In love and obedience to God, Betty and I pray for all in authority and places of influence from Capitol Hill to the media, entertainment community, professional sports and church. Sometimes we are asked to meet and pray with individuals from these various groups. Such has been the case with Glenn Beck.
While critics call him all sorts of unkind names, I must quickly point out that he is very smart and appears to be seeking true wisdom with all his heart. I have been asked, “Why would you meet with him? Don’t you know he’s a Mormon?” Of course I do. But I love him, care about him, his family, and his future. As evangelical Christians, I do not believe we should avoid people because of their connection with a particular church or a point of theological difference. I diligently desire to help all seekers of truth. I believe Jesus is the visible revelation, definition and demonstration of the truth. He told His disciples that when He left, the Holy Spirit would be coming to help guide us to all truth.
We recognize Glenn is a person of notable influence. It is obvious he cares about the United States, the well being of our citizens, and 30 day rehabs around the world. He doesn’t think out-of- control government, ever-increasing debt, entrenched bureaucracies, excessive taxation and an uninformed, uninvolved citizenry can deal effectively with pressing problems. He very openly shares that history confirms God was the major influence in America’s foundation and the greatest characterization of our nation’s fathers was faith, hope and charity.
I continually pray that Glenn and his staff will not hear all critics as enemies, but possibly honing opportunities to become even sharper and more effective because “iron sharpens iron.” I have personally observed that even my harshest, most abrasive critics can make me sharper rather than duller if I simply turn the other cheek therein changing the angle of their attack.
Many Christians share common concerns with Glenn. Surely we can find common ground without compromising our convictions or theological positions. Glenn sees clearly the catastrophic consequences of the godless choices on the part of many national leaders and the general population. The unprincipled, out-of-control debt, abortion and the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for them, including the support of Planned Parenthood and many other bureaucratic agencies, damage and misrepresent the core strengths of our nation. He points out inconsistencies on the part of all political parties and their leaders, as well as those who are elected and continually break their promises, wasting people’s money, maintaining support with endless, mindless entitlement programs that cannot be supported without destroying all future productivity and opportunity. I agree, as Americans we must stop the insanity and come together in brokenness and humility before Almighty God to find realistic answers and to receive the strength of character necessary to make the corrections.
I have talked with Glenn, prayed with and for him, his wife and staff, because I love them and care for all of those he can and will influence. I want God’s best for everyone. Betty and I are blessed in our lives and we find our greatest joy seeking to be a blessing to others,especially the poor and suffering.
From the time Glenn began broadcasting his program, he has continually challenged viewers to seek the truth for themselves. In our times together, I prayerfully encourage him to seek the Truth (Jesus), with all of his heart. Betty was very impressed during dinner together this week that Glenn was so interested in hearing what was on her heart. He listened respectfully and intently. By the grace of God, we will never compromise truth or the love Jesus told us to walk in and freely express toward everyone including those who may misunderstand or criticize us.
I am trusting God to continually grant me grace to love all who may attack me for loving Glenn, his family, staff and all the people he influences. If you watch today’s pre-taped Beck program scheduled to air on FOX News at 5:00pm (EST), you will hear me acknowledge theological differences and point all viewers to Jesus. All serious media personalities and preachers should not just show people what is wrong, but also spend focused time trying to show people what is right! Light exposes the error of our ways as well as the safe path. That’s the nature of light. Light reveals the problem, but it also reveals the way!
As a Christian with a wonderful Baptist heritage, I was seated beside a classic Pentecostal war veteran Dave Roever, Jewish rabbi Daniel Lapin, and Christian historian David Barton – all of us talking with Glenn in harmony of heart and with deep concern for America’s future. You will witness God’s love expressed for one another as together we seek to know God’s will for our lives and our nation. We all agreed that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the only Father who can provide real shelter in present and coming storms and “blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” During the program, you will hear us make the point that America’s future depends on returning to God. I made it very clear that all who understand the importance of faith, family and freedom (which includes a healthy free market) must come together with common purpose to make the necessary impact on our culture that will leave the imprint of eternal truth. This is the only way to turn our ship of state toward stability and security. Good, healthy government is established and maintained by those who recognize there is a God and there are ABSOLUTES!
Glenn Beck makes it clear to all who watch his program that he sees a very bleak future if we don’t quickly change direction. I do agree things look dim, but during the program I, along with the others, held hope very high. I pray Glenn will begin to spend more time presenting realistic solutions than he does exposing problems and those who cause them. Returning to God and His truth is our nation’s hope. As Christians, we certainly know the blessed Hope. It is not too late, but it is later than most think. The silent majority must begin to speak loudly by taking the actions necessary to restore freedom’s foundation.
