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I’ve put this off as long as I can. I have stood aside and extended grace and benefit of the doubt for the last couple of years in the face of evidence that said I shouldn’t.
But because I love my sisters in the body of Christ, I cannot keep silent about this any longer.
Ladies, pastors, and anyone in charge of selecting Bible study material for small groups:
Beth Moore is slipping,
and it’s time to take a good hard look at the slope she’s headed down.
This is not a request for you to believe me or agree with my personal opinion. I’m asking you to take a discerning look at the evidence and compare with Scripture what she is currently doing and teaching. If you do, I think it will be obvious to you that, whatever she may have taught in the past, something is seriously wrong now.
For your consideration:
Beth Moore preaches to men
This is a video I chose at random (from the dozens of videos on YouTube featuring Beth Moore) which clearly shows men in the audience within the first 45 seconds. Beth Moore has, for quite a while, been teaching and preaching to men as well as women as you can see in this video. First Timothy 2:12 clearly forbids this.
For those who would defend her by saying, “She can’t help it if men come to her conferences,” or “Co-ed conference preaching isn’t ‘in the church’ so it’s OK,” Beth also preaches Sunday morning sermons to the entire congregation (including men) in churches. 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).
Here (in a continuation of the preaching on Mother’s Day kerfuffle), Beth admits to having preached in multiple Southern Baptist worship services over her 40 year career (she has also preached in non-SBC churches) and seems to proudly defend her sin of doing so, and simultaneously boast of her track record of obedience, by saying it only happened fifteen times.
It’s a bit confusing. Is Beth saying preaching to men is a sin and we should be grateful she only did it fifteen times? If so, this is not how we handle sin. We do not boast like the Pharisee about how few times we have sinned and how obedient we are, we grieve over even one sin, repent, and cry out with the publican, “God be merciful to me, a sinner!”. Also if Beth is saying it’s a sin, why is she defending the fact on Friday, May 10, that she is still planning to preach on Sunday, May 12? Why isn’t she instead confessing her plan to sin, humbly repenting, and announcing that she will not preach on Sunday?
If Beth is saying preaching to men is not a sin, why is she defending herself as only having done it fifteen times? Why didn’t she do it far more than only fifteen times over 40 years? Why not proudly enumerate all the times and places she has preached? Why have we not heretofore heard about these fifteen preaching events, as we hear about all her other speaking events, if it was OK for her to preach? Why didn’t she list the Mother’s Day event in question on her website alongside all her other speaking engagements? Why didn’t she talk it up on social media as she does with other speaking engagements? Why didn’t the church she’s speaking at excitedly advertise that she would be speaking as other venues do when she speaks?
Beth seems to know that preaching to men is a sin, but is trying to defend the fact that she does so.
Beth Moore is willingly being influenced by false teachers
Beth Moore tweeted this in December 2013. “Lakewood” is prosperity preacher Joel Osteen’s church. Christine Caine also preaches to men and is part of the leadership team of Word of Faith (prosperity gospel) church, Hillsong.
2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 1 Corinthians 15:33, Proverbs 13:20
Beth Moore is partnering in ministry with
and being embraced by false teachers
Beth Moore speaking at Hillsong’s 2012 Colour Conference.
Beth Moore has been a featured speaker at Hillsong‘s Colour Conference for several years and is scheduled to speak again at the 2014 conference this month. She was also a featured speaker at the “Be the Change” conference with Christine Caine and Lisa Bevere in 2012.
More recently, Beth has begun an ongoing partnership with Joyce Meyer, regularly appearing on her television show and serving as one of two main speakers (the other was Christine Caine) at Joyce’s 2016 women’s conference. See the “Additional Resources” section at the end of this article for other false teachers Beth joins with.
Beth Moore claims to receive direct,
personal, extra-biblical revelation from God
Beloved, I am convinced one of our severest needs is pure rest. Not only sleep, but refreshment and recreation. Recently God spoke to me about capturing what He and I are calling “Sabbath moments.” Like many of yours, my schedule right now is particularly tough, and I see no time in the near future for a number of days off. God spoke to my heart one Saturday morning while I was preparing for Sunday school: “My child, in between more intense rests, I want to teach you to take Sabbath moments.” I wasn’t certain what He meant. Just that morning God confirmed His desire for me to drive all the way to the other side of Houston to the medical center to visit a patient with brain cancer. I was very thankful for the privilege of visiting this patient, but I knew in advance it would be tough emotionally and far from restful.
Excerpted from Beth Moore’s “The Beloved Disciple”
He began to say to me, ”I’m gonna tell you something right now, Beth; and boy, you write this one down. And you say it as often as I give you utterance to say it: ‘My Bride is paralyzed by unbelief. My Bride is paralyzed by unbelief.’” And He said, “Startin’ with you.”
Excerpted from Beth Moore’s “Believing God” video
Pick up any Beth Moore book or watch any video of her teaching, and count how many times she says, “I think…” or “I believe…” or bases her teaching on a personal experience or story rather than teaching what God’s word clearly says.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 1:1-2
Beth Moore refuses correction
In this video, Beth Moore pre-emptively strikes out at anyone who sees and hears what she will soon be teaching or doing and finds it to be in conflict with Scripture. Do you notice she does not quote or read a single passage of Scripture to back up what she is saying? Notice how many times she says “I believe…” This is all based on her own subjective ideations. You can find the transcript here if you would like to read it.
