Joyce Meyer Invents New Meaning of Col. 3:15

I happened to see a tweet today from Joyce Meyer, referring to her devotional for today “Keep Your Peace.” Below you’ll see that Meyer quotes Colossians 3:15 (adding plenty of her own words to it which makes it nearly impossible to read). She then goes on to use this verse as a proof text for learning how to say no. 

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Well, Joyce, I’m gonna say no, right now. No, to this ridiculous example of Bible misuse. Is this the most egregious thing she’s ever taught? Certainly not. Her blasphemous “little gods” teaching probably is.

But I’m blogging it because this kind of Bible twisting is far more common and subtle today. A teacher pulls one verse (or less) and stamps it at the top of a blog post or devotional, and then goes on to say whatever they want to say regardless of whether it has anything to do with the actual Bible passage. Colossians 3 is not teaching anyone how to say no, when they need to say no. What it is actually teaching (if you look at the entire chapter), is what new life in Christ should look like: we should seek heavenly things, put to death our sinful desires and actions, find unity as the body of Christ rather than seeing others through eyes of prejudice, forgive one another, etc.

This devotional from Joyce Meyer proves she does not properly handle God’s Word, and proves just how essential context is.

 

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8 Responses to Joyce Meyer Invents New Meaning of Col. 3:15

  1. Julia says:

    I got a little bit of pushback on this to the effect of what Joyce Meyer is saying here is “harmless.”

    So I’d like to clarify my point. Even if the content that results from twisting a passage of Scripture is seemingly “harmless,” bad methodology is not harmless. It can result in damnable heresy. That’s why we need to train ourselves to spot bad methodology (such as inventing a meaning that has nothing to do with a Bible passage) even when it seems inconsequential. Because if that mishandling is a pattern, rather than an exception, eventually the teacher’s conclusions will not be inconsequential at all.

    I hope that helps people understand a little better why I wrote this post.

  2. Lisa says:

    You go, Julia!

    I beg to differ that it’s harmless. It goes completely against Scripture, therefore it is harmful.

    JM says: “I try to be led by my heart” –Scripture says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

    She then goes on to talk about the absolute worst way in the world to make a decision. “I just don’t have a peace about it.” –In the words of Voddie Baucham, as he exegeted Romans 12:2 and talked about this very subject (I’m paraphrasing), “Since when does the Bible tell you to expect peace when you are doing something you KNOW you need to do? Have you ever tried to evangelize an angry atheist? There is no “inner peace” about that. Have you ever had to confront sin? You don’t feel “peace” about that.” The Bible tells us we will suffer persecution for our beliefs, not have “inner peace.”

    Teaching people to be led by their subjective feelings rather than the concrete truths of Scripture is most certainly dangerous.

  3. DP says:

    I TOTALLY agree with you on Joyce’s “interpretations” and am very thankful God led me away from her (when He first saved me) and towards sound men and women.

    However, just a small correction – (that I know since I was formally a Joyce fan!) – she didn’t add those words to the Bible. That’s her preferred translation, “The Amplified Bible”. You can read the verse for yourself on Biblegateway: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=colossians+3%3A15&version=AMPC

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