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Apparently not enough teenage girls think they’re princesses…

20 Jul

… thus claims the wife of ‘Bishop’ T.D. Jakes (the prominent preacher who only two years ago ostensibly repudiated the anti-Trinitarian views he had held hitherto then, but still promotes the ‘prosperity gospel’, and still is dubious):

Serita Jakes, first lady of The Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas, where her husband, T.D. Jakes, is the lead pastor, draws from her personal and ministerial experiences to understand the struggles teenage girls of the current generation often face in her new book, The Princess Within For Teens.

Growing up as the daughter of a coal miner, Jakes experienced self-esteem issues that led her astray even though her peers encouraged her to embrace her potential.

As the leader of an all-girls program, Jakes has also witnessed the consequences that can happen when teenage girls are not empowered and encouraged to live life knowing they were made for God-given royalty, despite their circumstances.

Jakes taps into subjects such as the influence of social media on self-esteem and communication, while also shares stories of how she overcame complex issues while a teenager living in West Virginia.

‘First Lady’? That’s rich… I never knew T.D. Jakes was the President of the United States…

I’m not going to bother going further into this article; I’ll just note that their daughter Sarah was knocked up at thirteen, and divorced from her husband of four years two years ago. (Ostensibly for Biblical reasons; even if so, she should have chosen better; well-known professional athletes like her ex-husband are often known for infidelity, sports groupies; IMO her poor choice of a mate is of a piece with her earlier poor decisions…)

So, this ‘First Lady’ thinks she’s in a position to counsel others’ teenage daughters, despite how her own daughter got knocked up at thirteen? And that self-esteem is what they’re lacking? The social media, narcissist, multiple-selfie-snapping generation? And thinking themselves ‘daughters of the King’, ‘princesses’, is what they need? To further their narcissism?

Pshaw.

‘Nuff said.

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33 responses to “Apparently not enough teenage girls think they’re princesses…

  1. ballista74

    July 20, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    Will: “First lady” is a term in common use in black churches. http://www.urbanfaith.com/2013/03/why-i-hate-the-term-first-ladygentleman.html/ does a pretty good job covering why and how the “position” was created.

     
  2. Will S.

    July 20, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Ah; thanks ballista74! I had no idea. Ugh.

    And T.D. Jakes is a ‘Bishop‘, doncha know… (I knew about that, but forgot to mention it; I’m going to amend the post to reflect his ‘high status’. 😉 )

    They sho’ loves them their titles, yessuh!

     
  3. Will S.

    July 21, 2014 at 12:20 am

    I knew a black Canadian young woman of West Indian background in Toronto who attended a Spiritual Baptist church there; they had a woman ‘Bishop’, which amused me to no end.

    They also seem to have ‘prophets’, ‘prophetesses’, ‘apostles’, and the like, and their churches seem very female-leadership-dominated:

    http://www.stfrancisarchdiocese.com/welcome/member-churches.html

    Syncretic idiots, combining African paganism with Christianity, and elevating women to positions of authority not permitted in Scripture…

     
  4. ray

    July 21, 2014 at 4:49 am

    It’s instructive that the ‘leaders’ of the apostate churches in the U.S. almost always are ruled by their wives — who pass along the culture’s feminist messages to Christian girls, encouraging their rebellion and vanity.

    cheers.

     
  5. Will S.

    July 21, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Indeed, ray.

     
  6. sfcton

    July 21, 2014 at 10:12 am

    It is impossible to understand how dysfunctional blacks are at every level unless you have been exposed to it.

    I am fair certain “1st lady of the church” came about to make the wives feel better about all the pastor/husband’s ass on the side.

     
  7. Sean

    July 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Anglicans in Canada have had women bishops for a while. Especially in Will’s/my neck of the woods.

     
  8. Will S.

    July 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    @ sfcton: I lived in the States for about a year, but not in any black neighbourhoods, and I only met a few.

