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August 28, 2010
What about Rome, Brannon?

(See also A Spasm of Evangelical Hypocrisy.)

Dear Friends,

Thursday, I sent the following e-mail out to Brannon Howse, radio host of "Worldview Matters," host of a weekly television program, and president of Worldview Weekend. My e-mail was in response to an article Brannon published and also a radio interview he did with Dr. Erwin Lutzer. That article and a description of the program are below my e-mail. Both Lutzer and Howse seem to have taken a strong, biblical stand against those evangelicals joining with Mormons in spiritual and religious activities and alliances. I only qualify that assessment with a "seem" because I did not hear the program in question. However, Brannon has close connections with the grossly ecumenical ministry American Family Association--a Worldview Weekend affiliate--and other ecumenical evangelicals. Dr. Lutzer is a signer of the Manhattan Declaration. Perhaps Brannon did not know Dr. Lutzer is a MD signer. He must know how ecumenically corrupt the AFA is, at least when it comes to the Roman Catholic Church.

When Dr. Lutzer signed the MD, I wrote to him. Now, in light of the biblical rebuke and warning Brannon has delivered against Mormonism and to those Christians who yoke with Mormons, I thought this would be a good time to write and challenge him to be consistent with regard to Romanism and evangelical spiritual fornication with Roman Catholics. I hope Brannon will see that it would be sheer hypocrisy and disobedience not to apply to Romanism the standard which he has set forth regarding Mormonism. Of course, many evangelical personalities who do not hesitate to inveigh against the wicked false teachings of Mormonism are strangely silent on Romanism or, at best, next to silent. When I say, "next to silent," I am thinking of a few who will not expose and condemn the history, claims, and heresy of popery but have spoken out against certain of the political policies of Rome.

I suppose there are many reasons for that, including that Mormons only make up about 1.5% of the population of America and a good percentage of that population is concentrated in several western states. And we ought not to forget the papal church is that "whore that sitteth upon many waters" about whom the Scriptures declare, "the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication" and by whose "sorceries were all nations deceived."

Time will tell what will come of my e-mail to Brannon Howse. We will hope for the best. We know he is a very influential man.

Sincerely,

Ralph Ovadal

----- Original Message -----
From: Pilgrims Covenant Church
To: info@worldviewweekend.com
Sent: Thursday, August 26, 2010 11:11 AM
Subject: "Following Glenn Beck's Divine Destiny or God's Word"

Dear Brannon,

I have read with appreciation your article "Following Glenn Beck's Divine Destiny or God's Word." But of course, what you wrote must also be applied to the Roman Catholic Church and evangelicals who join with Roman Catholics in ministry endeavors, worship, and prayer or, for that matter, even evangelical pro-family political organizations which self-identify as Christian and yet accept Roman Catholics as being followers of Christ. We could mention, by way of example, the American Family Association which openly holds Roman Catholicism to be Christianity and encourages evangelicals and Romanists to yoke together as Christians. Other examples would be those evangelicals, such as Dr. Albert Mohler, who have signed the Manhattan Declaration or, for that matter, MD signer Erwin Lutzer who was recently on your radio program warning Christians and Christian pastors that they must not compromise the gospel and yoke spiritually with unbelievers.

Clearly, the Roman Catholic Church also preaches another gospel and another Jesus, by another spirit--in fact doing so much longer than the Mormon church and with much more success. Idolatry and blasphemy are openly practiced, taught, and promoted by Rome's priests, from the pope on down. Just the Romish mass alone with its gross blasphemy against the deity, blood, and righteousness of our Lord Jesus Christ is enough to prove that without a shadow of a doubt. Nevertheless, most evangelicals still freely "bear with" the pope and his church (2 Cor. 11:4). Few Christian pastors, teachers, and leaders are willing to openly, plainly, systematically expose and condemn the heathenish, devilish doctrines and dogmas of Rome.

This brings me to ask, Do you hold the Roman Catholic pope, at the very least, to be against Christ and "accursed" on account of his false gospel of sacramental salvation? Do you hold the Roman Catholic Church to be no Christian church at all, but the devil's counterfeit?

Do you believe that the call to biblical separation, which you wrote of with regard to Mormonism, must also apply to Romanism? What I mean is, do you believe true Christians are commanded by God to separate not just from ministries and events which are Roman Catholic but also from all evangelical events, ministries, and organizations having a spiritual or religious nature which include Roman Catholic participants? If so, I hope you will make a call for those evangelical ministries and organizations to reform their ways, for the glory of the Lord and the good of His church. It is not ruin we should seek, but repentance and true reformation.

