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Is Priscilla Shirer false teacher?

Category 4

Verdict: We believe that Priscilla Shirer represents a wolf in sheep’s clothing



At the request of one of our readers, we have been asked to investigate whether Priscilla Shirer is a false teacher. You can make a request here, and we will honor it. It is a source of joy to be trusted in such a way. It is most reasonable to have never heard of Priscilla Shirer, but part of what we want to do in our Discernment ministry is to go beyond the low hanging fruits like a Joel Osteen or Paula White.


Shirer is an actress and speaker in Christian circles. This comes with multiple books and Bible studies. Her filmography in Christian circles is substantial. She was the female lead in War Room (2015), a supporting actress in the ultra-profitable I Can Only Imagine (2018), and the lead in the most recent big Christian film, Overcomer (2019). Her presence in Christian film is perhaps only in its beginning. This has vaulted her into a shining star and voice in women’s ministry.

Shady Ties

The first red flag came about in a cursory online search. She is the daughter of Tony Evans. Tony Evans is a false teacher.[1] Reformation Charlotte reports his heresy here using this interview he gave here. Though it would seem that his daughter is a more potent voice in the church. This relationship was the first red flag. It is not definitive in and of itself however does put her on a Category 1 at a minimum.

Association With False Teachers

Here’s a list of false teachers documented by Michelle Leslie here:

  • Joyce Meyer
  • Brian Houston and Bobbie Houston
  • Joel and Victoria Osteen
  • Christine Caine
  • Jen Hatmaker
  • Todd White

In addition to heresy in the family, Priscilla Shirer runs with several of Big Eva’s biggest low hanging fruitcakes. It’s not the sinners we as Christians should shun, it’s the false teachers and fake Christians. This lack of discernment is disturbing.

Statement of Faith

The statement of faith on Priscilla Shirer’s Going Beyond Ministries website:

We believe that in His death and by His shed blood, the Lord Jesus Christ made a perfect atonement for sin and redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. Men are saved and justified on this simple and single foundation. We believe that such salvation with its forgiveness of sins, its impartation of a new nature, and its hope of eternal life, is entirely apart from good works, baptism, church membership or man’s effort and is of pure grace.

Our sin is the source of the curse, not the law. The law is good. That which is good is not what binds us. The law, being good, is intended to show us that we need a savior. It is sin that enslave us and condemns us. Christ fulfills the law. This statement isolated is wrong but with a more complete reading of the statement of faith, it’s not impossible Priscilla Shirer to slip into antinomianism, not that she has, because the faith statement is conflicting on Christian’s relationship with the law.

Questionable Teachings Book



This one-word title book was a best seller in its niche, putting her on a level of Beth Moore. This movie is basically the book form of the ideas behind War Room. Now War Room is a cheesy Christian movie that is about a woman finding a mentor that shows her that praying is how you fight for your marriage. Apart from much of the other ideas of Shirer, the film is innocuous because of how much subtly it lacks in message. Perhaps we underestimate how many people devote closets to prayer. But the idea that one needs a special room or space to pray is not biblical. And the joke at the end where the guy buying the house feel’s God because of the former war room, is about as far as the film takes mysticism. Aimee Byrd of 21Reformation in her review notes:

Shirer is in tune with the areas where women struggle. Each chapter cleverly begins with a strategy like, “If I were your enemy, I’d seek to dim your passion” (25), or “I’d devalue your strength and magnify your insecurities until they dominate how you see yourself” (55). I found myself flitting back and forth between agreement and “yeah buts” in this book. Shirer is so good at honing in on the gritty challenges women fight, she wants us to be more aware of spiritual warfare, and each chapter ends with a couple of pages of scripture related to its topic that we should use in prayer.

Shirer is really in tuned to women’s struggles but is the epitome of a saying. Catholics see Mary everywhere and Protestants see the devil everywhere. And she sees the devil behind every rock.

Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God is Speaking

Priscilla Shirer writing her version of Experiencing God[2] (recommend). Still the irony of someone who can smell a false teacher writing a book on discernment is enough to discredit this teaching on its face.

Interestingly enough, Priscilla Shirer’s books all have five-star reviews with thousands of respondents. Negative reviews on Amazon were pestered by the book’s supporters. It’s important to note that authors get their biggest fans to review the book at or prior to its release, so do not let these numbers deter your suspicion. That is also an indication of how her followers handle criticism of her.

