Dake's Bible EXPOSED!

Dake's Bible EXPOSED!
The Jesus Of The Dake Annotated Reference Bible
by Jeff Spancer From time to time, this article can be found online. However, the article moves around so much that it often is hard to find - and certainly hard to keep up with the address changes. Therefore, we are also reproducing it below. Finis Jennings Dake (1902-87) was a Pentecostal pastor, teacher, and author whose most influential work is the Dake's Annotated Reference Bible. This study Bible, containing notes on the entire Old and New Testaments, was first published in 1963. The Dake Bible is considered the top "Pentecostal Study Bible" by many. In fact, the Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements says, "His 'notes' became the 'bread and butter' of many prominent preachers and the 'staple' of Pentecostal congregations." Dake is very important within Pentecostal/Charismatic circles. Dake was a man devoted to the study of the Word of God. In fact, the back cover of one of his books says, "His supernatural ability to flawlessly quote Scripture earned him a reputation as the 'Walking Bible.'" Dake himself claims a supernatural knowledge of the Bible that came soon after his conversion—even before he began to study the Word of God. Dake asserts: I was immediately able to quote hundreds of Scriptures without memorizing them. I also noticed a quickening of my mind to know what chapters and books various verses were found in. Before conversion, I had not read one full chapter of the Bible. This new knowledge of Scripture was a gift to me, for which I give God the praise. From the time of this special anointing until now, I have never had to memorize the thousands of scriptures I use in teaching. I just quote a verse when I need it, by the anointing of the Spirit. It has been said that he put more than 100,000 hours into Scripture study during his career. The commentary notes in the Dake Annotated Reference Bible are certainly the main fruit of his work. The preface to this extensive study Bible states, "The purpose of this work is to give in ONE volume the helps a student of
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the Bible needs from many books—Bible commentaries, Atlas, Dictionary, complete



Dake's Bible EXPOSED!

the Bible needs from many books—Bible commentaries, Atlas, Dictionary, complete Concordance, Dispensational Truth, Topical Text Book, Bible Synthesis, Doctrines, Prophetic Studies, and others." This volume certainly follows through with its promise. It is a massive collection of facts, figures, and encyclopedic findings contained in "nearly 9,000 informative headings . . . , 500,000 cross references throughout 35,000 notes and comments . . . , 3,400 note-columns—over 8,000 outlines on a great variety of subjects, and 2,000 illustrations." The fact is clearly seen that Mr. Dake put much work into this reference tool. However, there are severe problems with the theology contained in this work. For instance, heresies abound concerning subjects such as the nature and attributes of God, Soteriology, and Christology—just to name a few. Furthermore, many word-faith teachers, such as Benny Hinn and Kenneth Copeland, have verifiably used Dake as a source of their quizzical doctrines. The scope of this paper, however, is not a complete, systematic analysis of the Dake Annotated Reference Bible, but an analysis of what it says about Jesus. It must be stated that Finis Jennings Dake and those who follow his teaching are not yet considered a cult. However, much of the teaching in Dake's Bible is considered cultic because it falls far outside the walls of orthodox Christianity. To be sure, there are many heretical claims concerning Jesus found in this study Bible. And with about 30,000 Dake Bibles being sold each year, this is a subject that needs to be addressed. This exploration of Dake's teaching on Jesus will be subsumed under two broad topics: Dake and the Trinity, which will exegete Dake's teaching about the very nature of Jesus before He was Incarnated into a body of flesh, and Dake and the Incarnation, which will present Dake's teaching about the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity.

DAKE AND THE TRINITY The trouble with the Jesus of the Dake Bible begins long before His birth in Bethlehem. Dake's aberrant view of Jesus begins with an incorrect theology of the Trinity and the very nature of God. And since Jesus is the eternal Second Person of the Trinity who possesses the very nature and attributes of God, we are certainly concerned with what Dake teaches about this subject. Finis Dake's teachings on the Trinity are assuredly not considered orthodox. In fact, his dogma on the subject is positively cultic. His deviation from the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity stems from his perversion of the term "Person." In his book God's Plan for Man, Dake tells us that a "person" is "a rational being with bodily presence, soul passions, and spirit faculties." In other words, a person is a being with a body. With this in mind, we turn to Dake's definition of the Trinity:
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the Son. Dake's Trinity is clearly three separate. The members of the Trinity are separate. each one having His own personal spirit body. if we were to go to heaven and see the Father. as we do when the same statements are made of two or three persons of the human race. just like three kings would be seated on three distinct thrones on earth. angel. Dake states that it is a "fallacy" to believe "that there is only one person or one being called God. soul and spirit. in some sense. Is God only one being made up of several persons or beings in the one being? If so. the Son. personal soul. and the Holy Spirit. each called God. we can conclude that man is one person or being made up of many.htm 3/29 . In view of Dake's definition of "person. . If two or three persons are referred to in all these passages and they are called God. then we must understand them as referring to this many divine persons. and the Holy Spirit." this quotation is claiming three "beings" in the Trinity which is undeniably Tritheism." He also claims that it is a "fallacy" to believe "that there is a difference in meaning of three human persons and three divine persons. and the Holy Spirit—and each of these beings has His own personal body. 6:4-6). Dake says: There are over 500 plain scriptures that refer to the Father. in his book God's Plan for Man.com/Bible/dakes_bible. and spirit.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! What we mean by Divine Trinity is that there are three separate and distinct persons in the Godhead.jesus-is-sav ior. Dake explains that the three separate Beings in the Trinity are one in unity or purpose: www. each with His own personal body." In other words. just as each human person is a separate and distinct being. distinct Beings. or any other being has his own body. there would be three different Beings bodily present on three different thrones. distinct Beings. Allow me to depict Dake's view in this way: According to Dake. Dake argues from the analogy of man as created in God's image: Is God bodiless? If so we can conclude that man is also bodiless. What about the "oneness" of God? The Bible certainly claims that. each member of the Trinity is a separate and distinct Being unified only in purpose or goal. and spirit in the sense that all other persons have them. . soul. . Similarly. as being THREE SEPARATE AND DISTINCT PERSONS. the Son. The obvious conclusion to which Dake is trying to lead his flock is that God is three separate beings—the Father. soul. and personal spirit in the sense that each human being. God is one (Deut.

