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Christians Urged to Boycott Glenn Beck
4:51 p.m. | Updated Last week, the conservative broadcaster Glenn Beck called on Christians to leave their churches if they heard any preaching about social or economic justice because, he claimed, those were slogans affiliated with Nazism and Communism.
This week, the Rev. Jim Wallis, a liberal evangelical leader in Washington, D.C., called on Christians to leave Glenn Beck.
“What he has said attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show,” Mr. Wallis, who heads the antipoverty group Sojourners, wrote on his “God’s Politics” blog. “His show should now be in the same category as Howard Stern.”
Mr. Beck, in vilifying churches that promote “social justice,” managed to insult just about every mainline Protestant, Roman Catholic, African-American, Hispanic and Asian congregation in the country — not to mention plenty of evangelical ones.
Even Mormon scholars in Mr. Beck’s own church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said in interviews that Mr. Beck seemed ignorant of just how central social justice teaching was to Mormonism.
Mr. Beck himself is a convert to Mormonism, a faith that identifies itself as part of the Christian family, but which is nevertheless rejected by many Christians. Two Mormon scholars said in interviews that social justice is integral to Mormon teaching too.
Kent P. Jackson, associate dean of religion at Brigham Young University, said in an interview: “My own experience as a believing Latter-day Saint over the course of 60 years is that I have seen social justice in practice in every L.D.S. congregation I’ve been in. People endeavor with all of our frailties and shortcomings to love one another and to lift up other people. So if that’s Beck’s definition of social justice, he and I are definitely not on the same team”….
This afternoon I watched the most interesting thing develop on a large well known Christian discussion board. Someone started a thread concerning Beck and his recent call for Christians to ‘leave their Church if…’
A few of the early comments included,
.. for Beck to be telling Christians to vacate their church is kind of strange. Who is he to tell Christians to leave their churches?
..there are many people on this board who like glenn beck, but i think he is someone to watch out for. he went from catholicism to mormonism, which is a cult. he is in no position to be telling christians what they should or shouldn’t be doing.
…this isn’t about feelings this is about discernment, and any message glenn beck has must be measured in light of his personal belief system. this is a christian forum, and mormonism is a cult.
After a few more similar comments which questioned Beck’s spiritual qualifications to instruct the Church, a moderator stepped in and posted a very long comment with information on what, Mormonism? No, an article titled “Barak Obama’s Liberation Theology”
By page two in the thread, no longer was anyone questioning Beck’s authority to instruct the body of Christ on his TV or radio programs. The comments now centered on Obama, Rev. Wright,
Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former “pastor” lives in a $3 million home he built last year. So much for all that wealth redistribution….. Oh that’s right, he wasn’t speaking of himself, just white Americans.
The Obama’s also had their own personal chief and have a nice home in Chicago…
I have to admit I was a bit concerned when I started reading this thread yesterday. Listening to Beck now, and after listening to him and reading the information ___ provided I think Glenn is spot on.
It was an interesting and disturbing exercise, watching how easily God’s sheep can be manipulated.
Something to think about…
“Sheepherders train a bellwether to lead the rest of the sheep, sometimes to their destruction. The leader is drilled to respond to his master’s whistle, then wherever the ‘wether’ goes, the rest of the sheep follow. By this means an entire flock is enticed to board a truck. After it is loaded, the gate is closed and then the bellwether is whisked out of the truck by a different route, only to be used to lead another flock into another truck. In this manner an entire herd has been loaded and dispatched on its way to the slaughterhouse.
What exactly is a “bellwether”? It is the leading sheep of the flock which leads the rest of the sheep to their destruction.
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary also includes this general definition – “one that takes the lead or the initiative; an indicator of trends.”
If the “bellwether” is raised up by God to be an “initiator” or an “indicator of trends” in the Body of Christ, that is one thing; but to have such a one in a crucial position of authority raised up by Satan is a matter of great concern.
There have been many leaders who were placed in positions of authority who had such power and influence over a people. But how devastating it was when they were raised up by Satan, for they swiftly led the people away from God’s purpose for their lives and into every imaginable evil.
These Satanically-inspired “bellwethers” do not necessarily have to be preachers or ministers.
They simply are “false,” “deceitful,” “unruly,” “vain,” and “ungodly” leaders placed across our paths in some way, shape, or form; if it be in the church, job force, friendly neighborhood atmosphere, media, sports realm, entertainment field, or music industry.
It cannot be overly stressed that Satan’s personal “bellwether” for your life does not necessarily have to be someone found in a pulpit or in the church house.
Excerpts taken from Satan’s Bellwether
“When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” John 10:4
“I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” John 10:14