I have been watching the Glenn Beck program for a while now and have benefited from the very valuable information that he delivers on a daily basis. Indeed I urge you to watch his program as he unmasks the communist takeover of America. That being said I have to issue a word of caution to those who are thinking of diving in and following his “Revival” tour. http://www.glennbeck.com/content/events/?ibid=americanrevival
Here is a link to Glenn’s keynote speech on 8/28/10 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX0EJ_GjC18 While Glenn is right on in his assessment of the Christianity of our founding fathers, he is dead wrong in his inclusive ecumenism. He is right in stating that God is the answer to all the problems in America. He is right in calling America back to God. But there is where the rightness ends. For he has involved imams and priests and rabbi’s and women preachers, all of whom have a different god. They may be very religious but that means nothing.
Let me be narrow minded here: Christianity is the only true faith! Everything else can be catagorized as religion.
Religion and Christianity are two very different things. Religion is defined as man working his way to God through any variety of works. All religions, mormonism, judaism, catholism, islam, jehovahs witnesses, hinduism etc. fall into this catagory. And while good works are indeed a good thing, these will not buy you any favors with God who commands all men to repent of their sins and trust in Christ Jesus alone for their salvation.
Thus the difference between Christianity and religion. Indeed the afformentioned religions and true Biblical Christianity do not mix just as light does not mix with darkness. Neither Joseph Smith, Mohammed, the Pope, Charles Tazz Russell, or any of the 330,000,000 gods of hinduism can save your soul. The Bible is clear…”you are saved by grace, through faith, and this (grace and faith) is the gift of God, NOT OF WORKS so that no man can boast.” Eph 2:8-9
Therefore, for a Christian Pastor(or a Christian historian like David Barton) to stand up with an imam or a rabbi or a catholic priest is just wrong…they do not believe the same things, they do not worship the same God (judaism has the true God but rejects His Son Jesus Christ as their Messiah…they have also added to the words of God with the Mishna and the Talmud) and so cannot truly stand for the true Truth!
Could this be an evangelical form of missionary dating for the purpose of the salvation of Mr. Beck? Possibly. But if that were the case Mr. Barton would not have compromised the truth to stand with imams, rabbi’s or women preachers (foreign to scripture). He would have stood firm on the Narrow Road rather than creeping onto the broad path where Mr. Beck and the priests/rabbi’s/imams/women preachers are standing.
As I said, these other ‘faiths’ are religions…let me go a step further…the are false religions…cults!
“Oh how can you say such a thing? These people are really nice and they are very faithful to their religions. Their religion even uses the bible sometimes…sometimes they even mention Jesus.” Thats nice. But however sincere they may be, these cult followers are sincerely wrong. They may be able to speak Christianese…Glenn sounds like an evangelical preacher…but when he speaks of God he is speaking of the Mormon version of God…a spirit being who was a man like us and grew into a god. And his ‘religion’ teaches that “as god was, man now is. As god is, man may become.”
This is nothing more or less than what the devil wanted…he wanted to be as God…and was kicked out of heaven for his troubles. He then duped mankind into thinking they could become ‘like God’…and they were kicked out of the garden. But the lie goes on. I warn you, there is a way that seems right to a man but the end of that way is death! Glenn Beck is calling for unity…but at what price? Keith Green wrote an article titled “Unity, At What Price” which you can read here. http://www.believersweb.org/view.cfm?ID=214
There are those who say we are seeing the third great awakening…And they are dead wrong! Men see different ‘faiths’ coming together and think THIS IS IT! But what fellowship has light with darkness or the children of God with Belial… Just because we saw many religions banding together to carry out a ‘common cause’ doesn’t mean that God has rent the heavens and come down…for the various members of the various religions have not turned away from error to embrace truth…instead they have compromised the truth for the sake of unity.
Indeed, this could be the beginning of the religion of antichrist who will have a one world religion as well as a one world government.
Understand this; the 1st and 2nd Great Awakenings in this country were sovereign moves of the Holy Spirit of God who did not unite all religions into. For example: He did not leave the indians to worship their totem poles and Him, but called sinners out of the darkness of many errors and brought them into the marvelous light of His Truth! Read the Diary of David Brainerd and you will hear account after account of the indians forsaking their idolatry and drunkeness as God set them free from captivity to the devil. When God saves an individual he does not save them in their sins but FROM THEIR SINS!
There are always counterfeits to the real thing…the devil is a master of this and we must be on the alert to his schemes. So while Glenn Beck must be listened to as he exposes the evil that dwells in the White House and the Obama Cabinet, while he is disseminating valuable information concerning the forces in our nation which are seeking to destroy the country, we must not allow ourselves to compromise the one TRUTH for the sake of unity. There is only one truth! His Name is Jesus and He came to save His people from their sins!
Soli Deo Gloria!
Amen and Amen!