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21 May, 2007 / theexpositor

Luis Palau and Jack Graham Team Up with T.D. Jakes

Here is another instance of prominent evangelical leaders partnering with a popular heretical leader. Luis Palau, widely know for his circus evangelism events, and Dr. Jack Graham, Dallas pastor and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, have entered into a partnership with Modalist pastor T.D. Jakes. Christian Post reports….

The GDOP (Global Day of Prayer) broadcast this year is part of a local Christian initiative collectively called “Transformation Dallas” which includes: the Global Day of Prayer; 90 days of love-in-action through urban renewal in depressed areas of the city; and “Celebrate Freedom,” a Christian music and extreme sports festival featuring Luis Palau expected to draw 200,000 people June 29-30.

“Dallas is one of my favorite cities in the world,” Palau said, who joined the Jakes-Graham team GDOP broadcast last year, in a statement. “I’m inspired and encouraged by its diversity and by the powerful impact of the church community at so many levels. It’s also blessed with some of the greatest leaders in the Christian faith.”

Sadly, this is one more example of what happens when leaders become more interested in numbers and popularity than being totally true to the Word of God. Rick Warren, Erwin McManus, Ed Yound Sr., Ed Young Jr. have all be a part of movements or events that have knowingly compromise the faith. It seems that once the newspaper articles are written and the TV cameras start rollin, some will do anything to just “get along”. Where are the voices of leadership to say this is wrong?




  1. David Thomas / May 22 2007 14 39

    Have you ever thought that YOU might be wrong?

  2. Scott Reiber / May 23 2007 18 30

    As I listened to your program one of your e-mailers/callers asked:
    ‘Ever thought you might be wrong?’
    Is he making an argument for the fallibility of man or is he addressing some particular doctrine? Obviously men are fallible and can make mistakes, but by God’s Word and Spirit the Christian can know God and His revealed will with certitude. For example: II Tim. 1:8, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the Gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began, but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, to which I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” The Apostle certainly bundles a huge amount into what he knows and is not ashamed of, and what he commands Timothy not to be ashamed of.

    ‘Difference between what the Word says and what we understand’
    What does this comment mean to imply by saying there is a ‘Difference between what the Word says and what we understand’? Does he/she mean we are completely cut off from knowing what God says? Does he/she mean to say that God cannot make His will known to us? I believe J. I. Packer makes the following point in his “Fundamentalism and the Word of God,” namely — The question, What do you think about Scripture? ultimately devolves into the question, What do you think of Christ? The reason this is a legitimate and biblical deduction is that Christ is the Word, the final and consummate Word: Jn. 1:1,14 & Heb. 1:1,2. When men insist that we cannot know what the Bible teaches concerning the Gospel, the Trinity, or on a clear ethical topic such as homosexuality, they don’t just disagree with historic Christianity on the doctrine of Scripture, but they are challenging Christ Himself! They disagree with and denigrate Christ as the Great Prophet, the One who reveals God and His will for our salvation!

    Can we legitimately critique books, sermons, tracks?
    If men write books, preach, teach, then these things are open to the examination of other believers on the basis of the Word of God. By the way it seems the Bereans examined what Paul preached as to whether it was biblical — And they are commended for doing so by the Holy Spirit (Acts 17:10,11). In Galatians Paul critiqued and denounced the Judiaisers and their teaching. And when the Apostle Paul did this whose example was he following? For example: Mark 12:18-27.
    Would it not would be far more edifying to point out particular issues or doctrines rather than a kind of blanket statement that all men make mistakes, or that in general we just can’t know, or that what a person really teaches has been misunderstood?

  3. jorgeeconomo / Oct 18 2008 19 15

    Muy Bueno tu sitio, realmente es magnifico, te invito a que visites el mio en de paso me dices si te gustan mis canciones

  4. Scott Athey / Dec 16 2010 9 34

    I do believe TD Jakes and Palau are in error on some important doctrinal issues but I’m not ready to slam Dr. Graham for participating in a prayer movement (Transform Dallas). I wouldn’t have Jakes and Palau preach in our pulpit on Sunday but I do believe Jakes and Palau both hold to the teaching that Jesus is the only way to heaven. They both believe in repentance of sin and that Christ alone can save. I’m certainly not in agreement with an ecumenical partnership where Christians, Muslims and Buddists partner in prayer but I believe that T.D. Jakes and Palau both are saved. I was just reading an article that was bashing John Piper for speaking at a leadership conference with Mark Driscoll. Again, I believe Driscoll is in error on some of his teaching but that doesn’t mean I can’t speak at a conference with him. Again, coming to our local fellowship and allowing him to preach in our pulpit is an entirely different issue, we wouldn’t allow that. But a prayer service or a leadership conference…

    I appreciate the work you have done on your site. I was just reading your piece on Charles Finney.

    • theexpositor / Dec 16 2010 10 28

      Thank you Scott for your comment. I appreciate it. I would disagree with you on a couple of points. I disagree with Luis Palau’s theology concerning salvation, which I would label as being clearly Arminian, otherwise he and I would probably be agreement on the basic tenets of the historic Christian faith. I also strongly disapprove of his methodology of evangelism over the past 10 years or so, attempting to make grand efforts to draw or attract people to the Gospel as if the power of God through the Holy Spirit is not enough. We do not attract them, God draws them to Himself.

      Jakes is another story all together. Although he is heralded as being fully committed to orthodox Christianity, he is in fact, as I have written and shared on the broadcast, a proponent of Oneness Pentecostalism which is directly opposed to Biblical truth. Please see my other resources on this subject to get more detail on Oneness Pentecostalism.

      As to partnering with others, I think the Word of God is clear that while we are to love those outside the faith, pray for them and call them to repentance, we are not to partner with them; by doing so we put God’s stamp of approval on them and them erroneous teachings. Christ was compassionate to the sinner. He was angry with the false teachers.

      We must view it all through the lenses of Scripture.

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