Beth Moore Sparks Online Firestorm Tweeting ‘Spending Time Reading Bible Doesn’t Equal Spending Time with God’
Is studying the Bible the similar factor as spending time with God? Author Beth Moore began a web-based firestorm of dialogue final week when she tweeted that “Spending time with God and spending time with the Bible are not the same thing.”
“The Bible is the Word of God, crucial to knowing Him, but it’s not God,” the founding father of Living Proof Ministries wrote. “We can study our Bibles till the 2nd coming & leave God completely out of it. We can grow in facts & never grow a whit in faith.”
Spending time with God and spending time with the Bible aren’t the similar factor. The Bible is the Word of God, an important to realizing Him, but it surely’s now not God. We can learn about our Bibles until the 2d coming & depart God totally out of it. We can develop in info & by no means develop a whit in religion.
— Beth Moore (@BethMooreLPM) January 2, 2019
The tweet has drawn hundreds of responses. Some customers criticized Moore and cited the New Testament’s John 1:1 which reads “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Others have been blunter. One consumer wrote: “you’re wrong, the word of God is God speaking to us.”
Another consumer replied: “The Pharisees were full of the word and couldn’t follow Jesus. Beth is right there are a bunch of examples in the bible where people gave lip service to God but not their heart. They knew His word & actually got better at the calisthenics of religion without growing spiritually.”
Moore took the talk in stride responding to a number of customers for my part. She additionally posted two extra tweets explaining the purpose she was once seeking to make.
“Do not be deceived. People who study the Scriptures constantly and are continually mean-spirited, rude, slanderous and, aside their religious rhetoric, bereft of outward evidences of the Holy Spirit are having Bible study without God. He affects us. You can take that to the bank,” she wrote.
“I will emphasize once more that my point is NOT studying Scripture less,” Moore wrote in her subsequent tweet. “I am a proponent of daily Bible study. It’s my practice. My life work and my delight. My point is that we need God in our study of His Word. I’m just saying don’t leave Jesus out of Bible study.”
Despite her clarification, a few ministries additionally entered the fray, responding to Moore’s view.
The Christian Post famous that No Compromise Radio, a ministry of Steve Cooley, tweeted: “When Beth spends time listening to her husband talk to her, too bad that does not count as spending time with him. BTW where is Beth Moore’s husband?”
When Beth spends time paying attention to her husband communicate to her, too unhealthy that doesn’t rely as spending time with him. BTW the place is Beth Moore’s husband?
— No Compromise Radio (@nocoradio) January three, 2019
And a ministry referred to as Reformation Charlotte additionally disagreed with Moore’s writing on its web page:
“Of course spending time in Scripture is the same thing as spending time with God. You cannot know God any other way. It’s how he speaks to us (Hebrews 1:1Open in Logos Bible Software (if available). Yes, you can spend time with Him in prayer as well, and you can spend time with Him in worship. But what she’s saying is essentially the same thing as saying that listening to your parents speak to you is not the same thing as spending time with them. The Scriptures are God’s full and complete revelation to us. It informs all matters of our faith in Him, including our prayer and worship.”
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