I found this blog while researching Beth Moore’s false teachings. Glenn E. Chatfield watched Moore’s DVD “Believing God” and wrote a good review of Beth Moore’s errors and distortions of the scriptures. The following blog was copied from The Watchman’s Bagpipes.

Beth Moore Revisited

Due to various comments I have received on both my articles about Beth Moore (12/27/07 & 2/16/08), I am posting this article demonstrating some of Beth’s teachings and why they are problematic. I do not want to get into a continual dialog about Moore on this blog – that is not its purpose. The purpose of this blog is to alert believers to false teachers and false teachings affecting the Church – this is the ministry of a watchman. It is up to the individual to determine what to do with the warnings. If you are concerned by what I report, feel free to e-mail me at the address on my profile and I will provide more details as necessary.Due to the nature of this post, it will be the longest one I’ve done, so hang in there until the end if you truly are interested in why I say Beth is in error. I will be referring to Beth Moore’s DVD series, “Believing God,” because I personally viewed all 10 hours. However, many other apologetics ministries have reviewed more of her stuff and the problems I found in this series are repeated and enlarged upon in her other materials.

Firstly, Beth Moore makes many claims of direct revelation from God. There is no evidence that God has given anyone direct revelation since the New Testament. In fact, Hebrews 1 says that God now has spoken to us through His Son. Here are some examples from Beth where she claims direct revelation:

1. “One of the things God wants to do throughout this nine weeks we’re going to spend together is empower our prayer life.” How does she know that God wants to do this? (Session 1)

2. “What God began to say to me about five years ago, and I’m telling you it sent me on such a trek with Him, that my head is still whirling over it. He began to say to me, ‘I’m gonna tell you something right now, Beth, and boy you write this one down, and you say it as often as I give you utterance to say it: My Bride is paralyzed by unbelief. My Bride is paralyzed by unbelief.’ And He said, ‘Startin’ with you.’” God says, “and boy you write this one down”????? I find it interesting that God talks so “down to earth.” Is the Church really paralyzed by unbelief? Maybe I’m just a cynic, but I can’t believe this conversation took place. (Session 1)

3. “And this came as a direct revelation of the Spirit because this would never have come to me. I know God spoke this over me as He began turning through a concordance in my mind and I started thinking about one Scripture after another.” Notice she even says, “direct revelation.” (Session 3)

4. A de facto revelation of God is this claim: “God is desiring for His church to have a revival of true faith in who He is and what He can do and what He desires to do in our generation.” How does she know this?  (Session 3)

5. Moore has another special revelation: “Don’t buy the press that they [those in leadership positions] have it all together. If they did, God wouldn’t even be using them. Because I’m going to tell you, He wants people in process. They’ve got a fresh word going on in their lives. When they’ve got it all together, He’ll take them home.” Now, from where does she get this idea? Where is the Scriptural justification for this claim? (Session 5)

6. Another de facto revelation: “God is doing something huge in the church today, and I don’t want us to miss it.” If God is really doing something in the church, are Christians going to miss it?  (Session 5 )

7. Moore has a conversation with God which sets her up as an authority when she teaches: “You know what He told me not too long ago? I told you when I first began this whole concept, He first started teaching it to me about five years ago, and He said these words to me: ‘Baby, you have not even begun to believe Me. You haven’t even begun!’ You know what He said just a few days ago? ‘Honey, I just want you to know we’re just beginning.’ Oh, glory! That meant I had begun. Hallelujah! But He was telling me, ‘When this ends, we ain’t done with this. Honey, this is what we do for the rest of your life.’ And He said those words to me over and over again: ‘Believe Me. Believe Me. And I hope it’s starting to ring in your ears, over and over again, Believe Me.’”  (Session 6)

8. “I don’t know how I even learned this except that God just taught it to me Himself.” So now God has been personally teaching her! (Session 7 )

9. Moore made the claim that “God directed” her to do the “Believing God” study.  (Session 9)

So there you have the direct revelations from God to Beth on the DVD series I watched. What about her use of Scripture? In my February 16th article I gave two blatant examples of error and I will not repeat them here. So let’s look at a few more from this series:

1. In session two, Moore’s understanding of Matthew 16:18 is somewhat different than that of any other commentator I have read. She states that when Jesus is saying this, he is pointing first to Peter and then to Himself. He calls Peter a stone as he points to him, then He points to Himself when he says, “On this rock I will build my church.” So this makes Jesus the rock of the conversation (whereas I was always under the impression that the rock was Peter’s confession – which Moore does say it may also be), and then Peter is “a chip off the block.” Yes, that’s how she says it: Peter is “a chip off the block,” the block he’s chipped off of being Jesus. And that is why Jesus gives Peter special authority. However, in session four she says that in Matt. 16:18 the “rock” is indeed the testimony of Peter. My thought was, “Huh?” Remember, in session two she said that may be a part of it.

