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Joyce Meyer: The false doctrine heretic

In a recent Huffington Post article American pastor Rick Henderson ‘came out’ to name both Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen as false teachers.  This is significant.  Few pastors are willing to defend the truth today. Truth Watch has been lamenting this fact for over 12 years.  Most of them are more afraid of incurring the wrath of some segment of their congregation than they are the wrath of God.

Pastor Rick lists 6 examples of Meyer’s gross error.  Perhaps the worst are the last two where she admits her teaching on Jesus and hell are not found in the Bible – they have come to her by ‘special revelation’.  She also claims she is now no longer a sinner and prescribes that you have to believe what she says about Jesus and hell to be saved.  Taken together Meyer is claiming that she is, contrary to Scripture, a sinless being capable of receiving new revelation that we are all just supposed to accept without question.  Meyer is a typical example of the false teacher, claiming special gnostic insights, more reminiscent of Mohammad’s claims to revelation than anything remotely connected to true Christianity.  Even more tragic than Meyer’s arrogant delusions is the continued following she has amongst people who are clearly not Christians or so poorly grounded in the faith that they can fall for this nonsense.  There are clearly many churches failing to teach correct doctrine, otherwise Meyers foolish cant would be recognised for the garbage it is.

The pastor’s list of Meyer’s false teachings follows.. Each is accompanied by a Meyer quote.  To read the full text of the article go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pastor-rick-henderson/osteen-meyer-prosperity-gospel_b_3790384.html

1. She teaches that Jesus literally stopped being the Son of God on the Cross: “He could have helped himself up until the point where he said I commend my spirit into your hands, at that point he couldn’t do nothing for himself anymore. He had become sin, he was no longer the Son of God. He was sin.”

2. She teaches that Jesus went to Hell and became the first-born again man: “Do you know something? The minute that blood sacrifice was accepted Jesus was the first human being that was ever born again. Now that was real it happened when he was in hell.”

3. She teaches that Jesus paid for our sins in Hell: “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” -From The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make

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: “The Bible can’t even find any way to explain this. Not really. That’s why you’ve got to get it by revelation. There are no words to explain what I’m telling you. I’ve got to just trust God that He’s putting it into your spirit like He put it into mine.”

6. She teaches that she is no longer a sinner.

 

Read: Ezekiel 13:4-10

Bible in schools

Liberals and atheists are constantly trying to eliminate any references or public demonstration of Christianity from the public square.  They make the arrogant and intolerant assumption that their beliefs are all anyone should be exposed to.  This fascist attitude defies the western tradition of freedom of speech.  They hide behind the claim that church and state have to be separate.  The institutions should be, but Christianity’s ideas and principles should be as freely available and discussed in all spheres as any other idea, world view, culture or philosophy.  More often than not atheists have never read or studied Christianity in any text that comprehensively defends it.  When they do snatch at a Bible passage its is always simply to use it as a means of discrediting Christianity.  They love to listen to those who speak out or write against the faith, without any critical appraisal of the veracity of their arguments.  Ironically, they actually confirm the Bible which tells us people will gather around those telling them what they want to hear, while their hearts and minds are ‘seared’ against any contrary information of evidence – no matter how reasonable, logical or factual it may be.

Recently (2015)  a Truth Watch associate became embroiled in a debate with atheists trying to eliminate Bible teaching (to those voluntarily wanting to be there) in a school in the Rodney District of New Zealand.  Here are two of his letters in a debate conducted in a local newspaper

First letter:

The Editor,

In his letter to the Rodney Times, March 3, Ross Miller claims to be a Christian and yet believes that the Bible is mythological. I find this curious. Anyone who has actually read the gospels will know that Christ himself held the Scriptures to be inviolate (e.g., John 10:34-35; Matthew 5:17-20). In the words of John Wenham: “To Christ the Bible is true, authoritative, inspired, to him the God of the Bible is the living God, and the teaching of the Bible is the teaching of the living God. To him what Scripture says, God says.”

Ross Miller also perpetuates a common misunderstanding in using the label “fundamentalist” in an attempt to discredit those who believe the teachings of the Bible. By definition, a fundamentalist is simply someone who believes in the fundamental principles of something. It is not fundamentalism per se which is the issue, but rather it is the principles in which one believes that is important. Compare, for example, the teaching of Christ on loving your enemies (Matthew 5:43-44) with that of Muhammad on killing and torturing unbelievers (Sura 9:5; 5:43). Surely, the former principle is better than the latter.
In regard to the personal attack of Jeff McClintock on optional Bible teaching at Red Beach School (Rodney Times, February 24), I would like to offer the following quotes. From Woodrow Wilson (a Christian): “A man has deprived himself of the best there is in the world who has deprived himself of a knowledge of the Bible”; and from Immanuel Kant (an atheist): “The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity.”

<signed>

Second Letter:

The Editor,
As reported in “Bible fight escalates” (Rodney Times, February 24, 2015), Jeff McClintock ‘s attack on optional Bible education at xxxxx School is motivated by his allegiance to the “Secular Education Network which aims to remove religious instruction from New Zealand state primary schools.” In reality, this group is simply looking to remove all opposition to their own religion, namely, atheism. But their cause is ultimately self-defeating. G. K. Chesterton summed it up well: “When a man ceases to believe in God he does not believe in nothing, he believes almost in anything.”

On the face of it, this battle appears to be an attack on Christian teaching in state schools. But at a more fundamental level, I see it as an attack on the very heart of Western culture, founded as it is on the Judeo-Christian ethic. It is this very culture from which we derive our personal freedoms, values, and sense of justice. It is who we are as a people, and what distinguishes us from cultures founded on other religions. Well done to Red Beach School for standing up to these bullies.

<signed>

Rick Warren exposed

Watch this video for an in depth examination of Rick Warren’s ministry.  Draw you own conclusions, but this documentary highlights many of the issues Truth Watch has been talking about for more than a decade.  Warren’s mentor was Peter Drucker who openly acknowledged he was not a Christian and had no interest in Christianity.  To him it was just one of many faiths, but he was interested in promoting community projects using the church model.  Warren and Hybels used Drucker’s ideas for church growth to build mega-churches off a marketing strategy and not the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life was simply an extension of Drucker’s church building formula.  Warren used proof-texting from Scripture to justify his promotion of a self-centered ‘christianity’ that he knew would be more appealing than the real message of the Bible.  Many in church leadership have tried to emulate his success at the expense of truth and the gospel.

http://beforeitsnews.com/conspiracy-theories/2013/11/revealed-the-purpose-driven-plan-to-destroy-your-church-video-2456300.html