I don’t agree with his doctrine thoughts on all things but there is no better story teller than this man, TD Jakes.
Movies are very deep at time. Sometimes they can bring out memories that remind you of many things. One of my most favorite movie series, The Matrix, has some of the most memorable moments in them. This picture is one of those moments I apply to my spiritual life. Basically, Neo returns to the Orcle after his rebirth. He has been told that he will do amazing things and he has even experienced amazing things. Most importantly, he no longer doubts who he is anymore. But unknowingly he is given information that he rejects. He is told he will have to understand why he chooses rather he dies or someone else does. The choice is already seen and made, he just has to understand why he made that choice in the coming days. Neo’s answer is that he won’t do that. But the Orcle says he has to because he is the ONE. And if he fails then Zion, the last human city and home will fall. This is what all of us should feel when we are tested. Choices lay out in front of us. Those choices normally have clear consequences that we sometimes choose to ignore but they are there none the less. We tell ourselves we can avoid those consequences because we think that we won’t fall or get caught. We are wrong on both ends. The possible consequences to the wrong choices are always more likely to happen than not making that choice at all. You can never know how things will end but the Bible’s guide to what to avoid reigns paramount. The more you align your life with what is just and holy, the better off you will be. Traps are laid everywhere around you by spiritual forces and evil dominion. They use all things and anyone, even you, to help bring about death to something that has life in God. Remember this, because each of us are The ONE in our lives. We have to make the right choices if we are to save what God has granted to us to be a good steward over. If not, then our home and city, “Zion”, will fall.
Over and over again tradition makes the best of see what we are told to see or what we want to see. Our spiritual lives are full of this way and pattern. I believe my mission from God is to bring those assumptions and tradition down when they don’t align with his true word. I say true word because as you know man’s hands and tradition have made their way into God’s word over and over again. Scripture added that never existed to help support theories of men, like seen in 1John 5:7. It still resides in scripture and yet any good study Bible confesses that this writing was not present in the original scriptures and yet we do nothing about removing it because it supports traditions, false theories, and rules of men. So it’s very important that we don’t read what isn’t there. That we don’t translate things that aren’t there, even if it conflicts with what we have created in our minds as God or what we have created as right or just. We first need to know that God is who he says he is, not what we need to make him to be in oder to sleep better at night. He’s not a American with support of the democratic or republican party. He doesn’t believe in “America first”, he believes in Himself and his Son, that is All. He doesn’t change his ideas of sin or how things should be simply because you voted for Gay and Lesbian marriages to be allowed in your state. You will still have to answer to Him and his Son. He doesn’t care what date and time it is, sex still isn’t accepted just because you claim you love someone if you aren’t married as husband and wife. I mean I could go on and on but simply put God determines all, not man. And sometimes we try and over complicate things. One of the Simplest over-complicated thing is who son is. Christ, our saving lamb of God is the only begotten Son of GOD. Do you understand the weight of that statement? Christ is the Son of God, not Son of The Father. Son of God means that there are two subjects and people listed. The Son and God. For the trinity concept to work Christ would have to be the Son of The Father (or son of the Holy Spirit being that it conceived the Son), not Son of God because the trinity claims that God lives inside each person of the Son, Father, and Holy spirit equally. Nevermind the fact that God is Spirit and is always identified as the Father in this manner. Nevermind that the bible shows over and over that the Father is head over all and never gives authority placement of the Holy spirit, or that the holy spirit is not a name. No, just simply put Christ is the Son of God. Showing clearly that Christ and The God mentioned in that term is not ever talking about three people, but always the Father. So if Christ was equally God then he would called the Son of the Father. But this is not the case. The Bible shows verse after verse clear separation over and over again of God and His Son. “God” and his Son, the Son and “his God” and Father. Over and over we read verse after verse saying the same thing and yet because of our training in church theories we don’t ever catch the clear and simple truth and fact, CHRIST is the Son (say it with me) of God. He can never be the son of someone and yet still be that someone. The Bible uses these terms and even the Son uses these terms to describe himself. Who are you to describe him differently, yet alone make a denomination out it and claim those who don’t agree are going to hell? This would mean that Christ would need to return to hell with us because according to him he isn’t his Father, according to Christ he isn’t the same God as his Father, nor does he have the same knowledge or power over ALL things as his Father because his Father has authority over All because all includes his Son too.
