A “serpent mating knot” is an unsightly phenomenon in which male snakes catch the pheromone scent of a female, and swarm over her, forming a “mating knot.” Dozens – and sometimes, hundreds – of snakes writhe around each other in a single mass, with each male trying his best to get the female to open her cloaca (waste and reproductive orifice) so that he can insert his penis and mate with her.
That’s the best description I can give for Russell Moore’s last newsletter, Moore to the Point, and the love-affair between Beth Moore and her defenders in the Southern Baptist Convention.
They’re trying to deep-grind a she-snake, fighting over who will be her loudest and most prominent paramour.
I should thank Moore for his truth in advertising. His newsletter indeed has a point. In fact, it has several. These include, but are not limited to, (1) false doctrine doesn’t matter so long as the false teacher professes Christ, (2) silence is compliance with criticism, so people have a duty to defend false wolves (so long as they’re wearing sheep’s clothing), and (3) Christianity cares too much about doctrine.
NOT A DAMNED WORD
That’s what Russell Moore, who is the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, has said about Pastor James Coates, who has been wrongfully imprisoned in Alberta for presiding over sacred Sunday assemblies.
Keep in mind that the Southern Baptist Convention includes 404 congregations in Canada (known there as the Canadian National Baptist Convention), headquartered in Alberta. The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) theoretically exists to uphold and defend the religious liberty of Christians.
While Russell Moore fought eagerly for the right of a mosque to be built in New Jersey (despite the location not being zoned for commercial real estate, which was the hang-up), he has been too busy posting selfies wearing two masks – as late as last week – begging for “science” to “save us” from the “plague.”
That’s what you call a chest-cold that only kills .04% of people who get it, right?
Anyway, not to be bothered with defending the rights of Christians in a nation with heavy Southern Baptist influence – headquartered in the very province where the martyr is incarcerated – Moore issued a 3,090-word newsletter defending Beth Moore from criticism by Christians fed up with decades of bad teaching leading captive weak women (2 Timothy 3:6-7).
Russell Moore is one of those weak women.
And might I add, “Not a Damned Word” is what can be said regarding his non-existence defense of hundreds of American churches that continue to be shut down and scuttled by anti-science pseudo-religionists using a largely benign respiratory virus to fine, imprison, and intimidate believers.
And in case it hasn’t registered, this Liliputian lecturer in the SBC is the head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. He’s too busy schilling the books of lesbians and communists to be bothered to support Christians behind bars in North America.
3,090-Words Praising Beth Moore, Tim Keller, and Rick Warren
If you didn’t think the SBC has morphed into a Synagogue of Satan yet, consider that Russell Moore was the dean at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention. To this day, he has the full moral support and affirmation of Dr. Albert Mohler, whose guile and complicit sin is a personal embodiment of Romans 14:22…
Happy is he that condemns not himself by that which he approves
And, while I’m on a roll here, might I impugn the 45 thousand or so Southern Baptist Churches in the Southern Baptist Convention who fit the descriptor of St. Paul in this passage as well. They are condemned by that which they approve, which for cooperating Southern Baptists, is the Cooperative Program that funds the devil’s foot soldiers.
Moore’s points were salient if by salient one means sacrilegious and satanic.
Here are some gems poo-pooing the very concept of doctrine itself…
But, looking back now, I can see that the assumption behind the question—and my answer—was that Beth Moore was not “one of us”—the theologically rigorous “confessional” tribe. She was, I guess I assumed, a “pragmatist” or “seeker sensitive” or maybe even as some called her a “mystic.” I suppose I never questioned any of that, and by my not questioning it, I more than contributed to it.
Of course, Beth Moore herself admitted she was not one of us in her Southern Baptist Swan Song the other day. That’s literally what she said, “That’s not me.”
No kidding. We’ve been saying this for more than a decade. Now, she said it. And now, Russell Moore is claiming we’re wrong and Beth Moore is wrong and to hell with anybody who says she’s not one of us because, you know, she loves Jesus and stuff.
