This past Saturday, a large crowd of Americans assembled in Washington, D.C. for a crusade titled, “Restoring Honor.” The purpose, according to Glenn Beck, was not politics. It was deeper than that! He talked about prayer, divine providence, tithing, charity, worship, revival, grace, visions of biblical events, divine destiny, America, historical figures such as John Newton, and most importantly – “God.” He stated in an interview on Fox News Sunday that his purpose was spiritual in nature. Here is what Glenn Beck said about the rally:
We all know that the Country is in trouble. We may disagree on how to solve it, but we all know the Country is in trouble. And I’ve come to the place where I believe that there is no way to solve these problems…these issues…there’s nothing that we can do to solve the problems we have and keep the peace unless we solve it through God or unless we solve it by being our highest self.
Who would have dreamed of an open Mormon rallying hundreds of thousands of people to the National Mall in D.C. to talk about reviving our nation through a return to “God Boot Camp” as he put it in his speech? Better yet, who would have dreamed that many thousands of professing Christians would gather and whistle, clap, and cry as an open Mormon preached the gospel of being your “highest self?” Although he sounds like a Joel Osteen repackaged for politics, Glenn Beck is leading a charge of confused religious conservatives on a roller coaster of politics that somehow morphs into it’s own religion.
The problem with Saturday’s rally is not Glenn Beck or the desire for well meaning American citizens to gather to “restore honor.” The problem isn’t that concerned parents and grandparents gathered in D.C. because they want a better America for their children. The problem isn’t that dedicated soldiers from the past, present, and future assembled on the grass because they too desire to see true honor in our great nation. The problem is centered squarely on the fact that Glenn Beck has harnessed his movement to his god. The question is – what “god” is Beck crying out to when he leads hundreds of thousands in America to pray for revival? The issue is much deeper than politics and honor for the American flag! The issue is divine in nature and centers on the perversion of the true gospel of Jesus Christ and the true and living God of Holy Scripture. Beck is committed to Mormonism which is a cult that denies the deity of Jesus Christ and worships a false god! Therefore, when Christians assemble and climb into the buggy with Glenn Beck as he rides off into the sunset on a pursuit of a better America – they are being asked to cry out to his polytheistic god of Americanized politics! True Christians should be concerned with this type of religious movement.
What is Glenn Beck’s motive? Well, nobody other than Glenn can truly answer that question – but we do know that he is a brilliant American who is seeking to capture a certain dynamic in America to further his agenda. Like a seasoned marketer, he has somehow figured out a way to rally conservative, Bible-belt, Amazing Grace singing, religious, concerned Americans to stand with him and call out to his god for help! Glenn Beck has managed to find a way to fuse together a brand of politics that blends The Star Spangled Banner with Amazing Grace. The tragedy is that thousands of gullible evangelical church attendees are buying into this new Americanized religion of patriotism in the name of – God – while his Mormonism veils the fact that it’s really god! While we may all agree with Glenn Beck that America is in trouble and that we should seek a solution to the problem, we MUST NOT agree with Glenn Beck that his god is the answer. The cost of that error transcends conservative politics and results in a perverted theology that denies the true and living God who has revealed Himself in Holy Scripture. It will take more than Glenn Beck, his god, his Mormonism, his commitment to patriotism, southern style Amazing Grace, and a conservative rally to turn America’s ship around. The answer is Jesus Christ as the King of kings and Lord of lords – the I AM who was before Abraham and the God that Joseph Smith will stand before and confess as Lord God.
In his post-rally interview with Chris Wallace (see video here), Beck criticized President Obama as being a Marxist disguised in religion. He claimed that Obama has a perverted form of the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, it is during that same moment that he goes on to describe the gospel that he embraces which itself is a perverted version of the true gospel of Christ found in Holy Scripture. The danger with Glenn Beck’s movement is not mixing religion into politics – it’s mixing conservative political gods into the gospel of Jesus Christ! We as Christians should be greatly concerned when some news media outlets and journalists are labeling Beck the leader of America’s Christian conservative movement. The danger is opening up the door of Christianity to all cults like Mormonism and patriotism alike.
At the end of the day – we need a true revival of saving grace in this land that will result in a genuine revival that will turn America in the right direction. Anything else will be short lived and costly! As we cry out to the true and living God (Yahweh) for that type of revival, we also cry out with the words of John the Apostle – “Come quickly. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”