Last November, when a dust-up occurred between John MacArthur and Beth Moore, two prominent Christian figures, leading to even further bitterness amongst their loyal followers, I wrote a piece explicitly calling for grace. I said at the time,
As I watched it all unfold, one question continued to surface in my mind: whatever happened to grace?
If Moore has violated the prohibitions God articulated in Scripture, it means she is in error and should repent. It does not mean she is outside of Christ. If MacArthur has spoken truth without love, and thus reduced himself to little more than a resounding gong on this issue, it means he is in error and should repent. It does not mean he is outside of Christ.
I’m still of the opinion that Christians would be best suited concentrating on our true enemy rather than finding reasons for disagreement among ourselves. And that’s precisely why I was sincerely disappointed to see a recent twitter thread from Beth Moore that I thought was at best an unproductive generalization of believers who have earnest concerns about important issues, and at worst an unjustified assault on the body of Christ for personal gain.
There’s more than just an element of straw man fallacy here. Without identifying precisely who these white supremacy-supporting Christians are, this comes across as Moore setting up a non-existent diabolical cabal and blasting them to play the part of hero. It’s off-putting for those of us who believe our purpose should be glorifying our Savior rather than our own virtue.
But there’s also something more insidious and dangerous here, and I am very hopeful that Moore has accidentally stumbled into it – perhaps as a result of some of the (at times) unfair criticism she has endured – rather than intentionally embraced it. Allie Beth Stuckey articulated it more effectively than anyone I’ve seen:
Moore has done amazingly good work for the Kingdom of God. The lives of several women who are close to me have been enriched by her ministry, writings, and teaching. Her love for Christ is ever-present on her lips, and she has inspired countless other women to trust Him with their marriages, their homes, and their very lives.
But I think it’s clear that Beth Moore is under attack. Not from conservative evangelicals attempting to “preserve the patriarchy” or subversively advance “white supremacy.” I think she’s under attack from Satan, who is using the trappings and approval of the world to distract her from our mission as believers.
It’s my earnest prayer that Moore would continue to submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading. That will require her to abandon what appears to be this vain attempt to earn the applause of a chorus of men and women dedicated to woke theology, and instead begin once again proclaiming the Gospel of Christ alone.