Welcome- Start Here

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Welcome! I’m so glad to invite you into my “home” in the blogosphere!

Have you ever walked into a stranger’s house and looked around, but didn’t quite know what to expect until you got to know the person a bit better? Well, it’s a little harder to “get to know” a blog/blogger just by stumbling through her front door, so to speak, so I thought I’d try to make it a little easier with this “shortcut” page.

If you’d like to know more about me, personally, click on the “Bio” tab at the top of this page. If you’d like an in depth look at what I believe, doctrinally, click on the “Statement of Faith” tab.

In a nutshell, I’m:

  • In my 40s, a mom/stepmom of 5 boys and 1 girl in their teens and twenties.
  • A home schooling mom
  • A women’s Bible study author, teacher, and speaker
  • A ministry wife (my husband is a minister of music)
  • A genuinely regenerated Protestant, Southern Baptist, Semi-Reformed (I lean strongly towards Calvinism, but do not agree 100% with every single Calvinist teaching.), mostly Cessationist, non-Emergent, anti-Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel, pro-life, complementarian, conservative Christian who believes the 66 canonized books of the Bible are breathed out by God, true, and sufficient for all aspects of Christian life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  •  A person who believes the Bible when it says that homosexuality is a sin. It is a sin that can be forgiven just like any other sin.
  • A person who believes the Bible when it says that women are not to instruct (preach, teach, etc.) men in the Scriptures or hold authority over men in the church. I’ve explained more about that here if you’re interested.
  • Someone who deeply desires that you come to know Christ as Savior by repenting of your sin and placing your faith in His death, burial, and resurrection as the payment for the penalty (an eternity in Hell) for your sin, so that you might live free and forgiven and spend eternity with Christ in Heaven.

 THIS IS WHO I AM,
AND THESE ARE THE PERSPECTIVES FROM WHICH I WRITE.

Just wanted to be clear, there.

If you’ve come here expecting something that is contrary to what I’ve outlined above, you’re probably going to be disappointed and/or angered by what I write. I’m OK with that. You are free to believe whatever you like, and I will never try, personally, to argue you out of your beliefs. I hope you’ll extend those same courtesies to me.

Give Me Church Ladies, or I Die?

What a weird tag line, huh? What does it mean? Click here.

Mighty Amazon Women of God?

She loves…training church ladies to be mighty Amazon women of God”? Yep, you’ll see that on my various bios floating around the web. What does it mean? Click here.

Warning Against False Teachers:

I realize it is takes people by surprise who haven’t been trained in biblical discernment, but out of love for my sisters in Christ, I do, biblically and unashamedly, warn against false teachers. If you are considering commenting or sending me an e-mail objecting to this, please click here and read this article first. Your objection is most likely answered here. I won’t be publishing comments or answering emails that are answered by this article.

Book Reviews:

While I’m humbled and honored that any author might seek my opinion on her work, I don’t write book reviews.

Comment Parameters:

This is a Bible-based, gospel-centered, Christian blog written primarily for and to Christian women. While I welcome readers and commenters of any background or belief, I do not welcome, publish, or respond to every comment that is submitted. Your comment will not be published or responded to if:

  • It contains profanity, vulgarity, name calling, or questions my salvation or the salvation of others who share the beliefs I’ve outlined above.
  • It is written in an angry, vicious, or “looking for a fight” tone. This blog is a “living room,” not a street fight. If you’re looking for a place to fight, please go somewhere else. No one is forcing you to subscribe to or follow this blog, and if you’re trying to argue me out of my beliefs as outlined above, you’re wasting your time.
  • It contains a defense or favorable presentation of false doctrine or anything else that is in conflict with Scripture (as outlined above). While I’m certainly capable of refuting false doctrine scripturally, again, I simply don’t have the time or energy to do so beyond what I write in my articles, and I will not publish false doctrine without refuting it.
  • It is an objection to the fact that I warn against false teachers (see “Warning Against False Teachers” above).
  • It indicates that you haven’t read the article you’re commenting on because you’ve asked a question or raised an issue that’s clearly addressed in the article. (On these comments, I do go back and re-read the article, and if I feel I’ve been unclear, I will clarify.)
  • It’s clearly spam. Sharing articles or links that are relevant to the article you’re commenting on is fine, though.
  • I’ve closed the comments section on a handful of articles. That means I won’t be posting any more comments on that article anywhere on this blog. Please don’t attempt to comment about one article in the comments section of an unrelated article simply because I’ve closed comments on an article you want to respond to. Your comment will not be posted.
  • As of March 2017, I will not be responding to (and often, not publishing) blog comments which require more than five minutes of my time to answer. While I love hearing from readers, it is simply taking too much time away from my family to engage in long, in depth, or teaching conversations in the comments section of my articles. Please click here for more information.

E-mail and Social Media:

The above parameters also generally apply to any e-mails you might send me or to comments, posts, or private messages on my social media pages.

Additionally, while I love hearing from readers and am happy to answer your questions, I regret that I just don’t have time to carry on an on-going “pen pal” type of relationship via e-mail, private message, or phone with readers.

