God is Triune not Trimanifestational
Recently, T.D. Jakes has been in the news over some things he said regarding homosexuality. His apparently “gay-affirming” statements have been posted and reposted on social media, with many feeling betrayed by “the bishop” whom they thought would take the biblical position on this matter (i.e. homosexuality is a sin, an abomination that must be repented of and forgiven by God). Jakes’ stance, however, shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who is aware of his doctrine of God. Jakes’ official statement of faith makes it clear that the deity in whom he believes, to whose service he is indebted is not the God of the Bible. The Potter’s House website states in no unclear terms that
There is one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in three manifestations: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
If Jakes rejects the most foundational doctrine of the Scriptures (i.e. the being and attributes of the One True and Triune God Almighty), why would anyone expect him to accept what the Bible teaches regarding human sexuality?
Whether or not Jakes is “gay-affirming,” in other words, is really of no importance seeing as he is an unbeliever. It is true that his statement of faith is apparently orthodox on the matter of salvation, claiming that “the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ by faith are born of the Holy Spirit and thus become children of God.” However, given Jakes’ espousal of the false belief that the Persons of the Trinity are manifestations of a uni-personal god, it is nonsensical. Let me explain.
The belief that the One True God is uni-personal and exists in three distinct manifestations is called modalism or Sabellianism, and it implies that God the Father could not send God the Son to be the propitiation for the sins of the elect. Why? Because if the Father is a manifestation, and the Son is a manifestation, and the Holy Spirit is a manifestation, then the Father and Son and Holy Spirit are simply masks, roles, jobs that the hidden true god of modalism puts on in his interaction with humans. Modalism implies that the Father and the Son are the same divine person; ergo, modalism destroys the Gospel which teaches us that the Father and Son and Holy Spirit, acting in perfecting harmony, reciprocally are working out an eternal plan of salvation. The Father sends the Son; the Son obeys and fulfills the Father’s will; the Holy Spirit causes Mary to conceive the Son, according to the will of the Father and Son and Spirit; etc. Jakes’ modalism reduces the Persons of the Godhead to functions of a uni-personal ur-god, hidden behind various manifestations. Each manifestation is the same person and this implies that the divine person on the cross of calvary is the same divine person the Scriptures identify as God the Father.
T.D. Jakes’ theology makes salvation impossible; and Jakes has not renounced his theology but only dug his heels in deeper, claiming that he’s “not crazy about the word ‘persons’,” and that his “doctrinal statement is really no different from yours except for the word ‘manifest’ instead of ‘person,’ which you describe as modalist and I describe as Pauline…” This is not a theological shift toward Trinitarianism, for God is Triune and not trimanifestational. By insisting that God is trimanifestational, Jakes reveals that he has not repented of his idolatry, but has only chosen to further deceive the ignorant by claiming to believe in a god that is “really no different” from the One True God in whom Christians believe. Jakes is not a Christian brother; he rejects what the Bible clearly teaches about God (i.e. that he is a Trinity). As a consequence of this, the Jesus Christ in whom he believes is not the eternal Second Person of the Trinity, the personal Logos of God whom the apostle John writes about in his Gospel. Additionally, the father in whom Jakes believes is not the Eternal Father who, in communion with the Son, ordained his Son to be born of a virgin and die for the sins of the elect. Likewise, the spirit in which Jakes believes is not the Holy Spirit sent from the Father and the Son. Jakes’ god is an idol, a demonic imposter.
 http://www.thepottershouse.org/Local/About-Us/Belief-Statement.aspx. (emphasis added)