Saturday, September 4, 2010

To Secure Union Within the Christian Right Discussion of Differences is Being Waived

(Excerpts)  In the larger picture, evangelicals should be willing to work together with Mormons when the issue is not the saving of souls but the redeeming of culture. Where we share common ground and convictions on public policy issues, as we do on the issue of marriage, we can happily work together. It's not a stretch to say that the great victory of natural marriage in California would not have happened had it not been for the vigorous participation of the LDS church, and for that we applaud them.

While Glenn Beck provided the platform, evangelicals provided the message. Beck depended heavily on historian and committed evangelical David Barton for assistance in picking speakers and selecting those who would lead in prayer and worship. A Mormon teed up the ball for evangelical Protestants. And evangelicals hit it out of the park.

Beck's openness to evangelicals, despite his Mormon roots, may be an indication, that he, like the young man to whom Jesus once spoke, is "not far from the kingdom."

Glenn Beck did his dead-level best last weekend to call America back to its Protestant, evangelical roots. And for that, evangelicals owe him a word of thanks.  Source

Bryan Fischer's Confusion by Jonathan Rowe 
(Excerpts)  It's true (at least as far as I observed) there was nothing peculiarly Mormon that would exclude evangelical belief. But there was also nothing peculiarly orthodox that would exclude Mormon belief. That's what an amorphous [Having no definite form or distinct shape] civil religion does. It speaks in lowest common denominator God words where each believer (unless he is an atheist) gets to "read in" his or her own understanding of God, be it trinitarian or unitarian, Jew, Muslim, Mormon or other.
The problem, as I see it, for evangelicals is that rally was a political-theological event; they were praying together in spiritual communion.  Source

NOTE:  "The wide diversity of belief in the Protestant churches is regarded by many as decisive proof that no effort to secure a forced uniformity can ever be made. But there has been for years, in churches of the Protestant faith, a strong and growing sentiment in favor of a union based upon common points of doctrine. To secure such a union, the discussion of subjects upon which all were not agreed--however important they might be from a Bible standpoint--must necessarily be waived."  GC 444.

Nevertheless, "when the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result."  GC 445.