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Bishop T.D. Jakes Disses ‘Preachers Of L.A.’—Calls Reality Show ‘Junk’

Article By Rebecca Johnson:: EEW Magazine Entertainment News

The premiere of Oxygen’s controversial docu-series, Preachers Of L.A., may have pulled in a record 1.1 million viewers, but one of the most influential Christian pastors in America, Bishop T.D. Jakes, holds a very low opinion of it.

On Sunday morning, October 13 at the Potter’s House in Dallas, TX, Jakes dissed the reality show, calling it “junk” and distancing himself from the stars’ blinged-out images and flamboyance.

­“Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV,” Jakes said, criticizing Preachers Of L.A. amid a plea for congregants and online viewers to sow a financial seed into his local ministry.

“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,” Jakes stated emphatically.

“You did not buy what I got,” he continued. “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.”

That spirit Jakes referred to is one of criticism, cynicism and skepticism of mega pastors’ motives following the premiere of Preachers of L.A. that documents the lives of 6 larger-than-life personalities: Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson, and Pastor Jay Haizlip.

Bishop Clarence McClendon pictured with his wife Priscilla and the couple’s son inside the McClendon’s home, worth more than $7 million-- the most expensive of all the pastors' homes featured on Preachers Of L.A. (Credit: Tim Brown/Oxygen)

The rich Christian pastors are not in any way shy about indulging their cravings for the finer things in life, gladly showing off their fancy cars, sprawling houses and opulent lifestyles that rival rappers and mainstream celebrities.

No doubt, the Preachers of L.A. have built empires for themselves, but Jakes said, “We are going to build the Kingdom of God like we have always built the Kingdom of God."

Then, Jakes delivered the one-liner that sent the crowd into a frenzy. He said, "I’m not from L.A. I’m from Dallas!”


That verbal jab had Potter’s House attendees cheering loudly, slapping each other high-five and expressing approval of their leader’s strong commentary.

Continuing to stick up for his own credibility, he added, “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.”

He also interjected, “You don’t do that kind of business being shake and bake and slimy and—shut up,” he abruptly interrupted and censored his own speech.

“Woo! Pull the plug,” Jakes talked to himself openly, then shifted gears a bit, focusing on the accomplishments of the ministry, rather than the shortcomings of the ministers on TV.

“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," he explained. "The natives all over Kenya drink water because of this ministry. And the hospital in Nairobi survives because of this ministry.”

The leader was set on making it clear that his ministry was focused on missions, not mansions; MegaCare (his humanitarian organization), not mega cars.

“I do not need you to buy my car. I got this,” he said, pausing for an extended period.

Before moving on, Jakes told the congregation, “If you appreciate my straightforwardness, give God some praise."

Then, moments later, he expressed indignantly, “I’m a grown man, dog.”

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First, I am really surprised by Bishop Jakes' comments. I have heard him comment on other things before, just not as strongly. I do however, agree with him to a certain point. Not all of them were totally focused on the "bling". After watching the previews, I had decided not to watch it, then I thought how wrong it was for me to judge it based on a few clips, because I know how things are sometimes edited to draw viewers in, especially for a new show. I regret watching it. I was so out-done with Bishop McClendon...all he seemed to be focused on was "living well". Although Detrick Haddon had his issues with the "fiance" and the child out of wedlock, he seemed to be the one making the most sense when it came to defending his point about ministering to the people and not needing an "entourage" to it. My friend and I watched it and discussed some things about it the next day. We all know preachers that reflect some of the same views as Bishop McClendon and it is not an overall representation of "Pastoral" living. I just feel for the people who are not saved or in church, hopefully there are Godly people in their lives that will love them enough to speak a word or live the life, to counteract some of the foolishness from the show! Not a good look!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTomeka

What? Bishop Jakes took a position on something?!? Can't believe it!!!!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKiera

Uh oh!!!! Preacher beef. Bishop TD Jakes put it out on the line. LOL! I agree with him actually. I think it is important to note that TD is in a different league. He plays NO GAMES!!! SHOTS FIRED!!! LOL

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElla

OMG!!! Just saw this link on Twitter. I watched the show and I was totally disgusted and repulsed. These men are an embarassment to the body of Christ and how dare Deitrick Haddon try to come for anybody when his life was a mess just months ago. I think all of them should have re-thought saying yes to something like this. Bishop Jakes is right.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

I watched this mess and will never watch it again. I really try hard to keep an open mind and see things from all sides. But there is nothing redeeming about Pimps, I mean, Preachers of LA. TD Jakes went in on them and he is absolutely, 100% right!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Dang Jakes. Tell em why you made LMBO

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDiva Girl

Wow, I wonder if this means no more Noel at his conferences? LOL

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam Avery

The pot calling....

