Glenn Beck Defends Ed Young Jr. After Pastor Invites Him to Speak at Church for July 4th Weekend

Glenn Beck speaks on his television program April 20, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)
Glenn Beck speaks on his television program April 20, 2015. (Photo: TheBlaze TV)

Radio host and television personality Glenn Beck has come to the defense of megachurch pastor Ed Young amid criticism over the Dallas, Texas, minister inviting Beck, a Mormon, to speak to his evangelical congregation.

The Christian Post reported Wednesday that Beck, who describes himself as “a born again LDS Christian,” will be the special guest this Independence Day weekend at Young’s Fellowship Church.

Beck was invited to the church’s Freedom Experience on July 4-5 for “a special interview” with Young focused on the significance of America’s Independence Day history.

Fellowship Church spokesman Andy Boyd made it clear that Beck had been tapped for what the leadership believes is his expertise on U.S. history and his love for God.

“At Fellowship, we wanted to bring in one of the most qualified people to speak on that subject. Glenn Beck is a man who is undoubtedly an American patriot, loves this country, and has shown his love for God in many ways. His knowledge of our history and his understanding of our nation is unmatched, and we’re excited to have him here. We encourage everyone to join us because this is going to be a great weekend to celebrate who we are, where we are, and where we are headed!” Fellowship Church spokesman Andy Boyd told CP via email on Tuesday.

Now, amid criticism from those concerned about the Latter-day Saint’s presence at the Southern Baptist-affiliated multi-campus ministry, Beck has issued a lengthy statement in an attempt to clarify exactly what those who will be watching his Freedom Experience in person or via livestream can expect.

In his statement, Beck calls Young “brave” for “taking a beating for inviting me to speak at his church all three sessions this weekend.”

It was not clear who Beck believed was “beating” Young up over his invitation, although he states: “Darkness knows if we, the children of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob present a united front we can and will defeat any force on Earth.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Nicola Menzie

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