Verdict: There are concerns but not enough to mark and avoid.
Part of how this Discernment ministry operates is taking in reader questions about prevalent teachers. David Jeremiah was tied for the most requests at the start of this research, and due to him being the largest figure, this investigation into his teachings was undergone. You can make a request here and see our answered verdicts here.
Evangelicalism does not hold to dispensationalist eschatology. And though we maintain that it is an errant teaching, we do not hold the view that dispensationalism makes one a heretic. Therefore, David Jeremiah’s dispensationalism cannot alone be determinative for this verdict.
David Jeremiah is a very famous megachurch pastor, and technical member of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is most famous for his teachings on eschatology and biblical prophecy.
Support for False Teachers
The most obvious concern for David Jeremiah is that he associates with Prosperity Gospel preachers. David Jeremiah is a frequent on TBN, a notorious prosperity channel. Justin Peters and Phil Johnson, both call out this behavior as an unacceptable compromise, as fundraising for false teachers is sinful.[i] For Peters and Johnson to call David Jeremiah out does indicate there has been a public call for correction, and one sign of a false teacher is that they refuse correction and cannot handle criticism. Both Peters and Johnson maintain that David Jeremiah does not teach the Prosperity Gospel, only gives cover to those who do.
During a recent sermon on Ezekiel 38,[ii] David Jeremiah claims that the “prince of Rosh” refers to Russia, an argument based on phonetic similarity. This is conjecture, as the Rus ethnicity did not exist for several hundred years after the prophesy. Additionally, Ezekiel refers to contemporary tribes of his day (Meshech and Tubal), making it rather odd that Ezekiel would use a phonetic description of a future people group in conjunction with contemporary tribes. Jeremiah would go in to claim that Ezekiel would describe modern weapons in familiar terms, a hermeneutic ignored for the “prince of Rosh.”
David Jeremiah then erroneously posits that the “king of the north” refers solely to Russia because Russia is geographically north of Israel. This ignores Assyria, the kingdoms in Anatolia, or even the northern kingdom. He then claims that Gog refers to the “president of Russia.” Magog, he teaches, refers to the “stan nations” as opposed to the land of Gog. This refers to Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kirgizstan, and Afghanistan, “all the nations that used to be a part of the Soviet Union.” Jerimiah’s most plausible claim about the nations listed from Ezekiel 38:2-6 is Gomer as Germany, in addition to the nations that now reside in modern day Turkey.
This framework is used to further a dispensationalist eschatology whereby the end times focus on the modern secular nation state of Israel. The sermon was based on his book.
On March 16th, 2020, David Jeremiah came out in support of tyrannical lockdown policies during a sermon, the last sermon he would give before Shadow Mountain locked down.[iii] On March 23rd 2020, Jeremiah would give a clickbait sermon titled, “Is the Coronavirus in Bible Prophecy?”[iv] David Jeremiah’s Shadow Mountain Community Church would go on to claim between $2-5 million in PPP loans. David Jeremiah has remained otherwise reticent on the issue.
In a sermon titled, “Preparing the Way for Antichrist,” Warren B. Smith, a former new ager himself, calls out David Jeremiah for having called New Ageism the biggest threat to the church in 1995, while having published half a dozen books on eschatology. He then goes on to articulate how David Jeremiah has directly or indirectly supported New Ageism.[v] It’s worth noting that Wallace does understate the fact that David Jeremiah has done more material on the New Age as recently as 2022.[vi]
David Jeremiah is not a prosperity preacher, but he gives credence to those who are, and has assisted with fundraising for TBN. Strangely enough, there is a void of material from him addressing the Prosperity Gospel, nonetheless, there is insufficient evidence to conclude that he is a prosperity preacher.
What David Jeremiah is best known for is his teachings on the end times. However, David Jeremiah places an overemphasis on the end times. He has grown in popularity teaching in sermons that try to clickbait current events and read them into a dispensational eschatology. It’s easy to see how clickbaiting current events to teach on America’s most prevailing eschatological view grows both ministry and popularity, but what David Jeremiah is teaching is fundamentally incorrect. His teaching that Gog is Russia is a clear example of eisegesis.
Additionally, it should be a concern to all that David Jeremiah has entire sermons based on books he has written. The Bible teaches that wealth is a motivation of false teachers, of which this is evidence towards that end.
These are the following concerns with regards to David Jeremiah. However, they are not conclusive enough to mark him as a false teacher.
[i] David Jeremiah Partaking In Evil Deeds Of False Prophets @ TBN? (Phil Johnson / Justin Peters) | Doctrinal Watchdog Sep 12, 2019
[ii] Dr. David Jeremiah FULL SERMON (3/8/2022) THE RESURRECTION OF RUSSIA/ Must Hear! Mar 9, 2022
[iii] Facing Coronavirus: Facing Uncertain Times with David Jeremiah Mar 16, 2020
[iv] Is the Coronavirus in Bible Prophecy? | David Jeremiah Mar 23, 2020
[v] Warren B Smith – Preparing the Way for Antichrist | Sep 7, 2019
[vi] David Jeremiah Sermons 2022 – The NEW Age Movement | Apr 2, 2022
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