Is Beth Moore a False Teacher?

Even some of our most trusted teachers can go astray.  Be watchful!

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Beth Moore

by Matt Slick

Beth Moore Bio

Beth Moore was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  She has received an “honorary doctorate in humanities from Howard Payne University”1.  She is married with two children.  “Beth founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God’s Word. She has written numerous books and Bible studies, including Breaking Free, Believing God, The Patriarchs and most recently, James: Mercy Triumphs that have been read by women of all ages, races, and denominations.”2  She taught at Houston’s First Baptist Church and now is at the Bayou City Fellowship.

Now, please understand that this is not a “heresy hunt.”  Beth Moore definitely teaches a lot of good things right out of the word of God.  In fact, I found little with which to disagree.  For the most part she is right on.  However, there are some significant issues worth addressing.  I’d like to say that Beth Moore definitely needs a proper theological education and needs to learn how to exegete Scripture better.  Both would help her immensely.  Furthermore, she is a Bible teacher.  Is this appropriate for her since she is a woman and Paul says, “But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. 13 For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve,” (1 Tim. 2:12-13)?  She is teaching people, including men.  Though she is not doing it from a church pulpit, she is teaching on T.V.  I know that the issue of women teaching men is not popular, but to what do we submit — popular opinion or God’s word?  See, “Should Women Be Pastors and Elders?

Beth Moore Mission Statement, but no doctrinal statement

On her website lproof.org is a mission statement (http://www.lproof.org/aboutus/OurMission/default.htm).  In it are some pretty good things, including…

  • Jesus is the only way.
  • Salvation is found only in him.
  • Scripture is inspired.
  • Promotion of the unity of believers.
  • The body of Christ has different kinds of spiritual gifts.
  • The future glorification/resurrection of the believer.

However, there is no doctrinal statement, and as such we don’t see any affirmation of the Trinity, that Jesus is a man right now with two natures: divine and human.  I could not find anything affirming justification by faith alone in Christ alone, or whether or not baptism is necessary for salvation (it isn’t).  It is always helpful for a Christian ministry to have a doctrinal statement because it enables people to quickly see what basis a person is teaching from.  Without one, we have to ask questions wondering what she believes concerning the Trinity, the deity of Christ, the sacrifice of Christ, the physical resurrection of Christ, baptism, how to be saved, etc.  Of course, we can make assumptions that she affirms biblical orthodoxy, but we would prefer to have actual statements and not assumptions.  The fact that there is no doctrinal statement is worrisome.  Now, it could be that she does not want to be doctrinally minded because she is trying to reach across denominational lines.  If this is the case, it is still problematic since there is no real public, doctrinal proclamation of her faith – in detail.  This is unfortunate, especially since she supports the error of contemplative prayer and apparently considers Roman Catholicism to be another Christian denomination.  She needs to step up and provide a detailed doctrinal statement.

How to become a Christian according to Beth Moore

One thing I found interesting on the website was a short statement on how to become a Christian.  It was titled “How to Receive Jesus Christ”3 and consisted of three simple steps.

  1. “Admit your need for forgiveness and peace.”
  2. “Be willing to turn from your sins, believing that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.”
  3. “Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to forgive your sins & be your Savior.”

Certainly God could use such a three step process to bring people into salvation. However, the “list” is incomplete.  There is no mention of what sin is (the breaking of God’s laws regarding lying, adultery, theft, etc.).  There is no mention of God’s righteous judgment upon the sinner.   The “rose from the grave” needs to be more precise by stating that Jesus rose from the grave in the same body he died in, though it was a glorified body.  There is no mention of what Jesus is saving the sinner from – God’s righteous wrath.  In fact, there is no definition of who Jesus is.  From her website we cannot ascertain if Jesus is God in flesh, one of many prophets (Islam), our elder brother from the pre-existence (LDS), or even an angel (JW). 

