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