As of March 2017, I find I am overwhelmed with e-mails and social media private messages and will not be able to respond to most of them, nor can I speak on the phone in response to questions. While I love hearing from readers, corresponding is simply taking too much time away from my family. Please click here for more information.

Inappropriate Ads:

From time to time, WordPress runs ads on my blog. Normally, the ads that run are family friendly, but readers have occasionally reported seeing ads that are inappropriate. I want to assure you that I do not select these ads, nor am I given an opportunity to approve, reject, or remove them. If you ever see an inappropriate advertisement, please click here for further instructions and information.

Where can I buy your book, Jacob: Journaling the Journey?

Jacob is no longer in print, and that’s a good thing! I wrote it before learning good hermeneutics and how to handle God’s Word properly. You can probably still find copies of it at online merchants, but I would not recommend that you buy or use it. If you want a good Bible study, the best thing is to simply pick up the Bible and study it for yourself. Right now, I have no plans to rewrite Jacob for future re-release.

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101 thoughts on “Welcome- Start Here”

  1. Hello Michelle,
    I just came across your blog and wanted to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed reading the clear and insightful posts I’ve come across so far. I will definitely be bookmarking this site!

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    • Thanks, Marsha :0)

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      • Jane Holeman said:

        Michelle, thank you so much for what you do. I cannot begin to express how I count on your research to assist me with vetting Bible Studies for the ladies in our church. You must know it is not a ministry you accept if your goal is to climb to the top of the popularity grid. Some prefer to remain in denial even when presented with the evidence in grace and love. Again, thank you. Also, do you have any information on a lovely woman by the name of Jennifer Rothschild? She is an author of women’s “Bible” studies? On her website she joyfully commented that she shared the stage with Ann Voscamp and even praised Ann’s presentation. One more thing, is there anyway you have a list of authors of Bible studies both men and women you recommend. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find those that are doctrinally solid. I so appreciate any additional assistance that you can provide.

        By the way, this is the first time I’ve written to you though I’ve been eating at your table for months now. Thank you for heeding His call. In HIM, jane

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      • Hi Jane-

        Yes, you’re right. Although many kind women like you have written in to encourage and thank me for helping them, I also get a lot of nasty comments and name calling. It can be discouraging, but that goes with the territory :0)

        Although I’ve heard of Jennifer Rothschild, I have never read any of her materials or heard her speak. I would encourage you to compare what she teaches and her behavior/practices to Scripture as well as look at the people she consistently quotes, endorses, and partners with. Associating with Ann Voskamp is worrisome, but perhaps it was a one time thing, someone corrected her afterwards, and she’s not planning to do it again. (Let’s hope.)

        As to Bible study, I normally encourage women to simply pick up the Bible and study it for themselves in a systematic way without relying on a pre-packaged book study.

        However, if you feel you need the help of a study written by someone else, there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve written some studies that you can find under the “Bible Studies” tab at the top of this page. I’ve also written a couple of articles recommending doctrinally sound women writers. You can find those here and here.

        There are lots of male writers out there that I would recommend as well, and I encourage women not to feel like they have to exclusively use materials written by women. Charles Spurgeon’s “Morning and Evening” is excellent. I would recommend anything by him, J.C. Ryle, A.W.Tozer, A.W. Pink, nearly all of the Puritans, John MacArthur, Steve Lawson, Nathan Busenitz, Kevin DeYoung, Art Azurdia, Todd Friel, Chris Rosebrough, and many others.

        Thanks again for your kindness and encouragement. It means so much. :0)

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  2. Carolyn Lillard said:

    As a Christian who is disheartened by the condition of the “Christian church” in America and the world, I welcome insight from a like-minded younger woman. I follow “LightHouse Trails” and “Berean Call” to help keep me informed on the condition of Christianity. The Holy Bible is my ultimate “go to source” for truth. It seems a remnant will ultimately be the true church of Jesus Christ. God bless you as you join others of us sojourning for the Truth.

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    • Thanks, Carolyn! :0)

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    • Thank you!!! It is so hard to find honest critiques of Lisa TurKeurst, and I feel affirmed. I left that bible-or rather, book study and those church friendships are becoming cold. Then I got slammed by my local ‘Moms in Prayer International’ prayer group, when the regional coordinator decided to visit our group and ‘soak us in prayer and she actually prophesied over me horrible false things about my daughter, when I protested, she told me I was ‘blocking and quenching the Holy Spirit.’ I had to leave that group too, because of the ecumenical and mystical bent. I was also duped and swept up by Women of Faith conferences for a couple years too. What a waste of money and emotion! I’ve been a born again Christian for seven years, and it has been a fascinating but bumpy road. I’m learning to untangle from all these false groups because of reading and seeking to understand scripture, and that by the power of the Holy Spirit and mercy and grace of God! Very narrow gate and narrow way indeed! Thank you again! Liz P. In CT

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      • Hi Liz-

        I’m glad to be of help and encouragement. I’m sorry for the things you’ve experienced. If it’s any consolation, you are not alone. I hear from women just like you with similar experiences every day. I know it’s discouraging. Just keep in the word, keep in prayer, and keep finding your joy in Jesus. One day all this will be over :0)

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  3. Crystal Harris ( Crys ) said:

