Let it be known that my sole purpose in writing this particular article is not to provoke unnecessary controversy with my fellow believers who admires Meyer. Joyce Meyer is a very influential author, speaker and TV preacher.
She has sold thousands of copies of her books. One among many well known book she has written is Battlefield Of The Mind. There is no doubt that Mrs. Meyer is popular among Christians. Not only that her influence is strong among believers, her doctrines or teachings has touched lives and brought inspirations in the lives of her followers throughout the world too.
Meyer’s teachings are well known not only among those she preaches but also among those who are in doubt because of her unconventional and unbiblical teachings that often goes unchecked by Christians. This is the reason why I want to write this article to expose her false, unscriptural teachings that are heretical and can be dangerous if accepted uncritically. I’m not here to attack Joyce Meyer’s personality. It is however important to point where she has been misleading her listeners and what she actually teaches.
If you really value the truth of the Gospel in which was handed to us by the apostles and Jesus himself, I’m sure you will get alarmed too.
According to the Bible, there are many false prophets and false teachers and wolves in sheep clothing that is infiltrating the church and that either adds or teaches NOT according to the Scriptures but according to their own lustful, sinful and selfish desires. Whether or not Meyer teaches false doctrines unconsciously we will still have to expose her accordingly.
Now, let us be the good BEREANS in Acts 17:11 and see if Joyce Meyer really teaches according to the Scripture.
One among many damnable doctrines of Meyer is that the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on Calvary wasn’t suffecient for forgiveness for our sins. She teaches that Christ paid our sins and atonement during his abode in hell/hades.
“During that time He entered hell, where you and I deserved to go (legally) because of our sin…He paid the price there.…no plan was too extreme…Jesus paid on the cross and in hell….God rose up from His throne and said to demon powers tormenting the sinless Son of God, “Let Him go.” Then the resurrection power of Almighty God went through hell and filled Jesus…He was resurrected from the dead the first born-again man” (The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make: A Complete And Thorough Understanding Of What It Means To Be Born Again, 1991, pp 35-36, Joyce Meyer)
To say that Christ did not die on the cross for our sins but had to go through hell for salvation is a heresy! Firstly, Jesus Christ, before giving up his ghost and died on the cross, he uttered, “IT IS FINISHED (Jn. 19:13)!” Finito.
Christ paid in full, for our sins, on the cross. He has done what has to be done. A question comes to my mind namely, since Meyer denies the doctrine of the cross, does this make her a friend or foe of the cross (Phil. 3:18)? You decide. Remember, Paul the apostle warned us about accepting another gospel and false Jesus, “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or [if] ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with [him] (2 Cor. 11:4).
Moreover, nowhere in the Bible by which Paul rejoiced over Christ atoning for our miserable sins in hell!
While Meyer denies the atoning power of blood and death of Christ on the cross she also claims and tells her public that angels tells her what to preach,
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. [Witchcraft & Related Spirits (Audiotape, Part 1)]
Whoa! Isn’t her statement above contradicts what the Bible teaches. “Yea, what’s wrong with angels telling her what to preach,” you might ask. My answer is pretty straight forward–its not biblical. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit will guide us into ALL truth (Jn. 16:13), not by angelic beings. Unless the Holy Spirit is an angelic being Meyer is definitely deceiving her followers.
Let us study the heretical teachings of Meyer more.
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.Now whether you like it or not, whether you want to admit it or not, whether you want to operate on it or not, you are made the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. Most people who go to denominational churches never ever hear that! They never hear it! Never! 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? [What Happened from the Cross to The Throne? audio]
The quoted material above is the most heretical statement yet. Meyer claims that she is not a sinner BECAUSE she has been made righteous with God. Is this a sound doctrine? Biblical one perhaps? Again, my answer is this, it is NOT scriptural. In fact, Meyers statement above CONTRADICTS with the Bible.
The apostle Paul thought himself to be the chief of sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). John wrote, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 Jn. 1:8). Remember, the beloved John wrote and addressed this epistle to Christians NOT to a would-be converts. Even if we are indeed forgiven and washed with the blood of Christ from our sins this does not conclude that we become perfect and SINLESS. Study the lives of the Old Testament patriarch and the New Testament apostles and you’ll see that most of these great men of God did not live their lives SINLESS and perfect. They often fall short.