Exegetical Errors

If Mrs. Moore is exercising the position of a Bible teacher, then she should be able to properly exegete Scripture.  Unfortunately, she is guilty of frequent allegorization where she misapplies Scripture.  To allegorize means to use a symbol as representing a more complex idea.  The problem is that with allegorizing, Scripture can be made to say almost anything.  Let’s take a look at a few of the many examples of Beth Moore’s improper biblical interpretive practices.

  1. Quote:  Speaking of the demoniac of Matt. 8:28-34, she says, “before we proceed to the next point, consider a fact revealed in verse 27. The demonic didn’t live in a house. He resided in the tombs. I wonder how many people today are living “in the tombs”? I know a woman who is still so oppressed by despair that decades after the loss of a loved one, she still lives “in the tombs.”  (Jesus, the One and Only, by Beth Moore, B & H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tenn., 2002, p. 143-144)
    1. Response:  The biblical text is about Jesus’ authority over the demonic realm, not about people living “in the tombs.”  The two demoniac’s that were living in these dark places were exceedingly violent (v. 28).  They said to Jesus, “What do we have to do with you, Son of God?  Have you come here to torment us before the time?”  Jesus then commanded the demons in these two men to leave, and they went and entered into swine (vv. 31-32).  The point of the text has nothing to do with people who are held in bondage by emotional traumas.  Beth’s allegorizing the text to make it fit her need is a wrong use of the text.
  2. Quote: “as stated in the introduction to this book, we may not always be sure God wills to  heal us physically in this life of every disease or prosper us with tangible blessings, but He always wills to free us from strongholds. You will never have to worry about whether you are praying in God’s will concerning strongholds. “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free” (Gal. 5:1).  (Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds, by Beth Moore, B&H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tenn., 2009, p. 36, italics in original)
    1. Response: The context of Gal. 5:1 is dealing with being under the law (Gal. 4:21).  Paul contrasts children under of the law and “children of promise” (Gal. 4:28).  Paul was warning the Galatians about being enslaved to the Mosaic law, which is why he says in the next verse “… that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.”  Beth Moore has improperly applied a verse, taking it out of its original context and meaning, and used it in a manner for which it was not intended — as the biblical context demonstrates.
  3. Quote: After writing about literal Barbie dolls used in churches, put in pews, with hands lifted up, she mentioned how one of them had a gnawed off leg.  “Though the group didn’t know it, they’d hit the nail right on the head, or maybe the leg right on the stump. That was me all right. No, I don’t have a missing leg, but if you could see me with your spiritual eyes, surely at least on of my legs was gnawed off at the knee.  Ephesians 4:27 warns, “Do not give the devil a foothold.”  Uh, too late.  Satan has wounded me, but he hasn’t devoured me.  He got the leg, but he’s never gotten the thigh, though goodness knows he wanted it. I may walk with a spiritual limp, but thanks be to God, who holds me up and urges me to lean on Him, at least I can walk.  So can you.” (get out of that pit: straight talk about God’s deliverance, by Beth Moore, Thomas Nelson, Nashville Tennessee, 2007, p. 87)
    1. Response:  The context of Eph. 4:27 is this:  “Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth, each one of you, with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. 26 Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity. 28 Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need.”  The stronghold is about sinning in anger or theft, etc.  Beth Moore’s “spiritual eyes” here about being gnawed off at the knee and not giving the devil a stronghold are not related and have nothing to do with the text.  Beth isn’t supposed to take any text that “might” look like a phrase “could” fit a “spiritual” lesson and then use it.  She is teaching people how to fail to exegete Scripture properly.  She is teaching them to just apply verses willy-nilly in whatever direction seems to fit.  This is dangerous.

Scripture means what it means in context.  Beth Moore needs to examine the context of Scripture, note what it actually says, and then stick to it.  She should not take a word or phrase in Scripture, expand it, throw in a “spiritual” meaning not taught in the verses, then misapply it in a five step how-get-out-of-your-pit-of-depression pop psychology speech that is housed in Christian terminology.  Proclaiming God’s word is a very serious matter, and all Bible teachers should seek to be as faithful to Scripture as possible – lest we violate God’s word and mislead his people.

