Glenn Beck: Christian or not?
I received this email this morning: The writer copied me on a response he sent to a friend regarding the Beck is Christian program.
You asked what I thought about Glenn Beck's July 13, 2010 Gospel presentation on his Fox News program. Below is a paragraph I lifted fromBeck's presentation.
Beck is correct. I do not consider Mormon's to be a Christian denomination. The Mormon Church has been trying to be recognized as a Christian denomination for years and Glenn Beck is exactly what the Mormon Church has been looking for to validate their claim. The Jesus of the Mormon Church is not the same Jesus that you and I worship. Only after Beck announces that he is leaving the Mormon Church will I believe he is a Christian in a Biblical sense. The Devil comes in many disguise. I have a copy of the Book of Mormon if you would like to read it.
"Now, I know people will say, Oh, Glenn Beck is a Mormon! He's not even a real Christian.
Beck: OK, fine. You can believe what you want. I am a man that needed atonement more than most people. But I know the game, so I called Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
I wanted to make sure that mainline Christianity has the same definition of individual salvation that I have. He agreed that salvation is an individual relationship between a person and God through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth and the light." I can't be saved for someone else and they can't be saved by me. When Jesus died on the cross he died for everyone that ever lived, but individually. It was one act for the entire collection -- it was for each person individually."
You are so right.. I have been getting emails of Beck being a real Christian all morning" His use of the word, "Atonement" is a small clue that Beck is a real Mormon, albeit, not a theological giant. Salvation in Mormonism is totally different than that of biblical Christianity.
Problem here is this: to take Beck at his word here,
Beck = Christian,
Beck = Mormon,
Mormon = Christian
The non-aware Christian, those who love his strong conservative viewpoints, will make that connection and the Mormons win a victory
Beck also said that "Another perversion is the concept of collective salvation"
Yet, Core LDS doctrine of salvation teaches that there are two salvations, the first is the result of Christ's death on the cross, one that provides the "general Salvation."
Their "personal salvation" comes from their works that will be judged at the judgment table where their works and their "transgressions' are weighed and the result is the determination of to which of the three kingdoms they go.
I pray that his statements will cause enough conflict with his Mormon leaders that he will be "corrected' enough that his brain will get in low gear and he will leave the church for the real Jesus. The real salvation.
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