turning our  country back to its Christian roots.” That’s erroneous on at least two  counts.

First  of all, Glenn Beck is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter-day Saints. He may refer to himself as a Christian, but he’s  certainly not a biblical Christian.  The distinction is as wide as hell is from heaven: “Whosoever  transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God” (2 John:9).  Mormon doctrine is “another gospel” that exalts “another Jesus.” Both  false beliefs came out of the deceived and deceiving mind of Joseph  Smith. Secondly, “our country” doesn’t have “Christian roots,” even  though some are claiming that our founding fathers were true Christians.  Many were not biblical Christians but Christians in name only, who  followed the faith of Deism, Masonry, and the philosophy of the  Enlightenment. Any early influence in America’s history of a biblical nature very likely came from the Pilgrims and the Puritans.

Since  I spend very little time watching television or listening to radio  programs, I wasn’t familiar with Glenn Beck, other than seeing him by  chance on Fox News. I found his Catholic background and his conversion  to Mormonism rather curious, given my own Catholic upbringing and, years  later, my writing for the film documentary The God Makers.  What I know about the overwhelming fictional nature of the Book of  Mormon had me wondering why Beck’s work as a conservative political  analyst didn’t give him the ability to discern the blatantly erroneous  teachings, practices, and historical claims of Mormonism. However, it  wasn’t until he was invited to speak at Liberty University’s  Commencement in 2010 (the largest evangelical college in the U.S.) that I  was first made aware of his growing influence among evangelical  Christians.

The  rationale, I was told, for having him speak to the graduating class was  that his conservative point of view was consistent with the school’s  philosophy, and his message was needed at a time when the Obama  administration seemed to be pushing this country down a path of  socialism. The fact that he is a Mormon was not a concern because his  address would be of a political nature, not spiritual. I learned after the event that he rewrote his talk just before speaking because he felt compelled to address spiritual  issues. He said that his invitation to speak was not an endorsement of  his religion by the university. “[But although we have] differences…we  need to find those things that unite us.” His speech was infused with  religious terms that would appear to bring people together–except for  the fact that these terms have very different meanings for Mormons and  evangelicals. He frequently referred to the power of the Atonement, to  faith, to the gospel, to the Holy Spirit, to personal revelations from  God. Does it matter that a Mormon has a completely different  understanding of the Atonement and the gospel from what is taught in the  Bible?

Beck  said, “Turn to God and live.” What God might that be? The Mormon one,  who has a physical body and lives on a planet near a star called Kolob?  Or the One who is spirit and exists outside His creation?

Beck exhorted his audience to seek the truth. But which God  is true? He closed his speech by challenging these mostly evangelical  graduates to “question everything, including everything I have just told  you” and to “read the Scriptures every day….” Would these include  Latter-day Saints’ scriptures such as the Book of Mormon, The Doctrine & Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price?  What about “The Inspired Translation of the Bible,” which Joseph Smith  wrote to make sure that the Bible was “translated correctly”?

Beck’s  last words were greeted with a standing ovation from the faculty, the  graduates, and their families and friends: “I leave these things with  you in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.” Were they  cheering wildly for the biblical Jesus…or for the Jesus Christ of Mormonism? The two couldn’t be more dissimilar.

For  those enamored with Glenn Beck and upset with my concerns about him,  let’s take him up on his challenge to question his words. Many of the  thoughts in his Liberty University speech can be found in his new book  titled The Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life,  which he co-authored with psychiatrist Keith Ablow. In it, Beck sets  the record straight as to his understanding of Mormonism. That’s  important because I have heard all kinds of explanations–from his being  naïve about the faith fabricated by Joseph Smith to his being led to  biblical salvation through faith alone in Jesus Christ by various  evangelical leaders who have appeared on his television and radio  programs. Beck, however, dispels any and all speculation:

I  read everything there was to read on [The Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter-day Saints’] websites and every word of Mormon Doctrine. I  treated Mormonism as if it were a hostile witness. For a while I went to  the anti-Mormon literature for hints, but I found most of it to be  unfair or just plain wrong. I tried every trick I could think of to find  a contradiction. The problem was that I couldn’t. Mormonism seemed to  explain the world and my place in it better than any other faith I had  looked at. It answered many spiritual questions that had gone unanswered  for me for my entire life. (Beck &Ablow, The Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life, p.149)

In  his Liberty University speech, which was often very emotional, he  referred to the Old Testament book of Ezekiel and how he (Beck) felt  that the call to be a “watchman,” i.e., someone who stands guard to  alert the people to the evil that could overtake them, was something God  had put on his heart to do. It was his calling. If Beck’s book is any  indication of his “watchman” competency, he is either asleep at his post  or has gone AWOL. Isaiah sets the criterion for God’s watchman: “To the  law and to the testimony [i.e., the Scriptures]: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).  Does Beck speak according to God’s Word? Even if one assumes that he is  talking about the God of the Bible rather than the god of Mormonism, or  what the Bible declares, it is clear by comparing his views with the  teachings of the Bible that he’s got them both wrong.

