TD Jakes, one of the most notorious Word of Faith False Prosperity Preachers also endorses Rome with Joyce Meyer and Rick Warren

TD Jakes, (Also known for his confusion around the Trinity with his Oneness background) one of the most notorious Word of Faith False Prosperity Preachers also endorses Rome with Joyce Meyer and Rick Warren

Note: T.D. Jakes is a Oneness Pentecostal who also teaches Word of Faith false teachings.


Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen Express Excitement Over ‘Pope Francis’ Visit

By Heather Clark on September 27, 2015Jakes Warren-compressed

Article: Ecumenical Movement – Protestants Uniting With Roman Catholics

As the Roman Catholic head Jorge Bergoglio, who is known as “Pope Francis,” traveled to the United States this past week for a six-day visit, megachurch leaders Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes and Joel Osteen expressed their excitement and support for the papal pomp and circumstance.

On Wednesday, T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House posted a photo on social media of himself and his wife at the White House, outlining that he had been invited by Barack Obama to be among the VIP’s welcoming Francis to the nation’s capital. Jakes acknowledged that he has theological differences with the pontiff, but said that he saw the matter as one of loving his neighbor. EEW Magazine notes that Jakes’ comments are not his first expressing ecumenism with the Roman Catholic religion.

“There are many outreaches that we have common ground about,” he told News One in 2013. “I think one of the great mistakes in how we rationalize things in this country currently is that we have a tendency to perpetuate the ideology that we should focus on our differences, rather than to focus on our commonalities. When I think of the Roman Catholic Church and their belief in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, the fact that they serve the poor, the fact that they’re interested in education, there are many things that we can gather around and agree upon,” Jakes added.

Joel Osteen, leader of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, likewise expressed support for the Roman Catholic pontiff this past week in speaking with reporters.

“I like the pope. I like that he’s making the Catholic Church more open to bring people in and not exclude them,” Osteen told the Christian Post. “He’s a man of the people. I like what he stands for: humility, reaching out to others and he’s not so formal that people can’t relate to him.”


The TRINITY refused or confused (TD Jakes Included) >>>

Mike Oppenheimer “Let Us Reason Ministries”

 

Today there are many Ministers who either discount the Trinity or confuse it. Many who know they do not hold to an orthodox view often retreat to the saying “look at our works or our church size as fruit, not at our doctrine.”

After looking at many of the popular movers and shakers in the church something is going on around here that is concerning. If I make take the liberty to use the words of Stephen Stills who once sang “something going on over there, what it is ain’t exactly clear.” But it is very clear what is happening– at least to some of us. Lets look at what tracks are being laid down by some very well- known teachers.

T.D. Jakes Does not confess an orthodox view of the nature of God but neither has he abandoned his oneness view. He continues to acknowledge the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as different functions.

When being interviewed on the radio Jakes in responding to the questioner on the orthodox view of the trinity said “The Trinity, the term Trinity, is not a biblical term, to begin with. It’s a theological description for something that is so beyond human comprehension that I’m not sure that we can totally hold God to a numerical system. The Lord said, “Behold, O Israel, the Lord thy God is one, and beside Him there is no other.” When God got ready to make a man that looked like Him, He didn’t make three. He made one man. However, that one man had three parts. He was body, soul and spirit. We have one God, but He is Father in creation, Son in redemption, and Holy Spirit in regeneration. It’s very important that we understand that, but I think that the first thing that every believer needs to do is to approach God by faith, and then having approached Him by faith, then they need to sit up under good teaching so that they can begin to understand who the God is that they have believed upon.” (“Living by the Word” on KKLA, hosted by John Coleman, Aug. 23, 1998)

I agree about sitting under “good teaching.” Wouldn’t God being called one be a numerical system? Jakes is actually quoting Sabellius who said that God revealed himself as the Father in creation, Son in incarnation, and Holy Ghost in regeneration and sanctification. In the United Pentecostal Church’s Articles of Faith they state the same“ God is manifested as Father in creation, in the Son for our redemption, and as the Holy Spirit in our (by emanation) regeneration.” The mistake is to equate image with physical components such as we are body soul and Spirit. However even using this example defeats his own position as these are existing simultaneously while Jakes is saying God changes his roles to act in relationship wirh man.

Jakes did not respond to CRI piece done in the Journal but later issued a statement to clarify his views on the Trinity, through an article written for Christianity Today. He said, “I believe in one God who is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I believe these three have distinct and separate functions so separate each has individual attributes, yet are one. I do not believe in three Gods.

Many things can be said about the Son that cannot be said about the Father. The Son was born of a virgin; the Father created the virgin from whom He was born. The Son slept (Luke 823), but the Father never sleeps (Psalm 121:3-5). The Son took on the likeness of sinful flesh (Romans 83), but God is a spirit (John 4.24).

In spite of all the distinctives, God is one in His essence…Jakes responded to the term modalism by saying. “The language in the doctrinal statement of our ministry that refers to the Trinity of the Godhead as “manifestations” does not derive from modalism. The Apostle Paul himself used this term referring to the Godhead in 1 Timothy 3:15, 1 Corinthians 12:17, and 1 John 3:5- “

The word manifestation in 1 Timothy 3:15 is applied to the incarnation God coming in the flesh of man, (as does 1 John 3:5) it has nothing to do with the nature of God as He existed prior to this event. 1 Corinthians 12:17 has to do with gifts not the nature of God directly. Again Jakes does not make the distinction between Jesus the Son of God and the son of man. Only the son and the father. He implies the Son is the humanity. This is a certain type of modalsim. Sabellianism later became other forms of modalim. Sabellius avoided using of the term “persons” replacing it with manifestations The denial of three Gods is a basic oneness argument for the denial of the trinity. Despite that Trinitarians have mad e it absolutely clear there is only one God in three persons not three manifestations or offices. If Jakes or others believe in the orthodox view of the trinity they can easily make it clear. Instead they hem and hog over things shifting the issue. Since no one of any influence is insisting on these men and women to get it straight they will continue to avoid the issue.

