Saturday, August 28, 2010

Glenn Beck and 'Divine Destiny'

Today is the day that Glenn Beck and a cadre of enabling "pastors" and other religious leaders are gathering in Washington D.C. for Beck's "Divine Destiny" rally. There are going to be many ostensibly Christian leaders who are linking arms with Glenn Beck to promote the gospel of Americana.

Exhibit A comes from David Barton in an article from CNN:

"For Christians concerned about Glenn's faith, I would ask the following questions: What fruit do you see produced by Glenn," David Barton, an influential evangelical activist who is joining Beck's rally, wrote on his Facebook page recently. "Good or bad? If you judged Glenn only by the fruits he has produced, would you still hold concerns over his faith?"

"Christians concerned about Glenn's faith should judge the tree by its fruits, not its labels," Barton, a former Republican National Committee consultant, continued. "After all, Nancy Pelosi and Bill Clinton openly call themselves Christians... Although these individuals have the right labels, they have the wrong fruits."

That is so ignorant that one would have to question the heart of David Barton. Glenn Beck's fruit? The fruit of mormonism is spiritual death. That is the fruit that matters. Would David Barton say the same thing about a Muslim who is a political conservative? An atheist? I don't care how Glenn Beck votes or what he writes in books or how emotional he gets when shedding crocodile tears over America, what matters is where he stands with Christ and where he stands is in opposition. He embraces a faith that portrays Christ as a created being and the brother of Satan, he embraces a faith that thinks that God Almighty is an exalted man, he worships in a blasphemous temple where rituals that have nothing to do with the Gospel are performed in secrecy to hide their shame.

Let me be blunt:

Any Christian who would make common cause with an unbeliever and blasphemer in the name of some sort of misguided patriotism doesn't deserve to bear the name of Christ. Period. It is embracing in the name of "God" a man who is a blasphemer.

Is "reclaiming America" so precious that we are willing to abandon the Gospel to advance this vaguely religious political movement?

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