14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? II Corinthians 6:14-15 ESV
Yesterday Liberty University announced the speakers for their upcoming commencement ceremonies. Glenn Beck, a self-professing Mormon, has been announced as the headline speaker. Liberty’s website proclaims that they are the largest and fastest growing Christian Evangelical University in the world. Their Chancellor, Jerry Falwell Jr., states that, “Everything we do is designed to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world.” Yet with this latest announcement, it seems as though the open invitation of someone who follows another gospel and believes in another Jesus than that of the Holy Bible, is in direct contrast to this statement. Beck, a national voice of political conservatives and champion of “Tea party” movements has not hidden his religious beliefs nor has he shied away from discussing his own conversion to Mormonism.
Mormonism, founded by Joseph Smith around the 1820’s, is a polytheistic (multiple gods, literally millions) religion that believes gods come from other gods. Smith’s foundation was upon his belief that an angel had given him a set of golden plates that only he could translate, resulting in the Book of Mormon (which Mormons ascribe the same authority as the Bible). This declaration goes against the warning of the Apostle Paul, “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1:8 ESV Additionally Mormons do not hold to any major Christian doctrines concerning salvation, the person of God, or the person and work of Jesus Christ and ultimately deny the existence of the Trinity. This religion should be rejected as false by all those who call themselves children of God and absolutely no alliance with any followers of this religion should be accepted by Christians.
Despite this religion that is in direct opposition to the One True Living God, Liberty released the following statement regarding Beck, “Beck is one of the few courageous voices in the national media standing up for the principles upon which this nation was founded.” http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=18495&MID=17949
This announcement is further evidence of the ongoing ecumenical shift taking place within the Church body. Alliances such as these are not glorifying to God, in that what association has God with false religions? The tangential dangers when the evangelical community unites with the secular world for the sake of social or political agendas are numerous because it leads to a dilution of truths from the Word of God, opens the door to give credence to non-believers within evangelical circles and ultimately leads to the eternal destruction of lost people. The passage from II Corinthians that I included above does not say, “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers, except for political or social unity.” No! There are no contingencies; there is no ecumenical loophole for agendas. The Apostle Paul is crystal clear, have no partnership with unbelievers. It’s for this same reason that many leaders in the evangelical community refused to sign the controversial Manhattan Declaration, because it too sought common ground among believers and non-believers for the cause of political unity. Liberty University, her administrators, and leaders have violated the Biblical mandate of spiritual purity for believers in Christ and as such they are called to repentance.