Paula Lindsay- Dutch 13/4/2004
THE MEYER MILLIONS
No-one can serve two masters. Either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be
devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and money.
In 2003 a Christian financial watch-dog ministry known as Wall-Watchers
http://www.ministrywatch.com/mw2.1/H_Home.asp requested the Internal Revenue Service
(the IRS) investigate the ministry of Word of Faith preacher Joyce Meyer (Life In The Word
Inc). Wall Watchers founder Rusty Leonard believes Life In The Word is violating its status
as a private tax-exempt organisation.
Meyer announced plans to take a reduced salary in 2004 and personally use more of the
income she derives from her outside book sales. Meyer’s decision to take a reduced salary
could strengthen her position with the Federal Government if it responds to Wall Watchers
request for an investigation into Life In The Words financial affairs.
Rusty Leonard believes Meyer’s decision to take a reduced salary is a cautionary step.
Leonard says “She is drastically reducing the amount of money coming into her pocket from
the ministry and increasing the amount she’s getting from outside the ministry. That
positions her better for an IRS investigation”, Leonard said.
In response to Wall Watchers putting the heat on Meyer (and calling for donors to her
ministry to refrain from giving to Life In The Word) and the St Louis Post-Dispatch running
a series of articles on her ministry, Joyce released the ministries 2002 Life In The Word Inc
audited financial statements. (Read the full January 2004 article by Christianity today).
Leonard is also concerned about the ministry board of directors. The majority of the board
and overlapping members are Meyer family members, including some of the ministry
employees. The board of directors sets policy on how the ministry will operate and how and
on what and who, it will spend its money. (Click on the link to Meyer Leadership and see
who is on the board).http://graphics.stltoday.com/infographics/joycemeyer/joycemeyer1.html
Life In The Word Inc raked in around 95 million in 2003. The Meyer Dynasty owns, along
with a lot of other un-necessary material possessions, a $10 million dollar corporate jet, a
$107,000 dollar Mercedes which hubby Meyer drives, a Lexus sports car worth $53,000
(Joyce drives this one), a $105,000 dollar luxury boat. The Ministry headquarters was built
for $20 million dollars and is stuffed full of the Meyer treasures worth 5.7 million dollars.
Joyce rationalises her greed and fondness for treasures by passing it off as the Lord’s blessing
on her and her family. Joyce is fond of saying God has made her rich (Click on the link to the
St Louis Post-Dispatch article concerning the Meyer Treasures)
Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in
heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.
The Meyer Dynasty family houses are worth several million between them. (Click on the link
to the Meyer family compound).
Matthew 8:19-20 Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you
wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “ Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the
Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
Bob Schneller and no doubt thousands of other donators to the Meyer Millions fund (Life In
The Word Inc) are the fleeced flock, who have made the Meyer Dynasty rich, not God, as
Joyce likes to have us believe. Meyer gets rich at the expense of other people. Many of these
people fall victim to the false prosperity gospel Meyer and other televangelists preach. Like
Bob they give everything and end up with absolutely nothing. (Click on the link to read Bob
Schnellers sad story)
2 Peter 2:3 In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up.
Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been
HAS GOD MADE JOYCE MEYER RICH?
ISAIAH 56:11 (NIV)
They are dogs with mighty appetites they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack
understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain.
No! God has not blessed Joyce Meyer, nor has He made her rich. The Lord does not bless a
ministry that preachers another gospel. Joyce has built her dynasty at the expense of other
people deceiving and fleecing the flock with a false Word-Faith Prosperity Gospel. The Lord
would never honour this, nor does he honour false teaching.
Galatians 1:6-9 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by
the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel-which is really no gospel at all.
Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of
Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we
preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say
again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be
eternally condemned! (NIV)
Rev Larry Rice of “New Life Evangelistic Centre” has taken a stand against Joyce and her
false gospel. Rice and Joyce Meyer have split after Rice booted Joyce’s show “Life In The
Word” from its Sunday evening slot on his KNLC (channel 24). Rice wasn’t impressed by
Meyer’s lavish lifestyle and her dealings with three homeless women who were giving out
pamphlets outside Meyer’s conference in the Edwards Jones Dome. Rice said the three were
distributing literature that read, in part, "Life in the Word does not mean life in the streets."
The three women were escorted from the area by Meyer’s security. Rice is also considering
removing other false prosperity preachers from his station (you can read about it at the
Matthew 7: 15-20 Watchout for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but
inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick
grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit,
but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear
good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Thus by their fruit you will recognise them.
LOVE OF MONEY
(False Prosperity Preachers who think godliness is a means to financial gain)
1Tim 6:3-10: If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of
our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He
has an unhealthy interest in controversies and arguments that result in envy, quarrelling,
malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have
been robbed of the truth and who think godliness is a means to financial gain.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we
can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and
harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of
all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced
themselves with many griefs.
God calls us to pursue righteousness not riches and worldly possessions.
Verse 11: but you man of God, flee from all of this, and pursue righteousness, godliness,
faith, love and endurance and gentleness.
God calls us not to put our hope in wealth but in HIM.
Verse 17:-19 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put
their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides
us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,
and be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasures for themselves as
a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
THE BELIEVERS SHARE THEIR POSSESSIONS
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No-one claimed that any of his possessions was
his own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to
testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all. There were
no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold
them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles feet, and it was distributed
to any-one as he had need.
As believers we are called to share our possessions with those less fortunate among us. This
is something we don’t see happening in the church in general, especially among the false
prosperity crowd who are busy ripping off the Lord and his flock. Those who were greedy in
Acts Chapter Five, Ananias and Sapphira who lied to the Holy Spirit, ripping Him off died.
