“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. ” Matthew 7:15
T.D. Jakes – Prosperity Gospel Preacher Goes New Age
Prosperity Gospel Preacher T.D. Jakes has now officially yoked himself with the New Age Movement as he has joined Oprah Winfrey’s roster of New Age mystics and gurus for her “Lifeclass Series.” Jakes, who is famous for saying “Jesus is the product” when referring to his multi-million dollar media empire which includes books, movies and his Potter’s House Prosperity Gospel church, is now selling his wares to Oprah Winfrey’s mega-audience of devoted followers. And in Jakes’ preaching on “Purpose” and how to find it, there is no mention of the name of Jesus Christ.
Oprah: New Age High Priestess
Oprah Winfrey has been called “America’s pastor.” She is one of the most powerful and influential people on the planet. And to many she is perceived as a voice of Christianity. But the spirituality she promotes is New Age. The New Age Movement (the spiritual branch of the Illuminati) is premised on 3 basic ideas: 1) God is in everything 2) You have a divine spark in you which through various methods and rituals can be accessed and utilized and 3) once utilized, you have the ability to become a god. Oprah is one of the biggest promoters of New Age doctrine. Here is Oprah denying the Bible’s teaching that salvation only comes in Jesus Christ:
The belief in Jesus Christ is the basic principle of Christianity. However, Oprah is not a Bible-believing Christian. She has created a Jesus that suits her own personal tastes. In fact from her own statement, one does not have to believe in Jesus or God to go to Heaven. They can just believe in “The Light.” Here she is outlining New Age Doctrine once again through her prior series of online classes:
The term “Christ Consciousness” is a New Age term that does not refer to worshiping Jesus Christ, it refers to being godlike and the idea that people can access God from within themselves and do not need the teachings of the Bible. Luciferian New Age leaders like Benjamin Creme and Alice Bailey reference the Christ Consciousness in their teachings as what resides in certain special “ascended masters” who will help lead us to the New World Order. This is all the same deception from the Garden of Eden that Satan used with Eve:
Now the serpent was more [subtle] than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. — Genesis 3:1-6
The promise of godhood has been one of Satan’s main seductions from the beginning of civilization. And since sin has rendered the inner nature of humanity in rebellion against God, the lure of doing away with religion and creating one’s own path to divinity or heaven is extremely tempting. If you are god, then your sin no longer matters. Your eternal fate is no longer at risk because you make up the rules and play judge. This is why the increasingly popular “all religions lead to Heaven” philosophy grown so quickly in society. And it is just what Satan wants for all people because it will ensure that they will go to hell.
Oprah also promotes Marianne Williamson and her book, A Course in Miracles. Williamson (who at one time had a show on Oprah’s radio network) writes the following in her book:
“There is no sin. . . ” pg. 9
• A “slain Christ has no meaning.” pg. 10
• “The journey to the cross should be the last ‘useless journey.’ ” pg. 11
• “Do not make the pathetic error of ‘clinging to the old rugged cross.’” pg. 12
• “The Name of Jesus Christ as such is but a symbol… It is a symbol that is safely used as a replacement for the many names of all the gods to which you pray.” pg. 13
• “God is in everything I see.”14
• “The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.” pg. 15
• “The oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity and your limitless power.” pg. 16
• “The Atonement is the final lesson he [man] need learn, for it teaches him that, never having sinned, he has no need of salvation.” pg. 17 (source).
This again has nothing to do with the Bible. Williamson also claims the book was written via channeling ‘spirit guides’ a practice that is forbidden in the Bible. Oprah has also stated that she channels spirits and even knows them by name. Her show was the chief promoter of the best-selling book The Secret, a book that focused on New Age style witchcraft as the key to obtaining all sorts of material wealth and personal success. It popularized, “The Law of Attraction”, an occult technique that involves visualizing a certain goal, constantly focusing and doing certain practices as if it has already happened and then “attracting” it by your constant thoughts and focus. Its author, Rhonda Byrne writes: “All good things are your birthright! You are the creator of you, and the law of attraction is your magnificent tool to create whatever you want in you life. Welcome to the magic of life, and the magnificence of You!” (p. 41)
Of course the Bible says of Jesus Christ: “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3). The Secret reveals its true message later on in the book:
“You are God in a physical body. You are Spirit in the flesh. You are Eternal Life expressing itself as you.” (p. 164)
This underscores the message of The Secret and the New Age: that a person can become God. This is of course complete contradictory to the Bible and is following the deception of Satan.
T.D. Jakes Joins in The Heresy
Now given that Oprah has been so involved with the New Age, one would wonder why T.D. Jakes would be doing a “Life Class” with her to begin with? The Bible teaches Christians not to be yoked with unbelievers in spiritual endeavors. And it specifically instructs pastors:
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;” — 2 Timothy 4:1-5
A Pastor’s duty first and foremost is to preach the Gospel, whether it is “in season” or in an area where it is not welcome. At a minimum, Jakes should make sure the audience knows his Christian beliefs are different from Oprah’s. But once hearing him present his lessons, it becomes obvious. Jakes does not preach the Gospel or mention Jesus Christ with Oprah at all.