But I hope you do not misunderstand my questions. I believe the true Christian, who loves Christ Jesus, should hate Romanism but love the poor Roman Catholic people living in the bondage and darkness of popery. I hope that our church ministry efforts reflect that love, even as our efforts to reprove the unfruitful works of Romish darkness are motivated by it as well. In fact, it is that love which prompts me to write you. "For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love" (Gal. 5:6).

Sincerely,

Pastor Ralph Ovadal
Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin


http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=6439

Following Glenn Beck's Divine Destiny or God's Word
By Brannon S. Howse

Would you approve or disapprove if some of America's evangelical pastors and religious leaders announced they were going to show up at "Oprah's Divine Destiny" meeting at the Kennedy Center for an evening that would include uplifting music and nationally-known religious figures from all faiths as they unite in prayer and recite historical speeches? Would it concern you if you knew that on her radio program Oprah has taught the book called A Course in Miracles written by Helen Schucman? This book and the workbook include such quotes as:

"A slain Christ has no meaning."
"The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself."
"Do not make the pathetic error of 'clinging to the old rugged cross'."
"My salvation comes from me."

True Bible-believing Christians would not approve of evangelical pastors and leaders uniting with Oprah in a self-described, religious and spiritual meeting. Why? Because most Biblically thinking Christians do not agree with Oprah's liberal politics and they know that the truth of God's Word and Oprah's pagan spirituality do not mix.

However, many of these same Christians will have no problem when some of America's evangelical pastors join radio personality and television host Glenn Beck for a spiritual program, because unlike Oprah, they share Beck's conservative, political views. To many it makes no matter that Beck is a self-described Mormon because his political views trump his religious views and for this reason many will justify taking part in "Glenn Becks Divine Destiny" program at the Kennedy Center on August 27th.

The Apostle Paul warns Christians against uniting with unbelievers in spiritual endeavors in 2 Corinthians 6:14 where we read, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" In verse 16 Paul declares that Christians must be spiritually separate from non-believers. Remember Paul is talking about being spiritually separate. "Glenn Beck's Divine Destiny" program at the Kennedy Center on Friday evening August 27, 2010 has been specifically described by organizers as "a unique spiritual event."

While I applaud and agree with many of Glenn Beck's conservative and constitutional views, that does not give me or any other Bible-believing Christian justification to compromise Biblical truth by spiritually joining Beck in an event, that according this his own website, will include an evening in which "nationally-known religious figures from all faiths will unite…". The website continues "The audience for the event will be overwhelmingly made up of pastors, ministers and clergy..." The event is also described as an evening "that will help heal your soul." This event is clearly a spiritual event with Glenn declaring on a video on his website that the hymn Eternal Father Strong to Save "is the message of 8/27".  The problem is that as a Mormon, Glenn's definition of God the Father is not the same as that described by Jesus Christ Himself in the Bible. Glenn says, "I have been reaching out to the biggest names in faith for the last year…I have met with the biggest leaders of faith in the country privately and I have asked them to help me put differences aside and to reach out with one another so we can remind people to get down on their knees for our brethren's shield in our dangerous hour."

Christians that want to be committed to Biblical truth cannot "put aside" the cross and Gospel of Jesus Christ nor the supremacy of Scripture by spiritually uniting with those that proclaim another Jesus, another gospel and declare the cross foolishness.

Many  American Christians will allow their commitment to reclaiming the country, reclaiming Congress, lowering taxes, and defeating the progressives trump their commitment to the Biblical mandate declared in 2 Corinthians 6 as well as the mandate of 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 which commands Christians to expose every high and lofty thing lifted up against the principles of the Lord.

American Christians should not and cannot rate our success on whether or not we return our country and culture to its Christian roots. Our success or failure must be based on whether or not we have been faithful servants of the one and only true God and have earnestly contended for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).

We appreciate the strong and courageous stands that Glenn has taken but Christians must understand that Glenn is now, by his own choice, promoting something that is not compatible with Biblical Christian doctrines. While Christians can join Glenn in opposing tyranny, socialism, cultural Marxism, and the like; we cannot join him spiritually. We can be co-belligerents on many moral issues with non-Christians but we cannot find common ground theologically, doctrinally, and spiritually. This is not according to me, Brannon Howse, but according to the Word of God. Christians must understand that the Jesus of the cults is not the Jesus of the Bible.