    I just read your article about Lysa Terkeurst . I have to say it makes me rather sad. I have a rather extensive word of faith background, i”m afraid. … I have been to IHOP and to Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship. I did not like either… however, I have read a lot of Lysa’s stuff and have really liked her… being from the WOF stuff, I have to say that , while I have been in CHURCH for many years, I have only been SAVED for less than 2… January 2014. I find myself getting depressed when I read stuff like that ( nothing against you though) because I honestly can’t figure out who IS okay to listen to , especially in female teachers. seems they are all bad . I don’t seem to have the capabilitites at this point to figure out WHY they are wrong , and it seems hard to pick out the good ones. I thought Lysa was very good, so I apparently don’t seem to have a very good grasp on what is acceptable and what is not

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    • Hi Crystal-

      It’s probably not much consolation, but I know how you feel. Like I said in the article, I put off researching Lysa for a while because I couldn’t take the constant disappointment of finding out that the latest, greatest female teacher on the scene was teaching unbiblical doctrine.

      I’m sorry to say that, with the possible exception of one or two, ALL of the best known/best selling female Bible teachers today are teaching false doctrine. If you’re interested, I’ve compiled a couple of lists of doctrinally sound women writers/teachers who have a good track record of being doctrinally solid (http://wp.me/p1qdEF-1eZ and http://wp.me/p1qdEF-1kX). You’ve probably never heard of any of them, but they’re out there.

      I would also recommend many fabulous male teachers out there (no law that says we gals can’t listen to men! :0) such as John MacArthur, Chris Rosebrough, Steve Lawson, Todd Friel, Alistair Begg, Phil Johnson, Al Mohler, and more.

      Don’t be discouraged. We all want to be spiritual giants overnight, but sanctification is a long process, and non of us actually arrive until we meet Jesus face to face. It sounds like maybe you’re having to unlearn some things from your past church experiences. I’ve gone through that, too, and it can be emotionally draining and frustrating.

      If I may offer you something that has been a great encouragement to me, you might enjoy a Google+ group I’m in called “Naomi’s Table.” (http://naomistable.com/about/our-g-group/) It’s a casual community of doctrinally sound Christian women at all stages of spiritual maturity who help each other out with questions, talk about spiritual struggles, pray for each other, share suggestions of biblical authors and teachers, and warn about unbiblical ones.

      And, of course, you are welcome to e-mail me (see “contact” tab above) if you ever have a question or want to check out an author or teacher you’re not sure about. I do my best to keep up with who’s legit and who’s not, and if I don’t know, I’ll find out for you.

      I know things can seem overwhelming and discouraging at times. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary. It’ll be worth it all when we see our precious Savior :0)

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      • Crystal Harris ( Crys ) said:

        oh my , I thank you so much. I followed the link to ” naomi’s table” and asked to join. I would love to have some solid christian women to kind of talk to in that. I did the submission page thing and we shall see if I’m accepted, and THANK you for allowing me to email YOU with questions. its confusing , that is for sure sometimes. I will look at those other links for the women . I actually like John macarthur… I have his study bible, and Todd friel ( isn’t he the guy who does the wretched? I ‘ve listened to several of those ) . I also Like Ray comfort . I have heard of alaister begg but have not really listened to a lot of his teaching at this point. thank you so much for replying michelle

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      • You are so welcome, hon. Ladies like you are the reason I do what I do :0)

        Yes, Todd is the host of Wretched (one of my favorites!). If you like Wretched, I’d encourage you to listen to Chris Rosebrough’s program, Fighting for the Faith (www.fightingforthefaith.com). His program is more focused on teaching discernment and demonstrating from Scripture how false teachers deviate from God’s word. His goal is to teach you how to listen to/read someone’s stuff and compare it to Scripture for yourself so you can know who’s rightly teaching you God’s word and who’s not. I do need to give you a heads up that, while Todd is more on the gentle side, Chris is more direct and blunt. His style can take some getting used to, but his content is well worth it.

        I think you will enjoy Naomi’s Table. Whenever a reader asks me about a questionable teacher I’ve never heard of, I just head over there and ask, and someone is always able to give me some information. Plus, they’re just a bunch of nice ladies. :0) And feel free to come hang out with me on social media (tab above) too if you like.

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  4. Gena Brentwell said:

    This may be a little late in response to the article you wrote about Lysa TerKeurst, but I wanted to comment and say thank you for pointing out false teaching. I came across her book ‘Craving God’ at the local Christian store on discount (guess that should have alerted me), and thought it might be one more devotional I would stick on my shelf. After having a moderate collection of Christian books I decided it was high time to ‘clean’ house and really look into all these different authors, if they are not Biblical, they must go. No fluffy, vanilla devotionals (or other books) do I want on my shelves. So thank you for posting your info on her. Christians must really stand firm against teachings that our damaging the true Gospel of Christ. Sola scriptura.

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  5. Darlene Piersma said:

    Hi Michelle. I appreciated your article on the Proverbs 31 Ministry. I have a question I regards to If:Gathering. Several of the women leading this group seem to have ties with emergent churches and other questionable churches. Have you researched this movement? Thank you

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    • I have not looked into it too much, but my friends Christine and Elizabeth have. (See their articles here and here.) It is not a group I would recommend, especially considering Ann Voskamp’s and Christine Caine’s involvement.

