Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Prosperity Gospel

Last night as I was watching my kids soccer practice, I picked up my phone and took a few minutes to scroll through Facebook. As I did, one of my friends had posted a link to a blog by Rick Henderson entitled, "Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer." That intrigued me so I clicked on the link. What I found was a very helpful article detailing why he labels both Osteen and Meyer as part of the prosperity gospel movement. He opens the article by saying:
"I have been preaching for 20 years. Yesterday I did something that I have never done before in a sermon. I publicly called out false teachers and named them by name. I said, 'If you listen to Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, if you take what they teach seriously, it will not be good for you. It will be detrimental to your long-term growth as a follower of Jesus.'"
What I appreciated most by this article is his research and thoughts concerning Meyer. The ship has sailed on labeling Osteen a false teacher, but I have come in contact with lots and lots of Christians that appreciate the teaching ministry of Joyce Meyer. He does a masterful job articulating the false beliefs she holds on some of the core issues of Jesus and what took place on the cross. She gets the cross wrong, meaning, she gets salvation wrong. His conclusions on Joyce Meyer are stinging:
"What I wrote and linked in the first section should have been enough to completely remove her from our sphere of trust. Her doctrine is horrific. Her hermeneutics are horrible. She is a woman who seems to have an unrestrained love for money and applause. Her finances are questionable at best. Her example is questionable at best. Her impact on desperate people here, as well as churches and pastors around the globe is wildly destructive. I lament with you a sense of loss if she was a teacher you trusted. I lament that someone who is so wrong has so much influence with so many. I do not regret, however, pointing to her as a false teacher and as one who should be rejected."
I would highly encourage you to read the entire article and watch the example videos. You can find it HERE.

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