On February 25th last year, James Robison posted a blog article (which can be found here) in which he discussed his relationship with Glenn Beck. Although Robison flirts with an ecumenical endorsement of Beck, he never overtly affirms the orthodoxy of Beck's Mormon faith. It appears much has changed in a year. Yesterday Robison was the guest host of "The Glenn Beck Show" airing on Beck's GBTV network. The following is the transcript of an excerpt from Robison's opening monologue:
"I have enough respect for Glenn because we have developed a very meaningful relationship. I've had a lot of my friends in evangelical churches say "How can you be close to someone who, you know, is part of the Mormon faith?" Because I got to know Glenn and I follow a savior who says we are to love all people, and we're to be a light that illuminates the way... the correct way to walk, the things to avoid. I don't think we can effectively talk to anyone or communicate with them if they don't believe we love them. Glenn knew the first time we met that I had his best interests in mind. I cared about him, there was a love connection there, and we began to communicate and talk and we found out we know Jesus (emphasis mine), that Jesus Christ is real in our lives. I know many Baptists... I became a Christian in a Baptist church, I know many Baptists who don't know Jesus. In a few moments I'm going to be talking to a Catholic, I know many Catholics who don't know Jesus. I'm sure there are Mormons who do not know Jesus. I'm sure there are some people who teach things that don't actually point you to the truth, even in religious settings. That's another thing I appreciate about Glenn, he says "Let's keep pursuing the truth, let's keep looking for the truth, let's be on a continual exploration journey to find truth and apply it, and allow it to have its transforming effect in our lives."
This is staggering. As evidenced by his own words, we have here yet another example of a highly influential leader within the evangelical community legitimizing what has heretofore been widely recognized as an aberrant sect of Christianity. For the sake of clarity let me state the following: Mormonism is utterly and irrevocably incompatible with Christianity. The God of Mormonism is not the God of the Bible, and neither is the Jesus of Mormonism the Jesus of the Bible. The Mormon theology, enshrined in extra-biblical revelation delivered to Joseph Smith by a demon masquerading as an angel and calling itself Moroni, is not the gospel and therefore cannot save any of its adherents. Mormonism is the quintessential example of what Paul warned against in Galatians 1:8 - "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed." In his statement "We know Jesus", Robison is publicly affirming Glenn Beck as a brother and fellow believer. Not content to stop there in modeling for his, and Beck's, viewers an embrace of heresy, Robison goes on to contextualize Mormons, Baptists and Catholics as equally orthodox and equally susceptible to self-delusion in their relationship with Christ. The question becomes then, what would Robison posit as the litmus test for an orthodox Christology? He apparently answers this by quoting Beck's admonition "let's keep pursuing the truth, let's keep looking for the truth, let's be on a continual exploration journey to find truth and apply it, and allow it to have its transforming effect in our lives." This is spiritual cyanide. Jesus said "I am the Way, the Truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." Be warned, the road that leads to life is narrow. It is not found through ecumenical unity, for that road is wide and leads to destruction. It is not found in Beck's Mormon eschatology in which he appears to view himself as the prophesied savior of America. Neither is it found in Robison's dominionism in which he sees the "church" ushering in the Kingdom of God through political activism. It is becoming increasingly evident that the time is not coming when we will see the advent of a one-world religion but that the time is here. Uninformed and scripturally malnourished congregations are vulnerable to the most egregious spiritual betrayal at the hands of their leaders, who are removing their sheepish facades and exposing the wolves beneath with increasing frequency. Seek the Lord in His word, and may He grant you wisdom and discernment as the days grow darker.