Why do Evangelicals hate Beth Moore?

Her hair is always so fabulous.

Can I make a confession? I love looking at Beth Moore’s hair. Every little strand! So perfect, so coiffed and calculated. Always trying to be so perfect. The vision of a feminine woman, mother and household saint.

The truth is: Do your hair all you want, and it doesn’t really matter? I’m fascinated by the attacks.

“Moore is clearly speaking with a forked tongue out of both sides of her stammering, lisping lips.”

It’s fascinating because Evangelicals talk this way in public, not seeing how horrible they look?

Beth Moore, who has jumped out of the closet as a foaming-at-the-mouth feminist and Social Justice leftist over the course of the last year, is now using her position as a “Bible teacher” to attack doctrinal purity.

Yes, that’s right. The wild-eyed and increasingly-bizarre feminist preacher seems to be going through some kind of spiritual menopause, experiencing dramatic life changes and manifesting hot-flashes of outrage on social media.

Undeterred, Moore realized that her own own past language about gays was a problem. In the 2009 book Praying God’s Word, she’d written:

Before we proceed to our Scripture-prayers for overcoming sexual strongholds, we are wise to address another deadly sexual assault of the evil one in our society: homosexuality. I have wonderful news for anyone who has struggled with homosexual sin. God indeed can deliver you and anxiously awaits your full cooperation. Do not let Satan shame you into not seeking forgiveness, fulness, and complete restoration in Jesus Christ. I know complete transformation is possible not only because God’s Word says so, but because I have witnessed it with my own eyes. I know plenty of believers who have been set free from homosexuality.

She removed it from the Kindle version. “What I’d written was doing considerably more harm than good,” she explains.

I’d note that she’s implicitly saying that none of it was true. It was Evangelical boilerplate that she passed on, like they all do.

Then one day she realized being loving to other humans was maybe a different activity.

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Hence the famous “Open Letter”:

With these factors in mind, and knowing that millions of people follow your teachings, we would like to ask you:
Do you believe homosexuality is inherently sinful?
Do you believe that the practice of the homosexual lifestyle is compatible with holy Christian living?

But Moore, oddly, doesn’t seem to take the queer-bait. There’s no leaping to reassure that she hates them too.

Strangely, she doesn’t seem to hate anybody? Can she still be Evangelical?

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The “vice list” she chooses to cite is Galatians 5:19–21. She side-steps the gay issues by not citing the “vice list” of, say, 1 Corinthians 6:9–11.

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She comes back with her own attack.

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In the curious pairing of Jane Austen and . . . Eugene Peterson, she is pointing to the famed pastor for some reason.

I look back on Peterson’s comments, made as he was dying.

I wouldn’t have said this 20 years ago, but now I know a lot of people who are gay and lesbian and they seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do. I think that kind of debate about lesbians and gays might be over. People who disapprove of it, they’ll probably just go to another church. So we’re in a transition and I think it’s a transition for the best, for the good. I don’t think it’s something that you can parade, but it’s not a right or wrong thing as far as I’m concerned.

He was attacked, and backed down.

I don’t think she will. I’m reminded that everything is cumulative, that stories connect. Peterson created an opening that others would go through. He himself could not.

Suddenly, it feels like Evangelicalism is losing? To a woman.

The woman, for all her blond, beautiful hair, is always in the Evangelical (ex-Puritan) mind, deeply dark, rebellious, inherently “evil” and “sinful.” Her mouth has to be shut.

Or she’s a witch. And they know what to do with them.

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“God is love” and “Love one another”—isn’t that a lot to do in one lifetime? Maybe someday there’ll be a religion for that.

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