“Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 10:32-33)

T.D. Jakes Is Without A Doubt Oneness Pentecostal

I open this piece at Apprising Ministries by stating that it has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt by a number of ministries that Dr. T.D. Jakes is unquestionably Oneness Pentecostal. For those who may not know this heresy is also known as modalism and/or Sabellianism (after Sabellius excommunicated 220 AD). Take for example there is more than enough evidence here in my own article Keeping You Apprised Of: T.D. Jakes And The Trinity.

So with this already established we turn quickly to the primary source of Time Magazine for further corroboration in the Monday, September 17, 2001 article “Spirit Raiser.” Speaking of Dr. T.D. Jakes author David Van Biema says that, “He takes his sweet time. Bishop T.D. Jakes is in the 10th minute of a marathon sermon to 22,500 men in the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.”

And then we read on as Biema quotes Jakes unmistakably using the language of classic Oneness Pentecostalism in his description of God:

“And God said, ‘Let us. Let usssssss…’” says Jakes, and then digresses: “…One God, but manifest in…three different ways, Father in creation, Son in redemption, Holy Spirit in regeneration.” (Online source)

Now let’s take a close look at a Time Magazine article from February 1, 2000 entitled “My Views on the Godhead.” Note also that this Time Magazine article is from one year before the above where Jakes is expressing his Oneness Pentecostal view of God. And as we look at this please prepare yourself here for some Graduate School level fence-straddling. It just doesn’t get any wishy-er than this washy warbling from Dr. T.D. Jakes.

Just watch how Jakes leaves out the word Oneness when he tells us below that he became “Pentecostal”:

I was raised Baptist and became Pentecostal 26 years ago… Both chapters of my early spiritual journey contributed volumes to my faith and walk with God, helping to hone my character. I was shaped by and appreciate both denominations, but am controlled by neither. (Online source)

Jakes Is A Modalist And A Pretender

And we marvel at his bold stand for what he does believe–not! The mighty man of God Dr. T.D. Jakes says, “I was shaped by and appreciate both denominations, but I am controlled by neither.” Yes and my guess is he didn’t want to risk losing money from…oops, I mean offending either group so he simply does not clearly say what he believes regarding the Holy Trinity.

Think with me here now. Both Baptists and Pentecostals profess belief in the Holy Trinity. But Oneness Pentecostals do not. So if Jakes wasn’t Oneness Pentecostal he could give his assent to this cardinal doctrine of the historic orthodox Christian Church without offending either Baptists or Pentecostals. Yet Jakes doesn’t affirm the Holy Trinity, he didn’t even respond to my letter at all and he refuses to go on record clearly as to what he believes about the nature of God.

This is because Dr. T.D. Jakes is Oneness Pentecostal and therefore does not believe in the one true and living Triune LORD God Almighty–God the Father; God the Son, Christ Jesus of Nazareth, and God the Holy Spirit. And if a man will not stand boldly for and clearly state what he actually believes about the God he claims to serve then he should be dismissed as a teacher of a counterfeit Christianity and as a coward pretending to serve Jesus Christ.

Jakes And Men Who Boldly Testified For God

I will clearly show you what I mean. Let’s take T.D. Jakes back to stand next to Jesus Christ before Roman Governor Pontius Pilate. The two condemned men are led forward but neither man speaks to Pilate. So the Governor says to them – “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?” (see–John 19:10) Pilate turns to T.D. Jakes and asks, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jakes replies, “I was raised with Jews and learned much from Roman culture. I was shaped by and appreciate both peoples, but am controlled by neither.” Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked Him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied (Matthew 27:11). The Lord that Jakes claims he serves was Someone who told people what He believed as He made His stand and the Master was crucified for it.

What about placing T.D. Jakes alongside the Apostles Peter and John in Acts 5 where they are healing many and driving out demons. Then the high priest and all his associates, who were members of the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail (Acts 5:17-18). You’ll recall God sent an angel to release them and they defied the Jewish leaders and went right back out into the Temple courts teaching in the name of Jesus Christ again.

This led to the captain coming with his Temple guards to bring the Apostles and make them appear before the Sanhedrin to be questioned by the high priest. “We gave you strict orders not to teach in this Name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood” (vv.27-28). But T.D Jakes said, “I grew up with Jewish laws and kept all the customs. Later I lived among Christ’s disciples and did as He taught. I was shaped by and appreciate both fine systems, but am controlled by neither.”

But Peter and the other Apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men!” (v.29) You see Peter and the other Apostles clearly told people what they believed–even religious leaders who could have them imprisoned and beaten – “The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead–whom you had killed by hanging Him on a tree” (v.30). For his stand Peter would later watch his wife crucified before him and then was himself crucified. All the rest would be murdered for their own stands except John who was boiled in oil and then exiled to a penal colony on the Isle of Patmos.

T.D. Jakes Appears Afraid To Make A Stand For God

Or how about Dr. Martin Luther the key figure in the Protestant Reformation that T.D. Jakes might just have enough intestinal fortitude to admit to believing in. Well as long as there wasn’t any Roman Catholic money around…oops, make that weren’t any Roman Catholic people around. T.D. Jakes and Martin Luther are brought before Emperor Charles V with the great Roman Catholic theologian Johann Maier von Eck armed with a papal bull acting as his spokesman who demand that they recant their teachings.

Luther asks for time to think it over. But T.D. Jakes mumbles:

“I was raised in the Roman Catholic Church and became a bit disenchanted and so I worked some with Luther… Both of these chapters of my early spiritual journey contributed volumes to my faith and walk with God, helping to hone my character. I was shaped by and appreciate both the Roman Catholic Church and the spirit of the Reformation, but am controlled by neither.”

But when Luther, a real man led by the one true and living Triune LORD God Almighty as clearly revealed in the Bible, is brought before the men who could condemn him to death he says:

“Since then Your Majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise God help me. Amen.”

No, after reading Dr. T.D. Jakes repeatedly refusing to state clearly what he actually believes about the nature of God, and all the while contrasting it with our Lord Christ Jesus and real men of God led by God the Holy Spirit–blessed third Person of the Holy Trinity–it becomes obvious to me that Jakes is no one whom the genuine Christian should even pay any attention to whatsoever when it comes to matters of the Church. Rather as I see it, T.D. Jakes is in reality but a spiritual coward and preache$ a fal$se go$pel.