So does Meyer's status as a heretic necessarily make Beth Moore a false teacher for appearing on her broadcast? Not exactly. The difficulty comes from Moore's affirmation of Meyer as "a mighty, mighty woman of God." Moore based her assessment, not on Meyer's character or teaching (both women admitted in the video that they didn't know each other very well yet), but on her tour of the Joyce Meyer's Ministries facility. Moore implied that the largeness of the ministry demonstrated God's favor.
(Didn't the First Century Pharisees equate wealth and success with God's favor?)
At best, Moore's pronouncement that Meyer is "a mighty, mighty woman of God" betrays Moore's lack of discernment. When you consider the shallow criteria for making such a declaration, you should be asking where else Moore makes shallow judgments. How carefully, for example, does she really study God's Word? Can you trust her fidelity to Scripture when she confers such confidence on a blatant false teacher? According to the apostle John, by blessing Meyer, Moore participates in her sin.
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, 11 for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. ~~2 John 7-11 (ESV)Zero in on verses 10-11. If you'll remember my blog post Wednesday, you'll also recall that Beth Moore's very purpose for appearing on Enjoying Everyday Life focused on promoting "unity" that ignores doctrine. She likewise completely ignored Joyce Meyer's very erroneous doctrine, some of which borders on blasphemy, to call her "a mighty, mighty woman of God" solely because of Meyer's material success. Not only does Moore make an assessment from a faulty criteria, but she joins herself to a known heretic.
The young pastor's wife who confronted Beth Moore on Twitter recently expressed concern that Moore has aligned herself with Meyer, as well as with other well-known false teachers. I agree with her concerns. For all their talk of "unity," these people shred the Body of Christ by ripping away the foundational doctrines that hold His Church together. I've written this series because pure doctrine separates Christians from the lies of false teachers and draws us to the real Jesus.