Is Televangelist Joyce Meyer to Blame for Family's Murder?


joyce meyerChristopher Coleman, the former bodyguard of televangelist Joyce Meyer, has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his family. Many people consider this a fitting punishment for such a horrible crime -- strangling his wife and two young sons in their beds -- and are happy that justice has finally been served.

But others wonder if there should be consequences, too, for Meyer herself. The way they see it: She and her Missouri-based ministry are partly to blame in the chilling murders.

How could Meyer be considered an accomplice in such a crime?

First, there's the issue of her alleged no-divorce policy. It's believed that Coleman was trying to escape his marriage because he wanted to be with his wife's high school friend with whom he'd been having an affair. However, he was afraid that if he divorced his wife, he'd lose his $100,000-a-year job as Meyer's security chief. By murdering his family, he could keep his girlfriend and his job. See? It makes perfect sense.

Then, there's the accusation being leveled at Meyer and her organization that they should have known Coleman was a threat to his family; in fact, the vicims' family filed a wrongful death lawsuit earlier this week claiming this very issue. According to the suit, Coleman had been sending threatening messages to his family from his employer-issued computer and cellphone. Allegedly, some of these emails had been intercepted by the ministry staff. Therefore, as one of the attorneys on the case explained:

This tragic murder would have been preventable if Joyce Meyer Ministries had responded to the threats and the extramarital affair and warned [the wife] appropriately.

In a situation as unspeakably tragic as this one, it's understandable that the victim's family would be vigilant in making sure that all guilty parties were held accountable. But I'm not so sure Meyer is a guilty party in this case. Yes, the business about the emails is fishy. But she's claiming she and the ministry had no knowledge of anything related to the murders -- even of the affair! -- prior to when they occurred. So how could she have prevented them?

At the end of the day, Meyer wasn't the one who killed the family in cold blood -- Coleman was. He deserves all of the blame and then some.


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angev... angevil53

i doubt she would know about the affair if he was trying to figure out a way to get out of the marriage without divorce to keep his job...wouldn't she be more willing to fire a cheater than a divorced man? she strikes me as a "just drink the kool-ade" type of person but i don't think this is her fault. the burden of proof is definitely on the family at this point.

mommix4 mommix4

Anyone that follows this womans ministry would know this is garbage. Sounds like the family is deeply upset as anyone would be. It also sounds like people wanting money

L25 L25

Joyce Meyer in herself is absolutely not responsible in any way, that's ridiculous. Her STAFF however, may have missed the boat on these e-mails or texts I haven't read the actual story so I don't know any details, I'm sure they will be examined by a professional. However, it is deeply concerning to me that some selfish, disgusting excuse for a human being can literally kill his whole family with his own hands, and you think he was worried about how divorce would look bad for him? I mean thats the worst motive I've ever heard. It's too bad Joyce Meyer didn't rub off on him, make him appreciate his life, his wife and beautiful children. He killed the best things in his life and will now spend the rest of his (hopefully) behind bars.

Jennifer Schoenberger

Joyce Meyer has had a divorce before, from an abusive marriage. So, her having a no-divorce policy is a bit ridiculous. I can't personally attest to the standards she holds her staff to, but I do know that working as a security guard for a televangelist, he should probably consider his personal morals anyway. Having an affair seems like a MUCH bigger issue than the divorce thing, and honestly, Joyce is a REALLY sweet woman. It's not her fault he did this. He made the choice he made, and it's devastating. But it's not her fault OR her responsibility. I think you're calling out the wrong person.

Victoria Goins

I could see Joyce's company being blamed, but not Joyce herself. Not that I like her ministry--in fact, I don't. She's like Dr Phil, but with some Jesus on the side. Ridiculous.

nonmember avatar Willow

Stuff like this is why I am not a believer. Extreme beliefs cause so much harm to others.

Laurie Lugenbeel-White

While I do not believe that Joyce Meyer herself is responsible for the deaths of Mrs. Coleman and her children, I feel the need to stand on my soapbox for a minute.

Joyce Meyer and her so-called ministry is clearly self-serving. Read up on her on Their tax-exempt status as a church/ministry is even being questioned by the Assessor because it is clearly a for-profit business. The HQ of the "ministry" is worth $20 million dollars! (that's just the buildings and grounds!)
Joyce Meyer and her family live extravagant lifestyles (google image the Meyer estate!) with huge million dollar homes, expensive luxury cars, custom clothing and jewelry, huge salaries for herself, her husband, and the Board of Directors (i.e. her children/family/friends) and a jet!

It burns me up that people, especially the infirm and elderly, watch JM and send their last 2 dollars to her, ( while she lives in the lavish way she does. She's a disgrace and a charlatan.

I wonder if she ever asks herself "what would Jesus do?" I'll bet not.

nonmember avatar J. Alexander

There is no one to blame for his actions but himself.

Nelia Marella


Rob Fischer

I don't see any reason for Joyce Meyer's to be implicated in this tragedy. It's a shame that people who hate God and religion will use these incidents to condemn people of faith. Maybe if they had faith they would understand more about love and compassion.

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