Bishop T.D. Jakes rebukes ‘Preachers of LA,’ calls it ‘junk’

Bishop T.D. Jakes attends the BET Networks 2013 Upfronts at Hotel Sax on April 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. [Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BET)

Bishop T.D. Jakes attends the BET Networks 2013 Upfronts at Hotel Sax on April 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BET)

However, one vocal pastor isn’t singing the show’s praises.

 

Bishop T.D. Jakes, the senior pastor of The Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas, addressed his congregation on Sunday and rebuked the show, calling it “junk.”

 

“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV. I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for,” Jakes told his congregation Sunday, according to EEW magazine. ”I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave,” he added.

 

“You did not buy what I got. I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie. I have sold enough books and produced enough movies. I don’t need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ,” he added.

The pastor expressed his criticism of the show and told his congregation, “I’m not from L.A. I’m from Dallas!”

 

Preachers of LA is a docu-series that chronicles the lives of six high-profile pastors and the daily “struggles and triumphs” they face.

 

However, the show has received some scrutiny from viewers, and members of the clergy, who don’t believe it sheds the best light on predominately black churches.

 

A prominent Los Agneles pastor  has joined Jakes in criticizing the show.

 

“I’m totally against it,” Pastor William J. Smith of Saint Tabernacle Church in L.A. told theGrio. “When you put the church in the category of all these other shows – though I don’t watch them, I don’t have time for that foolishness – it demeans the church. It brings it down and it takes away the value of why it’s here. That’s why the church is in the condition that it’s in. Because the church has, in a sense, aligned itself with themes of the world.”

 

Despite the controversy, Preachers of LA has managed to deliver some impressive ratings. The show’s debut averaged 1.1 million viewers, according to Variety and Nielsen.

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Quote by Koco from original article:

 

"Bishop T.D. Jakes, the senior pastor of The Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas calling it “junk.”

 

“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV. I want to tell you right now, not one dime of what you’re sowing right now will buy my suit. I want you to know my car is paid for. ”I want you to know I got my house on my own. I want you to know I’m not bling-blinging. I am not shake and bake. I had money when I came to Dallas and I plan to have some when I leave,” he added.

 

“You did not buy what I got. I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie. I have sold enough books and produced enough movies. I don’t need your offering to pay for this little slimy suit. So I rebuke that spirit in the name of Jesus Christ,”

 

I agree with T.D.Jakes, I have never seen the show nor plan to watch it because I also think it's probably junk too but....

 

I am also trying to understand T.D.Jakes main concern because the word he uses throughout his comments "buy" bother me.

 

Is it the fact these reality show "L.A. Preachers" agreed contractually to a nationally televised and popular TV reality show about preachers who are clearly and outwardly expressing themselves personally/financially with their lavish lifestyles and materialistically with possessions exposing what they have OR it is because T.D.Jakes thinks these guys are fakes,  aren't dedicated and don't "believe" in God and the Bible the same way he does?

 

T.D. Jakes says these preachers are both verbally and physically "bling-blinging" but T.D. Jakes, without opening his mouth or directly and outwardly, exposes his massive materialism which is leaps and bounds more than any of those preachers, is doing the exact same thing.

 

T.D. Jakes doesn't live in a typical 3 or 4 bedroom family home struggling to pay the monthly mortgage and bills, doesn't drive a fuel efficient car let alone having only two cars, wears cheap jewelry, a cheap watch or shops for "buy two and get one free" suits from the local "The Men's Warehouse" in Dallas, Texas.

 

That "little slimy suit and tie" he owns and talks about isn't cheap at all.

 

The homes of many ministers live in church bought transitional homes because they minister at their church and their annual salary is tax-free.

 

I researched and T.D. Jakes "personal net worth" is 18+ million dollars which is "outside" according to him, his expansive mega church and yes his many books, CD's, movies and other business ventures may have greatly contributed to his personal fortune but.... What is the difference between T.D, Jakes, those reality TV show L.A. preachers, Creflo Dollar (net worth 27 million dollars), Eddie Long (net worth 4 million dollars) and Joel Osteen (net worth 40 million dollars)?

 

I'll even go back as far back as deceased minister, Rev. Ike (Mr. $100 Prayer Cloth) whose ministry reached its peak in the mid 1970s, was also probably a multi-millionaire and IMO, was "bling blingin" HARD, braggin often and let everyone know it well before the term "bling bling" was even coined.

 

If ANY preacher was suited and tailor made for a reality TV show, it was Rev. Ike hands down.

 

T.D. Jakes rant and comments never says anything about their church ministry, their preaching, their congregation or love for the Bible and the Lord, only with anger, addressing their 'outwardly exposing themselves" materialistically and financially, as religious leaders.

 

And just like those L.A. Preachers, many of T.D. Jakes many members are struggling financially while he himself has no financial worries what so ever.

 

What's the difference between saying out loud what you have versus not saying out loud what you have but upon visual inspection, you can see the exact same thing or even more whether you brag about it or not as is the case of T.D. Jakes?

 

Are these L,A. preachers exposing too much "inside information" or too much game that makes T.D. Jakes uncomfortable?

 

"Suited and booted" wearing a $2500 suit complete with all the trimmings is still a $2500 suit with all the trimmings whether you as T.D. Jakes says "shake and bake" brag about it or not,

 

Is he worried about people (especially his members) finally taking a closer look at him and finally waking up?

 

  I hear ya my brotha!  But for me this new show is just making it worse in terms of how preachers are perceived.  Jake is no better, true.  But it's a new day and the way these young preachers are portraying themselves?  It's really more like they are national PIMPS than touring preachers. Plus the show SEXUALIZE their role as religious leaders than promote their message regarding God.  Their materialism is just decorum.  Cuz we from old school know that preachers' bottom line have ALWAYS been about the bling bling and the ching ching when passing the offering plate.  But as unconcern celebrities whose focuses are merely on the almighty dollars......these new generation of backward azz disrespectful snakes in a suit JUST DON'T care how it looks[no matter how much they are given by those who foolishly believe in them].  

 

To me these snake charmers are spiritual THIEVES, with no morals, values and lack of integrity and dignity i,e, they are just as low as massa during slavery in my eyes.  However, it is my hope that these preachers' congegrations[sp] see through their GREEDY self-serving agendas and stop going to their churches and they are left with NOTHING but the holy ghost.  Let's see how fast they can take that to bank.  It's really pitiful to witness selling their soul for money-it's a religious sellout! But!   

With all these Mega churches, why haven't they reinvested in the Black Community by buying properties and building factories for jobs? or at least job training for the future, i.e. trade schools or tech schools?  If the church is the central headquarters of the Black Community, why arent they working on way to improve the conditions for the WHOLE community?

 

 

Nevermind, they cant even stop promoting White Jesus...

 

 

Originally Posted by RadioRaheem:

With all these Mega churches, why haven't they reinvested in the Black Community by buying properties and building factories for jobs? or at least job training for the future, i.e. trade schools or tech schools?  If the church is the central headquarters of the Black Community, why arent they working on way to improve the conditions for the WHOLE community?

 

 

Nevermind, they cant even stop promoting White Jesus...

 

 

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