Contemplative Prayer and Mysticism

One of the major observations from other discernment ministries is that Priscilla Shirer is a major proponent of contemplative prayer. It’s important to define contemplative prayer and Got Questions ministry does a good job.

Contemplative prayer has slowly increased in practice and popularity along with the rise of the emerging church movement—a movement which embraces many unscriptural ideas and practices. Contemplative prayer is one such practice.

Contemplative prayer begins with “centering prayer,” a meditative practice where the practitioner focuses on a word and repeats that word over and over for the duration of the exercise. The purpose is to clear one’s mind of outside concerns so that God’s voice may be more easily heard. After the centering prayer, the practitioner is to sit still, listen for direct guidance from God, and feel His presence.

Although this might sound like an innocent exercise, this type of prayer has no scriptural support whatsoever. In fact, it is just the opposite of how prayer is defined in the Bible. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6). “In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete” (John 16:23-24). These verses and others clearly portray prayer as being comprehendible communication with God, not an esoteric, mystical meditation.

Contemplative prayer, by design, focuses on having a mystical experience with God. Mysticism, however, is purely subjective, and does not rely upon truth or fact. Yet the Word of God has been given to us for the very purpose of basing our faith, and our lives, on Truth (2 Timothy 3:16-17). What we know about God is based on fact; trusting in experiential knowledge over the biblical record takes a person outside of the standard that is the Bible.

Contemplative prayer is no different than the meditative exercises used in Eastern religions and New Age cults. Its most vocal supporters embrace an open spirituality among adherents from all religions, promoting the idea that salvation is gained by many paths, even though Christ Himself stated that salvation comes only through Him (John 14:6). Contemplative prayer, as practiced in the modern prayer movement, is in opposition to biblical Christianity and should definitely be avoided.

The gist of Priscilla Shirer’s teachings is that when we pray, we need to focus more on listening to God. And we listen to God by emptying our minds, so that God can fill it.

But this is hardly biblical and it is rather mystic. The idea that in order to hear God we need to empty our minds is the opposite of what I would teach or recommend. If we want to hear God, we should meditate on his Word.

1How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,

Nor stand in the path of sinners,

Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!

2But his delight is in the law of the Lord,

And in His law he meditates day and night.

3He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,

Which yields its fruit in its season

And its leaf does not wither;

And in whatever he does, he prospers.
Psalm 1:1-3 NASB

13With my lips I have told of

All the ordinances of Your mouth.

14I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,

As much as in all riches.

15I will meditate on Your precepts

And regard Your ways.

16I shall delight in Your statutes;

I shall not forget Your word
Psalm 119:13-16 NASB

8This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.
Joshua 1:8 NASB

The Bible is clear on meditation being in God’s Word and deed. It’s not an emptying of one’s mind so that God can fill it, it’s a focus on his word and deed so that you can discern what God is telling you to do in life. An idle mind invites all sorts of evil.

13At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention. 14Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach; 15for some have already turned aside to follow Satan.
1 Timothy 5:13-14 NASB

While it’s important to note that this verse is about widows living and not working, its important to realize that the target audience for this verse is similar to the target audience of Priscilla Shirer. Paul warns that idleness leads to sin. Emptying your mind so that you can be ready to perceive a burning bush moment is not a practice found in Scripture. An idle mind can hardly be a means of meditation if idle hands are an invitation for temptation Such is the danger of contemplative prayer.

Prosperity Gospel

2021’s most watched sermon on YouTube is Priscilla Shirer preaching at Lakewood Church, the infamous church of Joel Osteen. While Joel Osteen’s false gospel is not sufficient evidence to mark Shirer a prosperity preacher, Priscilla Shirer went Prosperity Gospel in this sermon. The sermon can overall be characterized as starting out as right message wrong text (bad exegesis) and went full Prosperity Gospel by the end. In addition to fully functioning as a woman pastor, preaching a false gospel is a sign of being a false teacher.


Priscilla Shirer has gone Prosperity Gospel, something exposed by Evangelical Dark Web. And therefore this surpasses the threshold of heresy. Her background of being the daughter of a prominent Southern Baptist pastor, Tony Evans and presence in Christian film has sustained her influence among normie Christians who don’t watch Trinity Broadcasting Network. Additionally, eastern mysticism is a massive spiritual issue that can be observed from Priscilla Shirer’s teachings. The promotion of contemplative prayer is mystical additive to Christianity that is not found in Scripture. In addition to promoting mysticism, it is clear that Priscilla Shirer demonstrates a persistent pattern of associating with and promoting false teachers within evangelicalism. For such reasons of lacking discernment, it is inadvisable for Christians to read and use Priscilla Shirer’s material.