Jakes teaching on purpose in life:
Notice there is no mention of Jesus, sin or the fact that unbelievers are going to hell. Jakes is focused on “passion” as the source of finding purpose in life. The Bible teaches that our purpose as humans is to have a relationship with God eternally in Heaven. And that comes through Jesus Christ. So what is Jakes really talking about? He is focused on human-centered purpose which is just following one’s own personal desires and dreams with no regard for God or one’s sin. How can any true Christian preacher, teach on having purpose without God? The only scripture Jakes barely references was the Apostle Peter walking on water for a few seconds after Jesus empowered him. Jakes uses the reference to encourage listeners to follow their own passions. Peter was able to step on water because he was following Jesus. It was only when Peter looked down and let his heart take over that he sank. And that is what the false prophet Jakes is teaching. And he even states: “this is the good news!” No, it is not. It is a false gospel.
The Book of Ecclesiastes is almost a Biblical version of a “Life Class.” King Solomon, the wisest man on Earth, had it all. Immense wealth, a Kingdom of people who loved him, peace from wars and battles and hundreds of wives and mistresses. He pursued every vice, pleasure and lust that was in his heart. And yet he found it all was meaningless. He saw that in all the plans and aspirations people have, that life is just an endless cycle. A person works, obtains wealth, to then work more and obtain more wealth, only to grow old, die and be forgotten. Kings who built monuments a thousand years ago, are no longer remembered. Life in itself, is an utterly pointless cycle. Why? Because we are all going to die. Our time on Earth is brief. Without a relationship with God, who is eternal, who is infinite, who is outside of time, who is Spirit, we are just living out the same pattern of generations past. But Solomon finally learned that having eternal life and a loving relationship with God, truly makes life worth living. The wisest man finished his book writing:
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man
For a Christian, purpose is only found in God. Yet Jakes leaves God out of the equation.Here is Bishop Jakes answering a woman in the crowd who says she is suffering from a lack of faith:
The young woman says she was was raised to have faith but is struggling. This is a very legitimate problem. And Jakes’ advice is to “take baby steps?” What about praying to God or reading Scripture? The Bible says: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. “ (Romans 10:17). Jakes tells the woman to conquer her fears on her own. The Bible says Jesus Christ fights the battles for you. T.D. Jakes is preaching heresy, denying Jesus Christ and proving to be a false prophet. The people in Oprah’s Lifeclass are dealing with serious challenges and problems. There is nothing wrong with seeking a way to stop abuse, get out of financial problems, repair a marriage or reconcile with your children. We all face problems and Jesus teaches us that God cares about us and wants to address them:
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:25-33)
Our blessings in life come by seeking God and His righteousness, which comes through faith in Jesus. The Christian life is not about “doing your own thing.” It is about letting your ego go and living life the way God has instructed. When John the Baptist started his ministry, proclaiming that the Messiah had arrived in Israel and baptizing hundreds, he saw some of his followers leaving him to go follow Jesus. Some of the people around John questioned him, to see how he felt about losing some of his followers and John replied:
He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. 30He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” (John 3:29-31).
John the Baptist recognized that he was not the “Groom at the wedding”, he was just a supporting cast member. Jesus is the star of a Christian’s life. So John rejoiced at seeing people going to Jesus. He recognized that he needed to decrease his ego and his “purpose” so that God could be glorified. The New Age promotes the idea that each individual is their own god and center of the universe so everything in this world should be theirs. And Jakes is falling right in line with that with this unbiblical advice. He is willing to sacrifice the Gospel and real Christian teaching to be a part of Oprah’s New Age classes and of course, have access to her millions of devoted followers (through the class, Oprah made several mentions of Jakes’ recently released book).
T.D. Jakes teaching on finding direction in life:
Again, no mention of God, Jesus Christ or the Gospel. He says that whatever fits your life, “if it brings you gratification, if it brings you fulfillment, if it seems to fits into the complexity of your life” then that is your purpose. So like New Age doctrine, Jakes is preaching that a person should just follow their hearts and live their life that way. What if a person is gratified in being a Buddhist and never believing in Jesus Christ? What if someone finds fulfillment in dating a married woman and all the “complexities” that come with adultery? Again this is heresy being taught by a false teacher. The bible says since our nature is sinful and in rebellion against God, we should not trust our hearts: ” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Until we have a right spirit in us, our own desires will lead us in a life where we try to achieve our own dreams and desires without God. And that is deception because it will never lead to fulfillment and it will never lead to eternal life. But yet Jakes continues to teach this New Age philosophy which offers many paths to Heaven and many roads to truth. However, that is not what Jesus Christ taught:
” Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6
Pray for Jakes to return to the Bible and its truths. There are many people in the world today who are hurting. Many people who are truly and genuinely seeking purpose in life. And if you are a Christian, you know the answer. It is in having peace with God and getting to know Him and His love. And His greatest demonstration of that was by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. Jesus was willing to suffer so we would no longer have to. There is a true connection with the Divine. There is a way to receive God’s Spirit. There is a way to have true joy in life today. But it starts worshiping the true God and believing in Jesus – not worshiping yourself, releasing a “divine spark” or thinking you are the Creator of the universe. Jesus Christ said: ” I am come that [humanity] might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
It’s likely that many of the people taking Oprah’s Life class were the same people taking the last one in 2008. But they are still not fulfilled. Like junk food, the New Age can dazzle and amaze for a season, but always requires a new twist, method or ritual to keep searching for peace. Because as long as sin is an obstacle in between you and God there will be no peace. Even billionaire moguls like Oprah have to keep churning out new ways of trying to find it. Yet Jesus showed the true source: ” Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27. The peace that comes from Jesus Christ allows a Christian to know, no matter what pain or trial they are facing, God is with them and they are eternally secure. That is true peace. And this is why God’s message has not changed: He will provide a way to make peace for us. Share The Gospel. Give people the real truth and let The Lord change lives, eternally.