There are two worlds in Christianity. One where the Holy Spirit leads and guides believers through spiritual gifts and the other that has basically rejected the Holy Spirit playing such an active role in a person’s life.
I recently read a story involving the wife of a Southern Baptist minister who had publicly rejected the ministry of Beth Moore. Beth Moore is a Charismatic teacher popular not only among women of a Pentecostal persuasion but apparently even Southern Baptist women who are less enamored with the Holy Spirit and His gifts today.
In her testimony provided to Pulpit & Pen, Lauran, who leads a woman’s Bible study at her husband’s church, admitted that Beth Moore had been a favorite teacher for years. She used Beth’s materials for her Bible studies and even attended conferences where Beth was speaking.
But that changed about five years ago, when Lauran became concerned that Beth believed God spoke to her — that the Holy Spirit was giving her direction.
She cited one revelation that Beth received where she prophetically stated “my bride is paralyzed by unbelief.”
Even though Lauran admitted that some of Beth’s teaching was sound, because she claimed to receive prophetic revelations from the Holy Spirit, Beth “might actually be a poor teacher or even a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”
She was rejecting Moore because God spoke to her and through her as the prophets of old. In the Christian world Lauran lives in, the Holy Spirit does not do this anymore.
It is such a contrast to another story I received a few days later from Open Door International, an organization working with persecuted Christians around the world. In some areas of China, communist authorities are arresting church leaders leaving groups leaderless.
So what is happening as the leadership is ripped out of these churches? The Holy Spirit is beginning to guide and lead believers.
The author spoke of one Christian woman who worked in the area of security at a local coal mine. The Holy Spirit impressed on the woman that she needed to evacuate the mine.
There were no outward indications of a problem, but finally the woman obeyed and pulled the alarm.
As the workers poured to the surface, many wondered what was going on as there were no signs of trouble.
As the men gathered, the Christian woman, who could offer no explanation on why she pulled the alarm, began to think she had made a huge mistake.
And then as they stood at the surface, there was a large rumble and the ground shook beneath them as an earthquake hit the area causing one of the shafts to collapse.
I don’t know whether to call this a prophetic word or word of knowledge, but because of one woman’s willingness to listen, a number of lives were not only physically saved, but also spiritually, as several miners became Christians as word got out on what had happened.
As Jesus was gathering His disciples, He made this statement:
27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; (John 10:27 NASV)
It is critical that believers hear the Lord’s voice to follow Him.
After Jesus ascended to heaven, His voice did not stop. Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit (John 14:15-17) who continues to speak to believers on Jesus’ behalf through prophecy, words of knowledge and wisdom and other spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10).
- You want to break up with Beth Moore, pick a better reason: Patheos.com
- A pastor’s wife breaks free of Beth Moore: A Testimony: Pulpit and Pen
- Led by the Spirit: Open Doors