Beth Moore Quotes

What does Beth Moore teach?  As I said before, she teaches many good things. However, it is not these that we are have to worry about.  It is the blatant unbiblical teachings to which we now turn our attention.  Here are a few of them.

  1. Belief invites the power of God to flow:  “God wields incomparably great power for those who choose to believe. Read it again! Incomparably great power! More than enough to break the yoke of bondage. Our belief unclogs the pipe and invites the power to flow” (Praying God’s Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds, by Beth Moore, p. 37)
    1. Response:  We hold the key to unleashing God by belief?  Really?  Is there any Scripture for this?  On the contrary, God’s great sovereignty and power are not dependent upon sinful people. Instead, God works all things after the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11Acts 2:234:28).
  2. Beth Moore promotes contemplative prayer: “A true lover of God once spoke about practicing God’s presence. To me that’s such a part of contemplative prayer. That we are able to absorb the reality that as we commune with God through prayer that he is with us that his spirit for those of us who are in Christ fills us that we are drawn near to him that our souls find rest in him.”  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sPMPmOEV0c).  In this video she was praising Brother Lawrence, an apostate Roman Catholic Monk.
    1. Response:  Contemplative prayer is a dangerous practice that has been creeping into the church via Roman Catholicism.  It is a form of eastern mysticism that has been packaged in Christian terminology.  In brief, it is a way of trying to commune with God by emptying one’s mind, focusing on a word or phrase, and practicing the presence of the divine through inner, silent contemplation (i.e., contemplative prayer).  In this practice, people are instructed to quietly sit, contemplating on a special word or phrase that is supposed to help you focus on the presence of God.  The idea is to not think, but to experience God and to remain silent, without thinking, as you seek God’s presence.  What this does is induce an altered state of consciousness.  It is dangerous.  Rom. 12:2says, “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”  The Bible tells us to renew our mind, not empty it.
  3. Catholicism is part of the Christian Church:  In this video on God’s vision for the church she is teaching on stage.  She has women sitting in small groups on stage who represent different religious groups within the church.  They are the United Methodist Church, a Missionary Baptist Church (black community), a Catholic Church, and the Abundant Life Church (charismatic).  It is not stated if she includes the Catholic Church as being another denomination, but this is a concern. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Lk5YyI43Y)
    1. Response:  The video does not state particulars, but the concern is that she apparently considers the Roman Catholic Church to be just another Christian denomination.  It isn’t.  Perhaps she is just grossly ignorant of the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings that we have to go through Mary to obtain forgiveness of sins, that we have to take sacraments to have grace infused into us, that we have to keep the 10 commandments to be saved, etc.  If she did, would she consider it Christian?  I hope not.  Still, her ignorance and faulty understanding of both the biblical doctrine of salvation as well as the serious errors of the Roman Catholic Church demonstrate that Beth Moore is not a competent teacher of the word.
  4. God Shows Beth Moore A Vision Of The Church:  “I see God doing something huge in the body of Christ. I do not know why I have had the privilege to get to travel around and see one church after another, one group of believers after another, interdenominationally all over this country but I have gotten to see something that I think is huge. And I’ll also suggest to you that I am not the only one. And tonight I am gonna do my absolute best to illustrate to you something that God showed me sitting out on the back porch. He put a picture I’ve explained to you before I’m a very visual person.  So he speaks to me very often in putting a picture in my head and it was as if I was raised up, looking down on a community as I saw the church in that particular dimension. Certainly not all dimensions, not even many, but in what we will discuss tonight the church as Jesus sees it in a particular dimension.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVkJiYEyRwc&feature=relmfu)
    1. Response:  The problem here is that Moore is equating the picture in her mind with Scripture. In other words, she talks about getting an impression, a kind of vision, and there is absolutely no mention of whether or not this vision is biblical.  She seems to view personal revelation as being equal in importance and authority as the word of God.
  5. Whispers in the heart as revelation from God apparently are equal to Scripture:  “As we study we may see several examples of Him [Christ] posing a question that only He could answer. Christ certainly uses that teaching method with me. Sometimes He’ll cause me to dig through Scripture for a question He seemed to initiate. Other times the question may come as a personalized whisper in my heart: ‘Beth, why are you acting that way?’ Often my answer is ‘I don’t know, Lord! Can you tell me why?’ If I really search His heart, sooner or later He’ll give me insight into my reactions,” (Jesus, the One and Only, by Beth Moore, B & H Publishing Group, Nashville, Tenn., 2002, p. 47).
    1. Response:  There is no mention of the superiority of Scripture over the whisper in her heart.  All sensations, all insights, all “whispers in the heart” should be checked against Scripture.  Mrs. Moore should always be pointing people to the word, and telling them to submit all experiences to it.  She fails to do this here, and in her negligence encourages others to look to feelings and experiences over the word of God.  This can only lead to error.
  6. Beth Moore gets revelation knowledge direction from God:  “What God began to say to me about five years ago and I’m telling you it is in me on such a treck with him that my head is still whirling over it. He began to say to me, ‘I’m gonna say 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, ‘Starting with you.’ Amen. Because we can do a lot of finger-pointing around here about why we’re revival is not happening here and there. Let me tell you something revival will always happen with faith.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOlCicOQygE
    1. Response:  As a Christian, I am fully aware of how God sometimes “speaks to us” via the Holy Spirit who is in our hearts (2 Cor. 1:22) in such ways as bearing witness that we are children of God (Rom. 8:16), or helping us to pray (Rom. 8:26), or convicting us of sin (John 16:8); but this is not what she is talking about.  Instead, she is claiming to know the exact words that God himself is saying through her to the Christian church.  Essentially, she is advocating extra-biblical revelation on a level equal to the apostles themselves.  She did not preface her “Revelation” with any humility or fear before the Almighty.  Instead, she whips out a statement to the audience in such a way that she is claiming a special place of revelatory knowledge from God himself that is to be given to the Christian Church through her.  She is elevating herself to the level of apostle, and this is, of course, unbiblical and dangerous.  What other “revelations” from God will she get?

