Joyce Meyer has helped and taught millions of people. With a ministry spanning over decades, Meyer has used her personal struggles and hard upbringing to bring people hope and healing through God's Word.
But Meyer recently admitted that she got out of balance with the message of faith and prosperity. There was a strong move in the church about a decade ago (that still persists in some areas) where believers are encouraged to claim God's promises for health and prosperity.
While there is definitely good in this message, taken out of context, believers can think they are only going to receive good things in life, never have any need, and always see themselves and others healed. But obviously, it doesn't always work that way. And when that happens, major disappointment and disillusionment can follow.
Meyer says the out-of-balance faith and prosperity message made her think that when people encountered hardships, it was because they didn't believe enough. On her Instagram, Meyer shared:
"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. Every time somebody had a problem in their life, it was 'cause they didn't have enough faith," Meyer admitted.
"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," said Meyer emphatically. "There's nowhere in the Bible where we're promised that we'll never have any trouble. I don't care I don't care how much faith you've got, you're not gonna avoid ever having trouble in your life. Jesus said, 'In the world, there will be tribulation. Cheer up, I have overcome the world,'" Meyer said passionately, to much applause from the crowd she was teaching.
Her post received strong comments, both positive and negative. While some called her a charlatan, others commended her willingness to admit she was wrong.
"I love this lady's honesty. Thank you Lord for Joyce - thank you for her teaching and - and thank you that she isn't too proud to admit that she has got things wrong. We are all in the same boat - we are not You, God - but it's great to know that we can come and humble ourselves before you and you forgive and lift us up and lead us on. Bless this lady more in this year - and give her visions and dreams to enhance each of our lives. Thank you Jesus," said one commenter.
Another person echoed the same: "Yes. Its good that you realized that is false teaching and not sound doctrine. Definitely what the Lord warns us about. I noticed some things you said which definitely turned me off. Thanks for recognizing it and apologizing."
What do you think of Meyer's admission that the prosperity and faith message she taught got out of hand? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!