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  6. Darlene Piersma said:

    Thank you for your response and the additional links!

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  7. Thank you for your blog on Proverbs 31 ministry. I have been alarmed at the suttle ways the enemy is infiltrating false teaching into otherwise seemingly sound Christian formats. I am currently trying to get my mother to see the danger of reading from Jimmy Swaggerts Expositor’s study bible. Their is absolutely no way to be protected from false doctrine than keeping close to the unadulterated written word of God!

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  8. AMY LYNN DARROW said:

    I just want to thank you for your diligent research in finding and searching out for false teachers and publicizing them here on your websites. I have several lady Christian bloggers that I subscribe to, and I would love to send you an email of my list so that you can give me proof of what type of teacher they are. I haven’t really looked into a lot of their beliefs, but I want to make sure that I want follow a blog of someone that I’m following the right type of women. I’ve been saved for 6 years and am 39 years old and have both taught and shown in God’s Word about women not teaching men. I have a very strong conviction in my heart about this. So any help would be greatly appreciated.

    I remember reading that most of the most poplar authors now days are false teachers so I’m very hesitate about whose books to read and whose blogs to follow.

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    • Hi Amy-

      The “Femme Fatales” tab at the top of this page may help answer your question. I’ve got some information there on some popular false teachers as well as some great godly women bloggers and authors. If, after looking that over, you still have some names you want to run by me, please do email me. I’ll be glad to help if I can. :0)

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  9. Thank you for your work. I so appreciate your style of communicating and look forward to reading further. Thank you. ——pamela

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  10. Thank you for your message on Proverbs 31. It is overwhelming on Facebook. Have you heard of Kyle Idleman?

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    • You’re welcome :0) I’ve heard of Kyle, I’m aware of (but haven’t read) his book Not a Fan, and I’ve listened to this analysis of one of his sermons. That’s the extent of my knowledge of him.

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  11. elizabeth kerr said:

    Thanks for Lisa Engel’s post about the things she wants in a church 3/7/23016.

    I would like to add a caution about depending on the male leaders of the church to oversee the choice of Bible study a group will study. That only results in a godly study being chosen when the men actually work through the study themselves to make sure it is all Biblical and when the men are knowledgeable about the Bible and thinking about it and believing it all.

    I would like to add a couple of things I would like to see in a church:

    1. No Eastern religion practices at all: no contemplative prayer, no labyrinths, no silent retreats, no breath prayers, and more .

    2. Prayer for Israel and the Jews, whom God loves and has plans for.

    3. Prayer and action for the persecuted church around the world.

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  12. Micelle, Wow thank you for your article on women in combat. I know I don’t have a blog or write articles and don’t receive the enormous attacks that you do, but I have a platform on facebook and have been in quite a few battles. So thank you. You bless me. May God shine His favor on you today and the many days ahead.

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  13. Bless you Chavril Woman of God!
    Keep studying & seeking the Father’s heart. Recognise the times, the behaviours, the translators, & the original language meaning & context regarding women.
    Also understand gifting distribution.
    Blessings,
    Kate

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  14. Hi Michelle I’ve recently felt prompted to study more about doctrine pertaining to sound Christian doctrine. I have read through your website and the majority of women preachers I have heard about seem to appear on your not recommended list of false teachers. Can you please also provide a similar list for all your recommended Christian sound doctrine women preachers? The bible is obviously the primary source of teaching. It would be a great benefit to not only know whose on the list of not recommended but also whose on the recommended list to refer to? I would appreciate a short list of recommended sound doctrine women teachers either via email or posted on your website. Thanks

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    • Hi Daisy-

      It’s so great to hear that you want to study about sound doctrine more! If you’ll click on the “popular false teachers” tab at the top of the page and scroll down to the bottom of it, you’ll find links to two lists of doctrinally sound women just above the video. But there are FAR more doctrinally sound male pastors and teachers out there than female, so be sure you’re not limiting yourself to women. There’s a link to a list of men right there next to the lists of women.

      Happy listening/reading! :0)

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  15. Mary Ellen said:

    I was wondering if you would share exactly what you have found to be Beth Moore’s false teaching? I have a few Christian friends who are ‘sold’ on her and since I have never read or listened to her I am not able to address this with them.

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  16. Glad to have found your blog 🙂 Blessings!

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  17. Mary Ellen said:

    “Thank you” so much! This is very helpful to me.

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  18. Fellow Doctrine Beliving Christian said:

    “Give me church ladies or I die…”

    Umm, no. Give me JESUS or I die. Give me God’s word or I die.

    Supporting scripture:
    John 3:16
    John 6:63

    You stress the importance of teaching doctrine but your
    motto is to rely on church ladies as your life support? Something is sadly amiss here.

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    • I think what’s amiss is that you neglected to click on the link which explains my tag line. Go back up to the section of this page that says, “Give Me Church Ladies or I Die?” and you’ll see where it says “click here.” Click on the word “here” and you’ll find your questions answered.

