I want to share my thoughts regarding Beth Moore’s blog post from July 6, 2019, in which she addressed her removal from her book, Praying God’s Word, (PGW) a 6 page section in which she described homosexuality as follows:
Before we proceed to our Scripture-prayers for overcoming sexual strongholds, we are wise to address another deadly sexual assault of the evil one in our society: homosexuality. I have wonderful news for anyone who has struggled with homosexual sin, God indeed can deliver you and anxiously awaits your full cooperation. Do not let Satan shame you into not seeking forgiveness, fullness, and complete restoration in Jesus Christ. I know complete transformation is possible not only because God’s Word says so, but because I have witnessed it with my own eyes. I know plenty of believers who have been set free from homosexuality.
She further writes of homosexuality that “it isn’t love,” and that she is “convinced that God wants us to speak freedom from pulpits to every kind of captive…not just the socially acceptable ones.”
When the removal of this substantial section of her book was pointed out, Moore initially offered this explanation on Twitter:
It was not a fast decision. I took several years to contemplate what to do about it as I watched the damage it caused. It’s an old book but still widely used. It was not my intention but I made people feel demonized. I overshot scripture by a mile.
And in her blog post she further explained that in PGW she “exceeded Scripture and singled out same-sex sin as particularly satanic.” Three things immediately jump out.
First, Moore actually did not single out same-sex sin as particularly satanic. Note that in PGW she said “we are wise to address another deadly sexual assault of the evil one in our society: homosexuality” (emphasis added). She simply added homosexuality to the list of other sexual strongholds which she had already addressed in her book. She did not single it out, she simply added it to the list. Her claim of singling out homosexuality as particularly satanic does not square with the plain meaning of her own words.
Second, she had not, in fact, “overshot scripture by a mile.” She rightly said that homosexuality is “another deadly sexual assault of the evil one.” Scripture makes this very clear. Though it is true that all sin no matter how lightly we may view it earns God’s wrath (Romans 6:23; James 2:10), sexual sin is different in nature because unlike all other sins it is inside the body (1 Corinthians 6:18). Homosexual sin is particularly pernicious because it is contrary to the natural male/female attraction and is associated with the wrath of God’s abandonment (Romans 1:26-32).
Third, in PGW Beth Moore rightly states that there is “wonderful news for anyone who has struggled with homosexual sin, God indeed can deliver you” and that she “know(s) complete transformation is possible…because God’s Word says so.”
She is absolutely right! God’s Word does definitively offer complete transformation in the Gospel. The Apostle Paul addressed the believers in the Corinthian church and said
Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, not idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9b-11.
The Corinthians were these things. They were fornicators, they were idolaters, they were adulterers. They were thieves and drunkards and revilers. And they were homosexuals. But after having been washed, sanctified and justified by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ they were those things no more! The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit of God fundamentally changed them. This transformation is not just a matter of behavior, it is a matter of orientation and identity. The Corinthians used to be those things. They were those things no more. This was no modification of behavior, it was a transformation of the heart.
So why did Beth Moore take this out of her book? In her blog she says she did so because she worried about what it would do to a “13 year old struggling with an onslaught of sexual feelings and temptations who has no idea what to do with them” and then picks up PGW and reads it. But if Beth Moore really believes what she wrote in PGW (and she says the removal did not reflect a doctrinal shift) then she should hope and pray that such a young person would read that section in her book and then go to God’s Word! She says, “I have witnessed it with my own eyes. I know plenty of believers who have been set free from homosexuality.”
If what she wrote is true then she should have never removed that section! If she truly cares about that 13 year-old then she should want her to be confronted with her sin. Beth Moore should want her to realize she is a sinner who faces the wrath of God. And Beth Moore should want her to know that complete forgiveness and transformation is freely offered in the glorious Gospel of Christ. The sinner must be made to realize the seriousness of sin before the mercy of God will become precious.
One wonders if Beth Moore really does believe that homosexuality – not just the behavior, but the identity and desire – truly is a deadly sin. One wonders if she truly does believe that homosexuals can be completely transformed and if she really does “know plenty of believers who have been set free from homosexuality.” If she has indeed witnessed it and does indeed know all of these many people set free from this sin, why, why why would she remove that section?
