Archive for the ‘Jenkins’ Category

Why I Write This Blog

December 2, 2016

As I’ve said before, every once in a while I think I should stop blogging.  There are a lot of people out there who do a lot of what I do.  But every once in a while, a comment like this one comes through the system:

“Thank you for this blog. My spirit is so grieved because I just recently left this church and I’d been going back and forth about the decision.

I just began to truly get into the Word a little over a year ago, but the Holy Spirit is real and He began to snatch me out of darkness right away! My God, I was so ashamed to realize how blind I was. But I have repented and I praise God for His grace and helping me see the truth about these mega pastors.

TD Jake’s was one of the first the Lord revealed to me as a false teacher and things began to open up for me from there. It just seemed JKJ was involved in some questionable events (ex: Together 2016; The Gathering) and then I learned that TD Jakes his “spiritual teacher” (I never knew that before). These things just weren’t adding up.

Then I began to notice how off base some of the guest pastors were, including Keith Battle who, at a service sometime in late summer 2016 shared with the congregation that he listens to Joel Osteen when he’s feeling down. The man actually said that after Osteen’s sermons he feels ‘All the way up!” (*Which he sang from the pulpit…. btw: All the way up is a secular song by rapper Fat Joe*). Joel Osteen??? Fat Joe????

But the congregation jumped to its feet with excitement and, as we filed out, many spoke of how “that was a good word”!

Then, I began to examine some of pastor Jenkins’ sermons compared to the truth of God. That was so hard to do because I didn’t want to believe that he, too, was “one of them”! God, my heart hurts.

I’m coming to see that there are very few churches preaching God’s truth! So much “leaven”! (Please let me know if there are any good churches in the area who ALWAYS preach the Word in its true context.) Anyway, please keep exposing and praying for all who have strayed from the truth. And I pray more begin to seek the Lord’s Word for the truth rather than blindly digesting what they are fed from the pulpit. These poor souls are perishing and don’t even know it. :(“

Yes, there is a local church in which the Word is preached, in which the elders work at feeding the sheep with care.  That place?   Temple Hills Baptist Church.

They’re working their way through a series of sermons on salvation, what it does, what it means.   You can listen to previous sermons there as well.

By the way – you should stay away, far, far away from FBCG.  God has opened your eyes, don’t tempt Him by running back to the error.  It’s a little like the dog that returns to its vomit (Prov 26:11). I have a couple of friends who know better but remain there anyway.  I fear for their discernment.

Miracle Sunday (or The Dog Ate My Sermon)

October 5, 2016

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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.

 

 

 

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.

Why Do I Call Them Pulpit Pimps?

May 23, 2012

Some words are by nature ugly words.  Rape has no good connotations.  Neither do “murder”, “incest” or “bestiality.”  Another word of the same nature is “pimp.”  It’s an ugly word that speaks of abuse, sexual destruction, and a complete denial of human dignity.  It represents the complete distortion of sex, that great gift of God to man and turns that gift into a tawdry activity that should best be hidden in the night.

So, why do I refer to the supposed men (and women) of God who grace the pages of this website as Pulpit Pimps?  And of course the follow-on question is:  should I make my complaints against these men and women public?  Or is that some how against the teachings of scripture?  You know, the usual knee-jerk reaction of “Touch not God’s anointed” or “Don’t put your mouth on the man of God.” Am Ibeing judgmental to rail against them? Am Ibeing disobedient if I post information about them?

First things first:  Why do I call them pimps?

Consider the definition and tactics of a pimp.  A pimp is a man who lives off of the efforts of others, almost always women.  And he does this through the use of a specific tool-set.  An article on a site maintained by Prostitution Research and Education (PRE) does a good job of describing that tool-set.  Here’s a paragraph from the site:

An examination of the power dynamics between pimp and prostitute clearly illustrates how the tactics of power and control used to recruit and keep a woman trapped in prostitution closely parallels those used by batterers to ensure the compliance of their wives or intimate partners. The batterer uses tactics of power and control to dominate his partner within the context of an intimate relationship. The pimp uses similar strategies to exploit the prostitute economically. These tactics include isolation of the woman; minimization and denial of her abuse; the exertion of male privilege; threats and intimidation; and emotional, sexual, and physical abuse. 

