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Joyce Meyer Hits the Daily Double of Leveraging Scripture Incorrectly

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Understanding these truths contained within the key verses and throughout the Bible we are left with the obvious question about what we will do with such knowledge? The Bible tells us that in these end days people will gather around themselves false teachers. Joel Osteen exists because 50,000 people are willing to sit through his sermons every week. Osteen, Prince, or any of the false teachers today are a product of a church that has sought them out instead of the truths found in the Bible. A church that wants the appearance of something godly while denying its true power. Perry Noble once ran a mega church in the Carolinas. He was an abysmally false teacher, who once had his worship band play Highway to Hell on Easter. He referred to those who wanted to go deeper in the Word as the "jackasses in his church" and once rewrote the Ten Commandments to make them more palatable to unbelievers. Then came the revelations of alcohol abuse and soon he was removed by his church. Then came his divorce. Right on the heels of this he has declared himself well and is starting a new church by doing a sermon through Facebook. Over 40,000 people have watched this sermon. That is gathering around you people to tell you what thus sayeth the pastor. So do we truly care if what we are hearing is actually from God or not? That is the first question we need to ask ourselves in all seriousness and sincerity. Do we stop and analyze what we are being fed and taught and hold it up to the light of Scripture to make sure it is actually true? That it is actually from God? I present to you today at the link above a fantastically easy example for us to examine from false teacher Joyce Meyer.

Instead of line by line, allow me to summarize the teaching Meyer wanted to impart. As part of her word faith beliefs, Meyer often teaches about carnal hope that your life is just around the corner from God blessing your socks off. That hope is what she is selling today in this article and the notion that we need to be expecting of the miracle we are hoping for. So it is the typical teaching of eliminating stinking thinking and voila! God will give you the desires of your greedy little heart. Meyer realizes though that one cannot just present the false doctrine without "Christianizing" it. So as all false teachers do, Meyer leverages Scripture, rips it horribly out of context, and then applies it to her pre-formed sermonette points. She presents this then as thus sayeth the Lord, when He has actually said no such thing. Meyer uses two very popular untruths to make her point. Let us reason together beloved and hear what Joyce Meyer and God are saying and how they are different.

"People who have had a tough time in life are often afraid to expect anything good because they don't want to be disappointed and have to deal with the pain it brings. But I know from personal experience that if you've lived with this mindset, you can make a change--with God's help--and live with hope! I know this is true because in John 10:10 (AMP), Jesus says, "The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]." If we will trust and believe in Him, we can have abundant life in Christ." -- Joyce Meyer

The common misperception regarding John 10:10 is that the thief is referring to Satan. So what we see Joyce do here is what is typically done by pastors and preachers who have not bothered to actually study the text. Take a moment and ready the chapter beloved and you will see that the thief referred to here is ironically enough -- the false teacher! The false teacher steals the truth of the Gospel away from those who desperately need to hear it. In doing so, they block heaven from the unsaved -- killing and destroying instead of planting and watering. Notice however what Joyce Meyer does with the text. The thief is presented as someone wanting to steal the carnal prosperity of this world from you and Jesus wants to give you the things of this world to overflow. The abundant life in Christ that Meyer is selling is entirely rooted in the carnality of this world. The deeper teaching here however is that the secret to enjoying a life of abundance is found in knowing and understanding correct doctrine! The false teacher wants to steal away from us the abundant life found only in a deeper understanding of God, which is only found through a deeper understanding of His Word. The more you know the truth the freer you become in Christ. The easier it is to spot the deceptions of the real enemy. The abundant life is not found in baubles and trinkets but in spiritual disciplines. So John 10:10 is a crucial verse for us as believers. God is trying to warn us about the dangers of the thief. The dangers of the false teacher. For contrast God presents to us the Good Shepherd! The one who wants us to enjoy an abundant life in Him! Do we care? Or do we prefer the promises of material prosperity offered by Meyer? Sure the Meyer promises may make us feel a little better temporally or even provide some carnal hope to our earthly problems but here is the catch beloved -- God never said it! Let's look at the other example from Meyer:

"I sometimes say that we are the "show me" generation--we want to see it before we believe it. In fact, most of us have a hard time believing that God is working on our behalf until we see something happening with our natural eyes. But that's not how God operates. He works behind the scenes. You may not see anything happening, but do you believe God is working on things in your life right now? Do you believe He's got a plan to help your children, your marriage, or those things you've been praying about for years? Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has a good plan for your life "to give you a future and a hope." In other words, God is looking for an opportunity to be good to you!" -- Joyce Meyer

Meyer is not special here in this teaching. Nearly every pastor I have heard has misused Jeremiah 29:11. You may want to sit down for this beloved but this verse is not written to you. It is written to the exiles in Babylon. God is promising them that they will still have a future. That God has not forgotten them. Wait a minute preacher! Are you saying God does not have a plan for my life? Well, yes and no. The way that Joyce Meyer and most teach this verse the answer is no. It is often presented as it is here. As a magical balm that soothes us until some point in the future when God will throw open the windows of heaven and drown us in blessings. We must ask ourselves however, - is that what God is saying here? Is He making a blanket promise to anyone in the future that they all have some grand plan awaiting them? Of course not. Now, God sees all time so He foreknows what will happen to each one of us and in that manner, He has a plan. That plan may be mundane though. Perhaps your plan will be to raise your children under the admonition of the Lord and be a devoted church going wife. Perhaps it is just to shine the light of Jesus at your ordinary job. Maybe beloved your plan is to die for Christ! Peter's plan was to be crucified upside down! The Bible says that we will be persecuted in the end times.

Our hope and our future lie beyond this mortal coil. They are found only in Christ Jesus through His Gospel. The preacher's job is to preach that Gospel. It is not to lie about what God has said in order to provide false hope in this world. Meyer hits the unscriptural Daily Double here in using two of the most common false teachings to prop up her false premise. Yet we are still left with the burning question of -- does any of it matter to us? I know plenty of people who prefer the delusion. They prefer to believe that Jeremiah 29:11 is God speaking directly to them. Anything positive in their lives is immediately credited to that verse and anything negative is brushed aside as lacking faith. I know plenty of people who prefer the thief in John 10:10 to remain Satan so they can continue to have that false dichotomy in their thinking. God wants to give them abundance and Satan wants to steal it away. Nice and simple. The problem is that is not even milk beloved. It is spoiled and rancid milk because God never said it. The deeper truths of John 10:10 is to show us what a hireling and false teacher looks like so we can run away from them as fast as possible. So we can go deeper into the Word and mature in Christ. That is where His abundance lies. The truth about Jeremiah 29:11 is that it simply is not my promise but if I insist on trying to leverage it, I must conclude that the plan is God's and His alone. Like Abraham bringing the knife through the air to slay Isaac and Paul proceeding on a path that he knows will lead him to his death, we too must be willing to accept what God has for us in this life with the full understanding that He has overcome this world. Joyce Meyer can keep her false hopes in this dying world. Give me Christ and the verity of Scripture.

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