Are we now in The Third Great Awakening?
According to Glenn Beck, yes, we have arrived! He reminds us that it has nothing to do with politics (except all his followers just happen to be conservatives). It all has to do with “getting back to god” (and the more we say god and insert “god” where Christians usually say “Jesus Christ” — the better). Glenn’s Third Great Awakening is based on Faith, Hope, and Charity. I suppose we could say, “And a Mormon shall lead them — to discover true spirituality and the god they can become!”
With the fervor of an evangelical minister and with a blackboard outline taken from the Declaration of Independence, Glenn Beck exegetes the Declaration of Independence as if Thomas Jefferson were inspired by God. Glenn Beck is leading the way into the Third Great Awakening. According to Beck, the first one founded our country, the second one ended slavery, and the third one will… well, at the very least end the Obama presidency (something often implied, but rarely said by Beck nowadays). His studio audience is mesmerized, hearing things they have never heard before! Beck tells us he has George Whitefield, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and all the Founding Fathers on his side! Simply google search “Glenn Beck third great awakening” to see and hear for yourself.
Do you wonder how George Whitefield got on the Beck bandwagon, or vice versa? Glenn recounts that Whitefield’s message was, “Listen to God, God will tell you what to do. Have a personal relationship with God.” I would be very interested to find out when Whitefield ever said that in a sermon!
Faith, Hope and Charity — three values that Glenn Beck has proclaimed for over a year now. This is the key to the Third Great Awakening. Amazingly, he asks us to take a 40 day and 40 night challenge (40 days of purpose?). Cloaked in evangelical language, if you didn’t know Beck was a Mormon (and he doesn’t hide that fact) you would think he was an evangelical. In fact, Beck said, “…the founder of my church said one time: Teach people correct principles and let them govern themselves.” What an insight from Joseph Smith! Could it be Glenn Beck is trying to use conservative politics, evangelical language, and the founding of our nation to make Mormonism acceptable to the Christian community? I believe that is his ultimate goal.
If that is his goal, it is working, at least with some. Listen to this extended quote written by Pastor Jim Garlow of the Mega-Ministry Skyline Church in San Diego. If you live anywhere in California, you have heard of Jim Garlow, as he was the driving force behind Proposition 8 (the voter approved measure to end the short-lived Gay Marriage ruling).
“I have listened and watched very carefully regarding clues to Glenn’s spiritual condition. I have interviewed several people who have been with him and have talked very specifically with him regarding his own personal salvation. Glenn has said unequivocally that that he relies on the atonement of Jesus on the cross for forgiveness for his sins, and those are almost the exact words. Few people use the term atonement. Glenn did.
On one of his TV shows about a month ago, he laid out the gospel, using his well known blackboard, in the clearest explanation of the crucifixion and the resurrection that I have ever heard on national TV. I called James Robison, and asked, “Did you hear that?” James said, “Richard Land (Southern Baptist) just called me and said he never expected to hear the Gospel so clear on secular television.” It was quite remarkable. A few days ago, Glenn laid out America’s problems and then concluded, “We need God!”
I have interviewed persons who have talked specifically with Glenn about his personal salvation – persons extremely well known in Christianity – and they have affirmed (using language evangelicals understand), “Glenn is saved.” He understands receiving Christ as savior.”
You might find that long quotation surprising. You owe it to yourself to take the full link, where this evangelical leader goes on to ask how much error can a person have and still be a Christian? After all — we all have SOME error.
Glenn Beck is a former alcoholic — leading America on a 12 step recovery program.
Glenn Beck is a Mormon — leading evangelical Christians to accept Mormonism as another branch of Christianity.
Glenn Beck is using conservative politics, evangelical language, and history mixed with a strange Mormon spin to advance his own agenda. It will be interesting to see how far he goes — and how many “Christians” he takes with him. Are you going along on the ride?Steve Marquedant Sovereign Grace Reformed Baptist Church Ontario, California www.sgbc-ontario.us