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Beth Moore’s Same-Sex 180: Popular Teacher Praises Homosexual “Sacrifice of Celibacy”

As has already been reported by a number of other sources, Beth Moore has removed commentary about the sinfulness of homosexuality from the Kindle version of her book Praying God’s Word. In its 2009 print form, the book included the following commentary in a chapter entitled “Overcoming Sexual Strongholds,”

“Before we proceed to our Scripture-prayers for overcoming sexual strongholds, we are wise to address another deadly sexual assault of the evil one in our society: homosexuality. I have wonderful news for anyone who has struggled with homosexual sin, God indeed can deliver you and anxiously awaits your full cooperation. Do not let Satan shame you into not seeking forgiveness, fullness, and complete restoration in Jesus Christ. I know complete transformation is possible not only because God’s Word says so, but because I have witnessed it with my own eyes. I know plenty of believers who have been set free from homosexuality. “

Take special notice that Beth Moore claimed “complete transformation” from homosexuality is possible not only because scripture says so but because she had personally witnessed it with her “own eyes.” Not only was that claim surreptitiously removed from her publication, Moore has performed a complete 180 in her position. During a recent Living Proof event Moore praised homosexual Christians for their “tremendous sacrifice of celibacy.” Moore claims to have came to this conclusion after reading the writings of Christians who claim to have “life-long same sex attraction.”

Without commenting on the theological controversy as to whether same-sex attraction is inherently sinful, observers can learn something about Beth Moore: she is not to be trusted as a Bible teacher or witness of Christian living. Moore claims that she “exceeded Scripture” when she “singled out same-sex sin as particularly satanic” and thus removed the offending passage from her book. Everyone can make a mistake, however, Moore also claims to have seen believers “set free” from homosexuality. Now, Moore claims that same-sex-attracted Christians are, rather than being “set free” from Satanic stronghold, fellowship with God through their “sacrifice of celibacy.” It can’t be both can it? Moore’s flip-flop conspicuously coincides with the changing winds of the moral revolution. Two passages from the book of James come to mind:

Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a [astricter judgment. 

James 3:1

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a [idouble-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

James 1:5-8

Beth Moore has made a living interspersing her own personal divine revelations and experiences with Bible teaching in her many books and lectures. Within this single removed passage, we see Moore walking back both scriptural and personal claims. Frankly, she cannot be trusted as a Bible teacher or a Christian witness. Long-time readers of this publication have known as much a long time. May this video evidence serve to enlighten others about the danger of sitting under the unstable teaching of Beth Moore.

Seth Dunn

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