Fabry brought up the oft-neglected (by MacDonald, anyway) elephant of T.D. Jakes' prosperity gospel. In this part of the discussion, James MacDonald indicated that a private conversation had taken place (among whom, we do not know, though it is obvious that it was at least allegedly between MacDonald and Jakes). During this conversation, says MacDonald, T.D. Jakes expressed that he would "not currently accept the designation of prosperity or Word of Faith as an accurate description of what he believes. [...] As of two weeks ago [Jakes] would not accept these terms in a private conversation as an accurate description of what he believes." MacDonald continued and stated that Jakes' "ministry will have to bear that out." (Source)In light of these statements, one must wonder how MacDonald would respond to the following video:
21 April 2012
Oprah Likes T.D. Jakes
On the February 6 episode of Chris Fabry Live, James MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, responded to the controversy surrounding the inclusion of T.D. Jakes at the Elephant Room 2 conference. In regard to the apparent ignoring of Jakes' prosperity gospel at ER2, the conversation between Fabry and MacDonald proceeded as follows:
This footage is from a recent episode of Oprah Winfrey's Next Chapter, and the full sermon can be viewed here. As can be seen in the short clip above, even Oprah Winfrey, whose "religion" is a bizarre amalgamation of Eastern mysticism and New Age thought with a thin veneer of a few vague Christian-sounding terms, is enamored with Jakes' teaching. Of course, appealing to the itching ears of the masses will work every time.