I am quite concerned with the number of Christians that seem enamored with some big-name Christian celebrities that upon closer examination teach very unbiblical teachings. For example, a very popular Christian speaker and author is Joyce Meyer. I had tried reading some of her books in the past and didn’t get very far into them, but didn’t see anything blatant other than “positive thinking” mentality and boosting your self-esteem to give me cause for concern. However, in reading Hank Hanegraaf’s Crisis in Christianity I was appalled at a closer look at some of her teachings and theology.
She teaches that our words create reality (you can speak things into existence). She also teaches that men are created as ‘little gods’. Using the example that cattle birth cattle, we are created in God’s image, thus we are ‘little gods’. It sounds like if I’m reading it right, that she teaches that in order to be saved we have to believe that Jesus took our place in hell. And she is also a big proponent of the prosperity gospel movement/health and wealth gospel.
These teachings are blatantly unbiblical and even heretical in my opinion. As believers, we are to be discerning and not just take things at face value but study the Scriptures for ourselves to see if what we are being taught is true.
“Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so,” (Acts 17:11).
It is an awesome task/responsibility to be a teacher. James 3:1 states, “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.” Those who teach are held to a higher standard as they are responsible for leading others. And many teachers today are leading others astray.
Here is an article detailing more information on the teachings of Joyce Meyer:
There are other teachers in today’s Christian circles that are popular and well-spoken. But is what they teach truly Biblical? We need to examine what they teach against Scripture and see if it lines up.