Popular televangelist Joyce Meyer has admitted that her beliefs in prosperity and faith were at times “out of balance.” When bad things happen to people, such as the death of a child, Meyer said she now understands that it’s not because they didn’t have enough faith.“I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance. I’m glad for what I’ve learned about faith, but it got out of balance,” she said. “Every time somebody had a problem in their life, [I thought] it’s because they didn’t have enough faith. If you got sick it’s because you don’t have enough faith. If your child died, it’s because you don’t have enough faith,” she added in a clip posted on Instagram.“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 an automatic, you put your trust in God, you put your faith in Him,” Meyer’s said.Throughout her ministry of 33-years, Meyer has frequently been accused of being aligned with the “prosperity gospel” and “word of faith” movements. She has denied both claims.

The St. Louis, Missouri, native then said a false balance in the areas of faith and prosperity are not in line with Scripture. 

“Well, that’s not right! There is nowhere in the Bible where we’re promised we will never have any trouble. I don’t care how much faith you have, you’re never going to avoid having trouble in your life. Jesus said, ‘in the world, you will have tribulation but cheer up, I have overcome the world,’” she added.

Over a decade ago, the U.S. Senate launched an investigation into Meyer’s ministry and those of five other pastors. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley raised questions about the personal use of church-owned airplanes, luxury homes and credit cards by pastors and their families. As a result, she made changes in how Joyce Meyer Ministries governs their ministry and set compensation. 

In 2003, the St. Louis-Post Dispatch also reported that Meyer’s ministry owned a $10 million corporate jet, a $2 million home and $107,000 silver-gray Mercedes sedan, which her husband drove — all of which she reportedly attributed as “blessings from God” at the time.

Date published: 12/01/2019
Written by: Charity Gibson
Article source: www.christianpost.com


  1. How i wish the joy book could come as far as EAST Africa Uganda ,i am a South African but a missionary / evangelists ,in East Africa Uganda as our base been staying there for 5 years now just come home for 2 months to visit our children the first thing i do when i come i rush to buy the joy book ,then enjoy at least 2 months of it taking it with me read over and over its so blessed and inspiring God Bless you all Joan

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  2. I agree with your present “altered view” wholeheartedly.
    Unfortunately many charismatic Pastors preach prosperity mainly in order to draw the crowds/viewers and obtain donations/tithing which mostly get utilised to live a comfortable wealthy lifestyle.
    This refers especially to the “Miracle, Healing and Supernatural” messages they continuously preach.
    “Once you have accepted Jesus you will be prosperous.

  3. E Nkomombini

    I agree with J Cronje most churches today they preach prosperity were as the Word of God says “”SEEK YEE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND ITS RIGTEOUSNESS OTHER THINGS WILL BE ADDED UNTO YOU” . The church of today preach about healing miracles and prosperity and deliverance for demonic spirit but as I understand the word of God we must first seek his Kingdom. There is no more altar call bringing people in front and repent before they can receive from God. How can you receive from God without receiving Christ as you Lord and Saviour and not yet confessed your sins in the Throne of Grace.
    I am worried because people are going to hell while they are in church.

    thank you
    NE Nkomombini

  4. The origin of the “wealth and health” gospel is a very recent false ‘theology’ that emerged in the nineteen fifties in protestism.

    Our Lord uses the term “little faith” (Mat 8:26) referring to the desciples fear of dying. In chapter 14:31 our Lord refers to Peters fear of drowning. When the desciples questioned Jesus on their inability to heal the epileptic, Jesus tells them that this failure is “Because of [their] little faith.”Mat 17:19,20. Our Lord then teaches that if they had faith the size of a mustard seed they could move mountains.

    To be sure, a mustard seed is a very small particle no bigger than 1-2 mm. Is our Lord speaking in riddles? Trusting in Gods Divine Providence, suggests that God will answer our prayers in His good time with our cooperation, patience in perseverence of our “little” but growing faith working itself out in love and works of charity.(Jam 2:17; Gal 5:6) Unquestionably is the additional need of receiving the Lords “flesh” and “blood ” in community (Jn 6:53) continuously seeking His forgiveness with diligent private prayer and fasting whilst serving ones neighbour in love.

    Many preachers and believers falsely present our Lord as a mega hypermarket that will grant us our every need when we direct prayers that read like a shopping list of disordered needs and desires as a precondition of our commitment and continued trust in Him! Our Lord did not have a high regard for the rich:” I tell you it is easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle that for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 19:24


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