Note: The following is a testimony from a pastor in Arkansas who broke free from Beth Moore
My name is Steve, I am a pastor.
For five years, I was the pastor of a small Southern Baptist Church in rural Arkansas. The church was committed to reaching the local community for Christ and helping those in need. The ladies of the church were also committed to studying God’s word. Unfortunately, they desired to do so using material written by Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer. As their pastor, I could not allow this. One of the primary responsibilities of a pastor is to protect the flock. This involves being able to refute those who contradict sound doctrine (Titus 1:9). Moore and Shirer are not sound Bible teachers. Thus I found myself in the uncomfortable position of informing the women under my pastoral care that materials from Moore and Shirer were not to be used in church-sponsored Bible study. This did not go over well.
I came under severe attack by many of the women in the church as well as one of the deacons. This particular deacon was in his position despite (as I later found out) believing that Mormons were Christians. Both my wife and I were ostracized by many in the church. It didn’t matter to them that I had a Master’s and two doctorates in philosophy and came to my position on Moore after years of careful study. It didn’t matter to them that I held an office of authority in the church. All that mattered was that I was against Beth Moore. This was one of the most difficult times in my ministerial career. Still, I held firm. Several in the church came to understand and appreciate that I was trying to protect the flock from false teachings. In his providence, God determined to move me elsewhere. I pray that l left will stand firm against false teaching and the popularity cult of Beth Moore.
For more testimonies like this of people who have broken free of Beth Moore, see here.
[Edited by Seth Dunn]
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