Please pray for me as I seek to love and share with all who have ears to hear, hearts that care, and hands willing to help. I pray you will not scold me and the others who joined together because we care. Betty and I want God’s best for everyone and know God truly gave His best in Jesus. May His life, love and truth flow freely through all of us so Christ will be seen high and lifted up, drawing all men unto Himself. If we (including Glenn) walk controlled by God’s love and Kingdom power, we can help change the course of our nation, the free world, and history. If we do not walk in His love and truth, we will prove to be another “loud gong and clanging symbol.”
I pray the Kingdom of Light will replace the imprint of darkness and deception on our culture. It is only when standing together uncompromisingly in the light of God’s truth and love that we will become the city “whose builder and maker is God,” “a holy habitation,” and “a city that cannot be hid.” I pray God will grant that the world will see His glory revealed in us before He comes for us!
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Dear Reverend Robison, I just wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude for column today and comments on Glenn Beck’s show, that brought fervent tears of joy to my eyes.
In the Christian community, we have spent so much time competing, that we have lost our unity. And that lack of unity is gradually rendering us and our messages as irrelevant. If we teach our children to resent, reject, criticize or hate other Christian “sects” then we will surely destroy our united strength in Christ from within. That plays over to our Jewish and Muslim brothers and sisters with whom we share so many commonalities. The 10 Commandments is a great illustration of what those groups all share that our nation is systematically squelching as any kind of code of morality.
Several months ago I, as a Mormon, campaigned with members of a local evangelical church that actually conducts classes on how to attack us. How grateful I was, that even for a moment we could unite what we had in COMMON to fight for family rights in California. Our DIFFERENCES were set aside as we worked for those fundamental and now critical goals that we both fought for.
But that was a small battle in a very much larger war — which issue will probably will be overridden by the courts & government & and others anyway.
Let us fight by the sides of those who esteem their God. Let us fight alongside the Jews and the Mormons and the Baptists and the Evangelicals and the Pentecostals and the Born Agains and the Protestants and the Seventh Day’s and the Jehovah’s Witnesses and true freedom-loving Muslim’s and anyone else that wants to join the chorus.
Your message was timely. It was critical. It IS the message we must get out to unite the hearts God-fearing folk everywhere and I hope you keep up that sharing it. I know we’re all guilty at some point of criticizing others, but hopefully you can help soften the hearts of these preachers who allocate any quantity of teachings to tearing down other religions instead of strengthening their flocks to love more inclusively — and embrace our commonalities, and certainly our common causes.
United we can stand. Divided we ARE currently falling as we struggle to maintain any kind of unified front to fight these quickly-growing powers dedicated to our destruction.
Thank you for your message of Faith and Family and Freedom. Thank you for leveraging your pulpit and directly addressing our need to unite in the strength of our Love of God manifest through us — standing together.
Thanks for the follow up reply. It is very easy to read the comment and know who does and does not really listen (more than 1 show) to GB. They will have to give an account of why they bashed him. You can not go wrong showing love, I am so proud of Life Today!
If you ever bothered to LISTEN or WATCH Glenn Beck you could not ever call him those foolish names. Quite the contrary, he ATTACKS those bigots and IGNORANT PEOPLE WHO hate constitutional government, that is a REPUBLIC and not a Democracy. Those elites and WEALTHY, selfish divine-right-to-rule morons continue to harass and sleaze righteous men and women who actually STAND UP TO THEM. WAKE UP AND GET REAL
Well said Kim….I agree wholeheartedly!!! Glenn Beck represents many of us in our concerns for our nation. As Christians, we need to pray for him and his family….that the TRUTH that he espouses regarding the state of the nation will be just as strong for the way, the TRUTH, and the life of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I appreciate that you are loving Mr Beck & his family. These are the days we need to stand for people doing the right thing. He has shown courage to promote honor in this nation. We need people sounding the alarm!! Jesus said if they are not against you they are for you. Are we so fearful of differences that we can’t minister the love of God to others? The liberals are so good at saying one thing & doing another but I do not want to be that kind of person. The love & mercy of God must be shown or how will they know that we are the disciples of Jesus!!
Hi, James and Betty,
Yesterday I submitted a comment about Glenn Beck — I’m not sure you’ll ever post that comment, because I didn’t pull any punches: By Jesus’ own standard, Glenn Beck’s words of violence, division, and bigotry do not reveal him to be a man of God. It’s not enough to just use the name of Jesus — our message has to line up with His message. He has commanded us to love, that the world might see Him through us; love is the true sign that we are His disciples.