I was not at all assured by her blog post. She said she believes “the Bible sets apart marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman.” Great. But that question was never asked of her. The questions asked of her in the open letter published June 19, 2019 remain unanswered:
- Do you believe homosexuality is inherently sinful?
- Do you believe that the practice of the homosexual lifestyle is compatible with holy Christian living?
- Do you believe a person who dies as a practicing homosexual but professes to be a Christian will inherit eternal life?
She has spent far more time disparaging the ladies who published the letter and obfuscating than it would have taken her to simply answer the questions. This is not about being friends with homosexuals or with those who affirm homosexuality as she has tried to assert. It is and continues to be about what she believes regarding this issue.
Beth Moore says in her blog that she “hold(s) firmly to a traditional Christian ethic.” This sounds well and good but it is not satisfactory. She has painted herself into a corner and is desperately looking for a way out. She is trying to placate both sides of this issue with vague affirmations of believing the Bible. Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, would say he affirms the authority of scripture. Jonathan Merritt claims to be a “gay Christian.” Eugene Peterson said in an interview that, if asked to do so, he would perform a same-sex marriage ceremony. He then abruptly reversed course literally one day later when LifeWay threatened to stop selling his books (Source) saying, “I affirm a biblical view of everything” (Source).
The stakes are too high for vague affirmations of ‘believing the Bible.’
In efforts to extricate herself from the theological holes which she has dug, Beth Moore has twice cited Galatians 5:19-21, a text which does mention sexual immorality. Quite telling, however, is her consistent failure to engage texts which specifically mention homosexuality such as Romans 1:26-32 and especially 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 which is cited in the open letter. Without a hint of hyperbole, her silence on this crucial text at the heart of the discussion at hand is truly deafening.
It is no secret that I have very serious concerns with Beth Moore. Many, many people do. Even if she were to (finally) make a strong and clear affirmation of what is truly a Christian sexual ethic on this issue, that would certainly be a welcome development but it would not allay the concerns with her poor hermeneutics, her allegorizing of scripture, her false claims of God speaking to her, her false claims of God giving her visions, and her endorsements of known false teachers. Those concerns are real and remain outstanding.
I do not write this with any ill will towards Beth Moore. I know many will doubt this claim but I state it confidently knowing that God sees this and that I will have to give an account for every claim I make and for everything that I teach. I write this because I genuinely grieve for those who sit under false teaching. Souls are at stake. I write this because I actually do believe 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 that states that those who die as unrepentant adulterers, fornicators, idolaters, and, yes, homosexuals, will perish for all of eternity; even those who claim to be Christians. I do not doubt Beth Moore’s sincerity and will not disparage her motives. But motives are not the issue. Sincerity is not the issue. Truth is the issue.
It takes no more effort on God’s part to save a homosexual than it does to save a heterosexual. Homosexuality does not present God with a special challenge over and above any other sin. Just as surely as God grants repentance to the liar and the thief, He can and does grant the same repentance to the homosexual. When I witness to someone who I know is a homosexual, I do not even bring up homosexuality unless he or she does so. I don’t need to. That homosexual is also a liar, thief, and blasphemer as all of us used to be and those sins condemn him or her. I witness to a homosexual the same way I witness to anyone – by giving the Gospel. And if God saves that person, his or her homosexual behavior and desire for that behavior will go away.
In closing, let me say that I am in no way one of those caricatured evangelicals who has a special dislike towards homosexuals. Not in the least. People are not lost because they are homosexual. They are homosexual because they are lost. The most hateful thing we could do to anyone is to know the truth but not tell him. The most loving thing we can do is to tell him the truth. And the truth is that through the Gospel, a homosexual can join the “such were some of you.”
Beth Moore is inarguably one of the most influential people in the evangelical world. Millions follow her. It is a most reasonable request for Beth Moore to tell us what she really believes about such an important issue.
 Beth Moore, Praying God’s Word, 2009 hardcover book, pg. 279. Emphasis in the original.
 Ibid., pg. 282.
 Ibid., pg. 280.
 Beth Moore tweet dated July 5, 2019.
