by Richard Haas
Who is Beth Moore? What does she teach? Why do we consider her to be a false teacher? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this article. Understand this is not a ‘heresy hunt” against Beth Moore, but an effort to point out the concerns about her teachings. Our goal is that we educate you the reader about the problems with Beth Moore.
Beth Moore Bio
Let’s look at who Beth Moore is. Beth Moore was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She has received an “honorary doctorate in humanities from Howard Payne University.” She is married and has two children. “Beth founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 with the purpose of teaching women how to love and live on God’s Word. She has written numerous books and Bible studies, including Breaking Free, Believing God, The Patriarchs and most recently, James: Mercy Triumphs that have been read by women of all ages, races, and denominations.” She taught at Houston’s First Baptist Church and now is at the Bayou City Fellowship, where her son-in-law, Curtis Jones, is a lead pastor.
Beth’s Moore Statement of Faith & Mission Statement
To better understand who Beth Moore is and what she teaches one of the best places to look is on her website. Adamantly at first glance, she states some pretty good things including:
- Jesus is the only way.
- Salvation is found only in him.
- Scripture is inspired.
- The promotion of the unity of believers.
- The body of Christ has different kinds of spiritual gifts.
- The future glorification/resurrection of the believer.
However, there are some concerns about what she doesn’t say or does not have on her website. There is no doctrinal statement of faith and nothing addressing about confirming or being a Trinitarian. Also concerning is that there is nothing about the two natures of Christ (the Hypostatic Union); that Christ is both Divine and human right now in heaven. Another item that is bothersome is that Beth Moore does not confirm that that justification by faith, alone in Christ alone or whether baptism is necessary for salvation, which it is not.
As I originally stated, there are some good things posted on her website. However, the number of unclear statements about what she does or not believe can lead to confusion. It is always helpful for ministries to have clear precise and concise statements of faith so that one knows what they believe and teach. Sadly, this is not the case with Beth Moore; one is left in confusion.
To sum up, the problems with Beth Moore’s Statement of Faith & Mission Statement is as follows:
- Nothing affirming justification by faith alone in Christ alone, or whether baptism is necessary for salvation (it isn’t).
- Nothing about the Hypostatic Union. The Two Nature’s of Jesus.
- Nothing about confirming belief in the Trinity.
Beth Moore’s Teaching on Becoming a Christian
Looking at Beth Moore’s website, I found her statement on “how to become a Christian” a little disheartening. Looking at her methodology for becoming a Christian consisted of three very simple steps:
- “Admit your need for forgiveness and peace.”
- “Be willing to turn from your sins, believing that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave.”
- “Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to forgive your sins & be your Savior.”
I found this list to be incomplete and oversimplified in explaining God’s plan of Salvation for sinner’s. Now, this is not to say that God could not use such a simplistic plan, but this outline that Beth Moore uses leaves some basic understandings of our sinful condition before a Holy God that must be addressed:
- There is no mention of God’s righteous judgment upon the sinner.
- The wording “rose from the grave” needs clarification by stating that Jesus rose from the grave in the same body he died in, though it was a glorified body.
- There is nothing mentioned about what Christ is saving us from— God’s righteous wrath and judgment.
- There is no defining “who” Christ is.
This lack of clarification on these important topics is troublesome. Without clear and defined terms and meanings, one could be lead into a false sense of Salvation if they are following Beth Moore’s simplistic outline of “becoming a Christian.”
We must be very careful while following teachers such as Beth Moore. Beth Moore, in my opinion, is not a good reliable teacher and should not be trusted. Along with these errors that I pointed out here, Beth Moore is leading many astray with her teaching and approval of contemplative prayer, personal revelations, and poor biblical exegesis. I will be writing about these other topics in future articles that will address these topics and Beth Moore’s associations with these subjects.