Bishop T.D. Jakes on holiness and righteousness

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Leviticus 11:44

I’m not a sure what it would have been like to have been raised in the church, instead from worldliness and sin. Sometimes I envy those who have been able to live victoriously all of their lives. But most of us have not had that kind of experience.

There are those who define holiness as what one tear or eats. For years churches displayed the name holiness because they were monitoring a person’s outward appearance. They weren’t truly looking at the character on the inside. Often they got sidetracked by how much makeup or jewelry someone wore while thousands of people were destroying themselves with drugs and prostitution.

The church is a hospital for wounded souls. The staff in a hospital understands that people get sick and need a place to recover. Many of those in Scripture were sick, unholy. The Bible never camouflages the weakness of the people God used. He used David. He used Abraham. Sometimes people break the boundaries, go out of control, and need to be readmitted to the hospital for treatment.

The fact is, we were all born in sin and shaped in iniquity. We have no true badge of righteousness that we can wear on the outside. God concluded that all are in sin so. He needed to save us from ourselves (see Galatians 3:22). It wasn’t the act of sin, but the state of sin, that brought us into condemnation.

A church that focuses on the externals has lost its passion for souls. When you go into that kind of church, it is possible to walk away feeling like a second – class citizen. Or you may try to be super-spiritual in order to compensate for an embarrassing past. You can’t earn deliverance. You have to receive it by faith. Christ is the only righteousness God will accept.

No one person needs any one more of the blood of Jesus than anyone else. Jesus died once for all (see Romans6:10). Each person must come to Him individually. When you come to Him, He will raise you up by the blood of Christ _ not because you’ve done good things.

There is a sanctuary of spirit that comes through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. It cleans up the innermost part of your being. Once you get cleaned up in your spirit, it will be reflected in your character and conduct. You can’t like Mary, the mother of Jesus, and dress like Mary Magdalene did before she met the master. The spirit of the Lord will give you boundaries and teach you how to be holy.

Source T.D. Jakes

11 thoughts on “Bishop T.D. Jakes on holiness and righteousness

    Leona Obbrace said:
    August 31, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    We have such a mess in the church today. As Billy Graham said ,the church is the biggest field that needs evangelism. I can not agree with this mush that has only a few abstract references to scripture. Here are some that are clear:
    Hebrews 12:14
    Amplified Bible
    Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.
    Contemporary English Version
    The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom everyone who does wrong or causes others to sin.
    English Standard Version
    And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.

    Matthew 24:11-13 (New Living Translation)
    11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.
    Contemporary English Version
    We know that the persons we used to be were nailed to the cross with Jesus. This was done, so that our sinful bodies would no longer be the slaves of sin.

    Gods’ message is clear & contradicts the suggestion here that we continue to be slaves to sin; by His life on the inside of us we can & He expects us to, walk free from sin. In this faith crazy church world,we can have faith for any material thing we want & grace to do what we want. True faith is for the purpose of doing those things we know God wants us to do but we can not on our own & we have been given the Spirit of grace ,who is also the Spirit of holiness.


    Mununuzi David said:
    May 27, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Nice to here from your inspiring counciling messages. Would like to receive a package from you on healing/ deliverance from illneses and diseases; transformation, righteousness and holiness.


    Masasi Edison said:
    February 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Holiness is determined by God and not man. When God cleans up the sinner, no one else has the right to call that fellow a sinner any more because of what he did wrong or didnt do right. When God says someone is righteous, he has considered his past present and future life, and concluded that that man is righteous. Who should come later and say to that man, “you need repentance”. Why dont we straighten our selves first before we try to straighten others? Why cant we allow God to finish the work he started in the people he himself called?


    kenny m. Isaac said:
    May 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Holiness speaks of a nature given us by God at the time of new birth(justification).Holiness is unto God and not un2 man


    Morrison said:
    October 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Love ur messages


    Onyekachi Reuben said:
    December 9, 2012 at 5:39 am

    Sir, I believe dat teachin is not over yet pls I realy need to have full understanding of. Dat topic


    Sharon andiva said:
    April 22, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I love this, that Gods spirit teaches me to be holy, and that i cant earn deliverance. I believe in the cleansing work of Christs blood. Amen


    michael opoku amoako said:
    September 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    my life has changed totally after having time and reading this topic, i love to read it again


    Victor said:
    March 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    @ Leona Obbrace: are you ever going to achieve what the scriptures you have quoted are saying or you are going to die trying, and what is God going to say if you die and haven’t reached that perfect holy sinless state? what do you think He will do to you in comparison to the one who will follow pastor’s message.


    Pastor Victor A. O said:
    August 22, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Your word has touched my life and ministry sir, God bless you.

    Glory to God.


    Pastor alexander . o . said:
    August 31, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Holliness is godliness. No one can be like God, that why there is none holy like him. 1 samuel 2 vs 22


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