Regarding Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally

After being invited by Moody Radio Chicago to be a guest on their morning show, one call-in listener said that her husband has questions about the theology of Glenn Beck, especially as manifested in his Restoring Honor Rally in August 2010.

I would like to specifically document some of the issues that Beck himself introduced when he spoke at the rally. I don’t want to try to tackle his theology as a whole, just the subjects he himself chose to emphasize.

I invite readers to go to CSpan and to listen to the entire rally, especially what Beck said.

Each individual speaker’s transcript and video can be selected from a menu on this page, or you can play the whole rally.

Here are some issues that Glenn Beck introduced, with references as much as possible from the official LDS.org site:

1) One of his first comments as Beck welcomed the crowd was something he said that happened 5,000 years ago, the exodus of the chosen people of God from Egypt, led by Moses who had only a stick in his hand. In the next couple of sentences, Beck said, “At the same time, on this side, this land, another group gathered listening to God.” This is an overt reference to the teachings in the Book of Mormon that Jews migrated to the Western Hemisphere during Old Testament times, and that they continued to worship the God of the Jews here in the Americas. Here is a the official LDS teaching on this.  Beck followed up his comment by introducing two people descended from the Native Americans who greeted the Mayflower.

2)  There are many questions about why Mormons who are US citizens are so patriotic. While I don’t want to downplay their feelings of pride in their country or other emotional factors, the LDS church has specific teachings about the government and people of the United States. Here are a few of those teachings:

a.  The Garden of Eden was in Jackson County Missouri and not in the Eastern Hemisphere.

b. The Book of Mormon, specifically in 1 Nephi chapter 13, identifies Columbus as having been led to the New World under the direction of God.- See especially verses 11-20.

c. Mormons regard the writers of the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution as inspired of God, and the documents themselves as Scripture.

(They believe that these people who wrote these documents were “very choice spirits in the pre-existence” and have become Mormons by accepting baptisms done for them in proxy in LDS temples.) Listen carefully to what Beck called them: “sacred scriptures of our country.”

3)  While Beck acknowledged that there were theological differences between himself and many of the clergy and attendees at the rally, Beck forcefully set forth a challenge: “Find out who God really is.”  Considering that he was backed by clergy, and attending a crowd which we might assume to be largely Christian, some people might believe he was merely calling for a deeper reading of the Bible and a closer relationship through knowledge of who the God of the Bible really is.  However, Beck’s follow up statement indicates that finding out who God really is would be a disturbing discovery and that it would force a time of choice in the individual mind. That would be a disturbing concept indeed, if we came to the conclusion of who Beck would say “God really is.”

The God of Mormonism is three separate beings, two of whom have physical, flesh and bone bodies (the Father and the Christ.) God the Father, as taught by standard LDS doctrine, is a former man who lived, died, and was resurrected on another planet by a god he served (one of many gods.)

Beck himself as a faithful Mormon must believe that he will become a god after death.

Christians, I ask you:  Do you believe the identity of God is important?  Do you believe that God the Father was once a man, and has a body of flesh and bones? Do you believe the Bible teaches that you can and should become a god?

Please read Isaiah 43, 44, 45, 46 to see what the Bible says about these issues.

There is much, much more information and abundant documentation in my book.

For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today(Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading devices.

 

6 Comments

  1. Fred W. Anson
    Sep 20, 2010

    I’m stunned at how my Christian friends are following Beck without question or any semblance of discernment.

    The man is packaging and marketing wholesale LdS Eschatology hook, line, and sinker and intelligent, theologically sound Christians are taking the hook with zeal and enthusiasm.

    I’m concerned.

    Latayne, thank you for being an awakening voice in the midst of the fog. It’s good to know that I’m not the lone voice in the midst of it.

    And for those who are interesting learning more about Beck’s background and true agenda may want to consider the following Mormon Expression podcast: http://mormonexpression.com/?p=712

  2. CB Weimer
    Sep 21, 2010

    I listen to Glen Beck because he is bringing some sense and knowledge about our government. He also tells everyone to get a relationship with God. He has stated that his salvation comes thru a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I have not seen him evangelizing for the Mormon Church. I believe that many people listening to him will turn back to the church of their youth or search out a local church which probably will not be Mormon.

  3. Paul
    Sep 23, 2010

    I am a bible believing Christian and consider myself to be very knowledgable concerning the bible. Although I am aware of Beck’s Mormon faith, I have never heard him say anything that was contrary to basic bible theology. I think he is pretty careful to paint with a broad brush when it comes to Christianity. After all, he is addressing Catholics, Protestants, Orthodox, Episcopalians, etc…

    What I like about him is the way he exposes the tactics of the current administration and its staff.

    If we take sides against Beck because we are afraid of being proselytized, we will basically be throwing the baby out with the bath water. It is quite obvious that Beck’s “mission,” is to rescue our government from liberalism, and I think he has been more effective at that than anyone to date.

  4. Jim Olsen
    Oct 12, 2010

    I have heard it said that the religious critics of the Mormon church are more apposed to the church than they are to pornography. I believe that is true.

    I think such critics would rather have an atheist, abortionist, statist in office than a mormon.

    It seems so irrational and rabid.

  5. TIm Gean
    Oct 14, 2010

    I am vary aware of Glens Mormonism view, and am sickened by it. I would love to get him into a debate on what are the real scriptures

  6. admin
    Oct 16, 2010

    I’m not one of those religious critics, Jim; and I think you know it. I point out the differences between LDS theology and that of the Bible, but I don’t tell people how to vote, and I don’t pass judgment on any individual (except maybe LDS leadership, and that only on the basis of the fact that they are false prophets, according to Deuteronomy and according to the Biblical definition of an apostle.)

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