Glenn Beck Invokes Joseph Smith, Mormon Beliefs During Liberty University Speech

BeckLYNCHBURG, Va. — Liberty University and its president, Jerry Falwell Jr., recently invited Glenn Beck to take center stage to address thousands of students during its annual convocation ceremony, whose speech included references to Joseph Smith and Mormon theology.

The outspoken conservative talk show host, and founder of the news outlet The Blaze, compared Mormonism to Christianity during his half-hour speech and cited that the Lord gave him a message of coming back to “settle scores.”

“I am Mormon and share your faith,” Beck asserted during his spiritually-mixed charge to students, as he stood in front of a large banner bearing the university’s motto, “Training Champions for Christ.”

Beck was introduced by President Jerry Falwell, who noted that the university presented the political commentator with an honorary doctorate in 2010 as he likewise addressed the students during that time. Falwell remarked that the “Sounds of Liberty” also performed at Beck’s “Restoring Honor” event that year in Washington, which the university chancellor attended.

“I heard him yesterday on the radio,” Falwell remarked. “He probably didn’t realize this, but he was using Liberty’s verse—sort of our motto here—‘Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.'”

Beck then took the podium to applause and cheers, explaining on a lighthearted note that he ran into Falwell at Billy Graham’s birthday party earlier this year. He then fought tears as he told the audience that he believed he was given a message from God that day to share with the students.

“Are you willing to give your life?” Beck asked fervently. “What are you willing to do? What is it that means something to you?”

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“Days before Joseph Smith was martyred he was taken out by the sheriff; they tried to tar and feather him several times,” he explained. “The last time they took him, they said, ‘You owe $25.’ He said, ‘No, I don’t owe a man anything.’ They said, ‘No, you stole a stove’—one of the most ridiculous charges I’ve ever heard.”

“At that time, he reached into his pocket and pulled out his pocket watch,” Beck continued, displaying the relic that he said belonged to Smith, considered a prophet of God in Mormonism. “He gave it to the sheriff and said, ‘I owe no man nothing.’ They let him go. They killed him, but on the warrant for his arrest, he wrote on the back of his warrant to his people, ‘Put down your guns. No matter what happens, put down your guns. Put down your guns and trust in the Lord.'”

He then compared Smith’s story to the challenges that Liberty students may face in the days ahead.

“You are going to be pushed and challenged every step of the way,” Beck said. “What is it that you truly believe?”

Later in his message, the Mormon talk show host told the students that “no one in the Grand Councils” sent them to earth just to make a living. Beck was referring to the Mormon belief that human souls pre-existed in heaven, and that a gathering of heavenly beings known as the Grand Councils, send certain individuals to earth to accomplish a special purpose.

“You didn’t come down for a job. You came to this university maybe thinking, ‘I have to have an education to get a job.’ You need this education from Liberty University because of your only true job, the purpose you were sent here for,” he said.

Beck’s comments were met with cheers and applause during several points in his speech, and was given a standing ovation by many in attendance upon his conclusion.

Liberty University, which is considered to be the nation’s largest Christian university and whose motto is “Training Champions for Christ” has been under fire for continuing to drift from biblical Christianity.

As previously reported, concerns were expressed last month after the university minimized objections to the utilization of a homosexual advocate to teach students choreography in its presentation of Mary Poppins. Many also expressed disagreement when Brandon Ambrosino, a Liberty student that came out as an open homosexual on campus, was allowed to enroll as a graduate student in Liberty’s seminary program.

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  • Susan

    I don’t believe it’s fitting God into a small view, the Bible is far from a small view, it’s simply a choice of believing if The Word of God is “completely” true or not. I choose to believe everything He says is true.

  • First, if it takes someone to explain (read: statify)the teachings of Joe Smith….then there is no need to read further about the Mormon “faith”. When the discrepancies such as the issues of blacks, and that Jesus and Satan are brothers….then you have something other than the Christian reality going on….perior, end of story. Pure Humanism!
    And Glen Beck is, well, of course not unlike his news program…nothing but a meaningless completey inafective gosspi artist, with nothing to offer but bla bla bla….DO something Glen….make a difference besides rallying people and upsetting them….lead something, get something done.
    Until you do…you are just using the threat of the tyrsnny of others to become the wealthy person you are….millions per year for having done no tangible good?