We believe that Priscilla Shirer represents a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Priscilla Shirer hybrids Christianity with new age-y eastern mysticism and Prosperity Gospel poses a massive danger, yet her powerful brand in Big Eva is largely unhindered by these findings. Priscilla Shirer is Category 4.


Updated 02/2020

Updated 10/2022 Findings of the Prosperity Gospel were added to this verdict. The verdict was therefore upgraded from Category 3 to Category 4.


[1] In the past, we have contemplated making a verdict on Tony Evans, but have not felt the urgency. The focus of this verdict is not on Evans, and so we will not go deeper into that. Here is an additional resource on Evans.

[2] Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry & Richard Blackaby, and Claude King This is not an endorsement of the material but just a marker for theology.

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13 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for this assessment. Both Shirer and Moore have appeared on video with false teacher Joyce Meyer in an effort toward unity in the body of Christ. However, the Bible does not teach Christians to unite with false teachers. Quite the opposite. Here’s Shirer with Meyer:

    And Moore with Meyer:

    Associations are indeed important.

    Thanks again!

    1. I appreciate this site as a beacon of discernment.

      Also wanted to point out that the “curse of the law” is a direct quote from Galatians 3:13. The statement of faith on her site is squeaky clean. But that doesn’t negate an iota of the other things you pointed out about what she actually practices and teaches. It’s necessary to be discerning, but let’s be careful not to point fingers unnecessarily.
      In Christ.

  2. Thank you for this good work. Keep it up with the discernment. But please Kindly change the FONT type of your website; it’s quite difficult to read. Suggestions: Georgia, Helvetica. Still, there are many other readable fonts you can choose, other than the current one.

  3. Meditation is encouraged in scripture just that it be done on God’s word. In order to focus on something it is common to need to shut down mental demands, busyness, tasks demanding emotions which can block focussing on God.
    we are told to be still before God. Being still isn’t just physical it can be mental. How do you focus on God when you are just thinking about desires, ambitions, or shopping lists? It is about learning to be quiet before God.
    The Holy Spirit is given to us to lead and guide us into truth, to bring to mind scripture and teachings of Christ. We need to learn to hear him both through the scriptures but also as we go about our days- we can’t always have our bibles in front of us and applying God’s word is not always easy in every situation. This is all clearly laid out the john 14. God makes us his home, we are taught our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. We can hear from God in various ways-it however must not contradict scripture. Its not about hearing teaching that is additional to scripture or undermines it. We need to be careful bad mouthing others and make sure we take the plank out of our eyes first. Priscilla promotes the name of Jesus, repentance of sin, separation from God, Salvation by grace through faith. Be careful not forget that ALL will make mistakes. ALL people will respond wrongly or say wrong things at times. We don’t know what goes on behind closed doors or in people’s hearts. If we were to put on you tube every thing everyone said im sure we would all fins fault im each other. I wonder how many faults God could blog about you and I? Just be careful.

  4. Hi Ray,
    In your above article, I was surprised to see you speaking against a portion of the statement of faith from Priscilla’s website that appears to me to be pretty much a verbatim quote from Scripture: Galatians 3:13  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us. (NKJV)

    1. You are right to point out that it is from Scripture. However, it is devoid of the specific context found in Galatians 3, the division between Jewish and Gentile believers. This makes the language, not the message of justification by faith not works, of this verse not as ideal to put in a faith statement. Someone who does not come from a background that is aware of these things may misread this. That is what I look for. Having read countless faith statements, I also look at deviances which this language also fell under. Hope that explains where I am coming from.

  5. Do you recommend Experiencing God by Henry Blacksburg? I suggest you read Jim Osmon’s book “God Does Not Whisper”

  6. I would love for you to do research on the TV series The Chosen. I live in an area predominantly LDS compared to other faiths. I’ve had trouble finding good sources to discourage people from watching this show. Can your team share some light on the dangers of this latest Christian craze?

    1. Watch utubes ……some great utubes explaining The Chosen is really promoting one world religion. I was going to try to watch the Christmas special but the Jenkins guy who writes The Chosen has a small speech right before the movie started. All his demonic hand signs turned me off so I didn’t watch. Be very careful, Hollywood is all transgendered. All of them. You don’t get to be a star without being transgendered. Sad. Demonic.

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