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T. Dexter Strikes Again

January 8, 2016

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.

And the Walls Come Tumbling Down

January 6, 2016

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:

  1. See the vision God has for us. After all, when God was talking to Joshua, He said “See, I have given Jericho into your hands.” We have to see the vision.
  2. Have faith in or believe the vision. If we don’t have faith in the vision, then God can’t bring it about.
  3. Obey His instructions. If He tells us to do something and we don’t do it, then that just shows we don’t have faith.

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.

No Showboating – No Joke

June 2, 2015

Hi, I am very happy that I found this blog. I’ve been a member of FBCG for just over a year now, and I am disappointed in the Sunday sermons by Pastor Jenkins.

I feel like my spiritual growth isn’t being fueled the way I would like, often times I am distracted by what I would describe as ‘showboating’ jumping around, him veering off and spending too much time on things that have nothing to do with the message or even Christ.

I am personally not going to church to be entertained or to have a laugh when you say “i feel the cussin’ spirit coming on” at this morning’s message he basically complained that someone wrote a letter to express concern about a word he said in his last message that they didn’t like, he spent a whole minute whining that they missed the whole point and just wanted to point out that one word that offended them, so therefore, that must have been the devil, then proceeded to say the word devil more times in the sermon than anything positive or up-lifting.

What am I supposed to learn from a message presented in that manner?
I have been feeling disconnected from his sermons for a while now, hence I decided to do a search online to see if I were the only one who felt that something was not right with this Pastor Jenkins, or maybe I was just asking for too much, It felt good to come across this blog. Thank you.

Ever since the wife fell down the steps and her Multiple Sclerosis started really kicking in, I haven’t had a lot of time for I have even flirted with the idea of shutting it down. The ubiquitous nature of the internet and the plentitude of postings on Facebook had almost convinced me that I may not be providing all that useful a service any longer.

I thought “If others are performing the same task as me, why not just let them do it? I can always go do something else.”

Then I got the comment comment at the top of the page today.

The writer became a member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK), but was aware enough to recognize that something was wrong.

Apparently, the articles I have written about FBCGotK and John Jenkins provided the nudge the commenter needed to get out of FBCGotK. I commend the writer and I encourage him (or her) to act on their decision as quickly as possible.

In fact, not only do I urge the brother or sister to get out of FBCGotK as quickly as possible, I have a recommendation for them.

You want a pastor that doesn’t showboat. You want a church (and the leaders) who seek to be true to the Word, no matter where it might lead.

The preaching is expository and usually goes through a book verse by verse. We just spent the better part of a year going through Hebrews – line by line. That means the preachers don’t get to ride their favorite hobby horse or fuss at people from the pulpit.

The Bible Studies are intended to help the participant understand the relationship between the Bible and living a Christian life.

The church government is a plurality of Elders. The elders are responsible for a majority of preaching and teaching, church discipline (taking the issues before the church members), and overall care for the members. A transition to that model is still progressing.

One of the things you will not see in a lot of churches is a standard Confession of Faith. While there is the London Baptist Confession of 1689 (my personal favorite), Temple Hills Baptist Church conforms to the shorter New Hampshire Confession. Take a look at it here.

They stand on the infallibility of scripture, the sovereignty of God, the importance of the Trinity, and the requirement to live a holy life through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Are they perfect? No. But Christ doesn’t require we be perfect, only that we obedient and take up our crosses daily. The leadership is willing to do this. As a result, the congregation (most of them) seek to live the same way.

There are several things I like about THBC’s Sunday service.

  1. They don’t have a lot of fluff. The service is songs of praise to God, preaching of the word, and prayer.
  2. They don’t try to get you worked up and emotional. They don’t have to. Focussing on God’s word in preaching, praying, and singing has enough of an effect all by themselves. I hate to say it, but I have had to surreptitiously wipe away a tear or two while singing. (But don’t tell anyone I said that)
  3. The preachers never need a sweat rag. They work hard before Sunday morning. As a result, the Word itself does the heavy lifting.
  4. We don’t have flag waving, liturgical dancers, or performances by the choir.

We have three Elders: Dave Gough, Omar Johnson, and Chris Lawrence. All three are committed to rightly dividing the word, caring for the flock, and honoring the position they have been called to.

If you want to be fed milk (for you new Christians) and meat and not pabulum, then visit this address at 11 o’clock on Sunday morning; 9:30 if you want to check out Sunday School. And Wednesdays at 7:00 for Sunday School.

Temple Hills Baptist Church

4821 St Barnabas Rd, Temple Hills, MD 20748

(301) 894-3358

Tell them Melvin sent you.