Several things stand out in the paragraph:

  1. Isolation of the women (or men, for that matter) – The pulpit pimps pretty much separates the person from any other non-pimping source.  They tell the congregant that he or she is God’s mouthpiece, that you should listen to them and only them.
  2. They exert a privilege.  But instead of a male privilege, it’s the privilege of the “anointed”.  The oft abused and twisted phrase “touch not God’s anointed” is regularly applied to them and by them with the implied threat of spiritual destruction if you dare to disagree with them.  You’re seen as one who is against the very program of God if you disagree.  And you are in danger of hell fire if you dare speak out against the doctrines and practices of the “anointed” men and women (or as I prefer to call them “pimps and pimpettes”).
  3. The pulpit pimp consistently appeals to the congregant’s fear and desire for security.  Their favorite phrase?  Bless the man of God and God will bless you.
  4. Pulpit pimps play down their scriptural and spiritual abuse of the congregants.  When I approached one to warn him that he is teaching error as if it was actually contained in Scripture, he pointed out that the congregants could read the Bible on their own, knowing full well they were not going to check on what he said.  When I pressed him to turn from the teaching, he said it’s just a matter of us interpreting Scripture differently.  And of course, he had been ministering for 25 years.

I told you about a fellow who attends First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCBotK) pastored by John Kenneth Jenkins Sr.  Not only did he and his wife fall prey to the “ministry” at FBCGotK, he has also fallen prey to a second pimp who calls himself a prophet.  His wife, hoping to become a licensed minister left FBCGotK and became a part of the second church.  And she tithes there.

Despite my friend’s efforts to get his wife to leave the prophet’s church and re-join him at FBCGotK, the “prophet” has refused to counsel my friend’s wife to leave.  And I don’t blame him.  The woman represents free money.  All he has to do is stand at the pulpit and make religious sounding noises.  The people at the church then give him lots and lots of money.  They’ll probably even wash his car and clean his house if he promises to make them armor bearers.

Of course, if they refuse to give him their hard-earned money, he threatens them.  You know the threat:  If you don’t tithe, you are robbing God.  If you rob God, the devourer will come and take away all you have.  You just got a flat tire?  It’s because you are robbing God.  Got an unexpected bill?  You shouldn’t rob God.  You should give to the church so the pastor can accomplish his vision – a bigger church building with more people and more money coming in.

Unlike the street pimp, the relation between the Pulpit Pimp and the congregant doesn’t include sex or physical abuse.  But I would be lying to you if I said it never happened.  Ask some of the folks from the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) what they think of some of their pastors and bishops, a couple of phrases I apply to their leaders with some liberality.

But, you ask, isn’t calling them pimps and pimpettes needlessly disrespectful?  To answer that I have to go to Scripture.  What does God say about the men and women who fleece the flock, who devour them instead of feeding them?

 Jeremiah, in chapter 23, verses 1 and 2 rails against the  “shepherds that destroy and scatter his flock”.  When you consider what the false doctrines being presented by the people does to marriages, families, and faith, they are a set of men and women, not only to be exposed, but to be spoken against in the strongest of terms.

1 Timothy 6, verses 3 though 5 calls them depraved men.  Jesus calls them ravenous wolves (Matt 7:15).   In Acts 20:29-30 Paul refers to them as savage wolves

Should you pray for people like Creflo Dollar, Ken Copeland, and Joel Osteen?  Certainly, just like you should pray for the street pimp named BigMo and Brown Sugar, his prostitute.  Like the street pimp, the pulpit pimp is seeking money and power (1 Tim 6:5).  And just like the street pimp, the pulpit pimp is doomed to fail in finding the power or riches promised the average obedient Christian (Acts 1:8;  Romans 1:16; Ephesians 1:7).  Worse than that, the pulpit pimp, like Big Mo (if he dies in his sins) will open his eyes in hell, separated from the love of God forever.  But at least Big Mo had an idea of what was going to happen to him before he closed his eyes in death.

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?

I Never Heard Him Say That!

March 4, 2012

When speaking to members of First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK) about some of the outrageous things John K. Jenkins, the pastor of…(well, you know the rest) has said, their usual response is “I never heard him say that!”

When I was talking to my old friend from FBCGotK, the one who is the subject of this posting, and I told him that Jakes is John Jenkins’ mentor, his response was “I Never heard him say that!”

Here, in John K. Jenkins’ own words is his statement of his relationship with Jakes.

Never, ever fix your mouths to say the words “I never heard him say that!”

Jakes, despite his mealy-mouthed statements at the Elephant Room, is oneness, a modalist.  He is a Word of Faith Prosperity preacher.  And he is John K. Jenkins’ mentor, or pastor, or teacher, or whatever role of training you want to apply to him.

