Category Archives: Beth Moore

Saturday Sampler: March 19 — March 25

Flower SamplerContinuing her series in Growing 4 Life, Leslie A. writes Learn to Discern: Who Do You Follow? She raises several important points that women should seriously consider as we pray to develop our discernment .

Unbelief doesn’t need one more miracle says Jennifer at One Hired Late in the Day. I’d been considering writing a similar article, but I really couldn’t improve on hers. If you want a solid explanation of the doctrine of justification, Jennifer’s blog post certainly gives it clearly.

“Authentic” seems to be the latest buzzword among evangelicals. In Has “Be Authentic” Replaced “Be Holy”? Rebekah Womble explains what postmodern people mean by authenticity, contrasting their understanding of the characteristic with the holiness that Christ calls us to practice.

Dinitatians typically believe in the Father and the Son, but not the Holy Spirit. In his blog post, Are Cessationists Dinitatians? Eric Davis of The Cripplegate refutes the popular notion that non-Charismatics don’t believe in the Holy Spirit. I love his list of 20 things Cessationists believe about the Holy Spirit.

Do you sometimes wonder what you should pray in praying for your pastor? Steve Altroggie, blogging on The Blazing Center, enumerates 8 Prayers You Should Regularly Pray For Your Pastor to offer us good direction in the matter.

John Ellis’ article, How NOT to Argue Online in adayinhiscourt convicted me. But it also encouraged me in arguing my case in ways that honor the Lord .

Responding to one of Beth Moore’s recent Tweets, Elizabeth Prata writes How does the Holy Spirit lead us? in her blog, The End Time. Her essay is lengthy, admittedly (and perhaps could have been broken into two separate ones), but her point is so crucial to Christian women that I strongly recommend it as essential reading.

In Don’t Get Your Theology from Movies, Michelle Lesley explains why even Movie Subscription Services that advertise themselves as Christian fail at helping us negotiate life’s issues. I’ve never seen anyone address this matter quite this comprehensively before, but Michelle does an excellent job.

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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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Hey Jude — Ministry To Victims Of False Teachers

Lady Reading BibleSpiritual discernment obviously requires an understanding of the difference between true and false doctrine, as well as knowing the characteristics of false teachers and how the Lord will judge them. As you read Jude’s entire epistle in preparation for today’s study (click this link to get the epistle), be alert to Jude’s focus on the latter two elements of discernment. Then remember how he shifts the conversation, beginning in verse 17, to the nuts and bolts of how believers should contend for the faith against these false teachers.

We’ll be talking about verses 22 and 23 in this installment of our Bible Study, but let’s read these verses in their immediate context:

17 But you must remember, beloved, the predictions of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. 18 They said to you, “In the last time there will be scoffers, following their own ungodly passions.” 19 It is these who cause divisions, worldly people, devoid of the Spirit. 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 17-23 (ESV)

As  we learned last Monday, contending for the faith isn’t as glamorous as taking on false teachers. As much as I used to enjoy trolling Beth Moore’s Twitter account (I repented before she needed to block me), such activity fails to accomplish anything productive.  False teachers have no  interest in repenting of heresy, and they certainly have no intention of considering Biblical challenges to their propaganda.

Jude instead counsels Christians to edify each other through sound doctrine as we pray according to Scriptural guidelines and love God by our obedience to His Word. Moving to verses 22 and 23, we discover that he also assigns us the responsibility of ministering to the victims of false teachers.

Jude presents three types of victims, prescribing various ways to minister to them. He begins with the most vulnerable group, calling them those who doubt.  These people have heard the teachings of the apostates as well as correct teaching, and they feel torn between the two. They need gentle correction. Compassion, please notice, includes helping them understand the difference between truth and error, but it makes these distinctions without a pejorative tone. Indeed helping people understand that they’ve been deceived is ultimately the best way  to express mercy.

Jude’s second group represents those who are on the brink of  accepting the lies of the false teachers. To rescue them, we don’t have time to be gentle. They’re walking into fire, and must be warned of the judgment and condemnation that will burn them  unless they repent and turn back to Biblical truth. We don’t have time for gentleness! Our tactics will seem quite harsh, I agree, but blazing infernos rarely afford anyone the luxury of patient persuasion.

The final group Jude mentions also needs to be treated with compassion, but our compassion must not lead us to condone their sinful beliefs, attitudes or behaviors. People in this group may demand that our mercy toward them include an acceptance of their sin. While maintaining a gentle posture toward them, however, we need to demonstrate an abhorrence for the sin that threatens to damn them. We absolutely cannot have anything to do with even superficial vestiges of that sort of thing.

