09 June 2012

T.D. Jakes Celebrates 35 Years of T.D. Jakes

Yesterday, The Christian Post reported:
A black-tie gala featuring a surprise star-studded guest list will be held Friday night to celebrate Bishop T.D. Jakes' 35th anniversary of ministry service. The event titled "Triumphant Journey" will be held at the AT&T Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas.
In addition to celebrating 35 years since he entered into ministry, Jakes will be marking several other milestones, including his 30th wedding anniversary to Serita Jakes, his 55th birthday, and 15th anniversary of The Potter's House of Dallas, Inc. 
(Source)
Well, apparently the phrase "star-studded guest list" was not an exaggeration, depending upon one's definition of a "star." Rev. James Meeks, who pastors Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, was among the many invited to attend this "Triumphant Journey" down Jakes' memory lane. Meeks spent the evening tweeting out updates to his Twitter followers, thus revealing who were among the "stars" at this celebration of T.D. Jakes. The presence of the three most well-known names who graced the stage ought not surprise: Oprah Winfrey, pastrix Paula White and Bill Hybels.

First, Meeks revealed that Oprah was the surprise guest of the evening. This really shouldn't surprise considering that Oprah likes T.D. Jakes.
Source
Up next was Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Community Church.
Source
Some may wonder why the pastor of one of America's largest professing evangelical churches would be present at an event honoring a preacher of the heretical Word Faith, prosperity gospel. However, it was not too long ago, in 2010, that T.D. Jakes was welcomed onto the Willow Creek stage to speak at Hybels' Global Leadership Summit. It was at this event that Hybels declared Jakes to be "the most gifted communicator of our day."


Finally, Meeks shared that pastrix Paula White was speaking. 
Source
Again, this should not surprise since Jakes has had occasion recently to speak at White's God Encounter event. Of course, we cannot forget that Paula White has referred to T.D. Jakes as her "spiritual father."


White reaffirmed this title of endearment for Jakes on the afternoon of 9 June, as she lauded the previous evening's anniversary celebration:
Source
Source
Many other recognizable names attended "Triumphant Journey" last night. Even Deion Sanders made an appearance. It must have been quite a shindig indeed, judging from this picture tweeted out by James Meeks at the start of the evening:

Source
Perhaps the extravagance of this photo helps to explain the $150 ticket price of this event:
Source
Yes, that's right. Those who desired to attend "Triumphant Journey" without an invitation had to pay $150 to do so. Some may feel that's a large sum of money just to honor a man, but the fact may be that these days, having one's itching ears scratched does not come cheap.

In closing, below is a brief video that appears to be a draft version of a promotional video created for this event. One cannot help but wonder what state the visible church would be in if it only honored Jesus as much as it reveres men.



FURTHER READING
T.D. Jakes Prosperity Gospel: Sow a Seed, God Will Bless You (Apprising Ministries)
Charles Jenkins and "Jesus Week" Welcome T.D. Jakes Back to Chicago
Twitter and its "Christian Powerhouses"

16 comments:

  1. This event was almost as extravagant as John MacArthur's 40 year celebration with his star studded guest list. Oh wait...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL. Yeah, you read my mind. :)

      Delete
    2. LOL. I saw the video of the sermon when Dr MacArthur finished preaching the last verse of the NT. They applauded. He smiled. That was it. EBenz, your addition of the tweets combined with those gala photos simply makes me ill. I had no idea it was THAT extravagant of of celebration. I need a Tums...

      Delete
    3. Yes, it's more than a little nauseating, that's for sure.

      I was watching the live broadcast when Dr. MacArthur finished that last verse in Mark and you're right, they clapped and he smiled. I think he said something like, "well, there you have it!" I believe for his 40th anniversary, there was a celebration on the church campus. To my knowledge, there never was an event like this (and I'd be shocked to learn of it if there was one). As I said in a comment below, Dr. MacArthur honors God, not men. Unfortunately, that appears to be a foreign concept to T.D. Jakes.

      Delete
  2. Well, not quite...I seriously doubt if MacArthurs was held at a multi-million dollar complex like Winspear Opera house (I live in Dallas). Secondly, I don't think they charged attendees $150.00 a head at Mac Arthur's? Most importantly, Mac Arthur was being honored for 40 years of faithful biblical preaching and teaching. Not for being a man-pleasing false teacher. You guys are not being quite fair.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anonymous,

      I think you misunderstood. Anonymous @ 11:44 was being sarcastic.What you say above is precisely the point. A man like John MacArthur faithfully preached for 40 years, and there was no such hoopla. Nor should there have been. MacArthur honors God in his preaching, not men, and would never desire to be the object of idolatry such as was exhibited at T.D. Jakes' event.

