Not a long posting. Just wanted to put a video (a kind of old video) out here for your viewing and listening pleasure.
Not a long posting. Just wanted to put a video (a kind of old video) out here for your viewing and listening pleasure.
Unless one of the dozens of First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering’s (FBCGotK) shiny new vans comes to pick her up, Pretty Peggy can’t get to FBCGotK. So I take Pretty Peggy to FBCGotK maybe once a quarter. An odd turn of events made the visit happen this past Sunday (2 October 2016). It was an interesting visit. It was also a very depressing visit.
It took us over half an hour to get into the parking lot. It also took us half an hour to get out of the parking lot. We had to sit through endless rounds of the repetition of the choruses of a couple of songs. The repetition went on for at least twenty to twenty-five minutes. It was interspersed with calls to stand, shout, and clap for Jesus. Think of listening to the following for half an hour or more.
One of the reasons I take Pretty Peggy to FBCGotK every once in a while is to give her the opportunity to compare the contents of John’s preaching with the contents of the sermons by the elders at Reformed churches or at any church that is really trying to speak from the Bible to the people. We have, on occasion, taken one of John’s sermons from online and analyzed its contents. We go over the various ways he makes the Scripture say what he wants it to say and not what God is saying to the church. But it turns out this past Sunday that we would have been better off listening to one of his sermons on the internet.
After the half hour’s wait to park, the mindless singing, standing up for John when he came in, more singing, and another rendition by John of the song we had been singing, he told us he wasn’t going to preach. He pointed out that he could feel the presence of the Lord. He assured us that he knows the presence of the Lord when he feels it. And one of the things John came to understand from the presence of the Lord was that he was not to preach at either the 10 o’clock or the 12 o’clock services. God went on to tell him that Sunday was Miracle Sunday. That’s right, the Spirit of God said John was not to preach because it was Miracle Sunday, not Feed the Sheep Sunday.
Apparently, during bible study the previous Tuesday, a woman asked the church to pray for her child who was diagnosed with liver cancer. On Friday or Saturday, John was informed that the child’s “levels had improved.” As a result, John got a word from God that Sunday would be Miracle Sunday.
He then did an outstanding imitation of a TV pimps? If you have a situation you can’t find any way out of? Come on down to the altar. Financial issues? Come forward for your miracle. Behind your payments for a car you never should have bought? Come on down, claim your miracle on Miracle Sunday and let God show you a way where there was no way.
You remember when the Apostles went around granting people miracles in their circumstances, don’t you? Remember the man who had lost all of his money and was going to have to close his bakery until the Apostles spoke a miracle into his life? Neither do I. Or how about the man who had a sick ox and Apostles prayed and God made a way out of no way when someone gave him a fully trained adult ox to replace it? I thought not. ‘Cause neither do I.
John’s primary job as the pastor is to feed the sheep, the congregation. In John, chapter 21, verses 15-18 Jesus tells Peter to tend to His sheep and to feed His sheep, not announce a Miracle Sunday and make people a nebulous promise of an equally nebulous miracle. The Apostles said their time would best be spent in prayer and the study of the Word. Do you think they prayed to see if they should declare a particular Sabbath a miracle Sabbath? In instructing the Church, Paul, in 1 Timothy 3:2, says the overseer, the pastor, is to be able to teach. Anything there about “knowing the presence of God?” In Titus 1:7, the overseer, the pastor is to hold fast to the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able to exhort in SOUND DOCTRINE and refute those who contradict.
Maybe you can show me where the pastor is supposed to tell us about the presence of God and to pronounce a day as Miracle Sunday.
Try as I might, I can’t find an example of any of the Apostles holding a miracle Sunday. I can’t find an example of a congregation getting together in order to experience miracles because the preacher said that today is the day of miracles. I can’t even find an example of the Church getting together and limiting their time together to shouting, clapping and singing repetitiously. But maybe I’m missing something.
Can God heal? Can He perform miracles? Certainly. God can do whatever He chooses to do. In fact Psalm 115:3 says “Our God is in the heavens; He does as he pleases. In Daniel, He goes so far as to say “Who can turn His hand?”. He can do whatever He wants. Period. So the question is not “Can God still work miracles?”. The question is “Does the Bible provide for not preaching because the pastor says the Spirit told him that today is Miracle Sunday?”
