Joyce Meyer's books, house, and net worth. Joyce had $900,000 a year income and her husband David $450,000 from Joyce Meyer Ministries in 2004. In response to a Ministry Watch request for an IRS probe of her ministry they reduced these salaries, but instead took more royalties from her books. "The net effect of all of this was most likely a sizable increase in the personal compensation of Joyce Meyer and reduced revenues for JMM," notes Ministry Watch. In an article in the St. Louis Business Journal, Joyce Meyer's PR Director, Mark Sutherland, confirmed that her new income would be "way above" her former levels.
In 2003 her local newspaper, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, exposed her "$10 million corporate jet, her husband’s $107,000 silver-gray Mercedes sedan, her then $2 million home and houses worth another $2 million for her four children" and her headquarters' "$5.7 million worth of furniture, artwork, glassware, and the latest equipment and machinery, including a malachite round table, a marble-topped antique commode, a custom office bookcase, a $7,000 Stations of the Cross in Dresden porcelain, an eagle sculpture on a pedestal, another eagle made of silver, and numerous paintings."
Her more than 50 books include:
Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind.
Me and My Big Mouth: Your Answer is Right Under Your Nose.
How to Hear from God: Learn to Know His Voice and Make Right Decisions.
The Secret Power of Speaking God's Word.
In Pursuit of Peace: 21 Ways to Conquer Anxiety, Fear, and Discontentment.
Straight Talk: Overcoming Emotional Battles with the Power of God's Word.
Approval Addiction: Overcoming Your Need to Please Everyone.
Look Great Feel Great: Joyce shares twelve practical keys that will help you look and feel great. The Everyday Life Bible: The Power of God's Word for Everyday Living.
The Confident Woman: Start Today Living Boldly and Without Fear.
Woman to Woman: Candid Conversations from Me to You.
I Dare You: Embrace Life With Passion.
The Power of Simple Prayer: How to Talk with God about Everything.
Top 10 Qualities of a Great Leader. (by Joyce Meyer and Phil Pringle)
Conflict Free Living.
Start Your New Life Today: An Exciting New Beginning with God.
The Secret To True Happiness: Enjoy Today, Embrace Tomorrow.
Never Give Up!: Relentless Determination to Overcome Life's Challenges.
Eat the Cookie--Buy the Shoes: Giving Yourself Permission to Lighten Up.
Power Thoughts: 12 Strategies to Win the Battle.
Beauty for Ashes.
Now Joyce is divorced and remarried. David Meyer is her second husband. She's from the St. Louis area and still lives there. For years she was the assistant pastor in a St. Louis church before launching her own ministry. Today she operates much like a Christian rock and roll star. She comes to a city for a conference. Stays in a fancy hotel for maybe $1,500 a night. The auditorium is packed with mostly women. A lot of effort is made to sell her books, tapes, and CDs. Finally Joyce will come onstage, to wild cheers, and preach for perhaps 2 hours. These performances are later edited for her TV show. At the end she will always take an offering, saying "Make your checks payable to Joyce Meyer Ministries/Life in the Word. And million is spelled M-I-L-L-I-O-N."
Bags and purses are checked by security. We know she has bodyguards because her former head bodyguard was in the news for murdering his family. Her videotapes aren't cheap. The average price is $22. The audience is told their money will go for more than 50 charities, but does most of it go to Joyce, now 69, and her family?
Joyce wears nothing but the best of clothes. Her clothes are tailor made for her. She has her own private hairdresser. She wears glass like slippers and expensive, dangling earrings and necklaces. She usually wears pants suits and her hair very short. She doesn't preach from the King James version of the Bible, and her television show was cancelled by a local Christian TV station for preaching beyond what the Bible teaches. "I can stand up and talk all day and not even know what is coming out of my mouth next," she told a Buffalo, New York audience. "That's my gift."
So what does the Bible say about all of this? Jesus Christ warned us Christians and others of the last days, "Take heed that no man (or woman?) deceive you ... And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many." Matthew 24:4,11 Joyce may be sincere that her kind of preaching is helping, but is it bringing revival in this modern, apostate world? Is her kind of prosperity gospel what we need to be hearing today? Could Satan be using her without her realizing it?
We know the Bible has some things to say about how women should dress. 1 Timothy 2:9-15 "In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety." So women are not to be wearing costly array or even preaching. Does this sound like Joyce?
1 Corinthians 11:14,15 "Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering." So men are not to wear long hair, but women should have longer hair. So why not Joyce? Leviticus 19:28 "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh (pierced ears?) for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD." We aren't supposed to judge by appearance, but I'm wondering why Joyce seems to dress about the opposite that the Holy Bible teaches women to dress? And if she doesn't follow what the Bible teaches on that subject how do we know she's following the Bible on much of anything?
Luke 14:33 "So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 9:23 "And he (Jesus Christ) said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." It doesn't appear to me that Joyce is living a life of self denial and of forsaking all that she has that are conditions for discipleship. "Take heed that no man deceive you," Jesus Christ warned us. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for a special FREE gift.