This is straight up with Oneness Pentecostals who deny a tri-unity of nature and use the same wording. Yet he is accepted by Trinitarians who no longer care about these doctrines (some I realize are not aware of this aspect of his ministry). One of the Oneness views holds that God revealed himself as the Father in creation, Son in incarnation, and Holy Ghost in regeneration and sanctification.”

While not as explicit on paper the UPC does hold to the same view. “That this one true God manifested himself in the Old Testament in divers ways; in the Son while he walked among men, as the Holy Spirit after the ascension.”(Articles of Faith UPC) Therefore these are not co existent.

Dr. Norman Geisler President of Southern Evangelical Seminary and a well known scholar and speaker on cults said in an interview with “The Charlotte World,” “I know T.D. Jakes is very popular, and I know people don’t like his ministry being called a cult, but it is. It would have been condemned by any orthodox church down through the centuries.”…He “ said that Jakes promotes modalism, which denies the doctrine of the Trinity.”

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JESUS ONLY-JAMES JACOB PRASCH (On TD Jakes)


Word of Faith Teachers by Sandy Simpson from Deception in the Church 

Ernest Angley, John Bevere, Markus Bishop, Juanita Bynum, Morris Cerullo, Kim Clement, Kenneth Copeland, Paul Crouch, Creflo Dollar, Jesse Duplantis, Kenneth Hagin, Marilyn Hickey, Benny Hinn, Brian Houston, Rodney Howard-Browne, Larry Huch, T.D. Jakes, Bishop Eddie L. Long, Clarence McClendon, Joyce Meyer, Myles Munroe, Steve Munsey, Mike Murdock, Joel Osteen, Rod Parsley, Peter Popoff, Fred Price, Joseph Prince, Oral Roberts, R.W. Shambach, Robert Schuller, Karl Strader, Robert Tilton, Paula White, Ed Young.

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T.D. Jakes

Note: T.D. Jakes is a Oneness Pentecostal who also teaches Word of Faith false teachings.

The Trinity – Refused Or Confused by Mike Oppenheimer, Let Us Reason Ministries
Exposing anti-Trinitarians including Tommy Tenney, Creflo Dollar, Rod Parsley, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Gwen Shamblain, Arnold Murray, Joseph Goode.

Letter To Southern Baptist President Dr. Frank Page Regarding Oneness Pentecostal Dr. T.D. Jakes Preaching In An SBC Chunrch by Ken Silva, 2006
The following is another letter I have written and sent to Dr. Frank Page the president of the Southern Baptist Convention concerning Ed Young, Jr. and Dr. Ed Young sharing the pulpit with Oneness Pentecostal Dr. T.D. Jakes during Creative Church Conference 2007 hosted by Fellowship Church (SBC), Grapevine, TX. where Young, Jr. is pastor.

THE MAN, HIS MINISTRY, AND HIS MOVEMENT: CONCERNS ABOUT THE TEACHINGS OF T. D. JAKES
by Jerry L. Buckner

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 22, number 2 (1999).

SYNOPSIS
The appeal of T.D. Jakes crosses racial, cultural, and economic lines. He boldly addresses deep-felt needs
in the American population that are either neglected or avoided by many churches. His charismatic style
has drawn as many as 85,000 people to his conferences dealing with women’s and men’s issues. Many
people see Jakes as a compassionate man who understands their deepest problems. He is able to get to
the core issues of pain people experience from abuse, whether emotional, physical, or sexual in nature.
He not only addresses these issues but gives people ways to deal with their pain and move on with their
lives. In addition, he has transferred this knowledge into several best-selling books. Another aspect of
Jakes’s ministry is the Potter’s House in Dallas, a multiracial, nondenominational church with 17,000
members. The church has developed ministries that address many issues ranging from homelessness to
mentoring young people.
Jesus commands us not to judge externally but to judge rightly (John 7:24). T.D. Jakes appeals to
people externally by addressing their physical and emotional needs. At the same time, many people are
asking for help in discerning the right and wrong in his teachings. Several aspects of Jakes’s teaching are
problematic. For example, he emphasizes the issue of victimization without also emphasizing our sin
problem and need for a Savior. He teachings and endorses Word of Faith concepts relating to guaranteed
health and wealth. Although he claims to believe in the Trinity, the major problem with T. D. Jakes’s
teaching centers on Trinitarian theology, which he defines in modalistic or Oneness Pentecostal terms
(i.e., there is one God who exists in three manifestations or modes—not three eternal Persons). The
definition according to historical Christianity is that there is one God who exists in three co-equal, coeternal,
and co-existent Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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T. D. Jakes: Quotes Lighthouse Trails; OKs Yoga by Lighthouse Trails, 4/20/07
Jakes quoted an article we wrote titled “Evangelical Leaders Promote New Age and Eastern Spiritual Practices” Interestingly, in his own article, Jakes rightly acknowledges Rick Warren’s promotion of eastern mysticism: In Warren’s Purpose-Driven Life, he does encourage people to practice “breath prayers” by repeating words and phrases over and over in a mantra-style prayer, a practice that is similar to that found in Hindu yoga and Zen Buddhism.” But Jakes seems to advocate Rick Warren’s position by stating: In many cases yoga can be viewed as a quiet place where we individually meditate on God’s word and who that God is.

Emerging Evangelical Idolatry by Herescope
In this ongoing Herescope series Preparations for Suffering we must pause for a sober look at the current evangelical madness which is rushing headlong into open idolatry.  Pastor Larry DeBruyn has just published an article on T.D. Jakes, which reveals a new twist on his heretical teachings,“Eroticizing the Eucharist: T.D. Jakes and Communion at ‘A Table Set for Two.'”

