Christians all over Social media are ablaze in angst over an sermon made by renowned Gospel Guru Thomas .Dexter (T.D) Jakes. Bishop Jakes is known for his eloquent delivery of the scriptures to the masses, but a sermon delivered in the woman thou art loosed conference at Phillips Arena in Atlanta could probably be an undoing of Jakes in the eyes of Christian fraternity worldwide.
simple Logic will first tell one to get a definitive meaning of Belief, which according to dictionary meaning is to have a strong conviction, confidence in the truth. In trying to relate the canal logic to spiritual meaning and implication of the assertion many have been left by the road side.
Maybe Bishop Jakes here is taking about the recognition of Self value, in terms of daily living on earth and achieving goals in life. The thorny issue here in believing in one self instead of believing in God. Is it that I, like many other readers have misinterpreted the message from Bishop Jakes or its just plain old biases that run wild in the world of Religion?
somehow, I am inclined to agree with some of Bishop Jakes critics by citing the bible in Mathew 16:24-25 “Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” I may not be much of a theologian but the statement believing in God not being enough is rather outlandish. The bible equivocally states that we are nothing without Christ; he is the one who strengthens us in our daily journey on this earth.
But something else arises in this whole debate about self worth. For some us the thought of not believing in yourself is deemed as having poor self esteem. It would therefore sound heretic for someone to insinuate that Christians or to be souled out to Jesus Christ one should have low self esteem and I opine Bishop Jakes in his message tries to moot out the importance of believing in one self to help you realize the purpose of God in your life.
“Believing in God is Not Enough,”You must Believe in Yourself?
Other pundits disagree here and cite Galatians 5:16-22 “ so I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. This sounds the belief in our own self esteem is pitting us against the creator who made us in his own image and likeness. we should not negate the fact that this same creation of man makes the relationship with God prominent .In some quota man is represented as Gods’ vicegerent.
Galatians continues to reiterate that the desires of the flesh is contrary to the spirit.But as much as the bible continued explains how the two are in conflict with each other, Human beings are seen as vicegerents of God the maker of heaven and earth, the same God who gave man dominion over all his creation. If we are deemed as appointed by the ruler who in this case is God the father then Jakes is not wrong in saying that you must believe in yourself as you believe in God.
If we do not believe in ourselves, then there will arise a tendency where as an individual you inspire no confidence in others. without believing in yourself one is doomed to failure and mediocrity. This is what T.D. Jakes was addressing in his sermon at the woman thou art loosed conference as opposed to what most of his critics belief on hints of heresy in the sermon. As Christians we have to have confidence in whatever we undertake. a solid belief in our potential thus will catapult us in realizing our dreams.
Spiritually, a man can not depend on flesh alone to make it into the Kingdom of heaven, the new age Christianity maybe is confusing a lot of hungry souls who are just itching to get some spiritual highs. But for Christians to make intelligent decisions they have to be exposed spiritually so as not to fall into traps of deceit or heresy.
Many Christians are satisfied at their comfort zones hence the subscribing to anything pleasant from preachers whether true or heretic. The tenacity for revival exhibited by Christian’s world over reveal how there is a hunger for the gospel in man. The Devil here is like wounded lion seeking whom to devour hence he is using Gospel to spread his lies and confuse the masses into subscribing to religious hog wash from the new age Christianity.