The Pen

Beth Moore’s Self-Righteous Math

“We are Southern Baptists and we’re not going to have a female as a preaching professor.” Charles Kelley, President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

In the last 40 years, there have been 2,080 Sundays. Barring a some providential hindrance, a Christian who has been alive during that time period should have found herself in a church service on each of those 2,080 Lord’s Days. In every one of those 2,080 services, a male should have been performing the task of preaching to the congregation. Southern Baptist darling Beth Moore, by her own admission, found herself usurping the role of the male 15 times during the last 2,080 Sundays and preaching from the pulpit of a Southen Baptist church. This Sunday, Mother’s Day, in what discernment blogger Michelle Lesley calls “the Mother of All Rebellions” Beth Moore plans to do it again.

In defending her actions against vociferous social media criticism from conservative Baptists, Beth Moore touted her 40 years of Bible teaching experience. She also seemingly defended her Sunday preaching by noting how little she’s engaged in it. In a very strange and disturbingly self-righteous tweet, Moore made the point that she had only filled the pulpit a handful of times over the course of her career. Allow me to put her defense in perspective for you.

Doing something wrong just a few times out of many opportunities does not make it okay. Whatever church is letting Beth preach this Sunday is departing from biblical fidelity. I say “whatever” church because I don’t know if it’s Moore’s home church (of which her son-in-law is the pastor) or some other. Whatever church it is should be ashamed of itself. So should you if you still allow your wife to participate in the Beth Moore economy.

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Seth Dunn

Masters of Divinity in Christian Apologetics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Member of the Evangelical Theological Society Certified Public Accountant