Joyce Meyer is a lady pastor (1 Timothy 3:2, 1 Timothy 2:12) who holds to Little God Theology – or Kenyonism – and is also known as Word-Faith Theology. All of these are subsets of the so-called Prosperity Gospel, which teaches that Jesus’ atonement provides health, wealth, and prosperity to the believer. In a recent sermon from Meyer, she claims to have at one time let her prosperity teaching “get out of hand” but now has a much more balanced view of prosperity and suffering.
Charismatics are currently promoting the clip as evidence that Joyce Meyer is not a prosperity teacher. You can watch it below, or read the excerpts below that.
“[In] the Word and Faith movement back in the ’60s and the ’70s, [there was] lot of teaching in that about prosperity…I thank God for it. God touched my life back then in a powerful way because I knew I was saved by grace, but I didn’t know anything about using my faith for anything other than just salvation. Faith is something God gives you that you need to use and release in your life. It’s a powerful force, but it’s not just automatic. You put your trust in God. You put your faith in Him.”
“I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance. I’m glad for what I learned about faith, but it got out of balance. So every time somebody had a problem in their life, it was because they didn’t have enough faith. If you got sick, you didn’t have enough faith. If your child died, you didn’t have enough faith. Well, that’s not right. There’s nowhere in the Bible where we’re promised that we’ll never have any trouble. I don’t care how much faith you’ve got. You’re not going to avoid ever having trouble in your life.”
While charismatics are claiming that Joyce has repented of prosperity teaching, she seems to be referring to her teaching in the 60s or perhaps decades ago, and doesn’t seem to be distancing herself from her most recent prosperity teachings that characterize her career in motivational speaking or the vast income, mansions, and the 23 thousand-dollar gold toilet her prosperity teaching has afforded her..
[HT Charisma Mag]