Over the weekend, Christian twitter was fired up by comments that John MacArthur aimed at popular Christian teacher Beth Moore, who has become a punching bag of late for some. I’m not going to rehash what MacArthur said. Google it.
I have respectful disagreements with Beth Moore on some things. I am very much in the MacArthur camp on complementarianism and women in pulpits. Beth and I have some core theological differences. I do not believe in direct revelation and I do worry about her message being co-opted by or used as a vehicle for progressives.
Yet, with my disagreements mentioned, it does not mean that she deserves to be spoken about harshly, spoken to rudely, or condescended to by men whose on-stage bravado reeks of anything but humility. In fact, Beth Moore has been gently ministering to my wife through her writings, and now my daughter. Beth Moore has been an unbelievable presence in my wife’s life and, frankly, where pastoral men could not connect with my wife, Beth Moore has. My daughter is at an age where she could use strong Christian women in her life and Beth Moore has been there for her too. I don’t know that enough men appreciate Beth Moore’s ministry to women and while I disagree on complementarianism and some other issues, I know all too well she fills a role in the spiritual life of the women in my house that is needed and appreciated.
I think very highly of John MacArthur and just as highly of Beth Moore.
I was texting with an evangelical leader friend who said something I agree with: If the anti-Beth Moore crowd wants Beth Moore’s influence to continue to spread, all these hardcore Reformed types (who I’m typically in agreement with) just need to keep talking like their talking. They are speaking only to themselves and convincing hardly anyone. They are proving their critics true and setting back their own movement. Furthermore, they are making Beth Moore into a very sympathetic victim by their insensitivity, cruelty, and unmasked chauvinism. So they are plotting their own demise in direct proportion to their excessive posturing.
But let’s keep some things in perspective, too. In the same week that conservative evangelicals ripped Beth Moore for her either soft complementarianism or egalitarianism, the same tribe of evangelicals largely turned a blind eye to other prominent male evangelical leaders endorsing Paula White health-and-wealth heresy. And why? Because the evangelical super very best friends are a big cabal of power-drunk Trump-humpers. (To his credit, MacArthur did criticize White while others ignored her and the evangelical super very best friends who promoted her)
What this means is that yes, Trumpism corrupts; it’s corrupting politics and now its corrupting theology. It makes us unable to know what’s right from wrong and heretical from orthodox. It can lead to bashing a sister in Christ while giving a pass to a heretic who grants power to evangelical leaders looking to have their mega-church egos stroked.
On these issues, we should all speak with humility. We can all do better and we should.