Here are some initial impressions my wife and I have on the Divine Destiny rally held at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC last night:

Two words sum up Glenn Beck’s Divine Destiny: boring and disjointed. There were high spots, to be sure, including the musical rendering of God Bless America by J E McKissic of Fort Worth Texas, which was the pinnacle of the event. One Catholic leader did give some resounding warnings about abortion and the family as well as the need for believing in the Creator.

But it was a lot like any other meeting you’ve ever attended where no one really knows what’s going on. There was no main speaker or theme running through it. Glenn Beck only spoke for a couple of minutes.

Beck did not deliver what he promised. Not only did he not produce his miracles, he did not reveal the names of his surprise guests. Glenn had suggested there would be four famous sermons read, or at least portions of sermons, to turn us back to God. I suspect when he finally got around to reading them, especially if he read from George Whitefield or John Wesley, the sermons could not be edited enough to leave out the saving gospel of Jesus Christ.

Based on the night at the Kennedy Center, today’s Restoring Honor Rally promises more of the same. There will be call after call for the citizen’s to rise up, go home, and do something “to restore honor.” With very few exceptions, the folks will rise up, go home, and get back to their usual routine. Beck is putting on a Rally in Washington to “fundamentally change America”–I think some guy named Obama promised us exactly the same thing. That’s turned out well.

Patriotic gatherings and religious meetings have been going on for years. Beck is certain his rally will be different. He has the key: God will show up. Glenn’s Mormon “god” will most certainly be in attendance. The name of Jesus was avoided at nearly every turn, especially in prayers. Are prayers heard that are not prayed in the Name and Authority of the Mediator, Jesus Christ?

Little was said about the sins we have committed as a nation. The blood of millions of babies cries out from the ground for vengeance from God. We have open sodomy in the land, and are passing laws to “change” the creation ordinance of God concerning marriage to include abominations. God has been merciful to us on account of the Gospel. Shall we add to the crimes of the nation when we turn to a Universal god who accepts the worship of Jews, Catholics, Mormons, Buddhists, Muslims but rejects Christians. Will that save us?

God may very well show up in response to Glenn Beck’s Rally, but it will be the beginning of the end. His winnowing fork is in His hand. “For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” (1 Peter 4:17)

12 comments
    1. Not jealous, just sad. If you put your trust in that which is worthless, you will get nothing in return.

  1. Could have fooled me – you come across as bitter and bigoted.

    If you really listened to Glenn and his speakers today, you know you couldn’t be more wrong. Jesus Christ was named and called on over and over. I didn’t hear last night’s event- but today was awesome. If you didn’t feel God’s presence and influence during the event, that says more about you than about Glenn and the rally.

    1. Of course Jesus’ name wasn’t mentioned; Beck is Mormon. Mormon prayers do not focus on Jesus. We do not call Jesus “Lord” and “God”. Mormons never address prayer to Jesus Christ. Mr. Beck did a great job. This country HAS been walking in darkness, and Beck and the Mormon Church can lead this country back into the light. The peace and light that came over that crowd today was the light and grace of God, via the Church of the Latter Day Saints. Beck wishes you to share in the love of this Church. Together we can make this country strong again, through Beck, republicanism, and the Mormon doctrine.

      1. You are spreading a falsehood.

        Mormons specifically teach people to pray in the name of Jesus Christ. If anyone doubts this you can grab any set of Mormon Missionaries off the side of the road and ask them: “Can you show me the card in your flip book on how to pray?”

        They will pull out their flip book (which has pictures and stuff used to illustrate their lessons) and they have a card about how to pray which lists 4 steps:

        1: Address our “Heavenly Father”
        2: Thank Him for what he has given us
        3: Ask Him for what we need
        4: Close “In the name of Jesus Christ”

        Or if you prefer you can go to this website:
        http://lds.about.com/od/basicsgospelprinciples/p/prayer.htm

  2. Any Mormon can tell that Benjamin is not a Mormon. We do call Jesus Lord and God and end all our prayers in the name of Jesus Christ.

    Good try Benjamin – but no sell.

  3. In Reading my KJV Bible, I can’t find anywhere that in the last days, it gets better. It doesn’t get better until Christ returns, sends His angels to gather those that offend out of His kingdom, and throw them into the fiery furnace. Only then does it get better, and God’s Honor is vindicated.

  4. I did not attend the rally, but I would assure you that if Beck’s “Mormon” faith were in evidence the name of Jesus Christ would be prominent since every prayer given in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints ends with these words: “in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”

  5. I grew up in Iowa and was transferred to Indianapolis and enjoyed reading CT because of the Iowa ties. I’ve decided after a week or so of reading David Shedlock’s articles that I’m not going to visit this sight anymore. In fact, I’m removing it all together from my bookmarks. I expect this level of negativity and vitriol from posters on Huffington Post, but not here. I battle (troll) posters regularly on HP and used to consider sites like CT as a safe haven, sadly not anymore.

  6. TL, do you mean negativity and vitriol in the posts or comments? In the posts I’d have to disagree as I believe David has shared a fair critique, one in which you may or may not agree.

    Regarding comments, I try to delete comments that include name calling or abusive language… if there is somebody I’ve missed, please email me at shane(at)caffeinatedthoughts.com.

    I’m sorry you feel this way as we do try to have respectful discourse even when we may disagree.

  7. Thank you for pointing out the TRUTH!! What has worried me the most is Christians response to any critisism of Beck. I firmly believe the devil has no interest in working on non-christians–they are already in his camp. So how does he go about luring CHristians away from CHrist “the way, the truth and the life?” With counterfit Christianity like Beck espouses. DO they not realize he believes God was once a man and Jesus and Lucifer are brothers….etc, etc. I think uniting together to further a political agenda is great, but to bow and worship a counterfit God is not okay. Please question with boldness and research yourself and be willing to be honest. Just take a look at any Brannon Howse articles re:Beck and just please consider them.

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