heart. shape. Each of these separate. before the Incarnation. dwells in a mansion and in a city located on a material planet called heaven.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! The word one means one in unity as well as one in number. head. Dake believes that the oneness of God is in the fact that "these three (beings) are in absolute unity and 'are one' as believers are supposed to be (John 17:11. ." In summary. as orthodoxy claims. He has a voice and countenance." The problem that the Trinitarians have." He goes on to teach that the orthodox understanding of the spirit nature of God and the Trinity is "foolish and unscriptural." who are one in unity. believes the Bible distinctly teaches God has a body. the Godhead is three separate beings. back parts. is that they fail to take the Bible literally when it speaks of God having bodily parts. and other bodily parts. eyes. Dake charges that the Trinitarians "make such ridiculous propositions about God that it is impossible to comprehend them. hands and fingers.jesus-is-sav ior. . There is one God the Father. hair.com/Bible/dakes_bible. form. It is not surprising that Dake." Thus. the same way that the body of Christ is one in unity—a collection of persons with the same goal or purpose. but a functional unity found in purpose or direction. . lips and tongue. the unity of the one God. one Lord Jesus Christ. is not ontological oneness shared by three persons. face. 2123). can also be found explicitly denying the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity. and one Holy Ghost. . image and likeness of a man. He claims that the writers who support the orthodox doctrines of the nature of God and the Trinity exhibit "the modern trend to make God too mystical to understand.htm 4/29 . . . The "Walking Bible" claims: He (God) has a personal spirit body. expounding his theology to its logical conclusion. He has bodily presence and goes place to place in a body like all other persons. loins. eats. He wears clothes. to say the least. arms. mouth. like sheep. the Jesus of the Dake Bible. whose teaching implicitly denies the Trinity by redefining it. The word God is used either as a singular or a plural word. a plurality like "sheep." Furthermore. Dake. Moreover. distinct www. As individual persons each can be called God and collectively they can be spoken of as one God because of their perfect unity. was one of three divine Beings who composed the Trinity. bodily parts such as. Thus there are three separate persons in the divine individuality and divine plurality. feet. claims Dake. Therefore. Dake asserts "The expressions which tell us that God has bodily parts are real and literal and not figurative. according to Dake.

DAKE AND THE INCARNATION Finis Dake teaches several disputable doctrines concerning the Incarnation of Jesus. for sonship in connection with Jesus Christ always refers to humanity.com/Bible/dakes_bible. This definition of the term Son of God is found throughout Dake's writings. he denies the eternal Sonship of Jesus Christ by teaching that Jesus became the Son of God when He was born into flesh at Bethlehem. never to deity." In his note on John 1:14 ("the Word was made flesh"). Jesus was not the Christ from all eternity. but was appointed with the office of Christ at His baptism. Dake teaches that Jesus became the Christ at His baptism. First.). "This made Him God's Son. head. Third. As God. Second. soul. Dake believes that Jesus.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! Beings has His own body (legs.jesus-is-sav ior. and was God's Son. not to deity. . Dake denies the deity of Jesus by stating that He totally emptied Himself of the attributes of God when He came to earth. the Second Person of the Trinity became the Son of www. To put it another way. In essence. lips. ." To put it another way. was begotten. Dake's unusual understanding of the Trinity and the nature of God lays the foundation for his deviant doctrine of the Incarnation. but Jesus as man. We now move our focus from Dake's view of the Trinity onto the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity—Jesus Christ. but all questions are clear when we accept the plain statements of Scripture that sonship refers to humanity and not to deity. and spirit and are unified only in purpose or direction. Dake is saying that the title "Son of God" does not refer to Jesus as God. Dake argues for his position in great detail: Sonship with Christ always refers to humanity. and was not God's Son. Dake asserts that Jesus was not the Son of God from all eternity. But as man. . was not begotten or He would have had a beginning as God. etc. He had no beginning. In an extended footnote on Luke 1:35.htm . but became the Son of God when He was incarnated. Eternal Sonship The first doctrine to be examined in this section is Finis Dake's position on Jesus as the eternal Son of God. Dake alleges that. Dake begins by defining the word "son. Multiplied problems increase and become unanswerable with Scripture if we hold to the theory of eternal sonship. arms. He had a beginning.

. The word Son supposes time. but takes it a step further by telling us the exact point in Jesus' thirtieth year that He was anointed "the Christ": The word "Christ" literally means "anointed" and is a name applied to Jesus when He became the anointed of God. If sonship refers to deity. he also denies that Jesus was the Christ from all eternity. . ." Dake's book God's Plan for Man contains the same teaching. this being the same time Mary had a Son. the doctrine of eternal sonship of Jesus Christ is irreconcilable to reason. generation." Concerning the title "Christ." Dake contends. History records that the time He became the "Anointed" was at His baptism. He became the Christ. . "Like the name 'Jesus.' it has no reference to deity. 'This day I have begotten thee. and is contradictory to itself.htm 6/29 . or the 'Anointed One. The Christ In the same way that Dake denies the Eternal Sonship of Jesus. . Dake concludes his argumentation that Jesus became the Christ at His baptism with an explanation for all the passages that seem to say that Jesus was Christ from eternity." Dake concludes his argument against the Eternal Sonship of Jesus by stating: As man and as God's Son He was not eternal. we cannot say that God had a Son before this time. but to the humanity of the Son of God. He was begotten. It was God who "anointed" Jesus to be the Christ at a certain point in Jesus' earthly life. He did have a beginning. and conception. is unscriptural. Dake teaches that. This happened on a certain day. Dake sets the stage for his teaching about the "Christ.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! God when he was conceived in Mary's womb. . Therefore. The Pentecostal pastor contends that the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem "was when God had a Son through Mary.jesus-is-sav ior.' 30 years after He was born of Mary.' and therefore. just as Jesus became the Son of God. who became the Christ. mother. beginning.com/Bible/dakes_bible. . He comments: www. Jesus became the anointed of God or Christ 30 years after He was called Jesus. . then this person of the Deity had a beginning in time and not in eternity. not to humanity. In the very first note found in the New Testament of Dake's Bible. father. .

it probably is not shocking that Finis Jennings Dake in some way denies the deity of Jesus Christ. Therefore. 1 Pet. Also. God anointed Him as the Christ. or was "limited to the status of a man. So it is with Christ.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! Passages such as Luke 2:26.jesus-is-sav ior. Dake correctly surmises. Gal. concerning the self-emptying of Jesus. Since He became God's Christ we can now speak of Christ doing certain things even before He was anointed. . the passage about Jesus making Himself "nothing" in the Incarnation. nature. for He was God not only from all eternity. denies the deity of Christ by some of the deductions he makes about certain passages. Jesus became man by becoming something less than God." But on the other hand. in effect. in Dake's notes on Philippians 2:5-11. Dake contradicts his first statement by saying. On the one hand. when Jesus was thirty He was baptized. however. or the kenosis of Christ. but implicitly. the Incarnation is a subtraction from His divine nature. Dake clearly expresses this in his book God's Plan for Man: The various doctrine books teach that Christ possessed all the glory." Thus. according to Dake's understanding of the term "Christ. They give us proof for their conclusion that Christ had: www. not in an explicit. but since he became president we could speak of any event of his life before he became president as what President Washington did. For instance. But. Dake holds that any passages that seem to refer to Jesus as being the Christ before His baptism are merely using the term retroactively. a close examination of some of his claims about Jesus reveals that Dake. The Deity of Jesus After reading the content above. "Of what did Christ empty Himself? It could not have been His divine nature. He was not this when he was president." there was a time when Jesus was not the Christ. and at that time. . His divine attributes were displaced by human attributes when He transformed Himself into. He does this. but God manifest in flesh during His life on earth. obvious way. Dake affirms that Jesus is God in the flesh. His divine attributes and outward powers that He had with the Father from eternity. and attributes of God during His earthly life just as much as when He was in the form of God. Then. 3:17.htm 7/29 ." In other words.com/Bible/dakes_bible. Dake denies that Jesus was God while He was here on earth. "Christ emptied Himself of . 1:11 should be understood in the same sense as we would say that President George Washington was a surveyor. Many times in his notes on the New Testament.

