Why is Gateway Church in Dallas, Texas allowing Glenn Beck to give his testimony?
Excellent question. Perhaps they do not know that Glenn Beck is an active, temple attending Mormon. Perhaps they are not aware of the covenants he makes each time he attends the temple. Perhaps they do not realize his faith—Mormonism—teaches doctrines that are contrary to the Bible. Perhaps politics is more important than truth. Perhaps they think an alliance of Christians and non-Christians will be beneficial to the country. Perhaps they just wanted to hear what he has to say. Perhaps they believe Glenn is a Christian, too. Mormonism is antithetical to biblical Christianity, so it is puzzling. But Gateway Church is not the first Christian organization to stand side by side with an active, temple recommend holding Mormons. Various churches and organizations aligned with the Mormons to defeat Prop 8 in California. An organization called Standing Together promotes a continuing dialogue between Mormons and Evangelicals about faith.
It is likely that the testimony that Glenn Beck gives to Christians is different than the one he might give in his LDS ward. In the LDS Church, a standard testimony goes like this: “I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God through whom the gospel was restored in this dispensation. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth with which the Lord is well pleased. I know the Book of Mormon is true and the most correct book on the face of the earth today. I know we have a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson, who speaks for God. I believe in God the Father and in His Son Jesus Christ. I know that through the sealing ordinance in the temple, I can live with my family forever. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.”
This is why we tell the truth having been temple attending Mormons for 30 years and having worked in the temple for 10: first, to help the Mormons come to know the Christ of the Bible and second, to warn the Christians. After all, Mormonism gets most of its converts from evangelical churches. Christians need to learn about Mormonism, so they can make an intelligent, informed decision based on biblical truth. Then if they decide to form alliances with Mormons, they will know exactly what they are doing…