For It Is the Power of Entertainment Unto…Unto…Entertainment

February 19, 2012

Which is better: A “dull” preacher who presents the Gospel accurately and in the power of the Spirit, or a really entertaining kind of guy who maybe gives a muddled presentation of the Gospel, kind of?

I’m sure you would agree that between the two choices, the somewhat dull fellow presenting under the power of the Spirit of God is the way to go. Why? Because the Bible says in Romans 1:16that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Unfortunately, people ignore this and use entertainment in place of the Spirit of God.

Here’s what happens when you try to appeal to the young flesh:

A tip o’the hat to Phil for reminding me of this. My not so bright but still Vastly Overpriced Webmaster is STILL trying to get my stuff off the old sever. But I digress.

Do I have to augment the Gospel to make it attractive? No. To the unsaved, to those whose hearts God has not opened (Acts 13:48) the Gospel is a horror, it is the smell of death (2 Cor 2:15, 16). Nothing I do is going to make the message attractive. Sure, people will come around because they are entertained. And yes, people will come back and fill the pews. And they will continue to fill the pews as long as I continue to keep them entertained and avoid icky subjects like sin, judgment, and repentance.

But the only thing you will have done is mix a bunch of the unsaved with some nominally authentic Christians. And the only way you will keep those unsaved, unrepentant enemies of God (Romans 8:7) there is to avoid preaching the Gospel and continue to keep them entertained, thus starving the Christians.

Do you think you have to make the Gospel exciting and attractive to draw the youth? A couple of churches (First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering [FBCGotK] and Zion Church (a First Baptist wannabee)) have a program called Merge. Here’s an article from the Washington Post from about a year ago. I suspect the head preachers imagine that doing this is going to draw boys and girls into the church. And they are right. These events will draw teens and young adults into the church, the church building. And notice what one of the young men says: He would rather be involved in Merge than to be in church. So explain to me how that works. How will this young man mature if his only contact with folks is in what really looks like a rock concert? How do any of the youth at the event come to any understanding of salvation? I’ve listened to some of Staton’s sermons. If Jenkins and company are depending on Billy Staton to present the Gospel, and to present it effectively, then the children being ministered to are not actually being ministered to. They are being entertained – and misled.

While I’m probably being unfair and taking a single photo grossly out of context (but somehow I don’t think so), here is some of what went on in the “service.” And it’s true that I’m jealous of the lad because I haven’t been able to jump like that for at least thirty years. If I were to try that now, I would likely jam my pelvis into my spleen.

Did Paul have a night of entertainment using a multi-million dollar sound system, high def LCD screens, and a cutting edge light and video system? Last time I checked (take a look anywhere within Acts) and you just won’t see anything like that. And I guarantee you it wasn’t because he didn’t have electiricity. He didn’t use entertainment as a “witnessing tool” because he understood that the Gospel, not entertainment, is the power unto salvation.

You say you can’t engage people if all you do is present the Gospel? Then why in the world did the Jews get so…um…engaged with Stephen that they stoned him? (Acts 7) That seems pretty engaged – and enraged. Look at the transcript of what he said. He pretty much provided a history lesson, with the climax being an accusation of killing the very person they were waiting for.

And why did over three thousand people come to Christ through Peter’s rather ordinary presentation (Acts 2:14-41)? It seems the only thing he did was present scripture and a history of Israel in her disobedience. No great entertainment value there. Peter, when he was witnessing to a high-powered roman officer, just gave the Gospel (Acts10:34-44). As a result, the house was turned out. There was no Greek theatre troupe, no choir, no nothing.

So what am I saying? One of the tools the pimps use to increase the size of their congregation is to provide their sheeple, and their potential sheeple with slammin’ entertainment; praise and worship entertainment, preaching entertainment, and special occasion entertainment. They don’t deliver hard hitting sermons. They don’t seriously challenge the congregation. They don’t competently expound on the Scriptures. Instead, they twist the Scriptures to appeal to the sheeple’s greed and fears. They twist them to convince the sheeple to give them money.

Present the Gospel, the whole Gospel, in season and out. Present the power of God not the talents of singers, dancers and video unit operators. It’s not about high-powered lighting or dynamic graphics. It’s about Spirit-powered preaching. It’s the edification of the congregation. And of course, pimps can’t edify without losing their victims. And if they lose their victims, they lose their Lexuses Lexes Lexii their expensive luxury cars. And it wouldn’t do for them to drive the same kind of hooptie their congregation drives.

Try some of these guys if you want the Gospel and not a lot of pandering.

