Liberty University Continues Its Downward Spiral: Promoting the Mormon Gospel

by Max Andrews

Recently, Liberty University had its last convocation, which had Glenn Beck as the speaker. Let me define a few things first. Convocation is not necessarily a church or chapel service. Convocation usually involves a guest speaker intended to promote an idea [of missiology, apologetics, theology, bibliology, history, politics ::sigh::]. Convocation isn’t a church service and whoever thinks it is should, please point out to me the church government for Convocation…

(Here’s the clip of Glen Beck’s speech… listen to the whole thing.)

With that being said, Glenn Beck… I’m not going to talk about his politics but this is about his theology. Liberty has recently slipped up with Benny Hinn affiliations… Yes, that Benny Hinn. But, the slippery slope for Liberty isn’t a straight cliff but it’s a very, very gradual one that won’t get noticed. (I have a particular executive or two in mind…)

Screen Shot 2014-05-03 at 10.36.35 PMBeck spoke at commencement a few years ago. It was actually my undergrad commencement in 2010. Commencement is not a church service and it’s not Convocation. Commencement is intended to motivate graduating individuals to move on in life, impact the world, blah blah [everything Millennials want to do]. I didn’t have a problem with Beck speaking at Commencement.

However, I do have a problem with Liberty promoting Glen Beck as he preaches a false gospel during Convocation. If Beck spoke about some political thing ::yawn, yawn:: then so be it. That’s not what happened. Beck identified himself as a Mormon and said it’s simply a different denomination from Christianity.

False. Mormonism is the most polytheistic religion ever. Eventually everyone will become their own god and have their own universe. Glenn Beck denies the Trinity (STAH, Liberty! Stop right there! If one can’t get the basics right then don’t let the heretic preach a false gospel!).

My intent isn’t to exegete everything that was said. My intent is to raise further concern for Liberty. I think it’s about time some willing alumni get some strong chains and a lock and stand guard over the entrance to the school like Falwell Sr. would have said. It certainly doesn’t seem like the administration is willing to do this. The Board of Trustees…. Oh, well I’m sure they just loved Beck’s donation. I can hear them saying, “Please, speak to us, speak!” as they count the dollars.

You know… I wonder… has anyone ever made a donation earmarked towards the pay of the professors–the faculty–the heart of the university? Or, is everything about parking lots, sports, and other secondary things?

Liberty, stop. Get yourself together. Condemn Mormonism as a cult and false gospel! Don’t give me this, “Oh, I don’t know his heart…” because that’s crap and Paul would smack you with the book of Galatians and Jesus is going to have some stronger things for you…

Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service has some good insights about the issue. Please read his material for more commentary.

6 Comments to “Liberty University Continues Its Downward Spiral: Promoting the Mormon Gospel”

  1. Agreed. Christians have accepted so much dilution that the followers of essentials are not the “outside.” It’s having a negative effect throughout society. God have mercy and give American preachers backbone for at least the essentials, and enough sense to go back to thinkers of earlier eras when such mattered.

  2. Best comment ever: ::Don’t give me this, “Oh, I don’t know his heart…” because that’s crap and Paul would smack you with the book of Galatians::

  3. Lol very true Brendan, I am disappointed in LU though, why did they sell out like this, where is the standard of holiness??

  4. But if you recall from the convocation, Beck himself said that he had decided the night before speaking in Liberty’s convocation that he changed what he was going to talk about. To me that sounds like he wanted to talk about it from the start but rather knew Liberty would shut it down so he told them one thing and then switched the “night before.” So I’m not quite sure if it can be said that Liberty had an knowledge of this let alone endorse it. And Liberty also had secular speakers on that stage. Now as you stated there is a difference between convocation and Campus church. IF Beck or anyone preached ANY gospel other than the message of Christ crucified from CHURCH than I would agree with you that we would have problems, but it is convocation which has had speakers that Liberty has not fully agreed with

    • Hey Cody, did you listen to the whole audio though? Someone who claims to be one in the Church but denies the Trinity is worse than just having an unbeliever, in my opinion, because he’s more of a wolf in those situations.

      • Yes sir I did! And by that I mean I was in attendance. And I completely agree with you! I think it is totally wrong of the claim that a Mormon is “no different” than say a Protestant or Baptist but my comment was rather towards the fact that the title and bend of the article seems to point to Liberty “Promoting the Mormon Gospel” which judging by Beck’s own words that he switched his talk the night before either leads to 1 of 2 things. 1) Liberty had NO idea he would say what he did and therefore did not promote the Mormon Gospel and was as surprised as you and I were OR an unfortunate option I am willing to place on the table is that 2) Liberty knew exactly what he would say and still let him say it and his comment that he “changed at the last second” was just a ploy to excuse an article like this getting out.

        I appreciate you brother!

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