Waving a Flag of Caution

July 14, 2014

dancing on Bible


The older I get, the easier it is to see why God gave us the Bible and instructed us to use it as our final guide and authority. Of course, not everyone sees it that way. And they are certainly the worse off for it.

God tells us we are engaged in a spiritual war (2 Cor 10:4,5). In that same reference, He makes it clear that our weapons in this warfare are not carnal (not made of physical stuff) but are mighty through God.

Before I get fully into my rant, I want to be fair to First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK) and point out that even though they are involved in flagging (I reposted the video below), I will not say they agree with all of the teachings on the sites I visited. The head of the Flag and Banner Ministry did say: “Our number one reason is to usher in the presence of our Lord…Audience of one. Him and him alone.” And while this is consistent with the sites I visited, she doesn’t commit to the full set of heresies and make-believe theology.

The flaggers say the following about flag waving:

  1. It ushers in the presence of God
  2. It is a sword used in spiritual warfare
  3. Help focus our faith
  4. It is spiritual warfare by movements, actions, sounds, and colors.
  5. It brings anointing (whatever, in this context, that is)
  6. Destroys the works of the devil.

However, the Bible tells us the the weapons include:

  1. Truth
  2. The Shield of Faith
  3. The Gospel
  4. The Bible (the real Sword of the Spirit)
  5. Righteousness

We are told to renew our minds with the Word, not renew our subscription for the prophetic flag of the month.

I can’t think of a better way to neutralize an army than to send it into battle with defective or ineffective equipment.

Think about it. What if the Allies soldiers had been given Nerf bats and balls to go up against the Axis (Germany, Japan, and Italy) who were armed with real weapons. Do you think the Allies would have been able to stand against the German onslaught?

No. At worst the Allied armies would have been destroyed. At best, they would all have been taken out of the battle and housed in Prisoner of War camps for the duration of the conflict – which, by the way, wouldn’t have been that long.

Those people promoting flagging and those who push it at their churches are equipping the saints with Nerf bats and balls, condemning them to the sidelines when it comes to the warfare in which we are engaged.

These people see flags as having the ability to “usher in the presence of God.” So let me understand this. When we wave flags, God is present among us? Do you understand how this trivializes God? He’s like a genie in a lamp. Rub the lamp the genie pops out. Wave the flag, God drops in.

Flaggers see flags and banners as the Sword of the Spirit. Really? So instead of arming themselves with the real Sword of the Spirit, the Bible, they are coming to church and waving flags around. Instead of reading their Bibles, meditating on Scripture, hiding God’s word in their hearts, and conforming their minds to Scripture so they can better use it for God’s glory, they are waving around of bunch of silk flags? Satan must be shaking in his cloven-toed boots when they get together.

Along with the flags, they see movements, actions, sounds, and colors as a way of waging war. Again, Satan must be scared to death every time he walks into one of the flag waving “worship” sessions. Jesus instructed us to worship God in spirit and in truth, not with flags and dancing. He said that the Father’s word is truth, not a Lion of Judah Prophetic flag.

You have to ask yourself how these people can really believe that flag waving destroys the works of the devil. According to Scripture, the thief (Satan) comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. Those are his works. Jesus came so that we can have abundant life. What has destroyed the work of Satan? Nothing. But what has placed us in Christ, never to be subject to the Accuser? Christ’s death on the cross.

Some of the sites claim that flags put forth the Gospel. Huh? I thought the Gospel comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

If your pastor is dumb enough to bring in flagging, you need to get the heck out of Dodge. If your pastor isn’t dumb, then he (or, a lot of times she) thinks you are too dumb to know any better. And in either case, you need to get the heck out of


Am I saying there is anything wrong with the physical action of waving a flag? Certainly not. It’s just the physical waving of a flag. My difficulty, and the Bible’s difficulty, is the significance people ascribe to flag waving.

Remember, the Bible says:

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God for the pulling down of stronghold; destroying imaginations and every high thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ(2 Cor 10:4,5)

It doesn’t say:

For the weapons of our warfare are physical and made of prophetic colors and images, and mighty through waving and displaying, pulling down strongholds and ushering in the presence of God and His atmosphere.

Dump the flags and banners, read your Bible, hide God’s word in your heart (Ps 119:9; 11;105), and walk by faith (2 Cor 5:7), not sight. And pray for wisdom (James , trusting God to meet your needs.

Hey, you could even save a couple of bucks in supplies.

The Usual Suspects – A Line-up

April 7, 2012

So let me make sure I understand. First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK) is showing an “award-winning film” in two weeks. The “award-winning film” will feature what FBCGotK describes as “some of the most influential pastors, bishops and ministers in the United States.” Remember, nothing appears on that web site without the approval of John Kenneth Jenkins, the senior pastor of FBCGotK. Stated another way, if something appears on the site, there is the direct implication that he approves of it.

