Blind to the Forest for the Trees
Peruse the internet and read some of the online discernment blogs. You will see many of them take an easy mode of discernment as they reveal Glenn Beck’s Mormonism and claim it is an apostate view of true Christianity. Duh? And the Earth is the third planet from the sun. My sarcasm is meant to help you see just how far they have missed the point even while making a lot of theological noise. To make discernment hay over the unscriptural nature of Mormonism is easy and requires very little discernment at all. They are correct in condemning the actions of some evangelicals who now suggest that Mormons can be saved. It is one colossal mess.
But these discernment sites are missing the elephant in the room and the root cause of this particular and deadly compromise. I do pray that this situation will eventually lead them to reassess their own stand on a very prominent deception, and one in which most of them are held captive. It is nationalism. As one commenter here accurately observed, nationalism began with Constantine. Nationalism is the love and allegiance to any country, and it always leads to compromise, moralism, and unholy alliances. And in the case of American nationalism, it has even led to a teaching of divine superiority and favor upon this particular nation. And when I have confronted other believers about the Scriptural validity of such teachings I have often met with carnal and even vicious responses. I have touched the golden calf.
The issue of accepting Mormonism has been leveraged by nationalism, plain and simple. If Glenn Beck was a Frenchman, no one would have even considered the issue at all here in America. But because Beck is a rabid patriot, and because he lifts up the “founding fathers*”, and because he desires to repair the nation he loves, many evangelicals are willing to overlook his Mormonism and even embrace his personal salvation regardless of his doctrinal teachings. Nationalism has caused compromise and even grievous alliances that have begun a road to complete apostasy and evangelical collapse. But the discernment blogs have recoiled at Beck’s Mormonism and now positioned themselves again as protectors of the Holy Grail, but they remain completely blind to the underlying cause and the deep deception that continues to envelope them.
When a drop of water hits your head it is easy to shout about the water. But it is quite another to find the leak from which the water came. Two major spiritual shifts will occur because of this new wave of nationalism and inter-religious cooperation and passion. Many will succumb willingly to this deception and their patriotism will lead them deeper into compromise and gospel dilution. Some will hopefully be awakened to the deception they had embraced for many years. If you are in the latter group, I exhort you to come out fully, but guard against self righteousness and judgment toward others personally. The fact that Beck is a Mormon will be used of God to help his followers see the error of their ways. But many will attack Beck’s Mormonism and they will feel as if they are being discerning when in fact they are shooting at the wrong target altogether.
* It is noteworthy that many who castigate Roman Catholics for calling their priests "father" have no difficulty calling other men "fathers".