First let me say that, for the most part, I like Glenn Beck. I have occasionally listened to his radio program, and lately, I have seen his new TV show on Fox News. Again, for the most part, I like Glenn Beck. I agree with many of his conservative views; however, I have found myself in stark disagreement with his cavalier attitude towards TV evangelism, and Christianity. I have seen him mock TV evangelists and this very night as I have begun to write this newsletter, April 24, 2009, he was on the O’Reilly Factor, and couldn’t help but let his disdain for evangelicals show forth. He was talking about Senator Diane Feinstein, (D) California, and some questionable activities relating to her actions as a Senator and the benefit those actions may have made financially to her husband’s company. Glenn portrays to Bill O’Reilly that the benefit to Feinstein’s husband’s company is “a miracle.” Then Glenn throws his hands in the air, and in his best Southern drawl mockingly says “Halleluiah! Thank you, Jesus.”
IT’S NOT HIS FAULT, HE IS A MORMON.
Glenn’s apparent disdain towards evangelicals, is deeply embedded in the roots of Mormonism. The Mormon Church belief is that all other churches in the world are false and that only it, the Mormon Church, is true. All other churches are an “abomination” in Jesus’ eyes. The following is an excerpt from the article I wrote titled “In Defense of Christianity,” which is found on our website www.MormonOutreach.org under the “Resources” drop down window at the top of the “Home,” page.
“The very beginning of the Mormon Church was, and continues to be, an all out attack on Christianity. The foundational belief of Mormonism from its inception is that all Christian Churches are wrong, all Christian Creeds are abomination in God’s eye and all professors of Christianity are corrupt.
BACKGROUND: Mormonism begins with Joseph Smith, the founding prophet and the “First Vision.” The “First Vision” story, as now told by the Mormon Church, is that Joseph Smith, born in Sharon, Vermont in 1805, was living in Palmyra, New York in the year 1820. There was a great excitement concerning religion happening in the Western New York area and Joseph was confused on which church he should join. The “official” version of the “First Vision” states that Joseph was reading in his Bible in the Book of James, chapter 1 verse 5: “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” Joseph said “Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine.”
THE VISION: So, Joseph claims he retired to some woods near his home and knelt down and prayed. Joseph states that as he prayed a vision opened up to him:
16. …I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.
17. It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other – This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!
18. My object in going to inquire of the Lord was to know which of all the sects was right, that I might know which to join. No sooner, therefore, did I get possession of myself, so as to be able to speak, than I asked the Personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the sects was right – and which I should join.
19. I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.” (Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith 2:16-19, 1977)
The above quote comes from one of the books of the “Official” Mormon Canon, The Pearl of Great Price. This quote is part of Joseph Smith’s recounting of the “First Vision,” which is day one, hour one, minute one, second one, of Mormonism.
So, the first moment of Mormonism is an all out attack on the last six thousand years of Judeo-Christian history. The above passages are further broken down in Mormonism to state that Joseph said that the “Personages” were none other than God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ; and that the “Personage” who answered him in verse 19 was Jesus Christ himself. The all out attack is as follows: (1) In that one sentence of verse 19, Joseph Smith destroys all of known Christianity. In that sentence prior to the semi-colon, three major points are made: first – that all Christian churches are wrong; second – that all their creeds are an abomination; and third – that all professors of Christianity are corrupt. This effectively destroys all of Christianity in one sentence: he eliminates all Christian Churches by stating they are all wrong; he eliminates all Christian Theology by pronouncing Christian Creeds as an abomination; and he eliminates all Christians by saying that as a professor of Christianity they are corrupt. (2) Joseph Smith redefines God. For six thousand years the Judeo-Christian belief was in one God. In this “First Vision” Joseph Smith and Mormonism say that God the Father is a distinct individual with a body of flesh and bones and Jesus also is a distinct individual with a body of flesh and bones.” (from the article “In Defense of Christianity).
GLENN’S MORMON ARROGANCE
This belief by the Mormon Church that they are the only true “church” on the face of the earth, and all others are in error, a state of apostasy from the original truth which Joseph Smith restored to the earth beginning with the First Vision, develops in many Mormons an air of arrogance. I know – been there, done that, had it myself when I was a Mormon. Growing up in a staunch Mormon household, I remember well mocking so called “Christianity.” As a Mormon you are taught the “First Vision”; in fact, you cannot be baptized into the Mormon Church and become a member of it unless you profess your absolute belief in this “First Vision,” and Joseph Smith as a Prophet of God.
If you listen closely to Glenn Beck you will catch this Mormon arrogance towards all things “Christian.” Glenn tends to become emotional at times and has broken into tears on his program, more than once. To these episodes, I have heard him make belittling remarks about this by saying “I’m becoming a freaking Tele-Evangelist,” or “I’m turning into Tammy Faye Baker.” This plays directly to the Mormon idiom that all of Christianity is an abomination in Jesus’ eyes and is in a state of apostasy from the truth. Glenn just can’t help himself. If you listen close, he falls right into the Mormon habit of mocking all things Christian.
As I said, I saw this arrogance growing up in a staunch Mormon family. To this very day, I see this same thing when I am around my Mormon family and they are engaged in conversation.
BEWARE WHAT GLENN IS SELLING.
On March 24, 2009 I had to go pick up some items from District Headquarters. So, it’s about 9:00 or 10:00 AM, can’t remember exactly, but instead of being in class with my students, I was driving to HQ. The radio in my truck was on 740 AM, KTRH Houston, and none other than the “Glenn Beck Show” is on. I’m just driving along, half listening, not paying that much attention; in fact I can’t remember what topic was being discussed. What I do remember is Glenn Beck pushing a book titled “The Five Thousand Year Leap.” Glenn keeps going on and on about this book – pitching it numerous times in my 30-45 minute drive to HQ. He keeps giving out the title, and then he mentions the author: Cleon Skousen. The moment the author’s name left Glenn’s lips he had my full attention. Cleon Skousen is not a common name, and I knew it well from my Mormon upbringing.
W. Cleon Skousen is a Mormon writer and my father had many of his books and I read a couple of them when I was still a Mormon. In preparation for writing this newsletter, I did a little research and did a “google” search on Cleon Skousen. The top of the “google” search was a website that highlights “The Five Thousand Year Leap”; and wouldn’t you know it, the “Foreward” is written by a fellow that calls himself “Glenn Beck.” Small world, huh?
I completed my stop at HQ and got back in my truck and headed back to school. The Glenn Beck Show is still on the radio and Glenn takes a call from a female caller. She tells Glenn how he is her inspiration. Glenn quickly deflects her adulation and says (I’m paraphrasing here, this was a month ago on the radio): “Have you ever heard of Jon Huntsman? He’s my inspiration. In fact I called him and talked to him last night. Get his book “Winners Never Cheat.” Jon Huntsman is my inspiration; he’ll be your inspiration too.”
Who is Jon Huntsman? He is a devout Mormon who started his own chemical business and turned it into a major corporation. He is quite successful, and is a billionaire. His son, Jon Huntsman Jr, is the current Governor of Utah. He and Mitt Romney are being touted as Republican frontrunners in the 2012 Presidential campaign.
GLENN DRANK THE MORMON KOOL-AID!
The often mentioned reference to someone “drinking the Kool-Aid” comes from a misnomer of Jim Jones and the “Peoples Temple” in Jonestown, Guyana. On November 18. 1978 over 900 followers of Jim Jones committed mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced grape flavored “Flavor Aid.” This incident is commonly used to depict someone who blindly follows a person or ideology, and is referenced as “Drinking the Kool-Aid.”
Glenn Beck self-describes his “Drinking the Mormon Kool-Aid,” in a You-Tube video: “LDS (Mormon) Church. Glenn Beck on Mormonism.” The Video is 8:24 in length; I recommend you watch it. Below, I have transcribed the interview where Glenn is talking about how he became a Mormon. He was invited to go to a Mormon Church service, and I’ll pick up the dialogue:
“So we went, and my daughter who has cerebral palsy went. And, the kids weren’t digging the whole church tour thing. We were walking out and my daughter said, “Can we come back there?” My wife and I stopped in our tracks and said “What?” And my daughter said “it just feels so warm inside.” So, we started to go, “We figured, OK, the kids like it.”
It was about six months later that I was sitting in a meeting and one of the guys I had dubbed “The amazing plastic man,” because he was the happiest guy to ever meet us. He was like, hey, the first time he met us, “I just love you so much.” I was like, “Just give it a rest brother, you’ll hate me in 10 minutes, please.” I spent my whole life hating me. He was talking in Sunday School and he was talking about the concept, that I’d never heard before, of Zion. And he said, “How does this happen? How do we get there?” (Remember in Mormonism, Zion refers to the New Jerusalem that will be set up at the Second Coming of Christ in Independence, Missouri. Mormons believe they will live there in Zion and live a utopian life during the Millennium where they will conduct their temple ceremonies and thereby provide the means to give all men eternal life.) And he said, (Glenn chokes up here) it’s still a powerful memory, he said, “The only way this happens is if I truly love you and you truly love me. And, we may not agree with each other, but we love each other.”
And I realized he was the most genuine person I’d ever met. And it was then that I thought, “I don’t care if there’s Kool-Aid down in the basement, I’m drinking it! Cause I want to be like that, you know. I want to be able to, um, genuinely love someone the first time I met them. What a great goal that is. And that’s what really changed our life.”
These are Glenn’s words not mine. In the words printed above, or if you watch the video, you’ll clearly see what Mormonism is all wrapped up in: A warm feeling, and pushing the family. Don’t get me wrong, family ties and strength is a wonderful thing, a Biblical thing; however, Jesus Christ saves you, not family. No where do you hear Jesus Christ as the factor of change. Why? Because Jesus wasn’t the catalyst of change – it was a warm feeling; it was a concept of the utopia of Zion.
To emphasize this point, there is a second video on You Tube that you should go watch: “Glenn Beck on Mormon (LDS) Church President Hinckley.” This video is an excerpt from the January 28, 2008 Glenn Beck Show on CNN. The previous day the 15th Prophet of the Mormon Church, Gordon B. Hinckley, had passed away at the age of 97. Glenn was paying a tribute to President Hinckley. He recounts that his daughter came to his room the night before and told him of their Prophet’s passing.
“I surprised myself. I wasn’t sad. It was a warm feeling. I just thought of a great man finally being reunited with his sweet, sweet wife.”
This video is 2:48 in length and never does Glenn talk about this “great man, a Prophet of God,” seeing/meeting/talking to Jesus. No, it’s all about reuniting with his wife. Mormonism is all about warm feelings and family. Mormonism’s center is not on Jesus Christ.
So, back to the original question “What do we do with Glenn Beck?” We need to follow the counsel of Mt 10:16 “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be you therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
In dealing with Glenn Beck we need to be wise. We, Christians need to be educated. Those whom he supports and pushes, those books he pushes – find out if they are Mormon. Glenn has, and will continue to support Mormons in his TV and radio programs – he can’t help it; it’s what Mormons are programmed to do.
For those who have never read my book: “When Salt Lake City Calls,” I highly recommend you buy it, read it, and keep it handy for reference. “When Salt Lake City Calls,” clearly defines in much greater detail than I can in this short newsletter, that Mormons are bound by oath and covenant of absolute obedience to their mortal leaders – Mormons have truly drunk the “Kool-Aid” of Mormonism and give complete allegiance to it.
Am I telling you not to listen or watch Glenn Beck? No, I’m not. He does an excellent job at bringing forth conservative issues of concern. I’m saying, watch him wisely; be an informed listener/viewer.
If you have any questions about who he is promoting or the books he may be promoting, do some research. Be that informed person; be wise as serpents!