Interfaith Deceptions: Liberty University fines students for not listening to cult leader

I’m a little under the weather folks, but wanted to share this with you today. (HT to Steve at Apostasy Watch for sharing the link to this article)

Liberty University invited Mormon Glenn Beck to preach to its students at its compulsory convocation last week, handing out $10 fines to residential students who didn’t have a suitable excuse for not attending.

The Beck sermon continues a worrying trend that signals Liberty’s rapid retreat from Christian orthodoxy to an unapologetic embrace of false religions and heretics, starting with self-proclaimed messiah Rev. Moon in the 1990s, to Benny Hinn and the Mormon church today. Though it still markets itself as a Christian university, its definition as to what passes as Christian is not one shared by most of the churches that send their young people there for an education.

We’ve covered Liberty’s affiliation with the Moonie cult and Benny Hinn on this blog before, and Beck’s heretical sermon last week suggests that the toleration of false teachers like Moon and Hinn weren’t aberrations. Foisting heresy on students is becoming Liberty’s signature.

Liberty hosts convocation events throughout the year to which students are compelled to attend. Although it’s not part of the chapel program, most speakers are Christians, and most use the event to preach. Clayton King and Steven Furtick are regular convocation speakers.

Because convocation is not technically reserved for Christian speakers, it occasionally hosts cultural and political leaders. For example, this semester it invited Michael Reagan (son of Ronald), and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the producers of the “Son of God” television series. The alarming feature of last week’s message is that Beck did not appear as a political or cultural leader; instead, he used his time to preach a message full of theological assertions that were unchallenged by the university, and which received a standing ovation from Jerry Falwell at the end of the event. Liberty’s website boasted of the event’s success, again without providing any disclaimer from or correction to Beck’s deceptive and antichristian teaching. In fact, the Liberty account of the sermon simply repeats Beck’s deceptions, apparently unaware and unconcerned that Liberty is being used as a tool to promote a false religion.

At the beginning of the convocation meeting, Jerry Falwell introduced Beck in glowing terms, welcoming him as a friend of the university and reminding students that he had also been a commencement speaker. No mention of his Mormon faith was made, so he appeared to be joining Falwell on stage as a Christian brother. During his sermon, Beck did acknowledge his Mormon identity, though asserted that he was a Christian just like Falwell and everybody else, except he was from a different denomination:

I share your faith. I am from a different denomination, and a denomination, quite honestly, that I’m sure can make many people at Liberty uncomfortable. I’m a Mormon, but I share your faith in the atonement of the savior, Jesus Christ. In my faith, we have a guy who gave his life for what he believed in. You don’t have to believe it; I’m not asking you to. I’m asking you, “What is it that you believe? Are you willing to give your life?”

Not only does Beck attach his false religion to Christianity, he holds a false prophet up as an example for Liberty students to emulate.

As a Mormon, Beck is not some casual adherent; the church and the need to spread its message consumes his life. He opened with a tearful confession that he doesn’t spend every possible moment studying his church’s teachings. Among other historical artifacts on display during the presentation, he displayed the pocket watch that Joseph Smith surrendered immediately before his death. One would imagine such an artifact would be rare and highly valued among his co-religionists, and you’d expect to see it in a museum, not a preacher’s pocket. Beck often alluded to his own prophetic calling by God, considering it an honor to be in God’s service as a leader in his church. To be able to take his Mormon theology and preach to what he identified as “the biggest collection of Christian youth meeting in America today” is a privilege that Beck surely takes seriously. (The self-conscious references to being a national religious leader echoed Rev. Moon’s charge to Liberty’s current provost, Ron Godwin, to take the Moonie cultist message to the evangelical world.)

I sincerely hope you will read this entire article folks. It is, in my estimation, an important message for what it is pointing to. And after you read this I encourage you to also read a message posted at Truth With SnaresDr. Albert Mohler Standing Together with the Sun and Moon People Cult (Mormons)

Beck’s sermon and Liberty’s unwitting acceptance of it constitute an excellent case study in how false teachers infiltrate the church. False teachers never appear wearing horns and announcing that they are dangerous wolves. Instead, they look and sound like they’re preaching God’s truth, injecting their deceptions at the edges when nobody is looking, or manipulating language to lull the audience into agreeing to statements that carry secondary, false meanings. Beck was a master at it…

8 comments on “Interfaith Deceptions: Liberty University fines students for not listening to cult leader

  1. These verses are in the Bible so we do not inadvertently become party to another’s wickedness:::>

    2 John 6 And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it.
    7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist.
    8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we[fn] have worked for, but may win a full reward.
    9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
    10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,
    11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

  2. PJ, update on the fining students for not attending convocations. I learned yesterday that the fine is mandatory for skipping “any convocation” no matter who is speaking.

    The point is or rather in light of the clear teaching of Scripture why invite someone inside your house who is outside the Faith once delivered to the Saints and as we see there from 2 John you become partaker in their wickedness?!?!?

    • Well Michael, that is the question; Liberty U is obviously not a Christian University anymore. I don’t care what they claim…

      If this had happened at any other university…one which doesn’t claim to be Christian, it would have meant nothing. But the fact that parents send their children to this college, believing they are secure in it being a Christian organization, only to find out their children are being presented with speakers from religions, which only a few years ago were considered ‘cults’, is amazing! What this shows me is how mainstream Mormonism has become. And this, only in recent years. The fact of Romney’s presidential run really helped (imo) “normalize” Mormonism. As i believe Beck himself said during this talk, it’s just a “different denomination”.

      It wasn’t that many years ago when working as a moderator at a Christian board, when i recall an in-depth discussion on the warped unbiblical doctrines of Mormonism, taking place. Heck! we even discussed it here at this blog back in 07 or 08. Today, once was always seen as a non-biblical “strange” religion has become accepted as just another denomination.

  3. Looking at Christian colleges as a whole could be eye-opening. This same situation occurs in Christian schools where the intent is to shelter and then the wolves are allowed to walk in the front door because, well, this is a safe place for young people. It’s circular reasoning which is not reasoning at all. My secular alma mater has a vibrant Christian community on a campus where you have to be discerning and yet learn to live in the world as a Christian who thinks. As an educator myself, I know it’s difficult, But letting a Mormon speak is more dangerous than a Muslim or Hindu as they aren’t using double-speak. It’s hard to see this happening but not surprising. The gatekeepers are as ignorant as the sheep.

    • letting a Mormon speak is more dangerous than a Muslim or Hindu as they aren’t using double-speak

      Yes, i agree. Its easy to recognize the false when it is obvious… but not as easy when its an unholy mixture offered up by one who speaks “christianeeze”

  4. Much of American Christianity is nothing more than a blend of humanism, and Christianity. This is great example of that.

  5. PJ, I am an online student at Liberty, and have been disappointed with their Dispensationalist views and I’m not surprised they would allow Glen Beck to speak because he holds the same affinity about Israel that they do. I’m not so sure they agree with his Mormonism, as they do his dispensationalism. This is evident by his relationship with John Hagee, who has been on his talk show more than once. My experience with Liberty has been disappointing, i wish I could finish my B.A in Theology some where else, but because I only lack two classes, I may finish to move on . Thanks for bring this out into the open…Jack

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