OK, this is the written word. I cannot convey my facial expressions, or the tone of my voice. All I can do is beg you to accept that, as I write this, I am conflicted in my Spirit. I know that, as a nation and individually, we need to turn back to God. We need to repent and beg God to forgive us. I wish that I heard Church leaders speaking out on this as loudly as Glenn Beck, but, sadly, Beck is the only voice I hear on the national scene calling for a return to God. He says the right words, and he sounds like he is on the path to righteousness, but this is why I am conflicted. I do not want to tear down; Scripture commands that we build up instead. But Scripture also commands that we edify, and because I know that Beck is deceiving his audience, I find myself torn between the personal desire to stay silent and hope that some good will come from what he is trying to get people to do and warning anyone who will listen that Beck is still a voice of deception.
If you are a regular reader, then you know that I am at odds with Glenn Beck over the nature of Islam. Beck argues that there are ‘good’ Muslims and ‘Islamists,’ the ‘bad’ Muslims. There is no ‘polite’ way to say this, so I will just say it. Glenn Beck is lying to his audience! If you follow the commandments of Islam as Muhammad defined them, then you must live a life much like that of the members of ISIS. If you do not follow those commands, then Muhammad said you are hypocrite or an apostate and should be killed. These are the people Beck says ‘are not Muslim enough.’ But this is Beck forcing his own, personal beliefs onto Islam. Were he alive today, Muhammad would be happy to tell beck how wrong he is, and we can know this by simply reading the Qur’an, Hadith and Muhammad’s biography to see if he lived according to his words. If we will do that, we will find there is no difference between Muhammad’s life and ISIS, and now that he claims to have researched this issue, it means Beck knows this is true. If he knows it is true and still claims that there are ‘good’ Muslims and ‘bad’ Muslims, then Beck is lying: Muhammad said there are only ‘good’ Muslims or apostates, and ‘good’ Muslims live the way ISIS is living — period! (For those who have not already done so, please read my post on why Beck is wrong about Islam).
Now, I cannot claim to know why Beck believes as he does, but I do know that he follows the teachings of a religion whose origins are very similar to that of Islam. Both Islam and Mormonism claim to be the one true religion and the only path to salvation. Where Islam is concerned, I have covered this very well in other posts on this blog. You can look for the proof that Islam rejects all other religions by reading excerpts from the Qur’an and Hadith. But Beck’s listeners should be aware that his religion teaches that Mormonism is the only true religion and — just like Muhammad — you cannot be saved unless you recognize Joseph Smith as the final prophet of God’s revelation. The simple truth of Mormonism is that they actually reject Christianity as the Bible defines it. They also believe that theirs is the only path to salvation:
(In questions directed to Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism . . . )
First--“Do you believe the Bible?”
If we do, we are the only people under heaven that do, for there are none of the religious sects of the day that do.”
Third–“Will everybody be damned, but Mormons?”
Yes, and a great portion of them, unless they repent, and work righteousness,” (Teachings, page 119).
Today, on his radio program, Beck told people he does not care who people pray to, as long as they pray to the “god of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” This is why I am conflicted where Beck is concerned. Yes! He preaches a message of love and peace and of God, but he has a very different concept of Who God is. Allah is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but neither is the god of the Mormon religion. They believe that their god is a man of flesh and blood who came from another planet where he had lived a virtuous enough life to achieve god status and now he is the god of Earth. They also believe that Christ is a second person of flesh and blood and so is the Holy Spirit — a third man of flesh and blood. They also believe that Christ only covers those sins the individual cannot work off, and then only is the person never sins again (Learn more about Mormon doctrine here). This is not Christianity, and it most certainly is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
This is the source of my conflict: the man is speaking like a child of God, but he believes in a very different god than that of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Now, the fact that Beck seems to believe that Yahweh, Allah and Adam (the Mormon god) are all the same god may help explain why he believes all religions are equal, but the Bible does not teach this (and neither does Islam). It also reminds me of the warnings in Scripture to be ware of those who spread false teachings and who destroy with a message of peace. While the flesh side of me wants to embrace Beck and what he is trying to do, the Holy Spirit within me is unsettled by the realization that Beck is following the father of lies while trying to convince people he is acting in the name of Yahweh. I simply cannot accept this, nor can I remain silent about it.
Scripture commands that we warn whoever will listen whenever we see danger. This definitely applies to warning people about being deceived by false doctrines. This is the majority of what Paul, Peter and John were writing about in the New Testament: warning the Church to be ware of the apostate religions that were already growing within the Church in the later part of the first century. So I pray you will understand: I see danger in Islam, but I see a similar and equal danger in those who claim to be Christians but are not. You may disagree with me about Beck. That is fine. Just so long as you know I did my best to sound the alarm. However, if you are undecided on this issue, I will leave you with Paul’s warning about those who teach falsely, or who try to change the Gospel.
Galatians 1:6-9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Perversion of the Gospel
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you [a]by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel [b]contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be [c]accursed! 9 As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel [d]contrary to what you received, he is to be [e]accursed!
Both Islam and Mormonism are very different from the faith that Christ and His Apostles taught us. Please, chose wisely who you follow: the father of lies and deception in any of his many voices, or the voice of the One, true God: the ‘Good Sheppard.’ His sheep hear and know His voice. I pray you are among His flock.