However, this morning I just want to add that you, James and Betty, *are very much* dear people of God, and I know you always try to see the best in people. God bless you both for this! I also want to add that, wherever Glenn Beck may be “at” at the present time, if he really is seeking the Lord, God can humble his heart and teach him of His love for people. God’s wish is for us to be united in love, so the main thing is not how different we are now, but how healed and beautiful we can be as a body, to His glory!, if we each truly allow Christ to be Lord — yielding ourselves to be taught of Him day by day, giving Him free reign to love and serve through us, and letting God mold us into the image of His precious Son as we submit to Him.
Again, bless you, James and Betty, for all you do to minister and show love in the Lord Jesus’ name.
faith,hope and charity….the greatest of these is love. My heartfelt thanks to James for daring to cross “religious divides” and truly seeing past flesh and bone to the inner man. Glen Beck is one of the very few also who have braved the elements to make a difference.
James and Glen to You I say, There will always be a “crowd” sent to thwart good. Jesus Himself experienced this and in John 15:18-20 He told Us we would experience it as well. Keep Your eyes on Jesus….Jesus conquers and Jesus saves. I truly love You both.
I totally agree with Ken and some of the others who have replied here. It actually breaks my heart and puzzles me, James, that you would see Glenn Beck in this way. The Lord Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” I don’t think He meant “…if you like people who agree with your politics but stir up public hatred against everyone who doesn’t agree with your politics.” Glenn Beck communicates narrowness and hatred nearly every time he opens his mouth. …And he does this in the name of the Lord?? No wonder the world is confused about what the Christian message is!!
I love the Lord Jesus with all my heart, mind, and soul, but I see nothing whatsover of the Lord reflected in the public message of Glenn Beck. It’s beyond me how anyone can claim to represent our beautiful Lord Jesus and spew out the things Glenn Beck spews out against human beings; it’s almost as though he’s on some sort of mission to undermine everything the Lord said and did.
Please, James — I know you have a true heart for God. Look more deeply here. Listen carefully to some of the things Glenn Beck has said publicly and try for one minute to picture our beloved Savior saying these things. (For example, does “The most used phrase in my administration if I were to be President would be ‘What the hell you mean we’re out of missiles?'” sound anything like something the Lord would say, or even a true man of God would say?)
Our wonderful Lord Jesus calls us from every walk of life — every social, political, racial, and educational background — to love Him and submit to His Lordship in order to fulfill God’s purpose. The only thing that will ever truly reach the world for Christ is if we Christians are powerfully revealing His beautiful heart of love through their deep walk in Him. I feel passionately that this is what God is calling us to, which is what drew me to your program, James and Betty. I feel strongly that God is calling the Church to remember who He is and to stop contaminating the gospel message with fluffy promises, with pettiness, and (worst of all) with cruelty and narrowness.
The part you state that he would go to churches and no one talked to him. Then he went to Mormon church (LDS) and he became a Mormon because they talk to him made me laugh.
If you base your faith in God on the fact someone talks to you or not that is sad.
I just listened to Brannon Howse excoriate Pastor Robinson, et al, for appearing on the Glenn Beck Show and calling the little gathering of Evangelical, Baptist, Independent and rabbi with a Mormon, a miracle. Brannon refers to the evil, “doctrinal fruit,” of Beck as the foundation of his Biblical case against “yoking up” with him.
The evil fruit Howse cites comes from the book Beck wrote with Ablow called “Seven Wonders that Will Change Your Life.” In this book, no doubt written mostly by Ablow, people are not encouraged to come to Christ, but to the “God within them,” the “truth” for them that will lead them to ultimately find a better life.
I have to admit that, as a Mormon, it makes me cringe as well, because I believe (and I’m sure Beck believes) that there is “no other name given nor any other way nor means whereby salvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the Lord Omnipotent.”
But what Howse misses, I believe, is that Beck and Ablow are not preaching the way to eternal salvation in this book, but a way out of the hell that comes from breaking the commandments of God. I too have misgivings about such a message, when the author has a full knowledge of the gospel message at the same time. How can a minister of the gospel not minister it, but minister a far, far inferior message instead?
The only answer I can come up with is that Beck decided that some message is better than no message. I can imagine that he views it prudent to try to take a neutral stance, a non-denominational, honest broker kind of public position on Christianity, even though he confesses that his private position is not neutral.
There are lots of problems with a stance like this, and that is the reason why it is so divisive. But what if he decided to take the position of a committed Mormon? How long would he last?
Standing up as a committed patriot, who happens to be a Mormon, is quite different from standing up as a committed Mormon, who happens to be a patriot.
Well, what about standing up as a committed Christian, who happens to be a patriot? Would this work? Conceivably, he could have written a book entitled “Seven Revelations from God that Will Change Your Life,” but what would they be?
