Bishop TD Jakes is busy, busy, busy promoting the release of his new book Instinct: Unleashing Your Inborn Drive, in stores today.
Already, the 56-year-old mega pastor and New York Times best-selling author has promoted through various media channels like OWN, FOX and NBC, with more to come.
During an interview with Rosanna Scotto and Greg Kelly of Good Day NY, Jakes, who encouraged viewers to look inside for cues about who they were created to be was asked, “When you’re introspective, are you closer to God?”
He answered, “Well, absolutely, because to be introspective, is to develop an appreciation for the creation, because you are the creation, which ties you into the Creator and I think that’s very, very important.”
But is that true?
Not according to the word of God, it isn’t.
Essentially, Jakes’ answer seemed to allude to the notion that one can reach God by reaching within. But there is no biblical support for drawing near to our Heavenly Father by being more in touch with self. In fact, quite the opposite is promoted through the word of God.
Jesus said in John 14:16, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Man, on his own, does not have power to access God.
If mankind could tap into the supernatural realm by means of looking within, what need would fallen creation have for Christ, the Anointed One?
Perhaps Jakes did not mean to promote erroneous doctrine. Yet, he did.
After fumbling the “God question,” he then steered the conversation away from Heavenly things and back to practical matters, rooted in comparisons to natural laws.
“Really, the whole book centers around understanding that you are pre-wired to function in certain environments more than others, like sea turtles are born on the land and the moment they hatch out the egg, they start moving to the sea without anybody telling them because instinctively they know they were designed to be in that environment.”
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine