“Beth Moore was suddenly cool among the white-collar theological establishment, where she had been previously rejected, instead of just by the unwashed masses of desperate housewives craving pop-theology. They have largely used Moore to spread their Social Justice agenda among her fairly ignorant support base of undiscerning women. Today, if you look at Beth Moore’s Twitter feed, you’ll see that it is almost entirely full of Social Justice talking points.”
Beth Moore, who once held to the Biblical position regarding gender roles, has been on a social media tirade for the last several days, attacking all Christians and churches who don’t believe women should be preaching to men. Far from her humble beginnings when she was first promoted by the Southern Baptist publishing house, LifeWay Christian Resources, Moore is now ruthlessly attacking the position of Southern Baptists and other evangelical Christians who helped to give her a start.
Moore was first marketed to evangelicals by LifeWay as a female Bible teacher who produced material exclusively for women. As Moore’s prominence grew, discerning believers noticed that she quickly went from teaching to what can only be described as preaching. However tough to swallow for those who believe in Biblical gender roles, this evolution in Moore’s ministry went almost altogether unchallenged because she preached to primarily to women.
However, Moore then began to teach men. Moore started out as an aerobics instructor (a calling for which she is infinitely more suitable) within the church (megachurches have such things) and then became a female Sunday School teacher. However, men would show up in the class as she describes:
Being a woman called to leadership within and simultaneously beyond those walls [of an SBC church] was complicated to say the least but I worked within the system. After all, I had no personal aspirations to preach nor was it my aim to teach men. If men showed up in my class, I did not throw them out. I taught.
Moore then started by teaching a mixed-gender Sunday School class in her Southern Baptist Church, Houston First Baptist. The door for her to teach both sexes was opened more widely. Moore excused this departure of Biblical orthodoxy by claiming that she had the blessing of her pastor to do so (as though, by the dismissive wave of his hand, a pastor could sweep away the Word of God).