"He could do nothing of Himself in all His earthly life. www. Dake believes that the only way Jesus. and Jesus was merely the instrumental agent. 22. 17:5. powers. 1:13). etc. a mere man. Jn. 4. but only the anointing of the Holy Spirit to do His works. 7:1415. Omnipotence (Matt. Dake assuredly believes Jesus was divested of His divine attributes. The true Biblical teaching of the kenosis of Christ is that in taking human form He divested Himself of His divine attributes." The Holy Spirit was the miracle worker in the pages of the four Gospels. . 3:13. Dake says. 8:54-55. 3. 2. Luke 4:35-41. .) can be explained as referring to the exercise of the gifts of the Spirit and not natural attributes. Heb. etc. 13:8." Dake also argues that Jesus "did not claim the attributes of God. Therefore. 1:17. 13:8). 5:2. or willing accomplice. "All scriptures related to His earthly life (the miracles. 13:5.com/Bible/dakes_bible. 26-27. 1 Jn. . 1:12. 2 Cor. Omniscience (Mark 2:8. Mic. Dake must necessarily conclude "He (Jesus) had no power to do miracles until He received the Holy Spirit in all fullness." To put it another way. had no divine powers or characteristics.jesus-is-sav ior. Eph. Eph. to the Father through the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Omnipresence (Matt. 5. etc. He attributed all His works.. Dake states. Luke 5:4-5. 5:25. Immutability (Heb. 22:10-12." Furthermore. 18:20. Eternity (John 1:1.). could do miracles was by the anointing of the Holy Spirit who performed all the miracles through Him. 1:1). 1:20). 2:24-25. doctrines. then it proves He did not retain His former glory and attributes which He had from all eternity when He emptied Himself to become like men in all things. 4:15-19. 8:58.htm 8/29 . 8:16. 1:48. and thus. 14:20. 28:20. Col.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! 1. . To support this premise. Dake emphasizes this point by this reasoning: Is it necessary for God to be anointed with the Holy Spirit to do what He is naturally capable of doing? If it became necessary to anoint Jesus during His earthly life. . . Jn. Upon examination of these passages it can be seen that not one passage teaches that Christ had or used these attributes of Himself while on earth.

and simple beings have no parts. Three arguments for the existence of only one God were forwarded by Catholic philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas. Therefore. Dake's Trinity is not composed of one Being.htm 9/29 . and is. and the Holy Spirit. distinct beings in the Godhead. Monotheism vs. consisting of three Persons. there can be only one God. For if there were more than one God.jesus-is-sav ior. Philosophical Arguments for Monotheism. Aquinas argued that God must be one because to be more than one. God cannot be divided into parts. indivisible. who claims that he gets all of his teachings from a plain. thus. they would not differ at all. thereby proving that the Jesus of the Dake Annotated Reference Bible is not the Jesus of Christianity. results with the decidedly unorthodox claim of three separate. that must www. If Beings do not differ in any perfection. Therefore. but three separate and distinct Beings. or nature. Tertullian. Thomas also argued for monotheism from the position that God is infinite in His perfection. St. In this section. And to not differ in anything at all is to be the same. I will argue against Dake's Tritheism from two different angles: reason and revelation. ANSWERING DAKE'S DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY As stated above. Tritheism Dake. God is one. in his writings against Marcion. one would have what the other one lacks. which both show that it is not possible for there to be more than one Being in the Godhead. who are one only in purpose. there would have to be some difference between them. each a separate and distinct God: the Father. God's simplicity is the attribute that states God is not composed of parts in His being. literal reading of the Bible. The first of Aquinas' arguments is from the simplicity of God. This cannot be true. I will provide brief apologetic answers to the teachings of Dake. the Son.com/Bible/dakes_bible. To put it another way. there must be parts. In other words. Finis Dake's view of the Trinity is actually an implicit denial of the Trinity by way of redefining the term "Trinity" into Tritheism. But an absolutely perfect Being cannot be lacking in any perfection—a being that lacks is not a God. illustrates: That which shall be valid as the highest greatness.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! ANSWERING DAKE It is not difficult to discern that Finis Dake on the subject of Jesus falls far outside the confines of Christianity.

and in you all. from cover to cover." In other words. Isaiah 43:10 declares that God is one in the claim. the Man Christ Jesus. Paul declared in 1 Timothy 2:5. Further. Therefore. In fact. and that there is no other God but one. Dake's postulation that the Bible teaches three www. much of the Old Testament. 3:30.jesus-is-sav ior." Finally. in order not to cease to be the highest essence. Deuteronomy 6:4. A Theological Argument for Monotheism." It is undeniable that the Jews were strict monotheists. the Bible reveals God as one Being in distinction to Dake's three.htm 10/29 ." Moreover. To be sure. it was because of the Israelites stubborn determination to serve false gods that the one true God sent them into exile in Babylon as punishment. reacted strongly against Gentile polytheism with powerful declarations of the existence of only one God. Nor shall there be after Me. who is above all. 8:6. concludes Aquinas. Rom. 2:19). In concert with philosophical argumentation. states. and through all. . himself a strict monotheistic Jew. O Israel: The LORD our God. the LORD is one!" In Isaiah 44:6 God says. But as God is the supreme essence our ecclesiastical truth has with justice declared: If God is not One then there is no God. Some see the creation account in Genesis 1 as an early apologetic against all the polytheistic creation accounts. . These Scriptures combined with those from the Old Testament show beyond doubt that the teaching of the Bible. is a warning against abandoning the one true God to chase after false gods. Acts 7:35. 1 Cor. Therefore. 12:32. is Monotheism. in Ephesians 4:6 Paul states that there is "one God and Father of all. He stated that there is a diversity of things in the world." There are many other Scriptures in the New Testament that teach that there is only one Being called God (cf.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! stand unique and must have no equal. Besides Me there is no God. It is a foundational doctrine of both the Old and New Testaments that there is only one God. "Before Me there was no God formed. Jas." Furthermore. the Jewish Shema. the first chapter of the Old Testament is an apologetic for the existence of one God. Mk. "I am the First and I am the Last. In 1 Corinthians 8:4 Paul states. . The third argument Aquinas advanced was from the unity of the world. The New Testament also affirms monotheism. But this diversity of things is "seen to be ordered to each other since some serve others. The Apostle Paul. The philosophical argumentation of Aquinas combined with the biblical proof below provide powerful evidence for the existence of only one absolutely perfect Being. especially the book of Isaiah. "We know that an idol is nothing in the world. "For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men.com/Bible/dakes_bible. the God of the Bible. there must be One who accomplished or created the order among diverse things. "Hear. For instance. the diverse world has an ordered unity.