Instead of taking a step back and honestly evaluating where she is wrong on the biblical issues she has been called to account for, Beth Moore frequently doubles down as in this blog post striking out against people calling her a heretic or a false teacher for “disagreement” or “getting something wrong.” My comment to her (which I’m amazed they actually published):
You’re absolutely right, a simple difference of opinion between two people doesn’t make someone a false teacher. And making a mistake or getting something wrong doesn’t make someone a false teacher either, if, when she is shown from Scripture that she is wrong, she repents and stops doing/teaching whatever she was wrong about.
That’s not what’s going on here.
You have been shown numerous times by numerous people that you mishandle and disobey God’s word (you preach to men in direct violation of 1 Timothy 2:12ff, you have unequally yoked yourself with false teachers in the prosperity gospel movement such as Christine Caine, Joyce Meyer, and others, also in violation of Scripture, you twist and misapply God’s word, etc.) and yet you persist in doing so and continue to justify yourself and cast aspersions on brothers and sisters in Christ who call you to repent and conform to God’s word. THAT is what makes you a false teacher, not a simple mistake or disagreement.
You are not being called a false teacher because of man’s opinion, but because you rebel against God’s word and lead others to do the same. Please repent, obey God’s word, and teach sound doctrine. That is what the women who listen to you need.
At the end of this same blog post, in response to comments like mine calling her to repent for her false doctrine, Beth later wrote an addendum which further illustrates her inability to accept correction. The addendum included this odd statement, displaying either her confusion or ignorance about God’s word and His authority:
“Nothing equates with the Scriptures: no word of knowledge, no prophetic message, no insight, no revelation, no dream, no vision. Nothing. That doesn’t mean they can’t be valid. The New Testament says they can. But they must never supplant or be placed on the same level with the Scriptures.”
This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. First of all, where – in context and rightly handled – does the New Testament say this? It can’t. All of the dreams, visions, prophecies, etc. in the Bible from God to His people became Scripture once they were written down, and we know that all Scripture is breathed out by God. Know what that means? God Himself equates all of these types of revelation with Scripture.
When God speaks, God speaks. He doesn’t speak authoritatively in Scripture and non-authoritatively or less authoritatively outside of Scripture. Doing so would make Him imperfect and, thus, not God. People who claim to receive “words of knowledge, prophetic messages, insights, revelations, dreams, and visions” claim that these extra-biblical revelations are God speaking to them. If this is true, and this really is God speaking, then His spoken word to them is “on the same level as Scripture”. (And I won’t even go into the instances in which these folks, including Beth Moore, have said God has told them something that conflicts with Scripture or that God told them something was going to happen and it didn’t. I guess God just gets it wrong sometimes?) If it is not true and it really isn’t God speaking to them then why are we listening to them and why are they saying that their own ideas and imaginings are God speaking to them?
These are merely five brief examples of Beth Moore behaving and speaking in ways that mishandle God’s word or otherwise conflict with the Bible. Below are some additional evidences of her false teaching and disobedience to Scripture.
My articles and resources:
Articles and resources from others:
Disclaimer: The specific links below are provided and endorsed as evidence pertaining to this article only. I do not endorse any of these sites in so far as any of them might deviate from Scripture or conflict with my beliefs as outlined in the “Welcome” or “Statement of Faith” tabs at the top of this page.
Beth Moore vs. Owen Strahan at WWUTT Podcast
•Michelle Lesley’s Twitter thread on Beth’s Sunday sermon preaching
•Beth Moore’s Twitter response to Midwestern Seminary professor Owen
Strahan’s article on biblical complementarianism
•The Mother of All Rebellions: Having a Woman Preach on Mother’s Day
Beth Moore Goes off Like a Bottle Rocket by Gabe Hughes
Beth Moore, Do You Have Your Own Rule Book? by Cody Libolt
Beth Moore Prophesies a Coming ‘Outpouring,’ Warns of ‘Scoffers’ by Do Not Be Surprised
Why Beth Moore and Not Me? The Danger of Claiming to Receive Direct Revelation by Do Not Be Surprised
Beth Moore by CARM.org
Beth Moore’s Dangerous Bible Twisting by Chris Rosebrough
“Breaking Free” from Beth Moore and Her “Try Hard” Theology by Lisa Nunley at Sola Sisters
Theology…More or Less With Beth by Sarah Flashing at Midwest Christian Outreach
Has Beth Moore Become a False Teacher? with Brannon Howse and Justin Peters
What Happens When We See Beth Moore Teach the Bible- Podcast and Resources by Equipping Eve
Critiques of Beth Moore by Elizabeth Prata
Beth Moore’s new television show on (Word of Faith) TBN (Sponsored by LifeWay)
Biblical reviews of Beth Moore simulcasts and other materials by Chapter 3 Ministries
Beth Moore Calls for Unity With False Teacher Joyce Meyer with Brannon Howse and Justin Peters
Beth Moore- False Teacher at The King’s Dale
Serious Concerns Over Beth Moore’s New Series, “Entrusted” at Lighthouse Trails
How Beth Moore Is Calling Down Pentecostal Fire at Charisma (Please note, this is an article praising Beth for doing unbiblical things and is provided only for evidence of such. Charisma promotes all sorts of false doctrine, and I definitely do not recommend or endorse it.)
Why We (Still) Warn Against Beth Moore at Things Above Us
Better is open rebuke than hidden love.