Beth Moore Talks ‘Unity’ with Word Faith Teacher Joyce Meyer
Is this what Beth Moore meant when she claimed to have received personal, direct revelation from God to “stop sowing over and over again in the same field“? Is this the unity of which Moore spoke at James Robison’s Awaken Conference? It certainly seems that way:
Unity with Word Faith heretics, of which Joyce Meyer is the foremost among females? Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry (CARM) offers a summary of some of Joyce Meyer’s false teachings along with a helpful refutation of each. (Disclaimer: I cannot agree with some of the praises that CARM’s article affords to Meyer, but its highlights of Meyer’s false teachings are accurate.) These dangerous teachings include in part:
- Jesus stopped being the Son of God;
- Jesus was born again;
- Jesus paid for our sins and was tormented in hell;
- Men are little gods; and
- Joyce Meyer is not a sinner.
Beth Moore may be talking about unity, but it is a worldly form of unity. It is unity at the expense of truth, and it is unity at the expense of the gospel.
Yet, this new alliance does not surprise at all. Aligning with false teachers is to be expected by those who deny the sufficiency of Scripture. With her claims of extra biblical revelation, Moore does exactly that. If the Bible were enough for her, she would not need dreams and nudges and divine playdates.
But without those things, Moore would have to turn to the written, revealed Word of God to validate her ministry decisions, and that would be a difficult task considering such warnings as this:
Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. (2 John 9–11)
Says Dr. John MacArthur of these verses,
False teachers are not content to remain within the confines of Scripture, but invariably add erroneous interpretations, revelations, visions, words as if from the Lord, or esoteric distortions of the biblical text, while claiming to have advanced knowledge, new truth, or hidden wisdom available only to them and their followers.
But such claims are specious. John plainly states that anyone who alters, adds to, denies, or misrepresents what the Bible says about Jesus Christ does not have God (cf. Matt 11:27; John 5:23; 15:23; 1 John 2:23; Rev 22:18–19). Conversely, the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. This is salvation language; having God and Christ must mean their indwelling presence.
. . . ‘Chairein’ (greeting) means ‘rejoice’. It was a common Christian greeting, conveying the joy believers had in one another’s presence. But it is an affirmation of solidarity that is totally inappropriate for false teachers, who have no part in the truth or genuine Christian fellowship. Such emissaries of Satan must be exposed and shunned, not affirmed and welcomed.
False teachers like to decry such treatment as harsh, intolerant, and unloving. But love forbids allowing dangerous spiritual deception to find a foothold among Christians. . . . The church cannot aid or abet with impunity such spiritual outlaws by doing anything that would acknowledge them as Christians. The one who does so—even by doing something as seemingly innocuous as greeting them—participates in their evil deeds by helping them further their deception.
John MacArthur, The MacArthur New Testament Commentary:1–3 John, (Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2007), 235–237.
Beth Moore would do well to heed MacArthur’s words and warning.
Yet, if a person claims “God told me,” how can anyone argue with such behavior? And so, Moore, with her personal revelations from “God,” can essentially do as she pleases—even walk alongside Joyce Meyer in her ministry of deception. After all, “God” did tell Beth to start sowing in a different proverbial field.
What, then, does this reveal? Even though Moore’s personal guidance from “God” did not include specific instruction to appear on Meyer’s television program, this recent interaction still may serve as evidence that the “God” that has allegedly been speaking to Beth Moore is not the God of the Bible.
Christian, beware. And—dare I say it?—flee from Beth Moore, her teaching, and her influence.
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