Starving the Ones Who Depend on You

February 10, 2012

I had to really think about displaying the image you see. It was painful to view and it shows some of the evil men are willing to inflict on creatures that depend on us for care and protection. And you know the owners, the people who have taken responsibility for them, are the source of the misery for these poor creatures.

A couple of days ago, I saw a miserable and emaciated creature on one of the Metro trains (for you outside the DC area, Metro is the subway system that runs throughout the Washington metropolitan area). But this miserable creature was a human. And he was emaciated as a result of being a member of First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering (FBCGotK) where no one has fed him any real meat of the Word (Heb 5:12-13) and where they have abused him spiritually for about the last 15 years.

John has taught them how to “hear God’s voice.” And I can assure you, none of his advice included memorizing His word, binding it to our frontals, so to speak (Deut 6:8). None of his advice has included the idea of being transformed by the renewing of one’s mind (Romans 12:1,2) with clear biblical advice on how to make that transformation. It all has to do with vision, subjective prompting and circumstance.

So what? you ask. So what if the people get to sit in the congregation fat, dumb, and happy while John K. Jenkins prances around on the stage and brings in other high priced speakers to prance around when he needs a break? So what if he doesn’t train the congregation to exercise discernment, real, Bible-based discernment in their daily lives (Heb 5:14)? So what if they have been taught that John K. Jenkins is God’s mouthpiece for them?

The first thing is they are neither spiritually fat nor happy. As an example, the family of the poor creature I mentioned earlier is being destroyed, and is being destroyed because the lack of care John K. Jenkins and his assistant shepherds have given to their flock.

The poor creature’s wife has been convinced it’s okay to pursue ordination. She feels it in her spirit. And because my friend, the poor miserable creature, has been so negligent in learning the Word and developing wisdom based on the Word, he is not able to tell his wife that she should not pursue ordination. But it gets worse.

Part of the whole licensing/ordaining thing at FBCGotK is establishing yourself in the pecking order. You have to work in one of the 5,738 “ministries” there at FBCGotK. Once you reach a certain status, you then get to sit up on the stage, to the pastor’s left. You can see the band of preacher wannabees in some of the videos.

Unfortunately, the poor creature’s wife couldn’t seem to make it to the stage. And the ordaining thing definitely wasn’t happening. And here’s the tragic part. Since she knows God wants her ordained and off doing reverendy stuff, she left FBCGotK for The Praise Immanuel Mighty Prince (henceforth referred to as the PIMP church) to pursue ordination. The fact that the PIMP church is led by an Apostle wasn’t off-putting to the wife. God wants her there because it’s there she can get her ordination.

The husband doesn’t like the fact that his wife has left FBCGotK. But here’s the sad part, he doesn’t know how to state his case without judging his wife’s decision. After all, who is he to say God didn’t direct her to leave FBCGotK? If God gives you a vision, you don’t judge it by the Word. You pursue it, because it must be from God. Right?

But here is the saddest kicker. He doesn’t like the fact that the bozo at PIMP Church calls himself an apostle. He thinks it’s ridiculous that the man have such a title. But when I reminded him that John K. Jenkins has brought in men who refer to themselves as apostles (specifically Apostle Louis Greenup) he responded with the classic “I don’t remember that.”

As you would expect, some measure of conflict has set up between him and his wife. They are giving money to the pastor of PIMP church, and his wife is off getting involved in a “ministry” run by a charlatan. They are attending two different churches and the poor miserable creature doesn’t understand his responsibilities in the whole thing. His family has been split and he doesn’t have the tools to even begin to repair the split.

I can guarantee you the PIMP apostle isn’t going to ask her to return to FBCGotK (my friend already asked him to counsel her to do so) and his wife, because she has been so badly trained, isn’t going to go back. And there is no end in sight. She is pursuing a goal contrary to Scripture. And he is the first one to say he shouldn’t judge.

As a result, the poor miserable creature is left to try to figure out what happened. And worse, the man has no tools with which to address the problem. He doesn’t know the Word. He has no standards outside of what John K. Jenkins has taught him, and he has no way of discerning the true spirit of God as opposed to the spirit of his own desire (James 4:3). He doesn’t know how to judge righteous judgment. He doesn’t even know that there is such a thing as righteous judgment (John 7:24). His abusive master, John K. Jenkins, has starved him. His wife’s abusive master, Apostle Mo Money, is starving her.

My friend is as spiritually abused and emaciated as the dogs and cats you see in the SPCA commercials. But worse than that, he has become so accustomed to the bad food and mistreatment he has experienced that he is no longer interested in the meat of the Gospel.