Conclusion

We must be very careful when listening to a teacher.  Beth Moore, in my opinion, is not to be trusted to properly teach from the word of God.  She is leading many astray with her approval of contemplative prayer, personal revelations, and faulty biblical exegesis.  Yes, I know that many claim to have been helped by her.  That is fine, but the experience of feeling helped is not where truth lies.  Rather, it is God’s word that is the standard of what is good and bad, not if we are helped through the wolf of pop psychology in Christian terminology.  Therefore, I cannot endorse Beth Moore.

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15 Responses to Is Beth Moore a False Teacher?

  1. Brooke says:

    I say this in love as someone who thoroughly studied the Catholic tradition thru a Baptist/Non-denominational lens. The Catholic Church does not teach that we must “1)go through Mary to obtain forgiveness of sins, 2)that we have to take sacraments to have grace infused into us, 3)that we have to keep the 10 commandments to be saved, etc.” I challenge you to go beyond what others have told you that the Catholic Church teaches and earnestly investigate for yourself what the Catholic Church itself teaches (the Catechism is a public document available online, I challenge you to find any of those assertions within it). 1)Is absolutely false 2)even though they teach that sacraments strengthen believers to walk in God’s grace the sacraments are only a “physical representation of a spiritual reality” 3)we all fall short of the commandments (aka we sin) yet thru God’s grace and His continual forgiveness we are sanctified, and if you reasearch it the Catholic church does not teach any different.
    Again we must look at what the Catholic Church says about Herself. We cannot just take another person’s or denomination’s (possibly biased) viewpoint as our own without researching it ourselves in the spirit of Philippians 2:12.

  2. Dear Brooke,
    Thank you for your response so lovingly presented. Because your loving kindness is so great as to offer these corrections, I would, in kind, like to respond to you.

    Perhaps it is a confusion for we Protestants to understand how the traditions of the Catholic Church intertwine with the actual Bible texts. I suppose this was Luther’s difficulty as well. Maybe you can help others who read this blog understand that more fully. The question for me has always been whether or not God really means it when he says His Word is sufficient. My take on it is this:

    When discussing Scripture, Christians are referring to both Old and New Testaments. The Apostle Paul declared that the holy Scriptures “are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-17). If Scripture is “God-breathed,” then it is not man-breathed and, although it was penned by men, those “men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). No man-made writing is sufficient to equip us for every good work; only the Word of God can do that. Furthermore, if the Scriptures are sufficient tothoroughly equip us, then nothing more is needed.

    Colossians 2 is a perfect example of the dangers a church faces when the sufficiency of Scripture is challenged and merged with non-biblical writings, full of ungodly theology and concepts. Paul warned the church at Colosse: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8). Jude says it even more specifically when he writes “although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Notice the phrase “once and for all.” This makes it clear that no other writings, no matter how godly the pastor, theologian or denominational church they may come from, are to be seen as equal to or completing the Word of God. The Bible contains all that is necessary for the believer to understand the character of God, the nature of man, and the doctrines of sin, heaven, hell, and salvation through Jesus Christ. Paul’s words to the Galatians indicate the seriousness of delivering a message outside the Bible: “If we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:8).

    Perhaps the strongest verses on the issue of sufficiency of the Bible come from the book of Psalms. In Psalm 19:7-14, David rejoices in God’s Word, declaring it to be perfect, trustworthy, right, radiant, enlightening, sure and altogether righteous. As such, being that the Bible is “perfect,” no other writings are necessary because it is inspired by God and all we need for salvation, life in Christ, and the building of the Kingdom.

    Considering your second correction, please consider this.

    According to Roman Catholicism, after receiving initial justification in baptism, which removes original sin, grace is also infused into a person (Catechism of the Catholic Church, herein referred to as CCC, par. 1999). However, with each sin a person commits after baptism, there is a loss of justifying grace. The more a person sins, the more grace he loses. Venial sins (lesser sins) result in incremental losses of this grace, but mortal sins (greater sins) bring an instantaneous loss of all grace — if a person dies after committing mortal sin, he goes to hell. In order to replace the grace that was lost, he must participate in the sacraments (mainly penance) administered by a properly ordained priest the Roman Catholic Church. This regaining of grace enables him to do good works and keep himself in a state of justification before God. This is how the Roman Catholic maintains his salvation.

    The infused grace must be maintained through a series of sacraments.

    Infused grace: “The grace of Christ is the gratuitous gift that God makes to us of his own life, infused by the Holy Spirit into our soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it. It is the sanctifying or deifying grace received in Baptism,” (CCC 1999)
    Infused grace: “Sanctifying grace is the gratuitous gift of his life that God makes to us; it is infused by the Holy Spirit into the soul to heal it of sin and to sanctify it,” (CCC 2023)
    Sacraments necessary for salvation: “The Church affirms that for believers the sacraments of the New Covenant are necessary for salvation,” (CCC, par. 1129).
    Obtaining grace: “The principal ways of obtaining grace are prayer and the sacraments, especially the holy Eucharist,” (The New Saint Joseph Baltimore Catechism, No. 2, Answer to Question 117).
    As you can see, grace is infused into a person via the sacraments. This is necessary in order to regain the justifying grace if lost so that a sufficient level of justifying grace can be maintained which enables the person to remain justified. Penance is one of the main sacraments used to maintain a person’s salvation. What is important is that being right with God is not by faith alone but by faith and penance.

    Penance necessary for salvation: “And this sacrament of Penance is, for those who have fallen after baptism, necessary unto salvation,” (Council of Trent, Session 14, Chapter 2).
    Regain justification through penance: “As regards those who, by sin, have fallen from the received grace of Justification, they may be again justified, when, God exciting them,through the sacrament of Penance they shall have attained to the recovery, by the merit of Christ, of the grace lost: for this manner of Justification is of the fallen the reparation: which the holy Fathers have aptly called a second plank after the shipwreck of grace lost,” (Council of Trent, Session 6, Decree on Justification, Chapter 14).
    Regaining justification is not by faith alone: “If any one saith, that he, who has fallen after baptism, is not able by the grace of God to rise again; or, that he is able indeed to recover the justice which he has lost, but by faith alone without the sacrament of Penance, contrary to what the holy Roman and universal Church-instructed by Christ and his Apostles-has hitherto professed, observed, and taught; let him be anathema,” (Council of Trent, On Justification, Canon 29).
    Penance is necessary for salvation, for the regaining of justifying grace which cannot be regained by faith alone in Christ’s work alone. Because of this, Catholicism teaches that good works are necessary in order to persevere so as to maintain sufficient grace so as to remain saved.

