02 March 2010

More on Moore

*Note 05 March 2010: The first line of this article has been crossed out to acknowledge that not everyone understood the tongue-in-cheek tone with which it was originally written. See Not Everyone "Gets It" for more.

I can only assume that Beth Moore's God-hearing ears must be burning this week. Last night, quite a conversation ensued on Facebook surrounding this darling of women's "ministry." It actually gave me encouragement to see that many others have realized Moore's errors and are just as frustrated with her false teaching as I am. Then today, completely uninfluenced by that conversation, my friend Glenn Chatfield posted this article over at his blog, The Watchman's Bagpipes. In his post, he will take you to a new blog by Dr. Sam Kurien. "Coincidentally" (or not, God's timing is always so interesting) Dr. Kurien's first post is in regard to Beth Moore and her erroneous teachings. He links to 3 PDF articles he has written. I will post the links to these articles below, but I hope you'll also visit Dr. Kurien's site, A Time to Discern. It will definitely be one that I will be visiting regularly.

Dr. Kurien's articles:
  1. Introduction
  2. Beth Moore's Claims of Direct Personal Revelations From God Apart From Scripture
  3. An Algorithm To Test Beth Moore's Claims Of Direct Personal Extra-Biblical Revelation


  1. On Beth Moore: I think if you have not personally attended any of her teachings, that you should not judge her so harshley as a false prophet! The opening remark of her "God - hearing ears" is both insulant and rude which makes me take pause at your writings and your sources. I am very disappointed and feel that there is spirit here that is destructive and not that of a teaching spirit. I am in my third study with Beth Moore and what is being said here is just not true.

  2. Anonymous,
    If you have read my blog for any length of time, you realize that I always write with a touch of sarcasm. The absolute absurdity of some of the topics I address requires this levity.

    In regard to attending a Beth Moore study personally: No, I have not sat through eight weeks of a Beth Moore study for multiple reasons:
    1. I have reviewed some of her studies and books on my own and, to be quite honest, I do not have the patience to engage myself in un-Scriptural teaching and "cute" anecdotes for that long.
    2. If I am going to participate in a "Bible study" then I want to study the Bible, God's Word. I want to learn what God has said to His children through His Word. I do not, however, want to hear what He supposedly said to someone else in their head as extra-Biblical revelation. Herein lies the ultimate problem with Beth Moore. She is claiming special revelation from God. If you truly read the articles that were linked in this post, then you would have seen that Dr. Kurien examined the problems that arise with someone claiming today to have special revelation outside of the Bible. The canon is closed. God's Word is complete. To acknowledge special revelation beyond His Word is to say that the Bible is incomplete and inadequate and is also to blatantly disobey Revelation 22:18-19, "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book."

    A second problem with Moore's teachings is her promotion of the ancient mystical practice of contemplative prayer. Her promotion of and participation in the Be Still video is proof of this. You can read more about this in Ray Yungen's book, "A Time of Departing" (pages 192-196 specifically address this issue). Yungen points out that in her book, "When Godly People do Ungodly Things," Moore heavily quotes and promotes mystic Brennan Manning. She also quotes and praises mystic Brother Lawrence in this book. Her adoration for these men and their dangerous prayer practices leads one to believe that she herself engages in or advocates these un-Biblical prayer practices.

    While the reasons to be wary of Moore go on and on, I did not intend to turn a comment into a whole other blog post! For additional information, I suggest you read (or re-read as the case may be) my January 9 post, "Beth Moore - False Teacher?" That particular post contains links to several other articles that are well-researched and well-argued. I also suggest you take a look at my January 13 post, "Am I a Pharisee." At the end of this post I link to additional articles concerning Beth Moore. These have been researched and written by trusted pastors.

    My intent is not to attack, but to warn. I can find no instance in Scripture where God tells us that there will be "more to come" after the canon is closed. I also see no indication that we can expect special revelation and conversations from God. Finally, there are no Biblical passages to support the mindless, silent practice of contemplative prayer. If you can show me these Scripture verses, then please do. In the meantime, I urge you to be as the Bereans were and test everything against Scripture. Remember, Satan will not enter our churches or our Bible studies with pointy ears and a tail surrounded by a blaze of fire. He will slither in quietly under the guise of sweetness, harmony, laughter, and heart-warming stories. He will make his message enticing to the ears and to the eyes. This is why he is called "the deceiver of the whole world."

  3. Anonymous,
    I have personally watched all 10 sessions of Moore's horrendous "Believing God" DVD series, as well as read her "Breaking Free" study. I found both these to be poor teaching, including much false teachings and abuse of Scripture. As the comment above suggests, take a look at the thorough research done on Beth my many apologetics ministries (look at MY blog) for evidence that Beth Moore is not worthy to study under. You will learn more Beth than you will Scripture, and what Scripture you do learn will mostly be out of context and totally contrary to the Biblical intent.

    Since Beth makes claims of direct revelation from God, and her revelations are not according to God's word, that makes her a false prophet.

    The teaching which is "destructive" is not this blog, rather it is Beth Moore's false teachings.

  4. Thanks for your input, Glenn.

    To my readers: I highly recommend a visit to Glenn's blogs: The Watchman's Bagpipes and Sanity in an Upside Down World. You can find links to both of these on the sidebar of this blog. As Glenn indicated, he has done extensive research on the errors of Beth Moore and his insights are invaluable!


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