Why Do Glenn Beck’s “Fans” Hate Him So Much?
An intriguing phenomena seems to be at work here. There are people who actually claim or allude that they are Christians — who also say that they “support” Glenn Beck and favor him and his agenda — and YET seem to be quite unconcerned about whether the man goes to Hell or not. For example, “John K” of North Carolina submitted the following two comments on my How God Uses Heretics article (which I only recently approved and displayed thereon):
Ultimately, the truest words in the Bible and the best guide for everyone’s life is 1 Corinthian’s 16:14. I always look for whether people are extending love–or whether they need to be “right.” People are attracted to Glenn because of the love he extends. And this, more than theological views–defines a Christian. The early Christians in fact were known by the description–”those who loved each other.” God is love. So the only question ever worth asking–is a person extending and motivated by love. The fact that Christianity splintered into thousands of pieces over theological issues is the best evidence that most Christian have lost sight of the most important truth Jesus ever taught–”and the greatest of these–is love.” (Submitted 9/22/2010)
May I pose a hypothetical because I have so many very good Mormon friends who are some of the most generous, loving and kind people I know. Frankly, I agree with you that if taken literally, Mormon theology seems really whacked. Taken mythologically or metaphorically, it is full of insight.
Who would you consider more of a Christian? A kind, loving, charitable, family-oriented Mormon–or a judgmental, uncharitable, unloving, name-calling selfish person who has a theology that is completely in line with yours?
Isn’t ultimate “our fruits” the best evidence of our true love of Jesus and God? “You shall know them by their love.” (Submitted 9/24/2010)
Now notice what “John K” said here: “Frankly, I agree with you that if taken literally, Mormon theology seems really whacked.” So this commenter seems to recognize that Mormon theology is NOT biblical. However, he also stated within his first comment that it is love (or rather, his weird concept of love) that defines a real Christian “more than theological views.”
Really? Well, golly gee…that “silly” apostle Paul (as “John K” seems to regard him), did not think that was true; nor did the very Holy Spirit Who wrote God’s Word through Paul:
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it! (2 Corinthians 11:3-4, NKJV, emphasis added)
I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:6-10, NASB, emphasis added)
The BIBLE says that there can be “another Christ” preached other than the one revealed by Scripture; and “another gospel” which will condemn both preacher and hearer to eternal damnation; and “another spirit” (i.e. demons) that a person can receive into themselves rather than God’s Own Spirit (Who, by the way, will only enter a truly born-again Christian). The BIBLE, therefore, makes it plenty clear: Accurate doctrine regarding the Person and Gospel message of Jesus Christ is ESSENTIAL to becoming truly a Christian.
But…”all we need is love” according to my hippie friend, “John K.” (I guess he is a Beetles fan too.)
Hate in Disguise
So here we have a problem, exemplified by “John K” and his absurdities: Here is someone, who seems to allude that he is a professing ‘Christian,’ admitting that his “Mormon friends” and Glenn Beck all have a false doctrine that is “really whacked,” but he would rather not bother telling any of them that this is the case so that they can be saved. We can, therefore, make several observations from “John K’s” inadvertent admissions:
- “John K” really does not care whether his Mormon friends or Glenn Beck go to Hell or not.
- “John K” really does not care whether his Mormon friends or Glenn Beck take ANYBODY ELSE to Hell with them or not.
- So in reality, “John K” really does not “love” his Mormon friends, or Glenn Beck, or anybody they may influence (for if “friends don’t let friends drive drunk” they certainly do NOT let them go to Hell for eternity).
- And “John K” has actually shown us that his agenda is self-serving (though he likes to call it “love” for the people he intends to let go to Hell without any warning or concern).
Worse yet, our hippie friend, “John K,” is not an isolated example. Multitudes think that biblical “love” is an emotion, and so measure their “love gauge” by their feelings for the people they are letting go to Hell. However, true BIBLICAL love exhibits a totally different character:
Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (the Words of Jesus from John 15:13, NKJV, emphasis added)
Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20, NKJV, emphasis added)
Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ….But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh. (Jude verses 3-4; 20-22, NKJV)
Again, true loving friends do not let their friends go to Hell.