 For a fuller look at the true power of Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 see Dr. Owen Strachan’s article On the Revoice Conference, “Gay Christianity,” and the Apostle Paul’s Showstopper Words to the Corinthians
I have a few other things of which I would like to inform you regarding this situation between Brannon and me and the video he put up.
As you may know, Brannon filed a copyright infringement claim with YouTube which resulted in YouTube taking my video down. His claim is that I was using his copyrighted material without his permission. A couple of points to be made:
1. I used about a 4 minute audio clip of the full hour long interview Brannon did with me on March 7, 2012. Brannon used the same section in his own video rebuttal (more on that later). Using small portions of a larger body of material – even if that material is copyrighted – is permissible under what is called “Fair Use and Copy.” So, I did nothing wrong. It is the same provision that protects me in using material from Word-Faith teachers in my seminar.
2. Brannon has several videos up right now in which he uses video clips of me from the Judge Not conference. This is not his material. He does not own it. So, he has an issue of me using an audio clip from his program but has no qualms whatsoever using video material of me that he does not own against me. This is what is called hypocrisy.
In Brannon’s video rebuttal to me (By providing the link you should see I am in no way threatened by it) he said that I am the one who will not let this go. That is an interesting thing to say given that it was not until my video was posted on July 11, 2018 that Brannon’s name ever crossed my lips publicly. This stands in stark contrast to the many, many, many times over this past year that Brannon has attacked me publicly by name in which he (among other things) called me a coward, hypocrite, useful idiot, liar, and told people not to support my ministry. I have screenshots of all of this. The video in my own defense that I posted on July 11 I posted only because Brannon reposted on April 22, 2018 a video he made against me and posted first in August of 2017. It is he who will not let this go.
In his video rebuttal Brannon claims that it was he who counseled me to go to David Jeremiah before publicly critiquing him. That is a curious claim to make given that I wrote my initial letter to Dr. Jeremiah in early April of 2011, before I even knew Brannon. I wrote Jeremiah on my own initiative upon seeing his appearance on TBN and included a set of my DVDs for him to watch if he was unaware of Word-Faith teachings.
Brannon claims that I was already discussing Jeremiah in my seminars. False. I have never discussed Dr. Jeremiah in any of my formal teachings. I had never mentioned him in a public, formal venue until this interview with Brannon. The only time I mentioned Dr. Jeremiah was if I happened to be asked about him in a Q&A session or, (as was more often the case) by an individual in a private conversation either before or after the service. I tell people that Jeremiah is not Word-Faith but it grieves me to see him associating with, endorsing, and raising money for Word-Faith teachers. So, if someone asked me about him I would answer the question, but never has he been a part of my formal teaching.
In fact, you will hear me say, “I am frequently asked about you (David Jeremiah) in my seminars because people see you on there with TBN and they say, ‘what about David Jeremiah – is he one of these, too?”
The context should be obvious. I do not teach about David Jeremiah, I am asked about David Jeremiah – by people, on occasion, in Q&A sessions and in private conversations.
In his video, Brannon keeps emphasizing that it was “on this topic” that he was speaking of when he claimed I did not first go to David Jeremiah (DJ). The “topic” of which Brannon and I were speaking was DJ’s appearance on TBN where he was arm in arm with Paul Crouch raising money for TBN. Brannon claims in his rebuttal video (note the link provided again) beginning around the 02:00 mark going on until 07:45 or so. Brannon claims I said I was already talking about DJ publicly in my seminars on “other topics.”
False. There are no “other topics” about which I have ever discussed DJ. Ever. I’m sorry, there just aren’t. Think about it. Given that my seminar is on the Word-Faith movement, and given that you hear me in the audio Brannon plays say that I tell people DJ is not Word-Faith, why in the world would I be talking about DJ in my seminar on the Word-Faith movement?? The only “topic” about which I have had any interaction with DJ is his partnering with and endorsement of Word-Faith false teachers.
I actually had to listen to Brannon’s clip some 5 times to even understand what he was trying to say.
You will also hear Brannon say that he spent 6 weeks trying to call me but I would not answer his calls. I am therefore being a hypocrite in telling people in my sermon at the Judge Not conference (in which, by the way, I never mentioned Brannon by name) that if you have a problem with a doctrinally sound teacher to go to that person before taking your concerns public. Brannon has used a clip of me stating this. You may see that right here beginning at the 36:00 mark.
