(Photo: Courtesy of T.D. Jakes Ministries)
Bishop T.D. Jakes recently took to the pulpit to speak out against the new Oxygen docu-series "Preachers of L.A."
Jakes, the senior pastor of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, Texas, wanted to make sure his congregation knew that he is not using their financial contributions on personal gain after the first episode of the controversial show aired.
"Now, I know you been watching that junk on TV. 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," Jakes told his congregation Sunday, according to EEW magazine reports. "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 went on to rebuke the spirit that caused people to think that financial contributions should go into preachers' pockets.
"You did not buy what I got. I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie," Jakes told his congregation. "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."
If there was any question about exactly who or what Jakes was referencing he told his congregation, "I'm not from L.A. I'm from Dallas!"
Bishop Noel Jones, the senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, Calif. who is good friends with Jakes, previously revealed with the Potter's House pastor had to say about his participation in the series.
"My best friend (Bishop T.D. Jakes) said when he heard I was doing this – because I didn't call him – but when he heard I was doing this, he said that he swallowed his tongue," Jones told thejasminebrand.com recently. "So when he said he swallowed his tongue when he heard I was doing it – and rightfully so – because from his perspective, we're two different people."
Jones described the differences between he and his best friend. He also admitted to receiving mixed reactions from other friends of his.
"I'm more open and more gregarious than he is, and less protected. And so, and he's very protective," Jones revealed to thejasminebrand.com. "..I called a couple of my friends and I got different opinions – some said 'Yes', some said 'No.'"
Jones explained why he decided to take part in the show.
"It's going to be controversial, there's no question about it," he told thejasminebrand.com. "The reason why I'm doing this show is because I want to deflate the iconoclastic dispositions that we have towards men and women who are in ministry or who are in any position where we want to look up to them. Because at the end of the day, everybody's flawed."
Jones appears on the docu-series alongside minister and gospel singer Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon of Full Harvest International Church, Pastor Wayne Chaney of Antioch Church of Long Beach, Bishop Ron M. Gibson of Life Church of God In Christ and Pastor Jay Haizlip of The Sanctuary Church. The show airs Wednesday nights on Oxygen Network at 10 p.m. ET.