Oneness Pentecostal T.D. Jakes Goes Mainstream Evangelical by Ken Silva, 9/23/10
Oneness Pentecostal heretic and Word Faith mogul Bishop T.D. Jakes, fresh off his stint preaching for Southern Baptist pastor Ed Young, Jr again, appeared along with Ed Young, Jr and Andy Stanley, for a second time at the Hillsong Conference 2010 in July at that heretical Word Faith church.
Jakes was also a featured speaker for Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Church this past summer as well. Despite his denial of the Trinity, i.e. the very nature of God, there right alongside Hybels, Andy Stanley, and some others, T. D. Jakes spoke at The Global Leadership Summit 2010 last August 5-6.

T.D. Jakes Tweets On Critics by Ken Silva, 10/27/11
The fact is, I m a pastor-teacher doing my best to faithfully discharge my duties through the various means Jesus has given me. Well I say, perhaps those who continually keep dismissing godly critics are actually the self-appointed one trying to fulfill their own visions.

Pastor Cajoles Flock into Kissing-Fest by Jacob Prasch, Moriel Ministries, 11/25/11
In the last few years we have witnessed a trend with an increasing emphasis on this kind of ministry being propagated in what claim to be scripturally based Christ centered churches.

In the last few years we have witnessed a trend with an increasing emphasis on this kind of ‘ministry’ being propagated in what claim to be scripturally based Christ centered churches.

I do not object to married or engaged Christian couples displaying moderate nuances of affection publicly such as holding hands or a quick kiss etc. I am not a stuffed shirt puritanical religious freak and I don’t pay much mind to those who are. But discretion imposes parameters and this exceeds prudent limits. This is inappropriate in public, even for married couples, especially in a church service. There is a time and a place for expression of marital romance, but in public or in church is neither the time nor the place. It cheapens the romance by reducing it from something personal and intimate into something approaching exhibitionism. I find it altogether inappropriate and any doctrinal theology used to justify it is bogus and devoid of exegetical support.

This kind of thing has reached the level of virtual vulgarity in the language of T. D. Jakes and Mark Driscoll and it is not ordained of God’s Spirit. Matrimony is holy and holy means ‘set apart.’ Pregnancy and babies are the manner God ordained for married couples to let it be publicly known they have been intimate; not putting on a stupid show – worse still under the banner of religiosity as with this kind of nonsense or Mark Driscoll’s hatchet job on ‘The Song of Solomon’ or T. D. Jakes’ ‘Stick in the Hole’ sermon. These trends should be offensive to the Body of Christ.

Again, my doctrine is apostolic not patristic. I am not Augustinian in my theology and I do not subscribe to the Manchean gnostic taboos of sexuality Augustine imported into the church from the pagan world that remains the preserve of Roman Catholicism etc. to this day. I have no hang ups addressing such issues as marriage or sexuality from a scriptural perspective when appropriate and when directed by the Holy Spirit. But this kind of junk is not that; It is just cheap junk passing itself off as a contemporary version of Christianity. It is rather pseudo Christian.

T.D. Jakes is heretical concerning Modalism whether he believes it or not by Ken Silva, 1/20/12
The main thing people are saying right now is information about Jakes’s modalism is old so he needs to be given the chance to explain his beliefs. Really; he’s had years. So, with minimal comment other than adding information that might be necessary to help you understand the context, here’s what we can currently find.

A review of T.D. Jakes Code Orange Revival sermon by Better Than Sacrifice, 1/28/12
T.D. Jakes is the leader of The Potter’s House, a 30,000 member congregation located in southern Dallas, Texas. I had never heard a T.D. Jakes sermon before, though I knew of his reputation. I was curious to see if only via an Internet video stream the man that Elevation Church reminded us was named America’s Best Preacher by Time Magazine. Would I be able to uncover the secret of his mystique? And would he preach the Biblical Gospel?

The Dubious Attack On Sola Scriptura By T.D. Jakes by Ken Silva, 1/22/13  B
It’s a sad sign of the times in this gelatinous generation that Apprising Ministries has to cover Word Faith wingnuts like trinitarian modalist T.D. Jakes in the context of mainstream evangelicalism.

T.D. Jakes repents of word faith heresy and mythology? by Ken Silva, 1/12/14
… since Jakes has very publicly been a leading promoter of WF heresy and mythology, then any repentance on his part will also have to be public. Here’s where we jump the track. As we examine the work of T.D. Jakes since ER2, and James MacDonald’s comments to Chris Fabry, the evidence has actually been quite the opposite.TD3

T.D. Jakes Conference To Feature Saddleback Church Leaders by Ken Silva, 2/14/14
Well, now it appears that all of this Jakes baggage is also fine by their fellow Evangelical Ecumenical Magisterium[1] member Rick Warren as well. You see, Jakes upcoming Branching Out (BO) conference has Word faith preacher Brian Houston of Hillsong Church, BO will also be giving us the notorious WF royalty Frederick K.C. Price; and they don’t come anymore committed to WF heresies than Price. In addition, BO has many sessions and breakout sessions; one of these is Organizational Management for Music Leaders. That particular breakout session features two leaders from Rick Warren’s own Saddleback Church…

Jesus Only (Video) by James Jacob Prasch, 5/17/17

How far have they already gone in Unity with Rome? Joyce Meyer and Nicky (Tricky) Gumble


THE MAN, HIS MINISTRY, AND HIS MOVEMENT: CONCERNS ABOUT THE TEACHINGS OF T. D. JAKES
by Jerry L. Buckner

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 22, number 2 (1999).

