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But political conservatives think that conservative politics is the answer to our moral decline. Some otherwise conservative Christians make the USA and its Constitution their religion with liberals and those in power (conspiracy theories) as their enemy. The religion of politics will not save our country, not even conservative politics. Christ is the only answer.
Here is what Glenn Beck had on his web site, and many think that he has a grassroots movement to unite Americans concerned about the current path of our government:
While I can cooperate with anyone, even an atheist, on some level regarding social issues, such as abortion, theft, unjust taxes, and while I especially admire Glenn Beck and his courageous stand for our country, we cannot turn this nation back to the Triune God by adding idolatry to our list of sins. While I don’t mean to be unkind, Mormonism is part of the problem. My heart really goes out to Mr. Beck, and I’ve sent him a free copy of this book (who knows if he will personally get it as I’m sure he receives such gifts continually and there are only 24 hours in a day).
But he is doing to Christianity and its founding documents what he is rightly pointing out that liberals are doing to the founding documents of the USA—especially the Constitution—reinterpreting it according to some new standard. There are three branches of Christianity, Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholic, and Protestant, and all three interpret the New Testament the same way in the basics: according to the Nicene Creed. All three branches can trace their history and interpretation back through the first form of the Nicene Creed in A.D. 325, back through the Apostles’ Creed, and back through the early fathers to the New Testament itself. Moreover, all three branches agree that Mormonism is not Christian. Though we Christians have our differences among ourselves, when it comes to the basics, we all believe the Nicene Creed, and all agree that Mormonism is outside the faith. In other words, Joseph Smith was equivalent to a modern day liberal who takes the Constitution and twists it, for he said that only he had restored the true faith and the true interpretation of the New Testament after 1800 years of heresy. (For an astonishing comparison of Mormons and Muslims in free pdf file, please send an email to email@example.com.)
It is very ironic that Glen Beck proclaimed George Whitefield a great preacher to the Colonies on his TV program, but he preceded Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, by about 75 years, and would have been appalled at Mormonism and its departure from the Bible. Even more to the point, there was not one Mormon among the founding fathers of this great country, not one. Most of the founders were Trinitarian, by which we mean one God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is not just one in purpose, as the Mormons say, with the Father existing before the Son, but one in essence. In other words, the reason there is only one God is that there is only one divine essence, not three distinct essences and three independent individuals who cooperate with one another in purpose, as the Mormons say. Mormons teach that the Father has a body, the Son has a body, but the Holy Spirit is spirit. Moreover, they teach that Father and Son are completely distinct from one another as different entities, different bodies, different essences, and thus separate beings. In other words, there are two gods with the Father over the Son. Thus, in Mormonism there are three distinct gods, each with his own essence and distinct personhood. As one Mormon scholar said to me as we engaged in Instant Messaging on the official Mormon site, the Mormon gods are like the President and his cabinet: one (the Father) over the others, but the others are gods as well.
The nine principles and twelve values on Beck’s site are just what I’ve been trying to refute this whole book. First, where is the Triune God in all this? This is a so-called political solution that leaves God out of the picture. It is to make a religion of America. Both political liberals and conservatives believe in a civil religion and a generic God. Both have their politically correct values. Both say your view of “God” and your relationship with Him is only a private matter, even though Jesus made it a public matter also so that the one who does not confess Him in public, He will not confess to His Father (Matthew 10:32-33). The liberals fight for “their commandments” to be public policy: sexual immorality, redefinition of the family, transfer of wealth, death orientation through abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia, and the disarming of its citizens, which would make it easier to take over. Many political conservatives have their own public commandments or “values”: obedience to “God” (whoever that may be), both for and against the “traditional” family (some are pro-gay), generally pro-life, wink at sex outside marriage, porn is not something to worry about, and so on. The difference between the parties is degree, not kind. Both sides tend to agree that economic matters are the problems rather than a symptom of the problem, and both agree that the Triune God and His law are not for the public arena. Some political conservatives understand the issues and are self-consciously seeking to turn people to the Triune God, like Bryan Fischer with American Family Association, Jim Daly and James Dobson with Focus on the Family, Franklin Graham, but these are exceptions.
Neither political liberals nor political conservatives dare think of Jesus as Lord in public as well as in private. Yet this is a violation of the First Commandment regarding idolatry, the Second Commandment in worshipping the creature state rather than the Creator, the Third Commandment by taking Jesus’ Name in vain, and so on. Will we really defeat Satan without the Triune God? Will God be pleased with private worship and public rebellion?
