by Matt Slick
Glenn Beck is a very popular conservative who comments on political issues. He has a radio and television show that is heard and seen by millions. Lately, Glenn Beck has been talking about his faith, his Mormon faith. The question is whether or not as a Mormon, is he a Christian?
It would not be possible to ascertain if he is really a Christian outside of a direct interview with Glenn Beck where I asked him specific questions about his understanding of Christianity and Mormonism. However, we can look at what Mormonism teaches and compare it to the Bible. By so doing, we can conclude that if Glenn Beck affirms the official teaching of Mormonism, then he is not a Christian. This is because Mormonism not only denies essential doctrines of the Christian faith but also it reinterprets the Christian faith into something entirely new and foreign to Scripture.
It may be a shock to many people, but just saying you "believe in Jesus" doesn't make a person Christian. There are many religious groups who have contradictory concepts of who Jesus is. In fact, Jesus warned us that in the last days many false christs and false prophets would arise and deceive many (Matt. 24:24). So, we have to be careful because groups can teach a false Jesus. Mormonism, for example, says Jesus was begotten in the pre-existence from God and his goddess wife who used to be people in another world--which is not what the Bible teaches. But that isn't all. Please check out this brief list of Mormon teachings documented from Mormon writers:
- Mormonism also teaches that there are many gods, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 163).
- There is a mother goddess, (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 443).
- After you become a good Mormon, you have the potential of becoming a god, (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pages 345-347, 354).
- God used to be a man on another planet, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 321).
- The Trinity is three separate gods, (James Talmage, Articles of Faith, p. 35).
- God the Father has a body of flesh and bones, (Doctrine and Covenants, 130:22).
- God is married to his goddess wife and has spirit children, (Mormon Doctrine p. 516).
By contrast, Christianity, which is based on the Bible, says there is only one God (Isa. 43:10; 44:6, 8; 45:5); that God is a Trinity of persons--not three gods; that God has always been God (Psalm 90:2); that God knows of no other gods (Is. 44:8); that you cannot become a god (Is. 43:10); and that God is spirit (John 4:24). This contradicts Mormonism. Therefore, Mormonism is not biblical and not Christian. If Glen Beck holds to the teachings listed above, then he is not Christian.
Liberal interpretation of Christianity
As is often the case, truth is missed by liberals who, along with the blight of postmodernism, promote social reconstruction. They do this by obscuring facts, focusing on their agenda, and promoting political correctness. For them, truth is a commodity to be dispensed on news outlets and magazine covers. Such is the case with a Mr. Garlow who is quoted on the CNN website.
"I have interviewed persons who have talked specifically with Glenn about his personal salvation--persons extremely well known in Christianity--and they have affirmed (using language evangelicals understand), 'Glenn is saved,' "Garlow said in his memo, which was dated Wednesday. "He understands receiving Christ as savior." 1
There are many Jim Garlow's; and without an absolute identification, which the article does not provide, we cannot ascertain exactly who this Jim Garlow is. Nevertheless, it is apparent that Mr. Garlow is uneducated in the teachings of Mormonism. Anyone who knows Christianity knows that the Bible does not teach that God is an exalted man from another planet who has a goddess wife. So, when Mr. Garlow says that he has interviewed people who talked with Glenn Beck about his salvation, we have to ask who these people are, if they know what Mormonism teaches, if they know what Christianity teaches, and, finally, what questions were asked?
I for one would be happy to interview Glenn Beck on my radio show about his Mormonism and ask specific questions. No offense meant to Mr. Beck, but I would like to ask him exactly what he believes--and I know how to ask the right questions. Now, I am not condemning Mr. Beck as a person, nor am I decrying his political views. Personally, I think Mr. Beck is right on almost everything he says about the American government and the problems faced by Americans. We need more Glen Becks on the American scene. However, if Glenn Beck holds to official Mormon theology, then he is not a Christian.
Nevertheless, there is one final thing I would like to say. I do have enough respect for Mr. Beck to believe that if he read this article, though he would probably disagree with its conclusion about his not being a Christian, unlike liberals he would absolutely defend my right to say what I say. Though I do not agree that Mormonism is Christian (and I've studied it in depth), I wholeheartedly support Mr. Beck's right to express his religious viewpoint.
- 1. Quote of Jim Garlow "an influential California Pastor", found in the article "Some evangelicals on defensive over partnering with Glenn Beck, a Mormon," http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/08/27/some-evangelicals-on-defensive-over-partnering-with-glenn-beck-a-mormon