It’s not rocket science to figure out why there are so many apostate teachers and movements in this day.
I can tell the reader in one sentence:
Digressing from the Pure Word of God leads people into apostate teachings.
Beth Moore has been on my radar for years. Her slant towards ecumenism was definitely an indicator of an apostate teacher right from the start. Protestants coming back together with the Catholic Church? Should we also rewrite history and delete Martin Luther’s 95 theses nailed to the door of the Catholic church?
Brethren, there was one HUGE reason why Luther confronted the Catholic church and here is the Scripture which prompted his actions:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The Catholic Church from the start did not speak of the importance of the inerrancy of Scripture. If they had, they would never have been a “Works-based” cult – which they are.
The Teachings of Beth Moore
Years ago, I noticed that Moore was showing up at Emerging Church events. She was promoting Contemplative Prayer. Big red flag.
About 16 years ago, Moore wrote a book which was also available as a digital E-book called “To Live is Christ: The Life and Ministry of Paul.” The changes made to the digital version of her book prompted an “Open Letter” to be written to Beth Moore.
An Open Letter to Beth Moore
Dear Mrs. Moore,
Hello – we hope this finds you doing well.
We as female Bible teachers ourselves write this letter to you in hopes of receiving clarification of your views on an important issue: homosexuality.
In the last few years, particularly since 2016, you have been very vocal in your opposition to misogyny and racism. Anytime a story with so much of a whiff of these issues comes to the forefront you are very quick to speak out. The actions of the Covington kids, for example, you said “is so utterly antichrist it reeks of the vomit of hell” in a January 19, 2019 tweet; a tweet you deleted, without apology to the kids, once the full video was shown that portrayed a very different reality than what initial reporting suggested.
It is this Johnny-on-the-spot readiness to engage issues related to misogyny and racism that makes your virtual silence on the issue of homosexuality so puzzling.
To your credit, in your book To Live is Christ: The Life and Ministry of Paul, you wrote, “I met a young man who had experienced freedom from the bondage of homosexuality” (pg. 119). This book was first published in 1997 and then republished in 2008 but it seems since then you have said very little if anything publicly about this issue.
Another factor prompting our open letter to you is the very public mutual affection and admiration between you, Jen Hatmaker and Jonathan Merritt.
Jen Hatmaker and you regularly exchange affirming posts of one another on social media. In just one recent example, Hatmaker on September 17, 2018 wrote “Beth Moore will enjoy my respect and devotion forever. She is worthy of being a mentor to an entire generation. And friends, I wish you knew how deeply and profoundly she has loved me these last two years” (). In an interview two years before this post, October of 2016, Jen Hatmaker said she was a “left-leaning moderate,” came out as fully supportive of homosexual marriage (saying it can be “holy”) and said practicing homosexuals can be part of the regenerate body of Christ (). It was then that LifeWay decided to pull all of her books from its shelves.
More recently, on April 9, 2019, Jonathan Merritt tweeted, “I no longer believe @BethMooreLPM is a human. I think she is an angelic being having a human experience.” (). Jonathan Merritt has admitted to having at least one homosexual encounter about a decade ago (). Today, by his own admission he rejects biblical inerrancy, says a “liberal Protestant” would be an accurate description of him, and says his sexual orientation he no longer views as “broken” (). In a crass response to Dr. Owen Strachan tweeting, rightly so, that there should never be an occasion in which men “cuddle” with one another, Merritt on May 1, 2019 tweeted in response, “C’mon, Owen. You can be my little spoon” (). Merritt also openly affirms that “queer” and LGBTQ people are included in God’s Kingdom and it is a “carrot of false promises” that the Gospel can make such people straight (, ). He supports “Drag Queen Story Time” in which drag queens read stories to young children in public libraries ( 27:40 mark). He even appears to doubt the exclusivity of Christ ().
