I watched Joyce Meyer’s show last night and couldn’t believe my eyes. Actually, it was more like an infomercial. If I was a cynical person in regards to that ministry, I would say it was shameless begging and extreme damage control, but I wouldn’t do that, would I? This lady certainly knows how to turn lemons into lemonade and she’s bringing out her “pimpette” game this week wherever her infomercial is shown. The whole 25 minute infomercial attempted to display how much her ministry does for people and why this ministry needs “partner” donations. Granted, her ministry does help people but isn’t it supposed to? Supposedly, that’s why people go into ministry, right? To help people who are hurting and to bring the Gospel to those who are lost should at least be the reason, so why spend 25 minutes showing their “fruits” as it were?
I find it bizarre that Meyer’s ministry natters on and on about how much doing what they’re supposed to be doing “costs” and then turn around and spend 250,000+ on “office furniture”. I wonder how the brothers and sisters of the early church would have treated Paul if he would have pulled something like that on them. The word hypocrite would certainly have been used followed by a swift boot from their fellowship. That’s how serious they were back then.
Jesus described hypocritical behavior when He spoke to the religious leaders of His day (Matthew 23:13-33). Lets look at verse 25:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.
You see, the teachers were putting on an act of religiosity while robbing the widows and Jesus called them on it. On the outside they played the part but they were far removed from it on the inside. These teachers made a living from extortion and crime yet appeared to be pious and holy. Looks can definitely be deceiving.
Joyce Meyer is catching heat from a whole bunch of directions so what does she do; she parades what she’s supposed to be doing (helping people) as a way of cleaning up the outside (her image) in order to deflect what’s on the inside (lavish lifestyle and extravagant spending). The kicker is she wants her viewers to foot both of the bills.
How about taking us “backstage” at one of her “conferences”? Let the people see all the buckets of cash she rakes in each night from the “offering” after she’s guilt tripped the sheeple into giving up their rent money. Have any of you heard the sound of machines counting money? You’ll hear plenty of that backstage.
How about taking us for a visit to the lobby of one of the auditoriums she packs the sheeple in and let us all listen to the whirl of the credit card machines that rake in vast amounts of cash from her books, CD’s and DVD sales. Oh, and don’t forget the worthless trinkets she can’t give away and t-shirt sales either. Where does all that money go?
You know what else I’d love to see? A tour of her several homes, her main office (warehouse) and her jet airplane. Let us all see the inside of the cup Joyce. Let us ALL see where the money really gets spent and then have the audacity to tell us you still need money.
Fat chance of that ever happening! Nah, Joyce Meyer doesn’t want us to see any of that. That would be bad for business.