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGodlysoldier

I hear pastors say that they had this or that before the full mega church but if people are not helping u televise your ministers how could u sell a book, movie ticket or anything else u do on the side. It takes a fan base to do all theses things because a regular pastor in a store front church could not write a book or sell anything if he was not made know out side of his community.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteromar

All I can say is my son's father should be on the show as well. I wonder if they need a new church for the viewers Full Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ.....Pastor A.D. Shaw.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMHLA

This is just another DISTRACTION that the enemy (Satan) has created for the body of Christ and the saints have walked right into it. We have taken to focus off God and took it right back to ourselves with this type of STUFF!!!! Where does God get the glory out of this? When we know better we do better, this is not better! When we can create a stumbling block for people to come to Christ we are at fault. Too much misconstrued happenings with this that can and will be a STUMBLING BLOCK!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElaine

Jakes is cool.... and his ministry may be not be built on mansions....but he certainly lives in one. Jakes and Jones are the best of friends and this TV show wont change that. One thing to note is they have to very different personalities... Noel Jones is open and Jakes is closed... so I can see his opposition to the show because he is a private person (as much as he can shield). Jakes has everything the rest of the Preachers of LA have... he just choose not to show it.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie C. Harper

Pastor Jakes is right. And what he meant about making his own money is that the church doesn't pay his bills. What you sow into the ministry stays there and works within the church. Having a fan base that buys his books means he has something important to say that people are hungry for. I commend him.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFMohair

Let me tell you guys something! Clarence McClendon is a no-good, fake minister! I have a tape of him right now wherein he literally cussed his people out, called them "niggers" (yes, he uses that word), and then have Italian members of his church threaten anyone that would dare speak up against "our Bishop".

His divorces his wife, get another woman pregnant while still married, and then on the tape, he said this to the woman that said he had gotten her pregnant: "I damn you and your unborn child under the authority of my anointing". This man is as arrogant, stupid, and pompous as they come.

His "ministry" went down to nothing and he was even in Tents with "out-back" toilets. But as Black folks always do, they forgot about this negro's action and behavior and begin to put money into his church and now he is back on TV with the same arrogance and pompous attitude. I wonder if Oxygen Network knows about that tape?? Would it even matter?

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJared

TD Jakes forgot how he got his start. LOL

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWanda

EEW just another gossip news site now? Keeping beef going? Great... Jakes is being taken grossly out of context here as well...

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAuthor Name

Well of course he has to distance himself. That's sound business sense. His own coffers would be affected if he appears to be in league with these preachers. In fact, that's why many preachers are crying foul. Their memberships and offerings will suffer because of what people will come to see as affirmation of what they have always believed about preachers anyway. But the fact of the matter is, these preachers are authors and investors too. They got their money the way Jakes got his. The aversion to them is that we see what they have, and we were okay with the notion of them possessing some trinkets (because you know someone wealthy is going to have some stuff) but we don't like it in our faces. That's our hypocrisy. We like nice things. In fact, most of us are in debt and have poor credit ratings trying to get some stuff, and that is just as ungodly as a bunch of preachers being immodest about what they have. Because let's face it. The only thing wrong with this reality show is that they are not displaying the humlity we like to see in our preachers. Haddon has repented and married the girl he had a child with. Jones is single and maybe should be married, but that doesn't mean he's sleeping around. Gibson and McClendon are obnoxious, but does that make themcharlatans? Chaney and Haizlip seem disconnected. They're the least known, but that is no statement about their holiness and their lives' purpose. I think Christians are uncomfortable with this show because it makes no pretenses, and nobody pretends better than Christians!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMel

I hope this mean all these offended, holy folks will turn off Scandal, Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and a some of that other "junk" on tv! God ain't in that either!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhillip

The nerve of TD Jakes!!!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

I commend Bishop Jakes for standing up for the Kingdom, for the sake of those who have yet to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. Many pat sin on the back by not saying a word. Silence can also be sinful...We must be careful what as children of GOD. First impressions are lasting ones. It has the power to make or break what you represent. GOD'S IMAGE should be handled with the upmost of care

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa

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