On this blog, I have more than once addressed my concerns with some of the recent teachings of Beth Moore (see links to previous posts below). She has repeatedly shown she doesn’t understand the doctrine of the Roman Catholic church and portrays them as Christian, as well as continuing to embrace & teach the mystic practices of monks (contemplative prayer). While those issue are not minor, the biggest concern I have with her teaching is the origins of them. She has gone from being to a dedicated Bible teacher, taking all her teachings from the written Word, to now using the written Word and her own conversations with God as her source material. She now hears from God, inscribes what she hears, and delivers it to mankind.
Every time I have raised my concerns in the past, I have been soundly criticized for it. Her defenders state that just because she teaches from her conversations with God, doesn’t mean that she claims to be a Prophetess (of the “thus saith the Lord” variety) or that she is authoring new portions of Scripture. But the fact remains, while she may shun the title of prophetess or biblical author, that is exactly what she is claiming to be! Below is a quote, a portion taken from a teaching video where she explains one of her new directives from God concerning a teaching she is to deliver to all people:
“What God began to say to me about five years ago, and I’m telling you it sent me on such a trek with Him, that my head is still whirling over it. He began to say to me, ”I’m gonna tell you 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.”
In another teaching, Beth says this:
“You know what He told me not too long ago? I told you when I first began this whole concept, He first started teaching it to me about five years ago, and He said these words to me: “Baby, you have not even begun to believe Me. You haven’t even begun!” You know what He said just a few days ago? “Honey, I just want you to know we’re just beginning.”
Oh, glory! That meant I had begun. Hallelujah! But He was telling me, “When this ends, we ain’t done with this. Honey, this is what we do for the rest of your life.” And He says those words to me over and over again: “Believe Me. Believe Me. And I hope [God hopes?] it’s starting to ring in your ears, over and over again, Believe Me.”
Please notice – Beth is indeed claiming to have audible conversations with God, and that these conversations are the source of her teachings. Beth’s supporters can defend her, claiming she doesn’t elevate her teachings as to be directly from God in the same manner as biblical authors or the prophets of old, but as you can see, she herself is making those assertions. That’s a problem! A big one!! She is teaching folks new lessons regarding our faith, but the New Testament tells us that the teachings of our faith have already been “once for all delivered” and that we are not to change or erase even the smallest part.
I must ask, is it wise to pay heed to someone making the claim to be a conveyor of direct message from God, someone assuming the role of prophet to the nations? Those who are wise would do well to give no weight to such teachings whether they come from a popular teacher like Beth, or a local pastor who comes across as spirit-filled, devout and true. Please understand, I am not denouncing Beth personally or questioning her intentions. I am not in any way “attacking” her. The simple fact is that she is in the “public square” making these claims, and so the warnings regarding these claims must also be made in the public square. I truly hope someone close to Beth pulls her aside and calls her to examine her methods, practices and beliefs. Do you, dear reader, know her personally? Do you have the courage to approach her? If you do know her, I encourage you to call on her to repent and go back to teaching women’s classes straight from Scripture, abandoning the role of prophetess (as well as mystic).
One more thing… I find it odd that there isn’t all that much attention or outcry over the claims she makes. It seems that it has become commonplace in modern Christianity to hear teachers teaching out of their personal revelation and experiences, then asserting that these teachings are new directives from God. I have come to believe most professing Christians don’t even question the practice anymore, and for the most part, accept these teachings as credible and authoritative. What happened to the Bereans? What happened to reverence, hunger and fierce loyalty to the Word of God? People accept the claims of Beth Moore and tell others without blinking an eye, even when they contradict Scripture. I find this to be an incredibly disturbing indicative regarding the state of today’s Christianity.
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Quotes from Beth Moore taken from the “Believing God” DVD series sold at Lifeway Book Stores (click HERE)