is one dynamic speaker/motivator. The problem with Mrs. Meyers is that her
doctrine is not Biblical. She does teach some good things but she also
teaches way to many things that are not Biblically correct. Like the rest
of the Word Faith, Seed Faith, Name It And Claim it crowd, Mrs. Meyers
lives an extravagant lifestyle. She has all her clothes tailor made for
her and lives in a multi-million dollar home, her husband drives a
$100,000 automobile, her and their children all drive expensive vehicles,
paid for by the Ministry and she fly's around the country in her
Multi-million dollar jet plane when she isn't taking time to vacation at
her home in the Ozarks, paid for by the Ministry. I truly believe these
millions of dollars could have been used more efficiently on other causes
other than to give her and her family a rich lifestyle. I do not think
they should live as dirt poor persons but I certainly do not recognize any
sacrifice on their parts. There are millions of people who need the basics
in life just to live let alone have any extra. With all this extravagance,
she is not showing the true spirit of Jesus. - RW
Joyce Meyers Message On Being Born Again
Quotes, Teachings, Doctrines, Beliefs Concerning Salvation
What are the beliefs, teachings & doctrines of Joyce Meyers concerning
being "Born Again"? What does Joyce Meyer believe on what a person must
believe to be saved? What does Joyce Meyer teach concerning Jesus on the
cross and spiritual death, and salvation? Below will be various quotes
from Joyce Meyer teachings from one of her booklets called "The Most
Important Decision You Will Ever Make", and the purpose for this
information is not to be contentious or divisive, but rather to give an
exposition of what Joyce Meyer teaches concerning being born again. Within
the Christian Church there are many people who listen to Joyce Meyer
whether on the radio, television, or by reading her books. However, many
do not realize that her teachings are not in accordance with the Word of
God. It is true that there are things she teaches which do line up
Biblically, but the same is said of the Jehovah's Witnesses or the
What does Joyce Meyer teach that is so bad? Is Joyce Meyer a false
teacher? Is Joyce Meyer a Christian? Why should anyone be concerned? Joyce
Meyers does not have all the same false teachings as those in the Faith
Movement, but she does have some teachings that are the same with various
Faith teachers. Examine this information for yourself and line up the
Biblical gospel to the gospel that Joyce Meyer teaches. For more
information on the Faith Movement teachings go to our Faith Movement
In a book called "The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make" Joyce
Meyer teaches what it means to be born again and what Christ had to do for
people to be saved. Read the following comments:
"Although your physical body will die someday, your spirit will continue
to live for an eternity. Whether your spirit lives in heaven or hell
depends on the choices you have made. In this book, best selling author
Joyce Meyer outlines God's plan of salvation so that you can make a
quality decision." (Back of the book, 1996-Edition)
"The spiritual part of you can be thought of as the part of you that
cannot be seen with the natural eye. This part of you will live forever.
And where the spiritual you lives depends on the decision you make as you
read this book." (Page 8, 1996-Edition)
Warning, Danger Ahead!
Joyce Meyer teaches that Jesus did not pay for sin upon the cross, but
actually went to the torments of hell and made atonement there. The
following quote is from Joyce Meyer's 1991 booklet on being born again
which is worded differently in the 1996-updated edition.
"During that time He entered hell, where you and I deserved to go
(legally) because of our sin...He paid the price there.…no plan was too
extreme...Jesus paid on the cross and in hell….God rose up from His throne
and said to demon powers tormenting the sinless Son of God, “Let Him go.”
Then the resurrection power of Almighty God went through hell and filled
Jesus...He was resurrected from the dead 3Ú4 the first born-again man"
(The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make: A Complete And Thorough
Understanding Of What It Means To Be Born Again, 1991, pages 35-36, Joyce
Meyer) This quote was found from the Christian Research Institute's
article on Joyce Meyer which can be found by "Clicking Here".
In her 1996 edition of "The Most Important Decision You Will Ever Make"
Joyce Meyer states the same things but with different wording.
"Believe that Jesus did what the Bible says. Believe He is indeed the Son
of God, born of a virgin. He took man's sin on the cross. He did not stay
dead. He was in the grave three days. During that time, He entered hell,
where you and I deserved to go (legally) because of our sin." (Page 41,
1996-Edition) Notice the similar wording in this quote compared to the
"Whatever it took to get God's people back, free again, is what they would
do. Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and went to hell in our place."
(Page 41, 1996-Edition) Whatever it took means that Jesus had to go to
hell, suffer and be tormented by demons in our place.
"When Jesus hung on the cross, He took our sin upon Himself. God cannot
stay in the presence of sin. As Jesus took our sin, He was separated from
the presence of the Father...Jesus was taking your sins and those of
everyone else upon Him as He felt this absence of His Father's presence.
He said, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" [Matt. 27:46,
author's paraphrase] Jesus knew it would happen, but the horror of
separation from the bright presence of the Father was worse than He could
of imagined, and it caused Him to cry out...and His spirit went to hell
because that is where we deserved to go." (Page 42, 1996-Edition) This is
a common teaching among the Faith Movement whereas they teach Jesus died
spiritually and became literally the nature of sin. Thus, the Father
turned away from Jesus while He was on the cross and Jesus died alone.
Check out our article "Was Jesus Separated From The Father On The Cross?"
for further information on Jesus being separated from the Father and
becoming spiritually dead.
"There is no hope of anyone going to heaven unless they believe this
truth. You cannot go to heaven unless you believe with all your heart that
Jesus took your place. He became your substitute and took all the
punishment you deserve. He bore all your sins. He paid the dept you
owe...Jesus went to hell for you. He died for you. He paid for your sins."
(Page 43, 1996-Edition)
Concerning being born again and what is required to be saved we see Joyce
"Believe...what the Bible says."
That when Jesus was on the cross He did not stay dead but went to hell.
That Jesus went to hell in our place because that is where we deserved to
That God would do whatever it took to free His people.
That there is no hope of anyone going to heaven unless they believe this
truth, meaning what Jesus did to make atonement for sins.
That a person must believe in their heart that Jesus took their place on
the cross, He died spiritually, (implied) was separated from the Father,
tormented by demons in hell, (1991-Edition) Jesus is the first born again
What is the Gospel?
The Scriptures are clear on what the Gospel message is.
"1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you,
which also you received, in which also you stand, 2 by which also you are
saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you
believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I
also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day
according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:1-4 NASB) The apostle Paul
taught that Jesus died and rose again for our sins according to the
Scriptures. Paul taught the death that Jesus died was His physical death
and His shed blood. Nowhere do we find anything from Paul or any other
apostle/prophet for that matter state Jesus died spiritually for our sins
according to the Scriptures.
What the apostles taught concerning what Jesus did to make atonement and
reconciliation for our sins:
"19 For it was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in
Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made
peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things
on earth or things in heaven. 21 And although you were formerly alienated
and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, 22 yet He has now reconciled
you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him
holy and blameless and beyond reproach" (Colossians 1:19-22, NASB)
"18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver
or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19
but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood
of Christ." (1 Peter 1:18-19, NASB)
What Jesus taught:
"27 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it to them,
saying, "Drink from it, all of you; 28 for this is My blood of the
covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins." (Matthew
"44 Now He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you while I
was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law
of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled." 45 Then He
opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them,
"Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the
dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would
be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem."
(Luke 24:44-47, NASB)
"Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, 'It is
finished!' And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit." (John 19:30,
Jesus taught that His death and shed blood was sufficient for the
atonement of our sins. When Jesus said "It is finished" He was teaching an
absolute truth that the payment for sin was paid in full. The Greek of "It
is finished" is "tetelestai" which was a common way of saying dept paid in
full, it is done.
What Does Born Again Mean?
Simply put being born again means becoming a new creation in Christ. Jesus
taught Nicodemus what born again meant in John 3:1-21 and the message was
simple. A person either accepts or rejects that Jesus came to this world
to save anyone of their sins. What does it mean to accept Jesus? Jesus
came first to the Jews, then after His death and resurrection the message
was for the apostles to go to all people. To accept Jesus means you
acknowledge you are in need of being saved, (John 3:14-18) that you
believe Jesus was the Messiah and God come in the flesh, (John 8:24) that
Jesus had the same authority and equality as the Father, (John 5:18-23 &
John 10:30) that Jesus was the only way to the Father and for salvation,
(John 14:6) that Jesus taught the Father, the Holy Spirit and Himself were
three distinct personages from one another. (John 14-16)
John the apostle teaches what born again means:
"4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the
victory that has overcome the world--our faith. 5 Who is the one who
overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of
God?"..."10 The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in
himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he
has not believed in the testimony that God has given concerning His Son.
11 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this
life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has the life; he who does not
have the Son of God does not have the life. 13 These things I have written
to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know
that you have eternal life."..."20 And we know that the Son of God has
come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true;
and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true
God and eternal life." ( 1 John 5, NASB)
What Will You Do?
It is clear that Joyce Meyer teaches another gospel message concerning
what born again means and what is required to believe in order to be
saved. This information shows Biblically that Joyce Meyer is not teaching
the Biblical Gospel message and those who listen to her should be
concerned. We believe she is teaching false doctrines of the message of
hope and eternal life, and anyone who is serious about wanting to know
truth needs to be open to examining this further. This is not an attack on
Joyce Meyer in any way, but rather as said before an exposition on what
she teaches concerning being born again.
We are warned in the Scriptures to be careful of those who claim to be of
God but are in fact wolves in sheep's clothing. There are false prophets &
apostles, and false Christ's:
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly are ravenous wolves." (Matthew 7:15, NASB)
"For false Christ's and false prophets will arise and will show great
signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.."
(Matthew 24:24, NASB)
"28 "Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the
Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He
purchased with His own blood. 29 "I know that after my departure savage
wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; 30 and from among
your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the
disciples after them. 31 "Therefore be on the alert, remembering that
night and day for a period of three years I did not cease to admonish each
one with tears." (Acts 20:28-31, NASB)
"13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising
themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises
himself as an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is not surprising if his
servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end
will be according to their deeds." (2 Corinthians 11:13-15, NASB)
We are instructed to examine all people and doctrines for truth, and
reject false teachers and doctrines:
"10 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea,
and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 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 17:10-11, NASB)
"But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good" (1
Thessalonians 5:21, NASB)
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not
need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." (2 Timothy
"2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke,
exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when
they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears
tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to
their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will
turn aside to myths." (2 Timothy 4:2-4, NASB)
"10 Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, 11 knowing
that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned." (Titus
What will you do with this information? If any of you are wondering if we
have attempted to contact Joyce Meyer's, the answer is yes. We have
attempted contacting Joyce Meyer's through emails and by phone, yet no
reply. Our conclusion is she does not want to discuss this and we urge you
to share this vital information with those who listen to Joyce Meyer's. If
you have any questions concerning what we have shared we would encourage
you to contact us.
The above article was used with permission from
www.afcministry.com and was written by Kelly Powers.
This is just the tip of the iceberg concerning Joyce
Meyers and her Ministry. We will be adding more information in the very
near future to this page.
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