Christian influencers, superstar pastors, and women preachers are accused of heresy, false Gospel, and called “false teachers”
Robert Oral can be considered the father of charismatic evangelism. His concept of “Seed Faith” (Blessing Pact) puts heavy emphasis on “gifts.” God wills for his children to prosper in all areas of their lives. However, that was not the message of the Gospel.
Today, a new kind of Gospel is purported by “superstar preachers” on social media. Their message center on good health and prosperity. Others are absorbed in political and social justice that endangers the Gospel they preach.
1. Women pastors
Several women pastors are accused of faulty exegesis endangering the Gospel. For example, Jen Hatmaker is criticized for pushing “gay unions” and Joyce Meyer for her association with the prosperity gospel.
John MacArthur said, “Women pastors and women preachers are the most obvious evidence of churches rebelling against the Bible…” He openly criticized Beth Moore.
Beth Moore talks to Jesus. He calls her “babe,” said Texas Pastor Tom Buck. She is also criticized for faulty biblical hermeneutics. She is a dear friend of Wheaton College Ed Stetzer, who publicly criticized Trump. Demonic far-left liberals share the same sentiment.
Recently, Lindy-Ann Hopley, also a female pastor, apparently called for a “Christian revival” and claimed Jesus walked into her room and proposed to her with a ring in His hand.
A young girl preaches on speaking in tongues
A young girl at River church, Tampa, Florida, is given the platform to preach. She preached on speaking in tongues and the prosperity gospel of “claiming and receiving.” Her tone, voice, and manner were typical of other famous female preachers like Joyce Meyer and Beth Moore.
2. Moralistic Theistic Deist
Joseph Prince on “hypergrace”
Undoubtedly, the emphasis on grace by Singapore’s prominent charismatic preacher, Joseph Prince, is healthy, says Paul Barker of Gospel Coalition. For him, the law is enslaving. Yet, the law begins with grace. According to Barker, it is a response, not a means of winning it.
Steven Furtick’s claims
Steven Furtick is extremely popular. However, critics brand him as a “motivational speaker” that makes people feel good and tickle their ears.
Joel Osteen: Poster child of MTD
Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Steven Furtick, and others are preachers who rarely quote scriptures. Instead, promote MTD (Moralistic Theistic Deism).
Osteen inspires many because he always talks about positivity and blessings. He has massive influence with at least 25 million followers worldwide. However, just like other preachers of pop-Christianity, he dilutes what it means to be a faithful follower of Jesus.
For example, in his book ‘The Power of I Am,” Osteen quotes 64, “I am…” In other words, to be a follower of Jesus points to what we get from Him rather than His glory.
I am blessed.
I am prosperous.
I am successful
I am talented.
I am wise.
I am healthy.
I am happy.
I am confident.
I am attractive.
I am anointed.
3. Woke pastors
Wokeism is most evident among Evangelical Lutherans (ECLA). Episcopals and Methodist churches admit trans pastors, lesbian priests, and same-sex marriage ceremonies, including “transgender baptism” among Unitarian or Universalist churches.
Brandan Robertson’s “Queer holiness”
Millennial “gay” pastor Brandan Robertson is a progressive TikTok and YouTube preacher. He tells his followers that Jesus is effeminate, there is no hell, and homosexuality (Queer holiness) is not a sin.
Robertson cherry-picks scriptures and translates Jesus’ words to mean something else. For example, polyamory is fornication and an adulterous relationship. He said the following:
“As a minister of the Gospel of Jesus, your relationship (polyamory and open relationships) is holy. They’re beautiful, and they are welcomed and celebrated in this space. We call all of us together to the same standards that we seek to follow Jesus.
And all of our relationships seek to be honest, respectful, self-sacrificial, consensual, and loving with your partner. When any of us live into this standard, we can be sure we’re on the path to wholeness and holiness.”
4. Embroiled in financial and sexual misconduct
Sex scandals among pastors are a growing trend in the United States. Perhaps one reason why church attendance has rapidly declined.
Zacharias led a very successful ministry that took him around the world. He was dubbed as one of the most critical apologists of the century. He mentored celebrities and church leaders, but a double life beneath it—is Ravi Zacharias in hell?
In 2022, an Indiana pastor confessed to adultery with a woman who was just 16 years old. Incidents like these have become so familiar that it’s also becoming an acceptable sin.
After the pastor finished his speech, the congregation gave him a standing ovation for his “humble confession.” In short, they applauded his efforts instead of absolute remorse.
For many years, Hillsong has been embroiled in various scandals. Recently, Carl Lentz, criticized for a lopsided theology, was fired in November 2020. Lentz committed adultery that Hollywood calls “entanglement.”
5. Superstar preachers
Preachers who claim to be “modern apostles”
Pastor Guillermo Maldonado is co-founder and senior pastor of El Rey Jesús, the largest and fastest-growing Hispanic church in the USA. He is criticized for claiming to be an apostle of Jesus. Although his theology, for the most part, is empowering, he is associated with the prosperity gospel.
In 2021, his wife, who refers to herself as prophetess Ana Maldonado, filed for divorce. According to court papers, their estate could be worth as much as $120 million.
Christians who became wealthy after becoming a preacher
In recent years, many pastors in the United States have been called out for living extravagant lifestyles when they became pastors.
For example, celebrity pastor James MacDonald co-founded a megachurch, Harvest, and lived in a mansion. He was later accused of misappropriating church funds.
There are dozens, if not hundreds, of pastors worldwide living wealthy lives that they have acquired from church funds, incongruent with what Jesus taught.
Pastors who are listed as multi-millionaires and billionaires
Paul & Jan Crouch
Paula & Randy White
Edir Macedo (B)
Kenneth Copeland (B)