In light of the recent concerns over Modalism and the SBC Pastors’ Conference, it has been said that T.D. Jakes no longer holds to a form of Modalism or to a Onesness Pentecostal view of God. There are plenty of resources (I don’t have time to note them here) online and in books that document and examine the evidence for the claim that T.D. Jakes holds to a modalistic view of God rather than the Christian view of God as Trinity.
But has Jakes changed his position on his doctrine of God?
A quick, curious search for T.D. Jakes on iTunes resulted in finding an interesting interview. On July 18, 2010 Sheridan Voysey interviewed Jakes on his show Open House Interviews. The show description reads: “The pastor of the 30,000 strong Potter’s House church talks to Sheridan Voysey about his ministry, his theology and answers his critics.”
It is an interesting interview and Jakes comes across as a likable guy. Voysey asks Jakes directly about his views on Modalism and the Trinity. Jakes comes across as if one’s understanding of the very nature of God, whether Trinitarian or Modalist, is not that important. A lack of clarity and conviction in this area should give pause to seeking out spiritual advice from one who touts “Bishop” as their title.
I wish I had time to say more, but I don’t. If you want to listen to the interview you can search iTunes or use the links below.
Three brief highlights of the interview and then I’m out of time. (Note: Pay attention to how Jakes answers these questions.)
At ~22:50 the host points out Jakes affiliation with Oneness Pentecostalism and how they deny the Trinity as one God in three persons. He then asks if Jakes has changed his view. Jakes says he still fellowships with them, infers that they are Christians, yet says his views have evolved and he was pressured to walk away from them.
At ~25:40 the host brings Jakes back to the question of Modalism emphasizing the position of one god “manifesting himself as father, son and holy spirit” versus the traditional Trinitarian view of God. The host even states that Modalism was declared heresy in the 4th century. He explains it is an important issue that must be address because one who holds to Modalism is putting themselves outside of orthodoxy.
At ~27:15 Jakes says he believes that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three Persons. He says, “I believe that in a way that persons is a limited word for the Godhead.”
What do you think? Is T.D. Jakes now Trinitarian? Still a Modalist? Or is he somewhere in between?