On Sacred Cows and The 11th Commandment

I’m not opposed to kicking over anthills or stirring the pot. I’m not afraid to push the hot button or cross the line. This is where you find out what you’re not allowed to criticize. This is where the cognitive dissonance gets exposed.

So, the other day, the apologetics ministry WWUTT (When We Understand the Text) put out a video on Beth Moore. I’ve got a lot of respect for Beth and her ministry but in recent years she’s made some…well…concerning statements and the video highlighted these statements.

Couple these to a few Tweets that are tinged with SJW rhetoric

and Beth, who some are arguing should become the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Convention could go to the left.

See also: How “Social Justice” Destroys the Gospel

Well, back to the title, and why it is relevant to the controversy surrounding Beth Moore and everything else, because it has to do with blind spots.

Blind Spots

Everyone has them. We have them for friends, family, and people that we respect. We will excuse any number of questionable beliefs and behaviors because of our affection and respect for people.

The question that we need to ask ourselves is, why?

Why do we become defensive when those blind spots get challenged or exposed?

I think—and this is just me spit-balling here—it’s that we get comfortable and because we don’t like discomfort, we will ignore subtle problems because we have had positive effects.

It’s like, when you were a kid and you had a particular teddy bear or blanket, this made you feel safe and secure, and if something happened to it, you lost all sense of safety and comfort.

Blind spots are comfortable places. They develop when all that we want to see it what is good and beneficial. It’s a cataract, a myopia.

I remember when I got my first pair of glasses how the world suddenly opened up because I could see things so clearly that I didn’t realize what I had not been seeing. I was comfortable with what I hadn’t seen and when I realized that I couldn’t see, made evident by the eye examination, it was something of a shock. I call it, my “big E moment”.

I like my “big E moments”. It’s something that I am constantly praying that God does. Those moments are uncomfortable and they do make it clear that I have blind spots that need to be addressed so that I can see more and better.

Well, what does this have to do with Beth Moore and people like her?

Glad that you asked, because I made the mistake of sharing the video in a Facebook group and…well…let’s just say that more heat than light was produced. I was essentially accused of violating the 11th Commandment.

The “11th Commandment”?

Yes, the unwritten and unspoken Commandment that hangs over churches and believers. It’s essentially what Christians are observing when we get accused of hypocrisy and toleration of particular people or situations in our congregations and denominations. If you’re a believer and a church member, you know it, you’ve seen the switching eyes, the uncomfortable looks, maybe you have even been chastised for violating it. I know I have.

It’s often easy to spot the obvious false teachers, but what about the ones who are on the pathway to heresy?

What about the ones who say and have said the right, good, and true things, who continue to articulate gospel truth, like this:

See also: The Poison of “Social Justice”

Now, while true “sacred cows” are often abstracted out, this is nonetheless a sacred cow experience.

As one person in the group that I dropped the hot potato into said,

“I have worked through a number of Beth’s studies and I personally have enjoyed them and felt they were right on target.”

I don’t want to diminish the fact that Beth has done good things, but I think that’s the problem: we become somewhat emotionally attached to these people. Now, there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that. People can do good things, great things, and still be deceived.

The past is the past, and you cannot give a person a pass in the present because of their past anymore than you can condemn a person because of their past. (That’s a mind-bender.)

We need to be mindful of things like sacred cows, and blind spots, and even hero worship.

Keep in mind the warning of the Scriptures, such as,

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.(1 John 4:1, ESV)

Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream, for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you in my name; I did not send them, declares the Lord. (Jeremiah 29:8–9, ESV)

[The Scriptures record that] false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1, ESV)

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.  For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 3–4, ESV)

Let me be clear, I’m not accusing Beth Moore of being a heretic. I am saying that, if she is not willing to listen to correction from concerned brothers and sisters that she could be heading into heresy and taking others along with her, as evidenced by this Tweet.

See Owen Strachan’s great piece on the necessity and outworking of complimentarianism in the modern church.

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