Monday, 17 May 2010

Joyce Meyer

Edited on Friday, August 19th 2011 for accuracy.
The following information is from JoyceMeyer.org
Sharing Her Story to Help Others
Over the years, God has provided Joyce with many opportunities to share her testimony and the life-changing message of the Gospel. In fact, Time magazine selected her as one of the most influential evangelical leaders in America. She is an incredible testimony of the dynamic, redeeming work of Jesus Christ. She believes and teaches that regardless of a person's background or past mistakes, God has a place for them and can help them on their path to enjoying everyday life.

Educational Background
Joyce holds an earned PhD in theology from Life Christian University in Tampa, Florida; an honorary doctorate in divinity from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma; and an honorary doctorate in sacred theology from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. Joyce and her husband, Dave, have been married for over 40 years, and they are the parents of four grown children. Dave and Joyce Meyer make their home in St. Louis, Missouri.

Several favourite Bible teachers who hold degrees from LCU.
Many internationally notable ministers have chosen to receive earned LCU degrees by virtue of advanced standing awarded for published works. Their books are frequently used as texts in the LCU curriculum. The list of distinguished ministers include Dr. Joyce Meyer, Drs. Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Dr. Benny Hinn, Drs. Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne, Dr. Rick Renner, Dr. Norvel Hayes, Dr. Mike Francen, Dr. Terry Law, Dr. Dennis Burke, Dr. Larry Ollison, Dr. Billye Brim, Dr. Dick Mills, Dr. Terry Mize, Dr. Bob Harrison, Dr.Christopher Alam, and many others.


My Comments (Please read my comment below this post)
We can stop right there at Benny Hinn and question the rest of the cast... I mean pastors (televangelists) coming from this school.

I cannot say that Joyce has said anything to call her a heretic. I've listened to her on TV a couple times and she sounds quite sound in her teaching so far, but something just doesn't sit right with me about her. Watch out when their statement of faith mentions healing. I always have to question these televangelists and wonder why they're testimony is just that much more exciting than the Gospel alone.

Billy Kangas, on Orant.blogspot.com writes,

Instead of looking at the context of the passage or the Greek she uses the definition of the word found in Strong’s Concordance. To me this is silly, it either indicates that Meyer is either ill-equipped to study the word in depth, or is trying to squeeze the word somewhere it was never intended to go.

In here book Seven Things That Steal your Joy, in the chapter “Be Uncomplicated,” the passage used is 2 Corinthians 11:3. Billy Kangas writes,
This passage expresses Paul’s concern that the church in Corinth might be deceived by other preachers. Meyer takes it a completely different direction and claims that it’s talking about Satan complicating our lives. This kind of blatant disregard for what the text is actually saying continues. She uses Deuteronomy 6:4 to construe the oneness of God to mean going to him is simple. Then she changes the meaning of 1 Thessalonians 5:17 that says “pray without ceasing” to “Pray as long as the anointing is on you to pray.” This seems to be a clear example of changing scripture to fit a more charismatic perspective which Meyer holds.

She mostly lets the scripture stand without commentary so I have no big issues. So far from what I see, Meyer doesn’t teach heresy, she even has some good things to say, but I can’t get over how loosely she seems to hold the scripture she claims to hold so tight too.

Anyways, I still don't see how this makes her a heretic. But if I'm wrong, please, the comments are always welcome!

Resources: JoyceMeyer.org, Life Christian University, Orant.blogspot.com

2 comments:

  1. After more research I've come to a conclusion. I've always known a woman shouldn't be a pastor but I was naive enough to believe other people's feelings or experience and not going by the bible alone!

    I would not recommend her. She's a smooth talker. She sounds biblical and gives some good advice but has some ideas of her own and talks and talks about herself and how much better she is than her brother. Women aren't supposed to be pastors anyway. Yep, I said it. And if anyone get's emotional about it I don't care. I Timothy 3:1-7. In verse two, he states that a bishop (pastor or over-seer of a congregation) must be "the husband of one wife" which eliminates any woman from consideration for the office.

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  2. You're right. Women should not be pastors. This list includes Benny Hinn, the Copelands, Christopher Alam and her. These are the ones I know of or have heard preach myself. They all have 1 thing in common; They're all heretics. 2Timothy 3:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they willaccumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.
    the point is this; the Gospel, and I mean the true gospel of Jesus Christs death burial and resurrecton as a propitiation (substitute for believers or an appeasment of the wrath of God), is not enough for greedy comfortable self-centered american "Christians" and being spared from hell is also not enough, so they use our Mighty and Merciful Lords name to pander to their own fleshly deires, like getting a better home or car, or being healed or getting a better job.
    I've heard some of their preaching as well in third world countries and its all about healing and bettering the earthly lives of the hearers. Sure they come back and say 5000 people were saved on my last mission trip, but what they fail to mention is that the same 5000 people were also "saved" at the last guys crusade.
    Also, and this is what gets me mad the most; you can watch these heretical preachers in these far off countries on youtube if you don't believe me; ther is no preaching the gospel! The hearers are never called to repentance, they never hear how Jesus died for their sins, they are coerced to Christ to fulfill their earthly desires. As I mentioned before of americans and our worldly lusts, now imagine that I'm preaching before 5000 people who are all living in filth, many are dying of incurable wretched disease or starvation. How many would come to Christ if I told them He died so they could be healed or make enough money to buy decent food? Id guess 5000. Now consider this; I preach to the same 5000 people and tell them how awful their sins are, how they have continually rebelled against God and that the punishment that is due to them is hell. Then I explain how Jesus who was totally sinless, took the punishment that I and they all deserve, was crucified by his own and worse yet, forsaken by God and then raised from the dead to defeat sin and death and if we have faith in that gospel, He is going to make us hate the sin that we once. loved and cause us to come to repentance, fall on our knees and pray for forgiveness, then deny ourselves and take up His cross. I'll tell you what would happen. I would be dragged out of that town and beaten to a bloody pulp if not killed, but I know that God would save a handful, maybe 5 or 10. These would be true conversions. Give me that over 5000 false conversions any day.
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    Peace

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