Popular Bible teacher Beth Moore said she’s no longer a Southern Baptist because of sexism. She also ended her partnership with Nashville-based LifeWay Christian; she told Religion News Service in an interview published on Tuesday. LifeWay, a publishing and distribution division of the Southern Baptist Convention, will still distribute her books.
“I love so many Southern Baptist people, so many Southern Baptist churches, but I don’t identify with some of the things in our heritage that haven’t remained in the past,” the Founder of Living Proof Ministries said.
Moore shared her experience in a 2018 blog post about sexism in the church. In A Letter to My Brothers, she wrote about experiencing misogyny for many years. “I’ve been in team meetings where I was either ignored or made fun of, the latter of which I was expected to understand was all in good fun. I am a laugher. I can take jokes and make jokes. I know good fun when I’m having it and I also know when I’m being dismissed and ridiculed. I was the elephant in the room with a skirt on. I’ve been talked down to by male seminary students and held my tongue when I wanted to say, “Brother, I was getting up before dawn to pray and to pore over the Scriptures when you were still in your pull-ups.”
Moore, 63, also condemned “Trumpism” in December Tweets. She wrote that Christian nationalism is not of God.
“I have never seen anything in these United States of America I found more astonishingly seductive & dangerous to the saints of God than Trumpism.”
“And, God help us, we don’t turn from Trumpism to Bidenism. We do not worship flesh and blood. We do not place our faith in mortals…. We can’t sanctify idolatry by labeling a leader our Cyrus. We need no Cyrus. We have a king. His name is Jesus.”
Moore started Living Proof Ministries in 1994 to encourage women to come to know and love Jesus Christ through the study of Scripture. Her first Bible study, A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place, was first published in 1995. She also has a television program “Living Proof with Beth Moore” on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
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