God calls us to standards. When Aaron’s sons did something other than what God told them to do, He slew them. When Eli’s deadbeat sons did other than what God told them to do, He slew them. When Saul was told to slaughter everything among the Amalekites and he didn’t, the kingdom was torn from him.
The pastor/elder’s function is to teach, not proclaim a day of miracles. Unless, of course, you don’t mind cheapening the idea of miracles.
What was the purpose of miracles in the New Testament? Was it to relieve someone of some financial burden? Was it to keep Vito, Don Corleone’s strong man from making you sleep with the fishes ? I think not. Was it to testify to the power of the gospel of God and segue to a presentation of the Gospel? Definitely. Throughout Acts you see miracles not in response to some selfish desire, but as a way of testifying to the Gospel and the authority of those who preached it.
How did proclaiming Sunday to be a Miracle Sunday accomplish any of that? Simply put, it didn’t.
If I was a cynical man, I’d bet John Kenneth Jenkins Sr. declared Sunday to be a miracle day because he didn’t have anything to say to the congregation. If you can recall, over ten years ago he announced that he was no longer going to prepare a sermon for Sunday. Instead, he would read and pray and then let the Holy Spirit direct him on what he should preach that day. Apparently, the Holy Spirit, in contradiction to the Bible, declared last Sunday (October 2, 2016) to be Miracle Sunday.
Oh, and did you notice the good pastor had his wife to pray on Sunday? Care to take any bets on when he announces her as the co-pastor? Several years ago, when I first set up this site, I guessed it’d be within a couple of years. But I was wrong. However, given what she did on Sunday, I think the time is drawing near. Then we can see how many of the members of the congregation actually pay attention to what the Bible says (It nowhere mentions wives serving as co-pastors or women serving as pastors/elders) and how many of them will roll over and accept what John Kenneth Jenkins, Sr. puts over on them.
More and more it seems the blind are leading the stupid. We have T. Dexter appearing on Oprah’s show. The Preachers are out there imitating the world. And now, Paula White appears on the Steve Harvey Show to give marital advice.
A couple of weeks ago Ms. White was a guest on the Steve Harvey show. She was there to counsel a couple who are having difficulties that revolve around religious differences. She is a “minister” (whatever that is) and he refuses to go to church.
First, let’s remember that Paula White has been divorced twice and married three times. While I am tending to give her a pass on her first divorce (she was a teenager and probably as dumb as most teenagers), her second one is more problematic. We wrote an article on her here. last year. You can see it here . Her counseling a couple on making a marriage work wouldn’t be such a big deal except for the fact that she advertises her church as the place where she is delivering spiritual truths that transform lives.
Her life does not seem to be overly transformed (two divorces and three marriages; both of the later marriages to previously divorced men).
Steve Harvey keeps insisting he is saved. While I can’t see the man’s heart and no one wears a label saying “SAVED” stitched to their forearm, I can hear his mouth and the sexual innuendos he continuously throws out during the show. The latest one, for instance, had a male stripper giving a member of the audience a lap dance. I guess I should be glad that at least the audience member was a woman. These actions completely negate any confession of faith he may wish to present. Last week he taught a woman how to tell people to kiss her behind (expletive cleaned up).
Finally, what about the couple having the problems? There’s the husband, York, who doesn’t want to waste his time in church. He’s an agnostic. Either that or he is incredibly immature as a Christian. I can see him agreeing to come on the show. As an agnostic, he just doesn’t know any better.
On the other hand, the woman, Yvette, professes to be a Christian, a woman who loves God, who is so serious about it, in the words of the show’s producers, she became an ordained minister. Why in the world would she go to either Steve Harvey or Paula White for advice? The one good thing is her expression when Paula talked about having love and having God. But we’ll get to that in a minute.
So we’re going to have Paula White, the woman who left her second husband because of “irreconcilable differences,” counsel them on reconciling their differences? Really? Why not have Bill Clinton counsel a couple on the need for faithfulness and monogamy?
While Paula was “counseling” the couple, she said: ‘If you have love, you have God.”
What? Maybe she meant if the love of God dwells in you, then God dwells in you. Because only those who have God can have the love of God. Maybe that’s what she meant. The Bible says: He who has the Son, has the life. He who does not have the Son does not have the life (1 John 5:12).
Here’s the video.
Steve Harvey’s behavior is really inconsistent with his profession just on the most basic level. James, chapter 3 tells us:
9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.
