I have had an interesting surf on the web this morning. Prompted to look deeper into the current state of the charismatic movement by Mark Berry's post on Todd Bentley, I found myself coming across references to Joyce Meyer being a word-faith teacher.
I suppose this is hardly revelational to some of you, but Joyce Meyer is not the sort of author I am normally drawn to so I have never read any of her stuff. Anyway, so I did some more digging and found a list of positive confessions on the official Joyce Meyer website as well as some very revealing quotes on an apologetics website.
“But you cannot throw out positive confession, and you cannot throw out all the faith teachers, and you cannot throw out positive thinking. And you cannot get rid of those kinds of things because they're in the Bible from one end of it to the other.” (Joyce Meyer, PFO Quarterly Journal, April-June 2002, p. 6. Withcraft and Related Spirits, pt. 1, sides 1 and 2)
“I’m going to tell you something folks, I didn’t stop sinning until I finally got it through my thick head I wasn’t a sinner anymore. And the religious world thinks that’s heresy and they want to hang you for it. But the Bible says that I’m righteous and I can’t be righteous and be a sinner at the same time … Now whether you like it or not, whether you want to admit it or not, whether you want to operate on it or not, you are made the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ. Most people who go to denominational churches never ever hear that! They never hear it! Never! All I was ever taught to say was, ‘I’m a poor, miserable sinner.’ I am not poor, I am not miserable and I am not a sinner. That is a lie from the pit of hell. That is what I was and if I still am then Jesus died in vain. Amen?” (Joyce Meyer, “What Happened from the Cross to The Throne?” audio)
What do you all make of this? Particularly her claim to perfection through positive confession? What would you say to a person who enjoyed her books?
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