Years ago, I (Dee) had an interesting discussion with a pastor of women. This female pastor expressed grave concern about the influence of Joyce Meyer within women’s ministries. She said that she was convinced that many women who claim to be Christians had a very poor grasp of simple doctrine because if they were even slightly educated about the Bible they would not be able to listen to Meyer.
Who is Joyce Meyer and why do so many women (and men) follow her? Meyer is just another ho-hum faith teacher who pals around with the usual suspects, such as: Benny Hinn, Creflo Dollar, and Kenneth Copeland. There is nothing to distinguish her from the rest of the pack except that she is female. Joyce is a theological illiterate, not to mention a money grubbing, high living woman who believes she is not a sinner and cannot speak anything in error. These facts alone should cause thinking Christians to condemn her.
And yet many so called Christians hang on to every word she utters, spending millions of dollars to buy her books and to attend her conferences. Why? We believe that many Christians wish to have an excuse to pursue greed. Charlatans we have previously discussed, along with Meyer, give them permission to do so because of their own idolatrous lifestyles. Some Christians look for excuses not to deal with their own sin nature. How many Christians do you know who believe they are just a little bit better than others? Meyer preaches theology to promote such an attitude. In fact, perhaps this why “prosperity pimps” do so well. They give Christians an excuse for their sin.
Joyce Meyer has no theological training. In fact, she barely finished high school. She has a couple of honorary doctorates – one from that esteemed institution, Oral Roberts University. She has some sort of “earned” doctorate from a non-accredited university. Like the other “teachers” in the Word of Faith movement, rigorous Scriptural study under the guidance of well-founded professors is non-existent.
The best way to assess these prosperity preachers is to analyze their words and teachings. The following examples of Joyce Meyer’s “theological” teachings have been weighed and judged to be “lightweight.” They can be found at:
1. Did you know that Jesus had to do more than die on the cross for our sins? Also, are you aware that Jesus gives folks like Meyers special knowledge that is not found in the Bible?
“In it she stated that at age 36, she received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and sometime later felt a flipping and a turning in her stomach. This, she said, led to an understanding of her justification and a deeper revelation of Jesus’ spirit death in hell, where He became sin and was tormented by demons. She also states that when “God yelled down through the universe, ‘That’s enough. Let Him loose,’” Jesus was able to rise. She admits this understanding does not come from the Bible, saying it came from our spirit man”.
“To make matters worse she strangely echoes Kenneth Copeland’s view “…All the hosts of hell was [sic] upon Him. Upon Him. They got on Him. They got Him down in the floor and got on Him. And they were laughing and mocking.” “Sunday morning, here comes the Son. Sunday morning, God gets Himself together. Ho, hoooo. Justice has been met, somehow the thing’s been taken care of. And ol’ God gets His voice together and He hollers out three words and they go roaring through the universe and entering the gates of hell. He said, ‘It is enough! It is enough!” (audio tape, From the Cross to the Throne, sermon recorded at Life Christian Center in Saint Louis, Mo.] reference1999 – Personal Freedom Outreach)”.
2. Did you know that Meyers is not a sinner? Lucky her!
“I’m going to tell you something folks, I didn’t stop sinning until I finally got it through my thick head I wasn’t a sinner anymore. And the religious world thinks that’s heresy and they want to hang you for it. But the Bible says that I’m righteous and I can’t be righteous and be a sinner at the same time … All I was ever taught to say was, ‘I’m a poor, miserable sinner.’ I am not poor, I am not miserable and I am not a sinner. That is a lie from the pit of hell. That is what I was and if I still am then Jesus died in vain. Amen?”
3. Meyer, despite her lack of education is also a punctuation expert. She uses her “expertise” to change orthodox theology.
“And in Luke 23:43, Jesus said unto him, ‘I say unto you today you shall be in paradise with me.’ There’s no punctuation in the original translations of the Bible. We have punctuated it and in this particular Scripture it was punctuated wrong. They put in there: ‘I say unto you comma today you shall be in paradise with me’ making it appear that the minute Jesus died on the cross He went straight to paradise. No, no no. He did not. The way it should read is: ‘I say unto you today comma. I’m telling you today. Today I’m telling you that you are going to be in paradise with me.’ But He didn’t say, ‘You’re going to be there today.’ He said, ‘I’m telling you this today’” (ibid.).
