Beth Moore has a simple message for people who discriminate against women: “There is no such thing as a godly misogynist,” she said on Twitter, adding, “Do not be deceived. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck.”
Moore is a popular Bible teacher and preacher, but her presence in the pulpit of some churches and events has caused some within the Southern Baptist Convention to attack her. She’s been the target of articles with blunt titles like “Why the SBC Should Say ‘No More’ to Beth Moore.” Even within the SBC, she has critics. The organization passed a resolution in the 1980s saying: “The Scriptures teach that women are not in public worship to assume a role of authority over men lest confusion reign in the local church.”
In a lengthy Twitter thread earlier this month, Moore directly addressed some of her critics within the SBC,
I am compelled to my bones by the Holy Spirit—I don’t want to be but I am—to draw attention to the sexism & misogyny that is rampant in segments of the SBC, cloaked by piety & bearing the stench of hypocrisy. There are countless godly conservative complementarians. So many …
There are countless conservative Complementarians I very much respect and deeply love even though I may not fully understand their interpretations of certain Scriptures as the end of the matter. I love the Scriptures. I love Jesus. I do not ignore 1 Tim. or 1 Cor. What I plead for is to grapple with the entire text from Matthew 1 through Revelation 22 on every matter concerning women. To grapple with Paul’s words in 1 Tim./1 Cor. 14 as being authoritative, God-breathed!–alongside other words Paul wrote, equally inspired & make sense of the many women he served alongside.
Above all else, we must search the attitudes & practices of Christ Jesus himself toward women. HE is our Lord. He had women followers! Evangelists! The point of all sanctification & obedience is toward being conformed to HIS image. I do not see 1 glimpse of Christ in this sexism.