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  19. Becky Gardner said:

    Thank you Michelle for your articles. Christine Pack posted your Nine Reasons Women are Leaving Your Church which I read with great appreciation. I (we) left the one church I thought I could trust in America (having lived overseas as an MK/missionary for 40 years) after becoming leery of their promotion of Beth Moore and not hearing very much of Jesus Christ and Him crucified for our sins. It has been very hard, because that community was where our kids made friends in the USA. I pray our kids understand how much right doctrine is worth, and that sometimes our “suffering” for the gospel means making hard choices of leaving “comfortable” groups, if they do not confess the faith. We have found a solid confessional Lutheran church and are well pastored there. Thanks be to God!

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  20. Barbara Boyd said:

    I have loved following your site. I have tried to share the site with other church ladies, but little success. Our ladies group have been doing Kelly Minter books, so when I read what you shared about Kelly, I was surprised. I shared this information with the gal that facilitates the Ladies Bible Study, she became angry. Is there any more information I can share to help me convince her that this may not be the best study for the ladies? The gal who facilitates the Ladies Bible studies, said she didn’t have time to research your site.

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    • Hi Barbara-

      Unfortunately, that’s an all too common reaction from women’s ministry leaders, and sometimes pastors/elders. It’s not an issue of needing additional evidence, it’s an issue of “I’m enamored of this person because her teaching makes me feel good and woe to anyone who says anything against her (even if it’s biblical).” It’s a heart issue. People would rather have their ears tickled than make the hard choice of being loyal to Christ and His word above all else. The best thing you can do is to pray fervently that the Holy Spirit would change their hearts and leave the door open for them to ask you questions or discuss these things with you. If your pastor, an elder, or whoever oversees the women’s ministry is discerning and open to the evidence, it would be a good idea to talk to him, as well.

      I’m so sorry you’re experiencing this. I know it’s probably little consolation, but you are not alone. I’ve heard this story many many times from other godly women. Keep on keeping on :0)

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  21. Hi Michelle,Love you I just wanted to be able to post a supportive comment ,so I guess this is how to sign up. Debbie

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  22. Hello! I was wondering your thoughts on this article? Thank you!

    http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/45688-does-1-timothy-2-12-really-say-women-can-t-teach-in-church

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    • Hi Shannon- Charisma magazine is notorious for promoting false doctrine and false teachers. I wouldn’t trust them for a weather report. Furthermore, the author, Felicity Dale, is an egalitarian and has a feminist agenda. This article, like most others at Charisma, takes Scripture out of context and does not come to a biblical conclusion. My thoughts on 1 Timothy 2:12 are here. CBMW is a great resource on the biblical roles of men and women. Hope this helps :0)

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  23. Lynn Joslin said:

    Oh Michelle!

    I love you for telling the truth and steering me toward Godly teachers who cut the Word straight. I am friends with a gay couple, one of whom had a “church” ceremony to marry another man. He was about to invite me to his wedding, but the LORD stopped him. As it turns out, the report I received from 2 Christians who attended this ceremony was that it was performed in a local Roman Catholic church by an RC priest. At the end, they jumped the broom and had a friend cast a spell for good fortune. I pray for and have witnessed to my friends. I am a former RC, I know attending a mass or ceremony like this is complete blasphemy; not to mention opening myself to being demonized. My loyalty is to the LORD; I am on His side. Thank you, Lynn

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    • Thanks, Lynn! Just to set your mind at ease, while it’s not good for a Christian to be around the sorts of things you mentioned, it’s not because you can become “demonized”. People who have genuinely been born again cannot be possessed by demons :0)

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  24. EDITH GRABER said:

    Dear Michelle, I am curious how you interpret 1Cor. 11:4-16. I agree with you that women should not be teaching the men and so I would like to know what you think of this scripture. Do women not need to cover their heads when they pray? It clearly says we should. I would appreciate your thoughts on this.

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  25. Hi Michelle,

    I found your blog when doing a search about Lysa TerKeurst. I read your article where you shared your concerns about Lysa not being a sound Biblical teacher and she has aligned herself with false and questionable teachers. I thank you for the well written and documented article.

    I have been following her on Twitter and when I read her tweets, there’s just something that seems amiss. I’ve wondered why she doesn’t post a Scripture verses, but instead shares her personal quotes that have a little of Bible and a little bit of the world mixed together.

    I appreciate what you do and look forward to reading other blog post. You give your readers a lot to think about.

    Thank so much…Susan Wachtel

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    • Hi Susan-

      Welcome! Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. I’m blessed and humbled that I might have been helpful to you in some small way. Although I often fail at it, my desire is always to point women back to God’s word and encourage them as they serve in their homes and local churches. Glad to have you aboard :0)