Conveniently, Brannon stops the clip immediately after I talk about calling someone with whom you may have an issue. He does so because the very next words out of my mouth at the 36:18 mark of the same sermon I go on to say, “Send him an email. Write him a letter. Don’t automatically start blasting him.” The reason Brannon does not want you to hear that part is because I did, in fact, follow my own counsel. I did send Brannon letters and emails. I sent him two very lengthy letters in which I begged him to repent so that reconciliation could be possible. I emailed him. I did not talk to him on the phone because, quite frankly, I did not trust him. I did not want anything I said on the phone to be misconstrued whether intentionally or unintentionally and then later misrepresented. In talking with my Board, we decided everything needed to be in writing. All of this correspondence has been saved and is maintained on file. My Board consisting of two pastors, Mike Miller and Jim Osman (who is my own pastor) have seen all of it. Everything. My Board’s statement in its entirety should be read. All of it stands. All of it.
The picture Brannon portrays is one of me refusing to contact him so there could be reconciliation. This simply is not true. I repeatedly wrote him but everything was rebuffed.
One other item: Brannon seems confused as to what I meant by my assertion that to besmirch my character is to besmirch the Gospel. He makes a sarcastic reference to my statement (around the 07:55 point) as though I’m claiming to have some kind of Papal theology. I’m not sure why this is such a difficult concept to grasp. The qualifications for an elder and/or preacher of the Gospel are high. A preacher is to be “above reproach” (1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6-7). If I am a hypocrite and refuse reconciliaton, as Brannon claims, then my character is not above reproach. If my character is sullied, then the message I preach is also sullied. If a man is not above reproach, then he should not be preaching because in so doing he brings reproach on the Gospel. I’ve asked several of my friends who watched my video and they all knew exactly the point I was making.
At any rate.
I am pretty sure that any fair-minded person who cares about truth would be able to readily see through Brannon’s fallacious video. But just in case some are confused and/or misled by it, I want the truth to be available.
As for my video that was taken down, I will appeal to Youtube to have the claim against me removed simply as a matter of principle. As for putting the video back up, I’m not inclined to do it. I put my video up simply to clear my name and answer false accusations. I think that has been done and I think any fair minded person can see the truth of the situation.
I am not wanting to drag anything out. As I said, I would have never made my video had Brannon not reposted his for the second time. It is he (and some of his friends) who keep dragging it out.
As I close, let me say that this is not a matter about me not forgiving Brannon. I know it is my duty to forgive him and, as best I know, by God’s grace I have forgiven him. I wish no ill towards Brannon whatsoever. I have prayed for him and continue to do so. I do not say that with any false sense of humility. I do pray for him. Though Brannon has never apologized nor asked for forgiveness, I have forgiven him. Forgiveness can be extended without repentance, but reconciliation is not possible without repentance.
Please feel free to read the first of two letters I wrote to DJ linked below. You’ll notice that I refer to my seminar as “A Call for Discernment” whereas it is now entitled “Clouds Without Water.” I would also invite you to watch my entire sermon from the Judge Not conference held in August of 2017 and to read my Board’s full statement it wrote on this controversy. The links are provided below.
July 12, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
From time to time I get emails asking me for the article I wrote on Santa. Given that that time of the year is upon us (It seems like we just had Christmas a few weeks ago, but I digress) once again, I thought I would post my article. This article was written 6 years ago and though I would add a bit to it today were I to write it again, I would not change anything already written.
Interestingly, one individual recently made some rather snarky and ill-informed comments on social media regarding this article and me personally saying that I assert that “Santa can spell Satan.” Well, rearrange the letters and, yes, that is factually true but it is also absolutely meaningless and never appears in my article. I think I am above such sophomoric argumentation and reasoning though the one accusing me apparently is not. Oh well.
The article discusses the history of Santa (which is darker than most imagine) and the theological reasons Santa deserves a critical eye. The concerns are not primarily about how Santa affects children, but how Santa affects, so to speak, God. What does God think about Santa? So, I invite you to read this article with Bible open and we will see there to be ample reason we should give pause to Mr. Claus.