SYNOPSIS
The appeal of T.D. Jakes crosses racial, cultural, and economic lines. He boldly addresses deep-felt needs
in the American population that are either neglected or avoided by many churches. His charismatic style
has drawn as many as 85,000 people to his conferences dealing with women’s and men’s issues. Many
people see Jakes as a compassionate man who understands their deepest problems. He is able to get to
the core issues of pain people experience from abuse, whether emotional, physical, or sexual in nature.
He not only addresses these issues but gives people ways to deal with their pain and move on with their
lives. In addition, he has transferred this knowledge into several best-selling books. Another aspect of
Jakes’s ministry is the Potter’s House in Dallas, a multiracial, nondenominational church with 17,000
members. The church has developed ministries that address many issues ranging from homelessness to
mentoring young people.
Jesus commands us not to judge externally but to judge rightly (John 7:24). T.D. Jakes appeals to
people externally by addressing their physical and emotional needs. At the same time, many people are
asking for help in discerning the right and wrong in his teachings. Several aspects of Jakes’s teaching are
problematic. For example, he emphasizes the issue of victimization without also emphasizing our sin
problem and need for a Savior. He teachings and endorses Word of Faith concepts relating to guaranteed
health and wealth. Although he claims to believe in the Trinity, the major problem with T. D. Jakes’s
teaching centers on Trinitarian theology, which he defines in modalistic or Oneness Pentecostal terms
(i.e., there is one God who exists in three manifestations or modes—not three eternal Persons). The
definition according to historical Christianity is that there is one God who exists in three co-equal, coeternal,
and co-existent Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In just six years or so, he has taken the church by storm. Charismatic. Dynamic. Compassionate.
Successful. Thomas Dexter (T. D.) Jakes is surely all this — he’s even been touted as the black Billy
Graham. He identifies with your pain, and in this identification he helps you turn your heartache into
hope.
Jakes seems to be the ultimate American success story of one who has gone from rags to riches. His
influence across the Pentecostal, charismatic, and evangelical world is staggering. His television program,
The Potter’s House, is beamed into more than 500 prisons and viewed by three million people in the
United States, England, the Caribbean, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. He has twice been a
featured speaker at Promise Keepers stadium events and has co-hosted both the 700 Club and Praise The
Lord. He appeared on Larry King Live with Pat Robertson, Chuck Colson, and Jerry Falwell on 2 September 1998 to discuss morality and forgiveness issues pertaining to President Clinton. He pastors a
church less than three years old that has 17,000 members, with extensive outreach programs to the poor
and disadvantaged. His Woman Thou Art Loosed (WTAL) conference during 29–31 July 1999 drew
85,000 women to Atlanta’s Georgia Dome and had 100 satellite transmissions to prisons and detention
centers. Presidential front-runner George W. Bush, who has endorsed The Potter’s House’s outreach
programs, spoke at the WTAL conference in Atlanta. Jakes has authored 18 books and eight have
appeared on national Christian best-seller lists. His 1998 book, The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord, was
number one on Publishers Weekly’s Religion Bestsellers list for four months.
Yet, with his personal success and positive impact on others, Jakes’s ministry has not been without
controversy. This article will explore his successes and contributions, and whether there is any substance
to the criticism he has received.

HIS BACKGROUND: THE “BIBLE BOY” MAKES GOOD
T. D. Jakes was born on 9 June 1957 and grew up as the youngest son in a South Charleston, West
Virginia family. His mother, Odith, was a home economics teacher who taught all of her children to cook,
clean, and sew. His father, Ernest, was an entrepreneur who had 42 employees working in his janitorial
business. As a young boy, Jakes reflected his parents’ work ethic by having a newspaper route, selling
Avon products, and selling vegetables from his mother’s garden. He was known in his neighborhood as
the “Bible Boy” because he had the habit of preaching to imaginary congregations while always carrying
a Bible.1
When Jakes was 10, his father developed kidney disease, and the boy spent the next few years helping to
care for his father. When his mother became ill two months before his graduation, he dropped out of high
school to help care for her. He also dropped out of West Virginia State University after a year in order to
take a job. He later earned a GED certificate and eventually received bachelor’s and master’s degrees and
a doctorate in ministry through correspondence courses.2 Jakes felt called to the ministry at age 17

and began preaching part-time while he was a student at West
Virginia State University and while working at a chemical plant. He eventually became part-time music
director at the Baptist church in which he grew up. As a part-time pastor, Jakes helped found Greater
Emanuel Temple of Faith in 1980 in a storefront in Montgomery, West Virginia with only 10 members. In
1982, he began full-time ministry after the chemical plant where he worked closed and his father died of
kidney disease.3
In 1983, he held his first conference (now called “The Bible Conference”) with 80
attendees. In 1990, he moved his ministry to South Charleston. The congregation then grew from 100
members to more than 300.4
In 1992, he preached the sermon “Woman Thou Art Loosed” in Sunday school.5 This message became his
trademark.6 One year later, Jakes wrote his first book, also titled Woman Thou Art Loosed. In 1993, he also
began his weekly television program, Get Ready with T. D. Jakes, a program that is now called The Potter’s
House and airs four times a week. Later that year, he moved his ministry to Cross Lanes, West Virginia.
The congregation grew to nearly 1,000 members of all races, including 40 percent Caucasian.7
In 1994,
Jakes established T. D. Jakes Ministries, the nonprofit organization with currently 150 employees that
produces his conferences and television programs, distributes his tapes and videos, and manages his
crusades.8
T. D. Jakes met his wife, Serita Ann Jamison, while he was a guest speaker at her church. They have been
married since 1981 and have five children.

