For a season, I was seduced by the teachings of Beth Moore. She is a talented speaker and writer and I devoured her every word. In fact, I completed her 12-week study Daniel, in 8 days!
During my Moore season, I read some warnings about her; however, I didn’t pay much attention to them. Like so many women, I also thought Moore led me to study the Bible more; however, it was the opposite. Yes, Bible was open, but was it “bible study”? No. I didn’t compare her teaching to Scripture or to the biblical context. Moore often translates descriptions in Scripture as prescriptions, and this contributes to a self-help/pop psychology approach to sin and to the challenges in our lives. Additionally, what is gospel, Moore sometimes teaches as law.
I often heard Moore say, ‘God told me…’, and I thought that particular teaching was something the Holy Spirit had illuminated for her while she was reading Scripture. I was too busy taking copious amounts of notes to notice what she was saying — that her insight wasn’t from illumination of Scripture — because she claimed it as ‘new revelation’. However, the canon is closed (Revelation 22:18)–there is no new revelation. Really, if God were speaking to her, why wouldn’t one of the first messages to her be a correction of misapplied verses? It makes one wonder where these messages are coming from.
Furthermore, Moore promotes contemplative prayer, which is a form of mysticism– something God clearly forbids (Deuteronomy 18:9-14). We are commanded to test everything (1 John 4:1). How can we test the validity of Moore’s secret messages that God is delivering personally to her?
Moore’s teachings had an influence on me, and it took a while to unlearn it all. The unlearning process had been like picking burrs out of my dog’s fur–just when I’d thought I found them all, another one revealed itself. Am I saying everything she teaches is wrong? No. Am I saying Moore’s and everyone else’s teaching are to be perfect? No, sin has corrupted everything, including knowledge.
If you are under Moore’s teachings, I hope I have encouraged you to examine and compare everything she teaches to the Bible. Please take some time to read the following posts from others who have expressed concerns with her teachings and please pray for God to reveal the truth to you and Beth Moore 1 Kings 3:9. May the Holy Spirit guide us into all truth John 16:13.
Soli Deo Gloria,
Further Resources on the topic:
The Danger of Claiming to Receive Direct Revelation
A Minimal Facts Case for Breaking Free of Beth Moore
Chris Rosebrough examines Moore’s teachings and shows where she is misinterpreting scripture. (video)
Elizabeth Prata has been faithful to warn us in many posts.
The Christian and Apologetic Research Ministry’s well researched and gentle criticism
Sola Sisters has some great resources on Moore
Apprising Ministries’ articles on Moore
Five Reason Why It’s Time to Start Exercising “Moore” Discernment
Beth Moore and Joyce Meyer Discuss Unity
Beth Moore Wants Scripture and Experience
The Hair Brush Prophecy (video within the article)
“Breaking Free” from Beth Moore and her “Try Hard” Theology
Beth Moore Simulcast Review