“so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.” 2 Timothy 3:8
When the imprisoned, soon-to-be-martyred Paul wrote his final letter to Timothy, effectively passing the mantle of ministry to his young protégé, he warned the young disciple about the imminent persecution that would come “in the last days.” The impetus for the coming “times of difficulty” was the increasing depravity of the pagan world.
At the end of the list (2 Timothy 3:2-5) of evidenced evil that Timothy ought to watch for, Paul included the following group in conclusion.
“… those … having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith.” 2 Timothy 3:5-8
Well, guess what?
Today we are further along in “the last days” than the young Timothy and, as the Biblically informed will surely recognize, the plethora of those who “have the appearance of godliness” but “are disqualified regarding the faith” is replete across the church world today. As God loosens His restraining mercy, gender-equality in heresy has become – for quite some time, actually – a self-lauding feature in the false teacher business.
The latest example?
The femme fatale of faith, Beth Moore, is aligning with the heresy known as Hillsong, confirming both herself and that “church” as among those “disqualified regarding the faith.” (2 Timothy 3:8) Moore is scheduled as a headline “Special Guest” at the Hillsong Conference 2017. Along with fellow heresy hurlers and allies of false teaching, Craig Groeschel, Jentzen Franklin, Lauren Daigle, and John Gray, Moore will be bringing whatever credence her Living Proof Ministries presence can provide. (If more believers were actually doing what Jesus said in John 8:31, “Living Proof” would rapidly, rightfully, become “Dead Evidence” of false teaching.)
We shouldn’t be surprised at this alliance because Scripture warns us of such things. As Paul wrote to Timothy, “evil people and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13)
Beth Moore is perhaps the prime contemporary example of Paul’s comment. But it’s no surprise that she’s been exalted to the dais of deception at Hillsong. Moore has long been a gal-pal of the prosperity gospel pastrix and Hillsong heroine of faux Christianity, Christine Caine (and Joyce Meyer, and Kari Jobe, among many more.)
Like a bad BOGO offer from the “church of deception,” Moore and Caine are tag team partners at the upcoming Passion 2017 Conference where the dais will also feature notables such as the increasingly discernment-free John Piper and Francis Chan. The Moore and Caine duo have also been featured together at the “let’s fleece women who don’t know Scripture” events known as Propel Women, a heretic-rich environment.
Hillsong is a well-known purveyor of false teaching, most notably the damning prosperity gospel. Believers “abiding in my word” (John 8:31) know, as Paul exhorts, to “avoid them.” (Romans 16:17-19) As though doubling down on the warnings Paul gave Timothy, given Hillsong’s propensity to parade women “preachers” across their stage, they seem all too eager in their efforts to use women to “sneak into households and capture weak women.” (2 Timothy 3:6)
What is evident is that for all the defensive postures of the followers of this false teacher, if Beth Moore actually knew, and obeyed, what Scripture teaches, she would avoid this conference and the charlatans it promotes. Hillsong is, simply, not Christian.
Though she claims to be otherwise, Beth Moore is, for the Berean-inclined believer, the glaring evidence of the words of the apostle John:
“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.” 1 John 2:19
Beth Moore, long ago, left the ranks of being “of us” … those of us for whom Biblical fidelity is a fundamental feature of faith. Her alliance with known false teachers, and, now, with her participation with the known works of heresy that is Hillsong, make Moore one those Paul included with his remark, “Avoid such people.” (2 Timothy 3:5)
[Contributed by Bud Ahlheim]
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