Because writing a discernment lesson about a false teacher takes so much time, which means I have to spend a lot of time wallowing in her muck, it necessitates a spiritual wash afterwards. I got curious about Moore’s teaching on Ephesians 3:19, which The Hairbrush Story was allegedly about. She focused on the part of the verse which promises the full measure of God (NIV), or the fullness of God (ESV).
Another gem from Elizabeth Prata of The End Times. Elizabeth has written volumes on popular Bible study teacher and author Beth Moore in an effort to expose her false teaching (here). In a recent blog post she compares renowned Welsh Protestant minister, preacher and medical doctor Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ teaching on Ephesians 3:19 with what Mrs. Moore teaches and brings to our attention that “having taught the same single verse [they] came to exactly opposite conclusions. Totally at odds with each other. One says yes, the other no. One says black, the other says white. One says up, the other down.”
There is a correct way and an incorrect way to interpret the scriptures. A proper interpretation is imperative if we’re to know the author’s intended meaning — and there is only one valid, correct interpretation. God said what He meant and He meant what He said. Period. So the objective in interpreting Scripture must always be discovering the truth….
I found that Beth Moore and Martyn Lloyd Jones, having taught the same single verse, came to exactly opposite conclusions. Totally at odds with each other. One says yes, the other no. One says black, the other says white. One says up, the other down. By the picture below, you can easily see which Bible teacher’s teaching I found biblical.
Moore taught that the full measure of Christ in us believers is something we do not currently possess.
Jones taught that the fullness of Christ is something we currently do possess.
Moore taught that we could possess it IF we do certain things.
Jones taught that the fullness is something every believer already has as a gift.
Moore taught that the reason we want the full measure of Christ is so we can get blessing and power.
Jones categorically rejects this.
Moore taught that the fullness was a feeling.
Jones taught that the fullness was a doctrine.
Moore taught that we want the full measure of Christ so we can get something, power, love, blessing.
Jones taught that having the fullness of Christ is something we aspire to because Christ is the prize.
They even have a different summation point-
Beth Moore teaching the point of lesson: “I’ve got to know somebody totally loves me.”
Lloyd Jones says the point of the verse is: “It is the highest doctrine of all.”