I cannot do it anymore. I simply cannot listen to Glenn Beck. There was a time I would have defended him, but no more. Where he used to educate us, now he leads us astray. First, he started deceiving believers by undermining sound Scriptural doctrine. Now, he leads everyone astray by undermining sound reasoning. I see it. So I cannot listen to him anymore. But my fear is that too many others will not see it: that they will fall for the deception and be lead astray. I have already explained how Beck has undermined the foundations of sound Scriptural doctrine. Now I will explain how Beck is now undermining the foundations of right reasoning. After this, I will leave it to the Lord to lead those who need to hear my word of warning to find this post. My job is only to warn. It is up to the individual to understand and believe.
Toward the last third of his first hour on the radio today, March 15, 2017, Beck returned to one of his old standbys. He quoted Thomas Jefferson:
“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”
Beck has correctly explained that this quote comes from a letter Jefferson wrote to his nephew, Peter Carr. Beck has also explained that the quote does deal with matters of religious conviction. However, from these words, Beck leaps to the conclusion that “all roads get to truth.” During his radio show, he explained how he arrived at this conclusion. He explained that he has come to a point where he listens to all sides of an issue and, when he finds something that each side identifies as a problem, he knows that is the truth in whatever issue is being discussed. For Beck, common ground equals truth. But this is fallacious reasoning.
Beck gave a couple of examples to illustrate his point. He one example used something he had said on the radio several days earlier. Beck had said that, were he alive today, Hitler would have embraced the environmentalist movement. This is true: Hitler even stated his environmentalist beliefs in “Mein Kampf.” However, Beck then went on to explain that he does not hold anything of what Hitler believed against anyone in the environmentalist movement today. He has done the same thing for people in the Progressive movement, as well as those in Islam. Beck never sees any connection between the individual and the ideas they embrace and support. This is where Beck goes wrong in his thinking, and it is why he doesn’t see the same flaw in Jefferson’s reasoning.
Yes, Jefferson made a mistake in his understanding of God and the Nature of God. I believe he made his mistake for the same reason Beck has. Both Jefferson and Beck embrace the religious notion of “Unitarianism.” It is more difficult to see in Jefferson, but even the web page, Monticello, defends the notion that Jefferson was a Unitarian (as does Dr. Barton’s book, “The Jefferson Lies”). With Beck, his Unitarian beliefs are even harder to see. That is because they are incorporated into his Mormon religion. As a Mormon, he believes very few people will go to hell (there is some question as to whether or not Mormons even believe in hell). Beck once said that he believes Hitler will be in heaven, just on the lowest level (Mormons believe in levels of heaven). Mormons also have problems with their definition of God and the person-hood of Christ. Whereas Jefferson questioned the divinity of Jesus, Mormons accept it, but they make him into one of many gods, not part of the Trinity. At its root, all of this comes from the misguided belief that man can use his own reason to save himself. This is where they make their mistake about how we are justified in the eyes of God.
Job reasoned it best when he reasoned that the very universe declares the existence of the Creator. That, as Creator, He is perfect, and above all things in His creation. From there, Job understood that man, and imperfect being, could never live up to the Creators Laws. Therefore, all of us — every one — is condemned to die as penalty for breaking even one of the Creator’s Laws. But Job also reasoned that because God made us, He must love us. And because God also knows that we cannot obey His Laws, that love will move God to make a way for us to be reconciled with Him. In the ancient understanding, Job reasoned that God would ‘redeem‘ us. This requires a redeemer, and Job said, though he did not know Who his redeemer was, he knew his Redeemer lives:
Here is where Beck and Jefferson both go wrong. If you understand the ancient concept of redemption, then you understand it works one way: someone else pays your debt. This is very different from the idea that there are many ways to come to God. And this stands to reason, as well. Jefferson wrote that the existence of the Creator is “self-evident,” and it is. But then, Jefferson embraced bad reasoning when he accepted the idea that this same Creator would just excuse everyone for violating His Laws. It is just as ‘self-evident’ that a law includes some sort of punishment for violating its restrictions. Just as it is equally ‘self-evident’ that a perfect Creator wouldn’t make more than one way to pay that price (or escape it). If God made one set of Natural Laws (i.e. physics), then why would we assume He made many Laws concerning the path to salvation? This is a contradiction not only in definition, but also the principles of sound reasoning. But most importantly, it is also a contradiction of Scripture:
6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
This should end any debate among those who claim to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but I know it won’t (I know it because Scripture tells me it won’t). So I will move on to the next mistake Beck makes: assuming that the ideas a person embraces and supports has nothing to do with the character of that person. Once again, my guide is Scripture. In this case, it is Jesus Who explains that the things a person believes testify to the nature of their character:
44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks [a]a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of [b]lies.
If the reader doesn’t already know this, Jesus said these words to the Pharisees: the religious teachers and rulers of His time. What’s more, He said this in a public confrontation. And on top of that, He said it not so much for the benefit of the Pharisees (who He said would not make it to heaven), but for the benefit of those who were listening (Scripture tells us all of this).
Why did Jesus condemn the Pharisees and say they were of their father, Satan? Once again, Scripture tells us. It was because the Pharisees had changed the Lord’s Word. Instead of remaining faithful to the God-breathed words of Scripture, the Pharisees had changed God’s Word to suit their own desires. Jesus called these ‘traditions,’ and repeatedly said they were violations of God’s Word. Even then, the Pharisees did not follow their own laws. They either created ways to get around them (and congratulated themselves on being clever), or they ignored them all together. But they strictly enforced them where the common people were concerned. Jesus referred to this hypocrisy as ‘the yeast of the Pharisees.’ But this is not the only example Jesus gave. He also made it clear that those who do not remain faithful to God’s Word will have no part in God’s Kingdom:
Jesus Is the Light of the World
12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
When Jesus speak of ‘The Light,’ He is saying He is the only righteous path: the only path to life with God. Most times Jesus spoke in these terms, or when the figure of speech is used elsewhere in the Bible, it is contrasted with ‘the darkness.’ This is a reference to unrighteousness. This means Jesus was saying that we either accept and live according to God’s Word, or we live according to some other teaching. If we live by any other teaching, we are not only an enemy of God, but we are following the path that leads to destruction (again, all of this is explained in Scripture).
So, where does this leave us? Well, i clearly indicates that the only path to life with the Father is through Jesus. But it also tells us that we most certainly are identified by the ideas we embrace. Humans may say that there is a difference between the person and the Party, or that not all members of a certain religion are bad, but this is not what Jesus tells us. We are all going to account for every choice, decision, word and act in our lives, and the only way we will avoid being punished for them is to accept God’s Word: and that Word says Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Anyone who refuses to accept this, and who acts against God’s Word in any way is an enemy of God. Jesus said this many times. But it also applies to the ideas we embrace in this life. If we support something that goes against God’s Word, then we support Satan — period.
23 He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me, scatters.
The only question left now is this: If a person teaches others that all beliefs are equal, or that the things we support in this life do not testify about who we really are, is that person gathering or scattering?
[NOTE: I have placed this blog in the Lord’s hands. I am no longer cross-blogging to other sites. I am not pushing this blog in any way. If others are going to find it, and if it is going to grow, it will be up to the Lord to make it happen through you, the reader. If you like this post, or find it to be of any value, then please share it with others. Otherwise, I will simply continue to share the understandings I have been given and, as I said earlier, I will leave the fruit of my effort for the Lord to handle.]