Monday, March 14, 2011

Jim Harrison: God, the Gospel & Glenn Beck (Encore Presentation)

MP3 Available Here

Jim Harrison, pastor of Red Mills Baptist Church, Mahopac Falls, NY, and Chairman of the CB Spurgeon Fellowship will address the topic: "God, the Gospel & Glenn Beck".

Glenn Beck is a New York Times bestselling author and is one of the most popular radio and television hosts in the United States (his radio program is currently # 3 in the ratings behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, and as of September 2009, Beck's television program drew more viewers than all three of the competing time-slot shows on CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined). In spite of his being a Mormon, Mr. Beck continues to attract a growng, loyal fan base from the Evangelical Christian community. According to tonight's guest:

"About a month ago, there was a rally on the Mall in Washington D. C., called the 'Restoring Honor' rally. It was hosted by Glenn Beck, a popular conservative radio and television commentator. I watched the events of that day and listened to those who spoke. I also listened to the comments of many who attended the rally, of which there were clearly many evangelical Christians. And as I did so, I found myself becoming more and more uncomfortable...

"... My concern revolves around what this rally says about the Christian Church in this country. And I believe that what this rally says about the Christian Church in this country is that it has lost some things that are very precious and very valuable...

I. Statement #1: Neither Liberal Nor Conservative Nor Libertarian, Nor any other Political Label you wish to offer is Equal to Christianity.

II. Statement #2: “God Talk” is Not Necessarily “Good Talk”.

III. Statement #3: The Gospel is Non-negotiable (Garlow article; The “Black Robed Regiment”).

IV. Statement #4: We Have Lost Sight of the Real Problem and the Real Solution (Sin and the Gospel).

V. Statement #5: The Apocalyptic Vision of Contemporary Politics is an Instrument of Fear.

VI. Statement #6: When the Church Puts Its Trust in the Utopian Promise of the Political Process, It Falls Right Into Satan’s Snare.

VII. Statement #7: It is Idolatry for The American Evangelical Church to Trade the Truth of God for American Civil Religion.

Pastor Harrison is a graduate of Philadelphia College of Bible, now Philadelphia Biblical University (see and Denver Conservative Baptist Seminary (see Prior to coming to Red Mills Baptist Church in 1994, Pastor Harrison served in various capacities on the pastoral staff of churches in NJ, Denver, CO, and Southfield, MI. He is devoted to the Solas of the Protestant Reformation and the doctrines of God's sovereign grace. His ministry is characterized by a commitment to strong doctrinal and expository preaching which stems from an unswerving conviction that the word of God is the sole and sufficient rule for faith and practice.The ministry of Red Mills Baptist Church and Pastor Harrison is extended beyond the Mahopac area through the publishing of various articles and booklets, Red Mills' sermon tape ministry, seminars and conferences, and occasional radio appearances. Pastor Harrison also serves on the Executive Committee of the CB Spurgeon Fellowship , a group of Conservative Baptist pastors who are committed to the doctrines of grace and seek to act as a voice calling the church back from its love affair with the church growth movement to a renewed confidence in the sufficiency of Scripture.Since 1984, Pastor Harrison has had the great privilege of being known as the husband of Fran. In addition to being an invaluable co-worker in the gospel, Fran is the mother of their sons Chris and Ben, and has recently completed her Master's degree in Library Science.

You can hear a recent sermon Pastor Harrison preached on this theme here:

Pastor Harrison's Weblog can be read at:

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