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Of course Beth Moore is not going to appeal to everyone; what teacher does? But, her teachings are top-notch and just the thing to prove to the Southern Baptists how badly they've misinterpreted the Bible over the role of women.
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I've read all 20 comments and oh my I had to duck from all of the stone throwing! We are commanded to build up and to edify. To criticize Beth Moore for dressing sharp and wanting to look her best? We've all got logs in our eyes if we don't see that we are guilty of the same thing it just looks different. And to compare Beth Moore with Joyce Meyer or anyone else? Do you compare Moses to King David? Paul to the Apostle Peter? Since when did God use perfect people? To condemn because tickets were $60? Obviously you haven't calculated to cost of renting a location, utilities, promotion, etc. God blessed Abraham and others materially, can God not bless Beth Moore? And the man with the attitude about women covering their heads, etc. STUDY the Word and get over the attitude. There are numerous BIBLICAL examples of women in leadership. "Christianity Today" is this what it looks like? I'd say we all have some confessing before the Lord at the condition of the Body of Christ today.
I want less-as in fewer celebrity status christian speakers doing the circuit, fewer christian authors rehashing the same stuff book after book. I DO want MORE - more people who turn on their brains and use discernment when they read these books and listen to the celebrity speakers. (I'm not questioning the intentions of Ms.Moore or any other speaker/author-just saying-no book written by a man or woman today is 100% gospel truth). I want MORE real face to face/heart to heart interaction with real people about the real stuff that goes on in real every day life. And although a study or book can be a useful springboard to talk about things, the study should not be the focus. The Word of God and our real lives in light of our relationship with God should be our focus. Knowing, really knowing each other (not just in the context of the latest/greatest study) and living out life (not sitting in the auditorium with 100s of others listening to the celebrity) is where real change takes place.
Prayer is the key - not necessarily in terms of hours on your knees, but intimate relationship with God. Self-talk becomes a dialog with God, moment by moment, just like young lovers think of each other constantly, while still doing their daily tasks.
And Oh, look at the name Beth Moore. Being bi-lingual I can create 'Oh pray more'. Bet means pray in German. Let's all pray more for our nation.
It is unusual for Christians to emphasize Jesus - the emphasis is usually on Paul the Pharisee (Acts23:6) from Tarsus. Jesus: “Do not think I have come to abolish the law (tOrah) and the prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” (Matt5:17).
Paul: “Christ.. by abolishing the law (tOrah)..” (Eph2:15). Oops!
“Paul wanted Timothy to accompany him, and he took him and circumcised him..” (Acts16:3) Compare this with “I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole Law” (Gal5:2)
Acts 9 says Paul fell, and his companions stood. Acts 27 says they all fell. Acts 9 says the companions heard the voice, but Acts 22 says they didn’t hear the voice.
Scott, and others:
Save yourselves the negative vibe that comes from being critical. (I say this in all compassion.) I'm a seminary graduate and I think highly of Beth Moore. I've done 12 of her 15 Bible studies in a variety of churches. As well, I've been attending her Tuesday Night Bible studies for 4 years, in her home church in Houston. Her motivational Bible teaching/preaching is impeccable and always calls hearers to both action AND a deeper sense/understanding of Scripture. In person, her humility (and humour!) are even more evident than in her videos. God bless Beth Moore indeed! He's blessed and changed thousands of lives because of her!
Being a Christian for 68 years, taken to hear many of the famous ones thru the years, I don't "flock" to see Christian personalities but my favorite at the moment is Ravi Zacharias. Beth is too emothional for me but I have seen women healed emotionally by doing her bible studies. If she can reach women when no one else can and get them on the right path then I cannot critisize her. God uses many to do His work. He also takes the foolish to confound the "wise". God bless Beth Moore.
Scott Tovey makes a good point. Here's an article from the InternetMonk concerning Beth Moore http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/open-mic-why-do-women-want-moore
I'm not so sure that this is anything more than the same disingenuous actions that I've seen over the past 33 years of my Christian life.
People flock to hear these types of stories not to hear sound Bible teaching. I'm not saying that testimonies like this are irrelevant. On the contrary, they are relevant.
It just seems to me that every Bible teacher these days, is a recovered addict or victim in some way. Where are the ones who teach despite the fact that they did not go through those kinds of trials?
When I tried to start my ministry, I was opposed on all sides. Why? Because I was just a poor, homeless man that: "can't be called because your not blessed".
As a result, I must question the sincerity of these people.
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