Well-known preacher Bishop T.D. Jakes is laying on the slander something serious following the first episode of Oxygen’s new “Preachers of L.A.” reality show.
According to EEW Magazine, Bishop Jakes openly spoke out against the show while recently addressing the congregation at his ever-popular ‘Potter’s House’ church home in Dallas, TX.
Here’s what he had to say:
“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.”
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 rounded out his rant by insisting that the money given to his church from its’ members is used for giving back to the community and not taking or stealing from it to fund his lavish lifestyle.
“The people who have been here a while can go through my track record and prove when I said something, I did it. When we went after something, we bought it. When we wanted the land, we paid for it. When we wanted the school, we built it. When we went after this church we burned the mortgage on this church.
You don’t do that kind of business being shake and bake and slimy and—shut up.
So let the work I’ve done speak for me. You are sowing into good ground. And the 300 families that are employed in this ministry eat from this ministry, work in this ministry, and help us to produce the excellence that we do. The natives all over Kenya drink water because of this ministry. And the hospital in Nairobi survives because of this ministry.”
Normally we’d suggest that people speaking out against reality shows featuring their peers are just salty that they weren’t included, but given his notoriety, that’s a moot point in this case as we’d find it hard to believe that Bishop Jakes wasn’t approached to do the show (or one similar since he doesn’t pastor in L.A.) and turned it down.
Do you agree with his comments about the show? And, moreover, do you believe that his church members’ money doesn’t fund his lavish lifestyle?