But he again shows his lack of understanding by inviting Paula White to speak.
For years, Steve Harvey has been professing Christ. But I have to say he seems further away from that confession as each day goes by.
Paula White? She is simply showing herself to be one who will do whatever it takes to have her fame, even if it is at the expense of those who tune in and take for true the swill she dispenses.
Stay away from these people. Warn your Christian friends about them. Talk to your unsaved friends for as long as they will listen.
As the culture becomes increasingly hostile to Christianity, it appears the shepherds are becoming more like the world and less able (or less willing) to train us to stand against the world. They have become entertainers, showmen, and sometimes clowns. That which is holy is treated like muck.
A new television program has been rolled out by Fox Television. It’s called “The Preachers.” It features four preachers in a talk show format. The preachers? E. Dewey Smith, Orrick Quick, John Gray, and Jamal “Babies Across America” Harrison Bryant.
God talks to Orrick Quick. No, I mean He talks to him. In fact he gave Orrick a typically Word of Faith message: “This will be the year of miracles for you and your ministry.”
I always wonder why God never gives these people messages like: “You are going to go through a severe trial. But in your weakness, the world will see my strength. I will accompany you through the fire so don’t fret it.” Alas, they never get those kinds of messages. But I digress.
Last week, the preachers interviewed Monique and her Husband Sidney Hicks. Apparently your boys wanted to get the story on open marriages. After seeing the interview, that’s seems to be the only purpose I could see.
Here’s the interview. When you finish, let’s talk.
Here is some of what the couple said:
And here is what the preachers said in response:
Jamal is continuing to show his unsuitability to be a pastor/elder/shepherd. He already has several children – not by his wife. His wife left him for repeated infidelity. Even the unsaved know the man is a pulpit pimp. Click here.
But be warned, the language is very strong. You might have to pour anointed oil on your ears once you finish. I’m not kidding.
While Sydney and Monique were talking, neither of the hosts said anything to rebut what they were saying. In fact, the two hosts asked such things as “How do you find a balance to open marriage and keeping the bedroom sacred?” What?!?! That’s like asking “How do you find a balance between stealing from your employer and being a loyal employee.
Stay as far away from these men as possible. Don’t listen to them. Don’t give them any of your money. Don’t give them any of your time. Warn people away from them.
By the way, here’s a young fellow’s take on the episode. So maybe it’s not just me.
Again – stay away from these people.
If you were the pastor of a large church and responsible for the souls within that congregation (Hebrews 13:7; Jer 50:6; Ezekiel 3:17), would you allow a man who denies the deity of Jesus Christ, denies the accuracy and inspiration of the Bible, denies the resurrection, views the Qur’an as superior to the Bible, believes that God appeared in the person of Master W. Fard Muhammad in July of 1930 and that he was the long awaited Messiah of the Christians and the Mahdi of the Muslims, and believes that Jesus’ body is sealed in a glass tube filled with a liquid and is still in a tomb near Jerusalem to speak to your flock?
What if you are a member of a church and your pastor allowed someone who believed these things to preach from the pulpit? Would you find it necessary to walk away from the church and its leadership?
If you were one of the subordinate leaders at the church, would you tender your resignation and walk away?
A couple of reasons the pulpit pimps are able to run such a successful and profitable game on churches (Black and White) are because the answer to the first question is, all too often, “yes.” And , sadly, the answers to the second and third questions are “no.”
A church in Southeast DC, supported by a friend of mine, is having a youth revival. Yes, I know. The idea of scheduling a revival whether it is for the youth, the aged, the smart, or the stupid is nowhere to be found in Scripture. And yes, it is firmly rooted in tradition. But that’s beside the point.
I explained to my friend that one of the preachers – Akil Dickens – is the youth minister at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal church. That church (Ebenezer AME) is pastored by Grainger Browning. His lovely wife, Jo Ann, is the co-pastor. (Again, I know. There is no such arrangement within Scripture. But that’s not why I’m writing this.)
If you recall, several years ago, Louis “Calypso Louie” Farrakhan tried to recreate the very profitable Million Man March with the Millions More March. As a part of preparing for and publicizing the event, Calypso Louie preached at Ebenezer AME to a packed out sanctuary. While I would have preferred to use a more neutral word like “spoke”, he did a great deal more than simply speak about the march. I know. I was there in the crowd.