HIS MINISTRY: TRANSFORMING LIVES
In May 1996, Jakes moved his family and 50 other families from West Virginia to establish the Potter’s
House in Dallas. The present church is on the 28-acre site where the old Eagle’s Nest Church of television
evangelist W. V. Grant had been. This site cost $3.2 million. The Potter’s House is a multiracial nondenominational church with membership rapidly approaching 20,000. As many as 5,000 people
attend each of the four three-hour services every weekend.9 Many others watch the service on closedcircuit
television. A crew tapes and edits the sermon, which is played on cable television and sold after
the service. Paul Jones, the ministry’s marketing director, told The Wall Street Journal that T. D. Jakes
Ministries sells about two million videotapes a year, not including conference sales.10
The church’s name comes from Jeremiah 18, where the broken vessel is repaired: “Our ministry is called
The Potter’s House because we are geared toward mending broken lives, regardless of what color they
are.”11 The church’s congregation is 50 percent male, a high percentage.12
The Potter’s House’s programs include “Ravens Refuge, a homeless ministry; Operation Rehab, an
outreach to prostitutes; a GED literacy program; the Transformation Treatment Program for drug and
alcohol abusers; an AIDS outreach; and a prison outreach.”13
It provides bilingual services, translation
and interpretation. Even sign language is done bilingually. “Early every Sunday morning, ministers from
The Potter’s House drive downtown to pick up the homeless people; before church, the homeless get
showers and clean clothes, the women, hair-styling and makeup.”14
On 1 March 1998, T. D. Jakes and the Potter’s House dedicated Project 2000, a 231-acre tract of land,
which will be transformed into the City of Refuge to meet transgenerational needs for rehabilitation,
education, and training.
The multiethnic character of Jakes’s ministry is certainly praiseworthy. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed
that the church is the most segregated major institution in American society.15 Jakes would like to see
racism obliterated: “It’s not the color of your skin that will bring deliverance and help from God; it’s the
contents of your heart.”16 Other churches can learn from this message.

CONFERENCES ON MALE AND FEMALE RELATIONSHIPS

The power of Jakes’s impact is particularly evident in his conferences. He gives the yearly “WTAL” and
“Manpower” conferences, which attract 70 percent black, 20 percent white, and 10 percent Hispanic.17
Jakes appeals to women because he addresses their felt needs. He speaks to the pain women are
experiencing, whether that pain is a marriage that is falling apart, the loneliness of being a single mother,
physical abuse, or any mistreatment. He started the WTAL conferences because he saw this pain while
counseling women individually. He sees the conferences as mass counseling sessions. The WTAL
conferences and several of his books appeal to the emotions of women. “As he puts it, 25% of women in
America have been sexually assaulted in some way before the age of 15, the phenomenon, hardly
mentioned in most churches, creates a huge reservoir of pain.”18
Controversial issues have been kept off-limits in most churches. Jakes comes out and addresses sexism as
a sin. This is the message women want to hear. The issues that Jakes deals with — rape, battered women,
and how to find healing make the difference. He has answers that a lot of people don’t find in church.19
In his books, Jakes explicitly addresses issues with which women struggle. Not only does he speak to
struggles that may date back to childhood experiences, but he also offers solutions. He speaks in a
compassionate way that convinces women he cares. He points out that some women are victims without
being molested. “They were not the direct victims, just the witnesses of a nightmare…They are sad
casualties of a cold war. A war that we are losing.”20 Jakes goes a step further by telling women to rise
above their attitudes: “Until your attitude is corrected, you can’t be corrected….You cannot expect the
whole human race to move over because you had a bad childhood.”21 Jakes attributes his success in
dealing with women as coming from his own experiences with pain, such as coping with his father’s
illness and death. In regard to pain, Jakes says, “It will either make you bitter or it will make you better. I
wanted to be made better, not bitter.”22
T. D. Jakes appeals to men as well as women. The yearly Manpower conferences teach men how to be
men. He mentors men regarding their responsibility toward their families. He teaches that a real man
provides for and protects his family. He says there are just as many abused men as women. He tells men to respect women as God’s gift to them. Jakes even purchased subscriptions to GQ magazine for the men
in his organization to help them learn about manhood.23 The contents of this magazine would shock
Christians, however. In the April–June 1997 issue of Quarterly Journal, G. Richard Fisher describes some of
the magazine’s inappropriateness.24 As Fisher notes, the Bible gives many more and better practical
guidelines than GQ on manhood and being a godly man (see, e.g., 1 Tim. 3:1–13; Titus 1:5–9).

CONCERNS ABOUT THE MAN AND HIS MESSAGE
The apostle John measures our relationship with God by whether we follow or deviate from Christ’s
doctrine (2 John 9). We are warned not to allow false teachers to teach in our churches nor give them any
encouragement (v. 10). And if we do, we share in their evil deeds (v. 11).
T. D. Jakes has shared the platform at times with Benny Hinn, Richard Roberts, Rod Parsley, Joyce Meyer,
Rodney Howard-Browne, and Roberts Liardon. Fisher comments concerning Liardon, “Any discerning
Christian should want to stay as far away as possible from Liardon who claims he was transported to
heaven and there he met Jesus face to face and that he and Jesus had a water fight in the River of Life!
Liardon further claims he was shown a building filled with unclaimed body parts (hair, eyes, skin, legs,
etc.). This heavenly warehouse of unclaimed body parts is overstocked according to Liardon simply
because here on earth believers fail to appropriate them by faith.”25
On 28 September 1998 Jakes spoke on Praise The Lord, hosted by Paul and Jan Crouch, regarding Kenneth
Copeland: “Kenneth Copeland sent a prophecy to me and shared that God was going to send me to the
White House. And I was so busy in the Potter’s House that the idea of going to the White House was
totally absurd to me. But I respected him as a man of God and we just prayed over it and received it.”26
The association of T. D. Jakes with such well-known Word of Faith and Counterfeit Revival teachers
raises troubling questions about him.
Christian Research Institute (CRI) has been swamped with letters raising questions and concerns about
T. D. Jakes. One minister wrote that he shared a Rev. Jakes tape with college and professional athletes.
Yet he said he knows very little about the man and asked for help in discerning the right and wrong in
his teaching. Jesus commands us to inspect the fruit of leaders’ lives and doctrine in order to discern
between truth and error (Matt. 7:15–23).

