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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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No one wins in bashing other people and their choices. Now, if people are criticizing him (Jakes) or comparing him to the Preachers of LA, why does that have anyone's attention? I wish we could just simply preach the Gospel (preachers responsibility), believers studying to show themselves approved (everybody that believes responsibility), and allow God to reign on the just and the unjust. Someone said, opinions are like belly buttons, everybody has one! The question is, does it really matter? God is still God!! If they are wrong, God is big enough to deal with them. Let's just make sure all of our i's are dotted and t's are crossed in our own assignments from God. This is television and we make judgments, not seeing the full picture. We really don't know the means that these men get all of their luxuries. We ASSUME it is from the church. They may have business, property, investments, etc. My final thought is, would any believer decline the same opportunities they were given (television show, money, cars, houses, etc). It is always easy to judge someone when we have not been faced with the same opportunities. #IJS

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTJ

I am so glad someone said what I was thinking. I don't agree with everything that this man Jakes has to say all the time. I think some of his business practices are questionable like inviting the secular crowd to religiious events hosted by him. But he is on point here. I applaude him for taking a stand.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNadiya

I am not surprised with the response from the Bishop; but I appalled by his rush to judgement. No offense but he is doing the same thing but without cameras. If he came to your church he would have his "people" to care for him and it would be impossible to reach out to him. He had created his own production company with his own movies. What is the difference he has a multi million dollar home or two.

I wish instead of taking to media with this criticism he would have met withe other pastors. If I am not mistaken Bishop Noel Jones had preached at Mega Man more than once. He is reaching people his way through movies, preaching , conferences, cruises and through movies. Now he has a talk show why can't we just talk to each other to assist with building one another up?

Really, the more and more I see things like this the further it is turning me away from the institution.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnd In That Order

TD Jakes and Noel Jones are best friends. I am surprised at his harsh response and words. I mean I agreee but I would not have expected bishop to say it. He is usually quiet about stuff like this. No one is blasting him though over his Mind Body and Soul BET show with all those secular stars. It's like the pot calling the kettle black but oh wells

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLucretia

Wow TD Jakes and all the rest of them can kick rocks because the truth of the matter money talks and bull$&@ walks they all have a hand in the till my parents are ministers and in no way do they profit from the church funds unless you call 19 dollars a profit that they might get on a Friday night service at the end of the day they will get there just reward when they enter those pearly gates you will have to answer to God for all your foolishness....

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSweet G

I recall Bishop Jakes speaking to this cynicism a few years back and I'm glad he did it again. He told the reporter who "questioned" his millionaire status (and I'm paraphrasing) "if I write a book and that book sells several million copies and I'm not a millionaire, then I'm the fool!". Nuff said. I've never had - nor ever will have - a problem with the wealth of those who partner with God. I personally know several prominent ministers with much greater influence and renown that these who would NEVER leave it up to a producer to tell their story. Therefore, I'm not at all surprised about the principal cast members. There's nothing "real" about reality TV. What we see is a well crafted representation of that the producers want you to see and, therefore, believe.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJustSayin

Thank You Bishop Jakes for speaking up for the Kingdom! Prior to this show there were people in and outside the church who thought the church on a whole was all about money and nothing much else. I was born and raised in the church and my founding pastor had a saying " I will teach you the word of God and I will let you decide if you will go after Gods heart especially when it came to tithing". We were not beat over the head every week about tithing. When my pastor got his paycheck from the church not only did he tithe, he gave back what ever was left after his bills were paid. He could do this b/c he has a business outside of the church that took care of him, his wife, and 9 children in the house the he built with his own two hands. When he passed away the church had multiple accounts w/ hundreds of thousands of dollars in them, and this my home church is a small church. Now with this show out there we will loose more people than we can even imagine. Pastoring is a job, however when pastors like Mcclendon say that they won't go minister in a place that can't afford to pay him and his entourage is sickening! Haddon may be youngest but he is wiser when is comes to ministry! I applaud him for taking a stand against Mcclendon. God should be the motivator and not the money! If you can afford a $7 million dollar home, surely you can use some of the wealth God has afforded you to go minister to the less fortunate. 1 John 3:17 - But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChristian

Wow! This is crazy! I don't know how I feel about the comments against fellow preachers. Hmmm...

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngeleyes

T.D Jakes lives in a luxuries house too and have nice cars as a Pastor; whether paid for by members of his church or not. Many Pastors live a well to do life style and there is nothing wrong with it except, those who are in their church have to listen to this....excuse my French, B.S about how God won't bless them until they give into the ministry. But yet over a few years ago when T.D Jakes daughter got married the only people allowed at the wedding where those who were well to do or his celebrity friends. In fact, many of these mega church, the Pastors won't talk to you unless you up there in leadership or just by chance got lucky, or rich [millionaire} yet they talk against rappers who have millions and people who love to listen to their music. These rappers don't mind speaking to these average people either. Having said that, the Preachers of L.A is not the wisest show to air your dirty laundry especially as a Pastor. Many of those Pastors have a point of showing they are only human but at the same time, Bishop Clarence McClendon for example makes like everyone is stalking and trying to hurt him, when he has done a lot of low down shit to folks. He dumped his first wife then hid his second wife from the public for many years. He think God isn't watching that bull shit but he's wrong. I don't give fuck who these men claim to be ....God has always answered my prayers. They may pray over folks and get money but when its time for them to leave this earth and give account for their life, they can't point the finger at no one because God knows who they are deep inside. If they are "Wolf in Sheep Clothing" he knows!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYaffa Lawson

I'm appalled at his response in regards to the money issue. Isn't the pot calling the kettle black... whenever I think about rich pastors, his name and face comes to mind. I'm not trying to be negative, though. I understand that a lot of rich pastors are GREAT businessmen and are usually rich before coming a pastor. I don't know these pastors story, but quite frankly, I'm not going to assume anything about them if I haven't seen any of their financial statements concerning how they earned and spent their income.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEss


October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKim Thomas

Jakes ain't worried about none of these negative comments. He knows who he is and whom's he is. Ppl can't wait to attack christians. There is nothing wrong with christians having nice things, as long as they got it honestly. I dont hear nobody complaining about Beyonce, J-Z, or any of these other wordly folk. Let God deal with these folk if they ain't right. He got it.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonique

I'm so glad I left church monkeys alone a long long time ago.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjo

Nothing good will come out a reality show where Pastors portray the Gospel as a avenue to wealth and prosperity and gives the impression that the God they serve is there own SPIRITUAL ATM! I have no problem with acquiring wealth as a man or woman of God as long as it is done in descent order and not as a way to acquire stuff while the sheep you shepherd suffer daily! Prosperity is not a sin, but it will become a distraction if the image gives a false portrait of a place or season normal everyday Christians will probably never walk in! So my prayer is that we as the people of God only use platforms that will carry the ministry of Jesus Christ in a positive light! Because Jesus deserves better representation than the body of Christ is showing right now!

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBen Jackson

Jakes can talk all day about how he had all he had before the church but I would like to hear it from a church member lol you can't convince anyone that he doesn't profit any from his church. Do you know how many pastors bragg about not taking salaries but have each of their family members on payroll getting checks every week so the pastor doesn't have to get a salary in his name. Or since he created the ministry, he doesn't have to pull a payroll check bc he has access to bank accounts at all times. So TD can stop grandstanding and just keep it real and say don't let that show stop y'all from sowing into my ministry please, point blank and the period lmbo

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercpp

Bishop Jakes is correct the people of God should not be taken advantage of neither should men of cloth be arrogant for arrogance is a sin. Then the images that they portrayed of Hadden and the Bishop getting into it was distasteful.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJAMES ASHE

This is a hefty speech from a man who has just teamed up with Oprah and Tyler Perry and in just about as many movies or more than the ones he condemns and if you're gonna be true to yourself, be true, don't throw the stones, perhaps you're a little salty because you weren't invited for the ride. Speaking of Hollywood Sir, don't you have many ties to Hollywood being you're in the movie business? And while I'm on the subject, don't you have a new show coming on TV soon? Just because they didn't use the same avenue as you don't mean you're not milking the industry, so to be really honest and really frank with you my dear Sir, I am not impressed with your obvious signs of jealousy, what about when Noel Jones was helping you get rich on your Chitlins and fried ham circuit or do you so easily forget how you got where you are? Impress me by giving some money to the churches who need help, if you wanna impress me even more, go get some of those preacher who have no members and back them to the world so they can get some peoples too. God bless you Sir, but I thought you were better than that to bite and slap the same men you called brother before you got exposed to the big money people like oprah and tyler putting money in your pocket.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterConcerned Christian

TD Jakes and Noel Jones are friends right? Wouldn't this hurt their relationship?? *Pops popcorn and waits*

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChloe

listen td jakes is a hater. i love him the same way i love mitt romney. um. hmm. (cough)

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersam

This is a clear example of the POT calling the KETTLE black, blue, purple and all sorts of colors. I agree the show isn't good, but so is T.D Jakes Ministry, he has a Christian event i.e Mega Fest and a life class with a lady who denies that Christ is the only way to God and other biblical truth. Wouldn't pay this any attention, its time to start focusing on the word of God and stop following personalities.

October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEarl Williams

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