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Beth Moore Controversial Quotes: 10 Hot-button Statements From the Christian Evangelist

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Any evangelist is going to be a lightning rod for controversy. Evangelist Beth Moore manages to draw criticism from those of her own denomination for (supposedly) claiming to hear directly from God, for teaching outside Baptist doctrine and for taking an ecumenical – that is to say, multi-denominational – view of Christianity.

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Here are 10 statements from Moore that managed to push someone’s hot button:

1. Responding on her Living Proof Ministries blog to accusations of being a “false teacher”: “Yes, we must hold one another accountable and hold ourselves accountable. We question one another. We by all means keep discussing and debating and entering into healthy disagreements. But we stop short of labeling one another things like false teacher and heretic until we’ve done our homework.”

2. Responding to a comment on her “hunting season for heretics” blog entry criticizing her saying God gave her a vision about the unity of the Christian church: “I, like most of us, do not believe that any denomination is saved. I believe individuals are and that they are saved one way only and that is through the blood of Christ Jesus. It is the gift of grace and not a result of works, as Ephesians 2 so clearly tells us.”

3. Part of a quote from her January 2014 blog that drew criticism about unity: “They will not see it as the hand of God, an alternate answer. Unity will be called defection. Brokenness will be called instability. Grace will be called compromise. And the genuinely prophetic will be called false teaching.”

4. Still on the subject of all faiths working together, she said: “We must all be willing to exceed denominational boundaries. Revival is at stake. Nearsightedness will trip us and disunity will slay us in the perilous days to come. We can prioritize our denominations over the Scriptures if we want to but we will shrivel up and die on the vine if we do.”
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5. About not adhering to a rigid, orthodox doctrine in her Bible teaching and evangelism, she said in an email to a critic: “As a young 27-year-old so in love with Jesus and so in love with the Scriptures, I was taught a very specific doctrine of faith and interpretation of the Scriptures. I truly believed that anyone who did not believe exactly that same way was dead wrong. I came to discover over the years that godly people who also loved the Bible like I did interpreted some verses and doctrines differently. There are still many I don't agree with but, with some, I do at least see in Scripture where they are coming from.”

6. Continuing her e-mail dialogue with her critic, she responded to accusations she claimed to hear God’s voice directly: “No, I have never heard a single audible word from God and have said that often. But I have at times been so heavily impressed by Him on my heart that I had a very strong sense of what He was intending to get across to me. In sharing it, I used regular language – words – as people often do, to express those strong impressions that came with the pressing of the Holy Spirit.”

7. Seemingly innocent statements like this one from her blog can trigger a firestorm: “In mid-November of 2012, God dropped a word so convicting on my heart through another teacher’s lesson that my face instantly burned. You’ve had those times, too, when you look around the room sheepishly to see if everyone is glaring at you, hoping you got it so that the congregation can all move on to the next point. This was the word: Stop sowing over and over in the exact same field.”

8. Interviewed by the CrossMap website, Moore said about doctrine: "People are wanting to know that the Word of God is not just a book of doctrinal dos and don'ts-that it's a book of relationship. I think people struggle to believe in the absolute unfailing love of God; to know the romance of Christ. To let him get much further than skin deep."

9. Appearing on the Joyce Meyer video program, Moore railed against denominational walls: "The witness of our disunity is deplorable. Throw down those denominational lines. It is insulting to Christ to be separate. ... We love the same Jesus. We love the same scriptures. ... Even if we did not have that in common, if we could say our salvation is found in Christ if He died and rose again and how to be saved and Jesus sits at right hand of God, then that is my sister, my brother.”

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10. A seemingly innocuous quote in one of her bible study talks drew fire. “(God) put a picture ... I've explained to you before I am a very visual person ... so He speaks to me very often of putting a picture in my head. And it was as if I was raised up looking down on a community, as I saw the church in that particular dimension – certainly not all dimensions, not even in many, but in what we will discuss tonight, the church, as Jesus sees it, in a particular dimension."

For that, the End Times Blog denounced her, as many other strict-doctrine Southern Baptist critics do, for claiming to hear directly from God.

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Any evangelist is going to be a lightning rod for controversy. Evangelist Beth Moore manages to draw criticism from those of her own denomination for (supposedly) claiming to hear directly from God, and for teaching outside Baptist doctrine.
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