In the wake of Glenn Beck’s admonishment to his viewers that they leave their church if it engages in “social justice,” the Christian community is rising up to condemn his heresy. This could spell trouble for TV’s most famous conspiracy-obsessed, cult-minded, race-baiting, rodeo-clown, crybaby. In fact, it may exacerbate his already severe persecution complex to the point that he envisions these critics as the coming of his tormentors with a giant wooden cross and a crown of thorns.
For a little background, Beck asserted on his TV program that social justice is just a code word for communism, or fascism, or both. And then he added…
“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words.
Now, am I advising people to leave their church? ….. YES!”
The unambiguous message Beck is imparting is that you ought to abandon all churches that advocate for the welfare of the poor, the hungry, the sick, people enduring hardships and looking for answers. In other words, renounce any parish that practices the teachings of Jesus.
The Reverend Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners, has taken particular offense to Beck’s apostasy. He points out that many denominations regard social justice as a fundamental component of Christianity that goes back to the Mosaic law of Jubilee. And Wallis goes further to advise all Christians to stop watching Glenn Beck:
“Beck says Christians should leave their social justice churches, so I say Christians should leave Glenn Beck. I don’t know if Beck is just strange, just trying to be controversial, or just trying to make money. But in any case, what he has said attacks the very heart of our Christian faith, and Christians should no longer watch his show.”
Rev. Wallis’ speculation as to whether Beck is strange or greedy leaves out one potential explanation for what Beck hopes to accomplish. He actually wants you to leave your church so that you can follow him. He literally begs his viewers to watch every episode. To record it and study it and learn from his sermons. He is preparing to embark on a national tour that he has dubbed “The American Revival.” And although he has accused Al Gore of wanting to replace God with the planet earth, it is Beck who wants to replace God – with himself.
Beck has already lost over 100 advertisers since calling President Obama a “racist with a deep-seated hatred for white people.” Now he has sparked a spiritual battle that could eat right into the heart of his evangelical demographic. Believers may be put off by Beck’s meddling in their relationship with their God. And this is what Rev. Wallis is counting on with his response to Beck:
“Glenn Beck recently told his listeners to leave any church that teaches social justice, and to report its pastor to church authorities. Since Sojourners’ mission is ‘to articulate the biblical call to social justice,’ we thought we’d better turn ourselves in.”
Rev. Wallis has set up a web page to facilitate turning yourself in. It also notifies Beck of your stand for righteousness and principle: Tell Glenn Beck: I’m a Social Justice Christian.
It is fairly likely that Beck will dismiss Rev. Wallis’ appeal. After all, Wallis is a well-known progressive pastor whose humanitarian work stretches back for decades. Unlike Beck, whose selfish commitment to personal wealth and adoration has been the all-consuming centerpiece of his brief public persona. But it will be harder for Beck to dismiss the leaders of his own church who have also come out against his ravings.
Kent P. Jackson, associate dean of religion at Brigham Young University, said in an interview:
“My own experience as a believing Latter-day Saint over the course of 60 years is that I have seen social justice in practice in every L.D.S. congregation I’ve been in. People endeavor with all of our frailties and shortcomings to love one another and to lift up other people. So if that’s Beck’s definition of social justice, he and I are definitely not on the same team.”
Philip Barlow, the Arrington Professor of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University, said:
“One way to read the Book of Mormon is that it’s a vast tract on social justice. It’s ubiquitous in the Book of Mormon to have the prophetic figures, much like in the Hebrew Bible, calling out those who are insensitive to injustices. A lot of Latter-day Saints would think that Beck was asking them to leave their own church.”
Actually, Barlow missed a key point. By demanding that Christians leave any church that practices social justice, Beck is asking himself to leave his own church. And from the sound of it, I don’t think the rest of the congregation would mind terribly much if he did.
[Update:] On his radio program this morning, Beck had a response that affirms his persecution/Messianic complex. As I predicted, he began by dismissing Rev. Wallis as an Obama supporter and a “dedicated foe of capitalism.” Then he goes on to reveal the plot against him by his ever-present, invisible horde of enemies:
“They must separate me from my base.” “They’re trying to get in, twist my words and rot my core.”
“They are going to try to separate you from me, and that’s fine. And if I don’t survive, I don’t survive, That’s OK.”
Then Glenn went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He said to His disciples…
“Sit here, while I go yonder and pray. […] Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Rupert is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; see, My betrayer is at hand.”
