[TBC: The most recent graduation ceremony at Liberty University (founded by Jerry Falwell) saw the commencement address given by Mormon Glenn Beck. The following comments were published on the Liberty University website.]
Beck said it was courageous for Liberty to invite him and that being here was not an endorsement of his Mormon faith.
He said accepting the invite to speak is “an endorsement of your faith. This is a time when we all need to come together. We may have differences, but we need to find those things that unite us.”
Beck told the graduates that they must have faith and courage to overcome challenges that face the world today, such as high unemployment and the weak dollar.
“Turn to God and live,” he said. “Life is only what you make of it. Nothing more, nothing less. … God is the truth. The truth will consume everything that is not true. … The world is full of lies.”
Beck urged graduates not to underestimate the power of the atonement. When he was 13, his mother took her life. He said he nearly followed in her footsteps.
“As a man who needed the atonement … I read the promise. He will carry your burdens. I made Him a promise. You keep your word and I will keep mine,” he said. “He will never break his promise, and now it’s all up to me. [The atonement] is the most powerful thing you will ever encounter.”
(David Hylton, Liberty University News and Events, May 15, 2010).
[TBC: It is impossible to find common ground with someone who promotes “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians:11:4). Mormonism has never repudiated their teaching that Jesus and Lucifer are “spirit brothers.” Jess L. Christensen, Institute of Religion director at Utah State University, Logan, Utah writes, “On first hearing, the doctrine that Lucifer and our Lord, Jesus Christ, are brothers may seem surprising to some—especially to those unacquainted with latter-day revelations. But both the scriptures and the prophets affirm that Jesus Christ and Lucifer are indeed offspring of our Heavenly Father and, therefore, spirit brothers” (Originally published in the LDS publication Ensign: “I Have a Question,” Ensign, Jun 1986, 24–27).
Christensen is simply echoing the discourse delivered on October 30, 1870 by Mormon President Brigham Young in the new tabernacle at Salt Lake City, Utah: “’Who will redeem the earth, who will go forth and make the sacrifice for the earth and all things it contains?’ The eldest son said: ‘Here am I;’ but he did not say ‘send me.’ But the second one, which was ‘Lucifer, son of the morning,’ said, ‘Lord, here am I, send me, I will redeem every son and daughter of Adam and Eve that lives on the earth,...’ ”]