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GRIEVOUS HERESIES OF JOSEPH PRINCE
Although Prince does teach a form of the Biblical Gospel, this is what makes him so dangerous. He uses the Gospel of Christ to lure you away from the complete Truth.
Below is what the Joseph Prince web site states about what he believes. I warn you, THIS is what makes him so dangerous. It does NOT list all the other things he believes and teaches.
- In one God, who exists in three Persons—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is loving, holy and just.
- That the Bible is God’s Word. It is inspired and accurate. It is our perfect guide in all matters of life.
- That sin has separated us all from God, and that only through Jesus Christ can we be reconciled to God.
- That Jesus Christ is both God and Man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He led a sinless life, took all our sins upon Himself, died and rose again. Today, He is seated at the right hand of the Father as our High Priest and Mediator.
- That salvation is God’s gift to us. It is available to anyone who confesses the Lord Jesus with their mouth and believes that God has raised Him from death to life.
- That water baptism is a symbol of the cleansing power of God and a testimony of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
- That the Holy Spirit is our Comforter. He guides us in all areas of our lives. He also blesses us with spiritual gifts and empowers us to yield the fruit of the Spirit.
- That the Holy Communion is a celebration of Jesus’ death and our remembrance of Him.
- That God wants to transform, heal, and provide for us, so that we can live blessed and victorious lives that will impact and help others.
- That we are called to preach the gospel to all nations.
- That our Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again just as He promised.
If you listen to Joseph Prince, you will hear a form of the Biblical Gospel. Although he is not quite as stirring as some theologians in teaching the substitutional atonement, he does clearly preach a form of the True Gospel. The problem is, this is what makes Prince’s doctrine so dangerous . . . BUT . . . just how much arsenic do you want in your water???
Prince is clearly an antinomian. Antinomianism is the belief that there are NO moral laws God expects Christians to obey. Ridiculous! Antinomianism is absolutely not biblical and is a damnable heresy (2 Pet.2:1)! The Biblical teaching is that Christians are not required to observe the Old Testament Law as a means of salvation. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He fulfilled the Old Testament Law (Rom.10:4; Gal.3:23-25; Eph.2:15). The unbiblical conclusion of Prince is that there is no moral law God expects Christians to obey.
One reason that antinomianism is not biblical is that there IS a moral law God expects us to obey.
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. (KJV)
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. (KJV)
1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (KJV) . . . And too, Jesus’ Words to us should make us WANT to obey!
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. (KJV)
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. (KJV)
What is this law God expects us to obey? It is the law of Christ!
Matthew 22:36-40 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (KJV)
NO! We are NOT under the Old Testament Law. BUT . . . YES!!! We are definitely under the law of Christ, which is the law of love. If we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we will do nothing to displease Him. If we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will do nothing to harm them. Obeying the law of Christ is NOT a requirement to earn or maintain salvation. The law of Christ is what God expects of a TRUE Christian.
Prince is not just a genuine historic antinomian, but he also preaches a form of the word of faith/prosperity gospel, although in a very different way than the typical prosperity preachers. Joseph Prince’s doctrine is somewhat of a hybrid-theology which makes the error difficult to detect while being very dangerous to apply. Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. (KJV)
The Prosperity gospel, is a health and wealth gospel, it is the gospel of success and it is a religious belief among some Protestant Christians that worldly financial blessing and our physical well-being are always the will of God. False teachers preach that faith, positive speech and donations to their organizations will increase that person’s material wealth. They believe that this heretic Prosperity theology sees the Bible as a contract between God and humans . . . IF the humans have faith in God, He will give them security and prosperity. That is NOT what the Bible teaches.
Matthew 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: (KJV)
The Prosperity heresy emphasizes the importance of personal empowerment, indicating that it is God's will for His people to be blessed. The atonement (reconciliation with God) is understood to include the relief of sickness and poverty, which these heretics see as curses that can be shattered by faith. This is believed to be achieved through donations of money, positive thinking and positive confession. The Bible does NOT teach this garbage!
If you doubt that Prince teaches a message of prosperity, all that is necessary to bring this out is to read what he says from the outset of his book Destined to Reign. From the first paragraph Prince opens by saying: 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. He has called you to be the head and not the tail. If you are a businessman, God wants you to have a prosperous business. If you are a homemaker, you are anointed to bring up wonderful children in the Lord. If you are a student, God wants you to excel in all your examinations. And if you are trusting the Lord for a new career, He doesn’t just want you to have a job, He wants you to have a position of influence, so that you can be a blessing and an asset to your organization!
