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‘My Generation Did the Younger Generation(s) A Disservice’—Beth Moore Reflects on ‘Christian Celebrity Culture’

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Screenshot from YouTube / @Living Proof Ministries with Beth Moore

In a Twitter thread this morning (Dec. 8), Bible teacher and bestselling author Beth Moore shares words of encouragement with younger generations of Christian authors and church workers. Saying her generation introduced “platform culture” and “Christian celebrity culture,” the 65-year-old Moore admits “we made speaking and teaching and traveling, and certainly book publishing look glamorous.”

That’s a disservice, she says, because “it has always been hard. Publishing a book is terrifying. The anxiety can eat up your intestines. The criticism has been ever with us like a codependent frenemy.”

Beth Moore: God Wants Reliance, Not Success

In the thread, Beth Moore focuses on a phrase from Paul’s letter to the Philippians: “and this is from God” (1:28). God appoints or allows “difficulties and disappointments and opposition” as a gift, albeit often unwanted, she says. That’s because God wants his followers “to be filled with his Spirit, not with ourselves. … his objective with us is not to make us successful but to make us reliant.”

To younger generations of authors and ministers, Moore writes, “If some of us made it look easy, forgive us. It never was. We had struggles at home, struggles abroad. We have failed as often as we could have succeeded.” She warns, “There will always be criticism. There will always be offerings we make that will be rejected.”

Moore encourages Christian saints and servants to “hang in there” and “ride it out” because “God is for you.” Disappointments may take years to reveal their purpose, she reminds readers, but “Every single one of our stories, if we are in Jesus, ends magnificently. And this is from God.”

Beware the Spotlight, Says Beth Moore

During a recent address at a Living Proof Ministries event, Moore warned Christian leaders about the dangers of being in the “earthly spotlight.” The “potential for darkness…is through the roof,” she says, begging listeners not to “crave” worldly fame or attention. “There is so much of this that is not fun,” including the lobbing of “all manner of criticism.” But if you want God to use you, Moore says, you can’t play it safe or avoid exposure to risk and testing. Instead, God “will entrust suffering to us because it is his job to keep us in need of him.”

Moore’s Dec. 8 tweets garnered thanks from fellow church workers and Christians. Author and seminarian Kaitlyn Schiess replies that it’s “strangely comforting” to know the work has always been—and will continue to be—hard. Other commenters bemoan the concept of celebrity speakers and the “commercialization of the craft.”