By Christian Research Network Associate Editor Erin Benziger of Do Not Be Surprised…
This is a repost of an original article on Do Not Be Surprised…

The red carpet at T.D. Jakes’ 35th
anniversary event.

The reader may recall some early June hoopla surrounding the 35th anniversary of T.D. Jakes’ ministry. Ironically, the excitement appeared to be generated by…T.D. Jakes Ministries. Nowhere was this more evident than in the star-studded “Triumphant Journey” event, which seemed to easily call to mind 2 Timothy 3:2.

The Christian Post reported on 8 June:

A black-tie gala featuring a surprise star-studded guest list will be held Friday night to celebrate Bishop T.D. Jakes’ 35th anniversary of ministry service. The event titled “Triumphant Journey” will be held at the AT&T Winspear Opera House in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to celebrating 35 years since he entered into ministry, Jakes will be marking several other milestones, including his 30th wedding anniversary to Serita Jakes, his 55th birthday, and 15th anniversary of The Potter’s House of Dallas, Inc.


At the time, we commented that

apparently the phrase “star-studded guest list” was not an exaggeration, depending upon one’s definition of a “star.” Rev. James Meeks, who pastors Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, was among the many invited to attend this “Triumphant Journey” down Jakes’ memory lane. Meeks spent the evening tweeting out updates to his Twitter followers, thus revealing who were among the “stars” at this celebration of T.D. Jakes. The presence of the three most well-known names who graced the stage ought not surprise: Oprah Winfrey, pastrix Paula White and Bill Hybels. (Source)

Nearly one month later, however, we no longer have to rely on the tweets of James Meeks or on reporters or the media. T.D. Jakes Ministries recently uploaded onto their Facebook page 185 pictures detailing the “35th Anniversary Weekend.” These photos tell a story of glitz, glamour, fame and exaltation. In fact, one would barely recognize the event as one designed to honor an under-shepherd of the Lord Jesus Christ. But then, perhaps that is because the Christian should seek to honor Christ Himself, and not men.

Left: Bishop T.D. Jakes and wife on the red carpet.
Right: Pastrix Paula White gets interviewed on the red carpet.
Oprah Winfrey and Bill Hybels take turns paying homage to Jakes.
Jakes welcomes Pastrix Sheryl and Bishop Joby Brady.

The photos above do paint a dazzling picture, yet most would not be surprised to see these particular individuals at this event. The post T.D. Jakes Celebrates 35 Years of T.D. Jakes, demonstrated in detail that Paula White, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Hybels each have a history with the charismatic prosperity preacher. Of course, Pastrix Sheryl and Bishop Joby Brady together pastor The Potter’s House North Dallas, and are quite close with Jakes.

Yet, there was another couple in attendance at this event whose presence may come as a bit more of a surprise:

Kathy and James MacDonald
The MacDonalds pose with Pastor and “First Lady” Meeks.

The photographs above show Pastor James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapeland his wife, Kathy, posing on the red carpet at the T.D. Jakes 35th anniversary event.

Now, there’s no need to detail again the events leading up to, during, and following the Elephant Room 2. Suffice it to say that James MacDonald’s support of “trinitarian modalist” and Word Faith preacher T.D. Jakes does not appear to be waning.

In T.D. Jakes, HGAAA and the Lingering Questions of ER2, it was asked of James MacDonald:

Do you continue to embrace as orthodox T.D. Jakes and his ministry, even though he has shown no repentance of the Modalism that he supposedly has rejected? … Does it disturb you that Jakes has not yet repented of nor ceased preaching the heretical prosperity gospel? Is it acceptable to you that this man, whom you have celebrated, supports and affirms female pastors who are in direct violation of the Word of God?

Well, perhaps we have our answers.

Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works. (2 John 1:9-11)

Further Reading
T.D. Jakes Celebrates 35 Years of T.D. Jakes
Vice-Prelate T.D. Jakes to Speak at ‘Holy Convocation’ of Oneness Pentecostal Organization
T.D. Jakes, HGAAA and the Lingering Questions of ER2
Cleaning Up After the Elephants? MacDonald Takes to the Airwaves

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