See also: The Gospel According To Beck
46 thoughts on “Christian Leaders Rebuke Glenn Beck – Call For Boycott”
“…Wallis advises all Christians to stop watching Glenn beck…”
I don’t take orders or advice from Jim Wallis. He has no right to lecture me about my radio or TV habits. Actually, I don’t take orders or advice from any of these self-appointed moral watchdogs, whether it’s Jim Wallis or Randall Terry.
Do I agree with Beck’s analysis of “social justice”? No. But so what? I don’t see any rule that says I have to agree with every word any of these talkers say.
I notice that you say you donâ€™t take orders or advice from Jim Wallis, but you didn’t say whether you donâ€™t take orders or advice from Glenn Beck? Will you leave your church if he tells you to?
What a bucnh of commie scumbags! Every name you called Beck you prove here that you are as the writer of such nonsense. We are onto you scumbag commie bastards and we are taking our country back any way you want us to. We are now followingg your “Progressive” Union Thug playbook so bring it on.
1st win? Was te textbooks in Texas today so put that in your lazy socialist welfare-maggot pipe and smoke it chumps!
Thanks. I like to leave these comments to speak for themselves.
I’d like to know who “we” is. Or maybe I wouldn’t.
They do speak for themselves you dirtbag. You arent man enough to say these things to Americans. You hide on the internet and on Huffington Post and crap Blogs like this and then you send the Union Thugs and the Poor to do your dirty work. How about you work for a living you commie scum? How about if you want Socilaim, MOVE TO CUBA! If you want Communism, MOVE TO RUSSIA but stop trying to turn America into your socialist-communist utopia. It hasnt worked anywhere at anytime yet you people keep pluggin away for it.
Wanna talk facts?
How about the facts that Progressives that have been in power for DECADES all across the USA have FAILED! Name one City that has been controlled by Democrats EXCLUSIVELY for 30 or more years that has “Progressed” or succeeded? You cant name 1! I can rattle off 5 that have declined under the steady hand of the Progressives Democrats rule as crime rates have risen sharply, where Property values have been stagnant or DECLINED and where drugs usage and sales have also Risen year after year, Decade after Decade, ALL UNDER CONSTANT DEMOCRAT PROGRESSIVE RULE! DETROIT, NEW ORLEANS, PHILADELPHIA, CHICAGO (WHERE KIDS KILL KIDS) & OAKLAND CA and on and on and on! If this is not true, then PROVE IT! I can name 10 more but you all get the point. You have the dumb people follow you to their demise in lethargy lockstep with your entitlement handouts that only kill their motivation gto live. Go ahead, Prove me wrong. I know you cant but SHOW me and us all where I am wrong here. I am dying to hear your rebuttle! When your man enough, post it but I bet your wimpy enough not only not to respond, but to nix my entire post because if theres one thing Progressives hate, It’s FACTS!
You haven’t stated a single fact yet. And you also haven’t bothered to respond to the substance of this article. Are you capable of staying on topic? And are you capable of engaging in a debate without calling people names?
[Editor: Deleted for being off topic] Repeatedly calling everyone with whom you disagree communists does advance a dialogue.
LOL! I guess wingnuts have no need for a spell checker (or any familiarity with English grammar).
Here’s a fact for you Anthony. According to a bi-partesen study performed at the University of Virginia, the GDP and median wealth of Americans has always been better under Democratic Presidents than Republican ones. In fact the GNP is typically 1.64% per capita under Republicans, but 2.78% for Democrats. I don’t have time to research every state Governor in history, but I’d say we are all better off with Democrats controlling Washington. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/business/31view.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all
BTW Anthony, Communism is dead in Russia. Your (and all of the right’s) tendency toward red-baiting is the thing that will ulimately be your downfall. Who can take you seriously when your rhetoric is so hyperbolic? Other wing-nuts, that’s who.
Really? Thats why they just Honored Joe Stallin today with a Monument? Sure its dead because you want it to be. Okidokie. Typical of a Progressive in hiding
And I guess Clinton was the reason that we cut the deficit and had a surplus? Or was it really Gingrich and Congress, you know the people that actually make policy?
Besides why would anyone believe any study that Liberal Frauds came up with, Climate Change BS isn’t the only study you liars skew in the name of science and research!
Go ahead and delete my comments, thats what a commie would do!
Correction: that’s what Glenn Beck would do. Oh, I forgot. Conservative websites just don’t accept comments.
