Exposing Joyce Meyer

By: Josh Bruice

Source: http://deliveredbygrace.com/exposing-joyce-meyer/

"Peter promised in 2 Peter 2:1-2 that false teachers would come upon the people just as they had plagued the people of God in the Old Testament days. He said, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.” Unfortunately, many of these false teachers are abundantly available on the television programs of T.B.N. and other affiliates across the world. One of the most popular television teachers who must be categorized as a heretic and a false teacher is Joyce Meyer. She is extremely popular with women and many men alike. She teaches on many practical issues which make her popular, but hidden beneath her practical teaching are troublesome doctrines that need to be exposed. Joyce Meyer (like most false teachers) teaches extra-biblical doctrines as if they are divinely inspired. Meyer even goes as far on one occasion as stating that the Bible is insufficient to reveal the truth and you must get specific knowledge through divine revelation.

Errors on the Atonement

Meyer can be classified as a Word-Faith teacher and as such has shown an inclination to waffle on major doctrines. In her 1991 booklet, The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make, an evangelistic work aimed at nonbelievers, she resounds the Word-Faith view of Christ’s atonement:

“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” (pg. 35, underlining in the original).

“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” (pg. 36, underlining in the original).

“His spirit went to hell because that is where we deserved to go. Remember in the very beginning of this, I said, ‘When you die, only your body dies. The rest of you, your soul and spirit, goes either to heaven or hell’” (ibid.).

“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” (ibid.).

“Jesus went to hell for you” (pg. 38, underlining in the original).

Errors on Sinless Perfection

Her now-unavailable taped message, “What Happened from the Cross to The Throne?” Meyer continued to teach the “Born-Again Jesus” doctrine.  In this message, Meyer claims to have received the Baptism of the Spirit and sometime afterward felt a strange “flipping and turning” insider her body (stomach).  She claimed that this experience led to a greater understanding of salvation and a greater revelation of Jesus’ “spirit death” in hell.  Meyer, like many others in the Charismatic movement, believes that Jesus suffered in hell under the power of demons.

Joyce Meyer also claimed that she no longer sins in the same taped message:

“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?”

Troubling Facts About Joyce – Found on her Website

From her website:  http://www.joycemeyer.org/AboutUs/FAQ/faq.htm

Is Joyce Meyer an ordained minister?

Joyce was ordained over 25 years ago. She has a worldwide congregation through the Enjoying Everyday Life television and radio programs. Joyce speaks regularly at public conferences in the United States and around the world. She also preaches occasionally at the St. Louis Dream Center church, an inner-city outreach of Joyce Meyer Ministries.

Should women be ordained ministers of the gospel according to the Bible?

ANSWER:  Although ordination is not specifically spelled out in Scripture, the office of elder (pastor) is not open for women.  Women are not called to be pastors.  This is clear from the qualifications of the office in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1.

Should women teach the Bible to men?

ANSWER:  No.  Women are not to be elevated to authoritative positions over men with the Scriptures.  This is abundantly clear in 1 Timothy 2:12."



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Jesus Christ Never Suffered in Hell

Jesus Christ in Luke 16 told the true account of the Rich Man and Lazarus, which reveals the truth about the lower part of the Earth. Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees in these verses which are included to give context.

Luke 16:13-18

13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.

15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

17 And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.

18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

This True Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus Reveals the Truth About Hell and Abraham's Bosom and that Jesus Christ never went into Hell fire to suffer for us, like Meyer claims. Jesus Christ paid for our sins by shedding His precious blood as He died on the cross, and He rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). Never does the Bible teach that Jesus suffered in Hell. Please read below.

Luke 16:19-31

19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:

28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. 

Jesus Christ did not suffer in Hell for our sins, like Meyer says. The righteous people went to Abraham's bosom (such as Lazarus) and the wicked were in torment in Hell fire. A chasm separated them as in verse 26: "between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence." The righteous could not enter Hell fire and the wicked could not enter the beautiful placed called Abraham's bosom.

Jesus Christ went to Abraham's bosom to preach "unto the spirits in prison" as in 1 Peter 3. Jesus did not preach to the people who were lost and sentenced to an eternity of torment. He preached to the Old Testament people who knew God and believed in the promise of the Messiah (such as Simeon from Luke chapter 2).

1 Peter 3:17-20

17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Ephesians 4 talks more about this. Jesus Christ brought these Old Testament people up to Heaven. Verse 8 of Ephesians 4 says, "When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men." Jesus led those who were captives in Abraham's Bosom up to Heaven. Verse 9 says that Jesus Christ "descended first into the lower parts of the earth" (where Abraham's Bosom existed). 

Ephesians 4:7-10

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

Again, nowhere does the Bible teach that Jesus Christ suffered in Hell. This is a lie of Joyce Meyer and contradicts scripture. What Jesus Christ did at the cross alone is what paid for the sins of those who know Him as their Savior and Lord. His precious blood shed at the cross is what paid for all the sins of those who believe and who know Him.

IF YOU ARE SEEKING TO KNOW GOD, please read this message.

1 Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” 

Acts 4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” 

Ephesians 2:8-9: 

[8] For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 

[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

2 Corinthians 5:10: "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

God loves us so much that He sent His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins and shed His precious blood to pay for all of these sins. (See John 3:16; and 1 Corinthians 15:3-5; and Romans 5:8-11.)

If you repent (turn away) from your sins (Acts 3:19), and believe and confess aloud that Christ has done this for you (Romans 10:9-10), and have made Him your Lord and Savior (again Romans 10:9-10) you are saved.

Now seek God with all your heart. Seek to know Him and you will (Jeremiah 29:13).

John 17:3: "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” 

Jeremiah 29:13: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” 

John 14:6: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Acts 4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

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