“As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!” Galatians 1:9
He has one of the largest churches in Singapore, numbering over 37,000 to date. His influences are every major word of faith preacher or pastor living or dead. His charisma, his charm and his persona has endured him to rock star status within the Charismatic and Pentecostal circles, even over shadowing the likes of Joel Osteen. Some of the biggest names in the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement, such as Cho Yonggi, Benny Hinn and Phil Pringle are but a few that have hitched their wagons to this electric preacher, this generations Charismatic “superstar”.
He has packed out U.S. stadiums throughout his 2014 tour. His books have graced the New York Times best seller list, and if his past successes are any indicator of future endeavors, it’s clear to all that Joseph Prince is making a name for himself in the church world. Yet with all of his sudden success within Christianity, with all the endorsements, the air time afforded him by TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network), and his huge following, which ranks into the thousands, all that said, Joseph Prince, by all accounts will probably be recognized not for his rise to fame or religious charisma, he will be regarded as yet one more example of what happens when the church loses its discernment and follows someone who has become blinded to the truth.
The church today has become drunk with teachings which reject the simplicity of the gospel, and in essence it has allowed teachers, declaring another gospel, another way, another Christ, to pollute and distort the gospel. Such is the case with Joseph Prince.
Prince openly admits his rejection of the gospel of repentance. His declaration which says one can live any particular way in life, willfully sin and never repent of that particular sin, wrecks havoc with the word of God. 1 John 1:9 makes it clear that IF we sin, we have an advocate with the Father who will forgive us of our sins and receive us. But repentance and a changed life, a changed heart must be apart of the gospel. But Prince rejects this notion and declares that repentance is no longer needed for the believer.
In his book, “Destined to Reign”, Prince makes the case of the following “revelations” he received and advocates for the believer:
Nothing but blessings for the believer (p.53)
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 (p.32)
Prince’s personal revelation from God is: “More grace; less judgment”
Prince believes that God WILL NOT JUDGE America because of the cross. (p.49)
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”(p.99)
Repentance means “Only to turn around” or a “change of mind”
He used to be conscious of sin, but he doesn’t focus on confessing his sin/s anymore 21
The problem with Prince is, he subverts the gospel to portray yet another gospel entirely. He is presenting another gospel, a gospel where there is no consequences to sin, or a demand for holiness. But what did Paul say on this matter?
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 has given us his Holy Spirit.” Paul, with one statement, makes it clear that not only is the believer to desire holiness, to seek after purity, but he or she is not to disregard God’s demands for righteousness. So how come Prince is advocating something different to the church? Because he has no desire for the message the cross brings, complete submission to God’s prescribed order for living, and instead, Prince is doing what so many other current heretics within the church is promoting – a gospel contrary to the cross that not only does nothing for the believer, it literally hinders the work of the Holy Spirit because of the cross. Actually, what Prince is really saying in his teachings is he has no need of the cross. That in itself is the lie Joseph Prince is attempting to convey, and many are sadly devouring his teachings, because they have itching ears.
Let’s look at it again -from his book Destined to Reign:
For generations, the body of Christ has been defeated and put under a constant siege of condemnation from the accuser because they believe wrongly that the Holy Spirit convicts believers of their sins. 43
But what does the word say about the Holy Spirit when it comes to sin? “For even if I made you grieve with my letter, I do not regret it—though I did regret it, for I see that that letter grieved you, though only for a while. As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.” (2 Corinthians 7:8-9)
Psalm 38:18 “I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.”
2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”
It must be understood to the believer that sin, unconfessed sin, sin that has not been dealt with, if not repented now, in this life, will be sadly dealt with in the next. Joseph Prince ignores this subtle truth because in all reality, there is no truth in him, for he is preaching a gospel that does not convict, does not demand a change in the life of a person, but it allows the life of one who hears this message which goes easy on the flesh, to reject everything the cross stands for, what the cross demands, not a “gospel” of convenience, but a gospel which demands sacrifice. This is the tragic reality Prince is forsaking to be accepted by many within the church today, and many are embracing it fully.
The ultimate truth when it comes to Prince and his convenient “gospel” of slippery grace is that it negates the work of Christ and the call for the believer to walk free of sin, though he may fail in his or her walk, there must be some accountability, not one where the believer can go his or her own way and not desire radical change in their life. This social gospel which Prince preaches to the thousands who willfully sit under his teaching is it preaches a salvation to be forgiven yet denies the call for redemption from sin. It teaches a form of justification by faith but not sanctification through faith. It says, “You must be born again” but doesn’t teach regeneration. It teaches that a man becomes a new creature in Christ but ultimately requires the person remains the same throughout his walk. This means that one who was saved in the dark halls of sin and perversion can remain where they were set free from, but have no hope of complete restoration or regeneration within their spirit. Again, this goes against the word – Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Here’s the truth concerning the reality of what Joseph Prince and so many before him are openly declaring, a Universalist gospel, meaning, they are taking cues from Universalism by which God accepts all, he demands no change, no repentance, no requirement for salvation other than to just believe and then live according to ones own conscious. This again is against the word, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a special people, zealous for good works.” (Titus 2:11-14)
There is no question that Joseph Prince, in all he portrays, is a fulfillment to Peter’s warning found in 2 Peter 2:1, when he said, “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.” The truth remains, what we are seeing is only the tip of the spiritual iceberg that the church today is facing almost daily. The rise of spiritual leaders who have their own agenda, their own gospel, their own spin on the teachings of Christ, but their true nature, their true identity is one which is evil, it’s manifested in deception to bring about one thing, the destruction of the body of Christ to all and any who would listen to their teachings. If we examine the fruit of Prince and what he is proclaiming, it is obvious that he is proclaiming another gospel, another Jesus, another way. He is to be marked and avoided at all cost. “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (Romans 16:17)