False teachers leave severely damaged people in their wake. Rather than vindictively chasing after the false teachers, whom God has already designated for condemnation anyway (see Jude 4), we most effectively contend for the faith by encouraging their victims to return to sound doctrine. And that happens as we remain in Scripture and direct them back to Scripture.

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No Reading Plans Or Top Ten…And Why

cropped-tulip-header1.jpgWatching the blogs this week, I’ve noticed two pronounced trends. The first trend focuses on Bible reading plans for 2017. In addition, bloggers have been writing about reasons Christians should get serious about reading the Bible this coming year.

Given the overall thrust of The Outspoken TULIP, it would probably make sense for me to jump on that bandwagon. But my personal Bible reading schedule didn’t exactly follow the calendar this year. I ended up starting Genesis 1:1 some time in November, after I spent over ten months studying 1 John through cross-references. I’m well into Exodus now, reading it like a novel and finding it hard to put down. On Saturdays I read whatever passage from Luke my pastor will preach on the next day, and I spend Sundays and Mondays studying Jude.

After nearly 46 years, I’ve come to believe that systematic Bible reading is essential, but that tying it to a calendar leads me into legalism. Both Bible reading and Bible study should be done with the singular purpose of hearing from the Lord. And no, not by taking a phrase, verse or passage out of context and personalizing it. Rather, as we go through Scripture systematically, we understand Who God is and what His priorities are. Racing a calendar is less important than learning what God’s Word says.

So I don’t want to offer 2017 reading plans in this blog. I do, however, want to encourage you to read and study the Word of God systematically. Whether you choose one of the many plans that other bloggers have been making available all week (for instance, Elizabeth Prata  and Michelle Lesley list a variety of plans), what really matters is that you’re in the Word!

This week’s other popular trend focuses on listing a blogger’s Top Ten posts of 2016. Interesting way to boost views, I suppose, and heaven knows my poor little blog could certainly use more traffic. But my Top Ten posts discourage me because they’re almost exclusively about Beth Moore.

Not that I mind getting out the word that Beth Moore mishandles Scripture and promotes narcissism with a veneer of “Christianity.” Indeed, I think about her every time I write a Bible Study on Jude. I may write about her in future blog posts if circumstances call me to do so! She’s led many women astray, and her errors continually crop up.

That said, I always feel like a sleazy tabloid journalist when I blog about her. I know that plopping her name in a title is click-bait. Over the past several months, I’ve been convicted that click-bait prostitutes my blog. The thought troubles me. For that reason, I desperately hope I’ll find no need to blog about her, Rick Warren, Sarah Young or any other false teachers in 2017.

So I believe doing a Top Ten post would only attract people to essays that I least want to highlight. If you really want a retrospective of my 2016 posts, please read my studies of Ephesians 2:1-10 and Jude. I’d much prefer that you focus on God’s Word than linger on posts that could degenerate into fodder for evangelical gossip.

Thank you for reading The Outspoken TULIP  throughout 2016, ladies. Please tell your family and friends to check out the articles that encourage you.  Also, drop by The Outspoken TULIP  Facebook page and start a conversation. I look forward to 2017 as a year of ministering to each other through God’s Word.

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Some Roads Only Lead To Abandoned Dog Racing Tracks

When I lived in Memphis back in 1995, Mom  came out to visit. She stayed in a hotel only two miles away from the nursing home (where I lived). On the Saturday of my visit, my friend James picked me up in my van, and we set out for Mom’s hotel.

1995, of course, hadn’t yet seen GPS devices, so we honestly believed the road we’d taken led to the hotel. But 15 minutes later, as we found ourselves on the bridge crossing the Mississippi River into Arkansas, James remembered that the road split way back near the nursing home. We had stayed on the wider, more traveled road, thinking it would get us to the hotel in downtown Memphis. Instead, it led us to an abandoned dog racing track in another state.

This story fluttered back into my memory one day as I thought about the various trends and teachers flooding the evangelical church today. At first, we don’t notice any deviation from Biblical doctrine. In fact, we see these trends and teachers attract more people to church, and we conclude that the numbers signify God’s blessing. Just as James and I assumed the broad, more populous road would take us to Mom’s hotel, so evangelicals trust these popular movements and teachers to lead them to spiritual truths.

