The show, which premiered last Wednesday, follows the life of six larger than life spiritual figures in Los Angeles who have made small fortunes from their preaching. One of the cast members, Bishop Clarence McClendon, lives in a $7 million home.
Jakes, who himself is the leader of a mega church and boasts a large nest egg, made sure to distance himself from the show with his latest sermon.
“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. 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 stated emphatically.
“You did not buy what I got,” he continued. “I had it when I came here. You know I had it when I came here. The devil is a lie! 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.”
He continued on to emphasize the good works that his church has accomplished:
“The people who have been here a while can go through my track record and prove when I said something, I did it. When we went after something, we bought it. When we wanted the land, we paid for it. When we wanted the school, we built it. When we went after this church we burned the mortgage on this church.”
He also interjected, “You don’t do that kind of business being shake and bake and slimy and—shut up,” he abruptly interrupted and censored his own speech.
“So let the work I’ve done speak for me. You are sowing into good ground. And the 300 families that are employed in this ministry eat from this ministry, work in this ministry, and help us to produce the excellence that we do,” he explained. “The natives all over Kenya drink water because of this ministry. And the hospital in Nairobi survives because of this ministry.”
It would seem that someone or some people sought to associate Jakes with those TV personas, because he went off. He’s come under fire recently for letting Tyler Perry put hands on him (spiritually) at a service, with detractors saying he’s succumb to fame. Clearly, Jakes disagrees and wants to be sure that everyone knows it.
Personally, the bishop “doth protest too much, methinks.” If it’s really all good and gravy with your tithes over there, is it absolutely necessary to lambast the show for the majority of your sermon? What does that have anything to do with the Good Word?
Unfortunately, his tirade has only further piqued my interest in this show. I may have to catch the next episode …