He then in the following paragraphs explains that since Jesus is Lord of the believer’s life, he or she is destined to “reign in life…,” not merely “over sin,” but even “over every sickness and disease.” Prince bases this statement on the following: Romans 5:17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) (KJV)
Prince claims that we have already been saved from the presence of sin and should reign even over “sickness and disease” in this life because of what Christ did on the cross. Prince goes on to explain his view on the gospel further, saying in chapter 3 (author’s emphasis retained): My friend, there is no such thing as a “prosperity gospel”. There is only one gospel in the Bible and that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, when you believe the gospel of Jesus, which is based entirely on His grace, it will result in health and prosperity. In fact, the gospel of Jesus Christ leads to blessings, success, healing, restoration, protection, financial breakthroughs, security, peace, wholeness and MUCH MORE!
The Bible does NOT say that. God NEVER promises to give His children success in our lives, nor does He always heal our bodies of disease when we pray, neither does He always take our pain away. It may be His will that we learn to trust Him more.
2 Cor. 11:25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; (KJV)
2 Cor. 12:7-9 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (KJV)
Joseph Prince is clearly a prosperity (Word Faith) preacher, but he is different than Joel Osteen. Osteen preaches the need to show to God that you have enough faith by declaring wonderful things about yourself. Prince connects a prosperity-result to a person’s belief that Jesus has done it all, and this is so close to being true that it is far more dangerous of an error than that which Osteen preaches. To claim that belief in the gospel will result in one being healthy, prosperous in business, powerful, wealthy, etc., totally expands the promise of the TRUE Gospel. Jesus Himself NEVER . . . not once . . . ever promises temporal (worldly) things for believing in Him. In the Sermon on the Mount, Christ clearly says: Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (KJV
Prince does not understand end time events. He adds blessings that are promised about the New Heaven and New Earth, into this passing and fleeting world. The benefit of being the body of Christ, TRUE Christians ALWAYS will suffer in some way, continually carrying a small-scale version of the suffering that Jesus endured on the cross.
Joh 15:18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. (KJV)
Luk 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (KJV)
Mat 11:28-30 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (KJV)
What most people miss about that statement is that as believers, Christ still has us on a yoke and we do have a burden to bear. We will still feel a tug from the Master as we read what God expects of us in His Law, if and/or we begin to stray . . . our yoke is NOT unbearable, but it is a weight that we will have to bear, until Jesus takes us Home!
But Prince argues that struggles and hardships come into the Christian life as a result of looking at the Law and confessing sin too much. Confessing sin too much??? Stupidity!
A Two-Covenant Approach to Scripture
Joseph Prince’s way of interpreting Scripture divides Scripture into two covenants and is utter antinomianism (against the Law). Prince teaches that anything that happened before Christ died on the cross is Law, and Old Testament believers were only under Law, not Gospel. Therefore, if the Gospel is manifested in the Old Testament, it must be in a prophetic sense, applicable only for believers today rather than for believers then. For example, in chapter 5 of Destined to Reign Prince makes this distinction by describing the story of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah. It should be noted, however, that he does not actually exegete the text, but only gives a summary of the text in his own words; Joseph Prince is controlling the narrative in order to force a doctrine into the text. Prince writes (author’s emphasis retained, p. 57):
“But Pastor Prince, didn’t God punish King David for his sin and he lost his child?” Don’t forget that David, like Elijah, lived before the cross of Jesus. You will never find an example of God punishing a believer for his sins in the new covenant. Let’s study the Scriptures for ourselves and not just go by what people are saying. When David sinned against God by committing adultery with Bathsheba and plotting the death of her husband, Uriah, sin was imputed to David and he was punished. Although the punishment was tempered with God’s mercy, David was punished nonetheless because he was under the covenant of law and not the covenant of grace. Do you know who David was describing when he said, “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin”? Since it’s clear that sin was imputed to David, he could not have been describing himself as some scholars claim. No, he was looking prophetically into the covenant of grace. He was describing you and me — a new generation of people who are under the covenant of grace!
