At his “Restoring Honor” rally, rodeo clown-turned-televangelist Glenn Beck told his flock, “America today begins to turn back to God. For too long, this country has wandered in darkness.” Beck “sounded like Billy Graham,” according to Rev. Richard Land, a prominent Southern Baptist leader.
The next day, on Fox News, Beck morphed his purportedly “non-political” message into a stinging political missive against Obama, claiming the President’s worldview was shaped by “Marxism disguised as religion.” Beck attacked Obama as “a guy who understands the world through liberation theology, which is oppressor-and-victim.” “People aren’t recognizing his version of Christianity,” Beck added:
“You see, it’s all about victims and victimhood; oppressors and the oppressed; reparations, not repentance; collectivism, not individual salvation. I don’t know what that is, other than it’s not Muslim, it’s not Christian. It’s a perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ as most Christians know it,” Beck said.
Ironically, while Beck is casting stones to undermine Obama’s faith, his own faith is one that many Christians view as a “perversion of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Beck, a converted Mormon who had been raised in a Catholic home, has been attacked by many evangelicals who say he is not a Christian “because of his Mormon beliefs.” In fact, via Christian Newswire, here’s a press release that one evangelical group sent out during Saturday’s Beck rally:
Glenn Beck promotes a false gospel. However, many of his political ideas can help America. … Mormonism is not a Christian denomination but a cult of Christianity. … Many endorse false gospels including Mormonism.
Brannon Howse, a conservative writer and founder of Worldview Weekend, said, “While I applaud and agree with many of Glenn Beck’s conservative and constitutional views, that does not give me or any other Bible-believing Christian justification to compromise Biblical truth by spiritually joining Beck.”
“Jesus Christ’s Church has universally rejected Mormonism’s Anti-Trinitarian theology and its claim that mortals may become God,” David Shedlock, an evangelical blogger, wrote on a FreedomWorks forum earlier this month. “Beck asks Christian leaders to ‘put differences aside,’ but Beck himself daily peppers his broadcasts with Mormon distinctives because he cannot keep his beliefs to himself.”
As ThinkProgress previously noted, “Glenn Beck often speaks about faith on his radio show and Fox News program, but he almost never mentions his own faith — Mormonism.” Bill Keller, the leader of the world’s largest interactive Christian website, said earlier this year, Beck “lies to people” by trying to portray himself as a Christian. “The fact is, the beliefs of the satanic Mormon cult are totally inconsistent with Biblical Christianity,” Keller said. It’s politically convenient for Beck to be attacking Obama’s religion, while rarely ever mentioning his own.