      If you look around this site, it shouldn't take long to see that we are intensely grateful for John MacArthur and his teachings. In fact, I had the honor of speaking with him recently, as he was gracious enough to allow me to interview him. MacArthur's ministry has been a tremendous blessing to me, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to tell him that personally.

      Delete
  3. Were the Elephanteers there?

    ReplyDelete
  4. What a bunch of nauseating heretical sycophants stroking each other ego.
    Hybles confirms where he is and that is not with Gospel to be sure.

    ReplyDelete
  5. how man centered can you get? T.D. Jakes "was there for when my mother had cancer"---Where was Jesus?? How utterly sad that so many have their faith in a mere man who cannot save them, who have their faith in a false teacher and his false teachings.

    to God alone be all the glory and honor. Shame on men who seek their own glory and steal that which only God is worthy of.....

    Psa 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

    Jer 9:24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your comment "T.D. Jakes was there when my mother had cancer -- Where was Jesus??" Says to me: You really don't know Christ, and you don't have a Christian Biblical understanding of why people suffer in this fallen world. If you have to defend men like Jakes, Hybels or MacDonald - then something isn't right. (My opinions and I hold to them.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "You really don't know Christ, and you don't have a Christian Biblical understanding of why people suffer in this fallen world."

      If you are questioning if I know Christ or not then you really have misunderstood my statement entirely.

      If you think I am "defending" heretics and false teachers such as TD Jakes then you failed to read my statement and have completely missed my point

      My whole point is that T.D. Jakes is a false teacher and for the woman to praise TD Jakes as being by her mother's side who had cancer is placing the emphasis on TD Jakes being the one who comforts, TD Jakes being the one who brings solace and Jakes being the Savior.

      I'm here to say that Jakes is a false teacher. People are placing emphasis on Jakes doing all these wonderful things and not one time is Jesus Christ given all the glory and honor due his NAME. Certainly it's wonderful and we need people to comfort us, and there's nothing wrong with people comforting us when we are sick or dying. But in the video they are placing the spotlight on Jakes trying to make it out that TD Jakes is all these things that solely belong to Jesus Christ. Jesus is the ONLY Savior, Jesus is our Comforter, Jesus is our ever-present help in time of need.

      Yes Jesus knows me,-- God the Father chose me and gave me his precious Son and because of God's grace I know HIM -ONLY because he had mercy on me a sinner who was undeserving and so unworthy yet when I was 33 years old back in 1997 God reached down to this filthy rotten no good rebel and applied the blood of his precious son in my heart and washed all my sins away~

      Delete
  7. EBenz, sorry for missing the sarcasm. Thank you for your clarification and setting the record straight.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wow. Was TD Jakes always like this or did he just start slipping in the last couple of years? Honestly I was surprised to see his name on discernment blogs in the recent past but now it's quite obvious now. It seems that in these days we are isomeone preacher starts entertaining Lies, there's a massive chance that they will not turn to Christ in repentance and humility but will scorn the truth and dive further into lies of demons and into the arms of others that entertain those lies also. It's such a stark and important lesson for all of us. The rapture is imminent and I sometimes find myself disobeying intently and hardening my heart in pride. God forgive me and have mercy on me!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Come on guys, be fair. The Bible does say in Rom 13:7 "give honor unto whom its due". Anyone having been in ministry 35 years in the times we live in today is quite an accomplishment. I don't see the wrong in these folks taking one day to celebrate and honor their pastor. Does it look like a "grand" occasion. Absolutely. That's the level this man is on based on the celebrities that follow his ministry, movies, books and business ventures. People have to be reached at every level. That's why we're told to go out into ALL the world. This crowd may not be 'your' world, but it's certainly the 'world' of this pastor.

    I get so tired of all this internal Christian judging and criticism, particularly by those who are doing absolutely LITTLE to minister or make a real direct difference in the lives of people. It's so easy to throw stones from your blog and at the end of the day...you're still are doing ANY ministry. Talk is cheap. Actions speak.

    ReplyDelete

Please keep it pithy (in other words, if your comment is long enough to be its own blog post, don't bother), pertinent (please don't go off-topic), and respectful (to the author, to the other readers, and to the subject of the post). If you can't do that, your comment will not be posted.

If you haven't already, please read the Comment Policy in its entirety.