#1. Sin was not assigned to David; he willingly committed sin and was guilty of the sins of adultery and murder. Sin was accredited to Christ on the cross, but David actually committed sin. #2. By controlling the story this way instead of interrupting the text, Prince is clearly arguing that because David lived before the Cross and was under the covenant of the Law, then neither the Gospel nor David’s own words in Psalms 32 or 51 personally applied to David himself. Stupidity!
Prince’s main mistake is that he makes a great division between Law and Gospel. He teaches that any grace in the Old Testament was prophetic about believers today, and did not apply to believers then . . . so he does not correctly address the Abrahamic Covenant which is the key Promise that the apostle Paul relied on in the Book of Galatians. The Abrahamic Covenant is the covenant which is ALL by God’s grace, one-sided, God doing all the work imputing to Abraham righteousness because Abraham believed God.
Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (KJV)
David and all the rest of the Old Testament saints were saved by the grace of God, the exact same way that believers in the New Testament are saved, NOT by their keeping the Law . . . but by trusting in the promised seed of the woman and God’s Promise to Abraham to make his seed, Christ . . . a blessing to ALL the Earth.
Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (KJV)
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (KJV)
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV)
Romas 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV)
If Joseph Prince is right in his doctrine that “condemnation is the deepest root” that causes sickness, financial lack, and destructive habits then he must conclude that all of the Old Testament saints must have been poor, had bad habits, and were only able to produce bad things in their lives. Such a heresy is of course wrong when one remembers that Solomon, living under the Law, was an extremely wealthy and prosperous man. It is also wrong when considering that a Buddhist like Tiger Woods who does not believe a word of the Gospel of Christ is extremely wealthy, very skilled in what he does, and recently received the Medal of Freedom from President Trump which is the highest civilian award in the United States. Prince’s doctrine is not internally consistent, for example, going back to Prince’s quote from page 57, he specifically says:
You will never find an example of God punishing a believer for his sins in the new covenant. He is WRONG! The Bible says he is wrong!
Act 5:3-5 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. (KJV)
Act 5:9-10 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. (KJV)
The money for the property belonged to them; they could have kept it, instead they lied and received capital punishment from God for lying to the Holy Spirit. Ananias and Sapphira were not given any chance to repent of that sin, they were struck down when confronted by Peter.
Another example of God punishing believers under the New Covenant is:
1 Cor. 11:27-30 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. (KJV)
And what about Jesus words?
Rev. 2:18-22 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. (KJV)
But, Joseph Prince still says on page 57, “You will never find an example of God punishing a believer for his sins in the new covenant.” Does he actually think that he knows the Bible better than anyone else?
His Antinomian Interpretation
Hebrews 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. (KJV)
Prince totally cuts the Law from the Gospel. Dear one, the purpose of the Law is to show us correctly just what God expects of us as believers who have been saved by His amazing grace. But according to Prince, with the coming of the new covenant of grace, the Ten Commandments have been made obsolete. OBSOLETE? NOT true! He says that the Ten Commandments have no bearing on the life of a believer. He is WRONG!
Consider the following:
Matthew 5:18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (KJV)
Matthew 5:21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: (KJV)
Matthew 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: (KJV)
Matthew 5:33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: (KJV)
Matthew 5:38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: (KJV)
Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. (KJV)
Does Prince mean to change the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount? Dear one, the Lord NEVER once changes or revokes the Law in Matthew Chapters 5-7. Prince should NOT change the Holy Word of God to suit himself! He CANNOT forget the Law is there! It is there for a reason and it is there for all who are believers. We can learn from the Law!
Purpose of the Law
#1. The first use of the Law is the public use (Deut.13:6-11; 19:16-21; Rom.13:3-4). Every person, whether a Christian or not, must live under the Law in some sense to prevent disorder. Laws are enforced by the government who is God’s minister in such matters, punishing thieves, murderers and other evildoers to maintain social peace. Far too many today seem to have forgotten this, with all the craziness going on.
#2. The second use of the Law is as a perfect standard that cannot be kept to bring us to the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Rom.3:20; 4:15; 5:13; 7:7-11; Gal.3:19-24).
#3. The third use of the Law is to instruct the Christian in holiness (Eph. 2:10), showing what a believer’s heavenly Father expects of them. Christ spoke of the third use of the Law in the last part of the Great Commission, stating that believers must be taught to do all that He has commanded (Mat.28:20) and that obedience to the Law proves the reality of a believer’s love for the Lord (John 14:15). It is true that under the New Covenant we are no longer bound to the ceremonial and sacrificial practices contained in the Law, the moral foundation of the Law continues to stand, and the New Testament describes three functions for that Law. The Christian is free from the Law as a system of salvation (Rom.6:14; 7:4, 6; 1 Cor. 9:20; Gal.2:15-19, 3:25), but we are under the Law as a rule of conduct (1 Cor.9:21; Gal.6:2).
