Sharon Lareau of Chapter 3 Ministries challenges her readers to put on their thinking caps as they evaluate material LifeWay released to promote Beth Moore’s upcoming simulcast. Are there any red flags? You’ll have to read Lareau’s piece to find out.
I have decided to take another break from my series about submitting in everything to write about something that is time sensitive. It is in regards to the upcoming Living Proof Live Simulcast that is scheduled for September 12, 2015. Beth Moore promises an audacious message. The theme for this year’s simulcast is connected to her new book Audacious.
What is Audacious?
“Audacious is the newest book written by Beth Moore. She wrote it specifically thinking of YOU, the simulcast audience! Audacious is an exclusive pre-release for simulcast participants! This is the very first time we have had a book that was connected to the message of her simulcast. We are thrilled to offer participants the opportunity to gain exclusive access to the book before the public release.”
I discovered this information when I recently visited Mrs. Moore’s site, Living Proof Ministries. (It led me to LifeWay) I went there to look into registering for an individual pass to watch the simulcast from home like I did last year. After watching the simulcast back in September of 2014, I wrote a review. Unfortunately, my review wasn’t terribly favorable. I say unfortunately because it saddens me that a ministry that reaches so many women has some troubling issues. If you’d like to read last year’s review, here’s the link to part one. Beth Moore Simulcast Review Part One: General Observations There are also many helpful articles on the web documenting issues with Mrs. Moore’s ministry written by concerned Christians and ministries that you may wish to examine. I recommend looking into it if you haven’t already.
When I watch the simulcast this year, I am hoping and praying that I will not see the same types of things that I saw last year including a heavier focus on women than on God, problems with Bible interpretation and verse usage, and emphasis on personal revelations. Knowing about these things, my discernment radar will be active. That does not mean that I won’t have an open mind. I will test things fairly using the Bible, sound interpretation practices, logic, and other objective standards. I invite you to do the same. I would love to see every woman who watches the simulcast do so with eyes umm, ears of discernment. That is a big part of why I have this ministry, to encourage my sisters in Christ to grow in discernment and to learn to test their teachers, preachers, and authors so that they may avoid following the wrong ones and regrettably miss out on any of the beauty and truth in God’s word.
Evaluation and Red Flags
To that end, I would like to use this opportunity to do an exercise that can help increase discernment. Today we are going to do a pretest. It is a short investigation into the official, available material that we have about the simulcast. This is something we can do whenever we are heading to any Christian event. It can help us get an indication of the soundness of the message or teacher before we even show up.
The process involves reading, thinking, and looking for any red flags. A red flag is a sort of alarm that warns you that there may be a problem. I performed my pretest when I was directed toLifeWay’s site after visiting Living Proof Ministries. While there, I discovered and reviewed text and videos connected to the simulcast. Eventually, I came across something that was worth reading very closely.
Simulcast Theme & Exclusive Book Offer
Special Simulcast Offer
Beth’s new book, Audacious, is available exclusively to simulcast participants prior to its release.
Thirty years in the making, Audacious is a deep dive into the message that has compelled Beth Moore to serve women around the globe. Glancing over the years of ministry behind her and strengthening her resolve to the call before her, she came to the realization that her vision for women was incomplete. It lacked something they were aching for. Something Jesus was longing for. Beth identifies that missing link by digging through Scripture, unearthing life experiences, and spotlighting a turning point with the capacity to infuse any life with holy passion and purpose. What was missing? Well, let’s just say, it’s audacious and it’s for all of us. And it’s the path to the life you were born to live. (view on site)
This is a description of the book Audacious. You can also see it on Amazon. Since we read above that it is connected to the message of the simulcast, it can help us assess the simulcast before we even begin to watch it. So, I’d like to ask you to do that. Do you find anything in this paragraph that you might consider a red flag? You might wish to read it a couple of times and look for anything that jumps out at you as a signal that something might not be quite right.
Find anything? I’d like to share what I found. If you found these or any others, please share that in the comments. Continue reading