Both Jen Hatmaker and Jonathan Merritt are known for their belief that practicing homosexuals can be Christians. Given that this is such a deeply held conviction that both share and this conviction (wrong though it is) has cost them both in their standing amongst theologically conservative evangelicals, and that they both praise you so highly, it raises the natural question as to where you stand on this issue.
Given his beliefs, Merritt publicly saying that he believes you to be “an angelic being having a human experience” strongly suggests that his high praise of you is, at least partially, rooted in your views on this issue that you have shared with him privately. It seems most unlikely that he would be praising you so highly if you had told him that as a homosexual man he will perish for all of eternity unless he repents. It likewise seems unlikely that Hatmaker (a married, straight woman) would praise you so highly if you told her that her affirmation of homosexuality and homosexual marriage is sinful and that she must repent.
When all of this is coupled with your total silence on homosexuality (in stark contrast to your very vocal stance on gender/racial/abuse issues) it naturally raises the question as to what your beliefs on it truly are.
With these factors in mind, and knowing that millions of people follow your teachings, we would like to ask you:
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?”
We ask these questions to you out of genuine concern. As Bible teachers, all of us are held to a very high standard and will give an account for how we handle God’s word. As you know, homosexuality is widely discussed and debated amongst evangelicals and society at large.
Many families are affected by this issue. The most loving thing obedient Christians can do for them is to clearly communicate God’s truth. We look forward to your clarification on these pressing issues. Thank you.
With the Master
Debbie Lynne Kespert
The Outspoken Tulip
Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women
The End Time
At the very end of this article, Ms. Lesley allows readers to sign a petition of sorts, if the reader is in agreement with the Open Letter. There are already over 480 signatures.
Beth Moore: Calling Homosexuality a Sin is “Exceeding Scripture”
Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
Beth Moore has been under fire lately after a group of female Bible teachers published an open letter to Moore urging her to clarify her doctrinal position on homosexuality. Moore insisted that her doctrinal views on homosexuality have not shifted over the course of her ministry.
On page 279 of Beth Moore’s book, Praying God’s Word, originally published in 2009, Moore writes:
Before we proceed to our Scripture-prayers for overcoming sexual strongholds, we are wise to address another deadly sexual assault of the evil one in our society: homosexuality. I have wonderful news for anyone who has struggled with homosexual sin. God indeed can deliver you and anxiously awaits your full cooperation. do not let Satan shame you into not seeking forgiveness, fullness, and complete restoration in Jesus Christ. I know complete transformation is possible not only because God’s Word says so, but because I have witnessed it with my own eyes. I know plenty of believers who have been set free from homosexuality…
It had since been brought to our attention by several people that this section had been removed from the latest Kindle version of this book. When questioned as to why the section had been removed, Moore responds that her words “exceeded Scripture.”
Now, keep in mind that this is the woman who insists God told her not to witness to a man at an airport, and instead, shuffle through his luggage to find a hairbrush so she could brush his hair. This is also the woman who insists God told her in a dream to go to a bus stop she’d never been to before, find a random woman, and give her money. And this is also the woman that insists God lifted her up and gave her a vision telling her that He was going to unite all sectors of Christendom — including Roman Catholicism. Yet, in one of the rare situations where Beth Moore actually writes something biblically sound and true — a clear position on the sinfulness of homosexuality — she insists that she’s “exceeded Scripture.” She calls homosexuality sinful and then urges people to seek repentance and forgiveness — to flee from it. That, in no way, is “exceeding Scripture.”
Further, as you can see, she insists that by calling homosexuality a sin, she makes people feel “demonized,” and that what she “had written was doing considerably more harm than good.” Of course, to believe that being honest and truthful about one’s sin is doing “more harm than good” is clearly a doctrinal shift. The Book is literally about breaking free of sin. What possible harm can being truthful about sin do? It is, in fact, far more harmful to allow people to believe that they are in good standing with God while in unrepentant sin. Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Brethren, this is clearly a double minded woman. Exceeding Scripture?
I think that we would all do so much better by allowing the Word of God to speak for itself.