Regarding the current discussion concerning John MacArthur’s comments at the “Truth Conference” on Beth Moore Pastor Tom Buck points out that we need to decouple the issues. The first question that must be asked to rightly assess this situation is this: Is Beth Moore in sin?
#1 Beth Moore claims
Jesus talks to her and she recounts the exact words exchanged between the two of them… including things like Jesus telling her to “come out and play” to “build a snowman” and calling her “honey” and “babe” when they talk.
#2 Beth Moore claims
to get revelation, knowledge, and directions from God that she records and speaks: “God began to say to me, ‘I’m gonna say 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.’”
#3 Beth Moore claims
God speaks to her in visions. “… something God showed me sitting out on the back porch…. I’m a very visual person. So he speaks to me very often by putting a picture in my head…”
#4 Beth Moore promotes
and partners with known false teachers like Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen (just google it). Claims that God gave her a vision that churches that preach a false gospel (e.g., Roman Catholicism) are part of the true church.
#5 Beth Moore violates
God’s created order and usurps the role and function of an elder in violation of 1 Timothy 2:12. She regularly assumes the function of teaching and leading men, including in corporate worship gatherings. These are but a FEW examples.
If you consider Beth Moore’s teachings to be sound, then the criticism leveled at @johnmacarthur isn’t fundamentally about his tone but his wrong rebuke. Just defend her teaching. If you consider her to be in sin, that leads to the question: Was John wrong for his tone?
John MacArthur has made it CLEAR on multiple occasions that he believes Beth Moore is in sin. And her sin is VERY public as every example above is either on video or in print. So this is not a Matthew 18 situation. It is a public rebuke of a public teacher.
I know John genuinely considers, as do I, that Beth Moore is in error and a danger to all who hear her teaching. She’s followed by millions and platformed by influential leaders – including @ERLC, the President of the SBC, @jdgreear, and most books published by @LifeWay.
A commanded responsibility of an elder is to exhort, reprove, silence, and even reprove severely. If Beth Moore is in sin, if she’s misleading many with her false teaching, then John telling her to “go home” is a mild rebuke when you consider Paul’s words to Titus…
Titus 1:9-13 “Holding fast the faithful Word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers…”
Titus 1:9-13 “… who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain… for this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith.”
In light of Paul’s commands, I don’t have a problem with John’s tone regarding someone who is teaching dangerous and errant theology. Just because your tone might be less firm and John’s more so doesn’t mean that yours is the “loving” tone and his is the “unloving.”
If Beth Moore is in sin, is it LOVING for SBC leaders to publicly affirm and validate her as a teacher? It’s one thing to not like John’s tone, but quite another to embrace and promote one who teaches dangerous and errant theology.
This is more than a concern over “public mocking.” Beth Moore often publicly mocks her critics and is praised by many of the same people who now criticize John for his rebuke of her. They either agree with Beth’s teaching or are unwilling to confront her in her sin.
If Beth is teaching error, we should at least be as upset about leaders who platform her as we are about the tone of an elder willing to call her out. Your tone might be less polemic, but don’t sit silent as Beth Moore continues to endanger others with false teaching.