Whether you totally agree with Bishop T.D. Jakes or not, there is one thing you must respect about him. The man knows his word and can articulate it masterfully. This is why EEW Magazine is highlighting his response to those who call him a “heretic” and denounce his biblical teaching. Jakes’ counter-argument is wonderfully stated.
EEW Magazine reported yesterday about the controversy surrounding Bishop T.D. Jakes’ invitation to a conference that ultimately led to the resignation of a prominent leader from a religious group.
Now EEW editors want to shed light on the core of the debate which is covered extensively by the Christian Post.
Much of the infighting is over doctrinal minutiae surrounding the Holy Trinity.
Some believe that God co-exists as three persons all equal in power, while others believe that God is one person that manifests Himself in three different ways.
It’s so sad that men of God are willing to fall out over a difference of opinion.
But Bishop T.D. Jakes gave such a remarkable response during his conversation with James MacDonald and Mark Driscoll.
He said, “I believe that until we bridge the gap between our thinking, and humble both sides and say 'we're both attempting to describe a God we love, that we serve and that we have not seen, and that we are viewing Him through the context of the Scriptures but that with a glass darkly' – why should I fall out and hate and throw names at you when all that I know and understand, be it very Orthodox, is still through a glass darkly?"
Bishop Jakes is referencing the passage of scripture in 1 Corinthians 13:12 which essentially makes the point that, when it comes to understanding the mysteries of God, none of us has all the answers. We are human, fallible, and limited in our wisdom. So none of us has any place to sling mud at others who are striving to serve God with integrity and teach His word to others.
Jakes said something else worth noting for all believers.
“I think the time has come for us to be willing to take the heat to have a conversation, because if we do not do this and we continue to divide ourselves by ourselves and compare ourselves with ourselves, we do it at the expense of decreasing numbers of new Christians in our country. We have to mobilize."
When any of us start believing we have a patent on the word of God and know all there is to know, that's when we have to start checking ourselves.
By the way, don’t you just love Bishop Jakes even more after hearing that kind of wisdom?
Read the full article here.