This last year has been pretty life-changing for the Masseys when it comes to our faith-walk with Jesus and living true to His Word.
Although, we are not perfect by any means, we faced some deep convictions head on that had been building up for almost five years. A deep wound that was caused by deception in the Word of Faith/Prosperity Gospel/NAR movement couldn’t be fully healed until we cut all ties to it completely. We thank God for the film, American Gospel: In Christ Alone, Fighting for the Faith with Pirate Christian-Chris Roseborough, and men of God like John MacArthur, Justin Peters, John Piper, and Steve Lawson. If it weren’t for these ministries and incredible exegetical teachers of God’s Word, navigating 2019 would have been much more difficult for us, and who knows how much longer it would have taken Paul to leave his job at Joyce Meyer Ministries.
Moving forward these last several months, we realized that we had a strong passion to expose the dangerous doctrines of these movements masquerading as “Christian” and pull others from the claws of these false teachings.
Although I (Emily) had been sharing various posts on social media and engaging in conversation with others regarding these movements on and off for a couple years, it wasn’t until a couple weeks ago that Paul and I “tore off the band-aid” and spoke out against a Word of Faith/prosperity gospel, mega-church ministry here in St. Louis that first-hand caused destruction in our faith and those whom we love.
This “ministry” was partly responsible for the first 20 years of Paul’s understanding of scripture and at least the first two years of he and I’s relationship.
So many verses in the Bible taken of context.
So much manipulation to give money in faith to receive a “harvest from God.”
So many spiritual gifts used unBiblically to manipulate people even further.
Although we had been gone from that church for almost 10 years at this point, and had truly forgiven all involved and moved onto other church bodies through the years, we could not in good conscience stay silent any longer and see this ministry continue to destroy lives and spread the cancer that is the prosperity gospel in our city any longer. We wanted to shout it from the rooftops.
So we spoke up. We spoke out. On Facebook- a large public forum of our day.
And a week later, providentially, so did our hero in the faith Chris Roseborough!
Some have asked us why we chose to go public and call out names on social media. These men and women’s teaching are public, so our response to them has been public.
Both the Apostle Paul and Jesus did this regarding false teachers.
If we do not expose them by name, how are we supposed to warn others?
We by no means have experienced a level of persecution that our brothers and sisters in Christ encounter in other countries outside of America, but there has been backlash and anger to be sure. We have been blocked, unfriended, and mocked from people whom we had much history with, especially Paul who spent most of his childhood and teens with many of these people. One in particular introduced Paul and I and was one of my bridesmaid.
Yes, it stings when those whom you care deeply for treat you in that manner, but it hurts the heart even more knowing that they are dangerously deceived by this false gospel message of prosperity that does distorts one’s view of God and presents a superficial atonement with empty earthly promises.
But, there have also been brothers and sisters in Christ surrounding us and encouraging us to not give into the heat and to keep moving forward! Thank God for them!
Ultimately, for us, the reason we abhor the prosperity gospel is that it manipulates people and takes advantage of people by promising a better life here on earth, taking everyone’s eyes off of the beautiful promise of the forgiveness of sins through the cross and eternity with Christ.
Paul and I have no shame in speaking out against this false gospel message. In fact, we will be going even more public about this very soon on a much larger scale than we would ever be able to do our own. God’s providence in this matter completely blows me away.
Stay tuned, friends. We will be sharing more about this in the coming weeks. Let’s just say we will be ending 2019 on a high note and by God’s grace, entering 2020 with breath in our lungs, ready to continue our race. Until then, continue in studying God’s Word and seek Him first in all you say and do.
Soli Deo Gloria