Prince is tremendously popular among many Christians today. However, he is rapidly becoming one of the most criticized dueto his perverted grace message that fuels flagrant antinomianism.
For instance, the book of Jude warns.” some ungodly men have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” There are key leaders today who see this verse being most applicable to Joseph Prince.
And according to this recent Charisma online article by Bishop Joseph Mattera of Resurrection Church, in Brooklyn, there is more concern to be had when it comes to the teachings of Prince.
I’ve extracted the major points he put forward in the article.
1. Prince Makes Blanket Statements and Tries to Fit All Scripture Within His System: For example, he says it is not necessary to confess our sins and that Paul’s epistles never give an example of a believer confessing sin…The challenge I have with this teaching is that in 1 John 1:9, John teaches us to confess our sins. Although Prince acknowledges that this passage refutes his teaching on radical grace, he tries to get around it by saying this passage was written to the gnostics in the church—something he states without citing any commentaries, sources or historical evidence.
2. Prince Bases His Theology Only on the Writings of Paul
Although I admire Paul, Prince has to be careful with statements like this because he can give the impression that the other writings of the New Testament are not inspired or even canonical. (Even the gnostics only cited Paul and disregarded the other epistles as well as the Old Testament.)
3. Prince Doesn’t Clearly Define the Role of the Moral Law of God:
Prince says there is no room for preaching the law of God in the church and that God only blesses the message of grace. However, church history does not back this up.
4. Prince Believes in “Once Saved, Always Saved”
As a typical dispensationalist, Prince believes that once a person receives Jesus Christ as Savior, they can never lose their salvation. The challenge I have with this is that it fails to interpret individual passages honestly that disagree with this particular system.
5. Prince Teaches That God Can’t Get Angry With or Punish Christians
Prince says God does not get angry with Christians. But what about the admonition in Ephesians 4 to not grieve the Holy Spirit? (In Ephesians 4:30, grieve means “to cause great sorrow and distress,” which is akin to causing anger). Even stronger is Paul’s warning in Ephesians 5:6 against living an immoral life that brings God’s wrath on the disobedient. What about the sin that leads to death referenced in 1 John 5:16?
6. Prince Says God Is Not Judging Any Nation Because of the Cross
Prince teaches that God did not judge Sodom until Lot was removed, thus making a case that God will not judge any nation that has a presence of believers in it. What Prince fails to realize is that the Old Testament is replete with illustrations in which God judged the nations of Israel and Judah by disinheriting them even though there was a remnant left who believed. (See, for example, Isaiah 6:13.)
7. Prince Preaches an Individual Gospel That’s Disconnected From the Cultural Commission of Genesis 1:28
Perhaps one of the biggest flaws in Prince’s radical grace doctrine is that his dispensational belief doesn’t allow him to connect the gospel to the cultural commission of Genesis 1:28. Believers who embrace the original cultural commission God gave humanity through Adam and Eve (and reconfirmed to Noah after the fall in Genesis 9:1-2) realize we need the moral and civic law to understand how to disciple a nation (Matt. 28:19).