Here’s a portion of the account of his appearance at Ebenezer AME:
The Muslim leader shared his vision, speaking in the crowded sanctuary of Ebenezer AME Church, a guest of Pastor Rev. Grainger Browning, and his wife, Rev. Joann Browning. Popular vocalist Erykah Badu led the singing of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing”—the Black National Anthem—as a way, she declared, to help chase any lingering fear from the room.
Grainger introduced him as a very godly man. While behind the pulpit, Calypso Louie denied the deity of Jesus Christ, promoted the Qur’an, knocked Christianity, promoted Mohammed, and generally insulted the people in the sanctuary. How did Grainger come to consider him godly if Grainger knows he believes these things? Giving him the benefit of the doubt, how could Grainger have been dumb enough not to know he believed these things? And we won’t even talk about the mother ship orbiting the Earth.
Sadly, Grainger never stopped him or corrected him. Sadder still, the congregation seemed in complete agreement with him. They enthusiastically peppered his speech with lots shouts of “Praise God” and “Thank you Jesus.”
Akil Dickens sits under the leadership of Grainger Browning – and his lovely wife Jo Ann. I suggested to my friend that anyone who is willing to ignore what Grainger did is not fit to lead or teach the church’s youth. And by “the church” I mean the universal church, the Body of Christ. Grainger – and his lovely wife Jo Ann – clearly demonstrated they should not be the pastor or co-pastor of people seeking the truth of God.
My friend’s response was interesting. He said “Nobody’s perfect. We just need to accentuate the positive.” He even mentioned that he had attended one of the nearby Nation of Islam (NoI) mosques (#4) and was surprised to find that the speaker used the Bible more than he did the Qur’an. Apparently that makes them a little more acceptable in his eyes.
Let me ask you this: Would any of you have a problem if your pastor brought in a Jehovah’s Witness to preach one Friday night? They use the Bible (sort of). Or how about a Mormon? Would that be okay? They use the Bible too. AND they’re very nice people. Does the fact that both groups deny the deity of Jesus Christ matter? Would it be okay as long as the JWs don’t talk about Jesus being the Archangel Michael or the Mormons mention that Adam is our God and Satan is Jesus’ half brother?
My friend still doesn’t understand that issues like this go way beyond expecting perfection from some one. This gets down to being willing and able to defend the foundations of the faith. If you are not willing to stand for those foundations, how will you ever be able to teach them?
Doctrine matters. It is the thing that separates us from non-Christians, be they Mormons, JW’s, Catholics, or Buddhists and Hindus. Grainger had absolutely no business exposing that congregation to that fount of poison and false doctrine known as Calypso Louie. His staff had no business letting him do it. If no one complained, they are complicit in the violation of trust. If they did complain but remained under Grainger, they are still complicit. Either way, they have demonstrated a lack of faithfulness to Christ and have demonstrated that without repentance, they should not be allowed to “minister” to the youth, or anyone else for that matter.
Unfortunately, any insistence on standing for sound doctrine, for faithfulness to the doctrines delivered to us once and for all, will get you accused of being legalistic. Which, of course, is what my friend ended up saying.
People, work to keep the church faithful to Jesus Christ. If it means you don’t get to keep your friends, so be it. If it means you alienate your family, then you have to be willing to pay that price. But as John and Peter said in Acts 4:19-20, we should give heed to God, not men.
Too often, the shepherds are willing to compromise for one reason or another. I cannot judge the motives of Mr. and Mrs. Browning or of Akil Dickens. I can only address their compromise in being willing to associate so closely with a man so clearly hostile to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
That isn’t legalism. It’s faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ.
It’s been a while, but I wanted to make sure I kept my readers informed on how me and my church are doing. Believe me, it’s been great because it’s been really, really profitable for me. Click here for the previous update.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about Praise Immanuel Mighty Prince Temple (aka P.I.M.P Temple). I’ve given you a little history about the church. You know, things like how we came to hire Vicki “Boom Boom” Parker, the former exotic dancer, as the main performer…er…the ministry lead in the Liturgical Dance Ministry; how we built up the transportation ministry using the, um, skills of “Keys” MacMillan a mostly reformed car thief; and how our motto “Give until it hurts and then watch God work” keeps people giving to the ministry even when it makes no sense to give.
The truth is, I developed a set of principles that made me the alpha pimp I am. And I guarantee these principles can transform you from someone who just preaches the gospel to the CEO of a multi-million dollar, multi-national organization. And these principles will help you live as large as I do.
Of course, this is a good place to remind you about the book I wrote: “Pimping for Dummies.” And for a mere $19.95 you can have access to my monster best seller. I’ve supplied a link to let you order the book. Click here. But don’t order it, and definitely don’t read it until you are ready to up your game a thousand percent and you are ready to do whatever it takes to have your own P.I.M.P. Temple.
What kind of results can you expect? Take a look at the following pictures. The first picture is the outside of my church before I took over. The second one is the interior of the sad little church. They had just bought the 15 white chairs from Walmart the week before. The two chair in the lower left of the photograph belonged to one of the members.
Once I applied the principles which I lay out in “Pimping for Dummies” (on sale for $19.95 if you click here) it was a short time before the congregation started growing. Of course, none of the original members stayed. They didn’t share my vision for my church. They kept talking about the vision Jesus has for the church. Before too long, after several moves (mostly away from the poor community we had been in) we went from the dinky little church you saw earlier, to a church with the interior you see in the next picture. It took a few years but I was able to really enjoy the ride.
This baby seats over five thousand people at once. Five thousand! And I can fill the seats during all three services on Sunday. Sometimes even the overflow rooms are packed out. When I have special events, they get packed out again, ripe for passing the collection plates. Wait. We use those big containers like the ones they use at the chicken place.
So, you ask, what are these principles I keep talking about? How do you make a church grow?
The first thing I have to do is define our terms. When some people read the phrase “make the church grow”, they might think I’m talking about helping the congregation grow in spiritual maturity. Let me disabuse you of that notion. You don’t want them to grow in spiritual maturity. You want them to grow in numbers. Take a look at just about any of the mega churches’ websites and you will see that they are always talking about how the pastor grew the church from some pathetic small number to thousands or tens of thousands of congregants.
And the bigger a church is, the easier it is for the members to live in anonymity. And the people will want to be there because they can look religious without being held accountable. They don’t have to actually be Christians.
Remember, it’s not about spiritual growth. It’s about numbers. And to grow the numbers, these are the things you should never do:
“But Melvin,” you say. “You’ve only told me what I shouldn’t do. What should I do?”
That’s easy. And you’ll be surprised you didn’t think of these principles once I tell you. Of course, you can get greater detail in the book that’s on sale right now for just $19.95 at this link.
Here’s what you do:
Oh, and don’t forget, click here and you can get my book for $19.95. And I’ll be holding a Leadership conference near the end of the year. If you sign up now, you’ll get the book as a gift. The cost of the conference is a mere $527.56. But the return on your investment, if you use my principles, will be in the millions of dollars. We should have the information up in a couple of days. I think.
And remember: They’re the sheeple. They want to be fleeced. If you don’t someone else will.
There are some people who can take a bunch of balloons, put them together, and make a statue of Stuart, the Minion. Unfortunately, there are also lots of people, a lot of them standing behind pulpits every Sunday, who can take a collection of Scriptures and make them say what ever they want them to say.
How do you avoid the bozos who would use Scripture to separate you from your hard earned money, telling you that you are glorifying God in the process? The primary way is to take steps to see if you church is healthy.
Mark Dever, from Nine Marks (IX Marks) has put together a book that gives a thumbnail sketch of what makes up a healthy church. You can find it here and by clicking on the image below. It’s called “What is a Healthy Church?”
One of the characteristics of a healthy church is expositional preaching.
In the words of Mr. Dever, expositional preaching is
…the kind of preaching that, quite simply, exposes God’s Word. It takes a particular passage of Scripture, explains that passage, and then applies the meaning of the passage to the life of the congregation…A commitment to expositional preaching is a commitment to hear God’s Word.”
Expositional preaching is not reading a verse and then preaching on a topic loosely related to that verse. The preacher, in general, will not use such phrases as “While I was praying last night, God showed me what this verse means.”
It’s not preaching to the congregation on a topic and using biblical texts only to back up his point. The pastor should never simply pile up Scripture in an effort to rebuke someone in the audience.
It is insisting that the point of the biblical text be the point of the sermon using that biblical text.
For example, we will often hear 1 Corinthians 13 preached during a wedding. Counselors will use portions of it to help married couples experiencing difficulties. But if we are going to make the point of the text the point of the sermon, the point of the sermon will have to be having the right attitudes in the use of spiritual gifts. The section, stuck between chapters 12 and 14 has everything to do with the Corinthians and how badly they were relating to each other as believers in exercising their gifts. It has nothing specifically to do with husbands and wives. You might try Ephesians 5:22-25 for that.
If a preacher quotes Malachi 3 and then insists you need to give ten percent to his church, the point of his sermon is not the point of the text. If he tells you that you must shout and dance as a part of worship because Jesus tells us the Son of Man, like the snake in the desert, must be lifted up, the point of his sermon is not the same as the point of the text.
What the preacher says when he says these kinds of things may or may not be true. But he certainly is not speaking that which God wants spoken to the congregation using His word. Instead, he is preaching what HE wants to preach to the people, using God’s Word. And I can say without fear of error that virtually all Pulpit Pimps use God’s Word to say what they want to say, not what God wants said.
You want to escape the pimps? Get to a healthy church. Get to a church that, for starters, engages in expositional preaching. Click on the image below to get an idea of what the functions and activities of a healthy church should be. And I guarantee you, standing when the pastor walks up to the pulpit is not one of those activities.
Oh, and if you want a fairly non-technical description of expositional preaching so you can recognize it when you see it (or at least when your pastor is preparing a sermon in keeping with the general principles) click the image below.
Sad to say, I wasn’t able to come close to seeing all of T. Dexter’s sermon. I heard the beginning and some of the middle, the early middle. And from what I could hear, he didn’t exactly disappoint.
T. Dexter spoke from Mark 8:22-26, the episode that involved the blind guy Jesus healed by spitting in his eyes. Jesus then questioned him about what he saw. Of course the man’s vision was completely restored.
The last thing I heard him talking about before the stream’s delay became intolerable, was the need for a CEO to have vision. And he mentioned that without vision in an organization you can end up with division. Did he chase that down further during the rest of his speech? I don’t know. One of you who may have heard it might want to let me know. It may be available on DVD or CD but I’ll get hit in the head before I pay some money for a recording of the goings on.
As a side note, you should be aware of the fact that your boys Owen and Jenkins are welcoming and even honoring some rather questionable characters.
I assume you did see Bishop Grainger Browing from Ebenezer AME in Southern PG County. You remember Grainger, right? He’s the one who invited Calypso Louie Farrakhan to speak to his congregation and to pump up support for the Million Man March years ago. He even let the Nation of Islam sell materials in the lobby. This is the guy who sat there and said nothing as Calypso Louie, from the pulpit, denied the deity of Jesus Christ, reducing Him to nothing more than a prophet, and not even the main prophet at that.
Millicent Hunter, a pastor and, I believe, a bishop, was there too. She was one of the last preachers I listened to before I left First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering. She’s a full up Word of Faith sweetie. When she was speaking to us she quoted Hebrews 11 where it says:
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible”
She informed us that God created the universe by faith. And of course she went on to state that we have to have that God kind of faith.
And of course, they had the flag wavers and dancers.
I’m not sure what was going on exactly, but one woman was singing while she was laying on the floor. The guy next to her seems to be unconscious.
I didn’t get to hear much of the sermon and I didn’t get to hear most of what was going on, but just the stuff I could glean from what I could see and hear lets me know people should stay as far away from FBCGotK as possible. And it lets me know that the leopard John Jenkins hasn’t changed his spots at all.
In the last post, I made a mistake. I said T. Dexter was going to be speaking at First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK) last Wednesday. Actually, he’s going to be speaking tonight. I have no idea what he will be speaking on, and I have no idea how long the “service” is going to last.
The last time I heard him speak live was when the $55 million monument/mausoleum/memorial was dedicated several years ago. When he spoke he said some nebulous stuff about buildings indicating the future of the nation. And of course, the $55 million FBCGotK building is an indication of the legacy FBCGotK is leaving the county and the church.
Of course when I attended the dedication of the building, I had to park over a quarter mile away on a street with no sidewalks. It was cold, dark and the street was dark. I had to crowd into the building, find a seat in the balcony, and listen to a lot of people singing a couple of repetitive songs over and over again. All told, it cost me a good four hours of my time.