So what can we conclude about such “friends” of Mormons, or “fans” of Glenn Beck, such as our hippie commenter exemplifies? Several things:
- Most such miscreants have self-serving agendas, which they refuse to abandon by telling the other person the truth for the sake of their soul.
- Most who exhibit such disregard for the state of other people’s souls are likely NOT born again themselves, for truly born-again people want to help others find salvation.
And, of course, Jesus put it this way:
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21-23, NKJV, emphasis added)
He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. (Matthew 15:13, NKJV, emphasis added)
I think the two passages above are clear enough for any honest and thinking individual to discern that not everybody who calls themselves a “Christian” is truly one in God’s eyes. (However, this point is explained in greater detail under the subsection “Unsaved ‘Christians'” in my post, How God Uses Heretics, for those who would like to explore this biblical fact further.) So in the light of Scripture, I am beginning to wonder about our “John K” friend…
Drinking the Kool-Aid
Of course, our hippie friend, “John K,” really gave himself away when he wrote, “Frankly, I agree with you that if taken literally, Mormon theology seems really whacked. Taken mythologically or metaphorically, it is full of insight.” In other words, as he has hung around “some of the most generous, loving and kind people” he knows (Note: nice people go to Hell too), “John K” has begun to drink from the same proverbial “cup” from which THEY drink.
“Literal” and biblical theology means nothing to “John K” as he would prefer something that is “mythologically or metaphorically” intriguing to his “itching ears.” This brings to mind two powerful insights I quoted from John Bunyan within my How God Uses Heretics post, which are also well-corroborated by Scripture (as that post explains more fully):
1. One reason why so many errors do from time to time come into the world, is so that those who are not indeed planted [in the church] by the Lord’s [own] right hand [and are consequently unsaved hypocrites] might be rooted out. (Matt 15:13) Now these [unregenerate people] are many times carried away by deceiving doctrines…
3. Another reason why the Lord allows — and even sends — delusions among the people, is: That those who were too idle and slothful to seek after the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, might be taken away and violently possessed with error, and actually be made to run greedily after the same. [His purpose is] that they might suffer even more for their neglect of the truth. For those who were always lazy in seeking after the truth when it was offered, but afterward were very hasty after the doctrine of devils when that was declared to them, are guaranteed to have their latter behavior to rise up in judgment against them. For when the truth was offered to them, they were idle and did not receive it; and yet when delusion did offer itself, they were industrious, and laboring [to receive that error greedily]. Now [take note of the Scripture], “That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness; because they received not the truth in the love of it, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusions, that they might believe a lie, and be damned.” (2 Thess 2:10-12)
It appears obvious from “John K’s” comments that he has been very prone to drink the Mormon “Kool-Aid” while rejecting God’s divine truth as revealed through the Bible (i.e. the Bible alone). I am fairly confident, therefore, that the Mormon friends of his are actually serving their TRUE purpose according to point 1 above (again, which is explained within my article more clearly). They are apparently revealing that “John K” was never truly a Christian to begin with, because he seems to have been “rooted out” from among God’s true children by their heretical doctrines.
The Good News
The “good news” for Glenn Beck and all the Mormons out there is that God has raised up godly people and true “preachers of righteousness” (of which I am only one of many) who are willing to suffer the abuse and accusations that come from those who refuse to hear sound doctrine:
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:1-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
When a true minister of God rises up in the Spirit of God and begins to “reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine” (KJV) there are many like “John K” who will accuse them of not being “loving” or say that they are “harsh” or “mean.”
Nevertheless, we have to “endure afflictions” and suffer abuse from those who “love lies” and, thus, have been “turned aside to fables” — even as we attempt to lead them away from the precipice of their eternal damnation. But true ministers of Christ will do just what we have been called to do, regardless of whether anybody appreciates our efforts here on earth or not:
For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. (Galatians 110, NASB, emphasis added)
We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences. (2 Corinthians 5:8-11, NKJV, emphasis added)
I am sure that if “John K” ever gets saved himself, he will finally discover that TRUE love of God, that is “shed abroad” within the hearts of genuine Christians by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Perhaps THEN “John K” will try to get his Mormon friends and Glenn Beck saved…as I am attempting to do.
In closing, if you want more teaching on some related subjects, please consider these other posts of mine:
Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. (Ephesians 6:24, NKJV)
Always in the REAL Jesus,