I do not know how to write this. Anything I say will seem arrogant to some, but remaining silent is not an option. The Lord will consume me from within if I try to stay quiet. So I must write. I have no choice — not if I want to remain obedient. At the same time, I am fully aware that pride and arrogance are at the top of my list of sins. They are also a fire, but not the type of fire which purify, but which destroy. So I have to be careful to keep a wall between what I write out of obedience and what I write out of my own mind. Inevitably, realizing this keeps bringing me to the point where I have to face the possibility that this means I truly am called by God to be a messenger. It’s just that I have such a hard time believing this could possibly be true. I know how much of a sinner I have been… How much of a sinner I still am. So, when I feel compelled to write, I always ask “Who am I to presume to tell others what God says or wants? I have no theology degree. I am not a prophet. Who am I and why would anyone listen to me?” Well, I don’t know. I don’t know! All I know is that there is a storm coming, and I have been told to warn God’s people. So, while there is still time, I need to clear the air with whoever may follow this blog.
For whatever reason, I have never specialized in anything. I never became an ‘expert’ on any one subject. I have too many interests. Every time I start to spend a lot of sustained time in any one area, I see a squirrel and find myself chasing off in another direction. For the majority of my life, I believed this was a character flaw and I despised myself for it. I believed this was proof that I was not a serious person, and that I was lazy. I saw it as the source of my perceived ‘failure.’ I was a failure because I couldn’t dedicate myself to anything for long enough to become ‘something.’ My father stuck to his job his whole life, and he is one of the greatest men I have ever known. But I couldn’t be like him. My younger brother became an architect, and I envied his success. But I, with such intelligence, talent and promise? I was a failure. At least, that was what I believed — until about two years ago. Now I know that the Lord was teaching me for this time, for this purpose.
About two years ago, the Lord showed me His hand in my life. You see, while everyone else was learning everything they could about one subject so they could become ‘experts,’ I was studying about everything I could. I never studied anything enough to be an ‘expert,’ but the Lord had put a curiosity in me that drove me to learn much more about so many things that I became a modern version of what was once called a ‘renaissance man.’ My child hood friend noticed this years before, and tried to explain it to me by telling me I had “learned so much about so little that I had learned everything about nothing.” But I didn’t understand what he was trying to tell me. By worldly standards, there is little value in knowing ‘everything about nothing,’ so I dismissed him as ‘crazy.’ But the Lord showed me that, while it may not make me a worldly success, I have been perfectly prepared for succeeding at the purpose He has for me. That purpose is to look at current events through my knowledge of history and human nature and hold them up to Scripture so I can warn God’s people by connecting dots that no one else can see.
This brings me to the primary purpose for this post. The only other person I know of who I can even come close to comparing myself is Glenn Beck. But there are huge differences between us, and, if you follow this blog, you need to understand them. Otherwise, you may get the wrong idea from my blog posts — both past and future — responding to Beck.
First, Beck is not one man. He presents a great deal of material as though he has been the one to learn it and make sense of it, but, were he more honest about things, he would be clear about the people behind him who do most of his research for him. Now, don’t get me wrong: I know Glenn gives credit to others when and where it is deserved. I am not accusing him of taking credit for others. What I am saying is that he is not consistently clear on this fact: that most of what he brings to his audience is a compilation of effort by many people. This is important, and I’ll explain in a minute.
The next thing we need to understand is that Beck believes he is a prophet. No, he has never said so in that language. However, I took time to learn his religion, and their language, so I recognize the key words and phrases, as well as the undertones that are in his language. If you are a devout Mormon, you know I am correct. He sends enough signals that other Mormons know he believes himself to be a prophet. The problem is, I do not accept the Mormon religion as being of Yahweh and Jesus Christ. When I hold the Mormon religion up against Scripture, I see an apostate religion against which God, His Son and His Prophets and Apostles warned us to beware. This is also important, and I’ll tie it together in a moment.
The last thing we need to understand is that much of what Beck has predicted — the things that I believe have convinced him he is a prophet — most of them have come from people who are in a position to know things the majority of us would never even suspect. The majority of these people are cowards. They will tell their secrets to Beck because they know he will share it with the public, so they think they are doing good. But, if they had any courage at all, they would be telling the public, themselves. So Beck listens to these people and is either brave enough of foolish enough to share what he is told. This is how he has been so correct about so many worldly things: he has simply ridden the knowledge gained from other people. Now, let’s tie everything together.