Joyce Meyer is “living large”. She believes that God has blessed her by giving her lots of stuff, including a $23,000 toilet bowl (she has definitely outdone Leroy Thompson, who purchased a $16,000 dog)…
“ Her ministry revenues have steadily increased from 1998 where they took in 40 million, to 1999 they brought in 55 million, to 2000 — 70 million, to 2001 near 80 million, to 2002 near 90 million. Today her Life in the Word organization estimates to take in $95 million this year. The ministry says it spends about 10 percent – $880,000 a month – on charitable works around the globe.
Meyer’s house, the largest of the five, is a 10,000-square-foot Cape Cod style estate home with a guest house and a garage that can be independently heated and cooled and can hold up to eight cars. The three-acre property has a large fountain, a gazebo, a private putting green, a pool and a pool house where the ministry recently added a $10,000 bathroom.” http://www.letusreason.org/Popteac17.htm
“Televangelist Joyce Meyer, who’s yet to meet a plastic surgery procedure she doesn’t like, installed a $23,000 marble-topped antique commode in her new ministry center complex. Her “throne” must really be special. You can view it at this link:
Here are more examples of Meyer’s “twisted theology”.
Did you know that words contain power? Yep, that’s right, words, not God, contain power. This is an ancient Egyptian metaphysical construct that has crept into some Christian circles. This means pagan, folks! http://www.pfo.org/wan-star.htm
“Meyer, in her new book, writes, “Words are containers for power” (The Name, The Word, The Blood, pg. 37). Word-Faith teachers advocate that through speaking and positive affirmations we can create our own reality. They usually refer to Genesis 1 and show that God spoke the world into existence and extrapolate that we, too, can speak creative words and can speak reality into existence.
The fact that the premise breaks down because we are not God does not deter Meyer from saying, “Remember then, that the Word of God is both spirit and life, use wisdom and begin speaking life to your situation” (ibid., pg. 38)”.
Did you know that bad spirits can linger at the Holiday Inn? And you thought the only thing you needed to worry about is poor housekeeping! http://www.pfo.org/wan-star.htm
According to Joyce, “My husband and I stay in various hotels because of our travels in ministry. Quite frequently when unpacking and settling into a hotel room I will ‘plead’ the blood or ‘put’ the blood on the room, to cleanse or remove any wrong spirits that may be there from other guests. I do this by praying, by speaking the blood in my prayer” (ibid., pg. 111)”.
Did you know that Satan could take money out of your wallet? And you thought it was your kids! http://www.pfo.org/wan-star.htm
“We laid hands on the check and prayed. I went and got all of our checkbooks and my pocketbook and Dave got his wallet and we laid hands on them and put the blood on them, asking God to protect our money, to cause it to multiply and to see to it that Satan could not steal any of it from us” (ibid.).
Did you know that demons stink? Perhaps Febreze could come up with a freshener! http://www.letusreason.org/Popteac17.htm
“She makes her position clear by saying “words are containers for power they carry creative or destructive power positive or negative power so we need to be speaking right things over our lives and about our futures if we expect to have good things happen because what you say then is what you probably end up having tomorrow. We need to warfare with words. I believe that praise and worship is warfare. We talked about this last night, how when we are praising and worshipping God that there’s actually a, an odor that comes off of us that is offensive to the enemy. And I don’t know if you ever had the opportunity to smell a demon possessed person but I have, and I tell you it is a stench; and I was saying about that this morning and I thought you know people that are demon possessed have an offensive odor to me and I’m glad because I am holy ghost possessed that I’ve got an offensive odor to the devil.” (broadcast on the Bible Answerman Jan.2003)”
The following examples come from http://www.equip.org/articles/the-teachings-of-joyce-meyer
Did you know that accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is not enough to get you into heaven? Meyers has some insider information.
“Moreover, in her 1991 booklet, Meyer asserts that salvation is impossible without believing Jesus suffered in hell as the believer’s substitute. Meyer writes, “There is no hope of anyone going to heaven unless they believe this truth I am presenting. You cannot go to heaven unless you believe with all your heart that Jesus took your place in hell.”
Did you know that certain words can knock you out of your chair onto your rear?
“you gotta come on out in the deep….Oh, I think that word’s anointed right now. Deeeep!!! Mmmmmm! One lady was in a conference recently in St. Louis, and she said “I am telling you, every time you said the word “deep” the fire of God hit me in the pit of my guts.” The lady, she kept falling out of her chair and being on the floor, you know? And she said later, “every time you said ‘deeeeep’ it was like I just couldn’t stay in my chair!”
Did you know that angels tell you exactly what you are supposed to say by whispering into your ear?
“Now spirits don’t have bodies, so we can’t see them. Okay? There probably is, I believe there is, and I certainly hope there is several angels up here this morning that are preaching with me. I believe that right before I speak some anointed statement to you, that one of them bends over and says in my ear what I’m supposed to say to you.”
So, you thought the only thing you needed to worry about bad jewelry is your skin turning green. Think again!
“There are many different signs and emblems that people wear as jewelry that are straight from the devil, and they absolutely do not know it, and I’m quite sure there are going to be people here today that probably even have some of these things in your possession. You may even be wearing one. And what they do is they draw evil spirits.”
Did you know that Meyers cannot fall into error? What a racket!
“In lieu of the biblical admonition to test everything by the objective Word of God (1 Thess. 5:21; 2 Tim 3:16), Meyer further asserts that God would never allow her to fall into error. Turning instead to her subjective feelings she says,
‘I am going to tell you something right now. I no more believe that my God is going to let me stand around and believe a lie than I believe that I am going to turn green in the next two minutes. God is my source and He loves me and I am after God with my whole heart. And if I am accidentally, or any other way, getting into error, I am going to have a bell go off on the inside of me that is going to be so loud that not only am I going to hear it, but so is everybody else.’”
Did you know that you can blame the devil for your sins?
“Also problematic are some of Meyer’s beliefs regarding spiritual warfare. According to her, for instance, generational spirits supposedly torment families for generations with specific sins, and she even believes that a demon of lust torments her family. On one occasion she says,
“I told you that there was a spirit of incest in my family bloodline….And the thing that I want you to understand today is when there’s a spirit like that in a bloodline, until some person believes on Jesus and takes the blood of Jesus and draws it across that natural bloodline, that devastation goes on for generations and generations….Well see, my father’s grandfather had problems and so his father had problems and so my dad had problems and so I had problems and so if I wouldn’t have stood and believed Jesus, my kids would have had problems and their kids would have had problems and so on and so on.”
Scripture, however, does not support the existence of a demon or spirit of lust, nor any demon of a particular sin. It is true that certain sins (e.g., alcoholism) are perpetuated and can affect families for generations (see Exod. 20:5; Num. 14:18), but these are the consequences of sin ¾ not generational spirits. James’ epistle is clear that we sin because of our own evil desires (v. 1:14). Demons cannot force us to sin; however, they can influence our behavior through temptation (e.g., Gen. 3:1-6). Nonetheless, we are ultimately held accountable for our actions (e.g., Ezek. 18:4, 20). If this were not so, we would have license to exclaim, “the Devil made me do it!”
Did you know that you need to provide exorcisms prior to witnessing?
“Along similar lines, she believes that there are “mind-binding” spirits who keep multitudes of believers in a perpetual state of unbelief. Through deliverance, however, the attacks of mind-binding spirits will disappear. In her case, “when the spirits left, the ability to believe came rushing back.”
And you thought you needed to only be aware of bad drivers!
“Meyer overemphasizes and distorts the parameters in which God permits Satan and his angels to work, by attributing practically every negative experience to demonic activity. There is even a demon of accidents. For example, she recounts experiencing a close call while pulling into and out of a fast food restaurant parking lot. She shouts, “‘I rebuke the spirit of accidents, in the name of Jesus!’”
Tune in tomorrow when we will wrap up our coverage of Joyce Meyer.