MY OPEN LETTER TO BISHOP T.D. JAKES
It has come to my attention that there is a so-called minister purporting an expose’on Bishop Jakes. This minister is a former member of his church and has claimed to be part on the inner circle. I was shown a video with this man who quickly turned scripture to fit his agenda. I couldn’t stomach it. I could only tolerate a minute.
His allegations are the same old tired accusations that have been made time and time again. I could give his name, but I don’t want to give him even that much credit. The controversy is all to sell books. I can’t help but feel this is a disgruntled former staff member who blew his opportunity to be a part of the “inner circle.” I’m sure at one point he was singing the Bishop’s praises. This seems to be a classic case of sour grapes.
He states that Bishop Jakes has a rather high price for any speaking engagements. If I came from absolutely nothing and struggled to survive and then gained notoriety I think I would charge a lofty price too, because I could; especially when I know that people will easily make a hefty profit anytime I speak or preach. The second accusation is that Bishop helped Deion Sanders hide money during his divorce. Last time I checked that was called smart business. First of all any tax attorney or CPA would advise their client to invest in a tax shelter or should I be blunt and say offshore accounts. Wealthy people do this all the time. That’s how they stay rich. Secondly, if I have an ex-wife who is coo coo for Cocoa Puffs then as my friend and advisor I would expect you to help me. I see nothing wrong with that. In fact I don’t see anything wrong with what Bishop Jakes has been accused of doing. As I said before, this is a case of sour grapes.
Now I’m going to get personal. I have been struggling with my relationship to the church for years now. I find more hypocrites inside of the church then out. Church folks are some of the meanest, cruelest people you’d ever want to meet. They can be very shrewd at your expense. I discovered Bishop Jakes several years ago speaking on television. His prophetic words quickly spoke to my heart. He delivered straight with no chaser. I liked that.
No one knows some of the struggles and hurts I’ve gone through in the last few years. When my Mother fell sick Bishop had a word and told me to stay encouraged because her healing was near. When I felt I was at the end of my rope he spoke a prophetic word that encouraged me to start my own business. When I thought I had exhausted all I could he spoke a word that encouraged me to dream again.
When I see all that Bishop Jakes has accomplished I am not only impressed, but encouraged. The GOD I serve withholds nothing. Bishop I hold on to your words. You have spoken blessings over my life and you don’t even know me. In faith you have ventured into all types of mediums, be it film, music, even a talk show. All things I want to do. I couldn’t find a better example. You have made me see greatness in myself.
I couldn’t understand why this book bothered me so much. Now I realize why. How can you thank someone who has had such a profound effect on your life? You have blessed me, my family and countless others. I love you for that. As long as you continue to be the voice in the wilderness crying out what thus saith the Lord….anything else you do I could care less.