Beth Moore may be genuinely saved. I begin this post with that statement because I don’t know her heart, and I don’t want to make a judgement that Scripture forbids me to make (see Matthew 7:1). That same chapter, however, gives Christians (including me) the responsibility to evaluate people by what they teach and how they conduct themselves in order that we might avoid people who proclaim false teaching (see Matthew 7:1-6; 13-23). On the basis of these Scriptures, along with many others, I must stand on my conviction that Moore teaches error and conducts herself in ways that don’t adorn the Gospel.
This past Saturday, Moore’s activity on Twitter once again raised serious questions about her doctrinal soundness and her obedience to God’s Word.
Could she have meant that her husband wasn’t inclined to study the Scriptures that particular day? My fellow blogger, Elizabeth Prata, explored that question yesterday in her post Beth Moore’s strangely disappearing tweet: a discernment lesson, which points out a few disturbing patterns in Moore’s ministry and personal life (please make time to read Elizabeth’s essay).
As this article states, Moore deleted the Tweet once people challenged her husband’s apparent lack lack of spiritual leadership, when she could have just as easily tweeted a simple clarification to exonerate him.
Instead, Moore’s Tweet announced to the world that her husband doesn’t care as much about studying God’s Word as she does. He’s happy, however, to create an idyllic environment for her to “study” the Bible as she watches deer graze around her.
My husband read Moore’s Tweet and lost no time in declaring that she disrespected her husband. The Bible calls husbands to lead in family devotions (Ephesians 5:25-33). Beth Moore all but admitted that her husband relegates the discipline of Bible Study to her, thus abdicating his role of spiritual leadership. Whether or not he actually makes such an abdication, the careless Tweet certainly leaves the world with that impression of him. I wish Beth Moore had respected her husband enough to cover his reluctance to study God’s Word.
Yes, anyone can make mistakes on social media. I’ve made posts that showed a tremendous lack of discretion on my part, and I regret doing so. But Beth Moore has a growing track record of usurping spiritual authority, as well as other serious doctrinal errors. Michelle Lesley has compiled some helpful links that detail various problems with Moore’s theology and deportment at the close of her post Five Reasons It’s Time To Start Exercising “Moore” Discernment.
Ladies, if Moore’s Tweet was nothing beyond an isolated misstep, no one would be giving it a second thought. I live in my own glass house, so I throw stones carefully. But Moore’s Tweet comes as the latest in a growing line of bad fruits that call her ministry into question. Moore’s books and speaking engagements may by funny and entertaining, but do they promote godliness? Does she teach and behave in ways that honor Christ and conform to His Word? As times get more serious for Christians, we can’t afford to subject ourselves to the teachings of someone who consistently dishonors the Lord.