When I look at the news, I see the controversy over the issue of gay marriage, child molestation is at an all time high, the endless reality shows that highlight the most troubled people in this country–paying them a lot of money to make fools of themselves, the lack of morals in our society, celebrities becoming more hedonistic than ever before; it would seem like a true Man of God could be of great purpose for this generation, but what if that too becomes tainted, then what?
I started watching T.D. Jakes a long time ago–before all of the fame. He truly is an anointed preacher and I know he loves the Lord, however, as I’ve watched his celebrity grow, wealth, books, movies, and his Potter’s House becoming more of a place for the rich and famous; has this tainted him?
There have been times when I’ve actually questioned God about this.
Back in the day, just to hear him preach; he could bring the house down (still does) with the roar of his voice and the masterful way he tells biblical stories. I watched on television mainly, but I admired this about him. He had power. God’s anointing was on him and in him. His gifts were not a fluke. But a roaring lion will get everyone’s attention and now that the “special ones” have noticed him; I am constantly wondering how long will Pastor Jakes be able to be a faithful servant of God; and not bending to the vices and temptations that fame can bring.
The discernment I have leads me to believe that many people are around T.D. Jakes that he would have never socialized with and these people may have dishonorable intentions.
Over the years, Pastor Jakes has had many personal issues that have made people wonder if God is trying to tell him something: His son was arrested in January of 2009 for exposing himself to two undercover detectives. Link: http://rodonline.typepad.com/rodonline/2009/02/antigay-bishop-td-jakes-gay-son-charged-with-exposing-himself-to-undercover-detectives.html
In June of that same year, there was a natural gas explosion at his home.
Some recent articles are questioning his style of preaching; even hinting that the pastor may even be secretly gay. Lind above.
My own personal thoughts basically make me wonder who is the real T.D. Jakes these days. I’m not sure what he’s about and his popularity with celebrities in particular have me worried.
The church has suffered greatly in recent decades, and sadly, this is the first generation of Americans that didn’t grow up in church.
Our nation is writing from lack of leadership, dysfunctional homes and communities, lack of fathers in the home, crime, hatred, lack of morals, etc.
Our churches have seemed to become tainted by the very people that lead them and fallen ministers don’t even raise eyebrows any longer. Most people have become cynical and seem to anticipate the downfall of the next one.
Will that man be T.D. Jakes?
I don’t know…but I’ll close with this scripture: “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (verses 4-5, King James Version).