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  26. I had asked you a few months ago about Sheila Walsh and you directed me to a great article which helped me to take the initiative to warn our Women’s Ministry teacher who was about to study one of her books. I was the only one I guess who had enough courage to do it and as a result they cancelled the study and replaced it with a true Biblical study. Sadly though, recently our pastor who has been preaching in 1 Corinthians brought up gray areas in the Bible such as drinking, smoking, etc. At the end it was painfully obvious that he felt that drinking and other harmful practices were permissible, that it was a gray area and that we had “Christian liberty”. Then, to top it off we have found that he is ok with “Jesus Calling” as a devotional. And sadly, we are seeing compromise in other areas as well, with the “worship” which is becoming more and more like a rock concert. We have had to make the decision to leave which is hard, we don’t like going from church to church. Your article “Build a Wall and Station a Guard” was wonderful and sadly the wall we thought was being built in our church is crumbling. I’ve listened to quite a few women tell me what they “think” true Christianity is and I am stunned by the amount of New Age talk coming out of their mouths and when I try to warn them, I am shunned, and all this to say, He is worth it, proclaiming His truth is worth it, no matter how much they don’t want to hear it, He is worth it. You told another woman about some great pastors to listen to, I highly recommend R.C. Sproul and his “The Holiness of God” sermons and courses on the Holiness of God. We all need a lesson on God’s Holiness. Thank you Michelle for all you do and that you are so full of grace in what you do.

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  27. Hey just curious, you mentioned that you are a step mom…are you widowed or divorced?

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  28. Sue Streufert said:

    Hi Michelle, just literally stumbled across your blog and love what I see. Thank you for your ministry. Just read your article on Lisa of Proverbs 31. I followed her for a time on FB but something just did not seem quite right. Now I know why. Thanks again. I would love to share your blog with some lady Bible teachers at our church. I am part of a conservative verse by verse Bible teaching church but don’t feel they are discerning enough about some of the ladies Bible studies i.e., allowing Beth Moore studies and Priscilla Shirer studies. Would love to hear your input.

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  29. Butts B Jutta said:

    Hello Michelle! Totally agree with you on Women teaching Men!Bible clearly states that is not to be,I am surprised you did not mentioned Ann Graham Lotz,would love to hear your comment on her! Thank you,be blessed Jutta

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  30. Hi Michelle,

    Do you believe that Paul is talking about not wearing makeup when he speaks about “shamefacedness”? I’m asking because I see you wear makeup.

    Also, have you ever heard of Sister Linda Paul Rika?

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    • Hi Yvette-

      I’m assuming you’re speaking of 1 Timothy 2:9, which in the King James Version says:

      “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;”

      Paul is not speaking specifically of makeup itself. A more accurate translation of the word that the KJV renders as “shamefacedness” would be “modesty” or “decency.” Obviously, those are more general terms and could apply to various aspects of apparel (makeup, clothing, jewelry, hairstyle, etc.) or to a person’s appearance in general. There are immodest ways to wear makeup and there are modest ways to wear makeup just like there are modest and immodest ways to dress, wear jewelry, or style your hair. Modesty is about not calling attention to your apparel (and thus, yourself) either because it’s too sexy or too showy.

      No, I have never heard of Linda Rika, but I watched enough of the video you linked to to know that she teaches false and unbiblical doctrine. Anyone who teaches that wearing makeup or wearing certain clothes or hairstyles or getting a tattoo will send someone to hell is teaching a false gospel. The Bible doesn’t say any such thing. She’s also teaching falsely about spiritual warfare and extra-biblical revelation. I would strongly discourage anyone from following her teaching. Believing the gospel she preaches will send someone to hell because it is not the biblical gospel.

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      • Thanks for your reply, Michelle. I really appreciate it.

        I have two questions. If you wouldn’t mind giving me your feedback, please, I’d appreciate it, again.

        1. Regarding tattoos, what about Leviticus 19:28? “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”

        2. If Paul could be talking about makeup, then how can you know for sure that it isn’t going against Scripture to wear it?

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      • 1. You need to understand the context of Leviticus 19:28. In the culture in which this was written (Old Testament Israel situated among pagan nations), making cuts in the body for the dead and tattoos were worship rituals to pagan gods. For an Israelite to partake in these things would have been for him to reject God and align himself with pagan gods. If that is why someone today is getting a tattoo (i.e. in order to honor a pagan god or something else that’s evil) then that would be sin. If, for example, he’s getting a tattoo of a kitten (because he likes kittens) or a tattoo of a Bible verse (because it’s especially meaningful or something) that would not be sin. (And, believe me, I am no fan of tattoos. I think they’re tacky regardless of their content.)

        Keep in mind that this is Old Testament Mosaic law. Christians are not under the Mosaic covenant so we are no longer required to keep those cultural, ceremonial, and civil laws. We are under the covenant of grace in Christ and no longer bound by this law. Also keep in mind that, in order not to be hypocritical, if you’re going to impose the Levitical law about tattoos on yourself or others, you’d better be prepared to keep all of the other Levitical laws as well- the dietary laws, making sure your roof has a parapet around it, not wearing garments of mixed fabrics, etc. Christ came to set us free from all that. The New Testament is very clear about it.

        2. I don’t think you read my response carefully enough. I said Paul is not talking about makeup. I think you’re confused by the word “face” inside the word “shamefacedness.” Just because the word face is there in an obsolete Old English word does not mean he is talking about makeup. It might be helpful for you to take a look at that verse in a more accurate translation such as the ESV or NASB. What Paul is talking about in that verse is the concept of modesty, not particular items of apparel. As I said, there are modest and immodest ways to wear makeup, just as there are modest and immodest ways to dress, do hair, etc.

