Beth Moore’s Blurry Hindsight

One of the more well-read posts here at ChurchSalt was a recent post regarding Beth Moore (click HERE to read).  From that article and others I have found that it is an extremely unpopular thing to question the teachings of nice people.  Rick Warren is a nice guy, why would I scrutinize his teachings so much?  Joel Osteen is practically a ray of sunshine, can he be all that bad? And Beth Moore is the sweetheart of American Christianity, the nice lady who is always encouraging and upbeat while addressing real issues that real women contend with daily.  Do we really need to tear her statements apart?  Well….yeah, we do!  She is teaching thousands if not millions of people, and claiming those teachings are representative of God’s Word and His character.  It is a serious thing to preach or teach, and so ALL teachings (including those here at ChurchSalt) must be held up to God’s Word to test their accuracy.  A preacher or teacher is not above accountability, regardless of how nice, how genuine, or how popular they are.

With that in mind, please take a good look at the following quote where Beth discusses the differences between the Reformers and the Catholic church.   Think of exactly what Beth Moore is telling us in this excerpt from her book Be Still:

“You know, one of the things that time gives us is that it erases the lines in between people so many different sections of the people of God. Because many years later it doesn’t matter any longer that this person was of this practice in the Christian faith and this person of another. Time somehow blurs those lines and we are profoundly moved by the historical narratives of all their lives, of so great a cloud of witnesses; that we can look back on and see what kept them running the race, what kept them running toward the face of Christ at the end of that finish line.”

What are the lessons to be learned according to Beth’s hindsight view of Church history?  I found at least three:

1) Catholicism is Christianity – Please remember that at the Council of Trent the Catholic church declared a curse on any who would claim that Christ paid for all your sins on the cross, and that atonement is laid hold of by faith alone.  So, in all reality, they cursed the very Gospel that the Apostle Paul so clearly taught in Romans and Galatians.  Cursing the teachings of the Apostle Paul doesn’t sound very Christian to me!

2) Catholics in the past were running hard after Christ – According to Foxe’s Book of Martyr’s, they were running hard after Christ by killing any and all who confessed Christ as the one who saved them from all of their sins.  And they did not just kill them…they tortured them.  The Catholic church ripped men apart, gouged out their eyes, burnt them alive, and ripped them apart with knives while they were still living.  They did these things to any man involved in printing a Bible as well.  This is the true history of the lines between Catholicism and true Christianity, lines that Beth Moore says are now “blurred”, as though with time we have matured enough to realize that all those involved were truly filled with God’s Spirit.  According to her, there were just different “practices of faith”.  Really, Beth?  Torturing women in front of a crowd was just another “practice of faith”?

3) Different practices of Faith should all be accepted – It is clearly implied here that all who claim the name “Christian” should be accepted at face value, and their practices and teachings shouldn’t be scrutinized.  Apparently Beth never read the abundance of warnings in the New Testament given to us by Jesus, Paul, and Peter regarding deceivers who would come into the church to give false teachings in the name of Christianity.  It is clear that to her, tolerance is a greater virtue than a love of the truth.  Those who accept all who profess is seen as more loving than those who proclaim the true Gospel in the hopes that none would perish.  How easily one can be led astray when every teacher is accepted with open arms!

I am sure Beth Moore is a truly nice person, and one who has a desire to genuinely help others.  But teachings like this will, quite literally, lead people to Hell.  Folks, please take a long hard look at what this teacher is handing out as truth.  Take an even longer look at Scripture, and do not let your hindsight (or your beliefs) get blurred by culture and tolerance. has a terrific article (much better written and more in-depth than my wandering thoughts) posted on this subject right now.  Go check it out by clicking HERE.

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5 Comments on “Beth Moore’s Blurry Hindsight”

  1. Irvin Rookstool Says:

    I believe this article is true. But, I have a problem with it. If I am going to endorse it and encourage people to read it, I have to know the author by name. Why isn’t the author’s name included with the article? If you are insisting on honesty, then be honest yourself.


    • ChurchSalt Says:

      Hi Irvin,
      I have never felt comfortable putting my name all over this blog and its articles as I feel that in some little way it shifts the focus of the readers to myself, even if just to a small degree. On the other hand, I completely agree with you that to be honest and accountable one shouldn’t write under the cloak of anonymity. The compromise I settled on is posting articles under the blog name “ChurchSalt” but also providing my name and a small bio on a separate page (note at the top of the web page the link titled “ChurchSalt – Why? Who?”). If you or other visitors are curious to know who I am all the basics are there. Some frown on me for this, others think it is sufficient. Myself, I’m comfortable with it for now.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Julie Says:

    Go to And type in “what is the origin of the Catholic Church” very informative.



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