Rebuttal to a Beth Moore Basher

rebuttal-to-a-beth-moore-basherI listened to 16 minutes of this man‘s venom towards Beth Moore. I was going to listen to the whole one-hour show, to see if anything he had to say had validity. But the condescending, contemptuous way he referred to his fellow believer in Christ was sin. If he is sinning, he is not walking by the Spirit. If he is not walking by the Spirit, nothing he has to say is worthwhile, especially if he’s trying to make a spiritual point.

I have no idea if I agree or disagree with the theology of Beth Moore, but no two people on this earth will agree about everything. That doesn’t mean she’s Satan. She’s not. Last January I took her study on the book of James, and it was excellent. I grew spiritually. I saw nothing that was theologically incorrect, and my father is a seminary professor with a doctorate in theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. I’ve had a solid foundation of Scriptural training in the Christian schools that I attended as a missionary kid, and I’ve spent thousands of hours in the Word of God. None of this is boasting. I live with my face smashed in the dust because God is everything and I am nothing. What I’m saying is that Beth Moore wasn’t off in her theology in her study of the book of James, which is the only one I’ve done so far.

The radio show host began by bashing the person who introduced Beth Moore. He paused the man half-sentence and twisted his words. The man (who introduced her) said that his confidence came from God, but the radio show host said that he had his confidence in himself. If the radio show host can’t even hear a clear sentence, his pompous, puffed-up heart has plugged ears from the get-go.

Then he starts reading long reams of Scripture without telling us why. He says that we can’t memorize a Scripture verse without in essence memorizing the whole chapter. This is ludicrous. And, by the way, it’s ironic, because Beth Moore memorized the entire book of James and encouraged each of us women to do the same during the one Bible study I took. Sheez.

He also bashes her as a preacher. For heaven’s sake, she teaches WOMEN. No man can be offended by a woman who teaches women, no matter what you believe is Scriptural. This radio show host was prideful, smug, and critical of someone who has a deep spiritual walk with God and is having a powerful impact on women across the nation, causing the women to repent of sin and draw closer to God. I’m going to pray that this man repents of HIS sin.

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Okay, I’ve listened up to the 36-minute mark, which is all that I could stand. He mentions confidence as sin. (Beth Moore said, and I quote, “confidence in God.” She never said her confidence came from outside of God, but that she was discouraged and felt incapacitated for the work that God had called her to do.) I will address this in Part 2: Confidence vs. Self-Esteem.

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5 Responses to “Rebuttal to a Beth Moore Basher”

  1. Julie says:

    Hi Susan! Thank you so much for posting this. I agree with everything you said. I had a person close to me go on and on about Beth Moore and how she was now into “new age” stuff. I did my research and could find nothing of the sort. I’ve done 3 Beth Moore Bible studies at my church and have read most of her books and have never seen or read anything that was not Biblically sound. Our church and I are so conscientous of making sure everything we study and read is correct, theologically. I’m not sure what all this “hate” for Beth Moore is recently, but I’m so glad to see you stand up to it. I have learned so much from her Bible studies and have come away knowing God’s Word better each time. Can’t wait to read your part 2!

    God bless you – Julie

  2. Angela says:

    Thank you for your post. I have been an avid student of verse by verse in context bible study for 15 years. I have allowed scripture to interpret scripture and believe God’s word has the power to lead an unbeliever to salvation through Christ. I believe that the word of God is living and active and able to judge the thoughts and intents of the heart.

    I have read many articles warning of Beth Moore’s teaching. I have been shocked at the vehemence and bitterness with which many accuse her. With each protest, Paul’s words ‘do not wrangle over words’ come to remembrance. They claim false teaching, wrong motives, lack of disclosure over intimate issues, give them the right to a podium to speak against her.
    I have read several of her books and I am currently doing Breaking Free. She consistently gives glory to God and makes it clear that Christ is the author of our salvation. She invites the reader to explore God’s word and pursue intimacy with a Faithful God and personal savior. I fail to see the false doctrine and heresy that others so willingly convict her of.
    She teaches that Christ was the son of God, that he was crucified and bore the weight of our sin, and that He rose from the dead and ascended to heaven to one day return.

    With each rebuke of my sister in Christ, I am reminded of Paul’s words in Philippian’s chapter 1:
    “But what does it matter? The important thing is that, whether in false pretense or true motives, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice.”

    If she is bringing glory to God and pointing the lost to the freedom Christ’s sacrifice granted us then….who are we to stand in her way?

    I have yet to find one human being with whom I agree on every interpretation or application of Scripture. We are flawed, fallen, and able to hAve flawed thinking that reflects that fallen state. This is why I study scripture…to continually reproved my thinking.

  3. Ticia says:

    Hmmmm….. I’ve done some of her studies, and read a few of her books. I really like some, but her John study was getting a little too much into the emotional, conjecture, and too spiritual (that’s not the right word, but I can’t think of a more precise one).

    So, I’ve got mixed feelings on her.

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