He is not a house god who takes sides, who waits for people to invoke Him so He can bless them. Joshua asked the pre-incarnate Christ: “Are you for us or for our adversaries,” to which He responded: “No, but asCommander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Our response must be that of Joshua’s: “And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, ‘What does my Lord say to His servant?’” (Joshua 5:13-15). The question is not whether the sovereign King is on our side; the question is whether we are on His side. He is not the Lord of liberalism or of conservatives, but the Lord over the nations who rules directly, sovereignly, and especially through His law word, the Ten Commandments.
Furthermore, the idea behind these principles and values mentioned on Beck’s web site above dethrones government and enthrones the individual, moving from the tyrannical solution of the one to the tyrannical solution of the many. Freedom does not lie in government or in the individual but in the gospel of the grace of the Triune God as one believes in the Son of God who died on the cross for our sins and raised Himself from the dead. Freedom does not lie anywhere else. We must pursue the conversions of millions of people in the USA, and pursue bringing our institutions under the lordship of the one and only King, Jesus the sovereign Lord. Only then will He turn back the tsunami of Islam and other false religions, death, economic oppression, destruction of the family, and other evils.
And what is wrong with using the Ten Commandments for our “values,” especially since God has already imposed them on us, and it is not possible to live profitably without assuming them? Recall what we said earlier: every moral law enacted is either obedience to God’s law or rebellion against God’s law. Every law system implies someone behind that system, and the many gods of Mormonism will not turn this nation around, for they do not exit. There is no other alternative than the Ten Commandments, and that holds true individually and nationally. We either embrace the Triune God or reject Him, as seen in how one treats His character in His law. Thus for one to claim to have moral principles apart from God is rubbish, and to think that we will be blessed by the Triune God when we embrace some of His moral laws while rejecting others, therefore rejecting Him personally, is rebellion.
And what is the definition of the twelve “values” listed above? Who will define them? Most political liberals would agree with those “values” so what does the political conservative hope to accomplish?
Then there are “principles” on Beck’s site that do not have the Triune God attached to them, but just abstract moral ditties, implying no judgment. In other words, each person chooses what morality he wants.
And some of the things listed under principles are wrong. America is not good; we are wicked. If we are good, there is nothing we need to repent of.
And what “God” does one believe in? Here once again is the generic “god” that is politically correct, but not the one and only Triune God who said to worship no one but Him.
“My spouse and I” are not the ultimate authority over the family, the King of kings is the head of every godly chain of command. Moreover, the government does have jurisdiction over the family when a crime against the family is committed, crime being defined by God’s law, and the Church is also over Christian families. It is moral anarchy to say there is no authority over the family.
To say that one must be more honest each day is nice, but how does one define honesty? The Ten Commandments define it, but they are conspicuous by their absence.
Finally, to say that one does not answer to government is also anarchy, which is contrary to God in Romans 13 where God through Paul says that God has given the government the power of the sword in certain matters, circumscribed by the Ten Commandments. I think I know what is meant: though God has given authority to government, at times it is tyrannical, especially when it takes the innocent lives of its citizens, but the table does not say that.
And especially to the point, for anyone to think that we can obey our way into blessing means that by our moral works we can make the Triune God obligated to us, that we will earn God’s favor by our own effort, that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the crucified and resurrected Son of God, is irrelevant, that all we need is a generic “god” and a few generic moral “principles” to make things right. Mormonism is a human works salvation; it is not the Gospel. This is a denial of the Triune God, a denial of His Ten Commandments that say that we are hopeless sinners, a denial that the only solution is through Jesus of Nazareth, by His death on the cross for our sins, and by His bodily resurrection, a denial that we receive His salvation, which means His forgiveness of sins, as a free gift as we repent.
But let us get back to our culture. Because all morality is personal, moral change only comes by confrontation. We must be willing to be vulnerable, to stand against those who hate God, to do so with love and compassion, giving the Gospel the whole time. We who know God through Christ have a debt to pay, and it is to share the Lord Jesus with those who hate Him, just as we also hated Him at one time.
Make no mistake, conservative politics of the kind mentioned above with “values” and “principles” will only invoke the wrath of God just like those who are making a frontal assault against the King of kings with abortion and sexual sins. The irony is that those who think they are doing the will of God by pursing morality without the Triune God and without His Ten Commandments are also at war with Him. But they think they have the moral high ground. This is self-deception.
 http://www.glennbeck.com/content/articles/article/198/21018/ , accessed October 21, 2009.