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Thomas Dexter Jakes Born on June 9, 1957, and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, Jakes was "called" to preach

at age 17. At an early age, he was described as opinionated, stubborn, and driven--traits that some still ascribed to the adult Jakes. He was also nicknamed "Bible Boy" due to his early habit of preaching to an imaginary congregation and always carrying his Bible to school. However, the nickname "T.D."--short for Thomas Dexter--is the one that stuck. He later gained the title "Bishop," which was conferred on him when the Higher Ground Assemblies elected him their regional prelate. (The Higher Ground Always Abounding Assembly is an association of almost 200 Pentecostal Churches.) In 1990 Jakes moved from Smithers to South Charleston, West Virginia, where his congregation grew from 100 to more than 300 members. And in 1993 he moved his Temple of Faith ministry to a renovated bank in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. There his congregation grew to more than 1,100 people of all races, including an unprecedented 40 percent Caucasian membership. In 1994 he established "T.D. Jakes Ministries," a non-profit organization that produced his nation-wide television and conference ministry. From 1995 to 1996, he hosted the nationally-syndicated weekly radio and television show, Get Ready, attended by millions of listeners and viewers throughout the United States and South Africa. In May of 1996 Jakes' ministry grew once again when he and his wife, Serita, took their five children and 50-member staff to Dallas, Texas. There Jakes founded the Potter's House, a multi-racial, nondenominational megachurch, which grew from 7,000 worshipers to 14,000 in two years. Potter's House featured a 5,000-seat auditorium, enough space for its worship services, but its 34-acre hilltop campus in southwest Dallas seemed to be running out of space to house its multi-faceted ministries. The hallmark of Jakes' ministry has been a deep spiritual healing with life-changing effects. He has described himself as a "spiritual physician," one who "has discovered some medicine in the Word of God.... As the physician, I am careful to always acknowledge that I am not the cure, but that I have been able to facilitate the cure because Jesus Christ lives in me." However even a physician can get things wrong and need to take some continuing education classes. Jakes -- who once made the cover of Time magazine, which asked if he might be the next Billy Graham -- said he was saved in a Oneness Pentecostal church. Oneness Pentecostalism denies the Trinity and claims that instead of God being three persons, He is one person. In Oneness Pentecostalism, there is no distinction between the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. It is also called "modalism," and it is embraced by the United Pentecostal Church International. "I began to realize that there are some things that could be said about the Father that could not be said about the Son," Jakes said. "There are distinctives between the working of the Holy Spirit and the moving of the Holy Spirit, and the working of the redemptive work of Christ. I'm very comfortable with that." The doctrine of the Trinity -- embraced by all three historical branches of Christianity -- holds that God is three persons, each person is distinct, each person is fully God, and that there is one God. Several key Bible passages, Jakes said, impacted his transition. "Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, for example, coming up out of the water [and] the Holy Spirit descends like a dove, the Father speaks from heaven -- and we see all three of them on one occasion," he said, "or in Genesis [where God said,] 'let us make man in our own likeness' or Elohim -- He is the one God who manifests Himself in a plurality of ways. Or what Jesus says, 'I am with the Father, and the Father is in me.'" Jakes added: "That began to make me rethink some of my ideas and some of the things that I was taught. I got kind of quiet about it for a while. Because when you are a leader and you are in a position of authority, sometimes you have to back up and ponder for a minute, and really think things through." This shows me two things about TD Jakes, one sometimes power and influence is more important than the truth. Secondly, he and his congregation can still be saved. Although Mr Jakes has done great things for people to change there lives he is still misguided. A lot of his sermons are bible based and have a lot of bible truth to them he is still misguided. When it comes to Mr Jakes I don't take a stance that most Church of Christ people take, which is to label him a swindle and money hungry. I take the stance that he

hasn't been taught by the right person THE TRUTH! I pray that one of our brothers or sisters can get to him before it's to late.