He was also spot on on how liberation theology twists the entire gospel message of personal forgiveness of sins by grace alone. Liberation theology teaches that the oppressed minority is saved, and for the rich to become saved they need to give to the oppressed minority.
Glenn also recognized that there are those who would question him because he's a Mormon. It is true that I scrutinized the episode for any hints of Mormon theology. Beck let none get in there.
Now let me say that I am a big Glenn Beck fan, and have listened to him for about 6 or 7 years now, and have known he is a Mormon for about 5, I think. I think Beck, especially in the last year and a half, has been an indispensable resource for the conservative movement in America. I think he's sincere and honest and has the personal qualities that so many in his position lack. I just like the guy. He's awesome.
However, I do believe that, theologically, he has a lot of problems. I'm honestly a little surprised that he's still a Mormon, because the man reads--a lot. I would have thought certainly, in his studies somewhere, he would have run across the issues Mormonism faces, at least archaeologically.
Let me just be clear here: I don't believe the Mormon church is a Christian denomination. I don't think salvation can be found in that world view. Mormons believe a number of false doctrines that do conflict with essential Christian beliefs.
To list a few:
- God (aka heavenly father) is a created, material being who was once human, like us
- God created the universe out of preexisting material, not ex nihilo as orthodox Christianity teaches
- Heavenly father isn't the only God, there are many gods.
- Heavenly father and heavenly mother procreated many spiritual children, including Jesus, Satan, and all of us (meaning we are all brothers of Jesus and Satan).
- They deny the orthodox teaching of the Trinity (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct persons and the one true God) and teach that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three separate gods (Jesus and the Holy Spirit being offspring of heavenly father and heavenly mother.
- Jesus was conceived by a literal sexual intercourse between heavenly father and the virgin Mary
- To reach the highest realm of glory (the celestial kingdom) one must earn their way there by doing works, which flatly contradicts the Bible's teaching of a grace based salvation
- Shortly after the apostles died, the entire church apostatized and was not restored until Joseph Smith in the 1830's (which goes against all historical records)
I do know that in recent years, Mormons have sought to dialog with evangelicals. I also know that many of their professors and theologians have questioned previous teachings by the church. I hope and pray that Mormons will come to a true understanding of Jesus Christ and will abandon their false teachings.
I don't know where Glenn Beck stands on these doctrinal issues, but since he is a Mormon, I assume he believes them all. These teachings are a corruption of what true Christianity has taught for 2000 years. Much historical revisionism was required to lead these people down this road. I'm going to continue to pray for Glenn Beck and all Mormons.