A body would confine Him to one place at one time. It was only the Son who took on a human nature. What about those passages that seem to teach that God has a body or different body parts? Those passages contain a literary device called anthropomorphisms. In fact. or being. and He is three in another sense. Dake's error will be made more clear by examining the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. A concise definition of the Trinity can be stated as one God who eternally exists in three persons. and faith. Notice that the three Whos (Persons) all share the same What (Essence). The affirmation that God is one in essence and three in person is really an affirmation that God is one What and three Whos. which is one of the essential doctrines of the Christian Faith. Therefore Dake's claim that each member of the Trinity has a body is false. His nature or essence. and three in person. being heretical. the Son. It is the distinction between essence. the Father. and person that Dake fails to make.com/Bible/dakes_bible.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! Beings that are each a God is absolutely false and foreign to reason and revelation. This is in distinction to Dake's views that God is three Beings that are one in purpose only. or being. Dake is fatally mistaken in his teaching that God has a body. His What (What He is) is His essence. Each person is different. if God has a body. one of whom is the Son. Furthermore.htm 11/29 . These separate persons are equal. God is one in nature. nature. adoration. a look at the Christian definition of the Trinity will expose Dake's tritheistic teachings as cultic. the Son. by redefining it as Tritheism. that would necessarily mean that He is not omnipresent or eternal. and the Holy Spirit. and a spirit does not have flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). God is one in one sense. thus. The Orthodox Doctrine of the Trinity The contention found in the writings of Finis Dake that God is three separate beings who are one only in purpose is heretical and certainly not compatible with Christianity. have the same attributes. Jesus. His personage. Yet. To put it another way. Dake's teaching on the Trinity is very close to the Mormon Trinity. We affirm one God who is three in person. the Bible declares that God is both omnipresent and eternal. while His Whos (Who He is) are the Father. Dake denies the doctrine of the Trinity. and thus. For the Bible states that God is spirit (John 4:24).jesus-is-sav ior. This distinction keeps the doctrine from violating the law of non-contradiction and. and the Holy Spirit. Therefore. So God is a unity of essence with a plurality of persons. and are equally worthy of worship. yet they share a common nature. However. has a body. or essence. An anthropomorphism is "a figure of speech whereby the deity is referred to in terms www.

Yet. Thus Dake's position will be verified as false. as I have shown. .htm 12/29 . D. based on this doctrine alone. Dake's denial of anthropomorphic references to God is the very heart of his theological misgivings and the source of much of his heresy. that he should repent." which was condemned by the Plenary Council of Frankfurt in 794 A.jesus-is-sav ior. In addition. . "God is not a man. that he should lie: neither the son of man. Furthermore. who denies the eternal Sonship of Jesus by saying that Jesus became the Son of God when He was placed into the womb of Mary. For instance. Dake and his disciples should be classified into the kingdom of the cults along with Mormons who teach the same thing about the Trinity—three separate and distinct gods who have bodily parts. eternal.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! of human bodily parts or human passions. infinite Being. ." and by showing clear scriptural evidence that Jesus was the Son before the Incarnation. or even love is to speak anthropomorphically. 14:52) or "son of wise ones" (Isa. The Christian understanding of the Trinity is certainly not "foolish" as Dake charges. ." The biblical picture of God is an immutable. ANSWERING DAKE'S DOCTRINE OF THE INCARNATION Eternal Sonship The doctrine of eternal Sonship "declares that the second person of the triune godhead has eternally existed as the Son." This is in opposition to the teaching of Dake. . This is formally known as "Adoptionism." Dake comes to erroneous conclusions about the eternal Sonship of Christ by beginning with the wrong definition of the term "Son of God. Consequently. the terms "son of valor" (1 Sam. eyes. Numbers 23:19 tells us. . To speak of God's hands. . . This is simply untrue. Yet. the references in the Bible to God's bodily parts and activities are clearly figures of speech. . Therefore.com/Bible/dakes_bible. The eternal Sonship of Jesus will be proved by demonstrating the biblical meaning of the term "Son of ." As we have seen. Thus. ." as used in the Old Testament often refers to the exhibition of certain characteristics in a person. when www. anger. the term "son of . 19:11) mean that the person exhibits valor or wisdom. Thus." The term "son of man" in that verse is used to show that God does not possess the nature of a man. . he holds that sonship refers to the humanity of Jesus Christ and not the deity." is used to show that the person possessed the same nature as his father. . Dake's understanding of the Trinity as Tritheism is nowhere close to the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. having a body would compromise all of these characteristics. The term "son of . Dake's understanding of God as having a body is certainly theologically and philosophically flawed as well. The Meaning of "Son of.

in John 3:16-17. the term "Son of God" when used of Jesus indicates His absolute deity. He who believes in Me.. "I am the resurrection and the life.e. which is long before His birth in Bethlehem. Lord." Likewise. the Jews told Pilate concerning Jesus. and John 1:3 tell us that "all things" were created by the Son. He is as fully divine as the Father. In opposition to Dake. . Furthermore. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Jesus certainly claimed this by referring to Himself as the "Son of God. was sent into the world implies that he was the Son of God before the Incarnation. That Christ. it is stated that God gave His Son and God sent His Son into the world. that He is from eternity the Son of God." The reaction of the Jews was the desire to kill Jesus for making Himself "equal to God" (John 5:18. . though he may die. 19:7) by claiming to be the Son of God. I believe that You are the Christ. which. according to theologian Charles Hodge." Scriptural Proof that Jesus was the Son before the Incarnation. For example. because He made Himself the Son of God. Therefore. Jesus is the Son of God in that He is God—He possesses the nature and attributes of God. the Son of God. but to save the world through him" (John 3:16-17. Colossians 1:16. This was the finding of the Nicene Council. and according to our law He ought to die. By examining the Semitic meaning of the term "Son of . declared that Jesus "is the Eternal Son of God. he shall live. the Scriptures teach that Jesus was the Son of God before His Incarnation. is a declaration of His deity. www. In John 19:7. In the famous exchange between Martha and Jesus after the death of her brother Lazarus. Apologist Ron Rhodes argues: Recall the discussion with Nicodemus in John 3. in contradistinction to the allegation of Dake." The Jews certainly understood that Jesus was making Himself ontologically equal with God when He did this. for instance.htm 13/29 .com/Bible/dakes_bible. "Yes. it is clear that the Son of God is not something Jesus became. Hebrews 1:2. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world. that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.".12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! Jesus is referred to as the "Son of God" it is a direct assertion that he exhibits the characteristics and nature of God. who is to come into the world. the New Testament shows Jesus was Son of God before Bethlehem by the language used when interacting with others. i. This implies that Jesus was the Son of God prior to Creation." This statement by Martha "reflects a sense of movement of the Son of God—from the realm of heaven and eternity to the realm of earth and time. Do you believe this?" To this Martha declared. 10:28-36. italics added). when he (Jesus) said: "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son. Jesus asked. "We have a law. The Sonship of Jesus. but something He is in His very nature or being.jesus-is-sav ior. as the Son of God.

The Christ Not only does Dake assert that Jesus became the Son of God." meaning "anointed one. 118:22). Dake's position that Jesus became the Son when He was incarnated should be rejected. . by showing that Jesus was the Christ before His baptism. . The Messiah is spoken of in the Old Testament as "Lord" when it is written. . While it must be admitted that the nature of the generation is unique. The Meaning of the "Christ. . Furthermore. is that Christ was always the Son of God. Norman Geisler clearly demonstrates this point: Jehovah is called "king" (Zech. a passage which the New Testament writers apply to Christ (Acts 2:34. I will do this by first showing what it means for Jesus to be the Christ. 35). as recognized in many of the great creeds of the church. and the theory that He became a Son by Incarnation is inadequate to account for the usage of the term. proving that Jesus is one in nature with the Father. 110:1). and second. . As with Dake's view of Sonship. Professor and theologian John F. 14:9) and it is the "angel of Jehovah" who will redeem them (Isa. The scriptural view of the sonship of Christ. being eternal." "Messiah" and "Christ" refer to the same person—Jesus. the Old Testament is clear that the coming Messiah is to be none other than Jehovah Himself. 63:9). Isaiah provided a messianic challenge 14/29 . his view of Jesus as the Christ can be soundly refuted when examined in light of the biblical record." is the Greek equivalent to the Hebrew term "Messiah. he also teaches that Jesus became the Christ at His baptism. sonship has been used in the Bible to represent the relationship between the first Person and the second Person. Therefore. Walvoord sums up the doctrine of eternal Sonship: The consensus of the great theologians of the church and the great church councils is to the effect that Christ has been a Son from eternity. The Scriptures represent Christ as eternally the Son of God by eternal generation.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! The orthodox Christian position on Jesus' Sonship is that He is the Son of God from all eternity. It is also a clear teaching of the Scripture that Jesus was the Son before the Incarnation. "Jehovah saith unto my Lord" (Ps. ." The term "Christ. This is because the term "Son of God" is a reference to His deity. Jehovah is the "stone" and yet the Messiah is to be the rejected "stone" (Ps.

