Monday, August 30, 2010

Good post on Glenn Beck "revival"

Russell Moore provides a solid analysis of the strange rally that took place in Washington, DC this past weekend. Here's an excerpt-

"A Mormon television star stands in front of the Lincoln Memorial and calls American Christians to revival. He assembles some evangelical celebrities to give testimonies, and then preaches a God and country revivalism that leaves the evangelicals cheering that they’ve heard the gospel, right there in the nation’s capital."

Read the entire post here.


Michael Lockridge said...

Balaam's ass.

Roger Mann said...

Dr. Moore writes,

"Beck isn’t the problem. He’s an entrepreneur, he’s brilliant, and, hats off to him, he knows his market. Latter-day Saints have every right to speak, with full religious liberty, in the public square."

While I agree that many Christians are gullible and certainly share the blame here, to assert that "Beck isn't the problem" is flat out false. Of course Latter-day Saints have the legal right "to speak, with full religious liberty, in the public square," but they do not have the moral right to preach a false gospel and deceptively pass themselves off as God-fearing "Christians," as Beck is doing. Indeed, practically the entire modern Mormon Church is guilty of this deception, and God will hold them accountable for their sin. Here's what I wrote to Joseph Farah, the editor of WorldNetDaily, who is more incensed about Beck's compromise over the "gay marriage" issue (which is indeed reprehensible) than about his promotion of a false gospel:

Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally cry, "It has nothing to do with politics; it has everything to do with God," begs a more crucial question: Which God? Is it the Muslim God, who is an absolute unity and "has never begotten a son" (Sura 17:111)? Is it Beck's Mormon God, three ontologically distinct gods that pertain to this world (with untold millions of gods that pertain to other worlds)? Or is it the one Triune Christian God, who eternally exists in three personally distinct ways as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Merely calling the nation back to reliance on a generic "God" is meaningless tripe. We must worship and serve the only true God of Scripture, through Jesus Christ His Son. The Lord Jesus plainly declared:

"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." John 17:3

Rick Calohan said...

Having read the post prior to your posting my views on this is mixed. On the one hand Glenn Beck is social and fiscal conservative much in the same light as many Mormons. He has attempted to some extent expose the black liberation theology and collective salvation and how it is diametrically opposite to Biblical Christianity while concealing the tenets of Mormonism. The reasons why the crowds show up are multifaceted. One opposition to the President and the leaders in Congress who are pushing for an agenda that is veiled in darkness but has not come to light. Americans even those who voted for the President and the Democratic Party are becoming disenfranchised because they are gullible to believe that change happens overnight and that change is allegedly good.

For eight years George W. Bush was the target of the of the left, even after the Republicans lost the Congress, the GOP was blamed for lack of finding WMDs, Iraq, Afghanistan, the housing bubble, the October 2008 Wall Street collapse, and TARP, if I left anything out it is because I don’t watch the government media complex networks of ABCCBSNBCPBSCNNMSNBC and sometimes Fox believe it or not which is 17% of Fox stock is owned by Saudi Arabia.

We have a President whose place of birth is still in dispute, whose faith rather it is Muslim or Christian is still in dispute, whose fiscal policies and war strategies have taken the failures of the Bush administration to new heights. Unemployment is high; taxes have gone up in states to make up for property and income shortfalls. Utility prices have risen despite fuel prices dropping, a health care system that is less than perfect instead of getting a tune up is getting an overhaul, bailing out banks and credit institutions that have refused, reduced, and denied credit in order to clean up their books while a national debt that keeps piling up with no end in sight with foreign banks are calling the shots. An administration that is in favor of protecting Muslim rights and illegal alien rights but hostile to Christians, legal aliens and it’s own American citizens.

It did not take a Glen Beck to unite these people; it did not take a Sarah Palin to unite these people, or a Tea Party movement to unite these people. It took less than two years to see what the majority of voters on November 2008 failed to see, how radical left this administration is.

I am sure not everyone who was at this event would be considered an Evangelical or even Christian and considering how skewed Evangelicalism and Christianity are today in America it is no wonder that Americans look to Glen Beck as some messiah but then again these are the same people who look to Joel Olstein for self help Christianity. Over 80% of Americans call themselves Christians and over half of them call themselves born-again by their own free-will. As you have said in so many words over the years the only reclaiming and reformation that will take place in America is when the Gospel transforms and reforms the churches in America by the sovereign will of the Living Triune God. SDG.