He and his psychiatrist co-author declare throughout their book that God is within everyone:  “If God is everything and everywhere and inside everyone, then I  figured He had to be inside me, too….” That is a foundational premise  to most of what Beck presents. It is pantheism, a belief common to  Hindus, Eastern mystics, and popular among New Agers.

The  truth is that the God of the Bible is not part of His creation. He  created everything out of nothing. If He were inseparable from His  creation then He would be subject to the death and destruction that the  universe is undergoing. That would deny His perfection.

The Word of God says that the born-again believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit and that his body is the temple of God (Ephesians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 3:17). This  is conditional, based upon faith in the biblical Jesus, and it involves  God’s taking up residence within the believer. God is not, nor does He  become, a part of humanity.

If God were part of everyone and within everyone throughout all eternity (Beck &Ablow, Seven Wonders, p. 85),  then He would be part of the evil makeup of every human. Of course,  Beck and Ablow fervently deny that mankind is evil: “People are  inherently good. Our souls are magnificent and capable of extraordinary  performance” (p.165). That  may make some “feel good about themselves,” but it’s contrary to  numerous Scriptures that address the nature of man. The prophet Jeremiah  tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately  wicked: who can know it?” (17:9), and Jesus said in Mark 10:18, “There is none good but one, that is, God.”

That  truth of the Bible poses a huge problem for psychiatrists and clinical  psychologists, especially a Freudian psychotherapist like Keith Ablow.  How so? He’s in the business of facilitating a person’s relief from the  troublesome problems of living by helping him find his “true self, the  really lovable and loving person you are at your core…” (Beck &Ablow, p. 185). The  key to recovering the “real you,” Ablow and Beck explain, involves a  process of “digging up the painful parts of your life story…” (p. 107).

Nearly  all psychotherapies assert that mankind’s problems are caused by  painful issues external to the person, such as emotional traumas,  parental abuses, environmental conditions, a bad hair day, etc. Ablow  tells us to “Accept that today’s negative emotional and behavioral  patterns are almost certainly connected to painful memories and  unresolved conflicts in the past” (p. 131).

However, if it were acknowledged that the root of the problem is the innate evil within  humanity (as the Bible declares, yet psychology denies), Ablow and his  colleagues would be out of business. Just as a leopard can’t change its  spots, neither can the mental health practitioners do anything to change  a person’s sin nature. Only God can do that. Yet the charade in pursuit  of the “higher self,” “human potential,” “self-discovery,” and “the  God-given reservoir of personal power inside you,” (p. 50) continues to delude and deceive the masses.

Beck’s  description of his “life story,” especially how he was led into  Mormonism, is a reflection of what the pseudo-Christian cult is all  about: it majors on the subjective and the experiential  (e.g., a personal “burning in the bosom” experience from God). He  believes that God guided him into the faith of Joseph Smith through a  series of inexplicable events in his life. He says that God-ordained  “coincidences,” which he calls “bread crumbs,” are available to help  everyone “find their paths to embracing the truth” (p. 152).  He and Ablow continually exalt the subjective and experiential through  their promotion of “gut feelings,” “intuition,” “the third ear,” and  “the inner voice of truth inside us–the voice of God” (p. 265). They write, “Practice listening to your gut….In order to do this, you need to listen for inner voices inside you” (p. 274).

When  discernment depends upon gut feelings and inner voices, it’s a recipe  for spiritual disaster: “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed  into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers  also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).  The Bible tells us to put no trust in subjective experiences but rather  to trust in God’s written Word: “If ye continue in my word, then are ye  my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall  make you free” (John 8:31-32).  Jesus’ prayer to His Father certifies how He wants believers in Him to  know Him and the truth of His teachings: “Sanctify them through thy  truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

Mormonism  is rife with occult beliefs and practices, whether they be rituals  taken from Masonic ceremonies to supposed communication with the  deceased through baptism for the dead. This makes the Latter-day Saints  extremely susceptible to demonic deception. Yet Glenn Beck seems to have  added more false doctrine to an already bizarre belief system. He lauds  the first-century heresy of gnosticism and gnostic books such as “The  Gospel of Thomas”; he endorses communication through silent meditation  (“Connect with the miracle of spirit, of God, that has lived inside you  from long before you were born. You will be rewarded…” (p. 85);  and he and Ablow espouse the Eastern mystical teaching of spiritual  energy as an “immeasurable force that you can tap into to dramatically  improve your existence….It is nothing less than your connection to  God” (p. 113).