Take a look at who is appearing in “The Scroll”. More exactly, get a load of who your pastor, John K. Jenkins, is appearing with.

  1. T. Dexter Jakes (a Oneness and Word of faith shill who makes a living selling products to hurt and damaged women.)
  2. Jeremiah (G. D. America) Wright (a Liberation Theology proponent who thinks Jesus was a community organizer and Che Guevara was his disciple)
  3. Shirley Caesar – Pastor. Tell me again what the Bible says about women pastors?

The list of folks in the announcement is bad enough. Look at some of the folks included there.  This is from the FBCGotK site.

Why would your pastor want to appear in the same film (supposedly promoting great faith) with Jeremiah Wright. Wright promotes a Social Gospel that doesn’t even come close to that which the Bible teaches. Rather than seeking to bring folks to Christ, he seeks to drag us into socialism and life that mirrors the miserable lives of those trapped in Cuba. He would make us all be equally miserable with state controlled medicine and a state controlled economy. What does this mean? Try to imagine the State Motor Vehicles Department running every aspect of your life.  And it’s not as though John K. Jenkins doesn’t know the fellow is in the film.  It’s right there on the web page.

T. Dexter, who by the way is your pastor’s mentor, is a Oneness fellow who doesn’t have the guts to stand on his beliefs and instead stands on his popularity, and his ability to draw a crowd stupid enough to throw money in his direction, over and over again.

The others on the list – certainly not consistent with Baptist doctrine (You know First BAPTIST Church of Glenarden). However, compared to some of the folks not mentioned in the Church announcement they are the epitome of orthodoxy. Even T. Dexter.

What the announcement at FBCGotK doesn’t tell you is that the following people will also be included in the “award-winning film.”

  1. Eddie (I’m rather fond of younger men) Long
  2. Frederick(Jesus Committed Suicide) Price
  3. Tudor (Yes, my wife is a prophet) Bismark
  4. Donald (I Got John Started) Hilliard
  5. Vashti (Yes, I’m a woman, but I’m going to be a bishop anyway) McKenzie
  6. Al (Forget About Tawana Brawley, Please) Sharpton
  7. Noel (The Weasel) Jones
  8. Kenneth (New Thing but Nothing in the Bible) Ulmer

As if this is something to be proud of, John K. Jenkins, the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering, has allowed himself to included in the Bizzaro version of the Hall of Faith – the Hall of Fakes.

Let’s go with the low hanging fruit here.

What has Al Sharpton to do with faith, Jesus Christ, and Holiness? Nothing. It’s generally apparent he worships the CNBC hosts, not the Lord of Hosts. He is what one might call a poverty pimp who occasionally presents himself as a pulpit pimp. But clearly he makes more money keeping the general Black population dependent on Government charity.

Then we have Eddie Long. Eddie Long!?!? Do we even need to say anything here? The man was accused of pressuring several young men into a sexual relationship with him. At least Fast Eddie had the good sense to make sure the young men were at least 18 years of age. How can you say this guy is an inspiration? An inspiration for what?

The rest of the list is, in fact, a list of the usual suspects. It’s the usual list of men and women who seek to deceive the body of Christ, taking advantage of those who don’t know their Bibles well enough to know they should avoid these characters.

You would think that John would know that bad company creates poor morals (1 Cor 15:33). In other words, if you lay down with dogs you’re going to get up with fleas. Of course if you already have fleas it really doesn’t make any difference if you lay down with the dogs.

And John appears to be more than willing to associate himself with these people. T. Dexter is his mentor. Noel Jones spoke at the grand opening of the Monument, Museum and Mausoleum they call a church building over near Kettering MD. And other theologically questionable people have been involved in activities at the church.

Here’s a challenge for you. Ask John why he is allowing himself to be associated with the likes of Jeremiah Wright, Al Sharpton, and T. Dexter Jakes. And see if he actually gives you an answer or if he tries to blow smoke by trying to cast doubt on my character. If he tries to call my motives into question, you’ll know he has no sufficient response to your question. If you have the ‘nads, press for an answer to the question.

But wait a minute. You probably can’t get to him (except maybe at the end of one of his milktoast sermons). So tell you what, ask one of the Elders or Deacons (try Stan Featherstone or Deacon Grant for starters) to answer the question. What do THEY think about the fact that the pastor is associating with the like of the men and women in the film? Why is he allowing his name to be associated with them? And why does he bring some of them in to speak to the congregation?