By Elizabeth Prata
At least the worst one I ever heard… The Gospel presentation I transcribed is from a thirty-plus year Bible teacher, a famous celebrity that makes her living authoring Bible studies and speaking at events where she teaches the Bible. OK, OK, it’s Beth Moore.
Asked on a recent podcast to give the gospel, Beth Moore said she would be glad to:
Podcast Host: So many people are laboring under the law. Would you give them some hope, give them the Gospel?
Beth Moore: I would be so pleased to. Whoever you are, you are in Christ. He really does have the plan. He really does know what he’s called you to. He really is going to walk you through-not instantly -but we’re on a journey with Him, we’re walking in the Spirit, with Christ. He is going to lead you to what he has called you to do. So you persevere. This is what we do. We’re in this thing and we endure.
Beth Moore: One of the things you see constantly in Paul is the perseverance of him to say, this is worth everything to us. This is worth everything. That this calling of ours that the world has been crucified to me through the cross and I to the world and this thing we’re living we live by faith in the Son of God. He will lead you. He does care. He does not see you as less than anyone else He has called to be His own. You are so precious and so dear to Him.
Beth Moore: He will, and is going to be often very creative in the way that he does it, but He’ll get you where you need to be. Trust Him.
Beth Moore: Very often, Daniel, and I want to make sure we’ve said this because there’s often more at stake in do I leave or do I stay in a situation, there’s often more to it than just my preference. We have families, we have kids that are involved in student ministries and all of these things going on. But this is where you hash this out with Jesus Himself, where you walk with Him, where you’re prayerful, where you listen to his leadership and see where he is going to lead you to the right or to the left in your journey. And He’s gonna be faithful to you. I tell young people as often as they’ll listen He is going to be so faithful to you.
Source, The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast, Oct 27, 2021.
I wrote yesterday about Moore being a false teacher, of her attraction to Anglicanism & liturgy, that she has joined an Anglican church, and how she is teaching at her new church. I looked at the nature of false conversion, and what happens to people on the Day when they discover the eternal ghastly truth: they are destined for hell and not heaven.
After I published the link to the essay, a person sent me the link to the above podcast episode and urged me to listen to Moore’s version of the Gospel. I listened to the last portion where Moore was asked to give the Gospel. I did so because I remembered someone asking me a year or two ago, if I could recall any instance where Beth Moore explicitly shared the straight Gospel. I couldn’t.
What rises to immediate attention in Moore’s Gospel are three things:
- It is absent the foundational elements that MAKE the Gospel the Gospel.
- It is totally human centered
- It is Law-driven and absent of grace
What are the necessary elements of the Gospel? When we share, what should we focus on? Often we do not have the luxury of time nor a favorable host or such as Beth Moore had. We must know the points to make and why.
As to the why, Matt Slick wrote at Carm.org, The gospel is the singularly most important communication of God to man. In Jesus, who is God the Son, we have the revelation of God’s love and sacrifice that saves us from God’s righteous judgment upon sinners.
As to the what, we turn to the Bible to read the summary of the Gospel, “Now I make known to you brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:1-4).
As a Twitter friend remarked, at least Moore could have read this verse and it’d have been better than what she actually said. Here are the crucial elements of a Gospel presentation:
–We are all sinners. We all stand guilty before a righteous Holy God.
–Our due penalty for our sin is eternal punishment.
–Since all of humanity would otherwise be consigned to hell, God sent Jesus, His Son, as incarnated God-Man, to live the perfectly holy life we cannot (due to being sinners), to become the blood sacrifice necessary to appease God’s wrath.
–Jesus absorbed all God’s wrath poured out onto Him for OUR sin. And then He died.
–Pleased, God raised Jesus from the dead and has given Jesus all authority.
–One must repent of one’s sin to Jesus in order to be saved.
–When Jesus receives that repentance He saves sinners from that wrath (since He already took it), and He imputes His righteousness to us. We are pronounced not guilty. We would finally have a right standing before God.
Sin, wrath, judgment, repentance, faith, grace, righteousness, resurrection…all crucial things to mention. Moore mentioned none of them.
So for one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, for him it is sin. (James 4:7)
When a “Bible teacher” given a platform to share the Gospel at will, doesn’t, it is a sad day. When she opens by declaring that ‘whoever you are, you are in Christ’ it is simply a travesty.
This woman has no business speaking for Jesus.
As for us, the most important communication from God to us is His word and the Gospel it contains. His revelation of His Son Jesus, Immanuel (God With Us) is an astounding piece of communication that we should take as precious beyond all capacity to express. We should know what we know and why, be able to distill it if time is running short, or expand on it if given a platform and time to explore.
Because…there are unsaved people out there…and because Jesus is worth it.