Ravi Zacharias: Joyce Meyer is a “Great Bible Teacher”?

RaviJoyceRavi Zacharias was recently on Word Faith “pastor”, Joyce Meyer’s, television program. No biggie, right? After all, Ravi spoke in a Mormon temple. And when he was pinned on this, he said that he’d take any opportunity to speak the truth in any setting. Okay. I’m cool with that. After all, if you preach on the sidewalk, is that more sanctified or something? No. But it was some of the things that Ravi said that we absolutely crazy. Some quotes by Ravi directed to Joyce:

- “I think that’s why God has used you. You can understand the listener.”

- “God is doing some great things through people like you on television…”

- “You’re such a great Bible teacher in these things, I’m sure you’ve dealt with them before…”

Yikes.

Anyhow, one of the sources that reported on Zacharias’ appearance was a site called Apprising Ministries. Here’s where insult is added to injury. One of the regular readers of Apprising decided to email Ravi’s Ministry to figure out why Ravi would appear on her show. This is the email exchange between them (the concerned reader’s name was changed for privacy reasons):

1. The READER’S concern:

Hello,

I am writing because today I had watched a video of Ravi on the Apprising Ministries website at RAVI ZACHARIAS: WORD FAITH PREACHER JOYCE MEYER “SUCH A GREAT BIBLE TEACHER” GOD IS USING.

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing so I then checked the Joyce Meyer website and the show from today he calls Joyce Meyer a “great Bible teacher”.

I was rendered kind of speechless. I have great respect for Ravi, listening to him often. It was with shock to find out he was on her show. But then to call her a great Bible teacher.

Is Ravi now endorsing Joyce Meyer? By saying what he said about her and being on her show is, in itself, an endorsement. This is a serious thing. What is he doing?

Respectfully in Christ,

“Adrian”

2. RZIM’s response:

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Response to Meyers comments
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 11:39:05 -0500
From: Rick Manafo
To: “Adrian”

Hi “Adrian,”

While we do not usually entertain many of the comments we receive on blog postings. We feel that a person is entitled to his or her opinion as there is great diversity in the kingdom.

My point: There is great diversity In the kingdom.

Joyce Meyers has devoted her life to the preaching of the word. She may be more eccentric than some and more charismatic than some feel comfortable with, but she has served the
kingdom well in her capacity with her gifting.

In that snippet, Ravi was referring to a verse of scripture to which he realized she must have taught on many times. Great doesn’t mean “best” or always “right”. But she has been faithful.

I could call people who write blogs like the one you mentioned  “great critics of evangelical Christian leaders.” What does the word “great” mean in that context? Does that mean I necessarily agree with them?

Does that mean that one is right in their assessment of every situation? It probably means that one has devoted themselves to it more than others and that only someone with that devotion could
turn a 2.5 second turn of a phrase into a such a “great” issue.

Joyce had Ravi on to discuss the issue of Truth … Ravi’s kind of good at that. If you watch the interviews in their entirety you will see the Ravi’s heart and the reason he  was invited: To discuss truth.

We should have more problems with the make-up job they did on Ravi than with Ravi’s comments.

Ravi has also been criticized for preaching at Temple Square … But realize that he only took the invitation if he could speak on the topic of his choosing which was all about “The Uniqueness of Christ”.

When I speak to people who have friends and loved ones who are Mormon, they can’t wait to get the CD’s to share them with their Mormon friends. The only people I know who have trouble with it are professional Christian critics.

If you enjoy Ravi, keep enjoying. Trust that he is serving God faithfully. Trust that he gets the opportunities he does with political leaders all over the world because of his gentleness. He never shies away from the Truth of the gospel. He just has a unique gift in communicating it to others in a way that validates not what they believe, but who they are as people that God loves.

So peace to you as we celebrate the coming of the One who ate with sinners and tax-collectors and turned the tables on religious expectations.

Sincerely,

Rick Manafo

Rick Manafo | Programming/Events
RZIM Canada | 50 Gervais Dr. Toronto, Ontario M3C 1Z3
p: 416 385 9199  c: 416 729 9045  | www.rzim.ca

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Did you catch that?! Read that opening again:

We feel that a person is entitled to his or her opinion as there is great diversity in the kingdom.

My point: There is great diversity In the kingdom.

Joyce Meyers has devoted her life to the preaching of the word. She may be more eccentric than some and more charismatic than some feel comfortable with, but she has served the
kingdom well in her capacity with her gifting.

So, apparently, Ravi’s ministry believes that Word Faith “pastor”, Joyce Meyer has served the kingdom well. Meyer, who narcissistically eisegetes the Scriptures. Meyer, who I watched on television, telling her congregation that they need to be more spontaneous if they want God’s blessing. She illustrated what she meant, saying that if you always order the same dish at a restaurant, just order something different for a change. Meyer who teaches that we are “little gods.” Meyer who teaches that our words create our reality. Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed – Meyer, the woman who is preachingPretty crazy. I don’t know why people think this guy is so brilliant. Yes, he sounds smarter than me, but his handling of the Scripture is deplorable. And now he is affirming a wolf in the church. This is a throwback to Piper embracing Rick Warren, and James McDonald and Mark Driscoll embracing TD Jakes. Anyhow, check out Ravi’s anthropocentric gospel to learn what he thinks is God’s greatest gift to humanity.

You can read the original article that sparked the man to email Ravi’s ministry [here]. On that article, you can even watch clips of Ravi praising Joyce Meyer. Finally, you can also check out the source article for the RZIM email exchange [here].

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2 thoughts on “Ravi Zacharias: Joyce Meyer is a “Great Bible Teacher”?

  1. The writer of this article reminds me of a Pharisee… I think both Ravi and Joyce are doing amazing work. I suspect that you would look down on Jesus in His time om earth: “The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ “

    • The Pharisees’ problem was that they thought they were righteous by their own law keeping. How exactly am I doing that? They taught that if you do A, then God will do B. It was like that Galatian heresy of works for blessings. Instead, I’m pointing to problems in the church like Christ pointed to the Pharisees. And I point to Joyce as one of the biggest false teachers of our day. I’ve listened to plenty of her “sermons” and the way that she teaches that we need to alter our lives to be more blessed, just like the Galatians.

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