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.

This MUST be why Trump (allegedly) had NUCLEAR documents at Mar-a-Lago

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According to the Washington Post's "anonymous sources," the FBI was looking for documents related to nuclear weapons during its raid of Mar-a-Lago.

Who could have guessed what Donald Trump did with those documents (never mind that he allegedly had them for over a year before the FBI actually did anything)? And who knows why they were searching through Melania's drawers for such top-secret information? Also, isn't it interesting that even after both Attorney General Merrick Garland and Donald Trump asked for the search warrant to be unsealed, only this very unspecific and very damning bit of information was "leaked" to the Washington Post? And just a few months before the midterm elections?

Since the DOJ still hasn't told us much (what was leaked to the media), Glenn did his best to present a few "theories" of his own on "The Glenn Beck Program" Friday. Watch the video clip below to hear more from "The Glenn Beck Program." Can't watch? Download the podcast here.

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New details emerge about Trump raid — and 'it doesn't look good for the FBI'

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New, alleged details about the raid of former President Donald Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago hint that it's "not looking good for the FBI," said BlazeTV host Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday.

Trump has faced attacks from every direction, but despite all of it, he has "not been found guilty or had any kind of real, solid evidence against him," Glenn pointed out.

Glenn detailed a long list of investigations, accusations, and lawsuits against Trump, and the latest puzzling revelations about the FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago, which only seem to raise even more questions. For example, did agents truly refuse to give Trump's lawyer a copy of the warrant upon arriving at the home? Because sources have alleged that his attorney was kept "10 feet away from the warrant" and was not allowed to actually read it. If that's true, then it was absolutely against the law.

Then there was the inordinate amount of time spent going through Melania Trump's closet. And did they have the proper authority to break into Trump's safe?

"That warrant had better damn well say that they can break into that safe because the law is, you can't go into somebody's house and ... just tear it all apart," Glenn said. "You have to have a pretty good idea of where things might be located, and you ask for permission for those areas. And you have to know exactly what you're looking for, and if it's in a safe, you need to specifically say, 'it's in a safe and we're having a safe cracker come in.' If they didn't say in the warrant that they could crack his safe, it's the fruit of the poisoned tree. By the way, there was nothing in the safe."

Glenn also explained that the FBI broke into a specific "safe room" that contained national archives, which Trump was allegedly told by investigators to keep in a locked room.

"[Trump] made a safe room, and put two locks on it, at their request. And that's what they broke into," Glenn said. "This doesn't look good for the FBI," he added.

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There’s an economic axis of evil taking shape right now, and the people in charge of our government are too stupid to acknowledge and deal with what’s happening. The U.S. dollar and the entire financial system are at stake, and, as Glenn Beck reveals on "Glenn TV" Wednesday, our enemies’ PUBLISHED plans to take the entire thing down.

While all of this is happening, our own leaders are making everything worse. We’ve got Nancy Pelosi risking an international incident, accelerating China’s plans to collapse us. And when Biden SHOULD be focusing on the security of our country, he’s instead preoccupied with controlling the weather with his Inflation "Reduction" Act.

Glenn exposes the TRUE numbers on what that bill will do to your family’s budget. Add to that, they’re more than doubling the IRS to make sure you feel the pain. And if you think they won’t come for you, look at what they just did to the former president of the United States. The DOJ and FBI just went after the political opponent of their boss, Joe Biden.

This is what they are focused on, and the threat to the dollar — and the entire financial system — isn’t even on their radar. Pain is coming for us, and they don’t care one bit.

Watch the full episode below:

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Speaking before signing the “PACT Act of 2022” on Wednesday morning, President Joe Biden claimed that his wonderful economic plan "is working" and that somehow July’s annual inflation rate of 8.5% was actually “zero.”

“I just want to say a number: zero. Today we received news that our economy had 0% inflation in the month of July,” Biden said during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dutifully echoed the president's not-at-all misleading claim:

The truth of the matter is that last month's inflation rate of 8.5% was a (small) step in the right direction, but only because it was lower than June's 41-year high of 9.1% — and the thing is, anyone who's graduated kindergarten knows it.

So, who do White House personnel think they're fooling? On the radio program Wednesday, Glenn Beck and producer Stu Burguiere broke down how the Biden administration came to this latest disingenuous conclusion about the economy, what the latest consumer price index actually shows, and why the inevitable Biden brag-fest will be unbearable.

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