"When it comes to Heaven, I try to leave that up to God. I certainly believe that Christianity is right, but when it comes down to the final test--who goes and who doesn't go--Jesus said, Other sheep have I who are not of this fold. Them also must I bring. I'll let Him identify who those sheep are and I stay out of the conversation."Hard not to think of Joel Osteen's miserable bobbling of the same softball question from Larry King. (Osteen, to his credit, later apologized; will Jakes?)
So, Jakes is apparently a modalist heretic, and is unclear on what one must do to be saved. Otherwise, really great preacher.
How can I call this a "softball question"? Certainly not in the sense that it is not an emotional question, nor that it is not a momentous question. It is both. However, I daresay most genuine Christian converts could have given a Biblical answer to that poor, lost woman's question. Jakes doesn't. Oh, he alludes to a Bible passage -- but he mangles it pretty mercilessly in the process.
Look: some matters in the Bible are open to honest debate (timing of the Rapture, exact structure of church government, meaning of "Parbar"), and some things aren't. Among the things that aren't would be truths such as the Trinity, and the Gospel. Those are areas most new converts face, to some degree, pretty close to their conversion. Often they are matters that are clarified in connection with our conversion. "Who is this God I'm being called to believe in?" is a fundamental question, and "Trinity" is part of the Biblical answer; and "Do I really have to be converted?" is another, and "Yes!" is the Bible's response to that.
Jakes is 0 for 2 on that score, and they're a pretty significant two.
And this is the man adored by so many professing Christians.
I don't know which is more discouraging: the dearth of principled, admirable leadership in the Republican Party, or that same chasm among professing evangelicals.
OK, I lied. No contest. The latter.