Lest  someone object to one or another of the religious or psychological  concepts Beck and Ablow are serving up, the two fall back on ecumenical  pragmatism: “How can you begin to do this? Some people go to  psychotherapists. Others go to pastoral counselors. Others begin to  meditate. Still others start with twelve-step programs like Alcoholics  Anonymous or Al-Anon. Whatever works for you is what you should do, but  we’ve developed a four-step plan to help you get under way.”

Perhaps  the reason I quote the following verse more than any other in my recent  articles is because I see the church and its shepherds looking more and  more to the ways of man rather than to the Word of God: “There is a way  which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of  death” (Proverbs 14:12).  Glenn Beck has no answers for those who are truly God’s people.  Nevertheless, I pray that he will come to the knowledge of the truth.

I  also pray for greater discernment among those who claim to follow the  biblical Jesus and the Word of God. Jesus declared to His disciples  (which all true believers in Him are) that they were to “Take heed that  no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4). He was referring specifically to the  last days, the time just prior to His return. It would be characterized  by massive spiritual deception. For more than three decades Dave Hunt  and I have been addressing the various elements the adversary of God has  used to deceive the world and the church. Of late, our TBC  articles have pointed out how the unifying beliefs that are common to  diverse religious groups (and anti-religious groups!) are rallying them  together with amazing speed. Their mission is fixed upon the earth as  they unwittingly work toward building the kingdom of the Antichrist and  his apostate religion.               TBC

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Bottom line is this: Glenn Beck says that he’s a Christian.  No possible way.    Mormons are not Christians because they do NOT serve and devote themselves to God the Father, God the Son or God the Holy Spirit.  Like this article said, they are serving the “anti-god/Antichrist” and are helping (though they don’t realize it) to set up an apostate/false religion.

I believe the Holy Spirit has finally given me the conviction to just “turn the channel off and talk to Me on your way home from work…”

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About annunk

I have seen too many believers in Christ falling into the trap of practicing "Christianized New Age" and still calling it holy. Contemplative prayer is nothing more ( or less) than TM. Totally unscriptural. I encourage anyone who's interested in knowing the truth of God's word to dig in daily and SEARCH - be like the Bereans - FIND OUT if the teachings, messages, books you've read or radio speakers you've heard are dissecting God's word correctly. If they're not, throw out what you've heard. Trash it. God demands we STUDY to show ourselves approved. BE a Berean. Acts 17: 10-11

Posted on June 22, 2011, in Glenn Beck and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I keep waiting for some comment by a Mormon and I guess I’m going to be disappointed!

  2. I don’t think there are any mormons reading this, bro.

  3. Well yes, tonight was bye bye from FOX to Glenn . (I did view the moveon.org site he was always saying was taking jabs at him and they said FOX dumped him for his racist remarks and also because of advertisers withdrawing their support…)

    Well not to be undone, Glenn’s going to be opening shop somewhere else but on his own, though I admit I haven’t taken the time to investigate all the details.. More than likely it will be something along the lines of an XM subscription. Sorry guys, but if it’s along those lines, I’m afraid I’ll have to pass… After all, the best things in life, are free!

  4. As for Mormons watching this site, you never know. Often people have some sort of “google alert” to let them know if people are broaching a subject – that’s how many found me with their “Beth Moore” alerts went off. I figured Mormons would have a “Glenn Beck alert.”

  5. Concerned Christian

    Thank you so much for writing this. I am printing this for my father in law who watches his show religiously every single day, records the program, backs it up, listens to every word. It is devastating for me to see the impact this man has on people “telling the truth” and deceiving those once rooted in faith. I was also shocked that Beck railed on Campus Crusade for Christ for supposedly taking “Christ out of the name because it might be offensive to people” which was NOT at all their intention. He urged Christians to pull out their support to Campus Crusade, who reaches millions, due to this supposed truth. He flat out lied…. what is going on with him? What is his motive? I am concerned for those who are so deceived.

