In the most recent monthly magazine published by Joyce Meyer Ministries we learn that now Joyce Meyer is Doctor Joyce Meyer! How did she achieve this highest level of academic standing? Simple. Mr. Oral Roberts bestowed this honorary degree upon her most august head.
This means we can expect to see "Dr." now tacked onto her name on books, tapes, and videos. What is amazing is the fact that Mrs. Meyer has absolutely no legitimate undergraduate or post graduate degree to merit such an appellation. She has no earned college degree at all.
Please keep in mind that whenever you see the title "Dr." in front of a charismatic teacher's name, especially if they are on television you can "bet" nine times out of ten that the degree is bogus.
Almost all charismatic ministers openly denigrate serious biblical study on the seminary level. Yet they love to use the title of a scholar. Why? To give them the credibility they lack. The degree title will make the unsuspecting Christian put more confidence in what they teach, after all, they are a "Doctor."
This is just another example of the deception that these ministers knowingly perpetrate on the unsuspecting Christian. Anyone in the academic world will tell you that no one of any repute will use or cite an honorary degree. Certainly they will not use it in connection with their publications. Why not? Because people of integrity know full well that they have not put in the requisite time required to merit such a title.
To use an honorary degree in the same manner as a person who has worked for the degree is seen as an insult to those who have put in the hard years of study to earn that academic standing.
Yet charismatic leaders, many of whom, like Joyce, who have no college degree at all have no moral problem calling themselves by a title they have not earned. This should not surprise us because they call themselves apostles, prophets, and bishops - these titles are just as hollow and fraudulent as their doctorate titles.
Some of these charismatic frauds are "Dr." Marilyn Hickey, "Dr." Kenneth E. Hagin, "Dr." Oral Roberts, "Dr." Joyce Meyer, "Dr." Rodney Howard Brown, "Dr." Lester Sumrall.
Joyce has now joined the ranks of the fraud squad - it is a shame that she did not have enough integrity to simply turn down the offered title (considering the source!). And now has added an additional level of deception to her ministry. In the magazine it did state that the title is honorary . . . yet will this fact appear on her books and tapes? When she is introduced as Dr. Joyce Meyer will she say "hey guys it is just an honorary title?" I would like to think so, if she does, she will be the first of many who use these fake title to garner praise and esteem from those who know even less than they do.