But often, the popular route ends up miles away from truth. Things that appear to  be Christian may actually lure people to a counterfeit spirituality. And popularity may, to our surprise, even serve as an indication of deviation from truth. Consider this passage from the Lord’s own Sermon on the Mount:

13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” ~~Matthew 7:13-27 (ESV)


The narrow gate squeezes  out false doctrine.  Though it’s so much easier to jump on whatever bandwagon comes to “a church near you,” Jesus holds us accountable to examine the quality (rather than the quantity) of each program and teaching. Beth Moore and Rick Warren, for example, may inspire millions of people to buy their books and attend their speaking engagements, but they manipulate Scripture to preach a  false gospel of  narcissism instead of elevating the Lord Jesus Christ. Similarly, the Gay Christian Movement concentrates on rewriting God’s Word for the sole purpose of legitimizing their sexual  sin. 

And on an on the deception goes, slowly and subtly leading evangelicals away from the Biblical Christ into a parody of Christianity as lifeless as those dog racing tracks in Arkansas. Perhaps my attempts to demonstrate how various trends and teachers steer people in wrong directions appear unloving and unnecessarily divisive as I “rip” cherished teachers and ideas. But love, if it’s genuine, warns people that they misread maps and follow the traffic on the wrong road.

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What is ‘Bridal Mysticism’? And why is it so prevalent?

As my regular readers know, I suffered during my single years, longing to be married. Several woman in my church encouraged me (if you can call it encouragement) to let Jesus be my Husband. I sincerely tried to follow their advice, and felt condemned when couldn’t sustain romantic feelings toward Him.

Praise God for Elizabeth Prata’s excellent post exposing the false teaching that we can experience romantic and even erotic relationships with the Lord! Please read her essay to understand the unbiblical origins of this dastardly teaching and how it contrasts with the true Gospel.

The End Time

In 2005, Beth Moore was interviewed by Today’s Christian Woman magazine. They asked Moore:

Q. What led you to Jesus?

A. Beth Moore’s [2005] answer:

My Sunday-school teacher would hold up pictures of Jesus, and he looked so nice. I needed a hero, and Jesus seemed like one. I’d lie on the grass, stare up at the sky, and wonder what Jesus was like. Even as a child, I fell in love with him. After my freshman year in college, I was a camp counselor for sixth-grade girls. Early one morning, as the girls were sleeping, I sensed God’s presence enfold me. There were no audible words, no bright lights. But suddenly I knew, without a doubt, my future was entirely his. You are now mine, he told me. (source)

If that sounds familiar, it’s because it is very much like many other false teachers’ conversion stories.

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Saturday Sampler: September 25 — October 1

48a60-fourjoyfulladiesContinuing her new series in Beautiful Thing, Jessica Pickowicz gives us Portraits of Superstition: The Pagan Prayer Warrior as an encouragement to pray in ways that honor God.

As my readers know, I am no Beth Moore fan. But when I saw that Elizabeth Prata had written an essay called Jude’s dreamers and Beth Moore’s necromancy for The End Time, I wondered whether or not Elizabeth might have gone too far. Um…no. But click her link to  the YouTube video, and you’ll see that her critique of Moore is chilling in its accuracy. Ladies, Beth Moore is a very dangerous false teacher.

Fred Butler of Hip and Thigh has been doing a series on Christian liberty based on the apostle Paul’s teachings on the subject in 1 Corinthians. His forth installment, How Idolatry Ruined Israel, helps explain the difference between liberty and compromise.

The Biblical Woman blog, for this week’s Theology Thursday column, features Is It Greek to You? Interpreting Romans 16:7. Besides making a strong case for the complimentarian perspective on this controversial verse, Candi Finch demonstrates responsible Bible Study practices. I recommend her article for both reasons.

In  a blog post written for Parking Space 23, James Street lists 5 Things I Want You To Do For Me When I’m On My Death Bed. I question his understanding of Philippians 1:21 (though I recognize that his seminary degree makes him more knowledgeable in Bible interpretation than I), but I find his list very intriguing and practical. It challenges me in contemplating my own death.

John Ellis, writing for PJ Media, boldly names people that he considers The 5 Most Dangerous Wolves Preying On Christians today.  While I’d have a slightly different list, he definitely brings up people who are serious threats.

The author of One Hired Late In The Day answers the question What Is The Gospel? Yes, it’s basic Christian doctrine,  but we all need reminding of these foundational truths more of than we think.

 

 
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