  • Jesus said in Luke 6:26, ” Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their farthers to the FALSE PHROPHETS.” Just a thought.

    • Ed

      That is why we need more than just railing and sometimes incorrect information . We need proof and even documentation . Here is that proof —–Brian Casaday What I have stated is the truth and here are the very Mormon source documents that prove it . Mormon teaching is racist and blasphemous . ***LDS “Apostle” Bruce R. McConkie , Mormon Doctrine ,p.527,528; 1966 edition . ***LDS “Historian” BH Roberts , The Contributor Vol. 6 pp. 296-297. ***LDS “Apostle” Mark E. Peterson , “Race Problems As They Affect the Church” , Address delivered at Brigham Young University , Provo , Utah, August 27, 1954. ***LDS Pearl Of Great Price , Abraham 1:24. *** LDS “Prophet” Brigham Young , Journal Of Discourses,Vol. 7, P.290, 1859. ***LDS “Prophet” John Taylor , Journal Of Discourses , Vol.22 p. 304, 1881. ***LDS Pearl Of Great Price , Moses 7:8,12. ***LDS Pearl Of Great Price Abraham 1:20-27. ***LDS “Prophet” Joseph Fielding Smith , The Way To Perfection pp.101-102, 1931. *** Book ‘ The Changing World Of Mormonism’ by Jerald and Sandra Tanner . *** IT WAS NOT UNTIL 1978 , AFTER A SPEECH BY LDS “PROPHET” SPENCER W. KIMBALL DID MORMONS CONSIDER ALLOWING BLACK MEN INTO THEIR PRIESTHOOD . *******Mormonism has not rejected it’s underlying doctrines of white supremacy , which are present in Mormon “Scripture” . Examples ; ** LDS Pearl Of Great Price Moses 5:15-41; 7:8,12. **Abraham 1:20-27.** The Book Of Mormon , Alma 3:6. **2 Nephi 5:21; 30:6-7.

  • Stephen

    Yoga? Contemplative New Age nonsense? Glenn Beck? “Liberty” University is a joke, a big joke. Stay away.

  • MHSeattle

    1978: Bruce R. McConkie, in an address entitled, “All are alike unto god”, states:

    “Forget everything that I have said, or what President Brigham Young or President George Q. Cannon or whomsoever has said in days past that is contrary to the present revelation. We spoke with a limited understanding and without the light and knowledge that now has come into the world. We get our truth and our light line upon line and precept upon precept. We have now had added a new flood of intelligence and light on this particular subject, and it erases all the darkness and all the views and all the thoughts of the past. They don’t matter any more.”

    End of Story.

    Also look to the essay on :

    The LDS Church’s stance in 2014 is totally clear and admits prior policy was influenced by a racist culture and church leaders who were products of his time. “limited understanding and without the light and knowledge that now has come into the world.”

    This really isn’t hard to understand.

  • John Phillips

    You cannot share in faith in Christ when you consider Him a brother of Satan, Glen.

    The Book of Galatians is a wonderful start for anyone believing in this false prophet.

    The Word was here over 1000 years before Joseph Smith, and will still be here long after the lies of the Watchtower and the Mormon’s distortion of the God’s Word dries in the dust. His Truth is timeless, without error, and doesn’t bend to fit current fashions.

    ‘It is finished’ was the Lord’s announcement that His work is done, and created for the world the only means to eternal salvation. Not through Smith, Buddha, or Mohammed.

    In Him alone.

    Unlike the Mormon belief in uncertain salvation through their works, Jesus promises salvation by accepting Him as your Savior and Shepard alone. You don’t have to walk little old ladies across the street, or take in their groceries, get people to subscribe to a magazine, or anything else. Our best ‘works’ are soiled rags to God.

    Want proof? The thief on the cross next to Jesus.

    All he could do is ask to be remembered by Jesus when He goes to His Kingdom.

    Jesus’ response: “surely on this day, you will be with me in paradise”. And Jesus doesn’t lie.

    I pray that you, and all mormons, really look for Jesus, Glen.

  • D. Thompson

    Thank you for posting this story and the responses. I am grateful for my salvation and for the Bible. After reading this article and praying, I have peace in my decision not to join the Mormon Church.