. as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. For instance. saying. This was because God had promised Simeon that "he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Paul concurs with Peter in 2 Timothy 1:9-10. He could not have become the Christ at His baptism as Dake claims." Moreover. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world" (1 Pet. In this passage. and that Jesus was called the Christ long before His baptism—even before the beginning of time. Jesus as the Christ before His Baptism. Indeed. from all www. Since the biblical record is clear that the Christ was to be God in the flesh. It is rather simple to show in the Bible that Jesus was the Christ before His baptism." Again. the obvious conclusion one must draw is that Jesus. but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. Mighty God. but He was the Christ from the beginning. "Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. Jesus is portrayed as being the Christ before time began. Prince of Peace. Furthermore.htm 15/29 .com/Bible/dakes_bible. Therefore. 1:23. he is Christ the Lord.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! to the Jews. It is a clear teaching of the Old Testament that the Messiah is God Himself and Jesus is the God-Man who is the Messiah/Christ. it is reasonable to infer that Jesus was the Christ. Luke 2:26 records the instance when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple soon after His birth. . Jesus is clearly portrayed as being Christ the Lamb before creation. counselor. declaring Jesus to be "Emmanuel" (which means God with us) (Matt. the Apostle Peter explains that we were all redeemed "with the precious blood of Christ. from Isa. According to this information. when the angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds in the field.jesus-is-sav ior. there is no clearer messianic passage on the deity of Christ than Isaiah 9:6: "For unto us a child is born . 7:14). The Bible is clear that Jesus did not become the Christ. as he explains that we were saved "not according to our works. "Behold your God!" (40:9).'" With these predictions the New Testament writers concur. and his name will be called 'Wonderful. Everlasting Father. This implies He was the Savior and Christ before He was revealed or appeared in the Incarnation. the Christ. has been the Christ from all eternity. he said to them. There a man named Simeon declared Jesus was the Christ." This shows that Jesus was Christ long before He was immersed in the Jordan. In brief. 1:19-20a). since He was forever the Christ. Furthermore. in Luke 2:11. the Incarnation was a revealing or "appearing" of the Savior Jesus Christ. but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ. the Old Testament Messiah was Jehovah and the New Testament writers identify Jesus with the Old Testament Messiah.

the God-Man. Thus. In his teaching of the kenosis of Christ. The teaching of the Christian Church about the Incarnation of Christ has been attacked by heresies throughout the centuries. but the properties of each nature being preserved. The Deity of Christ Finis Dake undeniably denies the deity of Christ. cannot change. J. Dake has stripped Jesus of every divine attribute He had before the Incarnation and created a mere man that was "anointed" by the Holy Spirit in order to do miracles.jesus-is-sav ior. without separation. I will present the orthodox teaching concerning the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity. a human nature. What happened when Jesus. God the Son. 451) stated that the one person of Jesus Christ possessed "two natures without confusion.com/Bible/dakes_bible. The Incarnation has been defined as "the act whereby the eternal Son of God. with absolutely no potentiality for change. and so He was and continues to be God and man in two distinct natures and one person. However. therefore.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! eternity. The Incarnation is not an instance where God shed His attributes and changed into man. Dake's aberrant teaching should be rejected. www. that the Incarnation of God into human flesh is not a giv ing up of divinity or divine attributes. This will expose Dake's view of the Incarnation as flawed. There was absolutely no change in the divine nature of the Son in the Incarnation. infinite God—the Word who became flesh—two thousand years ago in Bethlehem." Orthodox Christian theologians have never claimed that God gave up His divine attributes and "became" a man as Dake suggests. This is one of the deepest and most beautiful truths in Christian theology. Consequently. without ceasing to be what He is. therefore. It can be said. there are two natures. The Doctrine of the Incarnation." The Council of Chalcedon (A.htm . the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. In his book Knowing God. immutable. without division. Dake's assertions are blatantly false. Dake's heretical view of the Incarnation is merely one among many. God cannot "become" anything because He is pure actuality. took into union with Himself what He before the act did not possess. present in one person. a divine nature and a human nature. To answer Dake's claim that Jesus gave up all of the attributes of God in order to become man. Jesus Christ is the eternal. the distinctiveness of the natures being by no means removed because of the union. the Son of God did take on the nature of man in addition to his divine nature. but the taking of an additional nature of man in union with divinity. He is immutable. Jesus Christ. forever. D. came to earth as a man? The orthodox Christian answer to this question will prove Dake to be a false teacher that has more in common with the kingdom of the cults than the Kingdom of God. without change. the Second Person of the Trinity.

and coming in the likeness of men" (Phil. Philippians 2:5-11 and the Kenosis of Christ. In his book Christ Before the Manger. He explains: . Packer explains that the Incarnation is not a subtraction of deity. Without these qualities God would not be what He is—God. taking the form of a bondservant." Since Dake's Jesus gave up all His divine attributes. then Dake's Jesus is not God. but He had begun to be man. yet held on to His divine nature. What was it. This is patently false because. "God is by his very nature an absolutely perfect being. God in the flesh. If there were any perfection that he lacked." Theologian R. This is because the divine attributes of God "are essential characteristics of His being. but God plus all that He had made His own by taking manhood to Himself. then he would not be God. "Divine attributes are not. if Jesus lost or gave up even one divine attribute. in the Incarnation. that Jesus "gave up" when He "made Himself of no reputation. however. but an addition of humanity: The Word had become flesh: a real human baby. Reymond concurs by pointing out. Therefore. He was not now God minus some elements of His deity. what can be made of Philippians 2:5-11. characteristics separate and distinct from God's essence that he can set aside when he desires. Rhodes suggests three areas in which Jesus "emptied" Himself when He took on the additional nature of man. In short. There is a major flaw in Dake's premise that Jesus gave up all the attributes of God. Jesus. God would not be God. this statement contradicts itself. If the Incarnation is the taking on of an additional nature of man by the divine Second Person of the Trinity. he was no less God then than before. He who made man was now learning what it felt like to be man." In other words. without the attributes that He possesses. kept each and every attribute of divinity. Dr.I. Apologist and author Norman Geisler explains that. 2:7)? Apologist and professor Ron Rhodes provides insight to this often debated issue. then He immediately ceased to be God. L. He had not ceased to be God. which teaches that Jesus "emptied" Himself in some way when He came to earth as man? Dake holds that the meaning of the passage is that Jesus emptied Himself of all of His divine attributes. as we have seen above. Dake's problem stems from the fact that he is altogether mistaken when he asserts that God's attributes can be divorced from His being and God still be God. therefore. The main problem with Dake's theology of the Incarnation is his separation of the attributes of God from His divine nature. God minus even one divine attribute equals non-God.

