Wretched Radio and TV’s Todd Friel has been doing an outstanding job of reaching out to Glenn Beck personally, calling upon him to abandon Mormonism if he really has repented of his sins and believes in the Atonement. Other Christians who instead publically affirmed Becks’ faith include David Barton, Jim Garlow, James Robison, Jerry Falwell, Jr., and Dave Roever. These all participated in or helped promote Beck’s rallies in Washington, DC last weekend, called Divine Destiny (held on 8/27) and Restoring Honor. The latter rally may have had between 500,000 and a million attendees. How many of those who attended on 8/28 were evangelicals? Is there blood on the hands of pastors and other evangelical leaders who mislead Beck into thinking his profession is valid in spite of his apparent unwillingness to leave the Latter Day Saints? What kind of example are they giving their flocks?

  1. Those weren’t the only “heavy hitter” names. James Dobson and Franklin Graham might not have been in attendance on 8-27 and 8-28 but Glenn mentioned them a couple of times this last week – and it sounds like from his statements that they give him tacit approval.

    John Hagee was in attendance as was Richard Land and Kenneth and Gloria Copeland last weekend.

    The Beckian horse is dead, we’ve kicked it enough, but the issue of pluralism isn’t. It’s one thing to be ecumenical between denominations like Presbyterians and Baptists. It’s another thing entirely to get ecumenical between religions, especially when you’re operating on faith issues and tying it back to government and society.

    I’m a believer in the theory that the Antichrist’s religion and empire will be regional, to only the Middle East, and fully Islamic, but what Beck is doing… pluralistic paganism within a shroud of patriotism… that’s got me thinking.

    This focus on uber-patriotism and tying it to the divine… smacks of idolatry.

    Keep up the great work guys. I’m plugging away as well. We all have our circles of influence and sometimes they don’t cross-over.

  2. This is a perfect example of why Christians have lost their influence – too much jaw jacking and not enough knee bending.

  3. I’m listening to the wrap-up show Beck did Friday afternoon (9-3-2010) for the second time, and again I’m struck by the utter lack of the gospel. No mention of sin, no mention of atonement, no mention of Christ as anything but an example to be followed in reaching out to help others. I say this as someone who agrees with Beck politically more often than not: he is quite possibly the most dangerous man in America right now. He’s the conservative white male Oprah, or he’s trying to be.

  4. Or . . it could be that Friel doesn’t understand modern Mormonism all that well. In the last 10 years a ‘grace only’ movement has started, prompted by BYU professors Steve Robinson and Bob Millet. It’s not totally accepted by all, but it’s growth is significant.

    As evidence, Friel quotes the Journal of Discourses. That’s a collection of sermons given by Brigham Young. A TON of stuff in those sermons is rejected by Mormons. None of it was canonically binding on the LDS church.

    Friel should read my article: http://ldstalk.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/what-evangelicals-now-need-to-know-about-mormonism/

    Friel is describing a Mormonism, perhaps the only Mormonism he knows, but it’s not current Mormonism. Evangelicals don’t understand that Mormonism is a living breathing faith that routinely changes.

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