Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons. (1 Timothy 4:1)
God Is Not Trying Bring Unity In The Visible Church
Apprising Ministries continues documenting the sad slide of evanjellyfish deeper into apostasy as spiritual darkness grows.
In the Lord I’m telling you, as one Jesus sent as a pastor-teacher, that one of the most important of these teachings of demons being spread right now is a false understanding of Christian unity.
There is a spiritual form of fascism now being perpetrated within the mainstream of the church visible. It began circa 1997 with the hatching in hell of the neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church aka the Emerging Church and spreads its evil spores via Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM).
You’re about to see the condescending attitude of celebrity Prophet-Führers and their unity over doctrine mantra. I’ve pointed out that in violation of God’s Word James MacDonald and ER2 co-host Mark Driscoll, members of the Gospel Coalition Council, have opened a forum for Word Faith heretic T.D. Jakes.
As I reminded you in T.D. Jakes Tweets On Critics, I’ve put more than enough evidence of Jakes’ modalism in T.D. Jakes And The Trinity and have even written him with advice, which he never answered. The fact is, despite this and his whacked Word Faith message ala other TBN hucksters Jakes is being mainstreamed.
He’s all set to take the stage tonight at the Code Orange De-vival of popular Prophet-Führer Steven Furtick and people are even camping out for it as if Jakes’ some rock star:
But as Apprising Ministries special correspondent Erin Benziger pointed out today in This ‘n’ That:
Word is that people actually camped out overnight at Elevation Church to ensure that they could get a seat for this monumental event. Really? I guess I didn’t realize that seeing a heretic live and in person was such a great occasion. (Online source)
The main thing people are saying right now is information about Jakes’ 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.
First, the following is a screen capture from the (TPH) website just moments ago as of this writing:
The use of the term manifestations is the language of classic modalism or Oneness Pentecostalism, not orthodox Christianity. Here’s what we do know, Jakes is with Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies, Inc. (HGAAA) where he is Vice Prelate. This screen capture is also from moments ago:
You can see here below (click to enlarge) from an earlier T.D. Jakes Ministries website that he’s been with HGAAA from the beginning of his ministry:
I can tell you from my many years of personal research and study in this area of Modalism, and Monarchianism that almost invariably when we see the word Apostolic in the name of a church it is Oneness Pentecostal/modalist. It should also be noted that there are more than a few of such within this HGAAA.
Now I’m going to show you my Twitter exchange with T.D. Jakes. Even Christian Post covered it back on Oct. 29 2011 as I showed you in T.D. Jakes And Support For Apprising Ministries. We begin with the following tweet from Jakes:
(Online source, click to enlarge)
Then in answering a comment by @DefendOrthodoxy that “modalism is a destructive heresy” Jakes would tweet this very postmodern retort:
You need to know this is actually a red herring concerning unity and a straw man argument regarding the cardinal doctrine of the Holy Trinity. There’s no one credible who’s even saying that salvation is based solely upon that doctrine. The point is: The Bible—God’s Word— teaches it, and so, we must believe it.
Then I got to the heart of the matter with the below tweet to T.D. Jakes:
Well the fact is, modalism—aka Sabellianism, after Sabellius—cannot be reconciled with the Biblical Trinitarian position; i.e. it’s a different god, which is no god at all (Isaiah 43:10; Galatians 4:8). I was actually surprised that T.D. Jakes would respond; however, as you’ll see he really didn’t answer my question:
Today it’s become of paramount importance to get people to define their terms. From my 25 years of studying cults and Comparative Religion I can tell you that Jakes’ statement of belief above is terribly insufficient. For example, the same can be stated by practicing modalists—or even Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons.
Next Jakes would send a tweet that further puts him on the record concerning modalism, sometimes referred to as Oneness Pentecostalism:
Because I don’t take this personally, let’s leave aside his referring to me as one who shared “obnoxious communications” and has now blocked me. It’s part of my ministry here at AM to come directly at issues, and the Lord has blessed it in that I’m able to talk with the very people whose work I am led to criticize.
As far as I can see, T.D. Jakes is a spiritual coward and compromiser who would walk in between those who teach the Trinity of the historic orthodox Christian Church and those who hold the heresy of Oneness Pentecostalism. There’s no way around it because the question I asked was very carefully defined.
I asked Jakes:
Which God are you talking about? The Triune God of the Bible, or the fictitious god of modalism? Which one do you believe in?
This was framed on purpose as an either/or question; the person must believe in one or the other, the God of the Bible or the non-existant god of modalism. Note carefully that, whether he personally is a modalist or not, Word Faith mogul T.D. Jakes is still heretical because he clearly tells us one thing he doesn’t:
believe in is dividing the body of Christ.
You see; beyond any reasonable doubt, T.D. Jakes is equating both views concerning the nature of God as being within the Body of Christ, even though:
Yet another aspect of Modalistic Monarchianism / Modalism / Sabellianism is Patripassianism, which is the view that it was God the Father who became incarnate, suffered, died, and was resurrected. Patripassianism essentially teaches that God the Father became His own Son.
With all that said, Sabellianism, Modalism, Monarchianism (dynamic and modalistic), and Patripassianism are all unbiblical understandings of the relationship between the Persons of the Trinity. (Online source)
Here’s the bottom line: No one who’s been a professing Christian for years, for example someone like a T.D. Jakes, has any excuse for teaching—or condoning as Christian—an unbiblical understanding of the Trinity. This is why, instead of increasing his platform within the Christian comunity, the Lord tells us:
watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.
You had best get prepared for this battle; because now even the nature of God’s up for grabs…