Please remember that I started the website www.keepglennbeck.com  to support Glenn when the radicals wanted his advertisers to stop advertising in his program because at the time he was not promoting spirituality but simply providing excellent information about what was happening in the arena of civil government and law. However, Glenn has now moved into an area where we must draw a clear line theologically, doctrinally and spiritually.

I have yet to see anything that would cause me to have a problem with the 8-28 event at the Lincoln Memorial because I have not seen that event described as a "spiritual event" or a "uniting of all faiths" for the purpose of "healing your soul." My concern is really focused on the 8/27 event for the reasons I have articulated.

Some misinformed Christians have e-mailed me Mark 9:38-41 to try and convince me that partnering with Glenn Beck for a "unique spiritual event" is acceptable Biblically even if Glenn Beck is not a Christian, but indeed a Mormon by his own admission. Verse 40 says "For he who is not against us is on our side." There is just one big problem; the people emailing me this verse are taking this scripture completely out of context. Mark 9 is not speaking of a non-Christian that is doing something good but it is clearly speaking of a true follower of Jesus Christ that was successful in casting out a demon.

If you do not think it is Biblically acceptable for a Biblically committed Christian to be united in a spiritual event with Oprah Winfrey then why is it not also unacceptable to unite spiritually in the 8/27 event with Glenn Beck or any other religious leaders that do not adhere to Biblical orthodoxy? How much different are the religious beliefs of Oprah and the beliefs of Mormons?  Christian author Ed Decker who was a Mormon for 20 years of his adult life and was a member of the Melchizedek priesthood, a Temple Mormon and active in many church positions before becoming a Christian has revealed to me such facts as: 

  • Mormons believe the cross of Christ is foolishness and thus you will not find a cross in or on top of a Mormon temple.  Thus a Mormon could say "Do not make the pathetic error of 'clinging to the old rugged cross'."
  • Mormons believe the blood Jesus Christ shed on the cross is not what saves and thus Mormons will not use red wine or red juice for communion but they use water. Thus a Mormon could say "A slain Christ has no meaning."
  • Mormons believe that salvation is not found in placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone but in good works.  Thus a Mormon could say "My salvation comes from me."
  • Mormons believe that God is one of many Gods and that every good Mormon man can become a God himself. This belief is called the law of eternal progression and is best described in this popular Mormon saying, "As man is, God once was, and as God is, man may become." Thus a Mormon could say that "The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself."

Do these pastors and Christian leaders not understand that by appearing on stage at this "unique spiritual event" they are sending the message that Biblical Christianity and Mormonism (and any other unbiblical worldview represented) can indeed find spiritual common ground? This is not only a public relations victory for Mormonism but also for universalism.

According to the LDS General Authority and President of the Council of the Twelve, Ezra Taft Benson, the LDS doctrine is that the living prophet is above the scripture.[1]  I would humbly plead with those Christians taking part in this spiritual event to not put their own personal desires and agenda above the scripture.

Christians e-mail me to tell me that Glenn Beck uses Christian terms and thus he must be a Christian. Indeed Mormons, as well as New Agers, use many of the same terms that Bible believing Christians use but their definitions of those terms are in direct opposition to the Biblical definitions.

Christians also e-mail me to tell me that they heard Glenn Beck give the gospel on his television program one night. I watched that program and Glenn clearly stated that he had called Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention to have Land explain to Glenn the gospel message according to evangelicals so Glenn could contrast it with the collective salvation of President Obama. Glenn provided this contrast; he did not state that he had rejected Mormonism for the truth of the Biblical gospel.

It is not Biblically acceptable for Christians to join Oprah for "a unique spiritual event" and it is equally not Biblical for Christians to join Glenn Beck for "a unique spiritual event." I do however urge all Christians to pray for Oprah and Glenn that they may indeed come to know the Jesus Christ of the Bible as their personal Lord and Savior. (John 14:6)

Millions of Christian families are watching to see who will have the Biblical discernment and courage to be obedient to God and His Word in which He has clearly revealed His will for us concerning this matter. My heart grieves for the teenagers, college students, and spiritually immature Christians that will be confused and even led astray by this co-mingling of spiritual worldviews.