    Grace of final perseverance: “The children of our holy mother the Church rightly hope for the grace of final perseverance and the recompense of God their Father for the good works accomplished with his grace in communion with Jesus,” (CCC 2016).
    Persevering in the faith, keeping commandments, and participating in the sacraments are all part of the salvation process. This is why salvation is never guaranteed in Catholicism for the average Catholic. It can’t be because it depends on a person’s faithfulness and effort. In Romanism, infused grace is necessary because it produces good works which in turn are necessary for maintaining one’s salvation.

    Please also consider this in light of your third correction. It is taken directly from the Catechism.

    2068 The Council of Trent teaches that the Ten Commandments are obligatory for Christians and that the justified man is still bound to keep them;28 the Second Vatican Council confirms: “The bishops, successors of the apostles, receive from the Lord . . . the mission of teaching all peoples, and of preaching the Gospel to every creature, so that all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments.”

    Thank you, again, Brooke for your very kind responses. I, with you, would like to be as clear as possible for all those reading these posts. I look forward to hearing from you again

    • Brooke says:

      Wow quick response!. It will take me a while to address all of your points but I plan to do so. I stumbled upon your blog and have never commented on a blog before, nor did I ever plan to but felt compelled to last night. Thanks in advance for your patience.

      • I’m so sorry, Brooke. I forgot to add these things concerning Your first challenge about Mary.

        According to Roman Catholicism, Mary is “the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, hereafter referred to as “CCC” 721), the “Queen over all things” (CCC 966), our “Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix” (CCC 969), who is “full of grace” (CCC 722), the “Mother of God and our mother” (CCC 2677), the “new Eve” (CCC 726), and the “seat of wisdom” (CCC 721). She had no original sin (CCC 508), and never committed sin (CCC 493). She is second only to her Son” (Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, par. 66) and sits “on the right hand of the majesty on high” (Pope Pius X, Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum, 14). In fact, “no man goeth to Christ but by His Mother” (Pope Leo 13th, Octobri Mense). It was Mary who “crushed the poisonous head of the most cruel serpent and brought salvation to the world” (Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus). It is she who “delivers our souls from death” (CCC 966), and “continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation” (CCC 969). “Mary, by her spiritual entering into the sacrifice of her divine son for men, made atonement for the sins of man,” (Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma4, Ott, page 213). Therefore, we can “entrust all our cares and petitions to her” (CCC 2677), “give ourselves over to her now” (CCC 2677), “pray to her” (CCC 2679), and have devotion to her (CCC 971). She was “taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven” (CCC 974). When speaking of the Church, “we can find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary,” (CCC 972). In her, the church is holy (CCC 867). “Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity” (CCC 967). Finally, in paradise the church gathers “around Jesus and Mary” (CCC 1053).

        The Bible says,

        “Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, that in us you might learn not to exceed what is written, in order that no one of you might become arrogant in behalf of one against the other,” (1 Cor. 4:6).

        Blessings!

  3. annunk says:

    Beth Moore’s part in the video, Be Still, which was on contemplative prayer/TM was what I used to get my church leadership to stop promoting her….at first.

    Beth, however, is part of LifeWay and my church had a LifeWay school attached to it. For that reason, they began promoting her again.

    Prayed about it for a LONG time and ended up leaving. Don’t like being that close to “off” teachings. . .

    God forgive her and open her eyes!