The disciple John, he is one of Christ most trusted friends and brother. So much could be debated about him, from how he lived, who was he, why Jesus is said to specifically loved him, why he was chosen among all others to write the most important book in the bible, and yes even the theories about this being Mary Magdalene and covered up. I mean, I have heard them all. But one thing missed about John, that I don’t hear talked about, is his flaw of worship. John was given a great honor. He was the only one chosen for the greatest task in biblical history. He was to see heaven and write the book of Revelations. To start off we must first understand the facts. John was taken to heaven, he was not given a dream or vision, he was take to heaven. John was shifted into the spiritual world in heaven beyond his current time. Basically John is in the future and his time doesn’t exist there. Time has no bearing anymore in heaven and it’s no longer A.D 95 because time only governs the physical world. Now, right away some might be confused because the bible says flesh can not inherit the kingdom of God. You would be right, but the word inherit doesn’t mean” no visitors allowed”. It means to be an heir, to receive the portion assigned to one, receive an allotted portion, receive as one’s own or as a possession to become partaker of, to obtain). This is not the same as someone taken there for a short period of time to be shown something. John was not given residency yet, so that concept doesn’t apply to John’s visit to heaven. And one of the biggest reasons why we know that he is in the flesh still is because of his nature and sin actions right in front of God himself. In Rev 19:10…
Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
John, in front of both lamb and God, fell at the feet of an angel to worship the angel. The word worship means to bow, adore or to give Reverence to(something all Catholics should take note to). Here, it is tied into the act, as no words were said to the angel, but the action of bowing is what identified what he was doing and this act was corrected and explained. John, a disciple of Christ, taught by Christ, walked with Christ, knew the law, had just witness 18 chapters of Revelations knowledge and punishment of those who didn’t side with Christ, and here he is standing at the foot of God and his Lamb sinning. But what stands out as a important fact is that he is a Roman Empire native. In his heart, as with all Romans Empire natives at that time, they were accustom to worshiping Deities and creating them out of men and other hand made items and totems. John was use to this way of thought and action and even in the face of God himself he chose to worship the angel. But we all make mistakes right? Well, this mistake happened again..Rev 22.8-9.
8I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed them to me, 9but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.
Why would this happen at all again? Why would a man who just got corrected, standing in front of God himself continue to make the same mistake of false worship of angels after being warned not to prior, knowing full well Christ didn’t teach this? Most importantly, why is God’s holy spirit putting this much emphasis on this in the writing? Because it’s pointing out a very big warning for those like John who had the nature to worship people, angels and the like. It’s showing that because of where John was raised and the culture of Roman he had natural tendencies to worshiping beings other than God and to deify anything blessed or shown in favor. This could directly link back to John 1.1 some could argue. More importantly it shows that even a disciple actions aren’t perfect nor are they without flaw even in the midst of the God and his Lamb, Christ Yeshua. Ultimately, it shows that no matter what man, even an disciple, actions are, it should never compromise God’s commandments. This is why also what Christ says stands over what the disciples believed. He is the one who will judge all. Even Peter and Paul had issues with each other. So just because Peter did something or believed something, it didn’t make it ok unless the rest of the word of God backed it and Paul was very quick to stand against anything that stood contrary to the law and of the word of God, even if that meant calling out another disciple for being out of order. So before one considers bowing to a statue which the word says not to, or kissing the ring of the Pope to give Reverence to him or any other angel or prophet, remember…worship God Only, and then ask yourself who does Revelation Identify as God, or more importantly who do angels Identify as God when they made this statement? In Revelations Angels never Identify Christ as God. Yes, they are told to worship him by “God” but angels never Identify Christ as God, only the Son of God or the Lamb. If Christ was God, angels would not have to be told to worship him. This would automatically be due to him, with the approval of any other being. But again, more importantly than that, we really only need to ask Christ who he Identifies as God to really put this to bed..Rev 3:12…
The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name..
This is so concrete it’s almost shocking that we can read this and still force the false notions that this means that Christ is truly God Almighty or that anyone who agrees with what Christ said himself , is a false teacher or unsaved. How many times in that verse alone does Christ with his own confession use the term “My God”. There is great push and focus on this because Christ is making this very clear to leave no confusion, that he has a God. The same being you claim to be God almighty is flat out telling you with his own words, who he considers to be God almighty. Doesn’t this trump any other disciple’s or denomination’s opinion right where it stands? Who’s opinion do you stand on, man or The Son of God, and author of our salvation? I will always repeat what he says and believes.
