Beck's Rally - Benefit of the Doubt?

Many Christians recently worshiped with self-proclaimed Mormon Glenn Beck at the Restoring Honor rally. Though the Mormon faith is considered a heresy by orthodox Christians, those claiming orthodoxy still maintain that this new style of interfaith worship honored Jesus and have cited several reasons. One common reason is that the true state of Mr. Beck's heart cannot be known so we should give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe Mr. Beck himself actually believes in the true Jesus and thus is himself outside Mormonism but doesn't realize it. Maybe he's stumbling along like most of us, and since God can use anyone, let's assume the best, unite, and let God work it all out.

This sounds good on first hearing. But the Bible incessantly warns Christians, and especially church leaders, against false teachers. A Christian leader's first duty is to be faithful to the commands of scripture. Though we cannot know the true state of Mr. Beck's heart, leaders can and must hear and heed what God clearly commands. And God is very clear that false teaching is a major problem for all believers and the church must be zealously guarded against it.

Christian leaders who participated in the rally were understandably eager to appear open and friendly. But in so doing, they have failed at the sober task of protecting the body of Christ. God warns so clearly and often about false teaching for the very reason that such teaching will not be easy to identify when it appears nor enjoyable to resist. The error will be subtle and the pressure to accept it will be great - thus leaders must be alert and jealous for the church. The wolf will come in sheep's clothing. A shepherd hesitant to poke and prod at the clothing will be unable to identify the wolf.

Not only does the Mormon error now gain greater legitimacy by being seen as united to orthodox Christianity, but Christians are now encouraged to follow their leaders in further openness and acceptance to any message that has the slightest hint of biblical terminology. The climate has been made more favorable for false ideas to be accepted readily, rather than examined and identified and rejected. Just a scrap of wool is all the wolf need wear and he will be welcomed with open arms into the flock of God. This is the climate the New Testament warns about over and over, yet is now fostered and cheered by national church leaders.

Yet, in our day of plurality and cultural relativity, shouldn't Christian leaders be even more diligent and careful about what they embrace? The Christian consensus that once prevailed in America is gone. Leaders cannot lead if they do not clearly and carefully distinguish between the true and the false.

What God says:

Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.... savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Therefore be on the alert. Acts 20:28-31

False Christs and false prophets will arise, and will show signs and wonders, in order, if possible, to lead the elect astray. But take heed; behold, I have told you everything in advance. Mark 13:22-23

These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you. 1 John 2:26

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called "knowledge" which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. 1 Timothy 6:20-21

Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. 2 Timothy 1:14

You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. 2 Peter 3:17-18

Actually, the Word of God is explicit about this.

People claiming to be Christian while standing in spiritual unity with Glenn Beck should not have happened at all. It happened because it was popular, and the truth is considered an abstract, largely unknowable thing according to the popular worldview. As people refuse to acknowledge the truth as anything other than subjective, the facts that Mormonism worships a different god and different Jesus than those who follow and obey Christ go ignored; the lines got fudged because Glenn Beck rode a massive bandwagon and people wanted to get on it and ride. But the Scriptures are clear.

"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people." "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you." 2 Corinthians 6:14-17

The Mormons not only worship another god, they believe that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers, that their god is a creature having celestial sex with his "spirit wives" which must be inhabited by Mormon children, and most of all, they believe themselves to aspire to become gods just like the Creator. Their doctrine is not founded in Biblical teaching, as the Mormon doctrine deifies man, and humanizes God, who said there are no other gods before Him. To stand in unity with Glenn Beck was to take, at the very least, those verses in the Bible and cut them out as if they do not exist.

But what passes for Christianity, what gets the face-time, is not about repentance from truthfully acknowledged sin, obedience to the Word, or conforming to the image of Christ, or being transformed by the renewing of our minds. It has adopted so much of popular worldview, from "can't we just all get along" to "love = tolerance = acceptance"... all things that reflect what *man* wants in his constant rebellion against the Lord, rather than submission to the will of the Father even when the resulting change brings us suffering, as Christ suffered. Christianity was not supposed to get along with the world, it was supposed to be separate from it.

The delusion that selective disobedience to the Word of God will last only for as long as the souls that do so inhabit bodies that breathe in and out. When that momentary affliction is at an end, the Absolute Truth, denied by the majority of the planet, will be forced to acknowledge it with all those who accept it now.

It is inconvenient. It is offensive. It is so difficult a matter that our Lord told us to not only be vigilant, but to carry our cross--be ready to *die*. People who deny the truth as a matter of habit will never see this.

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.