AVVO - Joyce Meyer—Since 1999, Joyce Meyer’s ministry has spent at least $4 million on 5 homes for Meyer and her children.
Meyer’s house is a 10,000 square foot home with an 8-car garage, a large fountain, a gazebo, a private putting green, a pool, and pool house with a new $10,000 bathroom. Her salary was reported at $900,000 back in 2003, and she also enjoys use of a private jet and luxury cars.
Needless to say, Meyer has been questioned for years, and she is once again under investigation by the government for possibly violating nonprofit laws. Pastor Henderson unloaded on her with a sermon of great value and significance.
ED: After monitoring her myself (And I’m Jewish) I have to agree with him on the financial aspects of this scammer but to be honest the arguments over the rules, regulations, and traditions of the faith are subject to human translations and mostly interpretation. In other words just Babelification of the subject matter. In religion the coin has many side not just two.
Rick Henderson Pastor. Blogger. Sacred Skeptic. He is the Draper Campus Pastor for South Mountain Community Church in Utah. Happy husband. Proud father, Horrid golfer, Coffee addict. He’s passionate about loving well, thinking hard and daring others to be sacred skeptics is featured below.
QUOTE: I have been preaching for 20 years. Yesterday I did something that I have never done before in a sermon. I publicly called out false teachers and named them by name. I said: If you listen to Joyce Meyer, if you take what they teach seriously, it will not be good for you. It will be detrimental to your long-term growth as a follower of Jesus.
I used to think that their error was so blatantly obvious that they could just be ignored. I was wrong. They are massively growing in popularity in the evangelical world and are seen as credible and helpful. Before I’m inundated with questioning emails I want to share why I distrust these two and think you should as well.
When I was a kid I could tell the difference between neighborhood kids who wanted to be my friend from the neighborhood kids who were my friends so that they could play with my toys. Joyce are the latter. She teach’s a twisted form of Christianity that teaches obedience, giving and faith as a way to get things from God. Products of what is known as the Prosperity Gospel and The Word of Faith Movement, or the Seed Faith Movement.
When I first heard her tell her story I was deeply moved and impressed. She is an amazing example of overcoming hurts and abuse. She will forever have my admiration and respect in that regard. Furthermore, she gives spectacular advice. If my wife or if one of my daughters went to her in a moment of crisis, I believe they would return with magnificently helpful advice. If they went to her for teaching, they would return with deadly heresy.
1. She teaches that Jesus literally stopped being the Son of God on the Cross
2. She teaches that Jesus went to Hell and became the first-born again man
3. She teaches that Jesus paid for our sins in Hell:
4. She teaches that words have power and you can release the power of Heaven through your words.
5. She teaches that you need special revelation from God to understand what she teaches because it is NOT contained in the Bible
6. She teaches that she is no longer a sinner.
Unfortunately I could continue with examples of her utter misuse of scripture, false teaching and blatant heresy. In America, Christians have an embarrassment of riches. We can buy more books, download more podcasts and tune into more helpful teachers than anyone else on the planet. The lies that she teaches are easily lost in the hum of all the great teachers we hear. But this is not the case in the third world.
In many other countries their resources are far fewer. Uneducated pastors, who are doing their very best and uninformed Christians have this garbage pumped into their countries through radio waves and TV broadcasts. Because Joyce Meyer is endorsed here, she is trusted there.
And, she can afford to spread her message with the money she makes from American Christians who buy her books, CDs and who attend her conferences. Her influence is severely disrupting the church in the third world. Her teachings are the unfortunate starting point for Christians in the third world and it is birthing even greater heresies. The devastating reality that we have to come to grips with is that when we support her here, we support the churches she is undoing there.
There is nothing wrong with being wealthy. I love it when Christians are rich. That should mean more money to fund the mission. But there is a line to how much money we as leaders should spend on ourselves. I don’t know where the line is, but it is somewhere before the ministry purchasing million dollar homes for us and our kids.
That line is somewhere before purchasing us a $10 million private jet. The line is somewhere before the ministry spending $261, 498 for 68 pieces of furniture. That equates to $3,845.56 per item. That line is somewhere before spending so egregiously that the US Senate investigates us. Joyce Meyer lands on the other side of that line.
Not only does she teach giving as a way to leverage more money from God, she is reckless with desperate people. She is not at all concerned if people give to her instead of paying bills. This is intolerable!
Questionable Example and Lack of Accountability
Watch a typical message by Joyce Meyer. Here are a few of things you will notice: She pauses about every five minutes for applause. And if people don’t applaud she is likely to say something like, “I’m preaching better than you’re acting.” She talks about herself constantly. She is the main character in every story she tells. Even when she talks about herself in a self-deprecating way, some how it comes across in a way that causes people to admire her more.
God talks to her and reveals new information to her... a lot! Her ministry lacks real accountability. Her family and her close friends are the governing board. This is an organization that receives almost $100 million dollars annually, and with no substantive accountability.
Conclusion for Joyce Meyer
What I wrote and linked in the first section should have been enough to completely remove her from our sphere of trust. Her doctrine is horrific. Her hermeneutics are horrible. She is a woman who seems to have an unrestrained love for money and applause. Her finances are questionable at best. Her example is questionable at best. Her impact on desperate people here, as well as churches and pastors around the globe is wildly destructive.
I lament with you a sense of loss if she was a teacher you trusted. I lament that someone who is so wrong has so much influence with so many. I do not regret, however, pointing to her as a false teacher and as one who should be rejected.
ED: Searching on various sites tells me there is a “rift in the continuum” Star Trek fans are quite familiar with this, and with due reasoning. Both the adventures of Kirk and the ongoing spiritual TV series by these fakirs lend plenty to the mind. Great story lines all based on imagination and creativity with little in the absolute there is bound to be jealousies and compassionate fighting amongst the soothsayers.
ONE OF HER EMPLOYEES WROTE
Pros - creative work environment. Forward thinking for a Christian ministry. Good people. Up to date on trends in marketing and design. Young, energetic atmosphere.
Cons- You must "drink the koolaide", i.e., be 1000 percent behind Joyce's philosophies. Dissent is not tolerated. Lots of ancient cliques in management. Nepotism runs rampant.
Somewhat controlling environment--don't ask Joyce a question that hasn't been pre-approved. People placed in senior editorial positions who have NO editorial experience. Because they are a Christian non-profit, they don’t have to play by the rules of regular businesses.
They don't pay unemployment compensation. If HR makes you a promise, be sure to get it in writing. "Mentoring" might mean religious instruction, i.e., adopt Joyce's charismatic Christianity.