Joyce Meyer is one of the most well known Word of Faith Evangelists out there today. Her television show “Enjoying Everyday Life” is broadcast daily worldwide. She is also the author of over 70 books and has been named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in America. I’d like to examine a few of her statements and teachings to demonstrate that she is not preaching the Word of God, but a different gospel.
Joyce Meyer claims that she is not a sinner (from the now unavailable tape “From the cross to the throne”).
““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?”
1John 1:8 if we say that we have not sinned, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth isn’t in our hearts.
1John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.
Mrs. Meyer has stopped sinning? Is she claiming perfection? Is she calling God a liar? It appears that she is. This is heresy. Her statement above is a direct contradiction to what is in God’s Word. I’m not trying to “hang” her here, not at all. What I will do is point out this blasphemous error and warn others from falling into a snare set by Satan through a heretical teacher. It’s obvious that the Word of God has not penetrated Mrs. Meyer’s heart due to her statements above.
Romans 3:10 as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;
The Bible doesn’t say that Joyce Meyer is righteous. She does. In fact, Paul tells us that no one is righteous before or after we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. Paul further states that;
Romans 3:23 since all have sinned and continue to fall short of God’s glory.
That means all of us. Not all of us except Joyce Meyer. She is extremely wealthy. I’m sure she’s not miserable but the Bible says that all of us are sinners including Joyce Meyer. She claims that she is not. Mrs. Meyer denies ever teaching this but she did. Removal of a tape from a catalog and then denying it ever existed isn’t repentance.
John further relates to us what we are to do when we do sin;
1John 1:9 If we make it our habit to confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us those sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Why would John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, tell us to make a habit of confessing our
sins if we aren’t sinners anymore? A habit isn’t a one time deal but something we do
daily. This teaching doesn’t make sense.
Below is another of Joyce Meyers Teachings:“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” (p. 37). [The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make Booklet, 1991 edition
1Peter 3:18 Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;
Peter says that Christ suffered for our sins once, which leads us to believe that His suffering for our sins was done on the cross. Word of Faith teachers continually “plead the blood” yet deny the blood by teaching that Jesus atoning work was done in hell. Flesh bleeds. Spirits do not bleed and Peter is telling us that Christ’s spirit went to hell. Look what Peter says that Jesus did while in hell;
1Peter 3:19 in which also He went and preached unto the spirits in prison, 1Peter 3:20 that aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight soulswere saved through water:
He preached to the spirits in Hades. That’s all He did there. He went to share the Good
News with His lost sheep. Now let’s allow John to tell us where the atonement actually took place.
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed his head, and gave up his spirit.
Why would Jesus say “It was finished” if He had more work to do? His work was finished on the cross. The born again in hell doctrine promoted by Meyer and others in the Word of Faith movement is blasphemy.
Let’s look at one last teaching that Joyce Meyer has taught to millions of her followers worldwide.
“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.”
2Corinthians 11:4 For if someone comes along and preaches another Jesus than the one we preached, or should you receive a different spirit from the one you received or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you are all too willing to listen.
Unfortunately, Joyce Meyer seems to believe a lie. She’s appears to have bought into Satan’s lies completely. She teaches that she isn’t a sinner. She teaches that Jesus took our place in hell. This is troubling as 10’s of millions of people watch her television show daily, buy her books and attend her conferences believing every word she tells them.
Joyce Meyer is extremely wealthy from preaching “another Jesus”. The bells are ringing loudly and apparently millions of people can’t hear them, including Mrs. Meyer. Let’s pray for the souls of those she’s led astray.