As a Mormon, he couldn’t be honest and not include the Book of Mormon among those seven. In fact, the title of his book would no doubt have been “The New Revelation from God that Will Change Your Life!”
I wish with all my heart that he would write that book, so millions more people could learn that the God of Israel has brought forth yet another testament of Jesus Christ, a book that has come forth out of the earth by the power of the Lamb, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of Joseph, and also the Jews who are scattered upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb that are found in the Bible, are true.
Then the meek would increase their joy in the Lord and the poor among men would rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. They would see that the Lord knows all the works of those who seek deep to hide their counsels. They would understand that Lebanon has become a fruitful field, even though it is esteemed as an unfruitful forest.
They would know that the terrible one shall be brought to naught, and exclaim along with Isaiah:
“O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.
For thou hast made of a city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.
Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.
Thou shalt bring down the noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of the terrible ones shall be brought low.”
But, alas, Beck will probably never write such a book, because he has too much to lose. Sad.
There are many differences between Christian churches. I’m not suggesting anyone compromise their faith. Almost everybody who acknowledges Jesus Christ in some way will agree that those who completely and explicitly reject Jesus Christ are lost. Many people find it difficult, however, to believe that some might sincerely think themselves to be following Jesus Christ and yet, due to heretical belief, be lost. Jesus Himself promised, “Seek, and you shall find” (Matt. 7:7); should not those who seek for Christ find Him? And do not many sincere members of groups which evangelicals label heretical truly want to find Christ? They may read the Bible more studiously than many an evangelical church member; they may express an ardent desire to know God and obey Him; they may zealously proclaim the message of Christ as they have been taught it. Are they not, therefore, seeking Christ, and will they not, then, in accordance with His promise, find Christ? And if so, how can salvation depend on doctrinal beliefs? These questions may be answered by keeping the following biblical principles in mind.
1) Not everyone who acknowledges Jesus as Lord will be saved.
2) Many who claim to acknowledge Jesus actually believe in “another Jesus,” and are either deceived or deceiving.
3) Those who are zealous in religious matters are not necessarily saved.
4) No human being truly seeks for God unless God’s Spirit draws that person; therefore, those that appear to seek for God but do not come in God’s way are not seeking for God at all.
5) Anyone who truly desires to know the truth about God and His way of salvation above all else can and will be saved. Jesus promised that “the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out” (John 6:37). However, we must come to the true Jesus on His terms. The cost of abandoning heresy is usually great, the loss of friends, the embarrassment of admitting error, the threat of the heretical teachers that all who leave their teaching will be lost.
But salvation is available for anyone who by God’s grace puts TRUTH above these things.
I once said of America…”money is your god, wall street is your alter and the chairman of the federal reserve your prophet…”
To those that came to the “BECKoned” call I say, do not let America become your god where TRUTH is sacrificed on the alter of common interests and unbelievers become your prophets…
Mormon’s have a form of godliness, but deny the power. Eph. 2:8-9 will give you the correct use of “the grace of Christ”. This grace Mormonism denies. Christians need to learn what the Bible teaches and quit reacting to everything in life by their emotions. You say, “The Mormon church stresses God, family, self reliance and outreach.” This doesn’t make them a part of the Body of Christ. If you did some research into the history & origin of Mormonism, you might look at them as “unbelievers” that need to hear the grace gospel, so they have the opportunity to believe in the Biblical Christ and have eternal life.
I think its wonderful that we love and pray for all people everywhere and let us never forget God alone is in control and he places people in places for his purposes and I am glad you keep the dialog open and that you speak the truth to all.
God bless you and may no one judge you for what you are doing let God alone be the judge he knows your heart:)
I give thanks and praise the Lord that James Robinson was on the glenn beck show. I like glenn beck and thank God for Him. He loves our nation and is trying to get our nation back to faith in God and godly morals. I am born again Christian and I have heard Glenn confess and profess Christ as His Savior, so Glenn is saved. Why He is choses to go to a mormon church that i do not know and would love to find out, but Glenn is my borther in Christ and my brother in trying to save this country God has given us, this nation and republic that i love. May God bless James and Glenn
Glenn Beck does NOT act like a man of God. Glenn Beck has said, and I quote: “President Obama has a deep-seated hatred of white people”. This man has slandered the president, has distorted Nazi history, and says God told him that ‘Marxist-Leninists are behind the Egyptian Revolution.
James, this man talks about Jesus, but he is a hateful, racist fearmonger. You can delete or censor my words, but what I say is true!!!
I have just one Q? are all of the Christian churches alike or are there even in the churches different teachings I.E. church doctrine, denominalism’s .We do not have to compromise our faith in order to share the love of God in Christ Jesus,in fact it’s our mandate from Jesus Himself, we are to speak the truth in love..Love never fails.
