Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Laodiceans – Joyce Meyer
I thank you Lord that I am richer than all these other people
Hello, I’m Joyce Meyer and I’m rich! In fact I’m rich AND famous. I’m so rich and famous that the St. Louis Post Dispatch did a whole series of stories about me called From Fenton to Fortune in the name of God.
I’ll bet you’d all like to know how I got so rich. Well, let me tell you the first thing I did was get a good obedient husband. Here’s a photo of me and my husband Dave
Dave’s a great husband. Even though the word of God says the man is the head of the woman, Dave doesn’t mind playing second fiddle to me. And since he's so obedient I bought him a $100,000 Mercedes Benz S55 AMG like this one
Sometimes, people criticize me for being so rich. They tell me Jesus said not to store up riches on earth. But I know that doesn’t apply to me. I've gone beyond that. You see I’m living my reward now. I’ve come to the place where I can love the things of this world and still have the love of God in my heart at the same time.
That’s why I spend time feeding starving kids in Africa
Well, this one wasn't exactly starving, but he did look a little peckish. Anyway, when I go to Africa and take pictures like this it encourages my partners to give me more money. I’ll tell you if it weren’t for starving kids like this one I wouldn’t be able to pay myself and Dave $1.3 million per year.
Now before you get all upset about our pay I want you to know that our salaries are set by an independent Board of Directors. The board, consisting of myself and a few other friends and family members, sets all compensation for the top employees of Joyce Meyer Ministry
I have every confidence that these board members will always conduct themselves in a fair and impartial manner. That is why I bought board members Roxanne and Paul Schermann a $334,000 home In fact, now that I think about it almost everyone on the board has a house paid for by me. I just love being rich enough to help other people. Especially people who can help me!
When you are as rich and famous as I am security is a big concern. I know the Bible says God is my shield but I figure why take a chance. So when it came time to buy a house I decided to buy not just a house but a whole compound.
See, I bought houses for all my kids. Mine’s the $2 million 10,000 square foot mansion with the 8 car garage right there in the middle.
Like I said, security is important and you can never be too careful. That’s why all my security officers carry guns so don’t even think about trying anything funny when they’re around. And they are always around. I even bought my security chief a $145,000 home just so I could have him at my beck and call 24 hours a day.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. I get an IRS exemption for claiming my ministry is a church but we don’t really have a church. We just have a room at the office we call a chapel. What I do is travel around and put on motivational seminars all over the world. That kind of travel was really tough when I had to fly with all the regular folks on commercial airlines. But now, all that’s behind me because I used some of the money my partners sent in to buy a $10 million Canadair CL-600 Challenger just like this one.
God told me to buy that jet so that I wouldn’t have to spend so much time waiting around in airports. That way I can get back sooner to enjoy my $500,000 vacation home at Lake of the Ozarks. We love to get away from the hectic pace of the ministry and relax on our $105,000 Crownline boat.
Yes it’s been quite a ride from being a housewife with a high school education all the way to international Christian celebrity with a $100 million per year ministry. The hardest part has been deciding how to spend all the money. But with God’s help we’re determined to do it.
That’s why we hired Messner Construction to build our new ministry center complex . Then I went to work filling that 148,000 square foot building with the finest furnishings.
Things like a $30,000 malachite table, a $23,000 marble topped antique commode, a pair of Dresden vases for $19,000, six French crystal vases for $18,500 (I like vases) and a $49,000 conference table with 18 chairs. It was tough but I managed to spend almost $5.7 million on furniture and accessories for our new offices.
Now I know some of you are having a hard time relating to that kind of spending. I’m sure many of you don’t make in a year what I spent on that conference table. But the word of God says give and it shall be given so if you’ll just keep on sending me money maybe one day God will bless you with a nice table.
So remember folks when you give to God through Joyce Meyer ministries, I get to spend it. I’m challenging all my partners today to make my job harder.
We currently have over 100,000 partners who allow me to deduct money directly from their bank accounts every month. I’m believing God to double that number next year. Would you be one of those humble servants who allow me to take money directly from your bank? Please pray about it and see if God would lead you to give me your bank account number. With God’s help and your money I’ll eventually have more money than I could ever spend. And you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you were a part of making that dream come true!
Information for this report and all numbers quoted came from the St. Louis Post Dispatch Series From Fenton to Fortune in the Name Of God by Carolyn Tuft and Bill Smith
Since the publication of the series of articles in the St Louis Post Dispatch, Meyer has reportedly made some changes in her operation. She has put at least some of her property up for sale and reduced her salary from approximately $900,000 per year to $250,000 per year. At the same time however she now receives all the royalty income from her books and tapes, money which previously went to the ministry. Since her ministry is still classified with the IRS as a church, there is no legal obligation for her to disclose her total compensation or that of her husband and other family members on staff.
We believe strongly that Joyce Meyer remains the epitome of those who are of corrupt minds teaching that godliness is gain (1Tim 6:5). From such teachers we are commanded to turn away.
Steve Lumbley 2006