  6. I’m not sure what’s going on with Campus Crusade for Christ – the name change and all – so I’ll be doing some digging into that one.. I’m just hoping and praying that your Dad will have his eyes opened when he reads the article.

    There’s a LOT of believers – lovers of Christ – who are swallowing everything he says – hook, line and sinker. Very sad indeed because IF they’re believing him when he says he’s a Christian, then (assuming they do ever actually come to accept that the guy’s Mormon), who is to say they won’t think that Christianity and LDS are “really pretty similar…with just slightly different beliefs??”….

  7. Well thank you so much that article…very eye opening….

    I haven’t watched glenn beck in a while – anyway..even before the whole Fox fiasco..did hear him moved to Israel and working down there…

    I don’t get into politics anymore..so Fox news and all those channels are nothing to me…But I will tell my cousin and his mom about this..didnt know he was a Mormon…Going to look at some of your other articles, may post on a few of those. I’m doing a whole lot of research on Mike Bickle at Kansas City the founder of I.H.O.P. i found that he was involved with the Kansas City prophets..and carries the same kind of “manifest sons of god” doctrine of the 1950s..geared toward the youth.
    I’m concerned because a homeless ministry here in Abilene, TX where I was saved at in 97..since has grown.

    Now the old sanctuary has been remodeled and turned into a City Prayer room..When I asked the pastor where he got the idea, he said “In Kansas City” the newspaper here, knowing the Kansas City prophets and Mike Bickle are false, had interviewed the founder and asked him the same question…his response was that he went to Kansas City and god spoke to him telling him to “come back here and open one here in Abilene”…Don’t know if he has met Bickle personally though..

    There is another guy who is the director of clothing and the prayer room..a few months back I had a run in with him eating breakfast one morning..He was teaching the homeless a bible study…In it he told of an experience he had while watching some TV thing.. god put him out in the spirit and when he awoke he found a gold nugget on the floor in front of him…

    I knew this not to be of God and contacted his home church pastor..who then forwarded the email i sent to him to the founder of the homeless ministry….this guy calls me at home (the founder) rebuking me for hurting Mich ..Mark told me ..”Now Calvin we’ve been friends for a long time..you hurt Mich and you owe him an apology”

    I did apologize three days later..but told him I didnt believe his experience was of God..Mich said to me”its ok..I go to all the outpourings I can and I pray that gods will is done ..its real to me”
    A couple months later when i saw Mark again I said look Mark I’m sorry..he said “I used to be like you”. I just turned and walked away i didnt want to get upset..

    I don’t understand how a ministry that started like love and care and Mark Hewitt a man of God could buy the whole IHOP theology because its founder is mixed in with all the other false prophets and teachers…see there used to be genuine repentence preaching and god would save souls there..but since then, the love and care church became a separate entity from the mission church.. Yet they are connected in that the mission church and past or of the mission church..

    Brother Chad was under Mark for several years being mentored..and when the mission bought a bigger building as the origional church couldn’t house the people anymore they run separatly now but of course they are still connected but self dependant im just hurt and broken..

    Each summer Mark has been bringing in youth from different youth groups around the country…mainly New Mexico and Texas..but others as well…now I know Bickle’s IHOP mainly centers around the youth…my niece has served there..

    I would sound the alarm to her parents that she loves to serve there..but they attend a church that brought in some guy who I saw was approving of Todd Bentley. He and Todd where really good friends and Todd was back in ministry…and the whole Rodney Howard Brown great awakening tour came to their church 23 years ago..Though they weren’t part of that church at the time..I know their children are exposed to all the false prophets who possibly could come in as guest speakers because their leadership is open to it.

    I have NEVER heard the gospel preached even once when I have visited their church….It runs deep in Abilene and I’m concerned that something is happining that’s not of God.. That men that once preached Truth have been taken over by the Jezebel spirit that is dominant in this age of..”just let god be god”.

    Sorry I had to tell someone. I had to get this out. Wrong post, but it is what it is think

  8. Recently I heard that 85% of Mormon converts come from a Christian background. How could this be I wondered, but then I realized that we, as a church, seem mostly interested in making “converts” not “disciples” (although I question how one can truly be converted without some discipleship).
    “But in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to articulate a defense to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But respond with gentleness and respect” 1 Peter 3:15
    Thank you for speaking the truth!

  9. The same is true with Jehovah Witnesses. A lot of Catholics tend to drift that way as well. Not sure exactly why but there you go. No matter what the church, they lack the drive to really know the true God, His Word, His will and they’re pulled in whatever direction the wind blows — much the same as IHOP. If it sounds good it just “MUST be God”.

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