Jesus > Religion

Friday on GBTV, Scott Baker interviewed 22-year old Jefferson Bethke, the young man behind the viral video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus.” The video has had over 16 million views on You Tube, far more than Bethke expected, causing a lot of discussion among both Christians and non-believers, and of course, the media. It seems that everyone has a strong opinion on Bethke’s message. (Watch below)

The interview, which lasted a little over twenty minutes, is a great example of GBTV bringing you the stories that you care about, and aren’t going to get the objective coverage of anywhere else. Many Christians who are critical of Bethke’s view of ‘religion’ in the message of his video seem to defensive, similar to the attacks fall down on those who speak truth outside of the establishment in the political world.

Critics seem to be afraid the video will be interpreted as an attack on the church, which it clearly isn’t, and that it will give people an excuse not to participate in the actions of the church. Again, like the establishment doesn’t trust the American people to make wise choices, some of the Christian critics seem afraid their Christian brothers and sisters, can't hear the real message of this video. A fear that often rises in people of power when someone is bold enough aim tough questions at a big institution. It's not a message of "do we need the church," it's a message that points out what is suppose to go inside the "shell" of the church.

Jefferson Bethke, a graduate of Pacific University, who works at a community center in Belleview, WA, told Scott on Friday that he went to church most of his life, but it wasn’t until college that “Jesus transformed his life, or changed his life, is a real way.” Which really is one of the points made in this video—you can mask yourself as a Christian on the outside by going to church on Sundays, but that doesn’t hold a lot of water if your heart isn’t in it.

Stated in his video like this:

“Because if grace is water, then the church should be an ocean

It’s not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken

Which means I don’t have to hide my failure, I don’t have to hide my sin

Because it doesn’t depend on me, it depends on Him.”

 

This interview covered a wide range of topics rarely discussed in the mainstream media—things like Jefferson’s life transformation to the topic of grace, and the role of the church, which he describes as “Jesus’ bride.” Bethke made a point to clarify what some are missing in his message, that many get so caught up in the daily motions of the church, that they forget the purpose of the church, which isn’t simply following some rules or sitting in a pew every Sunday morning.

Jefferson and Scott discuss the style of today’s young people and what their looking for it churches, or leadership in general. It’s not the traditional church or simply the “establishment” that young people are turned off by, it seems to be the lack of authenticity. If you look at the churches and organizations that are growing today in America, and even the popularity individuals like Tim Tebow, they have a couple things in common. Not only are they unafraid to publicly say what they believe, but they walk their talk—they’re authentic.

Jefferson and his friend on the other side of the camera, Matthew Viola, have already had a big rise in speaking engagements, and have been blown away by the response to this video. One thing is for sure, everyone will be on the lookout for their next video. A clearly humble, brave young man, pursuing Truth, is a great example of what many in this country seem to be looking for, someone who will be honest with them and tell them like it is. Someone who boldly lives and speaks his faith.

If you haven’t had a chance to see the full interview between Scott and Jefferson, it is available on demand here.

President Joe Biden and world leaders are spending the week discussing the biggest issues across the globe. But Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of State during the Trump administration, believes more needs to be done.

Pompeo joined the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday to talk about President Biden's upcoming meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and to explain why he believes it's not just "appropriate," but necessary to hold Putin accountable for the recent cyberattacks on the Colonial Pipeline and the JBS meat processing company.

Pompeo said it's likely that "at the very least" Putin turned a blind eye to the major attacks against U.S. infrastructure. He stressed that the Biden administration should not abandon private businesses in the face of these ransomware hacks, but rather do everything possible to make sure those businesses' assets are secure from future invasions.

"This is an attack on America," Pompeo said. "It came through an attack on a commercial enterprise, but the capacity for pipelines to move product around on our east coast is an American national security interest.... We have to help these businesses protect their systems, and then there has to be a national effort to impose costs on those who put American lives at risk by denying available product around our country.

"Putin, at the very least, is turning a blind eye to [the cyberattacks], probably more. So, it's appropriate to hold Vladimir Putin and the Russians accountable for the actions taking place inside of their country," he added. "We have to do it, and there are tools by which we can."

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On "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn read from the Bible's II Timothy 3, in which Paul warns of "perilous times" to come and describes a generation that will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, and the list goes on. Sound familiar?

But Glenn said the times we're facing — which will likely become more and more difficult — are not any graver than what our Founders faced. We can overcome, and while it won't be easy, it will be worth it.

"Just like George Washington and the badge of merit, we will not be able to conquer this evil unless we are on God's side. If we don't have Divine Providence, we will not be able to survive. The things that are arrayed in front of us, are no greater no less than what our Founders had arrayed against them," Glenn stated.

"So, what will we do? You must make those decisions, as a family, right now. What is the line for you that you and your family will not cross? Because if you don't know it now, you will cross it," he warned. "You have to speak out, be that voice. You have to be strong enough to lead."

Glenn went on to thank and praise his audience, saying, "This is the kindest, most generous audience I have ever encountered."

"You will stand. This audience could be the extra 5% that is needed to change things, for the better," he added. "We have great and glorious times, when I believe we will see the hand of God. We will see miracles. Expect them. And live in such a way where you can call them down."

Watch the clip to get Glenn's take on what's coming next and how to prepare yourself and your family.

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How many times must the corporate media get something completely wrong — and attack anyone who dares to disagree — before we realize who they have become?

On the radio program Friday, Glenn Beck shared an article from the Daily Caller titled, "Eight Anti-Trump Narratives the Media Finally Had to Admit Were False All Along." From the Lafayette Square controversy to the denial that COVID-19 could have anything to do with a lab in China to the "Russian bounties" story, the list of mainstream media conspiracy theories goes on and on. If it were anyone but the liberal media who got the facts this embarrassingly wrong, they would have been out of a job long ago.

Watch the video clip below to hear eight of the most anti-Trump the narratives shamelessly pushed by the media — that were completely wrong.


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Former President Barack Obama sat down with CNN's Anderson Cooper recently for an interview scheduled to air in full on Friday. During the interview, Obama scoffed at the idea that critical race theory could be a "threat to our Republic," while claiming that "right-wing media venues" are "stoking the fear and resentment of a white population."

On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck set the record straight: the right-wing media's efforts to call out the far-left have nothing to do with race in America, but rather everything to do with protecting our way of life that is being threatened more and more each day by the radical, Marxist ideology seeping into government.

"Mr. Obama, you lied," Glenn asserted. "You used the IRS to hunt down your enemy. You spied on the media. And your health care package, which was supposed to save every American $3,000 per year, has helped some, perhaps, while raising the cost of everyone's health care in double and triple percentages. But the worst thing that you did, is you planted, you watered, and you protected the Marxist seeds, by crying race."

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