Sometimes Discernment Means Naming Names

Twisting ScriptureI know very well what I wrote yesterday, so I appreciate the irony of writing a post dealing with Beth Moore just one day later. But if you’ll hang in there with me while I make my case, I think you’ll see that today’s article actually bears out the very point I made about discernment. Understanding sound doctrine protects us against false teachers and teachings that deviate from the truth.

Tomorrow’s Saturday Sampler will include a link to a blog post Elizabeth Prata wrote addressing Beth Moore’s recent Tweet.

Immediately, I sighed, wondering if Beth Moore will ever go away. Surely, every evangelical on the planet has seen the warnings about her by now, and they know that, when she bothers to use the Bible at all, she mishandles it terribly. In the Tweet here, however, she completely ignores Scripture altogether in favor of trusting subjective impressions.

Thanks Beth, but I’ll let   God’s Word override any “warnings” I may want to imagine as coming from the Holy Spirit.

Sadly,  far too many women still don’t understand the multiple problems with Beth Moore, making it necessary for bloggers like Elizabeth Prata to repeatedly write articles exposing her faulty doctrine and unbiblical practices. I seriously doubt Elizabeth Prata takes pleasure in writing such essays, but she sees Moore’s alarming extent of influence and desires to help women escape this sort of deception.

A few months ago, as those of you who follow my Monday Bible Studies might recall, I showed you Jude’s instructions for ministering to others who have been deceived by teachers like Beth Moore.

20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. 22 And have mercy on those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them out of the fire; to others show mercy with fear, hating even the garment stained by the flesh. ~~Jude 20-23 (ESV)

Jude’s instructions begin with an exhortation to build ourselves up in the faith, meaning that we must study and understand its tenets. Likewise, praying in the Holy Spirit requires knowing the Scriptures that He inspired. Rescuing people from false teachers and false doctrine necessitates a firm acquaintance with God’s Word.

Next, Jude encourages us to show mercy to doubters. Here he specifically refers those who doubt the false teaching that has been inflicted on them. They don’t quite know what to believe, so they need patience and compassion.

The people in verse 23 have, in varying levels, succumbed to deception. Consequently, some of them need harsher rescuing. Yes, they need to receive correct teaching, but they frequently also require that we show them why a false teacher (for example, Beth Moore) is in violation of God’s Word.

Therefore, when Beth Moore puts out a Tweet like the one at the beginning of this article, bloggers like Elizabeth Prata absolutely must call her out. When you read Elizabeth’s blog post tomorrow, please notice how Elizabeth uses good doctrine to refute Moore’s deception.

Of course, the more we know Biblical doctrine, the easier it will be to spot lies and half-truths that people like Beth Moore spit out. Sound doctrine inoculates us against falsehoods by giving us the standards against which to measure anything we hear. As we study God’s Word and understand its doctrines, we can easily spot ideas that don’t line up. Developing this type of discernment liberates bloggers like Elizabeth Prata from the disagreeable task of having to constantly refute Beth Moore.

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