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Ladies to avoid: Some Discernment essays

By Elizabeth Prata

A couple of days ago, Allie Beth Stuckey spoke a good word summarizing her Episode 749 of podcast Relatable. She said the overt demonic visuals of the recent Grammy Awards dance (let the reader understand) is dangerous, but more dangerous is the soft teaching of women like Jen Hatmaker or Glennon Doyle. Listen to her teaser summary here or the whole episode here.

This week also, Amy Spreeman & Michelle Lesley at A Word Fitly Spoken in their recent February 8 segment called The Pew, warned against Jennie Allen and her organization called IF:Gathering.

This reminds me that I’ve done several essays about these women and what they teach. I always forget to unearth my previous blogs for your consideration. I should circulate them more. So with that in mind, I thought this might be a good time to unearth them and present them to you in conjunction with good reminders from Allie Beth, Amy, and Michelle.

Do listen to Allie Beth’s explanation of why teaching like Hatmaker’s or Doyle’s is so dangerous. Are we not warned in the very third chapter of the holy Word that satan is subtle? That he is crafty? In the 4th chapter of the Bible are we not warned that sin is crouching at the door waiting to have you?

Use all your mental faculties to read the word, understand the word, meditate on the word and apply the word. This is training in discernment and it is necessary to keep from stumbling. Hebrews 5:4 tells us this-

But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern both good and evil.

Discernment doesn’t happen overnight, it takes training to develop it and constant application to hone it. We need to be careful who we follow and whose teachings we absorb. Our sinful flesh likes to heap up teachers whose sinful teachings match our own desires. A false teacher’s doctrine will be subtle and it does ensnare us, but only because we like what they’re selling within our own sinful desires.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, (2 Timothy 4:3).

I wrote about Glennon Doyle in 2014, warning about her, and concerned she had gained a massive following.

Be discerning about mommy bloggers, for example, Glennon Doyle is not a Christian

Two years later Glennon came out as gay. Case closed.

Discernment Case in point: Glennon Doyle Melton comes out as gay

I did a 4-part series in 2014 on IF:Gathering and the women of She Reads Truth. Parts 3 & 4 detailed the issues with IF:Gathering-

She Reads Truth, IF:Gathering, and women bible teachers. Part 3

She Reads Truth, IF:Gathering, and women bible teachers. Part 2

IF:Gathering – updated review four years later

If:Gathering: more information, including video claiming direct revelation

These may be worth your while to read as well. I wrote them before I was doing a podcast, so it doesn’t have a ‘listen button’, but I will try to record them over this weekend and add one.

Many Christian Celebrity Moms are Distorting Biblical Motherhood; Part 1 (discusses the problem, and uses real life examples of Joanna Gaines, Diana Stone, Rachael Myers, Beth Moore etc).

Many Christian Celebrity Moms are Distorting Biblical Motherhood; Part 2 (discusses the solution)

I do many types of essays, from natural history to encouragement to doctrinal to discernment. There are two things that get me riled up in discernment. One is how ‘Christian’ celebrity moms have presented a feminist lifestyle under sinful cover of ‘doing ministry’ and have distorted true biblical motherhood (see above essays). The other that upsets me is ‘Christian’ Bible teachers who claim to have had direct revelation. See this essay:

“God Told Me”: About those whispers to the heart…

Well I hope any of these essays help you. As always, if you have questions, comments, or concerns, make a comment below or shoot me a message or email. Thanks for reading and listening!


Christian writer and Georgia teacher's aide who loves Jesus, a quiet life, art, beauty, and children.

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