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Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Rant About Bishop T.D. Jakes

     I have no intention of discussing Bishop Jakes theology, but I take umbrage with all the shares I see from people on Facebook that come from his page. 
     For those not familiar with Jakes, he was once a small time preacher in West Virginia who hit the big time preaching the Prosperity Gospel message. Prosperity theology is a belief among some who hold that financial blessing and physical well-being are always the will of God for them and that faith, positive speech, and donations to some preacher will result in them obtaining wealth and being blessed with good health.
     His Facebook site is filled with nonsense promises like “Your account will be loaded with miracle money, this blessing is coming direct to you. Receive.” and "I pray for every hand that will Type Amen and Share, Before the next 7 days you will receive a surprise Gift you never expected in Jesus Name. Don't Forget to Share this Post. Amen/Share!” and “Type Amen and money will come your way.” 
     These “prophetic prayers” as he call them are about as vague as a newspaper horoscope prediction. One “astrologer” whose job it was to write horoscopes for newspapers confessed her dirty little secret a few years ago in the Huffington Post. She admitted that horoscopes are nothing more than broad generalizations at best and at worst a load of crap and she wrote them because it paid well. 
     This is what that old snake oil salesman Jakes is doing, writing “Christian” horoscopes, and people are responding in the hopes that they MIGHT come true. True, he isn't referencing any signs of the Zodiac, instead he has substituted Jesus in their place.

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