It would have been the same as when the apostle John. He could not have interacted with man as He did. Jesus Submitted to a Voluntary Nonuse of His Divine Attributes. "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" (Jn. This is the glory Jesus spoke of in John 17:5.com/Bible/dakes_bible.htm 18/29 . the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! Paul's statement that Christ made himself "nothing" in the Incarnation (Phil. 1:14). when Jesus appeared to Saul on the road to Damascus in His glory. "And now. Though His glory was veiled. Jesus pulled back the veil and revealed His radiant glory to Peter. The first way in which Jesus made Himself "nothing" is that He veiled His preincarnate glory. and the condescension involved in taking on the likeness of men. Jesus occasionally gave His followers a glimpse of it. as when Isaiah beheld the glory of Christ in his vision in the temple and said. 11:40). John the Apostle summed it up this way. with the glory which I had with You before the world was. This is the heart of the disagreement with Dake. Just before He raised Lazarus from the dead. "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. a voluntary nonuse of some of his divine attributes." The glory is Christ's divine power and majesty. over fifty years after Christ's resurrection. beheld Christ in his glory and said: "I fell at his feet at though dead" (Rev. Additionally. Jesus said to Martha. as throughout the New Testament. see John 12:41). full of grace and truth" (John. 1:17). 17:2-5). Saul fell to the ground and went blind (Acts 9:1-9). on the Mount of Transfiguration. and we beheld His glory. "Woe to me! I am ruined!" (Isa. Thus. and James (Mt. John. Jesus exhibits the very power of God. glorify Me together with Yourself.jesus-is-sav ior. O Father. but this cannot be the case. Jesus did use His divine attributes from time to time. Dr. 2:7) involves three basic issues: the veiling of his preincarnate glory. However. because to cast off even one attribute would be a forfeiture of deity for Christ. it was necessary that Jesus veil His glory most of the time so that He could dwell among His own. Furthermore. or. Christ limited the use of them. The second category suggested by Rhodes through which Christ made Himself "nothing" is a voluntary nonuse of His divine attributes. He necessarily had to veil His glory because if He did not. Jesus Veiled His Preincarnate Glory. Rhodes www. He claims that the attributes were cast off. Rhodes comments on this point: Had Christ not veiled his preincarnate glory. 6:5a. Here. mankind would not have been able to behold him. Instead of relinquishing His divine attributes.

Jesus exercised the divine attributes of omniscience (that is. Dake's view of Jesus." in the Incarnation. the Son of God. Finally." Jesus. or form. and omnipotence (being all-powerful. 2:40). This is a remarkable and loving condescension for the eternal Second Person of the Trinity. For example. Jesus spoke of Himself as a man (John 8:40). Thus. omnipresence (being everywhere-present—John 1:48). 38). 4:2). For instance. involved the giving-up of His divine nature or divine attributes as Dake suggests. as evidenced by his many miracles—John 11). 4:6). 26:26. Though Jesus "made Himself nothing. and the New Testament certainly recognizes His full humanity. CONCLUSION The above research only scratches the surface of the heresy that is contained within the pages of the Dake Bible.htm 19/29 . but simply that He took on that particular character. The Incarnation is not a case of giving up anything. thirsty (Jn. on different occasions during his three-year ministry. Jesus also evidenced the limitations of humanity in that he became tired (Jn.com/Bible/dakes_bible. In opposition to Dake. from His teaching of the www. in any form or fashion. or divine attributes. in no way. and thus altered His essential nature. 16:30). Jesus claimed to possess typical human traits as a body and soul (Mt. at other times he did use them. took to Himself the nature of man. Jesus Condescended by Taking on the Likeness of Men. reformed theologian Louis Berkhof writes concerning the fact that the "Word became flesh": The verb egeneto in John 1:14 (the Word became flesh) certainly does not mean that the Logos changed into flesh. He remained the infinite and unchangeable Son of God.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! explains: Though Christ sometimes chose not to use his divine attributes. cf. By this. Jesus was truly human. that He acquired an additional form. but the taking on of an additional nature—a human nature—by which Jesus can be said to be fully God and fully Man. this. 19:28). Thus. Jesus made Himself "nothing" by condescending to take on the likeness. of man. allknowingness—John 2:24. it is clear that Jesus did not "give up" His deity. without in any way changing His original nature. it can be truly said that "the Word became flesh. and hungry (Mt. It is also said of Him that He developed in mind and body as a normal human does (Lk.jesus-is-sav ior.

The Jesus of the Dake Annotated Reference Bible is demonstrably not the Jesus of the Bible. confusion. Ibid. Ibid. never have I seen so much heresy contained in the teaching of one man. and that man still be considered Christian. Ibid. and the Concordance. Each section is numbered separately (i. but with the number 1). ENDNOTES 1." . The Dake study Bible is divided into 3 sections: The Old Testament. any reference from the Dake Bible must include the page number as well as the section (Old Testament. preface. GA: Dake Publishing. Proverbs. and doctrinal chaos. Psalms. The Dake Annotated Reference Bible (Lawrenceville. McGee. 1995). GA: Dake Publishing. Finish Jennings Dake. A True Story [article on-line]. the Incarnation. Finis Jennings Dake. Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements (Grand Rapids: Regency Reference Library.. 2. An edition containing the entire New Testament." the New Testament will be referred to as "NT. Old Testament will be referred to as "OT. accessed 10 June 1997. New Testament. 235. 1988). 1961). 5. the Trinity. then the Dake Annotated Reference Bible would quickly fall off of the best-seller chart and into a place where it belongs—the garbage bin. the New Testament page numbers do not begin where the Old Testament page numbers left off. Heavenly Hosts: A Biblical Study of Angels (Lawrenceville. 3. and Daniel was published in 1961. the New Testament.com.preincarnate nature of Christ to his teaching of Christ Incarnate.dake. In fact. 4. What makes this so troubling is that Dake and his aberrant teachings are accepted within the confines of the orthodox Christian community. The reason for this is either ignorance of what Finis Jennings Dake actually taught or a church that is so biblically illiterate that it cannot tell Living Water from deadly poison. If more believers were informed about Dake's heresies regarding such topics as the nature of God. Burgess and Gary B. is filled with contradictions. 6. Concordance). and the deity of Christ. alongside other best-selling editions that promote principles that can be at home only in the kingdom of the cults. Stanley M. Therefore. Internet. 7. available from http://www. It is my desire to be a voice used by the Lord to help accomplish this feat. Finis Jennings Dake.e.