2. Matthew 17:19-20. “For some reason, ordained by God alone, He tells us that when we want something to move, we are to tell it to. We are to open our mouths and say to the mountain, ‘Move it! You are in my way!’” However, this passage is about what faith can do. It is not about the need to speak to mountains or anything else. Moore’s claims in this area are much the same as the Word of Faith teaching when she says that because God spoke creation into existence with “omnipotent words,” we can speak things into happening with our “potent words.”  (Session 6)

3. 2 Corinthians 4:2. “Renouncing requires speaking.” We must “verbally renounce all attachments to it [sin].” Again, this passage is about renouncing things no matter what method is used; it is not about speaking audibly.  (Session 6)

4. 2 Corinthians 4:13ff is also used to prove that we must speak the words because the author says, “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” But the context is about why he spoke what he did, not that speaking was required to prove anything.  (Session 6)

5. 2 Corinthians 4:8. Moore says the word “crushed” here (NIV) means “unable to express yourself, unable to speak out.” She then says Satan was preventing Paul from speaking out, and in the same way he will prevent us from speaking out. KJV says “distressed.” While a possible meaning of the word may be “restrained from talking” (not being a Greek scholar I don’t know, and Strong’s gives a meaning of the word as “distressed”), I’d say the context in this passage does not mean Paul was prevented from speaking. To continue with her unbiblical claims, Moore says, “Thinking is not exercising biblical authority. Satan can’t read minds. He is only intimidated if it comes from the mouth.” (I agree that Satan can’t read minds, but, again, do we intimidate him?) She goes on to say, “Perhaps more than anything else, Satan wants to hinder us from ever learning how to use our mouths. Because he knows once we draw the sword of the Spirit, and it starts coming out of our mouths, he has had it.” Again I must ask, is the mute then powerless against Satan?
(Session 6)

6. Beth discusses Joshua 4, and then she makes comparisons to Genesis 15 because there are Hebrew words that are used in both places, which to her was a very big deal. With Genesis 15 the pieces of animals were parted, while in Joshua 4 the Jordan was parted. In Genesis 15 God passed between the pieces making a covenant, while in Joshua 4 the ark of the covenant passed through the Jordan. Moore continues to build this whole idea into her belief that in Joshua God was “having a memorial moment” reconfirming to Israel and to Himself the covenant He made with Abram; that the crossing of the Jordan was intentionally symbolic of the covenant with Abram, and this is proven by the use of the same Hebrew words in both places. Then she makes the application: “Through the concepts in Joshua 4, God seems to say, ‘Because I have cut covenant with you, I will also cut a path through any obstacle that stands between you and the fulfillment of My covenant promises.’” She then finishes by saying, “Oh I believe that’s what He’s saying.” Hmmmmmmm.  (Session 7 )

7. Beth discusses Joshua 5, and she says “circumcision was reinstated.” This would mean it had been temporarily set aside, but the Scripture doesn’t say that. It only tells us the ritual was not performed, that they had failed to do it. When they were circumcised, Moore says, “God cut away the sign of their unbelief, and they wore the mark of their new beginning.” The text doesn’t say the lack of circumcision was a sign of unbelief, it just says it wasn’t done in the wilderness wanderings. Beth adds her own ideas to Scripture.  (Session 8 )

Now I will demonstrate some areas in this DVD series where Beth was aberrational in what she taught:

1. Moore says God’s use of her is “scandalous.” “He has risked His reputation and His name over a pit dweller like me.” If this is her attempt at humility, I think she has done more to denigrate God. Does God ever risk His reputation? Does God ever “risk” anything? (Session 3)

2. One concern I have that others tend to dismiss is the idea that we pray to God and thank Him as if it has already happened the way we pray, and it will then be certain of happening. This sort of binds God to our prayers; He is obligated to respond in the manner in which we ask. Moore says, “And you just start thanking Him over and over again when you’re asking, thanking Him in advance, ‘God, thank you, you’re going to work a miracle here, you’re going to work a miracle.” What if God doesn’t want to work a miracle? What if God has other ideas and the answer to your prayer is “no” because He knows what would be best?  (Session 3 )

