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"Barton: Glenn Beck Is A Christian Who Identifies As Mormon Simply Out Of Loyalty"

Beck and Barton
The only way to impact our culture is to stand up and proclaim the Gospel and the absolute Truth of God. It’s a Jesus who commands that we repent and follow Him as our Lord and Savior. We cannot foist righteousness on America through political activism or legislation. Only Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit can regenerate our hearts supernaturally, by exchanging His righteousness for our wickedness.

Kyle Mantyla over at RWW has the bizarre and provocative headline, and the audio to go with it:

It has been no secret that there have been some among the Religious Right who have raised concerns about the prominent role that Glenn Beck has been playing within the movement because he is a practitioner of the Mormon faith.  And given David Barton’s close ties to Beck, Barton has also received criticism for defending Beck, often by claiming that if you judge Beck simply by the “fruits” of his works and not his label, he is really a Christian.

While Beck himself openly embraces his Mormon faith and has even dedicated entire programs to defending it, Barton continues to insist that Beck is really just a Mormon in name only, and he only does that because he has a loyalty to the church for helping him overcome with problems with alcohol.

As Barton explained to Steve Deace last week, individual Mormons can go to Heaven and Beck really “became a Christian back when he was in Alcoholics Anonymous” but identifies as a Mormon today only “because he has a loyalty to them”:

Audio here

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23 Responses to “"Barton: Glenn Beck Is A Christian Who Identifies As Mormon Simply Out Of Loyalty"”

  1. lori #

    Mormonism: it's another gospel, another message, and another Christ. i love beck and he see's so much truth, but is completely blind on THE TRUTH that matters most! The teachings of Smith and his followers do not match the scriptures at all!!!! One of my ancestor grandma's was married to Joseph Smith as well as he daughter. The foundations of this church are unholy and unscriptural despite there being so many well meaning, loving, and kind followers. There are those types of folks though in all belief systems and that doesn't make something true. Joseph Smith did not hold to the teachings of Jesus in any way, shape, or form! So any belief system built upon Smith is false, pure and simple.

    July 23, 2015 at 12:14 PM
  2. Manny P. #

    David my friend, sometimes a way seems right to a man, but in the end it brings death. My cut and paste job was done for brevity, I do understand the points I wrote though. CARM (which was duly credited with a link) had it down. Now, to the the kernel of the Mormon dilemma, Joseph Smith and Moroni vs the teachings of Jesus Christ, Paul, Peter, John, Matthew, etc., the Bible has been historically proven through fulfilled prophecy and archeology, something that the the Book of Mormon can't say.

    There's so much information so readily available that to ignore it, puts you in danger of one day waking up where you don't want to be. For your soul's sake, take time and read. The biggest cop-out I always hear is: "the bible contradicts itself." David, do it while it is today my friend, we don't get second chances.

    August 7, 2014 at 10:01 AM
  3. Manny P. #

    On Mormonism :

    God used to be a man on another planet, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 321; Joseph Smith, Times and Seasons, vol. 5, p. 613-614; Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, vol. 2, p. 345; Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 7, p. 333).
    God resides near a star called Kolob, (Pearl of Great Price, p. 34-35; Mormon Doctrine, p. 428).
    "The Father has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s . . . " (Doctrines and Covenants 130:22).
    God is in the form of a man, (Joseph Smith, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p. 3).
    "God himself was once as we are now, and is an exalted man, and sits enthroned in yonder heavens!!! . . . We have imagined that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil, so that you may see," (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345).
    After you become a good Mormon, you have the potential of becoming a god, (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 345-347, 354).
    There is a mother god, (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 443).
    God is married to his goddess wife and has spirit children, (Mormon Doctrine, p. 516).
    The trinity is three separate Gods: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. "That these three are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, is demonstrated by the accepted records of divine dealings with man," (Articles of Faith, by James Talmage, p. 35).

    In contrast to these teachings, the Bible teaches that God has always been God and was never a man (Psalm 90:2). The Bible nowhere says he lives near another star, or that the Father has a body of flesh and bones–which Christ contradicted in John 4:24 and Luke 24:39. We do not have the potential of becoming gods because there are no gods formed (Isaiah 43:10; 44:6, 8; 45:5). The Trinity is one God (Deut. 6:4)–not three.

    August 6, 2014 at 3:20 PM
  4. Amen. I share your testimony. Thanks for expressing it so articulately.

    August 5, 2014 at 6:33 PM
  5. It is a sad day now that the majority of men desire that which is wicked. The world no longer wants peace. The people living in the Holy Land don't want peace; they want all their foes dead. The Pharisees claimed they were Sons of Abraham and had a free ticket to heaven. Christ told them otherwise. (John 8). When Aaron divided the River Jordan and conquered Jericho, he was fulfilling the word of the Lord to destroy the wicked inhabitants of the Promised Land. They were in the Holy Land, but they no longer served God, and so He swept them away to make way for those who had chosen to follow Him. America is also a Holy Land unto the Lord. It is only the righteous living amongst us that keeps the Sword of God's Justice from raining down hellfire and destruction upon this people. Lot and his family were the only righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah. When they left, the Lord destroyed them to such an extent, that even today we don’t know for sure where those cities were. From Sodom and Gomorrah we get the words Sodomy and Gonorrhea. That’s quite a legacy. If you live like there is no God, you had better be right. In the long view of things, following God has no bad consequences. Personally, I know, without the least shadow of any doubt, that God Lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and the Kingdom of God exists on the earth today in the form of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that Christ suffered in the Garden to atone for my sins, to expiate my weaknesses. He paid the price of sin so that I did not have to spend eternity in hell paying for my sins. Now, have satisfied justice, he is able to extend to me mercy. He only asks that I come to Him with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, and that I endure to the end in Him. I am not brainwashed, far from it. These are MY choices. I have experienced the Lord touching my soul directly so many times that I would surely condemn myself to an eternity in Outer Darkness were I to deny God’s existence. You cannot know what is in my heart because you have not experienced it. There are no words to describe it because each person must experience it for him or herself. Ask and it shall be given. Seek and ye shall find. Knock and it shall be opened. Knock. Knock. For all our frailties, His anger is not withheld, but his hand is stretched out still. If you let Him, He will embrace you, He will hold you tight, He will keep you safe, and you will know a joy unequal to anything in this world. Of this I testify in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ.

    August 5, 2014 at 1:53 PM
  6. Yosemite #

    Dave I am sure you are well meaning but Mormonism is a different gospel than written about in the Old and New Testaments.

    August 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM
  7. Dave #

    That is, by the logic is Revelations 22:19, we should ignore everything after Deuteronomy 4:2. The "prophet test" does not prove Joseph Smith was not a prophet. Again, Isaiah tells us that our thoughts are not His thoughts, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. God is on a different timetable whan we are. And even though the Heaven and the Earth shall pass away, yet every word of God shall be fulfilled,every jot and every tiddle. Just because something prophesied by God's chosen prophet does not opccur in our lifetime, is not proof that he is false. Isaiah predicted things that would occur 800 yearas after he was born. For unto us a Son is given, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of peace.

    November 14, 2013 at 8:47 AM
  8. Dave #

    So, by the logic of Revelations 18:20, we should also ignore everything after Deuteronomy 4:2? True prophets are commanded by God to write His words, and they become scripture. All scripture speaks of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That is all joseph Smith taught. It is a shame that we are not able to shout from the rooftops that Christ's agony in the Garden and on the Cross have paid the price that Justice demands so that we do not have to spend Eternity suffering for our sins. President, Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, Gordon B. Hinckley said, "I cannot say that we are not worse than Sodom and Gomorrah." When Lot, the last righteous man in those cities left, God destroyed them; we don't even know for sure where they were. It is the righteous that prevent the sword of God's wrath, which, according to Isaiah, hangs over us until we we become ripe in iniquity and he cleanses the land, for "God will not be mocked." You stone the prophets. You are the same as the Jews in Jerusalem that crucified their God. What will ye say when you stand before Him at the Great and Terrible Bar of Justice, having a bright knowledge of your wickedness, and your choice to ignore His word. Do you think you can lie to him then? Do you think he will slap you with a few stripes and give you Celestial glory? The path is straight and the way is narrow, and few there be that find it.

    November 14, 2013 at 8:32 AM
  9. Glen Beck is not a Christian. The falsie teachings of Joseph Smith do not stand the prophet test in the bible Dueteronomy 18:20 . The Mormon faith is not Christian and have been wrong in their prophecies numerous times and have also added to the book of the bible/ Rev 18:20 . The bible is very clear about these two points and there can be no disputing these facts; period. The Mormon Jesus is very different than the Jesus of the bible

    August 12, 2013 at 3:51 PM
  10. D #

    I've never heard it better stated than here: "The only way to impact our culture is to stand up and proclaim the Gospel and the absolute Truth of God. It’s a Jesus who commands that we repent and follow Him as our Lord and Savior. We cannot foist righteousness on America through political activism or legislation. Only Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit can regenerate our hearts supernaturally, by exchanging His righteousness for our wickedness. And that is a truth Mr. Beck simply does not follow."

    Very well put.

    I am simply tremendously grieved that so many are entrenched in this political idolatry and harlotry!

    July 28, 2013 at 11:30 AM
  11. Ima Believer #

    How sad. How do you ever share your faith with anyone, when you refuse to associate with anyone that does not already share your faith? Pathetic.

    If any of you were among the Jewish spies checking out Jericho you would have been executed. Why? Because there is no way you have allied with a prostitute.

    “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

    July 25, 2013 at 3:13 AM
  12. Sharon #

    Loyalty is a great quality to have!….but you can have your loyalties misplaced and in disorder, which in turn can lead to not only a really bad case of "Spiritual Nepotism"…..see [Matthew 10:37 & Luke 14:26]…..

    …..But can also make it very difficult to follow through in obedience/action, {Romans 16:17 – "avoid them"} or {2 Thessalonians 3:6 – "Keep away" from them}, or whatever other scriptural Truth can be applied.

    I can't say with 100% certainty whether Glen Beck is a Christian or not, but when something is "contrary" to God's Word or His Wisdom, this notion of because "so & so" did "such & such" for me so that now you feel "obligated" to them in some way, can get anyone of us off course… and sometimes….for some people…WAY off course!

    July 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM
  13. Rick #

    There is just something that leaves a bad vomit taste in a true Christian's mouth and that is the cornerstone of the Mormon faith that is (as man is god once was and as god is man might become.)

    July 24, 2013 at 11:43 AM
  14. PJ #

    The other thing is, it wasn't like the LDS church was there looking for him. Beck was out there SEARCHING for answers and barely keeping it together after he got off drugs. Pat Gray is a Mormon, and he worked with him, and that was how he got involved in considering the LDS church. Barton makes it sound like no Christians reached out to Beck, even though they knew he was struggling. Really?

    Barton's pretty good at spinning and leaving out pertinent information or just plain making things up. Maybe MSNBC should hire him.

    July 24, 2013 at 10:01 AM
  15. I LOVE what you say in this post. You're among the few who understand that we are not called to set up a Theocracy and seek to bring unregenerate people under law.

    We are called to express the life and nature of the Lord, Jesus, and call people out of darkness into His glorious kingdom of light.

    We need lots more like you speaking out to believers… and unbelievers, as well.

    July 24, 2013 at 6:46 AM
  16. PJ #

    "identifies as a Mormon today only “because he has a loyalty to them”

    HUH is right. You cannot serve two masters.
    "But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."

    July 24, 2013 at 6:21 AM