The False Teaching of Joseph Prince

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I’ve spent a lot of time listening to Joseph Prince. I like the guy. He says a LOT of things that I think Christians and non-Christians need to hear. Unfortunately, those good things are mixed in with some very bad, unbiblical, dangerous teachings. I feel the need to caution most believers to avoid listening to Joseph Prince, who is a “Word of Faith” teacher.

The Word of Faith movement is made up of false teachings about God, about what it means to be human, and how the universe works. Here are some of the main beliefs held by Word of Faith teachers:

  1. Faith is a FORCE.
  2. Words are the containers of that force. Words, when spoken in faith, unleash their power.
  3. God used that power to create the universe: He spoke faith-filled words and the universe responded by doing what He said.
  4. You and I have that same power available to us, if we just do what God did… speak faith-filled words. We control reality itself.

The problem, of course, is that that’s totally bunk. It’s also entirely unbiblical. According to this way of thinking, it’s the universe that has the power, and God (like you and I) only tap into that power. Many, if not most of the Word of Faith teachers also teach that you and I are essentially gods… we aren’t just made in God’s image, but we are exact duplicates of God and have the same abilities as God. That too is nonsense.

It’s not for me to say whether Joseph Prince is a Christian. I’m hesitant to even call anyone a false teacher. It’s better, to me, to simply point out the false things that are being taught. Here are a few quotes from Joseph Prince:

“You are destined to reign in life. You are called by the Lord to be a success, to enjoy wealth, to enjoy health, and to enjoy a life of victory. It is not the Lord’s desire that you live a life of defeat, poverty, and failure.”

If that’s true, then Jesus – and all of His disciples except John – were terrible failures, since they were killed for their faith. They weren’t successful, wealthy, healthy, or victorious in the way Joseph Prince means.

“Faith is bringing out of the spirit realm what is already there, what is already true of you.”

This kind of mumbo-jumbo isn’t found in the Bible anywhere. What He means is (more quotes) that “you confess that you are rich because you are already rich” and “you confess that you are righteous because you are already righteous.”

What we find in the Bible is MORE THAN enough for every believer… we don’t need people making up stuff to make Christianity sound better, which is what Word of Faith teachers do. They teach that most Christians, for most of Christian history, have totally misunderstood Christianity. They then go on to teach things that Jesus would never say, and that contradict what He did say.

“You will never find an example of God punishing a believer for his sins in the new covenant.”

When we take a look at Hebrews 12:1-13, we see that Joseph Prince’s words directly contradict God’s Word. Reading 1 Corinthians 11:27-34 shows believers who got sick, and even died, from drinking judgment on themselves during communion.

When criticized for his false teaching, Prince has done what so many others have done. Rather than defend what he teaches with a clear interpretation of Scripture, he says that his teachings are the truth, and that those who criticize him are afraid of the truth, and that they have been duped by the devil.

If you are battling a condition in your body, the way to receive health is through the partaking of the holy Communion often, and with a revelation of what the elements represent.

This isn’t found anywhere in the Bible. What do we find in the Bible? James 5:15 says that the prayer of faith will make a person well. In 3 John 1:2 John says, I pray that you may enjoy good health. If taking communion is the way as Prince claims, wouldn’t John say that instead?

I’m still gathering details about what Joseph Prince teaches. Like I said, I really like him. I think he and I could be friends. If he sat down with me, I would challenge him to examine what he teaches in light of Scripture… one bit at a time. That’s what you and I should do, too: we should make sure that what we believe matches what God has already said.

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Disclaimer

Don’t bother commenting or emailing me about how I’m just wrong. It’s a waste of your time and mine. If you have something to say, include Scripture. I am far from perfect, and I can be wrong… so I don’t do any of this lightly, and I’m open to correction.

Don’t bother telling me how this person or that person helped you. It’s a waste of your time and mine. Nobody teaches lies and falsehoods all the time. In researching these topics, I’ve heard a LOT that I appreciated, and have been inspired by even those who are otherwise far from the truth. The number of times someone is right is irrelevant to the question of whether they also teach false things. We should appreciate anyone who teaches us the truth, but that doesn’t mean we should uncritically follow them when we see significant problems in their lives, in their ministries, and in their teaching. Neither your opinion nor mine matter here. What matters is what the Bible teaches, and whether those who preach and teach in Jesus’ name are teaching falsely.

If you can provide evidence that one of these people has recanted their false teaching, please let me know. I would love to amend their article to show that they have changed what they teach.


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6 responses to “The False Teaching of Joseph Prince”

  1. Craig Lipp says:

    What do you mean by Holy Communion? Surely, you can’t mean the host served during Eucharist communion? I’m a former Roman Catholic after learning of their non-Biblical and pagan ways, and their mockery of Jesus Christ during pagan ceremonies. Why are Catholics so adamant that their way is the right way when it clearly is not. When Jesus said “Come out of her, my people,” what exactly did he mean? If the path is narrow and few make into the pearly gates then that surely means a huge population of Roman Catholics are being deceived. I believe it is the end times deception, being a Roman Catholic is that deception. Aren’t vain babblings and repetitions what Roman Catholics do? So much of the Roman Catholic church is unbiblical that I’m stunned in disbelief that more Roman Catholics do not recognize this. It’s as if they have never picked up a Bible other than their Catholic Bible. I’ve said more Rosaries in my life and now I know it was a pure waste of time. Repetitious prayers will not get us anywhere, whereas one deep heartfelt pray with a direct connection to Jesus Christ is extremely powerful.

    • Tony says:

      Craig:

      You may have misunderstood. I didn’t say anything about “Holy Communion.” I quoted Joseph Prince, who said that. I quoted him to show that he says things that the Bible doesn’t say. It seems we agree. Let me know if I’ve missed something important. Thanks!

  2. Fred says:

    Well written article, nice job.

  3. Jim says:

    You say:
    “Reading 1 Corinthians 11:27-34 shows believers who got sick, and even died, from drinking judgment on themselves during communion”.

    Where they believers, those described in this verse?
    Wasnt it rather that they where partakers without beliefe that where the issue in this verse?

    • Tony says:

      Jim:

      Thanks for asking! Let’s look at several verses from 1 Corinthians 11, to make sure we get the context of what Paul wrote:

      So then, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord. Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup. For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we were more discerning with regard to ourselves, we would not come under such judgment. Nevertheless, when we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world.

      When we read this section, we can see that these people were believers. The first parts may not make it clear, but the last parts do. Paul uses “we” and “ourselves” and, near the end, talks about not being condemned with the world. These distinctions show that it was the Christians in Corinth to whom Paul gave this warning.

      Does that make sense?

  4. Jim says:

    Thanks for your answer to my question. I agree in your statement that this verse are talking about people within the shurch.
    However when reading these verses i reflect on the disorderly manner he is adressing. The lack of regard towards the body of Christ. The eating and drinking is a proclamation of Christs death and they where supposed to do this together. It is the very purpose of the meal they where taking lightly on or missing out on. Thats why i suspect their faith was not connected to it, rather they ate the bread and drank from the cup just to fill their stomack.
    So there must be an order in this matter and done with right motives.

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