As Glenn Beck has told us, words are important. The religious symbols you see represent something very ‘fundamental’ about each of the various religions that are shown – there are many other religions not listed in this particular image. The symbols express the very meaning or moral value of each specific religion. When you look at these symbols you generally get an idea about the belief system of each group.
Their belief systems are ‘fundamentally’ different and that is what sets them apart from each other. Each of these groups worships a different god, and that is very important to remember.
Some religious groups do not have a particular concept of god, for instance, there is no god in Buddhism. Buddha himself was not a god, just a man who thought his way towards the answer to questions around the meaning of life and the pursuit of happiness. Other faith groups have many gods and goddesses.
The important point to remember is that their worship of different gods is the ‘fundamental difference’ of these faith groups.
This brings us to Glenn Beck’s evangelistic call to the American public to “come back to ‘god’.”
Our question to Glenn should be, “Which god? The Islam god? The Hindu god? The Mormon god?”
People, this is crucial. You want to know why? I’ll tell you why.
There is only one true living God and that is the God Christians worship all over the world. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob of the Holy Bible. His only begotten son is Jesus Christ Incarnate. That means Jesus is God – period.
He told us in Exodus 20:1-2
And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Clearly, here in the first 6 verses of the Ten Commandments, God is telling us HE IS A JEALOUS GOD AND WILL NOT BE INCLUDED WITH OR COMPARED TO ANY false gods! Glenn Beck does not understand this because he is a Mormon and Mormons do not worship the same God that Christians worship. Mormonism is not a part of Christianity.
People, it is against God Almighty when a Mormon, or a Muslim, or Hindu or Buddhist or anyone else calls for an ecumenical revival as Glenn clearly has done. He opened his rally on the National Mall by saying, “America today begins to turn back to God.”
It is the responsibility of Christians and especially Christian pastors to point out that the leader of the revival, regardless of his politics, is following and worshiping a different god. Glenn is using faith as the glue to hold this ecumenical spiritual alliance together. Don’t get me wrong – people of different faiths can and should work together on issues for the common good of our nation. It’s only when this alliance begins to address spiritual issues such as “revivals” and “spiritual awakenings” that Christians cannot participate because of what the word of God’s says about worshiping false gods. It’s called ‘Idolatry’.
Speaking of God’s Word, there are so many Christians who don’t know enough Bible to know right from wrong, or even why they should trust the Bible to tell them what is right and what is wrong. It was so sad to see the Falwells and other notable Christian leaders lock arms together with other participants on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in the name of ‘Coming Back To God!”
The lack of outrage to Beck’s politically motivated religious diatribes is appalling. One voice who has eloquently spoken out about the growing political idolatry among evangelicals was Southern Baptist seminary Dean, Dr. Russell Moore:
Too often, and for too long, American “Christianity” has been a political agenda in search of a gospel useful enough to accommodate it. There is a liberation theology of the Left, and there is also a liberation theology of the Right, and both are at heart mammon worship. The liberation theology of the Left often wants a Barabbas, to fight off the oppressors as though our ultimate problem were the reign of Rome and not the reign of death. The liberation theology of the Right wants a golden calf, to represent religion and to remind us of all the economic security we had in Egypt. Both want a Caesar or a Pharaoh, not a Messiah.
Have we made our Constitution a god? Have we turned politics into an idol? If so, then we need to smash this Golden Calf to pieces and get back to worshiping the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not the gospel of Glenn Beck’s Mormonism.
I can’t say enough that Mormonism is not just another “denomination” of Christianity. It is a bizarre cult that becomes weirder and stranger the more you look into it.
The truth is that if you want to be considered a Christian, there are three core areas of belief that you simply must not mess with….
#1) Who God Is
#2) The Word Of God
#3) The Plan Of Salvation
Unfortunately, the Mormons are seriously in error in all three areas. Their doctrine is full of lies that directly contradict the Scriptures. Let’s break down each of the three areas one at a time….
*According to Mormons, God has a physical body and so does his wife. They believe that God has a “body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s.”
*Mormons teach that God has not always been Almighty God of the universe, but rather that He attained that status through righteous living and persistent effort.
*Mormons reject the Trinity. They believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are three separate “Gods”.
*Mormons believe that humans can become gods. In particular, Mormons believe that they will become gods someday.
*Mormons believe that Jesus was created by sexual union between God and Mary and that Lucifer is His brother.
*Mormons believe that Jesus is a “God”, but that any good Mormon can also become a god.
*Although some of their leaders now deny this, Mormons have traditionally taught that God was once just like man and that man can someday become just like God. Fifth LDS President Lorenzo Snow declared the following in June 1840: “As man is, God once was; God is, man may become”.
*Mormons also believe that Jesus was married. In fact, some Mormons believe that Jesus had multiple wives.
*Mormons believe that God the Father is continually having sex and having more kids. Surrounded by a very large number of wives, God the Father is having little spirit babies which will inhabit the people born on the earth according to Mormons. They believe that the founding Fathers were spirit babies.
*Mormons read the Bible, but they believe that there are other sources of divine inspiration as well.
*Mormons accept the Bible as long as it is “translated correctly” and “interpreted correctly” by their leaders.
*The Mormons also believe that the Book of Mormon is scripture. The Book of Mormon was supposedly “translated” by Joseph Smith and published in 1830. Joseph Smith claimed that the Book of Mormon is the “most correct book” on earth. That would put it above the Bible. The Mormon Articles of Faith say the following: “We believe the Bible to be the Word of God as far as it is translated correctly: we also believe The Book of Mormon to be the Word of God.”
*The Mormons also believe in “The Doctrine and Covenants”. These documents contain a collection of modern revelations regarding the “Church of Jesus Christ as it has been restored.”
*Lastly, the Mormons also revere “The Pearl of Great Price”. The Pearl of Great Price supposedly “clarifies” doctrines and teachings that were “lost” from the Bible and adds additional information about the creation of the earth. The entries in The Pearl of Great Price were produced by Joseph Smith and were published in Mormon periodicals of his day.
*The other Mormon books seriously contradict the Bible over and over and over. Mormon leaders get around this by claiming that the Bible has been “mistranslated”.
*Mormons teach that Jesus and Satan were spirit brothers.
*Mormons teach that Jesus and Satan both presented their plans for the salvation of humanity and that Jesus only became the “savior” because his plan was approved and Satan’s was rejected.
*Mormons teach that the death of Jesus on the cross does not atone for all sin, which is why there are no crosses in any Mormon temple.
*Mormons teach that salvation can be earned by a combination of faith and “good works” as defined by the Mormon church.
*Mormons teach that there are “three heavens”: “Celestial”, “Terrestrial”, and “Telestial”. Everyone except the worst of the worst sinners will go to one of these when they die according to Mormon doctrine. So who gets to go to the highest level? Only good Mormons who get married in the Temple, keep the “Word of Wisdom” and wear their “secret garments” are able to get into the Celestial kingdom.
*African descendants were not granted full Mormon privileges until 1978. Prior to that time it was taught that dark skin was a “curse” placed upon certain spirits, presumably for some failure during “pre-existence.”
This is the stuff that Glenn Beck actually believes.
As you can see, it has nothing to do with the God of the Bible.
Mormons reject the real God of the universe.
Mormons reject the authority of the Bible.
Mormons reject the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, Mormon teaching must be rejected and no Mormon should ever be listened to as an authority on God or on spiritual matters.
Glenn Beck should stick to talking about politics.
When Glenn Beck starts talking about religion, he steps on to very dangerous ground.
The Bible has a term for someone like Glenn Beck who believes pure heresy and yet sucks people in with his smooth words….
posted by rightthingtodo on September 3, 2010
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