As you read the Bible over and over you always will find different things. Some of this is because we read what we want to see in scripture and not allow the scripture to tell us what we should see. I know this because it has happened to me. It has happened to all of us, especially when it comes down to our denomination. We are really quick to quote and attach man made up concepts and preach them as required truth for Salvation when the Bible never requires such. We have some denominations out there that flat out believe and confess that the Bible’s direction about how to worship and what to believe only stands as a second voice after what they do and believe, not the source for the direction for them to follow. In other words they believe they set what is right and accepted first then th Bible(Catholics). To me, that’s scary, but not surprising. Everyone of us wants to keeps our views no matter how many times the Bible corrects that view. Tradition means more to us than the Bible. Tradition for most people creates our own version of God, while the Bible’s version of God remains pushed away or even unknown compared to the image we made up or preached about. The church will preach about the love of God but the Bible also tells us about the absolute soverity, control, and fury of God too. The Bible also shows clear distinct separation of God and his Son, The lamb , while man tries over and over again to ignore the hundreds of verses that separate them over and over again.
1. Jesus counted himself and his Father as two, not “one.” John 8:17 and 18: “In your own law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid. I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father.” Jesus confirmed this truth in John 14:1 when he said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.” There are literally hundreds of scriptures like these that set forth Jesus and God as separate and distinct beings. “Whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the son” (2 John 9). The Scripture clearly recognizes the Father and the Son, but not “both” of them as “one God.”
2. The Bible always portrays God and Christ as two separate beings. Examples are far too many to list, but a few are: When Stephen saw them just before his death, he saw “the son of man standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56); the Church Epistles are authored by both God and Christ; God and Christ rule in the eternal city of Revelation (Chapter 21).
3. Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”John 20:17..Even Jesus tells others he has a God.. don’t you understand the weight of this statement. The risen Christ, with all power and authority “Given”to him tells Mary without doubt that she is to look at the Father as her God and even His. If you are to do this, truly do this for all that it means you can not believe in the Trinity or Oneness. If I can be condemned to Hell for believing Christ’s own words, then so be it. But last I checked Christ is the only one that determines this, not man,not even God, the Father, will judge, he has given that duty to his Son, the Christ and Lamb. And here again, the Bible clearly is making a clear separation of the two. Everything Christ has in power and authority is not his because he owned it , it’s only his because his father who is head over all things, including head of the Son, gave it to him temporarily. 1 Corinthian 15:24-28.
4. The Bible is clear that Jesus is the “image of God” (Col. 1:15; 2 Cor. 4:4). If Christ is the image of God, then he cannot be God, because you cannot be an image of someone and the real person at the same time. If you see a photograph of us, you see our image and you can learn a lot about us from it, but the image is not the real us. Christ is the image of God.
The list goes on and on and on. Even the disciples like Paul open up his letters with clear separation from Jesus and God. What we do is take scripture like John 1.1and create some kind of hidden code for Salvation. Not having a indefinite article means everything in this verse but more importantly what was Christ view?
Traditionally, things like the trinity and oneness have been shoved down our throats for so long that we defend it with great passion and anger, all without one willing ear to listen or true examination. Why? Because the church has lied to it’s members to make them believe that when man, hundreds of years after the day of Pentecost and thousands of people who didn’t even know about a trinity or oneness belief, started coming up with philosophical debates and concepts to make themselves feel better and important, that this actually has a say in your Salvation. The trinity concept is man’s theory, oneness is man’s theory, even Arianism are all just men needing to make up theories about God to feel important. None of these views must be present in your mind or heart for the Power of Christ’s blood to forgive you from your sins. None of this is needed for your acceptance of Christ sacrifice/resurrection, and the confession of him being the son of the Living God to work for righteousness. If you can ever really see this it will free you from a lot of fear and bondage. Allow good translated scripture to show you truth through the power of His Spirit. Quote from it and believe on it not man’s denominational rules for Salvation or the biased translated versions of the Bible to push denomination. You just have to really study and accept his word not assumptions. But once you see this for yourself the scripture words that you have read your whole life will be seen clearer and your eyes will forever be open and you will wonder how in the world you skipped over that simple truth that the Bible shows us over and over, that Jesus too has a God.