It probably looks like we enjoy putting out posts like these, but we truly do not. Instead, Lowell and I both have a deep burden for the “Great Falling Away” that is happening to the Christian church today. And our biggest concern is that followers of Christ will remain pure and free from deception.
Before we begin, please remember this is not an assassination of Beth Moore’s character or a personal attack against her, but a warning of her unbiblical theology and application of it. Again – as in all of our author/leader reviews we do, we ask that if you take issue with this post, please show us our error from Scripture.
Now before you throw the argument of “how can you not recommend somebody without reading their entire book selection” at us, listen carefully.
If we see a person or ministry that is in direct violation to God’s Word, how can we expect God to have put His blessing on it?
And likewise, how can we recommend someone to you who we believe is in direct violation to Scripture?
Just posting those questions makes us tremble a little when we turn the questions back on our own lives. Are we in direct violation of Scripture or are we striving to follow the commands God has laid out there for us? Serious questions we all need to ask ourselves from time to time.
There are more reasons we could add to this post, including her endorsement of contemplative practices; but these are our two main reasons for withholding recommendation of Beth Moore and her ministry:
Beth Moore does not follow the New Testament command for women to be silent in the church
In 2012, Beth Moore took the stage with John Piper, Louie Giglio, and Francis Chan at the Passion 2012 Conference. Then again in 2012, she preached at Louie Giglio’s church before a mixed audience of over 700 people. It is not uncommon for her to speak to mixed audiences at various seminars.
This is not following the commands in these verses:
“Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn anything, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.” I Corinthians 14:34-35
“Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.” I Timothy 2:11-12
We feel the commands in those verses can stand on their own. We either follow them or we don’t. And Beth Moore does not.
Beth Moore claims to have extra-Biblical revelations from God
We believe it is entirely possible that this reason can come as a consequence to reason #1. When a woman is out of her rightful place of submission, she opens up herself to deception and attacks from Satan. This may be a strong statement, but we’d urge you to read I Corinthians 11 about the order of headship, and also read “Demons in the Church” by Ellis Skolfield. This is a free online ebook you can read here. (Ellis Skolfield also authored “Sunset of the Western Church”.)
We have here an audio clip, from Pirate Christian Radio, that is Beth Moore telling us this vision she claims God gave her, and in it she includes the Roman Catholic Church as being part of the Christian church. Now we know there are several Catholics who read this blog, and we do not mean offense in any way, but would urge you to read the link at the bottom of this post.
Here is another short video where she warns of “scoffers” in the Christian church, who will come in response to a “downpour”:
Yes, she is talking about us. Yet we would rather be a “scoffer” of a false doctrine or vision, than the teacher of such a one. See Matthew 5:19.
In Conclusion . . .
I know this is not what many women want to hear, but this verse rang true from the Garden of Eden, and it rings true today:
“For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.” I Timothy 2:13-14
This is why I believe we were placed in subjection under men. We are more easily deceived. And therefore, need to take extra precautions to be discerning and to also stay under our rightful head of leadership.
Even in posting articles such as this, I get my husband’s stamp of approval before posting these. He is able to see error where I cannot, and provides an extra protection for my own soul.
Am I bitter because of this chain of authority and the command to submit? Absolutely not.
When I consider the alternative . . . I can only say that God,
in His boundless wisdom, knew what He was doing.
The Final Word on Beth Moore (added 12/9/14)
We are grateful for the examples shared of women in the New Testament who held positions of responsibility. However, we find no specific instances where these women went against New Testament teaching and usurped authority over men or preached in the church.
It is interesting and illustrative to see the mental gymnastics people go through in their minds followed by the verbal gymnastics that are posted to justify their positions. I’m sure Beth Moore has many good teachings, we do not condemn this. However, as a whole she (and many other so called christian leaders of today) live daily, un-biblical examples and wield much influence. Warning people of this was the purpose of our post. The lives of New Testament saints and church structure are inspired examples for us that are timeless. Our question remains…………Why would one drink from a contaminated well when the true Water of Life is freely available for study by all? Let’s be Bereans!!
– Lowell Graber
There were some folks who mentioned how they have been helped by the studies Beth Moore puts out. This is not something we are denying, but would like to point out that maybe it was the Word itself which helped . . . more than the study guide?
Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
God’s Word is able to speak in any situation, and as Lowell said, we do not condemn the good teachings from some of these studies. But as a public blog, we believe we must be careful in the teachings and teachers we endorse.
One more thought . . .
I would like to invite you all, men included, to our church services on Sunday morning here in Kootenai Valley. I am going to be preaching at 11:00 on “How Men are to Love Their Wives”. Following that, I will be sharing on how God gave me a vision last night that it’s okay for us to pray to Mary, so will you all please bow the knee.
Now of course you all know that is not true – I was simply trying to make a point that might hit a little closer home. But I will leave you with this question: do we recommend people who live unbiblical lives . . . if they are distantly removed from us? Does distance from our personal sphere somehow affect who we endorse?
And, no, we will not be serving donuts after the sermon . . . 🙂