You may recognize his picture or have seen him on television. Joseph Prince is a “ MegaStar” televangelist of today. He delivers his messages with“fire” and with “confidence.” For the most part, he really captures a persons attention. He appears to really know the Word of God like no others. He is very appealing. His message is also very appealing. “Effortless Success and Grace” is the message that he preaches and boldly declares.
Here is a quote from Joseph Prince:
I give thank for God for my roots in the Word of Faith teachings. It is truly on the shoulders of great men of God like Brother Kenneth E. Hagin that we are able to see further into the Word of God today. Growing up, I learned a lot about faith from Brother Hagin who truly had a special revelation of faith from the Lord. I deeply honor and respect him for all that he has taught me.
–Destined to Reign: The Secret to Effortless Success, Wholeness and Victorious Living, Singapore: 2007, page 271
Let’s take a look at some of Prince’s other teachings and them see how they line up with the Word of God.
A sampling of Joseph Prince’s false teachings:
- Nothing but blessings for the believer
- No longer a need to be concerned about God’s Judgment
- Repentance and confession of sin is never necessary
- Wealth is for all Christians
- God is continually restoring “New Truths” to the church—-New Revelations
- Prince’s personal revelation from God is: “More grace; less judgment”
- Prince believes that God WILL NOT JUDGE America because of the cross
- The Moral law has no bearing on Christians today; it was abolished with the Ceremonial law
- Prince says that he never encountered anyone that said “now I can go out and sin because of grace”
- Repentance means “Only to turn around”
I could continue to quote more of his false (anti-biblical) teachings, but I feel that the above sampling should be enough to see that he is a false teacher. The best innoculation against false teaching and teachers is to “know the Word of God” for yourself.
Joseph Prince, like so many other televangelist, is preaching a “different gospel” a “feel good gospel”. He is preaching what the 21st century Christians want to hear. It sounds so…good!
If the path to God and success is effortless then way did Jesus say, “ Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” Luke 13:24 [ESV] Did you hear that word—Strive? That doesn’t seem effortless, does it?
Again Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord,Lord,’ did we not prophecy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? And then will I declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” Matthew 7:21-23 [ESV]
The Ceremonial law was fulfilled in the New Covenant (New Testament) by the death of Christ on the cross. We have no more need for sacrifices for the forgiveness of our sins. Christ was the Passover Lamb and the provision for our salvation. However, nowhere in the Bible has the “Moral law” been abolished. It is still wrong to murder, steal, commit adultery, etc. etc.
In fact, Jesus raised the standard in the Old Testament to a higher standard in the New Covenant. He said, “You have heard it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
If Joseph Prince is correct; then why did Jesus make the keeping of the Moral law even tougher and stricter?
Prince may be fairly new to the scene but the doctrine he teaches isn’t something new nor is it a” New Revelation”. “Antinomianism” was what the Apostle Paul came against in the Early Church. (Please read the entire books of Galatians and Hebrews.)
Antinomianism is the teaching that under the gospel, the moral law is of no use nor are Christians obligated to keep it.
So in other words, according to Joseph Prince, a Christian can accept Christ and live a life of sin and for the flesh because he/she is already forgiven and there is no need to live “holy and blameless” as the Apostle Paul admonished us to do in 1 Thessalonians 4:7: “For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God., who give his Holy Spirit it you.”[ESV]
You may be saying, “I heard Prince say just the opposite in a sermon.” Yes, there seems to be a “double-speak” coming through his sermons at times also. He is clearly in the Word of Faith Movement which is made up of many of the most well-known televangelists. The Word of Faith Movement teaches ”grave” biblical error to say the very least.
If you listen to Joseph Prince and “cannot see ” what this article is pointing out; then I would suggest that you take a Basic Course in Biblical Doctrines. Prince is attractive and winsome. Do not follow because of personality but follow those that teach “sound doctrine.” ( 2 Timothy 4:3-5) ”For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine….”
Galatians 6: 7 “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
Many who follow Joseph Prince and his “Effortless Grace” teaching will pay the ultimate price—lost for eternity and separated from God.
This is the same old lie that Satan told Eve when he convinced her that deliberate sin could go unpunished.