Beck has been correct about worldly events. He has been correct about human nature, history, about Islam, about financial matters, about politics. He has been so correct that he has been able to make accurately make many detailed predictions which have come to pass. At the moment, I believe Beck, and not Limbaugh, has the best pulse of the political mood in this country. This also gives him the best sense of where we are likely heading. All of this is why I listen to him: because there is value in his understanding of these things. But there is one major problem with Beck: he has a dangerously flawed understanding of Spiritual matters!
This is where the people behind Beck and Beck’s religion come together. He is correct about worldly events because he has so many people helping him with them. But long-term listeners may have noticed that Glenn tends to ‘float’ from one learning to the next. He does not seem to have knitted any of the things he’s learned together into a coherent ant and consistent world view. One week, he is reading Gandhi, then next, he is reading Martin Luther King, Jr, and tomorrow he will be reading about some Atheist tech guru who thinks we are about to transcend into man-machines. And, sometimes, he can’t even remember what he learned or where he learned it from. Now here is the problem (and again, long-term listeners might already be aware of this): Beck gives equal weight to all of these teachings. If you believe in Scripture, you should not, cannot do this. All of this stuff is man and man’s wisdom. It has nothing to do with God, but Beck often presents it as if it does. This is because, as a Mormon, he believes man is his own god. Beware! Dear reader, believing in our hearts that we are our own god is straight out of 2 Thessalonians 2!
I will continue to blog in response to Glenn Beck. He has been too ‘in tune’ with this world to ignore. But His Spiritual teachings are a threat, and I will continue to caution and warn as I feel lead. Beck is correct: there is a storm coming. But he does not see it as clearly as he believes. This is because his religion has left him Spiritually blind. I now know that I am being called to warn God’s people about this storm. I do not claim to see them clearly, myself, but I see them more clearly than most. I see what is coming because of the way the Lord trained me my entire life. I see connections most cannot, and they have allowed God to show me a picture of what is on the horizon. Now God is telling me to share what I see with His people. God made all of this crystal clear to me just this morning, while I was reading Isaiah. His Word suddenly spoke to me more clearly and more forcefully than ever before. It sprung to life, as though He, and not I, were the one reading. So I will obey, and I will warn those who will listen. This means, when I am directed, I will warn about the things Glenn beck tells his audience — to help those of God’s people who listen to him separate the wheat from the chaff. I only pray the Lord protects my writing from me!
[NOTE: I no longer think of my voice as anything special. There was a time when I believed I had something important to say, but not so much these days. I write now because I feel driven to do so. Something inside me will not let me rest until I post the pages you just read. I’d just as soon not bother anymore. It all seems like no one is listening and I do more harm than good. So I have come to trust that whatever it is driving me has all this under control. Personally, I believe it is God, but others may not. All I ask is that, if anything I write helps you, or you think it might help others in any way, please, share this page. Re-blog it, share it on FB or send the link to your friends. So long as you feel it will do more good than harm, then please, use this page however you wish. Thank you.]
5 thoughts on “EDITORIAL: A Storm Is Coming, So I Need To Clear The Air About Someone”
Yes…Glenn is great about sharing history but his belief in Mormonism skews his mind into believing that he is some sort of “prophet.”
I have a book called, “So What’s The Difference” written by Fritz Ridenour. It is a look (not extensive study, but adequate) at 20 worldviews, faiths and religions and how they compare to Christianity. Mormonism is listed under the subtitle of “Cults, New Religions and the Occult.” Under the chapter heading is written, “As God is, Man Can Become.” This reiterates exactly what you are saying about Beck!
Good and important post! We need to recognize the differences between Glenn’s good work in historical studies vs. his false religion of Mormonism.
Yes, and be discerning. If we are wise as serpents, but innocent as doves, we can glean the good from a person while leaving out the bad.
Peace, Christinewjc 🙂
paragraph 9 correction: …does NOT seem to have knitted…?
thanks, Bill. Obviously, I am not an editor. Luckily, the point was clear enough you understood and could correct me. My apologies.
please tell us what the storm is?