A Question I Was Asked:

What Do You Think of Joyce Meyer Ministries?

What do you make of Joyce Meyer Ministries?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Well, I don't want to say too much except for the fact that these multi-million dollar ministries, typically based in such places as USA or Canada, have a degree of wealth which is simply stunning. The Meyer's have several homes and their own personal aircraft. I am almost certain that Joyce Meyer herself is actually a millionaire. The precise financial details - simply stunning! - are freely available to be looked up on several websites so I don't also want to do that here. In fairness, perhaps I should add that the financial practices of this ministry have been considered at great length in the US and concluded to be sound.

The Meyer 'gospel' is somewhat similar to the 'hour of power' Schuller ministry, generally having its roots in the old Vincent Peale and Dale Carnegie approaches (which, in turn, have their roots in the ancient heresy of Pelagianism). It is the 'positivity gospel.' It is about 'pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps.' So grace suddenly becomes less important (even though it is considered vital in mainstream evangelical Christianity). For these people, true Christianity is all about enjoying great success in all areas of life. The bottom line appears to be if you are not successful you must be sinning in some way or ways. Apparently these people never address the very real fact that 'success' can be largely all about which part of the world one happens to be born into! 'Church' then becomes all about regularly meeting with people with this same 'successful living' approach to life. Oh yes, one is taught that Jesus is good, though such ministries normally have a very vague doctrinal approach with more than one New Age-type teaching usually having infiltrated and been eventually absorbed. It is considered very important to 'feel good' about oneself, sin will certainly get mentioned but, typically, not too much. The approach is continually glossy, prosperity-based and slick. My own opinion of this approach? Ugh!!

What I find amazing is that so many continue to mistake these ministries for true Christianity and continue to pour their hard-earned money into them, making the rich even richer. What can any of these fabulously financially-successful ministries have to do with the pure Christianity of the New Testament? I fear almost nothing. They much more reflect the slick, success-rooted culture which they come out of.

Robin A. Brace. September 20th, 2014.