Allen West is unusual, and it’s a positive thing to hear someone speak out on his behalf. Thank you.
In no way has James and Betty compromised there faith, they shared the love of God in Christ Jesus, even in our own churches I know there aresome minor differences in doctrine and theology.No matter what they are ,the answer remains the same, Jesus Christ, read john 17 vs 6-26, this love for one another is proof that God the Father sent His Son, not to condem the world,but Thru Him we all might be saved..
When I read some of the responses to this whole Glenn Beck thing, I wondered where the theology was coming from.
Does ANYONE really understand the story as related by CHRIST HIMSELF regarding the “Good Samaritan”?
When the 12 tribes were captured, the Samaritans were taken to Babylon. Over time they incorporated some of the Babylonian religion into their own, they corrupted their religion and so the rest of the jews hated them.
So, what was the message Jesus was conveying in the story of the Good Samaritan.
It was this. WE ARE NOT JUDGED ON WHAT WE BELIEVE, BUT ON IF WE ACT IN A CHRIST-LIKE MANNER WHEN WE CHOOSE OUR ACTIONS. GOD JUDGES OUR HEARTS, NOT OUR HEADS.
The good Samaritan could have been a Buddhist, or a total non-believer, and he would have still been a valid example for us to ponder and learn from.
One last thing…haven’t we been told “…JUDGE NOT LEST YE BE JUDGED”?
Sounds apretty clear to me. If the “Mormons” choose to claim they are the only true church, then they dont understand the parable of The Good Samaritan either.
God Bless, y’all
PS. Check out http://www.thebelieveagainproject.com We can do this.
I totally agree with your assessment of Glenn Beck. God will use anyone who seeks after the truth, despite his church affiliation. I too was concerned that Glenn Beck is a Mormon, but as I listen to him he sounds more Catholic (his upbringing). I too was raised a Catholic and it is a good foundation for it brings fear of the Lord to our souls, a beginning of truth. Glenn Beck often tells us to find truth. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, so the message through this messenger is very basic and very scriptural.
I have seen Glenn’s testimony on youtube (I don’t know if it’s still there – I was in 9 parts). He has accepted Christ as his savior and he is a follower of Christ. The Mormon church stresses God, family, self reliance and outreach. Sometimes as Christians, we forget about the grace of Christ.
I applaud the group for tackling these issues. But the bigger issues are still stalled.
Mainly, this is because most people are still at the kindergarten level when it comes to understanding what is taking place. I agree that people must first grasp the basics of what was outlined in the interview. You can’t imagine the frustration in having to reiterate and reiterate the same information again and again and still no one catches on or wants to hear it.
This must happen before people will ever begin to grasp complex topics such as the Federal Reserve, dollar devaluation, the continual decline of our economy, there being no true Republican or Democrat parties-they’re all one in the same; and the list goes on. Some of these issues are opinions to be debated, others are straight-up facts.
Still….why is it so that they GET IT in the middle east? These people get that they’re being trampled on, they get that what is happening is wrong, they know they’re tired of having nothing and getting smacked around as a bonus. Is God applauding them for standing up to tyranny or is he cheering on all of us for watching basketball and American Idol as the world goes to hell in a handbasket?
We have the audacity as a country to put these people down and make it a Muslim issue. Never do I advocate violence. But what do we see in our country? Groups of unions who make money off of taxpayers screaming about their paychecks, while caring nothing and understanding little to nothing about the over-arching issues that are causing all of this to happen.
Peoples’ utter selfishness and willingness to silence those who dare call out this diabolical system going into place for what it really is — is also why we’re where we’re at.
Snap out of it, people. Stop arguing about whether meeting with Glenn Beck is good or bad because he’s Mormon. That ship has left the harbor and now it’s sinking.
Food and oil prices are skyrocketing. The plans for a global currency are coming closer to fruition. We’re on the verge of hyperinflation. The dollar can’t continue to stand — they’ve blown it out with debt and printed so much of it, it’s not going to be worth anything.
I’m guessing that’s the one reason, but maybe not the main one, that churches don’t preach on it. Who would understand it in the first place?
Rep. Allen West exhibits the kind of lost leadership values we so
Allen West is what we all seem to be looking and hoping for in a true leader, a leader who is a patriot, a constitutionalist, and a man of GOD. We Christians understand the need for someone like this to run for President and we all hope he will consider to run for President of United States of America. Mr. West, would you please consider taking on the role of President and again serve your nation in it’s great time of need. We need your leadership, wisdom, courage, honor, your common sense. We pray for someone like yourself to come and help turn our country back to a solid foundation for our children and grandchildren as well for all the future generations to come.
