Ummm…Are we on the same page?

So, Glenn Beck has a rally for faith and thousands show up, including various evangelicals, and everyone there is in agreement with one another.  We need to restore faith and hope and God back into our country, correct?

Glenn Beck Rally in DC- Are we really on the same page?

While I am in total agreement that those things need to happen, we need to take a step back as Christians and think critically.  Does everyone know the difference between Glenn Beck’s Mormon faith and classical Christianity? 

Here are some questions to find out if you agree with Mr. Beck and if we can all hang out in one great big Mormon-Evangelical love pile:

Do you agree that:

  1. Along with a heavenly father, we have a heavenly mother?
  2. Jesus and Satan are spirit brothers?
  3. You actually existed pre-birth, and your goodness pre-birth dictates whether you are born Caucasian or not?
  4. You can become a god yourself if you are a good Mormon.

Those merely scrape the surface.  The problem is this:  Mormonism relies on a lot of the same words evangelicals toss around, but the meaning is entirely different.  Combine that with the fact that the average Christian is woefully biblically illiterate and unconcerned about the doctrines and beliefs that the martyrs shed their blood for, and we are in a position where Mormonism sounds close enough to Christianity to appease most evangelicals.

I don’t disagree that we need to bring God back into our country.  I don’t even disagree with standing together with other people of other faiths when the cause is for common cultural concerns.  What I disagree with vehemently is in mutually standing together “in faith” when we share a different faith. We as Christians need to be more discerning and more aware of the differences between classical Christianity and cultic offshoots, such as Mormonism, Christian Science, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the like.

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  1. Although I am not a Mormon and do not agree with much of the Mormon teachings, I think your criticism of Glenn Beck’s rally is unfortunate. The rally was not about Mormonism but had a more universal message of faith and unity that I believe benefits all religions, including yours and mine.

    As a Christian Scientist, I think that your reference to Christian Science as a “cultic offshoot” is also unfortunate. Christian Science is not a cult but a Bible-based religion. Christian Scientists share your deep love of the Bible and reverence for Christ Jesus.

  2. While I realize that the rally was not about Mormonism, persay, and was more about family values and faith, my point in the criticism is this: We may stand for some of the same values, but if our faiths are diametrically opposed to one another (as Mormonism and Christianity are), we can’t really “stand together in faith.” My point is that we need to be thinking critically. By saying that Mormons and Christians can stand in faith, we are essentially putting our seal of approval on a cultic offshoot of Christianity that twists essential doctrine.

    As for Christian Science being a cultic offshoot itself, I would say that the following are just a few issues that separate Christian Science from essential Christianity:

    1. Belief that there is no eternal punishment. Jesus spoke about hell and money more than any other topic. To believe that there is no such thing as eternal punishment is to take His words for less than what they are and to twist them.

    2. Essential misunderstanding of the Trinity. Christian Science disagrees with orthodox Christianity as to the basics of the Trinity. Rather than agreeing with the Athanasian Creed and establishing the Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Christian Science instead views the Trinity as Father-Mother, Son, and Divine Science. While you may argue that this can be overlooked, I would disagree, as a redefining of members of the Trinity would necessarily dictate a redefining of roles, which is not possible and contradictory to scripture.

    3. Essential understanding of Good and Evil. Evil is more than just error. Elevating evil to the level of error is, in essence, trying to “goodify” people. No longer did Jesus die for our sins, but for something far less. The problem with this view, among other things, is that this view necessarily sucks the emphasis out of Christ’s atoning death on our behalf. This alone is enough to label Christian Science aberrant, considering that the Gnostics of the second and third centuries spoke much the same way.

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