Speaker Beth Moore announces she is no longer Southern Baptist: “This is not who I am”

by Peter Heck · Mar 10th, 2021 9:08 am

Last Updated Mar 13th, 2021 at 6:40 am

Well-known speaker and teacher Beth Moore announced in an interview with Religion News Service that she, "can no longer identify with Southern Baptists."

"I am still a Baptist, but I can no longer identify with Southern Baptists," Moore said in an interview with the left-leaning religious site. "I love so many Southern Baptist people, so many Southern Baptist churches, but I don't identify with some of the things in our heritage that haven't remained in the past. At the end of the day, there comes a time when you have to say, this is not who I am."

Moore's split from the Southern Baptist denomination is the culmination of several years of growing antagonism between the two sides. Moore's propensity to take jabs at prominent ministers and doctrines of the group – specifically their stance on the instruction of the Apostle Paul that women were not to serve in ministerial positions – made her a lightning rod for controversy. She persistently argued that the SBC had placed too many limitations on women within the church.

The strong support for former President Donald Trump among Southern Baptist churches also rankled Moore who suggested that evangelical infatuation with the political leader was "astonishingly seductive," and "dangerous to the saints of God."

Moore said the she and her husband have been visiting other churches, including one she is drawn to that she describes as "gospel driven." She told RNS that no matter what denomination she may join, she'll always remain Baptist at heart.


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