But let’s be honest, here. Nobody has claimed the SBC is “theologically rigorous.” We’re a convention that has made room for Marxists and egalitarians like Dwight McKissic and flaming homosexuals like Jonathan Merritt. Our retail stores, Lifeway (now defunct), sold abject heresy ranging from Romanism to Heaven Tourism to Charismatic without apology for decades. And the ERLC has a whole roster of lesbians they trope out to lecture us on human sexuality. Literally, it’s a gay parade over there.
Nobody thinks the SBC is doctrinally serious. But the complaints about Beth Moore being seeker-sensitive or a mystic aren’t illegitimate, no matter how many scare-quotes Russell Moore puts around the terms. She has taught contemplative prayer, prayer circles, claimed direct and divine revelation, and even marched around a hospital seven times with Christine Caine and a jar of anointing oil (no joke). And if that weren’t enough, she has exemplified the scornful and rebellious women, lording over men, that Scripture warns about (making them literally get on their knees to apologize to all women on behalf of all men everywhere).
When you read Russell Moore’s diatribe in defense of Beth Moore, the ill-informed might wonder, “Why are all these bullies picking on this dear sister of Christ?” But the informed Christian who has been apprised of Beth Moore’s doctrinal misdeeds are wondering “why didn’t we kill it with fire a long time ago?”
GOING FOR BROKE IN A DOUBLE-DOWN DEFENSE OF THE WORST OF FALSE TEACHERS
Amazingly, Russell Moore didn’t stop at defending the devil’s bottle-blonde blasphemy babe. He went on to say…
The same thing was true with Rick Warren. Early in my headstrong years, I made—or laughed at—my share of jokes about Hawaiian shirt-wearing “purpose-driven” pastors.
Moore’s use of scare quotes is bizarre, considering this is the term Warren uses to describe himself, is the name of his best-selling book, and his forever-brand that’s made him millions. But it shouldn’t surprise us that the man who went out on a limb to help a New Jersey Mosque turns up his nose at critics of Warren’s overtures to Chrislam.
As though any critics of Warren gave two Jackie Hill Perry’s about his Hawaiian shirts. Rather, it was Warren’s referring to Francis as “our Pope” and “Holy Father” that got discerning Christians hot and bothered over his nearly weekly compromises.
Moore could not have been more explicit that doctrine does not matter. That could have been the subtitle of his newsletter.
With both Warren and Beth Moore, Russell Moore repented of tolerating criticism toward them in proverbial sackcloth and ashes because he got to know them.
Yup. That’s it. He got to know them. And they’re nice folks (as heretics usually are…have you seen Joel Osteen?).
Spurgeon’s Downgrade is upon us, who said, “Numbers of easy-minded people wink at error so long as it is committed by a clever man and a good-natured brother, who has so many fine points about him. Let each believer judge for himself; but, for our part, we have put on a few fresh bolts to our door, and we have given orders to keep the chain up; for, under colour of begging the friendship of the servant, there are those about who aim at robbing the Master.”
Moore went on to defend Tim Keller, to add one more snake to the orgy pile, although bragging that he had always stood by the man, but complaining about his critics.
Nevermind that Keller is a Marxist (he admits such in his books, while denying it on Twitter), a registered Democrat, and just recently blamed Christians for being persecuted because we aren’t loving enough to the pile of Sodomites beating down our doors – who do not want to corrupt our kids (according to Keller).
Did I mention that Russell Moore runs the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission?
WE HAVE MARKED RUSSELL MOORE. IT’S TIME TO MARK HIS ENABLERS
At this point, it’s safe to say I’ve spoke my piece about Russell Moore. I was doing it back in 2014 when Pyromaniacs blogger, Frank Turk, contacted me frantically to say that Russell Moore was “solid” because he was a Calvinist and criticizing him would “ruin me.”
God help us to think a website-orthodox soteriological position is kryptonite to other forms of heresy.
I don’t want to rub it in, but I told you so times a million.
But at this point, we find Albert Mohler – and frankly, anybody else remotely associated with The Gospel Coaltion – in the same place as Russell Moore seven years ago. There is no excuse for them, and any Christian should separate from them post-haste.
[Editor’s Note: Contributed by JD Hall]
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