Bishop T.D. Jakes: ‘Back to the Bible’ Goes Back to the Future
May 20th, 2008 by David Dansker
Bishop T.D. Jakes called Christians back to the Bible over the weekend, and then confused them as to which bible they should rely on by employing a guest speaker from the ‘other’ bible, the DSM-IV.1 The “Back II Bible Conference” was held May 16 thru 18, and featured Dr. Cynthia James, who is a Christian psychologist. As there is no such thing as Christian psychology, this means that Dr. James dispenses scripture mingled with psychological therapy when she counsels Christians on living a Christian life. This counseling is more accurately termed Psychoheresy2 because it supplements God’s word with the perverted wisdom of men.
When famous church leaders turn over their pulpits to these counselors, the they turn their flock over to wolves in sheep’s clothing who, at best, give them a compromised plan to live their lives by, and, at worst, tempt them into seeking answers from psychotherapy instead of the Bible.
Today, however, fewer and fewer pastors can discern the danger, and Dr. James gets some of the credit for that too. Her credentials from her speaker’s bio states that she “provides oversight for the credentialing, counseling, and pastoral care of approximately 140 pastors and ministers” who most likely have been inducted into Psychoheresy themselves.3
Dr. James is also the pastor of Landmark Ministries Church of God, Oakland, California, where they obviously skip the Bible’s teaching against women pastors. No doubt, however, that James would be what one might call a dynamic speaker; which is the real criterion for so many of these conference speakers today. And that’s really back to the future, not back to the Bible.
1. DSM-IV – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition. Covers mental health disorders for both children and adults. Published by the American Psychiatric Association.
2. Psychoheresy – “is the integration of secular psychological counseling theories and therapies with the Bible. Psychoheresy is also the intrusion of such theories into the preaching and practice of Christianity, especially when they contradict or compromise biblical Christianity in terms of the nature of man, how he is to live, and how he changes” PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries.
3. “Back II Bible Conference,” Speakers, Dr. Cynthia James, (retrieved May 19, 2008). http://www.thepottershouse.org/backtothebible/speakers_james.htm#bishop