Beth Moore has continued making the rounds on the #BigEva Podcast circuit to recount for the hundredth time her story about leaving the SBC, weaving a tale of woe, misery, and misrepresentation wherever she goes.
Moore, for the uneducated, has notoriously led the charge into full-blown liberalism by the SBC for over 10 years, becoming more and more egalitarian, ecumenical, and brash in her disregard for scripture. Her theological ineptitude and outright horribleness is the stuff of legends, as she has routinely claimed direct revelation from God (like her famous tale of God telling her to brush a guy’s hair instead of witnessing to him), affirming so-called woman pastors and those who affirm LGBTQ+, labeling her entire denomination racist, and claiming white supremacy is running rampant” in the church. She has liked tweets dissuading believers from sharing the Gospel at BLM protests, resulting in her recent event in Montana to be protested by Protestia supporters and it was recently revealed her ministry was hemorrhaging money.
In this case, she spent time on Ed Stetzer’s podcast, the former LifeWay head whom we last wrote about here: Ed Stetzer, Insufferable Expert on Everything, Says Pastors Can’t Give “Medical Opinion,” and here: Stetzer Wonders Why Conservatives Can’t “Look Past Abortion” to Vote Democrat.
On the show, she argues that it doesn’t make sense that women can’t use their gifts to preach and bemoaning the infamous easter service incident that got her a lot of heat, where she revealed she was preaching to her church for Sunday service. Moore’s schtick, and it is telling, is to keep on insisting that she never tried to be “senior” pastor and was never going for the “top spot” at her church, making it clear that she may still hold that women cannot be the senior pastor, but she most definitely believes women can be a pastor. Moore acts like this is the only time she has ever made somewhat egalitarian comments, with this easter sermon thing, when in reality her past is littered with them.
Many bore false witness [against me] because it sounded like ‘she’s led the women astray.’ It was like ‘wait, whose pulpit?’ Have I ever? You know me better. You know, this isn’t true. You know, I have never tried to be a senior pastor. I have never been a minister at a church. No, I’ve never been—my payroll experience at First Baptist was teaching aerobics. So this is how much I was really going for the top spots at my church. It just wasn’t true.
Then she goes on to explain that on account of this cursed complementarianism, “half the gospel” is basically being squandered because women’s gifting to preach is not being used.
So there comes a time, though, that we have to be very awake to the leadership of the Spirit, when is it time to go. And I knew that it was time, and not only from my standpoint, but I had the chance to sit up front. I’ve also never, never told this that I can can recall, publicly, I had two occasions to sit up front at some really large SBC gatherings and to look out, and I knew, I knew, from their faces, that a lot of them no longer saw me as one of them. I knew I was not, I knew I did not feel welcome. And I know there would be many exceptions to that. But oh, it’s quite, quite painful. So I say, you know, I believe in staying, I believe in fighting for something, but I am going to tell you this:
If you have a gifting that cannot possibly be used where you worship, then you’re gonna have to work that out with Jesus, whether that happens outside the church, or whatever. But this I can tell you, I believe this to the death, that sons and daughters of God in Christ Jesus, are called to spread the gospel.
I believe that with all of my heart. In the home, and outside the home, women are spiritually gifted the same as men, even if our roles may differ, we may have distinctions, but we better figure out how is it we are going to serve—not just consume—how is it we’re going to serve, and is there any place to do that.
And I’ll tell you this, if y’all will give me this 60 seconds to say it because I don’t get many chances to say it. One of the things that has concerned me most with believing that there was an extremely hard pull to the far right, where there was going to be less and less for women to do and where it was getting more and more the norm, that the only thing a woman really was called to do that was blessed by God in the church was in the context of the traditional family.
And I don’t know what that does. I love the family. I love my role as wife, I love my role as mother. But I’m going to ask you what in the world are you going to do with ten thousands single men and women? There’s this just does not make sense. It just does not make sense that this—yes this is a very strong context. It’s not the only one. We have calling, whether inside or outside at home, whether men or women. You’re in this, you don’t wipe out half the gospel force.
[Editor’s note: There is a HUGE difference between preaching the gospel to someone and preaching the word to a congregation as its pastor. She is trying to create a false dichotomy, and Stetzer is buying into it, or at least helping to sell it.]
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