Women of Faith: Beware of Snares
Women of Faith: Beware of Snares
There is something about going to a Christian Ladies’ Conference at a church and coming off of a few days of sisterhood feeling exhausted yet energized. You’ve brought your Bible and your notebook and have taken copious notes on your destiny, your anointing, how YOU will lead others to Jesus.
Why? The gal on the stage told you so! You can be JUST LIKE HER! No go on out and inspire.
We all heard about Brooklyn hipster-non-binary witches putting the hex on Brett Kavanaugh yesterday. What we haven’t been talking about are Christians hopping on the bandwagon of “woke”.
Beth Moore is more than just “a gal on a stage”. She has made of living speaking on Bibical teachings, creating at-home Bible studies with companion videos and does the speaking circuit. I own several of her study books and have enjoyed a good Beth Moore study. She’s perky, she’s feisty and she speaks her mind. She, like most evangelical speakers, claims that God speaks to her. For instance, back in March, she claimed that God “spoke to her” and told her that “a bunch of manure was hitting the fan at the White House”. This was THE first time, possibly in Moore’s entire career that she has made a political statement of any kind. Just last week, the pint-sized powerhouse who is “on fire for the Lord” made a man kneel at a local conference in apology to women for the wrongs of all men.
Humility can usher in tremendous healing. The most powerful moment at our event for Native American women: this is Kevin Jones on his knees, our drummer & as Christlike a man as you’ll meet, asking their forgiveness for all hurts & harms they’ve ever received at the hands of men. pic.twitter.com/4nxkOFCogp
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) October 8, 2018
The symbolic kneeling of Kevin Jones in apology to women for the abuses they have endured? Perhaps this was not as politically motivated as Moore claiming manure has hit The White House.
Strangely enough, she was silent on politics the whole 8 years Barack Obama was in office.
Moore claims to be “fighting for the faith”…or is she, now?
A few months back, my friends were planning on going to a Beth Moore event in Bellevue, Washington. Bellevue is a fairly wealthy suburb of Seattle and Moore was speaking at a church there. Seats were $100 each for a night and a morning session. I ended up not being able to go and gave my ticket to another friend.
That $100 seat got me thinking…what about the women who need Jesus? The women who need inspiration? The women who are unable to spend $100 or dedicate their time to an evening and morning session of a speaking engagement? What about those women?
I also started calculating in my head how many seats are in that church auditorium. I thought about book sales, I thought about possible travel expenses for Mrs. Moore, I thought about profits. How great that she can do this for a living! How great it is that she can spread the word of Jesus, give women a mountain top experience and charge women $100 each to come out of that auditorium knowing that Jesus loves them and that they were “born for a time such as this”.
So often we hear pastors selling these “mountaintop experiences”. For the one low price of $199.95, you, too can be part of this mountaintop experience. But aside of dispensing the Word in a charismatic form, what are these speakers doing? Where does that $100 go? Our women’s Christian speaking ministries of late have become more about fabulous light shows, extended worship sessions rivaling rock concerts, elaborate video productions and female fashionistas.
If I wanted smoke and pyrotechnics, I’d go to an Iron Maiden concert.
In an effort to bring our young women in, we feature fresh, clean faces, perfect filters of light, everything is just-so. Women come out donning leather pants with hair extensions and perfectly-contoured makeup that rivals a Kardashian sister. We’re told to humble ourselves by a woman who dons red-soled shoes. We’re told with our work and sacrifice, we, too can summit our Everest. We’re told by Sister Louboutin that we need to give as the buckets get passed—that the Lord loves a generous giver. (And I love her shoes…but that’s neither here nor there….I must humble myself and set my eyes on things above.)
The spirit of The Lord is present. All our sisters are present.
The only thing that isn’t is humility.
This is not meant to pick on poor little Beth Moore. I enjoy a good Beth Moore study in a small group. I have not drunk enough Kool Aid to think she is conspiring with the devil, as some Christian outfits claim. But Beth Moore has gone from brushing a poor man’s hair in an airport to making a man kneel in repentance and this shift requires discernment among women of faith and principle. Our faith, as women in this new age has been more about the show of things than it is about kindness, humility and acts of service. We get competitive in our clothing choices for church! We get political in the fact that want to be in the orbit of the right people at church or just around the “right people”. We drop a bunch of money on speaking engagements, books from speakers who charge us $100 a pop to watch them speak, and cute gear from the pop-up shop. But…where are these profits going? Are they going to help other women in our communities? Are they going to help men in our communities? What is the point of filling a church auditorium in Jesus’ name when we can’t even go out into our communities and fill them with love and compassion? Shoot, these are the same people who can’t even acknowledge and say hello to people they see every Sunday at church when they run into one another at the nail salon down the street! Really. Who are we kidding? WE, as WOMEN need to KNEEL!
As Christian women, we’re too busy looking at the Instagram perfect face of Christianity and reveling in its vanity. As women, we need to be aware of these snares because at this rate, a $10 hexing session in Brooklyn or a $100 speaking engagement in Bellevue can sometimes summon the same demon.
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