Merry Christmas to all,
The Board of Directors for Justin Peters Ministries consists of Michael Miller and Jim Osman. Both of us are elders in our respective churches and work to oversee the ministry of Justin Peters.
We have watched as Brannon Howse has publicly and repeatedly misrepresented and lied about Justin’s position regarding the White-Quadi Dialogue. Justin has intentionally remained silent concerning his own view of the dialogue and has not mentioned Brannon on social media since Justin has no desire to speak ill of Brannon Howse or his ministry. The concerns that Justin has raised to Brannon regard the tone with which those on both sides of this issue have criticized the other. It seems that any critique of Brannon’s tone is regarded by him as a full-throated defense of ALL interfaith dialogues (IFD), a complete compromise of the gospel, and a demonically inspired capitulation to Islam. Brannon will countenance no dissent regarding what he has said or even how he has said it.
Both Mike Miller and Jim Osman read the letters that Justin sent to Brannon Howse and offered critiques and input – which was humbly received by Justin – before those letters were sent. There is much correspondence, texts and emails, which have been exchanged in recent months that is not public. The nature and content of those letters from Justin have been grossly misrepresented. We have seen all of the correspondence between Brannon and Justin. If Brannon continues to lie against, slander, and defame Justin’s character, we can release all of the correspondence to the public so that the record may be set straight and the truth fully known.
Many who have emailed this ministry to express their disappointment in Justin’s position regarding the White-Quadi Dialogue do not know how Justin feels about this issue. He has made no public statement regarding support or opposition until this last weekend during a session at the Judge Not Conference. Those who have expressed anger at Justin’s “compromise” and “cowardice” have done so based only on what they have heard from Brannon Howse.
Brannon Howse has claimed that Justin is a “James White defender,” a compromiser, and a “Good Old Boys Club Groupie.” He has publicly called Justin a goat, a hypocrite, and a respecter of persons. Though these comments may have also been in reference to others such as Mike Abendroth whom Brannon also released from his network, they certainly include Justin. We know this given the timing of these tweets from Brannon and the timing of the letters Justin sent to him. Brannon has even publicly told people to withhold financial support from Justin’s ministry. This is especially grievous given that Justin travels to many Third World countries to preach, teach, and equip pastors at his own expense.
Justin has been called a coward because he has expressed his concerns with how the criticisms of James White have been handled. In truth, Justin Peters publicly stood face to face with Todd Bentley and called him out as a false teacher, a false prophet, and a charlatan. This while surrounded by Bentley supporters. Justin was physically escorted out of the building by two men. He has confronted false teachers to their face, preached the gospel in hostile countries around the world, and shared the gospel with Muslims both in the United States and abroad. Justin is the same man today as he was then. A compromiser? No! A coward? Certainly not!
Brannon has also claimed that Justin is a respecter of persons in that he will confront a false teacher but not a man regarded to be doctrinally sound who is in error. We know Justin and know this to be factually untrue. The fact that Justin is being slandered by Brannon Howse is evidence that he is NOT a respecter of persons. That is what got Justin into this controversy to begin with. Justin had to bring a godly correction to Brannon, even knowing that he might not take it well, and that his response, if negative, could harm Justin’s ministry, work, and reputation. Justin knew that even the mildest correction offered to Brannon could cost him dearly, given Brannon’s large public platform and his prolific use of social media to disparage those with whom he disagrees. If Justin were a respecter of persons, Brannon would be the LAST person he would have dared confront. In fact, Brannon’s correspondence to Justin shows that he expected Justin to treat him differently because Justin’s ministry has been helped by Worldview Weekend (WVW). Brannon Howse has decided that he will tolerate no reservations regarding his conduct in this issue. He has pulled both Justin Peters and Mike Abendroth from the WVW network.
If anyone doubts how one-sided this public dispute has been, we invite people to compare Justin’s Twitter page to that of Brannon Howse’s since the controversy erupted in June. You will not find one reference to Brannon or WVW by name. The contrast is a stark one.
Do you really believe that Justin Peters is a coward, a compromiser, and an undiscerning supporter of Islam? If you believe what Brannon Howse has said regarding Justin, you do not know Justin.
