Suzi (31 Aug
"One more for the night..."
I got a late start reading Five Doves
today...very long, busy day for me. I just have one more thing to say
on the issue of Glenn Beck.
I have always liked listening to him
on TV, he's always been informative and tells us things about the
tangled web of Washington Politics.
I just can't go to bed
without stressing that when I was Wiccan, I too 'believed in Jesus'.
Only, 'my' Jesus was an equal to me, a 'brother', albeit a much more
'advanced/evolved' Teacher. I believed he was sent 'by God', who sent
him 'as his son' to 'show us how we can 'come to God'. Doesn't sound
that bad...except it was more like, if we tried to 'be like Jesus',
we'd be able to 'return to the Supreme Being and become ONE WITH IT.
You see, I used the same 'names'. But they did NOT mean the same thing.
I leave my car keys in my ignition, and my kid manages to get to me
before I miss an important appointment, I can say, 'boy, you really
saved me!'. Does that mean "my eternal soul is safe since you acted in
my behalf"? No, it means I didn't miss an event!
I live in a
farming community, just hours from the Mexico border, so we have a
large Hispanic community. I could say, 'Jesus saved me last
night'....and one might assume that I'd given my life to the Lord and
was Born Again...or...it might mean that I was stranded out in the
country and the tow truck driver, named Jesus, came out and jumped my
car to get it started.
Please, please, know that what Christians
mean when they say "God", "Jesus", "Saved", "Holy Spirit"...and a host
of other words and phrases are NOT what other 'religions' mean. When
Glenn Beck says those things, IF he is speaking AS A MORMON and the
Mormon church has not come out and said, 'no, we do not approve of what
he's saying', then he is delivering THEIR message...then, he is NOT
meaning the same thing.
Here are some links for those of you who have never really learned much about Mormonism:
also find it a bit interesting that Glenn Beck has been focusing so
much on Civil Rights and using MLK's "Dream" anniversary, yet up until
1978, Blacks were not allowed to join the LDS "Priesthood". Since their
god is ever changing (unlike ours being the same yesterday, today and
forever), they were told by him via his mouthpiece on earth to change
that rule via the 1978 Declaration on the Priesthood. hmmmm.
all comes down to this. I do not know Glenn Beck personally. Even if I
did, I can not presume to know the state of his soul. Only God knows
that. BUT we can know him, 'by his fruits', and since he is heavily
involved with his 'Temple', since he claims for Mormonism, and he lets
slip some obviously LDS beliefs, I have to believe him when he says he
IS a MORMON. Now, if he is deceived, then that is just a shame. I can
see Satan doing that, if he had a true conversion experience...instead
of tossing a bottle in front of him, just lead him to the door of a
cult! But, I've yet to hear anyone from the Church (LDS) correct him,
or reprimand him in any way. So, I have to assume he is doing things
that they approve of, and endorse.
In battle, one is told to
'know your enemy', it's difficult to see how 'off' his beliefs are if
you have never heard them. The official stuff they put out sounds so
nice, they are all about Family Values, and Home and Hearth...but as
you get deeper into the church, as you move further up into the
Priesthood, then more and more is revealed to you. By then, you are so
entangled it makes it near to impossible to leave. I really feel sorry
for Glenn...especially if it was his wife or daughter that asked him to
go to church there.
Look up some testimonies by Christians who've gotten out of the Mormon Church...it is quiet the eye opener.
I am rambling again, so I'll say good night and God Bless you all.