Do not be shocked, pastors and Christian leaders, when your personal appearance and endorsement of this spiritually pluralistic event increase the already rising numbers of young people leaving evangelical churches to join the Mormon Church. Neither be surprised, my friends, when discerning Christians are leery of your future work because of your betrayal of clear Biblical instruction on this very issue. I want your testimony and credibility preserved and beg you to graciously cancel your participation in this "spiritual event".

I have received numerous e-mails from former Mormons who understand the seriousness of this issue. Here is one such e-mail:

I was a tenured professor at Brigham Young University from 1999-2008, a dug-in Mormon for 30 years. Christ drew me and I went face down in surrender to the Biblical Christ, now a strong Christian. As former Mormon leaders, my husband and I have been speaking to Christians about Glenn Beck for some time and are shocked at the resistance we hear from Christians who don't seem to understand the gravity of this false and slippery "christ" of Mormonism.

The late Vance Havner was correct when he declared:

            The devil is not fighting religion; he is too smart for that. He is producing a counterfeit Christianity so much like the real one that good Christians are afraid to speak out against it.

As long ago as 1898, Abraham Kuyper warned in the Stone Lectures at Princeton:

Do not forget that the fundamental contrast has always been, is still and always will be until the end; Christianity and Paganism, the idols and the living God.

I pray that America's Christians and pastors will understand that there is an unbiblical and dangerous spiritual convergence taking place throughout the nation and the world and today is the day to choose whether you will uncompromisingly stand for the living God or give creditability to pagan spirituality.

In I Kings 18:20-21 Elijah declared to the Children of Israel, who were seeking to follow God while also mixing their worship of God with pagan spirituality, that they must choose to whom they would pledge their allegiance. Elijah asked the Israelites "How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him."

Yes, I would like to see the progressives defeated and the original intent of America's Founding Fathers restored, but that certainly will not happen if the true Bride of Christ compromises on Biblical truth. This is no time to be committed to pragmatism because the end does not justify the means. The means simply declares our priorities and Whom we really serve.


Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Worldview Matters with Brannon Howse

Original Air Date was August 24th at 1pm CT: Brannon's guest is Dr. Erwin Lutzer; author and Senior Pastor of Moody Church in Chicago. Topic One: Dr. Lutzer joins Brannon to explain from the Bible why Christians and pastors cannot spiritually unite with Glenn Beck at his "Glenn Beck's Divine Destiny" event at the Kennedy Center on Friday night, August 27th. Dr. Lutzer explains that the only way we can reclaim America is by not compromising on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and by making it the first priority as described in I Corinthians 15:2. Dr. Lutzer explains the message that is sent by uniting spiritually with unbelievers, be it by intent or mistake, is saying that all religions are equal or can find common unity in a spiritual enterprise or service is heresy and is compromising the Gospel. Topic Two: The liberal group, People for the American Way, has picked up on Brannon's articles and radio programs disagreeing with members of the evangelical community that are uniting with Glenn Beck for what Glenn calls a spiritual service. It is interesting that even the liberal and unbelieving world is watching to see if we are more committed to obeying and elevating the Gospel of Jesus Christ than we are our own personal goals and objectives no matter how good our intentions. Topic Three: Dr. Lutzer answers the question "what if God has raised up Glenn Beck, should we not unit with him and not object to what he is doing with this spiritual service?" Topic Four: Rev. James Robison joins Glenn Beck on his radio program and says "..when God told you that…the issue was not merely political but it was spiritual, we needed a spiritual awakening, we needed a revival, and you indicated--- actually this very same day you and I talked, you heard from God very directly. And I want to say to you, thank you for really seeking to help wake up a sleeping church that has been manipulated and deceived by the principalities and powers and the realm of darkness that you reference in the Overton Window…" Could it be that Glenn is actually being used by principalities to deceive a sleeping church with the false gospel and false Jesus of Mormonism and through the promotion of pluralism and universalism? Perhaps Robison was not listening but in this interview Beck says to Robison "James, I just want to make this conversation very clear. You and I, we do not agree on theology per se…". How can Robison claim that Glenn can lead a spiritual revival when Beck has not only acknowledged that 80% of his life revolves around the Mormon Temple but has told Robison in this very interview that they do not agree theology? The "want to be cool, popular and mainstream Christianity" of some of these evangelical leaders is leading them to make very unbiblical statements and decisions and compromise the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Topic Five: We take your calls.

 

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