The Board of Directors for Justin Peters Ministries steadfastly stand behind Justin. He has conducted himself as a man under the authority of a Board of Directors and the eldership of his home church. He has graciously, lovingly, and gently sought to promote peace in the body of Christ, love in the pursuit of truth, and grace in confronting error. For this, he has been maliciously slandered by men who are careless with the truth.
Pastor, Grace Family Bible Church
Sand Springs, OK
Pastor, Kootenai Community Church
What follows is a comparison/contrast and analysis of several well–known passages as found in major translations such as the KJV, NASB, and NIV as well as these same passages as found in The Message authored by Eugene Peterson.
Any intellectually honest assessment of the following notes leads to the inescapable conclusion that The Message compromises some of the fundamental doctrines of historical Christianity. Read more…
Greetings from one of the most inconsistent bloggers on the planet. My wife informed me tonight that my article on Santa Claus that I posted a few years ago is not working for some reason. So, I thought that I would repost it here tonight. I actually receive emails from time to time from people asking to have a copy. So, given that Christmas is upon us, I thought that I would post it here tonight.
I know that my article goes against the grain of prevailing views, but I ask that you read with a mind open to the theological points made.
At any rate, may you and yours have a Merry Christmas.
Remember me? I’m probably the worst blogger on the planet. I’m just not very active in blogging or social media (I still do not know what a hashtag is. Every time I see one I just want to challenge someone to a game of Tic-Tac-Toe). I will try to do a better job.
One of the reasons I am not posting anything on my blog is that my weekly radio show has pretty much taken its place. If you have not been listening, now would be a great time to jump in as we are about 3 weeks into a study on the Attributes of God.
At any rate, my wife and I went to see the movie, War Room. Several have asked me about what I thought and so I just decided to write a review:
I’ve been delinquent on my posts again but truly will try to be more regular. I am currently working on revamping my website and have also begun a weekly radio program. I did my most recent program on the shooting in Connecticut and thought I would post a link to it. I tried to attach the mp3 but it exceeded the size limit for my blog. There are ways around this but they are beyond my technological know-how. At any rate, click on the link and it should take you to Brannon Howse’s Worldview Weekend website where you can listen.
I will post again within a week to update you on the ministry, where I’ve been and, Lord willing, what lies ahead in this next year – as best as I know, of course, because the Lord is sovereign and doesn’t mind changing our plans as He sees fit.
Here is the link: http://worldviewradio.com
Merry Christmas to you,
Well, so much for my promise to be better about updates. I sincerely apologize. I could offer a number of excuses including being super busy, traveling, preaching, studying, enjoying the blessings of marriage, plain ‘ol procrastination, and misplacing my username to actually get into my blog in the first place (organization is not, I freely admit, my area of strength). All of these are true in and of thesmelves, but not none in and of itself is sufficient. Nor are they, for that matter, sufficient even in their totality. So, I do offer my sincere apologies.
With the unpleasantries now dispacthed, I would like to update you on the last five months or so. Continue reading
I’m so sorry I’ve been so delinquent on my posts. I will try to be more regular about them.
Things have been going well. It has been a good year of refreshing with the Lord in His Word and with my wife. God has been very gracious to us. I’ve done some traveling and preaching/teaching. The trip to Ecuador in August was certainly a highlight as was getting to know Brannon Howse as a friend. I have spoken for him at a couple of Worldview Weekend conferences and have greatly enjoyed those opportunities.
I recently wrote an article on Santa Clause. Honestly, for far too long my “discernment” had been focused too much on one issue – the Word of Faith / Prosperity gospel. Discernment, however, should encompass far more than that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very much committed to this area and am just as passionate, if not more so, than ever before. It’s just that I’m also trying to exercise discernment in other areas as well. One of these, believe it or not, is Santa Claus. In short, Santa is a problem for the discerning Christian – or at least should be in my estimation. As you will read in the article, it was not until this past year that I really thought through Santa from a biblical perspective. I submit to you the following article for your consideration. Just click on “Santa Pause” below:
Blessings to you and yours,
Victorian clip art courtesy of Averyl’s Attic: http://www.averyl.com/attic