        It kind of feels like you’re looking for a list of rules to follow- clear cut do’s and don’ts that will get you into Heaven. That’s not what a relationship with Christ is about. That’s what was going on in the Old Testament that we see God, and later Jesus, speaking out against. Law. Works righteousness. Yes, we are called to obey Him, but not simply out of rote obedience or fear of punishment. Christianity is about our hearts. We obey Christ as a result of loving Him and growing in Him day by day.

        May I suggest the following verses for further study?
        Isaiah 29:13-14
        Romans 3:20-28
        Ephesians 2:8-9
        1 John 4:18-19
        Galatians 3
        Galatians 5:1,16-18

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  31. Thanks for your response, Michelle.

    I will read the suggested Scriptures that you’ve posted.

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  32. Bruce Wallace said:

    #1 —no need to respond, #2—stumbled into this page via Twitter, #3–especially like the “in a nutshell statement, #4—have a great day in the Lord

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  33. mar59flem said:

    I am really glad to know you have researched false teachers, have really had a lot of concerns as to who I should follow. Thank you for this blog you have really appreciate it. Margaret

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  34. K. B. Fasenmyer said:

    Michelle – thank you for your fresh, honest expression of God’s Word in the murky waters of false teaching. “Is She a False Teacher” has given me solid tools. May you continued to be blessed. Kathy

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  35. Ok, I have a question that seems to be coming up a lot in my circles… let me know if this is the right place to be asking these questions! 🙂

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  36. I couldn’t find a place to comment on your Leaving Lysa post that I found very helpful. I am looking for a book/study for women similar to Made to Crave but biblically sound. Do you have any recommendations?

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  37. eizabeth kerr said:

    I tried to print out lesson 5 of your Bible study on the Ten Commandments, but was not able to do so. I was able to print out lessons 1-4 without any problem. Has anyone else had this problem? I tried with both the website and the email, and was only allowed to print page 1 with the photo intro.

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  38. Christine Trevellian said:

    Hello, today is my first day finding your blog. I was searching a popular women’s speaker him I heard on a popular Christian radio station. I was so relieved to see an honest straight-forward “Berean-type” essay on the woman. As a Southern Baptist, we don’t agree 100%, but that’s ok! I will be coming back! Glad to have found you. Thank you.

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  39. Thank you so much for this blog! There aren’t enough women (or men?) vetting these women preachers, and it is letting a lot of false doctrine into the church. You’ve really inspired me to read these women teachers with a more discerning eye!

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  40. Michelle
    I just wanted to thank you for this blog. I have been searching for a great female teacher of the bible and stumbled across your blog. I have told my Christian friends that there are many false teacher out there, that the bible should speak for itself. Your insight and links that point to why these people are considered false will help me to show others why I believe the same way and how to wisely choose a study guide to aid our walk through the bible.
    Jill

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  41. Cheryl Harris said:

    Michelle, this is the first time I have heard about you and just read all of the information regarding Lisa TerKeurst that you posted. I am not familiar enough with either of you to condone/judge – that should be left to God to do; however, if we are showing Christian love, shouldn’t we be lifting one another up in prayer – especially if we feel the other person is not being Biblical? Pray for rather than tell people to avoid the person you believe is misinterpreting the Bible.

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    • Hi Cheryl-

      Maybe you didn’t see or get a chance to read the note at the very top of the article? If you’ll click here #10 will answer your question, and I think the rest of the article will be helpful to you as well.

      Blessings :0)

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  42. Hello,

    This is my first time here. You mention a lot about false teachers but they do a lot of good. They help a lot of women with every day real life issues and trials. I have not seen any articles you have written that help me deal with real, every day problems. Did I miss them?

    Also you said you have step children. I assume your hiabdnhad children before you two married. Was he married before? Is his previous wife deceased? The Bible says that a man is still married to his wife until death, and to marry a man who is divorced is committing adultery. Can you advise on this? You said you believe in calvinism and that doctrine doesn’t believe in remarry unless one spouse has died.

    Thank you.

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    • Hi Shubbert-

      I’m happy to answer your questions, but as you’ve read above, this isn’t a debate site, so I’m not going to engage in an argument. My answers below will have to suffice.

      This is my first time here. You mention a lot about false teachers but they do a lot of good. They help a lot of women with every day real life issues and trials.

      No, they don’t. That’s like saying Hitler did a lot of good because he created a lot of jobs. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of people who claim to be Bible teachers to teach the Bible (and to teach it correctly {James 3:1}), not to be Dear Abby or some sort of self-help guru.

      If you’ll go back up to the section entitled “Warning Against False Teachers” and click on the link in that paragraph, you’ll find that #3 in that article answers your question.

      I have not seen any articles you have written that help me deal with real, every day problems. Did I miss them?

      You must have. I run a segment every Monday called The Mailbag in which readers can write in and have their questions answered. Since this is a discipleship blog, questions tend to be about discipleship-related issues. So are my other articles. Beyond that, I’m not sure what you mean by “real, every day problems.” The purpose of this blog is not to be an advice column. It’s to teach the Bible, and the Bible is certainly relevant for daily problems. For the most part, you’re not going to find things like recipes (although I do have a few of those :0) relationship advice, how to organize your closet, etc.

      to marry a man who is divorced is committing adultery. Can you advise on this?