TRINITARIAN OR MODALIST?
A Protestant state corrections chaplain told CRI that “one of the most popular TV evangelists at our
institution is T. D. Jakes.” He concluded by asking for clarification of Jakes’s position on the Trinity. CRI
has received two e-mails sent by T. D. Jakes Ministries to people inquiring about that subject. One e-mail
response is that “Bishop T. D. Jakes and The Potter’s House of Dallas believe there is one God who
manifest [sic] Himself in the Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We have never denied the Trinity,
and we are disappointed that anyone would misunderstand or misrepresent us.”27
The meaning of the term Trinity, according to historic Christianity, is that within the nature of the one
God co-exist three equal and eternal persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. T. D. Jakes Ministries and
historic Christianity both use the word Trinity, but the meaning of the word appears to be different.
Walter Martin taught us that we must scale the language barrier of the cults. We must recognize the
reality that unless terms are defined, a semantic jungle will envelope us, making it difficult, if not
impossible, to properly contrast orthodox Christianity with teachings outside it.28
On the T. D. Jakes Ministries Web site, an older but still accessible version of their Statement of Faith
reads, “There is one God, creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and existing in three Manifestations:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.”29 Their current doctrinal statement has been altered somewhat to read:
“THREE DIMENSIONS OF ONE GOD (1 John 5:7, Matt. 28:19, 1 Tim. 3:16)” — “We believe in one God,
who is eternal in His existence, Triune in His Manifestations, being both Father, Son and Holy Ghost
AND that He is Sovereign and Absolute in His authority.”30

The position taken by T. D. Jakes Ministries remains problematic. The problem lies in the word
“manifestation.” Manifestation is a modalistic term often used by Oneness Pentecostals. Modalism views
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as different modes of God’s activity rather than three separate persons.31
Jakes was interviewed in August 1998 by Living by the Word (LBTW) ministry. This interview was aired on
KKLA 99.5 FM in Los Angeles. During this interview, Jakes said, “We have one God, but He is Father in
creation, Son in redemption, and Holy Spirit in regeneration.”32 This wording is identical to the Oneness
Pentecostal view as described by David K. Bernard, pastor of New Life United Pentecostal Church (UPC),
in his book The Oneness of God: “A popular explanation of Father, Son and Holy Ghost is that there is one
God who has revealed [i.e., manifested] Himself as Father in Creation, Son in redemption and Holy
Ghost in regeneration.”33
In his interview with LBTW, Jakes also describes the Trinity as a complex issue, saying, “I’m not sure we
can totally hold God to a numerical system.”34 This statement is consistent with his book Anointing Fall on
Me: “The concept of the Godhead is a mystery that has baffled Christians for years. With our limited
minds we try to comprehend a limitless God. How can we explain one God but three distinct
manifestations?”35 This idea also reflects Bernard’s Oneness Pentecostal views: “We cannot confine God
to three or any other number of specific roles and titles.”36
CRI Coordinator of Research Sam Wall spoke over the telephone with Pastor Lawrence Robinson,
Director of Ministry Affairs at the Potter’s House, inquiring about their view of the Trinity. Robinson
affirmed that Jakes denies the biblical position of the Trinity, at one point saying that the Roman Catholic
Church introduced the concept of three gods. Robinson gave some modalistic illustrations of the Trinity
and said that Jakes has always held this position.37 Twice after that, Wall e-mailed Pastor Robinson to
confirm the content of their discussion. Robinson never responded. Wall noted in his e-mail, “Should I
not hear from you by e-mail, I will assume that these statements by you are correct.”38
In the 1998 Wall Street Journal article on Jakes, Lawrence Robinson speaks of knowing T. D. Jakes since he
was a young man.39 According to T. D. Jakes Ministries Web site, Elder Lawrence Robinson has been
attached to the heart of T. D. Jakes Ministries since 1985 as a faithful partner.40
Jakes’s denial of the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity is further betrayed by his association with the
Higher Ground Always Abounding Assembly. He is a leader and elected bishop of this group.41 CRI
spoke with Elder Mike Pearson, an instructor at the Higher Ground Bible Institute. He confirmed that the
Assembly has a Oneness view of the Trinity and that T. D. Jakes has been part of this association for
about seven years.42

In order to appropriately discern and respond to modalism, it is vital for Christians to understand the
Trinity as it is presented in the Bible. James R. White offers three suggestions:
First we need to do some major league education on what the doctrine actually
teaches….In the second place, we have to impress on every believer the vital importance
of understanding, accepting, and experiencing the truth that God has revealed Himself to
be Triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit….Finally, we have to educate, NOT with
arrogance or pride, but with a passion and fervor born of love for the truth….Concerned
Christians need to voice their disapproval of television networks, ministries, or
publishers who tolerate poor theology just to mollify a larger ‘audience.’43
The Trinity is the primary truth of New Testament theology. In his book Oneness Pentecostals and The
Trinity, former Oneness teacher Gregory A. Boyd convincingly argues that “the denial that the Father,
Son, and Holy Spirit are eternally distinct ‘persons’ in the Godhead indirectly undermines the Christian
view of God’s character, God’s revelation, and God’s salvation by grace.”44
Oneness believers beg to differ. As noted earlier, modalists, including T. D. Jakes, maintain the view of
“one” God revealing Himself in three manifestations. This view has been known throughout history by
several different names. One of them is modalistic monarchianism: “A movement which interpreted the
Trinity as successive revelations of God — first as Father, then as Son, and finally as Holy Spirit. It began
in the third century.”45 Modalistic monarchianism emphasized the unqualified intrinsic oneness of God
and the full deity of Christ.46

Denver Seminary’s Dr. Gordon Lewis offered this response to T. D. Jakes’s statement about God being
Triune in His manifestation: “The revised statement on God revives Sabellian Modalism. Father, Son and
Holy Spirit are not merely three manifestations of one God in history, three different hats he wears.”47
Whether it is called modalism, Sabellianism, Oneness, or “Jesus only,” this view of the Trinity is heretical.
As White observes, “Whatever its name might be, it is a denial of the Trinity based upon the denial of the
distinction between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It accepts the truth that there is only one true God,
and that the Father, Son, and Spirit are fully God, but it denies that the Bible differentiates between the
persons.”48