Please consider to serve again giving of yourself for a greater cause and we will do all we can to support you.
If the Mormon Church believes it is the only true Christian Church, it should not attempt to publicly present itself as a part of a broader Christian community. Instead it should tell the world openly that those who claim to be orthodox Christians are not really Christians at all, and that the Mormon Church is the only true Christian Church.
This in fact is what it teaches privately, but not publicly.
The Mormon Church teaches that there are many Gods (Book of Abraham 4:3ff), and that we can become gods and goddesses in the celestial kingdom (Doctrine and Covenants 132:19-20; Gospel Principles, p. 245; Achieving a Celestial Marriage, p. 130). It also teaches that those who achieve godhood will have spirit children who will worship and pray to them, just as we worship and pray to God the Father (Gospel Principles, p. 302). It teaches that God the Father was once a man like us who progressed to become a God and has a body of flesh and bone (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22; “God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!” from Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-347; Gospel Principles, p. 9; Articles of Faith, p. 430; Mormon Doctrine, p. 321). Indeed, the Mormon Church teaches that God himself has a father, and a grandfather, ad infinitum (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 373; Mormon Doctrine, p. 577). It teaches that Jesus Christ is our elder brother who progressed to godhood, having first been procreated as a spirit child by Heavenly Father and a heavenly mother; He was later conceived physically through intercourse between Heavenly Father and the virgin Mary (Achieving a Celestial Marriage, p. 129; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 546-547; 742). Mormon doctrine affirms that Jesus and Lucifer are brothers (Gospel Principles, pp. 17-18; Mormon Doctrine, p. 192). It teaches that Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate Gods (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 370; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 576-577), and that the Son and Holy Ghost are the literal offspring of Heavenly Father and a celestial wife (Joseph Fielding McConkie, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, vol. 2, p. 649). It teaches that Adam’s sin was “a necessary step in the plan of life and a great blessing to all of us” (Gospel Principles, p. 33; Book of Mormon — 2 Nephi 2:25; Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 1, pp. 114-115). It teaches that eternal life in the presence of God (which it terms “exaltation in the celestial kingdom”) must be earned through obedience to all the commands of the Mormon Church, including exclusive Mormon temple rituals. Works are a requirement for salvation (entrance into the “celestial kingdom”) — Gospel Principles, p. 303-304; Pearl of Great Price — Third Article of Faith; Mormon Doctrine, pp. 339, 671; Book of Mormon — 2 Nephi 25:23). It teaches that the purpose of the atonement was to bring resurrection and immortality to all people, regardless of whether they receive Christ by faith. Christ’s atonement is only a partial basis for worthiness and eternal life, which also requires obedience to all the commands of the Mormon church, including exclusive Mormon temple rituals (Gospel Principles, pp. 74-75; Mormon Doctrine, p. 669). It teaches that the Bible has been corrupted, is missing many “plain and precious parts” and does not contain the fullness of the Gospel (Book of Mormon — 1 Nephi 13:26-29; Doctrines of Salvation, vol. 3, pp. 190-191). It teaches that there was a great and total apostasy of the Church as established by Jesus Christ; this state of apostasy “still prevails except among those who have come to a knowledge of the restored gospel” of the Mormon Church (Gospel Principles, pp. 105-106; Mormon Doctrine, p. 44).
Mormons share with orthodox Christians some important moral precepts from the Bible. However, the above points are examples of the many fundamental and irreconcilable differences between historic, biblical Christianity and Mormonism. While these differences do not keep us from being friendly with Mormons, we cannot consider them brothers and sisters in Christ. The Bible specifically warns of false prophets who will teach “another gospel” centered around “another Jesus,” and witnessed to by “another spirit” (2 Corinthians 11:4,13-15; Galatians 1:6-9).
Based on the evidence presented above, Mormonism represents just such a counterfeit gospel.
Note: We just all need to be praying for Glenn Beck and thank him for all that he is doing to help wake up America.
I want to thank James and Betty for helping us try to restore America’s Godly values and Christian heritage.
I just hope it’s not to late.
Well done James for not judging Glenn Beck, because of his mormon beliefs. You are truly an excellent example of how a Christian should act. The key is to love others no matter what their theology is. The commom ground of course is Jesus Christ, he is the way, truth and the life. Only through him we can truly know God, and love others.
L.Agius (Sydney, Australia)
Thank you James and Betty. I so appreciate Mr. Beck for taking a stand when so many others just touch the surface. Our mighty God is using Glenn in a wonderful way and I feel sure with all of our prayers for him he will have an encounter with Jesus!! I listened to the show you were on and not knowing you were the guest, I was so happy you were there. You fire me up for our Lord and I know Glenn had to be feeling your passion for Jesus.