3. “This is the real thing, about living the rest of our lives intimidating the kingdom of darkness and making the devil finally tuck his tail and run. It is time for the body of Christ to stand up and become his worst nightmare. When are you going to start making him sorry that he messed with you? That’s what I want to know. When? When do we decide we’re going to make him sorry that he ever messed with us? That he ever messed with somebody you love? When does that happen? Tonight’s lesson is about becoming armed and dangerous to the kingdom of darkness.” Okay, so where in Scripture does it say we are to “become [Satan’s] worst nightmare”? This is certainly shades of a Frank Perretti novel and Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare. Where does Scripture say we ever intimidate the kingdom of darkness? What about Colossians 1:13 where it says Christ delivered us from the “power of darkness” (KJV) or the “dominion of darkness” (NIV)?  (Session 6)

4. “We have a need to pray and we’re struck dumb – that is the enemy not wanting words spoken. Just open your mouth and say ‘Jesus’ – one word – ‘Jesus,’ … and it sends Satan away. He’s just a bluff.” Well, what if we pray silently? What about a mute praying? And where in the Bible does it tell us if we say “Jesus” Satan will suddenly leave us alone?  (Session 6)

5. Moore opens the 7th session with: “The Holy Spirit is just all over us in this place… And we are praying for a miracle of God, because I am praying that same portion of the Spirit [referring to an earlier “worship and praise” session] is pouring out on your sweet little head right where you are. Because sometimes there is just nothing like that.” Again I have to ask, how does she know the Holy Spirit is “all over us” in that auditorium? Do we not have the Spirit indwelling us anyway? She then tells the audience, “God delights in your company.” Has she received a revelation from God that this is so?

How about her flippant and arrogant attitude towards God? After getting emotionally worked up over what she is saying, Moore then says, “I tell you what, Lord, if you don’t calm me down, I’m coming home!” Isn’t it rather presumptuous to be talking to God this way?  (Session 6)

Beth Moore’s teachings in this series brings to mind what the Scripture says about people gathering around themselves a great number of teachers who say what their itching ears want to hear rather than those who teach sound doctrine. (I also think her self-acknowledged obnoxiousness and theatrical demeanor, and apparent lack of humility are totally inappropriate for one in this teaching position.)

If this hasn’t been enough evidence of the problem with Beth Moore’s teachings, I can only recommend that you contact Personal Freedom Outreach at www.pfo.org and ask for their articles on Moore.

Posted by Glenn E. Chatfield at 7:02 PM

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Comments
  1. re-inventing says:

    thank you so much for posting this.

  2. Mario says:

    D: I read your opinions and completely disagree with them, I’ve done 3 of her study’s and all of them blessed me.

    • laura754 says:

      In my Catholic days I read from Catholic authors. I was ‘blessed’ also, back then.
      Because what I read reinforced the faulty theology I was being led by.

      Being blessed by what one reads is not a sign of truth being imparted.

  3. tiffany sander says:

    i feel very sorry for you (sincerely). have you been saved? do you have a close relationship with God? has God ever spoke to you? i don’t mean outloud, i mean in your heart? God places conviction in our hearts, and he guides us if we listen. has God ever placed something in your heart? have you ever wanted to share the word of God? i feel that beth moore is doing what God has convicted her to do. i think she has a wonderful way of getting on everyone’s level to make them understand the message she is trying to deliver. you make it sound like she is just speaking to hear herself speak. you say she is dramatic in her teachings. YOUR RIGHT! she is truly passionate about her relationship with God and his son who was CRUCIFIED on the cross for YOU and ME and for BETH MOORE. i feel that she truly understands the sacrafice that was made so that we could spend eternity in heaven. beth moore is one of the only speackers that grasps my attention when teaching the word. i have listened to others and i didn’t feel the way she makes me feel. i have learned alot from her, and i hope to learn even more!

  4. Sharon, a believer in Jesus says:

    You wrote : I find it interesting that God talks so “down to earth.”

    Jesus HIMSELF offended the religious-righteous of His day…how do you suggest we recall or appropriate the word of God to us in 2011?

    **KJV English?**

    I will pray for you that you find the “spirit” and not just the “law” friend.

    You are deceived– how do you deal with God’s word saying ” my sheep know my voice” or when the Psalmist says that He will say to us ” turn to the left or the right”?

