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Beware of Joyce Meyer's Word Faith Doctrines

Joyce Meyer, who according to her website is "one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers," teaches heretical, Word Faith doctrines. Joyce teaches her followers that the Lord Jesus Christ atoned for our sins in Hell, that Jesus Christ was "born again in hell" and more! Only sinners need to be born again. Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, did not need to be born again. (1)

Joyce Meyer cited the Amplified Bible to teach the heretical Word Faith doctrine that Christians are little gods:

“You know, I was listening to a set of tapes by one man and he explained it like this, and I think this kind of gets the point across, he said, ‘Why do people have such a fit about God calling His creation, His man—not His whole creation, but His man—little gods? If He’s God, what’s He going to call them but the god-kind?’ I mean, if you as a human being have a baby, you call it a human kind. If cattle has another cattle, they call it cattle-kind. So, I mean, what’s God supposed to call us? Doesn’t the Bible say we’re created in his image? Now, you understand I am not saying you are God with a capital G.” (Joyce Meyer, Authority and Opposition, audio tape number 1236.) (2)

Here is another example of Joyce Meyer's Word Faith (witchcraft) doctrine:

Meyer, in her book, writes, “Words are containers for power”

(The Name, The Word, The Blood, p. 37). This is typical Copeland/ Hagin faith talk. (3)


Joyce Promotes Word Faith Heresy: Jesus Went to Hell in Our Place

Joyce Meyer, like Kenneth Copeland and other Word Faith teachers, says that Jesus Christ went to hell in our place:

"Whatever it took to get God's people back, free again, is what they would do. Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and went to hell in our place." (Whatever it took means that Jesus had to go to hell, suffer and be tormented by demons in our place.) (4)

Let Us Reason Ministries quotes from the 1991 edition of Joyce Meyer's booklet, The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make:

“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” (In her 1991 booklet, The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make).

She explains 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” (The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make 1991 p. 35,). “He went to hell to pay the debt you owed. (p.41 first edition)

“His spirit went to hell because that is where we deserved to go.” (The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make 1991, p.36.). (5)


Joyce Says Angels Tell Her What to Say From Pulpit

Joyce Meyer Quotes Joyce Meyer said angels tell her what to say from the pulpit and more . . . (6)  Why is this statement so dangerous and wrong? Because the bible says that Christians are led by the Holy Spirit, not by angels. It is the Holy Spirit who guides believers into all truth, not angels. (See John 16:13) Witches and Satanists are the ones who receive leading and information from (fallen) angels, which are really devils/evil spirits.


Purge Out the Spiritual Leaven

In view of certain dangerous false teachings that Joyce Meyer promotes in her books, conferences, and/or television program, those who worship God in spirit and in truth must face the truth about spiritual leaven. Glorying in any ministry that contains spiritual leaven is not good:

Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 1 Cor. 5:6

If you have been sifting through Joyce Meyer's teachings and trying to filter out the false so you can keep the true teachings you are in spiritual peril. God warned us that a little leaven leavens the whole lump. None of us are so wise that we can willfully disobey the Lord and try to filter the leaven rather than obey his command to purge out the leaven:

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 1 Cor. 5:7

God is "able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy" (Jude 1: 24). God has the ability to keep you from falling but he will not hold you up if you refuse to stand. God commands Christians to stand fast in the Lord:

Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. Phil. 14:1

You must stand fast in the Lord no matter how hard the winds of false doctrine may blow or how appealingly they are presented. In these latter days when false teachers try to make merchandise of you with feigned words, you must obey God and purge out the leaven. False teachers and doctrines of devils must be purged out of your life if you are to stand fast in the Lord. I understand that the energetic, joyous, bubbly, enthusiastic women teachers that speak encouraging words can make you feel like a spiritually powerful, invincible Christian woman, but beware. This is precisely how false teachers are able to make merchandise of Christians, especially women. They hope that you will honor the way they make you feel about yourself over and above your commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and his doctrine.

Any teacher (no matter how pleasant and endearing he or she may be) who does not hold fast to sound doctrine must be purged out of your life. God is able to keep you from falling. Are you willing to stand fast fast in the Lord? If you are, you will live eternally.

For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. 1 Thess. 3:8



1. Audio documentation:
4. The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make Page 41, 1996-Edition
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