In February 19th article Glenn Beck wrote the following:
"I am a proud member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but today, I call myself a Catholic. Why? Because the state is telling the Catholic Church to violate its principles and teachings. So if you are a person of faith, you must call yourself a Catholic.
Because when the state comes against the Catholics, or the Jews, or the Muslims, or the Pentecostals, or the Mormons or those of any other faith – exotic or familiar – we must all stand up as one: We are all Catholics now."
What many fail to see is the trap that is being laid before us. I will not contest the thought that Glenn Beck and others are well meaning men, I do not know their hearts and have no intention to invade upon their motives. However, the current trend in America is a “Trojan Horse.” It foolishly attempts to bond conservatives to Christianity and then lumps us all together. The statement, “We are all Catholics now,” really spells it out.
I must say, and say with great emphasis, “I am not a Catholic, nor am I a Catholic Reformer,” I am a Baptist and there truly is a difference. It is a tremendous difference that many fail to see today because of the weak attempts to reform a nation that can only change through transformation; and transformation will only occur through the preaching of the truth. We have become spiritual anorexics in many ways, but we have also failed in a proper recollection of history.
If I recall properly, it was Catholics who had no problem at all with the church being married to the state. As a matter of fact, that was how Roman Catholicism with its cloak of Christianity was conceived. Constantine saw great opportunities ahead if he could somehow combine paganism and Christianity. He was successful and the result was Roman Catholicism which in the name of the church and state has murdered thousands of Baptists throughout the dark ages.
Then there is the Catholic Reformers. I might remind you that they too, embraced a state and church relationship. The likes of which can be seen throughout Europe’s history as well as the early days of American history. Down through the ages it has been Baptists who stood out against the marriage of church and state.
What is happening today plays right into the hands of the antichrist and the future kingdom he will posses for a short while. It attempts to unite religion and then make a political force out of it. It is the work of the false prophet to bring people of faith together and then the antichrist will turn on him. (See Revelation 17, 18).
Today many Bible believing Christians are being deceived. Many are well meaning, they see the issues of our day, i.e. Obama Care, Contraceptives, Abortion, Homosexuality, etc.; and they feel a natural and a just indignation against these very issues. However, what they fail to see is that the enemy of their souls (Satan) will use these as smoke screens to cloud the air and cause them to unite with and embrace false teachings (Catholicism, Catholic Reformers, Mormonism, etc) that will ultimately lead to a one world religion that will aid the coming of a one world political system.
As a Bible believing Baptist we must understand that truth never needs to mix with error to fight evil. As a matter of fact, truth mixed with error leads to ultimate evil (Genesis 3). This has been Satan’s tactic since the fall of man and he has not changed much.
Have we become a people who cannot see the power of God? Do we think that God needs us to unite with error so as to battle the current trends of our day? Is God truly that small and incapable? I declare to you that He is not! He is the Great I AM! He can do abundantly above all that we ask or think. What we truly need is heaven sent revival! A revival of:
Bible preaching and teaching (The King James Version).
Devotion and consecration to the Lord.
Heart-felt service that places others before self.
A genuine desire to see the honor of our God lifted up once again in our land.
Repentance. Repentance of our sins. We can see the world’s problems very easily, but God is concerned the most with the sins of His children (I John 1:9).
Therefore, I must say, “Mr. Beck, I am not a Catholic.” I do not believe that God needs me to unite with error to revive this nation. What is needed is for me to embrace the truth, teach and preach the truth, and to live the truth more and more. However, I must confess, I am a work in progress, but thanks be to God for His longsuffering and mercy.
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.