Focus on the Family got to work this week in explaining in detail why it pulled from its website an interview with a Mormon author.
“We intended no insult,” expressed ministry spokesman Gary Schneeberger, in a statement. “[W]e merely miscalculated on how best to feature Glenn [Beck], whom we greatly appreciate.”
Last week, some time before Christmas celebrations, Focus on the Family took down the interview with Beck amid complaints from the evangelical community over the former CNN host’s Mormon ties.
The interview, produced by a freelance reporter in Colorado Springs and not Focus on the Family, focuses on Beck’s recently released book, The Christmas Sweater, which has been on the New York Times Best Sellers list for Hardcover Fiction for six consecutive weeks and currently ranks at No. 1.
In the interview, Beck talked about what Christmas means to him, how he came to write the book, and what message he hoped readers would take away from the book.
“Sometimes redemption has been made into a word that people don’t understand,” he said. “They need to know it’s true, it’s real. It’s not a word, it’s a life-changing force. It’s transformed my life, who I was to the very core of my being. If it wasn’t for me accepting the gift that the Lord gave to me, I’d be dead today.”
Since the interview was published, a number of Christians throughout the blogosphere raised flags and sounded alarms, concerned that Focus on the Family was compromising central doctrinal truths to win the culture war.
“They use Mr. Beck’s story as a way to show that hope can be found in God, which is true enough; the problem is that Mr. Beck’s god is not the Triune God of the Bible nor is his Jesus the Jesus of the Bible,” commented Dustin S. Seger, pastor of Shepherd’s Fellowship of Greensboro, N.C., in the co-authored blog “Grace in the Triad.”
Beck, however, maintains that the book’s message can be and has been embraced by people of different faiths and should not be “censored” because of his own personal religious views. tells the narrative of a boy named Eddie who embarks on a dark and painful journey on the road to manhood.
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I’m sure Mr. Beck is a nice man. I even agree with a lot of his politics. But is it wise for a Christian Ministry to promote anything by a person in a cult? Focus on the Family takes donations from Christians to operate their ministry. If I gave I would be offended that my money was being used to promote a cult. Mormons are nice but nice isn’t good enough. There is only one way to heaven and that is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I see many of the self appointed religious spokesman becoming cozy with some strange people in the name of politics. To me that is scary.
What do you think?
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