Mormon political talk show host and author Glenn Beck is scheduled to appear with Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz at two campaign rallies in Iowa on Saturday, including one event held at a Baptist Bible college.
According to reports, as presidential candidates make a last-minute push before the Iowa Caucus in under ten days, Beck is scheduled to appear with Cruz at a rally at the Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny and the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, where Beck will formally endorse Cruz.
The pro-Cruz Super PAC Keep the Promise organized the events, which includes other stops at various businesses in the state.
After former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump this week as the man who will release America’s soldiers to “kick ISIS’ [expletive],” Beck again took to the airwaves to discuss his concerns about Trump, including bringing on a psychologist who said that Trump either has a “narcissist” disorder or is “psychotic.”
“This is not the first time I’ve heard” people warn that Trump is a psychopath,” Beck said. “This guy, I believe, is dangerous. I believe he is dangerous.”
Cruz, on the other hand, stated that he likes Trump and believes that he would be a better president than Hillary Clinton.
“I like Donald Trump. I’ll sing his praises,” he told ABC’s George Stephanopolous this week. “He is bold, he’s brash, he’s an amazing marketer. I mean, this man is an entertainer and marketer par excellence, and so I’m not going to attack him personally.”
Trump soon mocked word that Beck was going to be hitting the trail with Cruz, Tweeting on Thursday in his characteristic name-calling form that Beck is a “wacko.”
“Wacko @glennbeck is a sad answer to the @SarahPalinUSA endorsement that Cruz so desperately wanted,” Trump Tweeted Thursday morning. “Glenn is a failing, crying, lost soul!”
He also re-Tweeted a manipulated image of Cruz’s book “A Time for Truth,” featuring the presidential candidate with a receding hair line and a subtitle that states in part, “I am an untrustworthy person.”
Concerns have been expressed on several occasions in recent years over professing Christians who have invited Beck to speak at their events, including in 2014 when he appeared at Liberty University, where Trump also spoke to students on Monday.
“I am Mormon and share your faith,” Beck said, who also talked about LDS prophet Joseph Smith during his speech. He additionally referenced the Mormon concept of the Grand Councils, a gathering of heavenly beings who LDS adherents believe send certain individuals to earth to accomplish a special purpose.
Texas megachurch minister Ed Young, Jr. also came under fire last year when he invited Beck to speak at his “Freedom Experience” event at Fellowship Church. Beck defended his appearance, stating that evangelical separation from Mormons is of the devil.
“[I speak] about God and Jesus more than any other mainstream radio or television host in the last 70 years,” he also stated. “[I study] the Torah with rabbis on a regular basis and met today with the Dalai Lama. Oh, I almost forgot, I was texting my atheist friend from the meeting with the DL.”
Chuck Pierce, a stated “prophet” from Glory of Zion International Ministries in Texas, also ceremonially gave a “mantle” to Beck last year, which perplexed some of his followers.
“I am not saying to not show Christ love and kindness to Glenn, but he is an open LDS member and his belief system is not of a Christian, period,” one commenter wrote.
According to the writings of Joseph Smith, the founder of the LDS religion, Mormons believe that God was originally a man that lived on another planet, and that men must learn how to also become a god.
“We have imagined and supposed that God was God from all eternity. I will refute that idea and take away the veil so you may see,” Smith said during his King Follett discourse. “[H]e was once a man like us. Yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ did.”
“And you have got to learn how to be gods yourselves—to be kings and priests to God, the same as all gods have done,” Smith continued, “by going from a small degree to another, from grace to grace, from exaltation to exaltation, until you are able to sit in glory as do those who sit enthroned in everlasting power.”
Mormon writings also outline that Jesus and Satan are purportedly spirit brothers, and that both offered to die for the sins of the people, calling out, “Here am I, send me,” according to Abraham 3:27 in “The Pearl of Great Price.”
The LDS “Church” teaches that like Jesus and Satan, every person is a spirit brother or sister that has always existed. But, in order to do become a god, they must follow both the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Requirements include being baptized into Mormonism, tithing to their LDS assembly and performing baptisms for the dead. Baptisms are performed for the dead in order to provide “those who would have embraced Christ and His Church the opportunity to do so after death.”
“Latter-day Saints have also been moved by the knowledge that their divine parentage includes a Heavenly Mother as well as a Heavenly Father,” the site LDS.org outlines. “As Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles wrote, ‘Our theology begins with heavenly parents. Our highest aspiration is to be like them.’”