Comes from Hereiblog and Mark takes on the recent decision by Liberty University to invite mormon Glenn Beck to speak at their commencement and bestow an honorary degree upon him. From Liberty University, Glenn Beck and the Gospel:
It is disappointing the the world’s largest Evangelical Christian university had a Mormon come and speak about the gospel. Are accomplished Christian’s so few that none were available? Does Liberty really believe in the power of the gospel to change and influence lives? Or, is it more important to focus on and unite around social/political issues? Change laws, change lives? Change values, change lives? What happens if American society today collapses and our freedoms lost? Will the world have no hope until the freedoms are restored? Or will the gospel flourish under persecution as it did in times past and in other parts of the world today?
Liberty should have called Glenn Beck to repent and believe the good news rather than to represent and retrieve his views. Christians must regain the trust in the power of the gospel, not in its assumption. No matter the social/political circumstances the gospel of Jesus Christ provides the greatest hope of all.
Ironically, Liberty would probably be more comfortable inviting a mormon unbeliever to speak than a brother in Christ who holds to Calvinism. Liberty made a decision here, a clear and obvious one, that Beck's conservative political credentials trumped fidelity to the Gospel. Instead of praising and accepting Beck, he should have been presented with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and told to repent. Instead Beck and mormonism were given yet another slice of credibility, a credibility that will be used to deceive people with the false and damnable "gospel" of mormonism.
Political conservatism is not the Gospel and making alliances based on conservative talk show credentials instead of proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord is a gross error. Liberty has shamed the Gospel and the cross of Christ and the leaders of Liberty should be repenting in sackcloth and ashes instead of snidely congratulating themselves for being so clever.