The Big-Haired Biblicist

Thank you for the superb August cover package on Beth Moore ["Why Women Want Moore," "First Came the Bible"]. As a fellow Southern Baptist, I notice her books and workbooks are displayed prominently at LifeWay bookstores. She is our Esther, a healthy antidote to the fake-bake-shake prosperity teachers. Every Christian man should read her books to understand his sisters in Christ.

Not only is Beth Moore's foray into pop psychology another example of gospel-gone-wrong, the stubborn privacy of the subject should have prompted Christianity Today to scrap the article. By its own admission, the article repeated facts that Moore has shared in speeches and books. In an age where total disclosure is the unfortunate norm, there is a trace of honor in Moore's privacy, but it's not worth a CT cover story.

Beth Moore is exactly what the body of Christ needs. She knows when the Lord speaks to her and then takes that understanding to her listeners. Notice I said listeners—many men like Beth too. I don't have many opportunities to study with her, but when I do I take full advantage of it and have never been disappointed.

If you want a preacher, go and listen to what others have to say. If you want a teacher, tune into what Moore says about Scripture, and get ready for the ride of your life.

Moore is fairly harmless doctrinally, and she sincerely encourages women to not take her word as final, but she fails to appropriately model an approach to the Christian life that all women can pursue. She doesn't teach women how to study the Bible; she studies it for them and then spoon feeds. Moore's "figurative application," as she refers to it, calls into question her ability to handle the context of a given passage. And ...

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