. etc. side 1). TX: Kenneth Copeland Ministries. little better. Consequently. are: Come to Christ Eat His flesh-drink His blood. He states "The Bible declares that God has a body. likeness.htm . such as Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn.). it must be a planet" (Ibid. Dake's teaching is demonstrably very influential among Word-Faith teachers with regards to this topic and many others. Know God and Christ.jesus-is-sav ior. Overcome sin. Dake clearly teaches a works-salvation. 6'-3". Soul. which is a physical planet. Cause no offense. Dake gives many conditions of receiving eternal life. on page 100 of the New Testament. a personal soul and spirit. and all other things that constitute a being or a person with a body. Enter right gate. For example. Copeland also states that "Heaven has a north and south. Keep yourself in the love of God. Sow to the Spirit. www. shape. cf. Many Word-Faith teachers. living conditions. Ibid.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! 8. On numerous occasions throughout the voluminous notes of the text. Hate (love less) the life in this world. Kenneth Copeland teaches that God is a "being that stands somewhere around 6'-2". 622). soul. 1985. and Body I" Fort Worth. Endure temptations Let the promise of it remain in you/ continue in Christ Love everybody. Heaven itself is a material planet having cities.win souls. Old Testament. the note for John 6:27 is entitled "23 Conditions of Eternal Life." (Dake's Annotated Reference Bible: New Testament. that weighs somewhere in the neighborhood of a couple of hundred pounds. image. For instance.com/Bible/dakes_bible. according to Dake." The 23 conditions one must meet to get eternal life. 9. mansions. 280. audio-tape #01-0601. For instance. furniture. inhabitants. 21/29 Reap . For example. 10. and an east and a west. . Fight the good fight. teach the very same thing. Labor. Be sober and hope to the end for it. and spirit. bodily parts. has a [hand] span of nine inches across" ("Spirit. Dake claims that God has a body and lives on heaven.

I am fully convinced that Dake and his disciples. in Jesus and the finished work on the cross. the Virgin Birth. Dake's view of the Nature of God (see footnote 9) is very close to the Mormon position on the Nature of God. Needless to say. 2) Each member of the Godhead has his own body.htm 22/29 . Be faithful unto death. all the work for salvation has been done on the cross by Jesus. Subsequently. Even a cursory study of the Dake Study Bible reveals that the theology in the study notes and the theology of the Word-Faith movement are almost identical. should be considered a cult. hear Christ. These are only a few of the similar doctrines that are shared by Dake and the Word-Faith theologians. and Salvation by Faith Alone in Christ Alone. the Deity of Christ. For instance. A cult is a group that denies one or more of the essentials of the Christian Faith (The Trinity.com/Bible/dakes_bible. Continue in well doing and seek eternal life The only condition one must meet to obtain eternal life. having the same attributes and powers. however. I believe that the Dake Bible should be renamed the "Word-Faith Study Bible. the Physical Resurrection. www. Because of this. When He said. it is the will of God in every case that the Christian be healed of disease as it is the will of God that the Christian be wealthy.jesus-is-sav ior. or trust. and the Second Coming). It is my opinion that the Christian apologetic community either needs to classify Dake/Word-Faith as a full-blown cult. Believe and obey the gospel. and spirit. and follow Him. 3) Man is a little duplicate of God. the Deity of Christ. he was referring to this very thing. Galatians 1:6-10)." The difference between Dake's soteriology and biblical soteriology is that one must work to earn salvation in Dake's theology. 11. According to the Bible. Be born again. thus.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! Keep commandments. the Gospel according to Dake is not the Gospel according to Jesus and the Apostles (cf. In fact." in John 19:30. 4) Health and wealth are provided in the atonement. "It is finished. beliefs that are found in both Dake and the Word-Faith movement are: 1) God has a body and lives on a planet called heaven. is "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Forsake all. Salvation by Faith Alone in Christ Alone. all one must do to receive the free gift of eternal life is to believe. This is because Dake and company deny such essentials as the Trinity. according to the Bible. Live free from sin." 12. or we owe the Mormons an apology. namely the Word-Faith Movement. soul. After completing the research for this paper.

What may be alluded to in the reference Bible is often fully explained in God's Plan for Man. Inc.. Ibid. . "In Finis Dake's book God's Plan for Man. .12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! 13. . ." It should be noted that much of the book God's Plan for Man was condensed and used as the notes in the Dake's Annotated Reference Bible.jesus-is-sav ior. 'I never heard that. If I can shock you and maybe I should. he teaches that each member of the Trinity has his own spirit. 15. God the Father is a person." This can be clearly seen in a sermon by Benny Hinn. 280. Dake Bible NT. www. God the Holy Ghost is a person. 280. 1995]. . .' Well. . The Confusing World of Benny Hinn [Kearney: Morris Publishing. quoted in G. 14. Hinn said. Speaking of the very quote above. As each human person is a separate and distinct being. You say. 16. .. the children will do in excess. there are nine of them. 498.htm 23/29 . . It is this volume that was condensed into the notes of the Dake Annotated Reference Bible. Dake. He says: I feel revelation knowledge already coming on me. well-arranged. This massive work is described by Dake Publishers as "designed as a correspondence course. . An old saying is. . Richard Fisher and M. can you? It's all in the Word (Benny Hinn. scriptural teaching for intelligent people. One Sunday when I was speaking on the Trinity. . "Whatever the parent does in moderation. soul. . God's Plan for Man (Lawrenceville. GA: Dake Bible Sales. clear. emphasis in original. and doctrinally sound" (Inside jacket cover of God's Plan for Man).com/Bible/dakes_bible. each member of the Trinity is a separate and distinct being who are unified only in purpose or goal. in an interview with Charisma magazine admitted that he got this teaching from the writings of Finis Jennings Dake. 17. This statement militates against the monotheism of the Bible. sane. . Kurt Goedelman. I repeated that teaching. do you think you're in this church to hear things you've heard for the past 50 years? You can't argue with the Word. It is important to the understanding of Dake's view of the Trinity to remember that he uses the terms "person" and "being" interchangeably. Benny Hinn. 1949). Ibid. Dake Bible NT. 95). with his own personal soul and his own personal spirit body. 50. . Finis Jennings Dake. and body. Dake. God the Father is a person with his own personal spirit. but each of them is a triune being by himself. God the Son is a person. God's Plan for Man is equivalent to a three-year Bible college program.

God's Plan for Man. These quotes were gathered by Dake from "books on the great doctrines of the Bible that are widely used." and denotes the absolute sovereignty. or essence (one in WHAT He is). Dake does not make a distinction between the terms "being" and "person" and therefore. and other bodily parts. distinct beings. . In short. when God is spoken of as having hands. A "person" is a "being. much like sheep or fish can be used as a singular or plural. which is the heresy called Tritheism. 97.. Ibid. hair. While it is true that the word for God in the Old Testament. It is called a "plural of majesty. the orthodox doctrine of the Trinity states that God is one in nature. he is making the claim that the Trinity is three separate and distinct beings. Thus. 22. . is a plural word. Ibid. .htm 24/29 . without body. 21. feet. Ibid.jesus-is-sav ior. Dake. emphasis in original). nothing on earth to resemble Him. The image of God consists only in intellectual and moral likeness." (God's Plan for Man. Amazingly. "The Walking Bible. invisible reality." Thus. it is not a reference to three separate. 25. or a plural referent to all three. The exact statement that Dake calls foolish and unscriptural is "It is clearly revealed in Scripture that God is ONE BEING CONSTITUTED IN THREE PERSONS. Underlined words in original. these are figures of speech and mere human expressions trying to convey some idea of God. has no body or parts like human beings." It has been formally expressed for almost 2. .12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! 18. God cannot be seen with the material eyes. eyes. This doctrine is certainly not a "modern trend. 54. 96. 20. Elohim. without parts.. and majesty of God. Ibid. without passions. nothing of a material or bodily nature . Dake. God as a spirit is incorporeal. Dake claims that the word God can be used as a singular referent to one Person of the Godhead.com/Bible/dakes_bible. 23. .000 years! 24. . . 53. he would be advertising himself as a being composed of many pieces of paper bound together between two leather covers. Otherwise. Ibid. uses the terms synonymously. 500. and three in person (three in WHO He is). Ibid. being. God's Plan for Man. It is interesting to note that he accepted his nickname. power. 53. www. when Dake speaks of the Trinity as being three persons. 19." and speak of the orthodox understanding of the nature of God and the Trinity. . 26. Dake separates himself and his teachings from orthodox Christianity." as a figure of speech.

