Popular author and teacher Joyce Meyer has said some shocking things in some of her sermons and teachings. Many of those who listen to her have never heard her make any of the claims that I'm about to show you.
These are clips that I have put together and uploaded to YouTube. My hope in writing this post is to cause any discerning Christian to have second thoughts about listening to Joyce Meyer. These teachings come straight out of the cults, and are extremely dangerous. All of these teachings can be found in the Word of Faith Movement.
1. Joyce Meyer said that Jesus went to hell to pay for our sins.
Nowhere do the Scriptures ever even imply this. If this were true, Christ's words at the cross meant nothing.
2. Joyce Meyer claims to get her teaching from direct revelation.
The Spirit wrote the Word. He would never say anything that contradicts it. Many of Joyce Meyer’s teachings contradict the Bible. The way God speaks to us today is not through direct revelation but through His Word. Red flags should start flying every time you hear someone say "God spoke to me."
3. Joyce Meyer said that Jesus stopped being the Son of God at the cross.
This was also taught by the Father of the Word of Faith Movement, Kenneth (Dad) Hagin. Again, another teaching that contradicts Scripture. Jesus called God His Father while He was still on the cross.
4. Joyce Meyer said that she is no longer a sinner.
Not much needs to be said about this. Here are a few verses that contradict Joyce Meyer:
Jesus calls His own disciples evil:
John says that Christians should confess their sins:
John says that anyone who claims to be without sin is deceived and without the truth:
John says if we say we have not sinned we make God out to be a liar:
5. Joyce Meyer said that Christians are little gods.
Word of Faith teachers say that God created man as a “little god.” Kenneth Copeland for example teaches that Adam "was God manifested in the flesh." However, Adam lost his “little god” status when he disobeyed God and ate of the tree that God commanded him not to eat from. Through this sinful act, Satan became the god of this world and Adam lost his godhood.
But thankfully God was able to thwart Satan's plan by sending His Son to buy back our godhood through His death on the cross and suffering in hell. Now through faith in Christ, Christians are given back their "little god" status, and by growing in faith (becoming more and more aware of who they are as little gods) they can use the "force of faith" to get all that they desire from this life.
Of course the Bible teaches nothing of the sort. There is only one God, and we are to worship Him alone. Adam was created a man and not a little god. Nowhere in Scripture will you see anything that even implies this. Satan told Eve that by eating the fruit she would become "like God, knowing good and evil." No! We were never created as "little gods." This teaching is blasphemous and to embrace it will ultimately damn your soul.
6. Joyce Meyer said that Jesus was the first born again man.
This is another Word of Faith teaching that contradicts Scripture. Here Meyer echoes the words of Kenneth Hagin :
No! Christ became human at His incarnation. The Eternal Son of God, Second Person of the Trinity is the God Man, our New Adam, keeping the Law for us and dying in our place to pay the penalty for our Law breaking. He was not born again. He never needed to be born again. If He did then how could He be a perfect sacrifice for His people. God required a perfect sacrifice to pay for sins. If Christ had to be born again, then He was not that perfect sacrifice.
Although Joyce may have modified or de-emphasised these teachings over the years, she is still a Word of Faith teacher, at her core. The idea that you can “speak things into existence” and the promise of earthly wealth and health is still a key component of what she believes.
If you have been or are involved with the Word Faith Movement, we understand that you may not believe or agree with portions of this post. We ask that you prayerfully consider and research the matter on your own, asking God to lead you to the truth in His unchanging Word.
Here are a few links to help along the way:
The original post can be found at Long For Truth
Daniel Long is co-host of The Long For Truth podcast, and the Long For Truth blog.