Saturday, January 10, 2015

For The Love Of Beth Moore

As my regular readers know, I've been blogging about God's love for the last three days, trying to demonstrate that His love never undermines either His holiness nor His truth. Many professing evangelicals (particularly those influenced by the Seeker Sensitive and the Emergent Church movements) would elevate a worldly  version of "love" over truth and, in so doing, would minimize the importance of doctrine in favor of a kumbaya sort of spirituality. Yet Scripture very clearly reveals a love that utterly refuses to compromise truth.

As I've been reading through Jeremiah this month, I've noticed that the Lord's attitude toward false prophets appears, at least to our sensibilities, to be enormously unloving. As one example, consider Jeremiah's final interaction with the false prophet Hananiah.
12 Sometime after the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke-bars from off the neck of Jeremiah the prophet, the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: 13 “Go, tell Hananiah, ‘Thus says the Lord: You have broken wooden bars, but you have made in their place bars of iron. 14 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: I have put upon the neck of all these nations an iron yoke to serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they shall serve him, for I have given to him even the beasts of the field.’” 15 And Jeremiah the prophet said to the prophet Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah, the Lord has not sent you, and you have made this people trust in a lie. 16 Therefore thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will remove you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have uttered rebellion against the Lord.’”
17 In that same year, in the seventh month, the prophet Hananiah died. ~~Jeremiah 28:12-17 (ESV)
The Lord apparently lacked love for Hananiah. Why? Because the Lord, in His love for Judah, resented the lies that Hananiah repeatedly told them regarding the Babylonian Captivity. The Lord, through Jeremiah, repeatedly warned Judah (as well as other nations) that He would use Nebuchadnezzar as His instruments of judgment, and that 70 years would pass before  He would bring Judah back to Jerusalem. Hananiah's false prophecies that the Captivity would end in two years offered Judah a false sense of security that kept them comfortable in their sin and discouraged them from taking God's Word seriously.

So God essentially killed the false prophet instead of gently correcting him. He had Jeremiah prophesy words of judgment rather than tenderly calling Hananiah to repentance. Shouldn't Jeremiah have, in God's love, understood that Hananiah sincerely believed God had spoken to him, and that he merely wanted to encourage Judah?

I've been pondering many of Jeremiah's comments to and about false prophets and shepherds, applying them to 21st Century  evangelicals who distort Scripture and promote a false gospel of self-esteem, prosperity and direct revelation from God. Beth Moore naturally crossed my mind, as did several other evangelical teachers who lead people astray.

Lo and behold, when I logged on to Twitter today, I found a link to Beth Moore's most recent blog post, scolding (and at one point, ridiculing) those of us who have confronted her false teaching. Evidently, by tweeting our criticisms directly to her (as I do periodically), we show "unkindness." Yet shouldn't we address the various ways she mishandles God's Word? Shouldn't we love those who fall under her spell enough to warn them against her false teaching?

I've written several posts explaining some of the problems with Moore's theology. Here's a link to that archive:

Beth Moore's Teaching

I intend to write additional posts exploring Moore's departure from Bible Christianity, not to be unkind, but in hopes of encouraging women toward doctrinal purity. As Jeremiah loved Judah enough to stand against Hananiah, so I love my readers (and the Word of God) enough to take a stand against  Beth  Moore. Love can't do anything less.

3 comments:

  1. Thankyou Debbielynne for your faithfulness to the Lord and His Word. And for the love you show to those who love Him and desire to follow Him by exposing false teaching when you see it.

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  2. Doctrine divides. And Jesus would have it that way. If you're seeking His truth, it becomes necessary to abandon celebrity teachers who do not rightly teach God's word. And there are many of them. Not teaching sound doctrine is how most gained their following. If you desire to know who God REALLY is, seek out those, from the present and the past, who teach sound doctrine. You will be amazed to discover Who our true God really is and find it easy to let go of the attractiveness of personalities.

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  3. A few years ago I was on a Christian forum. On this forum were a few very vocal and passionate Beth Moore supporters...so when I pointed out some troubling things I saw with her "ministry" it signalled the soon to come removal of myself from that forum which got dissolved about a year later. I was hurt as well as angered that these who supposedly loved the truth loved their pet religious leader over the possibility that leader might be causing damage to their followers.

    Although I still think it is important to get the word out, and to warn against these "leaders" I also take comfort that the Lord has this in control, and the outcome will please Him (even if not Bet Moore and her flocks)

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