Religion in Society

Liberty University Wrong to Choose Mormon Glenn Beck for Commencement

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MADISON, Wisc. -- In today's confusing times, we need clear Biblical messages. By allowing Glenn Beck, a Mormon, to speak at Liberty University's Commencement, Liberty's message becomes off-focus.

According to the Liberty University's website, Glenn Beck will address Liberty University's Class of 2010 Commencement on Saturday, May 15. He will be joined by popular Baptist preacher Dr. Paige Patterson.

Beck, a popular FOX NEWS announcer, is a well-known Mormon. In 1999, Beck and his wife became members of the Mormon Church after his daughter recommended Mormonism. Before this, he took a Yale University theology class called "Early Christology," but dropped out.

While Beck presents many factual presentations on his popular FOX NEWS show, he should not be allowed to speak at a university that demands its students to believe that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation.

A commencement program should feature strong Christians who have weathered the storms of life to become leaders in their respective fields. This is what the school should be demanding of its students. A commencement speaker should be what the school desires their students to eventually become.

Christians should have active political stands, especially during these uncertain times where politicians seem to lack direction. However, we need to put Jesus Christ first and our political stands will follow.'s Steve McConkey says, "We are not to put politics first and the Lord second. If this country is to have another revival, we need to get back to the basics, just like an athlete who has to go back to the basics to learn proper skills. We join Glenn Beck in many of his viewpoints, however, we do not endorse his Mormon beliefs."

4 WINDS operates and Steve McConkey is the President/Founder of 4 WINDS. Steve has spoken at meetings throughout the United States. He addresses current issues throughout the world through the media. Steve and his wife started in world-class track and field ministries in 1981. From 1982 through 1992, Steve was a Director/Coach of elite post-collegiate Christian teams, with USA athletes ranking eighty times in outdoor events. During the 2008 Olympics, 4 WINDS put Olympic athlete testimonies into the Chinese underground church, estimated to be 100 million people. The four athletes whose testimonies were distributed won 3 golds and 2 silvers.