32. God's Plan for Man. 34. Ibid. ed. Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma (Rockford. 30. 39. 37. Ibid. God's Plan for Man. Summa of the Summa (San Francisco: Ignatius Press. Norman Geisler once worked in a factory in Michigan. 1. 33. Dake. 31. 57. Peter Kreeft. Ibid. Dake Bible NT. but acquired the degree at a later date. 40. In the same way. 139. 43. Ibid. 35. 1960). 93. Dake believes that any reference that refers to Jesus as being the Christ before He was anointed at His baptism is using the term in this way.. 41. Dake Bible NT. 112.com/Bible/dakes_bible. 218. Dake. Geisler. 218. Ibid. 1990). In other words... Ibid. 377. Ludwig Ott.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! 27. 38. Dake. Ibid. 386. Ibid. Dake. Dake uses the term "Christ" much in the same way the term "doctor" is used in the claim that "Dr. Dake Bible NT. 36. But when referring to his life before he became a doctor. 44. Ibid. www..jesus-is-sav ior. 28. 42. Dake.htm 25/29 . Ibid." He was not a doctor when he worked in the factory. IL: Tan Books and Publishers. we still refer to him as Dr. 45. Ibid. 29. 32.

behold. eternal. Lewis Sperry Chafer and John F. It is ironic that Dake uses the same arguments against the Trinity as Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons do. This is seen in the following Scriptures: Psalm 90:2: "Before the mountains were brought forth. 47. God is without beginning and without end." Time involves change—a before and an after—but God is changeless. So I shall not see him?" says the LORD. Major Bible Themes (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House. 1993). or beyond time. You are there. undivided "now. Walvoord. present. 1974). and without succession in a constant. We do not claim that God is one Being in three Beings or one Person with three Persons." .12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! 46. You are there. The philosophical law of non-contradiction states that "A" cannot be "A" and "non-A" at the same time and the same sense. Even from everlasting to everlasting. This is clearly seen in the biblical record is the following Scriptures: 1 Kings 8:27: "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold. heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You. We do claim that God is one in being and three in person. 49. If I make my bed in hell. Or ever You had formed the earth and the world. How much less this temple which I have built!" Psalm 139:7-8: "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven. He is not localized on a planet called Heaven going to and fro in his body. Norman Geisler and Abdul Saleeb. I AM. He is an everywhere present spirit. Answering Islam (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House. the claim that God is eternal is to say that He is not temporal. You are God. This is blatantly contradictory . 48." Jeremiah 23:24: "Can anyone hide himself in secret places. God is not one and three at the same time and the same sense. 40. Therefore. or future with God—only a constant "now. Omnipresence is that attribute of God by which He is everywhere present." John 8:58: "Before Abraham was. and is therefore. He is one Being revealed in three Persons." There is no past." Furthermore. "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says the LORD. 265-66. the orthodox understanding of the Trinity is not a contradiction as Dake claims.

"Son of God" is merely a title and role that He assumed." Another classic attribute that Dake implicitly denies by claiming the God has a body is the Simplicity of God.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! Hebrews 13:8: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday. An infinite body is an oxymoron. The following chart is found on pages 10-11 in Zeller and Showers' book and it emphasizes the contrast between the orthodox Christian view of the Sonship of Jesus and Dake's view of the Sonship of Jesus: ETERNAL SONSHIP He was always the Son of God. The Eternal Sonship of Christ (Neptune. His Sonship directly relates to His 27/29 .htm INCARNATIONAL SONSHIP (Dake) Before the Incarnation. He was not the Son of God "Son of God" is What He Became His Sonship is not essential to His inherent identity. today. "Son of God" is who He is in His being of beings.com/Bible/dakes_bible. this presupposes another composer. 26. Dake's God cannot be an Infinite God because a body is a finite thing. Anything that is composed of parts can be decomposed or divided. Therefore a composed God is a God which can be decomposed. His Sonship directly relates to His www. 50. Showers. if God is composed of parts. by nature. 177. and forever. NJ: Loizeaux Brothers. He is the eternal Son. Furthermore. 1976).. Therefore it cannot be infinite in any sense of the term. 51. Dake's theology logically dictates that there is another being who composed God. or die. The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible. Tenney. Zeller and Renald E. A body.jesus-is-sav ior. Vol. But a body is composed of parts and is divisible. George W. ed. 1993). 1 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House. is confined to one place at one time. "Son of God" is Who He Is His Sonship is essential to his true identity and cannot be divorced from the person He is. This is the attribute that states that God is not composed of parts and is thus indivisible. Therefore. Furthermore. Dake's contention that God has a body goes against reason and the entire revelation of God. Merrill C. One cannot compose one's self because one would have to exist prior to one's self in order to compose one's self.

Jesus Christ Our Lord (Chicago: Moody Press.). Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma. 156. 55. Christian Apologetics (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House. 1992). 1995). "Son of God" means equal with God. "Son of God" means subservient to God. the Son.htm 28/29 . Walter Elwell. Before the Incarnation there was no Father/Son relationship in the godhead.. 52. 1994). 31. etc. Systematic Theology Volume 1 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co. Walvoord. 54. 32. less than God. and the Holy Spirit. and Holy Spirit. Galatians 4:4. The triune God has eternally existed in three persons—the Father. 1969).com/Bible/dakes_bible. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! deity. Son. ed. 711.jesus-is-sav ior. Ibid. indicating likeness or sameness of being. Before the Incarnation God had no Son. Before the Incarnation the Son was ever in the Father's bosom. but not as Father. Ron Rhodes. www. 57. Incarnation. The Father/Son relationship has eternally existed in the godhead. Ott. John F. nor was He the Father. 39. Christ Before the Manger (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House. God the Father has always been God the Father. God the Father did not assume the title and role of Father until the Incarnation. Charles Hodge. These were roles that were assumed in time. 471. 53. 56. The triune God has eternally existed in three persons. The One who would become the Father sent the One who would become the Son into this world. The Father sent His Own Son into this world (see John 3:16-17. 58. Norman Geisler. 4142.

66. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. 1993). 196. 28... 451. 555. 63. Knowing God (Downers Grove. Systematic Theology (Grand Rapids: Wm. Eerdmans Publishing Co. Lois Berkhof. 57 62.jesus-is-sav ior. Norman Geisler. Elwell. SOURCE Problems With The Dake Bible The King James Bible Defended www. 60. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. 1973). 556. I.htm 29/29 . 336.12/30/12 Dake's Bible EXPOSED! 1976). 334. Rhodes. IL: InterVarsity Press. 64. 195. Ibid. Christ Before the Manger. 556. Elwell. Packer. Elwell. 61. Creating God in the Image of Man? (Minneapolis: Betheny House Publishers. B. 59.. 65.com/Bible/dakes_bible. 1997). Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. J. Ibid. 67.

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