Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer

This is a great take on two of the most influential and well-known TV preachers today. This is a must-read for every serious-minded believer. Paul warned us about this in 2 Timothy 4:3.

Church Is Messy (and that's a good thing)

I have been preaching for 20 years.  Yesterday I did something that I have never done before in a sermon.  I publicly called out false teachers and named them by name.  I said,

If you listen to Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer, if you take what they teach seriously, it will not be good for you.  It will be detrimental to your long-term growth as a follower of Jesus.

(You can watch the sermon by clicking here)

I used to think that their error was so blatantly obvious that they could just be ignored.  I was wrong.  They are massively growing in popularity in the evangelical world and are seen as credible and helpful.  Before I’m inundated with questioning emails I want to share why I distrust these two and think you should as well.  So, don’t shoot met–at least not yet.

This post will be long, very long.  And…

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  1. Jason Larkmeat says:

    …because “calling out” someone via sermon or internet is the Biblical prescription for dealing with a brother/sister with whom we find fault/disagree? Chapter and verse, please.

    • kdmiller55 says:

      There are numerous places in the New Testament where brothers in Christ “called out” those who were in error and propagating falsehood. Paul wrote, “But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.” – Galatians 2:11. Here was one apostle confronting another apostle and writing other believers about his false views on the gospel.

      Paul also referred to other believers who were teaching falsehood and called them by name in a letter to Timothy. “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:
      Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.” – 1 Timothy 1:19-20.

      “Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:” 2 Timothy 4:14.

      According to the Scriptures, the Church is the pillar and foundation of the truth. We are not to stand idly by while those who teach falsehood deceive the people of God. Over in his letter to the Corinthians Paul wrote, “You happily put up with whatever anyone tells you, even if they preach a different Jesus than the one we preach, or a different kind of Spirit than the one you received, or a different kind of gospel than the one you believed” (2 Cor. 11:4 NLT).

      Paul was appalled at the gullibility and tolerance of the Corintjian believers. Not all Bible teachers teach truth. Both Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer teach another gospel. Their teaching is contrary to Scripture. Not all of it, but much of it. Falsehood is subtly mixed with truth and it makes it difficult to tell one from the other. A dangerous situation and one that needs to be exposed.

  2. Jim Branch says:

    Read about this on Facebook where Sherry Branch repeated it. I don’t disagree with you, but my Bible reading this morning brought forth a caution in our Savior’s own words — Mark 9:38-41.

    • kdmiller55 says:

      Jim, doing good in the name of Jesus is quite a different thing than preaching another Jesus. The context for the Mark passage is the jealousy of the disciples, not the actions of the one casting out the demon. Jesus is not dealing with heresy, but jealousy. The disciples were envious of the abilities of these other individuals. The article I posted deals with two individuals who represent themselves as believers, which I do not dispute. But the problem is that they are teaching another Jesus, a different gospel, and doctrine that is not in line with Scripture. The primary objective of Jesus in His earthly ministry was to prepare the disciples for their jobs when He ascended back into heaven. It was there responsibility to spread His message of Good News, but to also protect the integrity of that Good News in the growing Church. That is why the writings of Paul, Peter and James are so important to understanding how we are to react to “false teachers” in our day. I am not envious of Joel Osteen or Joyce Meyer. If they were simply spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, I would be ecstatic at their seeming success and influence. We are called to be discerning and wise. We are called to be the pillar and foundation of the truth. We are called to hold each other accountable for both our words and actions. We live in a world that is addicted to compromise and overly tolerant of tolerance. If I speak or teach falsehood, I need to be called out, not tolerated out of some sense of love. That is not love. I always think of the time when Peter rebuked the Lord for saying that He was going to go to Jerusalem where He would be arrested, tried and killed. Peter’s response, albeit well-meaning, got him a stern rebuke from the Lord. He basically told Peter that he was in league with Satan himself. Any time we disagree with or teach contrary to the words of Jesus or the content of Scripture, we are siding against God, not with Him. Even as believes. And that should never be tolerated. Thanks for your response. I appreciate it.

  3. Kate Hopkins says:

    I have been strongly impressed by the same Scripture as Jim and an awareness of how small are the supposed differences in doctrine, often merely use of words, that bring some to slander faithful servants of our Lord. Osteen and Meyer are clearly believers dedicated to leading people to Christ and growth in the Christian life.

    I have been appalled at some on-line “zealots” who find it acceptable to make fun of how these Christian speakers “look.” And today read that “I thought their error would be so evident they would just fade away…” Well, guess what. Millions are being turned to Christ, led to share with the poor around the world feeding the needy and rescuing sex-trafficked girls, provide clean water and on and on. And it continues to grow. Perhaps some would be “flogging” these disciples yet today.

    Acts 5:38-40 …38 “So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.” 40They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them.…

    • kdmiller55 says:

      Kate, we will have to agree to disagree. I will continue to go back to the Scriptures as the measurement of whether a ministry is successful or not. That these ministries do good in the world is not even debatable. I never questioned their salvation or the efficacy of their programs. But we have an obligation to point out half-truths, untruths, or anything that is contrary to the teachings of Scripture. There are countless organizations doing great works around the world, but that does not mean they are doing so in the name of Christ or in keeping with the Word of God. I stick by the response I sent to Jim.

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