    I pray the eyes of your H-E-A-R-T will be opened.
    Argue for your limitations and sure enough you will keep them.

  5. laura754 says:

    I also was part of several Beth Moore studies. I remember one of them where I really struggled with agreeing with some of what she wrote. I believe now that the Lord was guiding me then, and opening my eyes to her faulty teaching.

    Later on I came to realize that she is leading people into contemplative ways. Which is another gospel.

    She tickled my ears and the ears of women for years, now the fruit of her ministry is being revealed to those who love the truth. If one doesn’t love the truth they will fall for any delusion that is attractive and makes them ‘feel’ good.

  6. Cindy says:

    I am so blessed that God raises up bible teachers such as beth Moore and many others you have listed. We all have a personal relationship with the Lord and who are we to question what the Lord shares with them. I believe you are splitting hairs here. She is reading from the precious word of God and you are taking those words out of context. It is all the responsibility of the believer to read and KNOW the word not to be deceived BUT lets give it up for those stepping out in faith and actually sharing it with the believers in the way the Lord wants them to share. Everyone perceives scripture differently. We don’t fight against people but with principalities and powers…take out the enemy not the people..with this you are just cutting off your nose to spite your face..just sayin

  7. stan says:

    I don’t think I knew you had a post on Beth Moore. Last year, I did a review of some of her books and came away very concerned at what was passing before the eyes of believers from her ministry. Women, her target audience, are learning about God from someone whose mysticism forms the basis for much of her folksy teachings. Here is some of what I wrote then:

    She makes seven separate statements in the foreword of the Breaking Free Workbook about God specially acting in her life. For example, she states that the “tenderhearted Holy Spirit” prompted her to make an appointment with an exclusive bridal photographer in Houston for which she acquired a beautiful white wedding gown, had her makeup and hair done and spent a day she would never forget. This was because earlier, “God placed on her heart” to get just the right gift for her husband, Keith, for their 20th wedding anniversary because she had felt so unattractive and uncomfortable on her wedding day that she didn’t think she was a beautiful bride. To claim that going to an exclusive photographer and acquiring a wedding dress and having her hair done to recapture a moment for her husband were the direct actions of God and His Holy Spirit is without New Testament basis. Compared to Beth Moore, Jeremiah’s, Paul’s or millions of martyrs’ often cruel mistreatment at the hands of man for the sake of the Word makes it seem that God was not so “tenderhearted” when it came to them.

    Beth’s testimony is really all about her, not God. To claim that God specifically sought to restore her low-self image by prompting her to spend money for an exclusive photographer and expensive outfitting is to trivialize His divine work in the believer’s life. God leads us away from our sins and into the image of Christ. God has blessed us with spiritual blessings in the heavenlies, such as forgiveness of sins, being transferred into an imperishable kingdom and having free access to the throne of Grace. These things all of us receive as Christians without favoritism. In the mind of her trusting readers, Moore’s constant drumbeat about her exalted experiences with God seems to give her a special relationship with God which serves her but hurts her disciples. They are left feeling that Beth is much closer to God than they are and are left admiring her casual familiarity with God from afar. They might claim to get free due to the wisdom she imparts through her books, but they will be left in bondage to pining for or even (tragically) seeking the same kind of subjective experiences with God that they believe she has non-stop. She is to be avoided.

    Stan

    • karyn says:

      Woe to those who publicly criticize a servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. Yes we are told to wisely compare what is being taught to the Word of God. But what else are we told to do? Are we told, as fellow Christians, to create a blog and bash the servants? Or are we told to take one another, in love, and privately talk with them and then if they dont repent, bring them before the elders? Beth Moore has a home church in which she is a sheep with a Pastor covering her as one should have. Have you approached her or the church leaders that she sits under? I thought not. Now let me ask you this, Do you have a Pastor to whom you are covered under? I thought not. Nothing is scarier than a loose cannon who feels he only needs to answer to God. Do you follow the leading of the Holy Spirit who is living and acting inside of you or is this “discernment” you claim to have come from your head knowledge? If it comes froms ANY place besides the prompting of the Holy Spirit, you my friend are the false prophet. I urge you to have a heart to heart with God and repent. I would say Spirit to Spirit, but the spirit inside of you is not in line with the Spirit of the Living God.