OTHER DOCTRINAL CONCERNS

While the biggest concern with Jakes’s teaching is the modalistic language he uses in regard to the
Trinity, several aspects of his message and ministry are problematic. In a Wall Street Journal article, which
described Jakes as a country preacher with a multimillion-dollar religious empire, he was quoted as
saying, “I am the power and the kingdom and the glory, and I think I kind of like it that way.”49 Even if
he spoke these words in jest, he mocks God, who will not share His glory with another (Isa. 42:8).
Jakes’s teaching on sin leaves much to be desired. In a three-hour video broadcast on TBN of his July 1999
WTAL conference in Atlanta, he addressed the women’s immediate emotional and social needs, but
nothing was said on the issue of sin and the need for a Savior, nor on the atoning death, burial, and
resurrection of Jesus Christ.50 In Loose That Man and Let Him Go! Jakes describes men who have
extramarital affairs as doing what they do because they fear confronting unresolved issues with their
spouses.51 He depicts men who carry weapons as living in fear that others will see the frightened little
boy hiding behind the big gun.52 He characterizes men who beat their wives as little boys having a temper
tantrum.53
Jesus goes straight to the heart when He describes adultery (Matt. 5:28) and evil thoughts, murder,
fornication, stealing, lying, and blasphemy (Matt. 15:19) for what they are. Jakes teaches that we have
problems because we are victims of our environment or circumstances and minimizes the concept of
personal sin. Along with victimization, he emphasizes self-empowerment; we can find the power to pull
ourselves out of our problems. Yet Paul taught that all have sinned and come up short before God
(Rom. 3:23). The way out of our sins is Christ-empowerment, not self-empowerment (Phil. 4:13).
Prosperity teachings stand out more than other Word of Faith teachings in T. D. Jakes’s ministry. Jakes is
a very wealthy man and enjoys it. The 19 November 1998 People magazine describes his $1.7 million
Dallas home, his blue BMW convertible, and his colorful expensive clothing.54 (He also drives a
Mercedes.) He feels his financial success is a sign of growing economic empowerment for AfricanAmericans.
The Charleston Gazette published a story that focused on his $600,000, 16-room Charlotte
mansion with its bowling alley and indoor swimming pool. The story didn’t accuse him of any
wrongdoing, but Jakes felt betrayed, saying that if he couldn’t get better press coverage, he’d take his
wealth elsewhere.55 This may be one reason Jakes moved from Charleston to Dallas.

It’s not disturbing that Jakes is wealthy and has this lifestyle, but it’s very disturbing that he portrays
Jesus as being rich in order to justify his wealth. He describes Jesus as having been rich in order to
support His disciples and their families during His ministry. Jakes says the myth of the poor Jesus has to
be destroyed because it’s holding people back.56 Indeed, Jesus Christ owns everything and possesses all
power, authority, glory, honor, and majesty. In His earthly life, however, He became poor for our sakes
(2 Cor. 8:9; Matt. 8:20). He laid aside His divine prerogatives and died on the cross, owning nothing, like
a common criminal.57 In fact, archaeological excavations of Nazareth in the 1950s demonstrate that poor
agricultural people occupied the village in Jesus’ day.58

The ministry’s doctrinal statement makes it clear that Jakes adheres not only to the doctrine of guaranteed
wealth for the believer but also guaranteed health: “We believe that it is God’s will to heal and deliver
His people today as He did in the days of the first Apostles. It is by the stripes of Jesus that we are healed,
delivered and made whole. We have authority over sickness, disease, demons, curses, and every
circumstance in life.”59 This belief is reflected in Woman Thou Art Loosed! “Jesus has promised to set you
free from every curse of the past. If you have suffered abuse, please know that He will bring you
complete healing.”60 Biblically, however, our faith does not dictate God’s will; God’s sovereign will
dictates our faith (1 John 5:13–14). Healing in the New Testament is not a guarantee, but a benefit of the
Atonement. God sometimes answers our prayers with a yes and sometimes with a no. He always answers
our prayers according to His will and for our best. Paul’s thorn in the flesh was never removed, even after
he asked God three times to remove it (2 Cor. 12:7–10).
In addition to teaching the unbiblical (1 Cor. 12:27–30) classical Pentecostal doctrine that the gift of
tongues is the necessary sign of being baptized in the Holy Spirit,61 T. D. Jakes has been observed “slaying
people in the Spirit” on a TBN program that was aired on 6 August 1998. Hank Hanegraaff, in his
Counterfeit Revival, has written about being “slain in the Spirit”: “Despite the pious attribution of this
phenomenon to the Holy Spirit as well as the pragmatic addition of ‘catchers,’ multitudes continue to
suffer spiritual, emotional and physical damage from this practice. Some have even died.”62

THE NEXT BILLY GRAHAM?

Even well discipled and discerning Christians find it challenging to differentiate between the truth and
error found in Jakes’s teachings — let alone the watching secular world. The New York Times published an
article on 1 January 1999 regarding how America has always had a national evangelist. “Ever since the
colonial era, America has had a pre-eminent preacher who played an unofficial role as national
evangelist, preaching a simple message of repentance and salvation and drawing vast crowds in the
process. For the last 50 years that role has been filled by the Rev. Billy Graham. But at the turn of the
century with Mr. Graham now 80, the question arises, Who if anyone can take his place?”
63 It is sobering
that of the five possible successors to Billy Graham listed, one of them is T. D. Jakes.
There is no denying that T. D. Jakes has many fine leadership qualities, and the social outreaches of his
Potter’s House church appear quite commendable. But, while sound doctrine is not the only criterion for
leadership among Christians (1 Tim. 3:1–13), it is certainly a necessary criterion (Tit. 1:9–11). Do we really
want a non-Trinitarian to be the spiritual leader of our country? If the answer to this question is anything
but an unequivocal no, the future looks dark indeed for the American church.

