The irony of the situation is that, seemingly, certain individuals were gracious enough to take the time to read my article Beth Moore - False Teacher? yet were not as equally gracious to read the post below it, Why I Do What I Do. So at this time, I'd like to ask my critics to go back and read the latter mentioned post. I'd also like to thank you for effectively proving my point! Do not misunderstand. I welcome criticism, and am more than happy to engage in friendly dialogue should someone disagree with my perspective. However, many who were clearly unhappy with my assessment of the infamous Beth Moore instead resorted to angrily labeling me as a Pharisee and leaving it at that (again, thank you for proving my point in the post Why I Do What I Do). So, in the interest of conversation (uh-oh, now I sound Emergent!) let's take a very brief look at the Pharisees, shall we? My Bible study is currently going through the book of John and this couldn't be more timely. Ah yes, God is good!
You see, the Pharisees, who knew the Scripture well, refused to acknowledge the deity of Jesus Christ. He was right in front of them, preaching and performing miracles. He was daily fulfilling prophecies given long ago by the prophets of the Old Testament. These were prophecies that the religious leaders, the Pharisees, would have known backward and forward and yet they refused to see the Truth when it was staring them in the face. They understood everything that Jesus said, yet did not acknowledge Him. Why? Because their hearts were hard and blind and they could not see the truth that was before them. Their pride and their hardness from years of false religion had blinded them to a point beyond recognition.
Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you say, ‘We see,’ your guilt remains. John 9:39-41
The Pharisees were so certain that they were right, that their false religious system was right, that they cast everything else aside without even bothering to examine it! Instead, unhappy with the inconvenient truth presented to them by Jesus, they desired to kill Him.
At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one.”The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” [...] do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. John 10:22-33, 36-39
And so I have to ask: Who is really the Pharisee? Is it myself and other discernment ministries who desire to defend the Word of God? Is it justifiable to label us Pharisees who are merely taking the words of these glorified, supposed teachers of the Bible and are pitting them against the Word of God? Is it fair to call those of us who are following in the way of the Bereans Pharisees? Or is the true Pharisee the one who takes these warnings and, rather than researching for themselves, instead resorts to name-calling and chooses to remain in ignorance. Disagree with me if you like, but at least present me with a valid argument with which to dialogue. Name-calling doesn't behoove anyone.
For those who were angered or upset by my comments regarding Beth Moore, I'd like to direct you to some further research. The articles linked below will present you with sound, Biblical arguments as to why so many are concerned with the path that Beth Moore is traveling. Perhaps if she wasn't a "shepherd" of so many women across America I and others like me wouldn't be so concerned. But Beth Moore is nothing short of worshiped by many women and before you follow her blindly, you must test her claims against Scripture.
- Pastor Bob DeWaay is the pastor of Twin City Fellowship church in Minnesota. He clearly has a call to discernment and has an amazing ministry called Critical Issues Commentary. He has written countless articles on various subjects (most of which can be found at the aforementioned website). He has also written two books: "Redefining Christianity - Understanding the Purpose Driven Movement" and "The Emergent Church - Undefining Christianity" (which I highly recommend). Pastor DeWaay's short article "Beth Moore's Illicit Tent of Meeting" explores some of Moore's erroneous statements in the controversial Be Still DVD.
- Pastor Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries was called into his online discernment ministry several years ago. He is well-versed on the errors of the contemplative prayer movement and especially in the Emergent Church. Through reading Pastor Silva's articles, we see that the two are hopelessly intertwined. He takes the brunt of the abuse for the rest of us puny discernment sites, yet he does so without discouragement. Pastor Silva knows that the Enemy is none too happy that his lies are being exposed and so he continues in his ministry. His brief post "How Would You Know Beth Moore" examines Moore's popular Breaking Free study.
- Lighthouse Trails Research has dedicated their entire ministry to exposing the contemplative prayer movement within mainstream Christianity. Their site provides several articles concerning Beth Moore. Among them are the following:
- Beth Moore Gives Thumbs Up to Be Still DVD
- Why We Say Beth Moore is a Contemplative Advocate
- ALERT: Downpour Conference Features Contemplative-Promoting Author
- Personal Freedom Outreach magazine has thus far done 4 lengthy articles about the errors of Beth Moore's teaching. While these are not available in their entirety online, more information can be accessed here.
- The Berean Call ministry has also addressed the dangers of contemplative prayer and has acknowledged Beth Moore's involvement in the movement:
- In my post Beth Moore - False Teacher? I directed you to the The Watchman's Bagpipes where my friend Glenn Chatfield has more than once addressed the errors of Beth Moore. Glenn is also the co-author of one of the aforementioned articles published by Personal Freedom Outreach. For convenience, I will re-post the links to his articles: