Thursday, May 29, 2014

Bishop TD Jakes: Robbing God's people?

"Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre (money)." 1 Tim. 3:3. "Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre (money), but of a ready mind." 1 Peter 5:2. A true minister of God will not try to live the lifestyle of the rich and famous spending $22,000 for a Learjet, $2,200 a night at the Ritz Carlton, and charging $100,000 for preaching the "Gospel" all in just one 50 minute sermon! These money-hungry deceivers are drunk with the love of money which is the root of all evil. Jesus says that these men "devour (rob) widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation." Luke 20:47 Stop supporting these wolves is sheep clothing. -Advent Messenger Commentary

Bishop TD Jakes: Robbing God's people?

TD Jakes 14,000 square foot mansion in North Texas is valued at $1.7 Million.

Want Bishop T.D. Jakes For Your Next Revival? Got $122,000.00 For His Honorarium? | May 21, 2014

If I were to ask you to tell me about the Goodness of Jesus Christ – how much would you charge me for your testimony? Well if you’re Bishop T.D. Jakes then you’re probably going to want $100k before you even clear your throat.

In the world of Preaching, very few Pew Bums are aware of something called an “Honorarium” but all of them have paid it in one form or another. If you have ever had a guest speaker at your church and on that particular day your pastor passed the collection plate 5 times, then chances are he was trying to recoup the speakers Honorarium out of your pockets.

Just about all of the traveling and revival Preachers require an Honorarium. An Honorarium is the fee your church will pay to have a Preacher come share the “Good News” about Jesus. In other words – it’s the Fee you pay to hear the Word of God – and some smaller ministries are nearly going bankrupt trying to pay for Big Name Preachers. Why?

The reason many smaller ministries are willing to drop six figures for a Top Tier Preacher is because the pastor of the little church is trying to become a Bigger Church. Bishop T. D. Jakes is the wet-dream of the majority of the Little Pastors in the country – and all Little Pastors hate being considered a Little Pastor. So they dig deep to pay for someone the likes of Juanita Bynum, Paula White, or even worse T. D. Jakes, in hopes that the crowds will show up with them. The one question I would like to ask every small to medium size Pastor is this:

Why would you even consider paying a fellow Preacher of the Gospel $100,000.00 for a 50 minute sermon?

Such was the case with a really small ministry called Teen Mania Ministries. I was directed to this unbelievable story told by an assistant to a gentleman named Ron Luce, and it captured everything that could go wrong when Little Pastors try to fit in with Big Time Pastors.

The assistant director Jacob Morales gave a heartbreaking account of how much their struggling ministry invested in one event, just to have T.D. Jakes as the keynote speaker. Listed below is a behind the scenes view of the cost to hire Bishop T.D. Jakes, and all of the amenities stipulated in his Honorarium Contract. Please keep in mind that these numbers are from 2007, therefore who knows how much Jakes is charging to preach today. Just something to consider before you pick up the phone to call the Potter’s House in Dallas, and request their pastor to speak at your next revival.

Bishop Jakes also required a round trip chartered private Learjet from Texas to New York City. This would end up cost Teen Mania approximately $22,000.00. Additionally Bishop Jakes would need to stay in the Presidential suite of the Manhattan Ritz Carlton at approximately $2,200.00 a night. This too was paid by Teen Mania Ministries.

At the instruction and approval of Mr. Luce we spared no expense and paid many thousands of dollars to have a local florist in New York City make rare and exotic imported flower bouquets for the Presidential suite at the Ritz Carlton. I know this because I delivered those flowers to the suite myself. We spent thousands of dollars buying rare chocolates, desserts, pastries and various imported gifts from around the world for the Bishop, his wife and his children. This included several hundred dollars of i-Tunes gift cards, i-Pods, and various expensive trinkets.


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