Wednesday, September 01, 2010
AT YOUR "BECK" AND "FINAL CALL"
The view and priority of the Word of God for many Christians was tested last week; as the 'net and the airwaves were abuzz with the question of whether or not Christians should join conservative television personality and professed mormon, Glenn Beck, at his "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington. D.C. last Saturday.
For the record, I was completely opposed to any Christian participation in this event. Beck, himself, said this was to be a "spiritual" revival. That along with the blasphemous joining in "prayer" by mormons, muslims and Christians at his other public rallies, made it impossible for me to be a part of this unholy alliance. I cited II Corinthians 6:14 and Amos 3:3 among the many Scriptural admonitions to have no part in any such denial of the one true God, Yahweh.
What I'm finding so frustrating about the Christians who cheered and attended this event is their rationalizing and minimizing the clear teaching of Scripture. Truly, it is their dismissing of its clear teaching. II Corinthians 6:14, Amos 3:3, etc. are quite plain. What amount of human wisdom and contemporary contextualizing is sufficient to trump the holy wisdom of God? He said not to, period. End of contemplation. Why is that so difficult to understand?
I Corinthians 10:6 explains that the things that happened to the Old Testament saints were for our example and instruction. Have we forgotten Sarah's "helpful idea" to have Hagar for a surrogate? Have we forgotten that King Saul had his kingdom taken because he disobeyed Samuel's instructions? Have we forgotten that Uzzah was struck down for touching the ark?
No, I mean NO, amount of "good" (even the salvation of some of those in attendance/watching) ameliorates the fact the God was disobeyed in this activity and it will reflect.
I heard many say that God was glorified and was pleased with this rally. Why, because His name was mentioned? I would be very interested to know if the Gospel of Jesus Christ was publicly proclaimed. Did anyone have the gumption to proclaim that Jesus Christ is the ONLY way of salvation; to the exclusion of all others. Was salvation by GRACE ALONE, through FAITH ALONE, in JESUS ALONE, to the glory of GOD ALONE proclaimed to the mormon host, his brethren and a watching world?
I also wonder, how many of the Christians who attended this rally were vehemently opposed to participating in the "Million Man March"(of course, that even was predominantly a CP production; however, I found myself debating with a good number of CP's over this rally)? What were their reasons for not participating in that interfaith event? Could it be because the leader, Louis Farrakhan, is a muslim? Could it be because the muslim god is not the God of Christianity? But isn't the mormon god different than the God of Christianity? In fact was not the mormon god once a man who attained godhood?
Could it be that the Jesus of islam is different from the Jesus of Christianity? Could it be because the muslim jesus is only a prophet and not God incarnate? But isn't the mormon jesus different from the Jesus of Christianity? In fact, isn't the mormon jesus just satan's little, nicer brother and the literal son of a god and his wife?
I know, I know Farrakhan is overtly muslim (not really, the Nation of Islam is not orthodox muslim). Beck doesn't emphasize his mormonism. And that is with good reason. It would definitely hinder their assimilation if everybody knew that according to mormon founder, Joseph Smith's First Vision, God said that the churches of Christendom "were all wrong"; that "all their creeds were an abomination", and that Christian ministers "were all corrupt" (from One Nation Under gods" by Richard Abanes, p377; quoting Joseph Smith, Pearl of Great Price; Joseph Smith-History 1:19)
It might strain relations between us if Christians knew that mormons "have repeatedly confirmed that their church is the 'only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth' and that ' the power of God unto salvation-(Romans 1:16) is ABSENT from all but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints'" (from One Nation Under gods" by Richard Abanes, p378; quoting Bruce McConkie, Mormon Doctrine p.9).
It seems to me there are just as many reasons not to join up with Beck as there were not to join up with Farrakhan. I guess Beck and the mormons are just a bit more subtle. Hey . . . wasn't that the key characteristic of the serpent in the Garden of Eden?
Be Like the Bereans, Baby!!! (Acts 17:3)