    @ Sean: Yes, I did know that…

     
  9. Elusive Wapiti

    July 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Perhaps it is indicative of my advancing age, but when I hear “son/daughter of the King”, I don’t think special snowflake, but rather honor, right conduct, leadership-by-example. You know the whole noblesse oblige thingy.

    Sad that “daughter of the King” is interpreted as a call to increase one’s own self-regard, and not an exhortation to aspire to conduct that is progressively more Godly each and every day.

     
  10. Will S.

    July 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    @ EW: We must be of similar age… 😉

    Indeed, it’s most unfortunate that such an erroneous interpretation has arisen…

     
  11. feeriker

    July 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Jakes is a fraud of the lowest kind, so it stands to reason that anything.emanating from the mouth or pen of his wife would be more of the same.

    Sfcton is correct, especially where black America’s “churches” are concerned (having been married into the black community for more than 20 years, I know from whence I speak). They are in fact nothing of the sort; they are community social clubs/underground businesses that paint a veneer of faux Christianity over themselves to placate the IRS (i.e., not get caught cheating deh tax man) and to mask their leftist social gospel that is their core message.

    Granted, white churches, especially white megachurches, are really no different (just spewing an opposite political ideology). But where televangefrauds are concerned, white hucksters like Jimmy Swaggert, Joel Osteen, and Benny Hinn have NOTHING on guys like Jakes and Creflo Dollar (oh, a more appropriate surname such a man couldn’t possibly have been assigned by fate!).

     
    • Will S.

      July 21, 2014 at 10:42 pm

      What pisses me off most about black churches is how socially conservative they ostensibly can be YET all their membership will vote for the decidedly pro-homo, pro-abortion, anti-God Democrats… We have a related problem up here with almost all Ontario’s Italian Catholics voting Liberal…

      Idiots…

      There will be a day of reckoning…

       
  12. Eric

    July 22, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Let’s not forget that such luminaries of the black community like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are also ‘men of the cloth’; as was their spiritual inspiration, Martin Luther King.

    I see these guys doing a lot less preaching the Gospel and a lot more social engineering. I wonder how the Rev. Dr. King would feel about a society giving him a national holiday a month after they sue businesses for putting up Nativity displays? Yet we never hear a peep out of the ‘black churches’ about any of that; or for that matter from any of the Libtard hypocrites who try to ‘dechristianize’ holidays while they venerate a Christian clergyman as a national icon.

     
  13. Eric

    July 22, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Will:
    The story about the Toronto church reminded me of the Biblical story of the prophetess Deborah. She had communicated a revelation to a Hebrew commander who behaved in an unmanly fashion by telling Deborah she would have to lead. Deborah prophesied that as punishment for submitting to a woman the honor of the victory would go to a woman and his name would be eclipsed and forgotten in the disgrace.

    Hmmm…and what was that Hebrew commander’s name….????? LOL

     
  14. Will S.

    July 22, 2014 at 10:19 am

    @ Eric: Indeed; they are hypocrites, and functionally enemies of Christ’s cause, by allying themselves with anti-Christian parties and movements…

    Ah yes – Barak! 🙂

     
  15. James and the Giant Peach

    July 22, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    “They are in fact nothing of the sort; they are community social clubs/underground businesses that paint a veneer of faux Christianity over themselves to placate the IRS ”

    I feel a lot of churches are like celebrity stages, and the pastor + family are the beloved actors everyone worships. I don’t know how it is for Jews, but in Islam, the imams are not looked upon with worship like Christian pastors are in Christianity. In many cases, the pastor is the alpha, and the congregation worships and loves him.

    I think this is why Paul says that a woman should go home and ask her husband about something she didn’t know about. Pastors have too much power over a man’s wife in modern Christianity. In Islam women aren’t even allowed to worship/pray with the men, including the imam in the same room.