Ananias and Sapphira sold some property. They kept some of the money for themselves and
gave the rest to the apostles to be distributed as needed. Ananias fell down and died for lying
and ripping off the Lord. His wife came in three hours later. She also lied about the same
money and ripped off the Lord. She too fell dead. The greedy false Word-Faith Prosperity
Preachers should keep Acts Chapter 5 in mind next time they rip off the Lord and his people.
THE WORD-FAITH “JESUS” IS ANOTHER JESUS
2 Corinthians 11:3-4
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may
somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone
comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a
different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted,
you put up with it easily enough.
Joyce states in the 1991 first edition of her book (along with a lot of other heresy) “The Most
Important Decision You Will Ever Make” an evangelistic booklet aimed at non believers; that
Jesus was alone (in hell being tormented) paying for our sins “as only a Man” (until he is
born again in hell). Meyer was told off by a pastor who would not allow her to speak in his
church until she corrected her heresy in the first edition of her book. Meyer deleted various
heresies but much of it remains in the second 1993 edition of “The Most Important Decision
You Will Ever Make.” Like Benny Hinn Meyer has not truly repented and turned away from
her unbiblical teaching. (read about it at the following Christian Witness article
http://www.christian-witness.org/not_in_pubs/joyce.htm and “paying attention to what
Meyer Teaches,” a LetUsReason article http://www.letusreason.org/Popteac17.htm
A sample of Meyer’s false gospel follows:
(More Word-Faith heresy can be read at the provided links and notes at the end of the article)
Jesus became sin, was tormented in hell and was born again in hell. This blasphemous
false teaching is also taught by false teachers such as E W Kenyon, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth
Copeland, Benny Hinn, Paul and Jan Crouch, Fred Price, etc (The following articles explain
the above blasphemy and others that are perpetrated by Meyer and her co-horts).
Colossians 2:9-10 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you
have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. Jesus is
both fully God and fully man. Being God He is without sin. And has complete control over
every power and authority (Satan and his demons did not torment Jesus in hell). Jesus is in
control, not Satan). To teach Jesus became sin, was tormented in hell etc is the same as
saying “Jesus be cursed.” Those who teach this blasphemy have a different spirit and it most
certainly isn’t Holy. 1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I tell you that no-one who is speaking by
the Spirit of God can say “Jesus be Cursed” and no one can say,” Jesus is Lord,” except by
the Holy Spirit.
Hebrews 4:14-15 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the
heavens, (not suffering in hell first!) Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we
profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathise with our weaknesses,
but we have one who has been tempted in every-way, just as we are-yet without sin. Jesus
was without sin, He did not become sin. The blasphemers misapply and take out of context 2
Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might
become the righteousness of God. In the correct biblical context this means to be a “sin
offering.” The Old Testament sacrificial system for sin, explains this, pointing towards the
final and perfect sacrifice for the sins of man, Jesus Christ our sacrificial lamb. Isaiah 53:6
We all like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has
laid on him the iniquity of us all. The Lord laid our sins on him. Jesus bore the penalty for
our sin. (Jesus did not become sin in the way the heretics suggest!)
Atonement for sin was made on the cross not in hell afterwards. (What utter blasphemy!)
John 19:30 Jesus said “It is finished.” With that he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Jesus didn’t say “It is not yet finished because I got to go and be tormented in hell for three
days then be reborn to make the atonement for sin.” (What nonsense!) “It is finished” means
the atonement for sin was made on the cross, not in hell.
Christian Witness Ministries CETF is currently running a series of articles on heritical Word-
Faith Preacher Kenneth Copeland and his blasphemous false teachings, “Kenneth Copeland
Unmasked” by Brett Bigg. (Click on the following link to read the articles)
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them,
triumphing over them by the cross.
Joyce believes she is no longer a sinner. Joyce Meyer, “What Happened from the Cross to
The Throne?” audio tape sermon recorded at Life Christian Centre in Saint Louis. This tape
is now unavailable. It is interesting to note Kenneth Copeland produced his “What Happened
from the Cross to The Throne” tape in 1984. Copeland apparently borrowed the title from
EW Kenyon’s book by the same name published in April 1983 by Whitaker House. Meyer
then produced her audio taped sermon, which is a close, if not identical version, of
Copeland’s tape. (You can read more about the above at the apologeticsindex)
1 John 1:8-10 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If
we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all
unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word
has no place in our lives.
Words are containers for power. (The Name, The Word, The Blood, p. 37) (Life in the
Word Mar.6 2003 Lesea Broadcasting) (broadcasted on the Bible Answerman Jan.2003).
We can create our own reality by our negative or positive thoughts and words. This is
sorcery, using occultic mind power to manipulate one’s reality. Norman Vincent Peale was
responsible for introducing the church to this teaching. Peale called it positive thinking. This
teaching is New Thought/Science of Mind heresy that was later picked up by the Word -Faith
preachers including Joyce Meyer. The Lord forbids such occultic sorcery.
Deut 18:10-13 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire,
who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells,
or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is
detestable to the Lord and because of these detestable practices the Lord your God will drive
out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the Lord your God.
Pleading the blood. The unbiblical practice found in Charismatic circles of pleading the
blood over people and things they want cleansed. (The Word, The Name, The Blood, pp. 28,
32, 33 reference PFO article January-March 1996,
The following article explains this unbiblical teaching).
Seed Faith Doctrine/Prosperity Gospel. Meyer has used this unbiblical teaching to build
her empire, fleecing the flock in the process. (Read about this false prosperity gospel at the
All scripture is taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version
Info used from the following articles/websites.
(The St Louis Post- Despatch articles on Joyce Meyer)
Ref. material :Norman Vincent Peale article by Paula Lindsay-Dutch