In Response to John MacArthur

I had to gather my thoughts after I listened to John MacArthur’s remarks on Beth Moore. My initial response was nausea, then anger, then sadness, then fire.

This type of exchange was common where I grew up, so it didn’t surprise me that there are pastors who believe these things. I have been removed from this type of dialogue for awhile now, so when I heard it again after over a decade, I was shocked and saddened. This is sin, through and through.

Let’s be real here, JMac’s remarks were not just shaming Moore. His words showed the state of his heart and was a slam against every woman who steps foot in a church.

I know that God can and wants to work in John MacArthurs heart and in the hearts of every pastor in that room who laughed at the expense of a godly woman. I also know that God is a God of justice and we must call out lies when we see them for the sake of our friends, mothers, and daughters.

When it comes down to it, I care about the opinion of one person; Jesus. What did he do?

Scripture shows us that he engaged with women in theological discussions, taught women as his disciples, in His parables he included women (which was unheard of in his time), and he called out the voice of women.

Women stayed with Jesus at the cross.

Women were the first to share the good news of the gospel.

In the Bible women were military leaders, apostles, prophets, disciples, helped fund the ministry of the local church, and more.

It is time for women in the church to be allowed to freely use their gifts.

It’s time for women who feel called to lead in the church to be allowed to be who God made them to be. Let’s stop forcing these gifted women to look outside of the local church for ministry.

When half of the church is told that who they are and what they have to offer has little value, the enemy applauds. The church needs women too. Full stop.

Let’s pray for men like MacArthur and the pastors in that room, and in the next breath lift up the woman next to us.

Women, let’s direct our gaze to Christ and do the opposite of what MacArthur said. Let’s SHOW UP.

*If you missed the clip, watch it below.

Published by AllisonGraber

Allison Graber is a Nashville writer and lover of Jesus. She is 14-years married to Lynn, a mix engineer with quiet ways and a loyal spirit. Her two little girls, Ellis and Adeleine, daily coax delight out of her heart. The paradigm through which she sees the world has been built brick-by-brick from her experiences with her Jesus, her love of people, through loss, curiosity, Holy words, and through the surprising joy of motherhood. She writes about these things at

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