    This eliminates the sexual power play I see in Christian churches. How many times do we have to see in the news that a pastor slept with someone else’s wife, or that a youth minister is having sex with the people he is supposed to be teaching. Leadership gives power and status, which women love. If your pastor is not just, or if he isn’t humble, all the attention is going to be on him, starving every other guy. Perhaps one of the many reasons male congregants leave, no? As a working man it is impossible to compete with the super-Christian pastor or minister, who goes on to speak at the front of the church for hours every week. And hence all these scandals arise where certain churches can become polygamist social clubs for the pastor.

     
  16. Will S.

    July 22, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    It is a problem indeed, esp. in churches where power is mostly concentrated in the hands of the pastor himself. I think it’s less of a problem in churches where most of the power is concentrated in the hands of elders; where the pastor is just a ‘teaching elder’, one elder out of several, as is the case in Reformed churches.

     
  17. James and the Giant Peach

    July 22, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    What constitutes a Reformed church? From the name it seems like a church that concentrates on Calvin and Luther’s teachings I imagine, but what makes it different from another Protestant church? (serious question, I don’t know)

     
  18. Will S.

    July 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    A Reformed church is one whose theology, worship, and church order are Reformed; that is, in line doctrinally with the teachings of John Calvin, and which affirms the Canons of Dort.

    Presbyterians are confessionally Reformed (the orthodox ones, that is); the Dutch churches are also, and call themselves Reformed by name, too. (It is to this tradition that I belong.)

    Traditional Reformed worship eschews modern evangelical style worship – contemporary praise music and worship bands, in favour of either a capella singing or accompaniment only by organ and/or piano; and Psalm-singing is either the only kind of singing, or hymns may be sung as well but Psalms retain a high level of importance; the worship is liturgical, following a set pattern, that doesn’t vary week by week, though the texts studied of course vary… Reformed churches in the Dutch tradition have the reading of the Law every Lord’s Day morning at the start of the service; Presbyterians tend to have a general confession of sin instead. There are two sacraments: baptism, and the Lord’s Supper; the Lord’s Supper is held to not be a mere memorial, but a real means of blessing, not because the elements are held to be the actual body and blood, but because Christ is present in the act, and feeds us spiritually through it. As a result, communion is ‘close’; not ‘closed’, nor ‘open’, but only those with the same understandings are admitted to the table. Baptism is for new believers (entirely new to the faith), and for children of believers, as a sign and seal of God’s Covenant with His people; not a personal testimony; instead, a personal profession of faith, for those baptized, happens in late teenage years / early adulthood (entirely new believers do a profession of faith along with their baptism). Congregation members typically have an official visit by an elder or two elders once a year, and discipline of straying members is held to be important, not to be neglected. While Scripture is the only inspired authority, Reformed confessions and catechisms based on Scripture are used as teaching aids; not only for the young, but also for the whole congregation; the historic creeds are also affirmed – the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed. In Dutch Reformed churches, one of these is recited weekly in worship.

    That’s the Reformed faith, or Calvinism, in a nutshell.

     
  19. Will S.

    July 22, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    There is a lot more to it than that, of course, but that’s the jist of it. 🙂

     
  20. Will S.

    July 22, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Briefly, some additional points:

    The Presbyterian confessions are the Westminster Standards; the (Dutch) Reformed are the Three Forms of Unity.

    The Dutch have two worship services a day, one in the morning, one in the afternoon or evening; they are similar, but vary slightly: the morning service contains the Reading of the Law, and a sermon directly from Scripture, possibly following a lectionary, though not necessarily; the afternoon service contains a reciting (or singing) of a creed, and preaching, while referencing Scripture, is usually from the Heidelberg Catechism. The benedictions in the morning and afternoon services usually are different; typically, the morning benediction is 2 Corinthians 13:14 or a similar Pauline or other New Testament benediction, and the afternoon one is the Aaronic benediction, Numbers 6:24-26.

    The Presbyterians may or may not have two services a day, though I think historically they always did; and I’m not as clear on differences between them, not being a Presbyterian, only occasionally worshipping at confessional Presbyterian churches; they don’t typically recite the creed often, nor use a catechism in worship services. Their benedictions are similar, though.

    There’s more, but that probably is as complete a summary of the basics as I can give.

     
  21. Will S.

    July 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    As for how we regard Luther, we affirm his Five Solas, but as we have our own doctrinal standards, while holding him in fairly high esteem, we don’t affirm his confessions and catechisms, as Lutherans of course do.

    We consider ourselves spiritual heirs to Augustine, among the early church fathers, holding him in the highest regard amongst them.

     
  22. sfcton

    July 22, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Last.time I researched it, MLK had 0 speeches about Christ or faith. He was proven to have plagiarized his doctoral papper and a whole lot more. A war on nativity scenes would be no big deal to him.

    Yea Free it’s hard to explain to folks but I no longer date Black chicks because of the dysfunction. I did not date dysfunctional Balck chicks but their families dysfunction always created problems. Like trying to pawn up various cousin’s and nieces onto the functioning family members.

     
  23. Eric

    July 22, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    sfcton & Will:
    I’d almost forgotten about Obama’s ‘pastor’, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Another specimen of the Ministers of the Socialist Gospel. And BTW, I don’t even know what denominations King, Jackson, Sharpton, or Wright even belong to. Has anybody ever seen a collection of their sermons, or any theological books written by them?

    Me neither.

     
  24. Eric

    July 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Will:
    Just to show the state of the church isn’t unique to blacks, I saw a flyer at the diner where I was having lunch today. It has a picture of a female mouth biting into an apple and reads in big letters:

    “Let’s talk about sex”

    Then in smaller print…”where the church went wrong.”

    “An open conversation for every community: Sunday, July 20th, Queen Anne Baptist Church”

    http://www.facebook.com/events/1513635058855716/

     
  25. infowarrior1

    July 22, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    @Will S.

    It appears as if people were not content to remain reformed and instead on off on the evanjellyfish route.

     
  26. sfcton

    July 22, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    IIRC, Lou Rockwell’ s place had a lot of info on the reality of MLK as well as lincoln.

     
  27. Will S.

    July 23, 2014 at 1:47 am

    @ sfcton: MLK was a Marxist adulterer; ’nuff said…

    @ Eric: I’ve never heard of any serious theological works by any of them, certainly…

    Indeed, the whole evangelical church is in serious trouble…

    @ IIRC: Alas, yes; some went evanjellyfish; some went mainline… If anyone wants to understand what has happened to the Presbyterian church (USA), they should read Gary North’s “Crossed Fingers”, a 1000+ page tome on how the evangelicals first then the liberals, captured the biggest part of American Presbyterianism. Actually it’s also very much an explanation of what happened in general, that gave rise to mainline Protestantism. An indispensable work.

    On the Dutch side, something similar happened; the Reformed Church in America (RCA) evolved into a mainline denomination, while the Christian Reformed Churches in North America (CRCNA) have gone evangelical, with only a handful of various Reformed churches staying / going traditionalist, confessionally Reformed, basically staying where the CRC was 50 years ago, or so…

     
  28. infowarrior1

    July 23, 2014 at 5:56 am

    @Will S.

    Has there been instances of churches going more orthodox and masculine oriented? It seems that given the eastern orthodox churches early schism with the roman catholic church they were the only ones spared the feminization of bridal mysticism.

     
    • Will S.

      July 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

      @ infowarrior1: Well, there have been secession movements out of more liberal churches, where tradition and orthodoxy has consciously been re-embraced, so I’d say yes. Of course, none of the trad churches are completely perfect, either; no church this side of eternity is…

       
  29. sfcton

    July 23, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Y’all focus way to much on churches, buildings, various creds and brands

     
  30. Will S.

    July 23, 2014 at 9:18 am

    We do and we don’t; if you are faithful to a particular tradition, you must, to some extent.

    But that needn’t blind you to the fact that there are other faithful folks within other traditions – something we’ve always acknowledged here, being a mix of both Protestant and Catholic men.

     

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