Thank you for Loving him, his family, and staff. They need our prayers for wisdom, guidance and protection. And thank you for going on his show. I love you and Betty very much and appriciate your passion for our Jesus! It is an honor to stand beside you and Life Today.
James, how sad it is to see you compromise the truth of God’s Word, openly encouraging lost people to see Glenn Beck as someone who can lead them into ‘truth’.
By doing so I believe you are doing serious harm to those who are truly seeking The Truth, Jesus Christ, but are still weak in the faith. Glenn is lost and many of us out here are praying for him. You aren’t the only one who cares about this man.
But Sir, you are giving the impression to millions of people that it doesn’t matter what a person believes, as long as they are not arguing with each other. This line of thinking may sound appealing to the world system, but it’s deception to the core.
Do you think perhaps you’ve made a ‘god’ of avoiding truth for the sake of appearing wise?
Thank you, James, for ministering to and advising Glenn Beck, for being a willing contributor on his show which is HIGHLY watched by Christians and non-Christians alike, watched by Americans who care enough about this country to want to understand what is driving the insanity we see all around us. Yes, Beck’s being a Mormon has brought concerns and questions to my mind, but he speaks more to the public about living for God than most pastors I’ve seen recently! Further, I have never heard him preach any of his “Mormon” beliefs on the show. What he speaks is a return to God, to living for Him, for repentance, for doing the right thing according to God’s standards, the standards this country was founded upon. I Thank you, James, for helping those of us who have been dying to know how the evangelical church leaders we respect see the events unfolding in our news each day. The labor unions are united. The progressives and socialists and radical Muslims are united. It’s time God’s people are united, not divided. I appreciate, James, that you recognized that theological differences exist, but that we can still stand together against evil and destruction in our nation and the world. Thank God Boaz didn’t regect Ruth, a Moabite. Wonder what your critics think about the spies getting help from Rahab! Oh my goodness! Do not grow weary in doing good!
You are exactly right! Who are we to suppose we know God’s purpose for a life? I became a follower of Jesus after listening to Glenn Beck’s radio show out of Philidelphia. He challenged his listeners to “seek the truth”.
For me that was life changing. I can only imagine the influence he has with the broad venue he has been given. He never tells anyone “Mormon” is the way, but that “God” is the way, how many other mainstream network shows are doing that. I am confident that when the time is right his eyes will be opened as well. As a side note, I met Glenn twice at the “Rallies For America”(raising money for our troops and their families) and he’s as humble as they come.
Let’s come together as Christians and pray for America.
I really liked your article concerning reaching out to Glen Beck.Whether he is a Mormon, a Buddhist, a Moslem or Jehovah Witness it doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you and Betty went to see him because you were asked to. I recall many times in the New Testament when people often became irate with Our Lord Jesus because he didn’t ‘buy into’ the status quo of his day. He went wherever he was asked and, wherever sinners were gathered . He knew that His message was to be proclaimed to ALL people period. The bottom line is that we need to , as Christians, carry His Love and message of salvation to all people. Our world is full of people who are hungry and thirsty for the real Truth. Some are in such a low state that they don’t even know how to reach out for help. It is our job as followers of King Jesus to extend His Hands of love to a dying world. Blessings to you James(and Betty) for your ongoing faith, hope and love of people that youn share with every human being you meet!!!!
Larry Lewis from Hamilton, Canada.
I don’t believe Rev. Robison went on the show to “minister” to Glenn Beck or to fellowship with him. That can be done apart from going on worldwide TV.
Rev. Robison went on the show to join with Glenn Beck and 3 others to call Americans to “turn back to God” to save our nation.
I do believe that our nation is in a mess because we have turned away from God. But as Christians I’m sure we can agree that our God, His Son Jesus Christ and God the Holy Spirit DO care which “god” we turn people to. If we are not turning people to Jesus Christ and telling them that they can have eternal life and a new life in Him by simple faith we are just wasting our time. He will not bless a nation that worships false gods or rejects the gift of His Son.
We are The Body of Christ……the Body of CHRIST. He is the way, the truth and the life.
Having Christian leaders align themselves with a Mormon solidifies the notion that Mormons are just another denomination. As the only member of my family to escape Mormonism so far, this makes it harder for me to witness to them.
I don’t see James “fellowshipping” with Glen Beck or the Rabbi or anyone else who does not profess Jesus Christ as Lord. I see him ministering to them, the same way Jesus ministered to those whose faith was not correct. James is clear that he does not agree theologically with these people, but just as clear that he is called to love them and speak truth (THE Truth) into their lives.