    • Thank you for your response. I believe Beth Moore has wonderful teaching gifts. Sadly, she appears to have joined the ranks of those who teach un-Biblical practices.

      I, too, pray The Lord would open her heart and mind to confess and repent of these teachings.

      Blessings

  4. The Bible prohibits women from teaching in the Chirch (except where Paul said that older women were to teach younger women how to be proper wives and mothers. Thus, even if every word she ever spoke was doctrinally correct, she is in rebellion against God by usurping a role that God didn’t give to women. Men and women are equal in terms of the salvation God grants them, but God has assigned different roles.

  5. Reblogged this on Intelligence is not a Sin! and commented:
    Just by presuming to be a Bible teacher, she has usurped for herself a role that God has given only to men (and not even all men). Thus, she is in rebellion against God.

  6. Reblogged this on Intelligence is not a Sin! and commented:
    Just by presuming to be a Bible teacher, she has usurped for herself a role that God has given only to men (and not even all men). Thus, she is in rebellion against God.

  7. Addie K. Miller says:

    Thank you for sharing THE TRUTH about Beth Moore, which can also be applied to many others as well. I have been warning about her for years now after attending several of her “bible” studies…I had many “red flags”. I understand why many take issue with HER “teaching” the bible, that is a different topic for a different day. Presently, my main concern is “WHAT” she is teaching. She has strayed in many different areas, ie: mysticism, misinterpretation of scripture, etc…as well as promoting denominations and individuals who are actually heretical. Many women, including many of my friends do not like the warnings I give them about Beth Moore, as well as others but this will not keep me from warning everyone who listens…..Now I would like to respond to “Brooke” personally…I AM A “FORMER” CATHOLIC, saved 29 years ago, and your information to her about the RCC is exactly correct. I have studied, researched and read about the RCC for years including reading all of the Catholic Catechism, all of the Council of Trent and as of the present, 1/2 of the Vatican II documents………thank you for exposing the truth as well as the deception…..A. Miller

    • Thank you for your thoughtful comment, Addie.

      Take heart, dear friend, the watchmen (and watchwomen)are blessed by God but often cursed by Man. The lovers of Truth are often hated by those who have been deceived into believing half-truths (which are dressed-up lies).
      RCC, Beth Moore, NAR, Word Of Faith…
      Ours is to continue to speak Truth. We must leave it to The Holy Spirit to bring conviction.

      Many Blessings

      • annunk says:

        Thank you for that. I’ve had even family members turn a deaf ear for years. Thankfully, they’re finally asking questions since they too are finally seeing things they say they’re perplexed by within their own churches… Eg. “My church is having a women ‘s retreat but they’re having yoga at it. I thought I heard something about yoga not being a Christian practice.. Could you elaborate on this?”

        Additionally, a child who’d cut off mom and dad for years after joining IHOP, has finally included their name back on the family welcome list and now sees a great deal of the heresy/error within IHOP – Praise God.

        So yes. I definitely left all my trust within God’s hands. He is always faithful.
        Again, thank you.

    • annunk says:

      Beth Moore isn’t alone in being one who started out as a magnetic teacher/speaker – in being one who drew multitudes who rattled on and on about her anointed messages! There are countless names of teachers, speakers and authors who can share that same corner of stardom… (I can think of 11 others as of today’s date…)

      Now enters the old saying, Absolute power corrupts, absolutely.

      How many people can you think of, off hand, who’ve been around enough ‘yes-men’ that pretty soon, they manage to hold only those certain people near and dear to them? The ones who’ve continually “petted” their little human egos with compliment after compliment?

      I say this because I guarantee you it was NOT the Holy Spirit who got Beth, as well as the others, involved in contemplative prayer, mysticism etc, etc, etc, but rather, the message probably made its way in by way of those who were doing the continual admonitions about the desperate need to share more, more, more with the audiences! Something to really rev up those audiences (as well as rev up those monies coming in, I’m fairly certain). Thus begins the door opening for Satan to send in all the sugar coated teachers, books, videos and visitations of his choosing. i.e. Thus began the deception.

      God forgive them.

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