Prince would most likely uphold, at least in part, the civil use of the Law, although he does not clearly mention it. The second use, however, is the use that Prince becomes stuck on, that because the Law condemns us and reveals our sin, according to Prince, the Christian must not look to the Law at all. On the one hand, Prince says that the Law is holy, just and good, but its only purpose is BEFORE conversion . . . the Law convicts us of our sin, we repent (turn from sin), and place our faith in Christ, after that, the person does not need the Law.
Prince completely throws out the third use of the Law, that the Law teaches us to be holy. We will always have a knowledge of some kind as to right and wrong, but without having God’s Law, we do not have much of a chance to be holy. The Law is our Teacher! We NEED the Law!
God really wanted, before humanity fell, to have a fellowship with us, gently guiding us as we grow in closeness to Him and getting to know Him. But, Adam and Eve wanted to have the knowledge all at once, right now, so it was necessary for God to give humans His Law, which tells us what He wants. If you doubt this NEED, consider that soon after the Fall, Adam’s and Eve’s firstborn son murdered his own brother. The Law became necessary simply from a civil view, but it also was needed to instruct believers in holiness. Why did Cain kill his brother? It was jealousy, but jealousy over what?
Hebrews 11:4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. (KJV)
It was not jealousy of giving a salad offering rather than a blood offering. The difference was Abel’s faith and Cain’s total lack of faith. Abel was declared righteous by his faith while Cain was rejected for lacking faith. Therefore, all three purposes of the Law became necessary very soon after sin entered human nature. The Law not only is needed to bring us to the Saviour, but also to teach us how to live and understand what God expects of us. The Christian is one who has trusted in Christ’s finished work on the cross and then reads what God expects of him in the Holy Bible, doing his best to keep God’s moral precepts while relying on God’s grace when he fails.
The Spirit’s Conviction of the World
The most damnable heresy that Joseph Prince teaches is the doctrine that the Holy Spirit never convicts a believer of sins. He says that the Holy Spirit “NEVER comes to point out your faults. I challenge you to find a scripture in the Bible that tells you that the Holy Spirit has come to convict you of your sins. You won’t find any!” HE IS WRONG!
John 16:8-11 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. (KJV) Jesus’ Words!
This is one of the most profound Passages in the deep and intense discourses of Christ Jesus. With just a few words, He describes all and every part of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the world!
Also see: John 16:13-14 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (KJV) Jesus’ Words.
The main job of the Holy Spirit is to honor and glorify Jesus! He is NEVER pleased when a person sins and steps away from following Jesus. He does convict us of sin!
John 8:9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. (KJV)
This verse also tells us that the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin.
Prince incorrectly thinks sin is only unbelief or rejecting Jesus. Sin does not speak of a specific sin at all; humans are not sinners because they sin . . . humans sin because they are sinners. The singular use of the word brings out that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of their sin nature in Adam; his conviction begins on the basis of people being sinners in Adam, not on the basis of particular sins they have personally committed. The apostle Paul says: Romans 5:12-14 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. (KJV)
Those who had not personally violated a commandment of God because they did not have the Law were still counted guilty as sinners because of original sin, and the evidence for that was that they died.
The Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of their status in Adam before God while He convicts believers of their particular sins, failing to live as God would have them live as stated by His Law. When the text says that the Spirit will “convict the world,” it means “the world,” every person, believers or unbelievers, convicted by the Spirit in harmony with God’s Law.
There are many problems with Joseph Prince’s teaching, his book Destined to Reign the manifesto of his antinomian (against the Law) theology. He preaches grace to the exclusion of the Law, he denies that the Holy Spirit convicts believers of their sins, and that the confession of sins is what is responsible for bad results in the believer’s life including financial lack and bad habits. To top it off, he teaches that health and wealth are to be expected by Christians for their belief in the Gospel. The gospel in Joseph Prince’s theology is the half-truth that will lead you into the rest of his deceptive and misleading teachings. He rightly directs us to grace and Jesus, but wrongly interprets it, thus endangering his readers.
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