“How do you balance having problems and having enough faith?”
That’s the question attached to a recent Instagram video posted by Joyce Meyer, which saw the popular televangelist reconsidering her teachings about prosperity and “word of faith” theology.
Critics have often associated Meyer with the controversial message that difficult seasons are the result of a lack of faith, as
In the video, however, she stepped back from those beliefs, saying, “I’m glad for what I learned about prosperity, but it got out of balance. I’m glad for what I learned about faith, but it got out of balance.” She goes on to explain, “every time someone had problems it was ‘cause they didn’t have enough faith. If you got sick, you didn’t have enough faith. If your child died, you didn’t have enough faith … Well, that’s not right.”
Why the change of heart?
“There’s nowhere in the Bible,” Meyer says, “where we’re promised that we’ll never have any trouble. I don’t care how much faith you’ve got, you’re not gonna avoid ever having trouble in your life.”
You can watch the full video here:
Throughout her 33-years in ministry, Meyer has frequently denied being involved with the “prosperity gospel” and “word of faith” movements. This refreshing admission shows that we’re all on a journey in our faith, even our spiritual leaders.