Since we came online at the end of August 2005 as a pioneer in the field of Internet apologetics and discernment works Apprising Ministries has, sadly, been documenting The Falling Away Of The Evangelical Church.
Among other things, I also monitor trends in the visible church from this outpost where the Net is moving ahead of the rest of the Christian community. Oftentimes anywhere from 2 years to 6 months before they see the results.
Sometimes even more than that. You might recall back in December of 2008 I told you that Rob Bell, former icon of the neo-liberal cult operating within the Emerging Church, was teaching a form of Christian Universalism.
This news was finally discovered by the mainstream of the church visible when he released his book of Love Wins mythology in March of 2011. My point being, many times the things of which I warn won’t even seem possible.
Along this line, months before the ill-fated ecumenical Elephant Room 2, both myself and Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio told you that James MacDonald and Mark Driscoll would use it to mainstream T.D. Jakes.
Well, that’s what happened as Jakes was allowed to tell us in essence: “I’m a trintarian-modalist.” Shortly thereafter, not naming any names (James MacDonald), we were told of private discussions with T.D. Jakes.
It seems that Jakes is saying he wouldn’t accept the label of prosperity preacher; not hard to believe because, after 26 years in fields of apologetics, non-Christian cults and Comparative Religion, I don’t know one who would.
However, it seemed pretty clear that Elephant Room curator James MacDonald was implying there’s been some repentance by T.D. Jakes in that area. But Jakes’ record since ER2 actually gives us the opposite indication.
For example, Elephant Room 2′S T.D. Jakes Says TBN’s Paul Crouch Led By God To Launch Jakes’ Ministry on TBN’s Spring 2012 Fleece-A-Thon. Then there’s his performing for his spiritual daughter pastirx Paula White.
See for yourself in T.D. Jakes Speaker This Month (March 2012) For Paula White’s A God Encounter. Jakes is also fresh off his Pastor’s & Leadership 2012 Conference. Notice at :25 in this clip Paula White shows up:
As you can see below in the advertisement for the DVD set P&L 2012 also featured Joel Osteen. Yes, we know prophet-pastor Steven Furtick says Joel Osteen Is A Great Man Of God, but Osteen’s a WF heretic same as Jakes:
This next clip is called a recap of P&L 2012 but it sounds more like the typical self-help stylings of Jakes’ usual WF prosperity show to me. Taking God’s name in vain is certainly not Biblical preaching:
Odd how much “touching” goes on within WF shows. Next we have “Bishop” Tudor Bismark whose bio tells us he:
resides in Harare, Zimbabwe,… Bishop Bismark serves as an Apostolic overseer to over 900 churches in 12 African nations, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South America, the West Indies and the United States of America…
Bishop Bismark travels extensively functioning in the role of an Apostle and is sounding a clear voice in this season that it is time for God’s people to establish His kingdom in the earth. (source)
“Apostle-Bishop” Bismark also ministers with his wife pastrix ChiChi. I have to tell you, Bismark’s WF mythology below from P&L 2012 strikes me more like simply rambling. His shtick here is “keep the structure intact.”
Bismark shouts, “If a ship is blown in pieces; keep the structure intact.” How is one to do that if it’s been blown apart? Be that as it may, I’m also not sure where he gets Satan squeezing Jesus like a boa constrictor in Genesis.
However, as a former football coach, Tudor Bizmark is really quite light on his feet, I’ll give him that:
Then there’s pastrix Sheryl Brady, whom I told you of in Elephant Room, T.D. Jakes, And Pastrix Sheryl Brady, Jakes is really quite enamored with her having installed her as pastrix of The Potter’s House Of North Dallas.
Actually, Brady was also a featured speaker for T.D. Jakes’ Woman Thou Art Loosed 2011 hosted by the Lakewood Church of Joel Osteen, which even boasted his WF protégé, pastrix Paula White, as well as Cindy Trimm:
Keep in mind, the closer T.D. Jakes gets to the mainstream, the closer such as these also get. Having been in a WF church for a time as a young Christian I have much experience with this type of self-centered mythology.
I know the WF players well. In closing this, for now, we come to “Bishop” Noel Jones. I can tell you that Jones is no lightweight in the world of urban prosperity preachers; he’s royalty. Born in Jamaica Jones’ bio informs us:
Some may know him as “Bishop,” others as an astute intellectual, a columnist, prolific orator, theatrical producer,… Bishop Jones is also a frequent guest on Trinity Broadcasting Network…
Bishop Jones continues to make an indelible mark on the world, violently reclaiming territory for the Kingdom through his philanthropy, service and social justice efforts. (source)
Yikes, that sounds a bit malevolent. Following, Jones makes up one of most bizarre WF fables I have ever heard. Let me warn you, you do not want to be eating anything as you hear Jones’ wild speculations about Lazarus.
Notice that Noel Jones even claims that what he’s saying is actually “a Word” from God; but to me it sounds a little like Gil Grissom from a nightmare episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation:
I leave you now with some more bad news. seems T.D. Jakes is already gearing up for P&L 2013. But hey, who knows, maybe we’ll even see Steven Furtick and James MacDonald next time around: