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TD Jakes Says New Book INSTINCT ‘Is Not Really Saturated
EEW MAGAZINE:: BOOKS
Although the Bible calls animals irrational in Jude 1:10 and 2 Peter 2:12, and condemns those who operate by
their instincts, Bishop T.D. Jakes is gearing up to release a book that instructs others to better live according to
what he calls their divinely-inspired instincts.
His book titled, Instinct: The Power to Unleash your Inborn Drive (FaithWords, May 2014), according to the 56-
year-old mega pastor, was inspired by his trip to an African Safari, and is not deeply rooted in scripture.
“I have to be honest. If you’re thinking about getting the book, I have to confess, the book is not really saturated
with Scripture,” Jakes told his congregation during a Sunday morning sermon at The Potter’s House in Dallas,
TX on Feb. 3.
“And the reason I spent more time focusing on real-life evaluations and using animals as metaphors [is]
because animals are better at being instinctive than we are, and I did it like that because, sometimes, church
people, we do church better than we do life.”
Animals, which the Bible says are born “only to be caught and destroyed” are, in Jakes’ esteemed opinion,
excellent teachers when it comes to navigating the world on an instinctive level.
In Scripture, however, Believers are told to be led only by the Spirit of God--not instincts, human understanding,
or knee-jerk reactions.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not
rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will
direct and make straight and plain your paths."
During his lecture-style sermon, Jakes intertwined motivational principles from Scripture, self-help philosophies,
The New York Times Best-selling author who has reached millions through multiple books, believes every
human being has an innate desire to be fruitful. In Instinct, he touches on topics like knowing when to close a
deal, when to take a risk, and when to listen to your heart, in order to succeed in life.
Jakes continued Sunday, “Sometimes, we OD on spirituality to cover for the fact that we’re not naturally fulfilled.
But God doesn’t want to be a supplement in your life.
“He doesn’t want to be a cover or a mask for all the things that are not happening in your life. And I want to drill
down into some things that I think are very, very important.”
MARCH 3, 2014