05 September 2011

Beth Moore Wants You to "Practice the Presence of God"

The atrocious teachings of Beth Moore have been discussed ad nauseam on this blog and on others. Yet, she continues to be the foremost darling of the American church. Walk into any Christian event and ask a woman what Bible study she attends. While an official poll hasn't been conducted, it's safe to say that the majority of the time, you'll hear, "Oh, I attend a Beth Moore study." Ever notice how the Beth Moore-ites always identify their study by calling it "a Beth Moore study?" It's never, "Oh, I'm studying the book of John," or, "We're walking through Daniel right now." No, it's always a "Beth Moore study." You'll hear similar responses when it comes to the majority of these famous authors. Seems to me that one's Bible study should be identified first and foremost by, oh I don't know, the Bible!

Moving on...Beth Moore's involvement in the contemplative spirituality DVD, Be Still, has been mentioned before. In this DVD, Moore and others extol the benefits and virtues of practicing contemplative prayer, which is really nothing more than Eastern-style meditation wearing a chintzy Christian costume. When asked this weekend what his thoughts were regarding this contemplative spirituality movement (CSM), John MacArthur replied, "Oh, it's just a lot of bunk!" Indeed, yet it is dangerous "bunk." Acknowledging the potential dangers of CSM and it's erroneous central tenet, which is that there is spiritual truth inside of each one of us, MacArthur rightly declared, "Spiritual truth is in a book outside of you; it's not inside of you." Amen to that. That is precisely the error of CSM: it seeks to find truth beyond the sure, infallible Word of God. It denies the Reformation cry of Sola Scriptura and thus denies the very sufficiency of Scripture.

Below is a link wherein Beth Moore praises "a true lover of God" and his teachings on "practicing God's presence," which is the "Christian" way of describing mindless, mind-altering meditation. Apprising Ministries has more:
Using contemplative-speak concerning someone she refers to as “a true lover of God,” Moore is obviously lavishing praise upon this unnamed person, whom she tells us “spoke about practicing God’s presence.” I wonder why Moore apparently felt she needed to obscure who she is talking about.
In fact she’s speaking of apostate Roman Catholic Carmelite monk Nicholas Herman (1614-1691) aka “Brother Lawrence” and his little book Practicing The Presence of God, which is also highly recommended by Gary Thomas. [1] Now, you might be wondering why I would mention Gary Thomas.
Well, I’ve got a little SBC charismatic/contemplative thing going on here and Thomas, who happens to be a preaching pastor at the Southern Baptist megachurch Second Baptist Church of Dr. Ed Young, [2] also comes highly recommended by the SBC flagship Saddleback Church of Rick Warren as well. [3]
However, the idea of “practicing the presence of God” is meaningless. Do we also practice the omniscience of God; or perhaps, we need to practice His omnipotence? You may recall that in Disciplines To Deception In The Southern Baptist Convention I told you more about this mystic monk.
You see, it’s important to this discussion that you understand the very spiritual practices of Herman’s monastic order were developed by Teresa of Avila. If you wish to know more about about this emotionally troubled Roman Catholic nun I’ll refer you to Who Is Teresa of Avila? 
Here I’m only going to point out that Dr. Ursula King, a proponent of mysticism herself, informs us that Teresa’s:
mysticism was influenced by the spirituality and methods of the Jesuits and Franciscans, but given her partly Jewish background, her thinking was also affected by Jewish Kabbalistic mysticism, elements of which can be detected in her writings. [4]
Sadly, today these Roman Catholic mystics are being romanticized and undergoing a revisionist history within the visible church. For Lawrence, his supposely being so in tune with God’s’ presence would lead him to remain in spiritual slavery to the apostate religious system of the Roman Catholic Church.
An organization that has anathematized the Gospel of Jeus Christ, and which Dr. John MacArthur rightly referred to as “Satan’s best front for the Kingdom of God.” So, why would we even want to follow this kind of stupid spirituality; rooted, as it is, in the Counter Reformation (hello!) of the Church of Rome?
This is preciely the point: Those who chase after this heart murmur mysticism always end up, at the very least, sinfully ecumenical; and at worst, driving toward Christian Universalism as with the Love Wins mythology of theEmerging Church rock star mystic Rob Bell. Look at his drift over the past few years. 
In closing this, for now, here’s another example of the effects of this romanticizing Roman Catholic mystics. Also in Be Still we hear the following repudiation of the Reformation by Beth Moore, one of the best known Bible teachers in the largest Protestant denominations in the United States:
You know, one of the things that time gives us is that it erases the lines in between people so many different sections of the people of God. Because many years later it doesn’t matter any longer that this person was of this practice in the Christian faith and this person of another.
Time somehow blurs those lines and we are profoundly moved by the historical narratives of all their lives, of so great a cloud of witnesses; that we can look back on and see what kept them running the race, what kept them running toward the face of Christ at the end of that finish line. (channel 1, 00:18-00:50)
So what do you suppose it is that Beth Moore is talking about in this section of the Be Still DVD, dedicated as it is to the praise of so-called “Christian” mystics who were members of the apostate Church of Rome, when she says that time “erases the lines.” She’s referring to the Protestant Reformation.
A time during which many of Christ’s beloved children were brutally murdered on the orders of Popes of the Roman Catholic Church. O, but for these compromisers “time” has somehow erased all of this. No, it hasn’t; consider the following from Dr. R.C. Sproul:
The Roman Catholic Church condemns “sola fide! (L.)” Now if, please understand this, if “sola fide (L.)” is the gospel, then the Roman Catholic Church has condemned the gospel of Jesus Christ. Now, nobody who went to the Council of Trent, as a delegate, went there with the intention of condemning the gospel.
The theologians of Rome really believed that they were defending the gospel and that the Protestants had in fact committed apostasy. And I admire the Church, the Roman communion of the 16th century for at least understanding what apparently people don’t understand today, and that is what is at stake here. That they understood that somebody is under the anathema of God!
And we can be as nice, and as pleasant, and as gentle, and as loving, and as charitable, and tolerant as we can possibly be, but it’s not going to change that folks. Somebody is preaching a different gospel! And when Rome condemned the Protestant declaration of “Justification by faith alone” I believe, Rome, when placing the anathema on “sola fide (L.),” placed the anathema of God upon themselves. I agree with his [John MacArthur] assessment, that the institution [Roman Catholic Church] is apostate! (Online source)
As you’ll see in Has The Roman Catholic Church Really Changed? the answer is crystal clear: Absolutely not. Rather, this despicable reversal of the Reformation currently going on within squishy evanjellyfish is the work of spineless professing Christians who are themselves now covered in the blood of the martyrs.
Believers in Christ who were murdered because they believed the Gospel of Jesus Christ i.e. salvation is by God’s grace alone; through faith alone, in the finished work of Christ alone on the Cross. Shame on such as these like Beth Moore for forgetting the price paid so she’d even have a Bible to teach from.
Read the entire article here.

Be Still (Pastor Larry Debruyn)
Using Contemplative Prayer as "Christian" Meditation (Apprising Ministries)
Christianity Today Acknowledges the Contemplative Prayer Controversy, and the Role of Beth Moore as a Promoter
Beth Moore - False Teacher?
More on Moore
Still More on Moore
Beth Moore Says "So Long" to Insecurity, Allows Sin to Stay
Beth Moore Speaking at Catalyst Conference
Even More on Moore

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