NOTICE: This is part of a series dedicated to explaining how many of the things Glenn Beck says on his radio program directly contradict either God’s Natural Laws or the Scriptures, themselves. This series is not meant as a personal attack on beck, but as a guide to help other Christians understand where and why Beck is wrong about the things he teaches his audience.
On Jan 31, 2017, in the second half of the second hour of his radio program, Beck told his audience that there is nothing wrong with Islam or what Islam teaches. He is wrong! However, Beck believes this, and because he believes it, he has undermined everything he has ever taught his audience about the evils of Progressivism. I hope to explain this to the reader, but it will take a little time. Therefore, as always, I beg you to stay with this post all the way to the end, and please, give careful consideration to what I share with you as it is vitally important that the Lord’s people know and understand this issue.
First, let us understand why Beck believes there is nothing wrong with Islam or what it teaches. I do not have the audio transcript at this moment, but I just heard him explain his reasoning — twice! So I will paraphrase:
Because Beck knows ‘good’ Muslims, there cannot be anything wrong with Islam. Because, if there were a problem with Islam, there could not be ‘good’ people within it. The problem is the ‘Islamists‘ who pervert Islam, not the teachings of Muhammad, themselves.
OK, let’s address the central problem here first. BECK IS WRONG ABOUT ISLAM — PERIOD! Islam is nothing more than the teachings of Muhammad (just as Mormonism is nothing more than the teachings of Joseph Smith). If we accept that Christ is the Son of God, and God in the flesh, then we must accept Christ’s Gospel — as Christ taught it! Otherwise, the Scriptures are clear: if we do not accept the Gospel — as Christ taught it — we are an apostate and, in some cases, even antichrist. The same applies to the teachings of Muhammad. If a person is going to accept that Muhammad is the final prophet and he truly spoke for Allah, then we must accept his teachings as he taught them. [note: I reject the claim that Allah is Yahweh, the God of the Bible, so I will never equate the two, even in writing.] There is the problem: Muhammad did teach that it is a duty to force non-Muslims to convert to Islam through terror and the sword. This means that the people Beck calls ‘Islamists’ are actually the ‘good Muslims,’ and the people Beck calls ‘good Muslims’ are actually what Muhammad called ‘hypocrites.’ For the record, Muhammad commanded that Muslim ‘hypocrites’ be killed — even before non-Muslims and Jews.
There is much, much more to the teachings of Muhammad that cannot be called ‘good.’ Islam, as Muhammad taught, lived and practiced it, is a form of religious Fascism. It is Fascism wrapped in a cloak of religion, very much like Japan’s government and religion were intertwined up until the end of WW II. This means that, if we accept Beck’s claim that there is nothing wrong with the teachings of Islam, then we owe many Japanese an apology for the way we treated them after the war. We called them war criminals and imprisoned or executed them because they killed our prisoners of war. But those Japanese soldiers were simply following the teachings of their religion and their god, the emperor. So how can Islam be ‘good’ but Japan’s beliefs in WW II be ‘bad?’ They were and are essentially the same. Which brings us to Beck’s hypocrisy on Progresivism.
Anyone who listens to Beck for any length of time will soon come to know that he has turned his career into what can rightly be described as a war on the Progressive movement. We’ll call it ‘Progressivism:’ the philosophy, teachings and practices of those people in the American Left who described themselves as ‘Progressives’ (also known in our modern lexicon as ‘Liberals’). Beck has said that there is nothing ‘good’ about the Progressive ideology. He as conceded that there may have been ‘good’ intentions, but there is nothing ‘good’ in their goals or methods. I happen to agree with Beck on this point. This is because Progressives are nothing more than the American version of Communism, and the Communist agenda is that of control over all of society. However, Beck has drawn a lot of fire from his audience for arguing that not all Progressives are ‘bad.’ He has said he knows ‘good’ Progressives. The problem for Beck is that this is a direct contradiction in his world-view: a contradiction which undermines everything he has ever said about Progressivism — and Islam!
If Islam cannot be bad because Beck knows ‘good’ Muslims, then how can Progressivism be bad when Beck says he knows ‘good’ progressives? Beck cannot have this both ways. Either Islam and Progressivism are both ‘good’ because they contain ‘good’ followers, or Beck is wrong in how he defines ‘good.’ Determining which is the case is actually rather easy, but it will not be comfortable for Beck (or those who agree with him).
The answer is simple: Beck holds ‘Progressive’ views. By this, I mean he feels as free to re-define things he does not like or with which he disagrees. Beck has rightly explained that Progressives see no problem with re-defining things to suit their desires. In fact, this practice is one of the sure-fire identifying characteristics of Progressivism. The media does it all the time. For example: instead of calling them what they are (illegal aliens), the media calls them ‘undocumented workers.’ This is a re-definition and a distortion of reality. Well, Beck has demonstrated that he has no issue with this. He is a Mormon, and Joseph Smith re-wrote Scripture — just as Muhammad did. So how, then, can Beck claim any credibility when he attacks Progressivs for interpreting the Constitution and our laws however they please? If he feels free to do it with God’s Word, and to support Muslims, who follow the teachings of another man who re-wrote God’s Word, then on what grounds can he attack Progressives for re-writing the law through ‘interpretation?’ He cannot — not if he wants to remain consistent. But he does it, and he does not even see the hypocrisy in his position.
This is the sort of thing Christ told us to guard against when He was speaking of the plank in our own eye (a phrase Beck actually used on his radio program today). We are called to help each other follow the correct path — God’s path. And, when and where it is necessary, we are even called to correct each other in this effort. But we are also warned to make absolutely sure we are correct in our own understanding before we try to correct others. Christ said that this is so, when we judge (i.e. discern another’s actions), we can do so correctly. beck has not removed that plank from his own eyes yet — not when it comes to matters of Islam, his own religion, or even Progressivism.
For the record: I have read the Qur’an. I have read a great deal of the Hadith (sayings and customs of Muhammad). Shari’a is an essential part of Islam. Beck says that it is wrong to live according to Shari’a, but Shari’a can no more be separated from Islam than Beck’s secret temple rituals and rights can be removed from Mormonism. To do so destroys the religion, and if the religion is the command of god, that would be an open defiance of god’s commands. Luckily for Beck, he does not believe in hell. Unfortunately for Muslims, they do not get to ignore it. Muhammad said that, if they disobey his commands, they are guaranteed to go to hell. So, you see, the Muslims Beck calls ‘Islamists’ are just trying to be faithful to the teachings and example of Muhammad. Now, if Beck is correct and the teachings of Muhammad are ‘good,’ then why does Beck and the rest of the West have so much trouble with ‘terrorism?’ Or could it be that the problem actually i as I have been trying to get people to understand: the problem is not necessarily the individual Muslim, but the teachings of Muhammad. In other words, the problem is Islam, itself!
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