NOTES
1. David Tarrant, “T. D. Jakes — With a Message of Healing, He’s Gaining a National Following,” The Dallas Morning News,
24 January 1999.
2. Ibid.
3. T. D. Jakes Ministries, “A Bishop’s Journey — From the Hills of West Virginia to the Streets of Dallas, Texas,” 10 October 1999
(http://www.tdjakes.net/tdjakes/biography).
4. T. D. Jakes Ministries, “Who Is T. D. Jakes?” (http://www.tdjakes.net/tdjakes/index.html).
5. Ibid.
6. Lisa Miller, “Prophet Motives: Grammy Nomination, Book Deal, TV Spots — A Holy Empire Is Born,” The Wall Street Journal,
21 August 1998.
7. “Who Is T. D. Jakes?”
8. Ibid.
9. “Church Services Enlighten Thousands,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12 April 1998.
10. Miller.
11. Adele M. Banks, “Thus Speaks Jakes,” The Kansas City Star, Faith sect., 6 September 1997.
12. Julia Duin, “Provocative Pentecostal,” Insight, 14 September 1998, 41.
13. “Who Is T. D. Jakes?”
14. Miller.
15. Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love (Cleveland: William Collins and World, 1963), 101–2

16. T. D. Jakes, Woman Thou Art Loosed! (Shippensburg, PA: Destiny Image, 1993), 133.
17. Duin.
18. Ibid.
19. Mary Rourke, “Preacher, Writer and Woman’s Best Friend,” Los Angeles Times, 20 August 1998.
20. T. D. Jakes, The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord (New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1998), 34.
21. Jakes, Woman Thou Art Loosed! 137.
22. “When the Bishop Speaks, People Listen,” Charisma, November 1996, 39.
23. T. D. Jakes, Loose That Man and Let Him Go! (Tulsa: Albury Press, 1995), 42.
24. G. Richard Fisher, “Get Ready for T. D. Jakes: The Velcro Bishop with Another Gospel,” The Quarterly Journal, April–June 1997, 9.
25. Ibid., 4, 7.
26. T. D. Jakes discussing Kenneth Copeland, Praise the Lord, TBN, 28 September 1998.
27. 8 October 1998 e-mail from Calvin Milner, T. D. Jakes Ministries, to Bob Hunter of CRI.
28. Walter Martin, The Kingdom of the Cults, anniversary ed. (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1997), 28.
29. T. D. Jakes Ministries, “Ministry Beliefs,” 27 April 1998 (http://www.tdjakes.net/ministry/believe.html). In late 1997, CRI
Coordinator of Research, Sam Wall, printed out from the T. D. Jakes Ministries Web site an undated doctrinal statement that
states, “There is one God…eternally existing in three Persons…” (on file at CRI). A few months later Wall noticed that the
statement was changed to “three Manifestations.”
30. T. D. Jakes Ministries, “Doctrinal Statement for T. D. Jakes/Potter’s House Ministries,” 18 March 1999
(http://www.tdjakes.net/ministry/doctrine.html).
31. For background on modalism see Louis Berkhof, The History of Christian Doctrines (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1937).
32. Living by The Word, radio interview with T. D. Jakes, KKLA 99.5, Los Angeles, 23 and 30 August 1998.
33. David K. Bernard, The Oneness of God (Hazelwood, MO: Word Aflame Press, 1983), 142.
34. Living by the Word, radio interview.
35. T. D. Jakes, Anointing Fall on Me (Landham, MD: Pneuma Life, 1997), 7.
36. Bernard, 143.
37. Telephone conversation between CRI’s Sam Wall and Pastor Lawrence Robinson, 29 April 1998. Charisma magazine in a
sympathetic treatment of Oneness Pentecostals noted that Jakes has “Oneness roots.” (J. Lee Grady, “The Other Pentecostals,”
Charisma, June 1997 [http://www.charisma.net/strang/cm/stories/cu197105.html].)
38. E-mail sent to Pastor Lawrence Robinson by CRI, 1 May 1998 and 12 May 1998.
39. Miller.
40. T. D. Jakes Ministries Web site, “Ministry Staff.”
41. Christianity Today, 12 January 1998, 56, and The Quarterly Journal, Editorial, January–March 1999, 2.
42. Telephone conversation between CRI’s Sam Wall and Elder Mike Pearson, 16 October 1998.
43. James R. White, “Loving the Trinity,” Christian Research Journal 21, no. 4 (1999): 23.
44. Gregory A. Boyd, Oneness Pentecostals and the Trinity (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992), 12.
45. Millard J. Erickson, Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986), 106.
46. See J. N. D. Kelly, Early Christian Doctrines (San Francisco: HarperSan Francisco, 1960), 119.
47. E-mail from Gordon Lewis posted on the Apologetics Resources list (AR-talk), 19 March 1999.
48. James R. White, The Forgotten Trinity (Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1998), 153.
49. Miller.
50. Woman Thou Art Loosed Conference, 29 July 1999, broadcast the same day on TBN.

51. Jakes, Loose That Man and Let Him Go! 123.
52. Ibid., 123–24.
53. Ibid., 124.
54. Pam Lambert and Michelle McCalope, “Soul Support,” People, 9 November 1998.
55. Miller.
56. Kaylois Henry, “Bishop Jakes Is Ready, Are You?” The Dallas Observer Magazine, 20 June 1996, 31.
57. John MacArthur, The MacArthur Study Bible (Nashville: Word, 1997), 1776.
58. Jack Finnegan, The Archaeology of the New Testament (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1972), 27–33.
59. “Doctrinal Statement.”
60. Jakes, Woman Thou Art Loosed! 52.
61. “Doctrinal Statement.”
62. Hank Hanegraaff, Counterfeit Revival (Dallas: Word, 1997), 16.
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