Jesus’ significant declaration of the importance of one’s soul has come into direct conflict with the beliefs of mega preacher and motivational star Bishop TD Jakes. When it comes to preventing AIDS, Bishop Jakes says saving the souls of men can wait.
According to OneNewsNow, Jakes said the emphasis for now must be on saving lives. He said, “Tomorrow we can save souls.”
James 4:13-14 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
TD Jakes’ theological pendulum is swinging again. His current comments on AIDS are a stark and stunning contrast to his former position, one that many called incredibly ignorant. In August, ABC News aired AIDS in Black America, in which Jakes remarked, “The Apostle Paul didn’t write about HIV or AIDS. So we don’t know how to navigate those waters.”
Clearly, as we noted before, Bishop Jakes is repositioning his theology. He is a man who is not being influenced any more by scripture, but by culture, society and those who hold obvious disdain for biblical standards. Like Creflo Dollar, Jakes fears standing behind biblical truth about homosexuality might threaten his personal gains and popularity. Time anointed him the next Billy Graham, who also refused to say whether or not homosexuality was sinful. In this context, the world loves to applaud those who obfuscate God’s standards.
Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
During hisNational Public Radio interview, Jakes revealed more of his repositioned theology.
Commentator: You don’t stay out of the conversation necessarily when homosexuals are the issue.
Jakes: Uh, what makes you say that?
Commentator: Well uh, I’ve read that you consider homosexuality is a sin. So if you’re practicing ah homosexual you’re not going to heaven.
Jakes: You know something, I don’t know anybody of any faith who can say that they have no sin in their lives. Whether it’s homosexuality or lying on your income tax or speaking rudely to somebody at a window. What we call sin may differ from person to person, but who amongst us can say that they have no sin? Jesus said that. And he said he that is without fault among you let him cast the first stone. I’m certainly not casting any particular stones at any particular group of people. All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God, but the question was about hell. And when it comes down to hell, that’s an issue that I believe in a way of salvation. I believe that Jesus is the way the truth and the life. That no man comes unto the Father saved but by him. But I’m not so dogmatic in my views, that I’m willing to condemn anybody and send them to hell, I leave that up to God.
Notice, how TD Jakes has no problem mixing Bible with cultural sentiment in order to appear neutral. In contrast, God was adamant about making a difference between what is holy and unholy, clean and unclean. He commanded Aaron (i.e. the preacher, priest) to tell the people the difference. But according to TD Jakes, that’s not his job, its God’s.
This latest collaboration with the AIDS chasers, shows even more that TD isn’t concerned with people’s eternal condition. That’s because the people he is collaborating with aren’t concerned about that either. It isnt important to them that someone may die and go to hell. For years, they have clamored to get into the black churches’ Sunday morning pulpits to preach a gospel of AIDS “prevention”. Today the AIDS chasers sanctify the “model black church” as one, not bringing people to Christ, but one who has an AIDS ministry, preferably being advised by open homosexuals. They are only concerned that AIDS is “stigmatized” in the black community. In order to be acceptable to this crowd, Bishop Jakes must adapt their ideology. But he also has to appease his church crowd. That means an abominable mix of holy and unholy.
So we ask you to decide. Who is right? Bishop TD Jakes: mega church pastor, author of over 30 best selling books, according to TIME one of America’s 25 most influential evangelicals or God’s eternal Word?
Who’s right and who will you follow?