Not too long ago, there has been an internet controversy involving John MacArthur and Beth Moore.
When asked to give his short, gut reaction to the name Beth Moore, MacArthur said “Go home,” during a recent conference.
This response has been met with outrage amongst mainstream Christians. Many of those who agree with MacArthur respond with gleeful laughter. I don’t believe either of these reactions are correct, and they either indicate a lack of taking Scripture seriously, or the absence of gentleness, meekness, and humility.
So, should Beth Moore go home?
In my opinion, the short answer is yes. But not in a “let’s kick her out the door” kind of way. She should go home because there is nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, more important than for a woman to be true to her God given calling. Our calling according to Scripture, is in the home.
…To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Secondly, women are admonished to stay silent in the assembly. If we lack understanding, Scripture teaches us to ask our husbands for a better explanation once we return home. We are not to turn to woman preachers or evangelists, but instead, ask godly male leadership for understanding. Heaven forbid we become preachers and evangelists ourselves!
The women are to keep silent in the churches; for they are not permitted to speak, but are to subject themselves, just as the Law also says.
1 Corinthians 14:24
We cannot take verses about “preaching the Word” and apply them without consulting the whole of Scripture. I know it is tempting to do so, but we will not be properly dividing the Word of Truth if we neglect to read the Bible in context.
It is so easy to think that because Beth Moore’s teachings have resonated with us, or have made us feel closer to God, that the Lord’s hand must be on her ministry. But ladies, we must remember that our hearts are deceitfully wicked and we must rely on the authority of Scripture and not on our emotions when making decisions.
What should our reaction be?
In all things, we should aim to show others gentleness, meekness, humility, and kindness. We would be nothing without the Lord’s goodness and mercy, and laughing at another human being is uncalled for.
Yes, Beth Moore should go home. She should go home to her family, and to spend her time teaching other women aspects of true Biblical Womanhood far outside of a pulpit.
This would be a joyous thing, and does not call for laughter.
Ladies, our home is the best, and safest place for us to be. Be encouraged today!