March 25th, 2010
08:42 PM ET

Chuck Colson: Glenn Beck's Mormon, not Christian

Interviewing influential evangelical figure Chuck Colson tonight about a new "Civility Covenant" he has signed onto, I asked how the document would apply to the recent feud between Glenn Beck and Jim Wallis.

On the one hand, the conservative Colson is politically aligned with Beck. But he's also buds with Wallis, who orchestrated the covenant.

Colson's answered surprised me:

The document "wouldn't apply to Glenn Beck because we're talking about the conversation in the family of believers ... Glenn Beck is a Mormon."

Many Christians don't consider Mormons - members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - to be Christians, though Mormons consider themselves Christian.

Though Colson disagrees with the lefty Wallis on most political issues, meanwhile, Colson called him "a brother in Christ" during our interview. A reminder that faith ties can make strange political bedfellows - and create surprising tensions among political allies.

I also asked Colson about Beck's admonition to his fans to leave churches that preach social justice. "I would never say stay home from a church," Colson said. "... as far as social justice, I've spent my life working among prisoners."

"Beck says some things I like," Colson said, "and some things I think are outrageous."

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Leaders • Politics

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Clifford Spencer

    How come Colson never mentioned forced abortions that were done in prisons?
    Is the entire Book Of Mormon part of GOD'S WORD?

    June 4, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  2. len nebeker

    Beck lives in a dream land where Jesus is a man just like him, God was a man just like him, and you can become a god also, and Lucifer is Jesus' brother. If this IS NOT Christian, I can still give you more. Check out: mrm.org/we-are-christians-just-like-you. Mormons are well educated and that's where I struggle because when a Christian, a real "Born Again Christian" tries to reason with them, a fog covers their eyes and they revert to the rehearsed, profession of faith mantra: 'I believe the church is true, and Joseph Smith is a prophet. It's sad. It's a way of life for them, everything they have is tied to their cult, and they cannot, and some will not leave. They use the same terminology but it has different meanings and you need to study to know that. That's why they get many new members because they don't know the difference and think it's the same. I have a good friend in Mormonism and he told me " I know what you're saying is true, but I like it here. Your asking them to give up who they are for Jesus, and they will not! Pray for them. I was once a Mormon. God Bless.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  3. Jacqui

    So where does the scripture that says that we should not be unequally yoked fits in with what Colson believes. It's either you do what Jesus says to do or you are prostituting who He represents. Beck is a vey divisive person, something God says He hates.

    July 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
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