  8. May I please share my own analysis of Beth Moore’s teachings? In preparation or a ladies ministry trip to her live appearance in Charlotte NC last weekend, I studied who she is as a teacher. I generated a 7-part analysis of concerns that arose, ranging from her pop psychology, eisegesis, legalism, and personal revelations from God. After I attended the event in Charlotte, I wrote a first-hand account of my reactions to the whole extravaganza.

    The two series are here:
    Analysis-
    http://the-end-time.blogspot.com/2011/07/troubled-by-beth-moore-teaching.html

    Reaction
    http://the-end-time.blogspot.com/2011/07/beth-moore-reactions-to-living-proof.html

    Thank you.

  9. Flutterby says:

    Beth Moore said God actually spoke to her?!?! Quick people!! Get the stones!!!
    Better get enough for two, because I say that a lot. I also have a tendency to answer an easily fixed complaint with “that’s why God created ” ____. (Out of something…that’s why God created Wal-Mart). God Himself teaches me all kinds of things. You see, I prefer to give Him the credit. And just because He has never laid anything on your heart or put a thought in your head doesn’t mean others aren’t Blessed. I’m sure God has spoken to plenty of people both before and after the NT and it has escaped print. I say God – surely you understand the Trinity, right? Oh..and FYI I am from Texas so He speaks to me with the same southern drawl & picturesque speech as Beth. When I say God reached down and gave me a big thump, don’t ask to see the bruise.
    I find it very sad that supposedly ‘mature Christians’ find it so necessary to tear apart others while judging and insulting them. The obvious lack of joy in your demeanor and condesending attitude is one of the reasons non-believers shy away from Christianity. I have watched several of the self-righteous group you belong with and thought to myself, “If I believed Christians had to act like that I’d never have become one.”
    I haven’t seen her dvds so I can’t confirm or disput your criticisms of her interpretations but Beth Moore isn’t speaking to Christians who spend all their spare time analyzing each and every passage for tiny details to discuss and argue over. She is talking to the average person who has a 5th grade reading level and struggles to grasp the main idea of a lesson that could be not only complicated but sleep-inducing when presented in a stiff, no-nonsense Puritan manner.
    These are the women who would otherwise only think about God every Sunday from 10:30am until noon and never realize there is more to being a Christian or that God is more than a distant dictator. These women are actually opening their Bibles during the week and developing a relationship with their Savior through study and prayer. THEN they are going to (hopefully Bible-based) churches and growing in knowledge and understanding. Maybe ear-tickling isnt the ideal way to be fishers of men, but some won’t bite if it isn’t bright and shiny. She is reeling them in…I trust God will appoint someone to clean the keepers.
    If you are so bitter that you must spend time tearing apart, go find a cult or an atheist to pick on. The Body of Christ gets enough persecussion from the outside without extra help from within.

    • stannj51 says:

      Dear Flutterby,

      The bible only condemns certain kinds of judging, not all. We are not allowed to condemn others when we are guilty of the same things (Matt. 7:1-5 and Romans 2:3), or to judge the secrets of men’s hearts (Romans 2:16). However, we must judge teachers for the soundness of their doctrine because the Lord and his apostles constantly warn us to be alert for false Christs, false prophets and false teachers. We are not to believe every spirit for many false prophets are gone out into the world. It is also easy for believers to receive “a different Jesus, a different spirit or a different gospel” which Paul was greatly concerned happened to the Corinthian church (2 Cor 11:3-4). He likened such things to the words of the serpent which led to the destruction of the entire human race. The serpents in the church are the false apostles exposed in 2 Cor 11:13. Paul warned the Ephesian elders to watch out for wolves who would invade the flock and for those who would rise up from among themselves teaching perverse things to draw away disciples unto themselves (Acts 20:28-30). Peter in his last words to the church before his death included stern warnings about false teachers springing up.

      You said, but Beth Moore isn’t speaking to Christians who spend all their spare time analyzing each and every passage for tiny details to discuss and argue over. She is talking to the average person who has a 5th grade reading level and struggles to grasp the main idea of a lesson That is the very problem! People who are unskilled in the word of God are the most vulnerable to error. It is easy for someone who sounds authoritative to fool them. It is fine to make doctrine palatable and interesting for the average hearer, but it must still be sound.

      So, if someone criticizes a teacher, no matter how well liked they are, such as Beth Moore is in many circles, they are not at fault in the sight of God for doing so unless it can be shown through the Scriptures that the criticism is unwarranted. If it is warranted, then they have a responsibility to warn the others like a watchman.

      Stan

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