Well, I can’t be gone from home for that long now. And fortunately I won’t have be. If nothing else, FBCGotK is tech savvy. To you people in Glenarden, that means his team knows how to use the Internet to lure in more people.
FBCGotK has a live broadcast application and I can actually use it from the comfort of my own home to watch as T. Dexter butchers and twists the Word of God. And I can watch as people bring up money to the “altar”, laying money at the feet of the speaker.
And we can see if tries to turn men into a bunch of women the way he did at the Verizon Ceter several years ago.
I hope to have a report for you tomorrow. Stand by.
So, I decided to take Pretty Peggy to First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGOTK) this past Sunday. We went to the 12 noon service and I must say I was impressed. A lot of times, people change, they flip flop, or they run through a lot of foolishness just because it’s good to be up on the latest gimmick. But John Kenneth Jenkins Sr. (the pastor of FBCGOTK) has remained the same for the last fifteen years. Well, there have been some changes, but I’ll get to those a little later.
Sunday, John preached on Joshua 6:1-5 and 20. It’s the story of the defeat of the fortress city Jericho. You know the one. God told Joshua to walk around the city with his army six times in six days. And on the seventh day the priests were to blow the trumpets and the men were to shout. When they shouted, the walls would fall down and Jericho would be laid bare before them. The bottom line: walk around, blow the trumpets, shout, take the city of Jericho (and destroy pretty much everything in it except for Rahab).
Can ANYONE guess the direction John Kenneth Jenkins Senior, the pastor of FBCGOTK, went with this? Did he focus on God making sure the Israelites didn’t think they defeated the people of Jericho on their own? He mentioned it in passing, but that was it. Did he talk about the significance of the trumpets, the marching, or the shouting? Not at all. Did he explain to everyone that we all have our Jerichoes, things we want or want to be, and it just seems like we can’t get them? You bet. And he did as fine and consistent a job of butchering that portion of God’s word as I have ever seen him do in the past.
In the thirty minute sermon he spent the first ten minutes talking about the march around the walls and twenty minutes talking about how we can knock down the walls of our personal Jericho. Of course, none of those ways included seeking God’s will, praying, or submitting to God.
According to John Kenneth Jenkins, the lesson we get from the story of Jericho is that in order to get our victory at our Jericho we have to:
He mentioned a fourth thing we are supposed to do but I forgot what it was. In fact he had the audience say the four things with him four or five times. Then he let them say it by themselves a couple of times.
And apparently shouting plays a part in receiving our Jericho victory. He spent the las five minutes shouting the word “shout” and belittling people who didn’t seem to go along with The shouting. Pretty Peggy suggested we leave while he was shouting so we could miss the traffic jam of people trying to get off the property. I readily agreed. But before we left, he did name a couple of Jerichoes we face.
Of course one of the Jerichoes people may have to defeat is a Generational Curse. Yes, after nearly fifteen years he’s still preaching generational curses. And the sheeple are still eating it up.
One of the things that did change is the flag waving. It would seem that if you bring in Liturgical Dancing the flags won’t be too far behind. And given that he does not seem to have grown a single iota with respect to the handling of the word, I guess you have to bring in a new thing or two just to keep the sheeple entertained and happy.
Of course he is bringing in the big guns of liturgical entertainment this week. FRodar, 8 January, T. Dexter (aka T. D. Jakes) is going to be speaking at FBCGOTK’s revival; the one they hold annually with the Pentecostal church from DC pastored by Bishop Owens and co-pastored by his wife. By the way, would any of you care to show me the concept of co-pastor/wife in the Bible? Or maybe “first lady” can be supported by Scripture.
And he still has everyone stand when he enters the sanctuary. I’m just not getting it. If he is supposed to be humble, why does he have the people stand when he comes in? Does he have some kind of special anointing? Is he somehow different and should be fussed over as the mand of Gawd? It’s very curious and downright scary. It goes along with one guy there telling me he wouldn’t have a problem if John K. Jenkins brought in a Jehovah’s Witness to preach because “the pastor knows what’s best for us.” That’s Scary – both because the man believed it John K. Jenkins allows such an attitude to develop.
And just so you know that nothing of importance has changed, the good pastor still encourages the audience to get worked up, to dance around, to run around, and to bring money up and lay it on the “altar.” You almost feel sorry for the congregation…almost; especially when you consider that many of them, though they go to church every Sunday, they likely don’t have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ or an understanding of just what they Bible is and says.