Oh yes Anthony. By all means, we will just abandon all rational thought and just believe you spouting your nonsense with no supporting facts and not even bothering to run it though a spell checker. Surely “Anthony said so” is enough for us. Ahhemmm..
Did you take some course in delusional thinking or do you come by this naturally?
well I don’t know about this one. thus far, Ailes (he of the ratings business) has backed the money-losing Beck out of vanity and ego. but now that he’s likely to alienate a core demography (fundamentalist and moderate Christians) the equation has to include a boycott on the part of his fanbase, his natural constituency, as well. should this incident trigger a revolt from Beck’s own viewers could Ailes reconsider his support of a program from a public relations standpoint? though it sounds logical theoretically somehow I doubt it will happen. and if this doesn’t cost Beck’s career I can’t imagine what would short of him becoming a traitor to the FOX cause.
for some reason I can’t shake the image (which I’m old enough to remember in real time) of kids in Alabama stamping on Beatles records after John Lennon declared himself more popular than Christ.
Beck can’t become a traitor to the FOX cause because Fox is becoming a disciple to Beck’s cause.
ThinkProgress has a clip from Beck’s radio show where he talks about the Fox exec who agrees with everything he says. They worship him.
Keith Olbermann and the entire Propaganda outfit over at BSNBC are commie scumbags! Take rachel Maddow for example, Talk about a Hypocrite? She has a new plug for her show where she LIES that she “Pushes no Agenda” And she “has opinions and is just trying to make sense of things” WhAT A LOAD OF BS which is why I call it BSNBC! Why is her show and every other show on that Propaganda network, They all do 45 mins of Republican Bashing, followed by 15 minutes of Obama Ass-kissing! Then they intentionally report false things and edit pictures to skew their arguemnt like the Black guy holding the gun at an Obama rally but they reported it as White Racist! That is what you people call news? Ed NutJob has on one Republican and thats it, which is more than the rest of them. They always talk to like minded people and pretend they are enlightened. How can you be enlightened when everyone is always agreeable? Even Eds Token Republican? At least FOX has on people from each side of the fence to actually DEBATE things. Sure they lean conservative but whats wrong with that? Liberals have a 5 to 1 Edge in Liberal Biased Media and the ONLY conservative leaning station you all bash and want to go away! Real open mined there arent we? I listne to all the stations and you Progressives are flat out dumb. End of story. Facts mean nothing to you people, just like the Global Warming FRAUD! If Conservatives cooked up Science to further an Agenda like the Climate Change FRAUD, then Every media outlet would be calling for investigations but not an ounce of dignity or common sense is left, I fear, in the Liberal movement since Progressives (Commies) Have taken over the Democrat Party. Face facts, you people are hypocrites!
Oh…now I see. Thank you for opening my eyes.
Face facts Anthony. You are an idiot of major proportions.
face facts! Oops sorry, you commie beggars never do!
Mark, I think you can definitely rest your case.
Obvious. And the lemmings are ready to sign on. His announcing that he wants his followers to leave their churches is Beck finally stating the obvious — he wants to be the Leader of a National Cult. Cunning and dangerous.
Yeah, you liberuls are all a bunch of homo loving, commie worshipping, negro loving, socialist pagan idolators……Sorry Mark i had to live a moment or two in the land of Becktwits, and i think i threw up in my mouth a bit….
Wow, Mark. You sure know how to bring out the best in people!
It’s a gift.
“Will you leave your church if (Glenn Beck) tells you to…?”
No. As I stated earlier, I will agree with him sometimes, and I will disagree with him sometimes. If I think the church I am attending is starting to sound like Jeremiah Wright’s church (or Randall Terry’s church), then I will leave on my own. I don’t need anybody to make that decision for me.
Thanks. I respect your consistency.
None of us are really aware of the content of a Jeremiah Wright sermon. Unless you have attended his services, all you have to go on is a few soundbites taken out of context and replayed ad nausium by the corporate media. But I guess this hasty conclusion has now entered what passes for common knowledge. When will we all wake up and stop just taking their word for things? Maybe in another 50 years or so?
Defending Wright? What a loser! Sound bites? he openly is an America hater and he admits it! But Obama sat there for 20+ years and never heard any of that? You people really do bury your head in the sand in the face of facts!
Hey ask Eric Holder why he didnt charge the 2 Black Pnathers in PA inan open and shut case of voter intimidation? Talk about a coward! If this was a KKK member, they would have hung them and rightly so so someone please tell me why this is justice? How is this not corruption? Someone explain that!
