Glenn Beck’s Conflation of LDS Doctrine, American Exceptionalism, and his Call for Spiritual Renewal

Posted: September 3, 2010 by Rick Hogaboam in Latter Day Saint (Mormon) Interests, The Mysterious World of American Evangelicalism
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I admire Glenn Beck’s love for country, but there is more than meets the eye behind all his rhetoric. He conflates religion with America because the LDS Church believes that Jesus came to America, that God blessed the “Jews” who responded to Jesus here in America (none of this has been historically or scientifically substantiated). They also believe that the Garden of Eden was placed in none other than, MO. Creation began with America, quite literally in the middle of America (http://www.utlm.org/onlineresources/gardenofeden.htm).

Mormons also believe in a millennial reign of Christ at His second coming, where He shall come and establish His reign in…you guessed it, America. Quoting their statement of faith:

We believe in the literal gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent; that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisaical glory.

Not to mention that the whole LDS Church is founded on the premise that the Christian Church had been in apostasy since Christ and needed to be restored. Guess who it was restored to? Yep, an American in America. Go figure. Jesus founds His “pure” Church and entrusts the “purer” scriptures in America.

So there you have it, God started creation in America, placed the Garden of Eden in America, Jesus visited America, restored the true and “pure” church by visiting an American in America, entrusting Smith with “purer” scriptures (which were published and promulgated from America), and is coming back to America to establish His kingdom. All of this will help explain why Beck’s patriotism is much more than meets the eye and why Evangelicals have good reason to resist much of his rhetoric.

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  2. joelmartin says:

    They also believe that the Constitution is an inspired document and that a Mormon will save the country when the Constitution is “hanging by a thread.”

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