(Photo: Courtesy of T.D. Jakes Ministries)
Bishop T.D. Jakes, the senior pastor of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, Texas, is defending Christian film executive Tyler Perry, after the latter laid hands on him earlier this year.
Perry attended The Potter's House earlier this year where he announced a $1 million donation to the establishment and laid hands on Jakes while praying for the bishop. While some criticized the exchange where Perry laid his hands on the bishop and seemed to preach, Jakes is defending Perry in JET magazine.
"When you start talking about prayer, no one is exempt from the need of it," Jakes told JET. "It doesn't matter who it comes from as long as it comes from a place of purity."
Jakes indeed received prayer from Perry and accepted it with open arms before a congregation of over 30,000 who largely welcomed the moment.
"I pray the power of God all over you. I pray His favor," Perry prayed for Jakes at The Potter's House last September. "I pray the blood of Jesus will come upon you right now. Keep you in His care. God, I thank You for your blessings!"
Although he announced a $1 million donation to the Potter's House youth center, Perry spoke about being compelled to give after attending Jakes' "Woman Thou Art Loosed" conference led by Pastor Paula White. The film mogul emphasized the importance of giving.
"My intention was to just leave the check and bless God," he said. "See, I love to give. I've been a giver all my life. You see, when people have given to you and sown into you and God has touched them and given you favor. When you have favor with..."
He also spoke about a concept that a church congregation would understand much better than Hollywood.
"See, they don't understand where I come from," Perry said at the Potter's House last September. "They don't understand it in Hollywood. But I'm gonna tell you something about the blood of Jesus."