The False Teaching of Myles Munroe

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I’m often asked to assess what others teach. I do not do this lightly, but it is necessary. Before reading this page, or any of the pages about specific people, I recommend that you read What is a False Teacher?, which explains what the Bible says about false teachers, and why I would bother to research who they are and what they say.

Myles Munroe

Myles Munroe was an evangelist, author, and speaker. Born in the Bahamas, Munroe developed a worldwide ministry that grew for over 30 years. In 1998 he was named to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for services to religion. He and his wife Ruth died in a plane crash in 2014 while on their way to a conference in the Bahamas.

Unfortunately, Myles Munroe was a false teacher. I don’t say that gladly. He was by all accounts a happy man, an engaging speaker, and a skilled leader of leaders. He could have done much more for the Kingdom of God had he clearly taught what we find in the Scriptures. Instead, Myles Munroe taught heretical Word of Faith doctrines.

There’s no doubt that much of what Munroe taught was true. Unfortunately, as a Word of Faith teacher, Munroe also taught a number of unbiblical things for many years. Among them were false ideas about God and humanity.

Who has dominion?

A commonly-held belief among Word of Faith teachers has to do with “dominion.” That is, with who has power and authority in the universe. Both Judaism and Christianity teach that God is all-powerful, having created all that exists.

In contrast, Word of Faith teachers like Munroe teach the opposite. They claim that God is subject to laws that limit His ability to act. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of the concept:

  1. God created Adam and gave Adam dominion over the earth.
  2. When he sinned, Adam lost dominion to Satan… locking God out of the earth.
  3. When Jesus died and rose again, mankind recovered that dominion.
  4. God cannot do anything on earth without permission from those who have dominion… that is, us.

God could do nothing on Earth, nothing has God ever done on Earth, without a human giving him access. So he’s always looking for a human to give him power permission. In other words, God has the power, but you have the permission. God has the authority and the power, you’ve got the license. So even though God could do anything, he can only do what you permit him to do.

This concept of God being unable to act without our permission obviously diminishes God and exalts humanity. God, according to Munroe, is powerless to act on His own. This limitation supposedly comes from God Himself. After making this law, He could not change it. According to Munroe and folks like Benny Hinn, God must act in accordance with it. Munroe taught that God was “illegal” on the earth, even to the point of naming the animals. Adam had to name the animals, he said, because God did not have dominion:

He could not name those animals because He is illegal.

The Bible makes it clear that God is not subject to anyone or anything. Munroe taught that God wanted to do things, but could not.

The only creature that God gave authority in the earth legally to is a spirit in a dirt body. That means any spirit without a body is illegal on planet earth… even God himself is illegal on earth. Why? Because he is a spirit, and the law he set up by his own mouth was that only spirits with bodies can function on earth legally. That’s why God could not interfere when Adam and Eve was, you know, kind of deliberating on the fruit environment there in the book of Genesis.

This law of dominion extends even to the conviction of sin (one of the things the Holy Spirit does) and the salvation of the lost:

Why can’t God just save everybody? He needs a human agency. That’s why you and I gotta preach. We gotta preach to give God license to literally go and convict that person, to bring them to him.

God is even unable to ensure that His plans for humanity come to pass. Speaking to Benny Hinn (another false teacher), Munroe said this:

It bothers me, I’m sure it bothered you for years as a pastor, if God is so mighty, powerful, awesome, omnipotent, omniscient, why couldn’t this mighty God who made 500 million planets and galaxies could not stop a skinny little women from picking the fruit to destroy his whole program? I mean, come on God, aren’t you powerful? You can intervene, you can destroy the works of the devil, prevent the woman and save humanity. But he couldn’t. Not that he didn’t, he couldn’t.

Prayer is permission?

Munroe was very clear about the nature of prayer. Rather than a way of communing with our Creator, and a way of asking Him for help, this false teaching claims that prayer is giving God permission to act:

Prayer is man giving God permission, or license, to interfere in Earth’s affairs. In other words, prayer is Earthly license for Heavenly interference.

Our prayer is a strange experience. We normally ask God to do things; God is telling us to command Him permission to do for us.

Heaven depends on earth for interference. If He could just find two people like you and I to agree. We agree for God to do this thing. Then God says, ‘Thank you very much for permission!’ Then He can come.

God is even unable to heal without our permission:

Lord, heal this man. God says, ‘No! No! No! Talk to the sickness, I am already healing the guy. What I need is permission to get the healing on earth.

When a human gets healed and becomes well again, God Himself is able to stay here legally longer.

Prayer is man giving God Earthly license for Heavenly interference. Paul says pray always, and never stop, because when you stop praying, Heaven is locked up. You should pray 24 hours a day… you gotta pray because he wants access constantly. I always wondered why God made the Earth to spin around the sun, and also the Earth to spin. Here’s why, and I believe it’s the wisdom design of God. God designed the planet of Earth in such a way that there will always be humans up, praying. Every 24 hours, a half of the globe is up. That means God will always have 24 hours, constantly, of access. That’s why he says I have sought for a man, I’m looking for somebody, if my people. He says there’s gotta be someone all the time telling me, “interfere, interfere, interfere.”

Jesus didn’t really die?

One of the more shocking things that Munroe taught almost seems minor. He appeared to be clearing up some confusion about what the Bible says, but he was really contradicting a primary New Testament teaching:

The Bible never says that Jesus really died, you know. The word used in the Hebrew is he breathed out. Expired is the word.

If Jesus didn’t die, then He didn’t die for our sins. If Jesus didn’t die for our sins, we are still lost. If Jesus didn’t die, He couldn’t have been resurrected… and our faith is in vain. In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul wrote this about Jesus’ resurrection:

And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

That seems pretty plain. The entire New Testament is based on the idea that Jesus died for our sins, and was raised from the dead. Without that, Paul said, our faith is in vain… or worthless. Myles Munroe claims that Jesus didn’t really die. One might suggest that his faith, as a result, was in vain.

Myles Munroe was a false teacher. I hope that in his last moments he made peace with God. I pray that those who followed his ministry would be as eager and zealous as he was, but for the truth. We find the true gospel, taught by Jesus and handed down once for all by the apostles, in the New Testament.

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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.

Finally: we who follow Jesus should not consider false teachers our enemies. If they’re not saved, we should pray for their salvation. If they are saved, we should pray that God will lead them to teach only the truth.


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One response to “The False Teaching of Myles Munroe”

  1. Ted Amper says:

    Thanks for this bro!

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