I agree in the context of your comment that you cant rely on what people say about what people said.I watch all the news networks and opinion programs including glen beck.A lot of comments are put out there about what these commentators have said without ever have watched a single one of their programs.When i first saw the glen beck program i thought he was a radical right wing nut,(i voted for Obama by the way)but the the thing that started me really thinking about things was when glen beck said Woodrow Wilson was evil.I then went to my computer and looked him up on wikepedia and found he was the first and only president to enact segregation between blacks and whites in the white house,military,and other buildings of the government for the good of the people so there wouldn’t be any conflicts.If it wasn’t for glen beck i would have probably not have bothered to research our countries history in a non biased context.I don’t agree with all the opinions of glen beck or other commentators and do my own research now instead of taking for face value what someone said about what some one said.Take the time to do your own research,look up the people that are in control of your local,state and federal governments,look up some of the organizations these people belong to or have belonged to.Don’t believe everything people say in the media is truth.A lot of times you will find the facts have been distorted to fit their own agendas.
“A lot of times you will find the facts have been distorted to fit their own agendas.”
A tactic commonly used by Glenn Beck.
On regarding marks comment on my post(gmoe)using a quote from glen beck,”a lot of times you will find the facts have been distorted to fit their own agendas”you said that was a tact commonly used by glen beck.Having said that,that doesn’t change the fact that you and i both know that,that is an accurate statement now matter who has used it.That is why i asked people to do their own research,and don’t take for granted what people say in the media as truth, including glen beck.
A real Beck brownshirt. At least we’ve been reading the less-educated, less polished variety.
I’d hate to think that there is a Hangman Heydrich somewhere in Beck’s entourage.
Its amazing he can think on subject long enough to read the post. Oh yeah, I guess he didn’t.
Anthony, show me the quote from Wright where he calls himself an “America Hater”. If you can do that I’ll be amazed and awaken to a new respect for your philosophy.
Sorry Anthony, there’s no “there” there.
It can’t be corruption unless there was some payoff, relationship, etc.. between the AG and the Black Panthers.
There was none. In fact the DOJ charged and convicted the particular individual who was breaking the law inflicting the “maximum penalty”.
In December 3 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, Department of Justice assistant attorney general Tom Perez testified that “[t]he case was not dismissed,” and that the attorneys who reviewed the case “made the determination that, based on the law of the Third Circuit, that the case against the person who wielded the stick, that we should indeed seek the maximum penalty, and that maximum penalty was sought and obtained, and the case against the other defendant should be dismissed, and the case against the national party should also be dismissed.”
If you want to learn about corruption, just study the eight years before Obama. The Democrats are mere amatures by comparison.
That’s the thing about right wing concerns (and apparently right-wingers). They vanish with the slightest bit of scrutiny.
On the other hand, left wing concerns are almost never even addressed by the establishment, are based in reality, and 5 to 10 years later we find out how right (how correct) they were. As the press (pretty much ALL of it: FOX and CNBC, NYT, WaPo, U-Name it) repeatedly ignores the left and makes rosy predictions that turn out to be complete crap, they somehow manage to keep their cushy jobs.
FOX is not a news network, it is the worst example of “infotainment”, but not by much.
I personally don’t watch any cable news. I find it mostly quite depressing. Thankfully folks like Mark have the stomach to watch for me.
As for you, Anthony. The people you call “dirty commie scumbags” (such as Obama, Pelosi, Reed, Clinton, ..) are actually just establishment capitalists only a step or two more progressive than the GOP. It doesn’t help your credibility that you have such a loose grip on reality. But then again, as Stephen Cobert says “Reality has a well known liberal bias.”
I wouldn’t exert yourself too much to sway Anthony. He can only read your words as secret codes for the Marxist overthrow of all nations into a one-world government.
Lol even under a “conservative” govt, Australia managed to handle it’s finances and resemble the “commie scumbag utopia” American righties are so afraid of.
These guys like Anthony, are just mean spirited, insecure, fear mongers.
Oh and Anthony, the American military has the worst reputation for unprofessionalism amongst her allies.
you got that right Phil, Anthony is such a wonderfull little “jackboot patriot”.
These churches are guilty as charged with their rebuttal to Beck’s remarks. They opt to trump secular humanism over the gospel of Jesus Christ- exposing themselves as wolves in sheep’s clothing, laying the foundation for a one world church.
Exactly. We must never forget that there should be multi-world churches because there are different gods for different countries. Thanks for reminding us Patrick.
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