Beth Moore

Category 3

Verdict: We conclude that there is overwhelming evidence of to find that Beth Moore should be avoided

This is a collection of compiled evidence for the claim that Beth Moore is a bad teacher. The findings of the sources we used are given if rendered.

Associations with obvious heretics

Beth Moore’s social media account follows several heretics, that are more obvious than she is accused of being. The list of those she follows on Twitter includes but is not limited to:

  • Andy Stanley
  • Rick Warren
  • Christine Caine
  • Rachel Held Evans
  • Jen Hatmaker
  • Karen Swallow Prior
  • Jackie Hill Perry
  • Jonathan Merritt
  • Jemar Tisby

But the association with false teachers is most certainly not limited to social media where the influence is clear. She has had numerous television appearances with Joyce Meyer, Brian Houston, Joel, and Victoria Osteen on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the distribution channel that sustains the Prosperity Gospel. The Bible is clear on its instruction to not associate with heretics.

Affirmation of homosexuality

Michelle Leslie in the summer of 2019 penned an open letter to Beth Moore asking her to clarify her position on homosexuality. This was after presenting recent evidence of Beth Moore being intentionally ambiguous on the issue. The key evidence that necessitated the open letter was further added to by Elizabeth Prata are:

  • Public associations in person, at conferences, and on social media lauding people in the SSA and gay arenas, without accompanying warnings about the sin itself. This was discussed more explicitly in the Open Letter to Beth Moore that I and 5 other ladies signed and published, and was actually one of the reasons the question was originally put to Moore;
  • Her refusal to answer a direct question as to whether homosexuality is a sin;
  • Her writhing under the microscope, exhibiting behavior that slandered, taunted, and deflected while still not answering the simple question;
  • The discovery that Moore had secretly deleted the entire discussion about overcoming homosexuality as a sin from her Kindle version of the book Praying God’s Word, re-published in 2009, and not explaining that deletion to her readers;
  • Moore’s weak and emotional answer as to why she omitted the biblical discussion on how to overcome homosexuality;*
  • Moore’s video.

*In in this letter she describes a young person reading a book in that says homosexuality is a sin and says it would be unbiblical to cause those feelings in someone.

The open letter to Beth Moore asked these 5 questions.

  1. Do you believe homosexuality is inherently sinful?
  2. Do you believe that the practice of the homosexual lifestyle is compatible with holy Christian living?
  3. Do you believe a person who dies as a practicing homosexual but professes to be a Christian will inherit eternal life?
  4. Do you believe same sex attraction is, in and of itself, an inherently sinful, unnatural, and disordered desire that must be mortified?
  5. Why have you been so silent on this subject in light of your desire to “teach the word of God?”

Instead of responding and answering these questions, Beth Moore blocked and made backhand comments about those who asked in the first place. Since the letter’s signing, Beth Moore has flip flopped on the issue which is documented by Michelle Lesley which is documented by Michelle Lesley.

Poor Exegetical Teaching

This section is inspired by Matt Slick at CARM who does not conclude that Beth Moore is a false teacher but instead places a recommendation against using her as a bible teacher. This is just one example of the documented ones at CARM of exegetical errors.

Quote: “as stated in the introduction to this book, we may not always be sure God wills to  heal us physically in this life of every disease or prosper us with tangible blessings, but He always wills to free us from strongholds. You will never have to worry about whether you are praying in God’s will concerning strongholds. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5:1).  (Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds, by Beth Moore, B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tenn., 2009, p. 36, italics in original)

Response: The context of Gal. 5:1 is dealing with being under the law (Gal. 4:21).  Paul contrasts children under the law and “children of promise” (Gal. 4:28).  Paul was warning the Galatians about being enslaved to the Mosaic law, which is why he says in the next verse “… that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.”  Beth Moore has improperly applied a verse, taking it out of its original context and meaning, and used it in a manner for which it was not intended — as the biblical context demonstrates.

A widely shared article titled A Pastor’s Wife Breaks Free of Beth Moore: A Testimony confirms Matt Slick’s analysis and further expands upon is citing

I researched Beth Moore for countless hours.  I watched her teaching clips online.  I checked multiple reliable sources, comparing all I found to Scripture.  It led me to a shocking conclusion -Beth was not teaching sound doctrine.

Matt Slick’s findings also denounce false beliefs she practices.

We must be very careful when listening to a teacher.  Beth Moore, in my opinion, is not to be trusted to properly teach from the word of God.  She is leading many astray with her approval of contemplative prayer, personal revelations, and faulty biblical exegesis.  Yes, I know that many claim to have been helped by her.  That is fine, but the experience of feeling helped is not where truth lies.  Rather, it is God’s word that is the standard of what is good and bad, not if we are helped through the world of pop psychology in Christian terminology.  Therefore, I cannot endorse Beth Moore.

Affirmation of Critical Race Theory & Egalitarianism

Critical Race Theory is a central doctrine of the Social Justice Gospel, an attempt to combine Christianity with social Marxism.

Sowing Division with baseless charges of racism in church

Beth Moore made the serious claim alleging a prevalence of white supremacy in the church. She has not backed up the claim with evidence or identified a perpetrator of racism in the church.

Because she made a serious allegation of sin but let it remain unsubstantiated, we conclude that this was sowing division for the sake of feeding her own agenda. The Bible instructs in Romans 16:17-18 to avoid such people.

Preaches to men from the pulpit

Michelle Leslie, in her work on Beth Moore, documented:

Beth also preaches Sunday morning sermons to the entire congregation (including men) in churches (see also “preaching to men” link above). The screenshot below refers to Beth preaching the Mother’s Day Sunday morning service at the Tomball, Texas campus of her home church, Bayou City Fellowship, on May 12, 2019 (read more here).

One cannot deny that Beth Moore has a history of preaching to men. This alone does not make her a false teacher or a heretic, as it is a secondary biblical issue. However she is the darling of the Southern Baptist Convention. The SBC went to great lengths to combat women preaching during the Conservative Resurgence, because this issue was a proxy for the modernists within the church to spread their belief of Biblical errancy. In similar fashion, Beth Moore is currently employed as a proxy by the postmodernists who would see the SBC conform their doctrine to egalitarianism

Conclusion

Part of the issue with Beth Moore is her systemic pattern of leading a ministry, counter to scripture from preaching to men and associating with heretics. She refuses to address legitimate criticism of her teaching and makes baseless accusations of sin against fellow believers. She is propped up by the heresy peddling Lifeway.

12But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. 13For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve. 14And it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.  1 Timothy 2:12-13 NASB

Because of this passage, we will not label Beth Moore a heretic; though we cannot blame anyone for doing so. To suggest as much would be to suggest that she has never been saved. We have no strong evidence of her mishandling the Trinity, denying a faith/grace based justification;, instead she is biblically incorrect on numerous secondary issues. She is just a terrible teacher, as though a laymen wanted to create a new bible translation by translating the NIV, as opposed to going to ancient manuscripts. In the process of teaching to men and ignoring biblical instruction, she has increasingly become corrupted in ministry to the result of becoming a proxy for blatant heretics to corrupt the Southern Baptist Convention, by moving it in a more theologically progressive direction, all while claiming to be a women’s leader for the orthodox camp in the SBC. We strongly recommend against her teachings and ministries.

Updated 10/2019

 

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