      The Bible does not say that anyone who is divorced and remarries commits adultery. You need to read your New Testament more carefully. There are two biblically allowable cases for divorce and remarriage: a) sexual immorality on the part of one’s spouse (Matthew 19:9) and b) abandonment by an unsaved spouse (1 Corinthians 7:15)

      You said you believe in calvinism and that doctrine doesn’t believe in remarry unless one spouse has died.

      I have no idea where you’re getting this, because Calvinism is merely an elucidation of what the Bible says and the Bible doesn’t teach this. I’ve been Reformed for several years now and this is the first time I’ve ever heard such a thing. All I can say is that if this is true for some branch of Calvinism, I’m not aware of it, and it is not true of the branch of Calvinism I subscribe to.

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      • Thank you for your reply. I was just curious. I know John Piper is a huge reformed Christian and he believes the Bible doesn’t give ground for divorce even based on those scriptures so I was seeking clarification. Thanks

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      • You’re most welcome. I did a little digging after I responded to you so I could get more clarification myself! John Piper (and I believe also Voddie Baucham) does hold to this view – it’s called the Permanence View of marriage – but while he happens to be a Calvinist who holds to the Permanence view, the Permanence view itself isn’t part of Calvinist doctrine. It’s sort of an “a la carte” doctrine, from what I understand. I don’t hold to that view because I believe it adds restrictions that Scripture doesn’t require of us. It’s one of several things I don’t agree with John Piper (and Voddie Baucham) about. There’s a very wide spectrum of beliefs within Calvinism :0)

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  43. Kathy Fasenmyer said:

    I am stumped as to how to change my email account so I can continue to receiving Michelle Lesley’s blog. My old email is kbf77@cox.net and my new one is kbfa77@gmail.com…..slight change, but the cox account is being cancelled and I don’t want to miss a thing. Can you tell me what to do?

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  44. Lorie Steele said:

    Michelle – As a long-time Bible study teacher (and inconsistent blogger 🙂 I was really encouraged to come across your blog while researching Lysa Terkeurst as a recommendation for a speaker at our women’s retreat. It makes me sad that women so easily follow other women who at first glance “sound good” and cite Scripture. Then they get sucked into what those women promote, especially the listening prayer. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, was very popular among our ladies until I put together a paper summarizing how unscriptural it was and gave examples. (Some still won’t let go of it, it has an oddly strong emotional draw for many.) Most women hadn’t been good “Bereans” and questioned many of her statements. And we are a strong Bible-teaching church, it’s scary. I think the sufficiency of Scripture is the front-line right now in the war for Bible literacy. And the new wave of psychology driven Chrisitanity is just sad, (not that all psychology is bad, it just has it’s place) because so often the promoters twist Scripture to support their supposedly new concepts that will “revolutionize your life”. I’d be interested to see what you think of the Wellspring Group (wellspringgroup.org) which is infiltrating our church and just breaks my heart. It’s sad to me that there is so much false teaching that needs to be refuted, I don’t like being a “Debbie Downer” about other teachers and yet we must battle false teaching… Thanks for your courage in standing for the Truth!!

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    • Thanks, Lorie, and God bless you for influencing the women of your church to be more discerning.

      I’m afraid I’m not familiar with the Wellspring Group, but I took a quick look at their web site. I didn’t see anything overtly unbiblical, and I saw several things that sounded like they could be good. But, I did see a few buzzwords that raised some red flags. I guess you’d need to listen to their teachings very carefully and compare them to Scripture.

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  45. Thomas C Brown said:

    Wow – keep up the good work. Just learned of you in a round-about-way listening to No Compromise Radio Podcast on their view of one of your “favorites” Pricilla Shirer. We need more sisters like you who are not afraid to name names and declare the truth! I’m not sure if I’ve heard your name mentioned on Wretched Radio. Email Todd and ask him “What’s up with that?”
    God bless you and your family.

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    • Haha- Thanks so much for your kind words of encouragement, Thomas. Todd has a segment on Wretched (I think it’s usually on Fridays?) where he reads out Tweets he likes, and one time he read one of mine. It was the highlight of my month, I’ll tell ya! :0) If there’s a particular article of mine you think Todd would like, by all means, send him the link at idea@wretchedradio.com.

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  46. Sharon Leutschaft said:

    I’m thrilled to “stumble” upon your site. Last November I left a Word of Faith church because the pastor was becoming obsessed with seeking and believing for prosperity and was sending money to Kenneth Copeland Ministries. I knew he was a follower of KCM but I didn’t really know much about Copeland because I never watch TV evangelists. I could write a book but will just add that I’m going to select your page for my internet start-up page.

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  47. Betty Varner said:

    I am so glad I found your blog. I am new to a Southern Baptist Church and started
    a Bible Study of P.S. yesterday. I felt so bad when I left after watching the video. My neighbor and I both decided not to attend any more studies’ even though we paid out money. I just knew she was not teaching the bible. I feel better after reading
    your blog.
    Thank you.

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    • Welcome, Betty! Yes, I know how disillusioning it can be to find that the women’s “Bible” study class in your church is using materials authored by a false teacher. Maybe you and your neighbor can study God’s word together instead :0)

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