With utmost respect James…if you wish to “fellowship” with someone (Beck) whose faith is diametrically opposed to Christianity, that is your personal business. And if God has led you to do this then who am I to criticize? The concern is that you are making this very public for the sake of saving the foundational principles of America. Some who have come out of this religious cult (Mormonism) might find this public display of “fellowship” most confusing. What might be ok for you may not be ok for that former Mormon that has been touched by the true Christ. Former Mormons that have been indoctrinated into a certain way of thinking not only are trying to embrace the Truth, but at the same time trying to unlearn all the false doctrines, false foundations and the false gods. I can only imagine when that individual, new to the Faith, turns on the TV or internet and sees this amalgamation of people, four of which believe in the same true God and one of which believes in a false god(s), how confused and disturbed they might be. What does light have to do with darkness…how can those two elements be in harmony and fellowship of prayer? The laying aside of one’s differing “theologies” or pan theologies for the sake of saving the soul of America is very dangerous. “There is a way that seems right to man…but…”. One has to wonder how many will pursue Mormonism because of this gathering for the sake of America…perhaps as many as have taken a spin down the broad road into mysticism after reading The Shack. You say that you won’t compromise your theology…many don’t know what your theology is any more than they know what Mr. Beck’s theology is. You, James, keep screaming at the Church to “wake up”…we are…please stop blurring the lines with guests that believe “another gospel” and “another christ” (antichrist). It is causes confusion. My hope is that Mr. Beck come into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ very soon, however, neither he, his show nor his books is the answer to America’s ills. God has obviously put Mr. Beck in your midst for a reason. Best wishes and God’s manifold blessings in your future endeavors James.
God, the Lord of Hosts is not done with America!!!
I watch Glenn Beck a couple times a week. I also watch Life Today most days. I also contribute to Mission Feeding and Water for Life regularly and have the employer match donate as well. After reading the pastor’s reply to this article, I felt that I needed to respond as well.
If you tune in to Beck’s show, you will see that he has said that our hope as a nation is turning back to God. You need to read-up on his 40 day/40 night challenge back on Dec 10. 2010. He starts with a relationship with God. You also need to remember the August 28, 2010 Restoring Honor Rally at the Lincoln Memorial. I am playing it on YouTube as I write this. You should watch it too.
He has explained why he goes to the Mormon church. He and his family visited many different denominations and the Mormons were the only ones who spoke to them during their visit. I can totally identify with Mr. Beck’s experience. I have moved to another state and I have been church shopping.
It’s a cold experience and I have to say that it’s much friendlier to stay home and watch a sermon on the television. There are very many places where you are an intruder of a primarily social club that sings a few songs and has sermons that revolve around winning the world, but forgetting the outreach that exists in the next seat.
I took my child into the children’s church service, and when she sat down all the little girls moved completely off the row and left her all alone. That is what I saw with my own eyes. I quickly retrieved her and took her with me. Adults are no better when you take the wrong seat. “Christians” are vicious. I am looking for Jesus followers. I encourage the pastor to make sure his own flock is not guilty of what drives people like me and
Glenn Beck away. And maybe watch Glenn Beck’s show before he makes assumptions.
Mr. Beck often has some very impressive guests like John Hagee, Franklin Graham and David Barton. He has recently spent time with Billy Graham as well. I love to hear Rabbi Lapin. I think with time, prayer from us, and his willingness to seek truth, Mr. Beck will find what he needs to know.
Brother James Robison,
I can tell you that I greatly admire your father’s heart of love towards Glenn Beck and each man who sat at the table with you on Glenn Beck’s program recently! That was truly a fantastic picture of the love of Christ. Each one had great words that I felt were filled with love and respect for each other. As I watched I wept, thinking that this is the love that Jesus talked about – a love that unites only for His sake.
Thank you for reaching out and setting such admirable standard of Christianity!
Beautifully written, James! I can’t imagine that Christians would actually “scold” or condemn you for having a relationship with Glenn Beck. You’re right, Glenn is a seeker of the truth and I only can hope and pray that in his quest for finding the truth, he finds the real truth of Jesus. It almost sounds, at times, that he believes as we do. I don’t know much about the mormon faith, but I have listened many hours to Glenn Beck and he sure sounds like he believes in Jesus Christ as his personal savior.
I thought the program was great and the five of you did an excellent job of highlighting the fact that without God, we can’t fix our country. If we as a country don’t repent and change, there isn’t much hope. If we do, however acknowledge the soverignty of God in our lives, we have much hope.
May God Bless you and your family and may your friendship with Glenn grow stronger as the love and life of Christ shines through you to him!
I read your column today, James,and watched you on Glenn Beck’s show. Praise God for the dialogue between the men on that show. I agree that we should not avoid meeting with others because of theological differences. I’m just so thankful for your stand on Godly principles. Keep up the good work!