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TD Jakes Goes Off On Instagram Commenter: ‘You Don’t Want
This Tongue Beating’
By Laiah Anderson: EEW Magazine News
Should pastors respond to social media attacks from the pulpit on Sundays? Well, if mega pastor Bishop TD
Jakes’ feisty response to a woman’s comment on Instagram, which he found to be unfavorable is any indication,
then, the answer is yes.
On Jan. 12 during his morning sermon at The Potter's House in Dallas on “Transformative Thinking,” the
outspoken leader went off on a commenter named Jennifer Lewis whose Instagram handle is “missjennylew.”
Apparently, Jakes didn’t take too kindly to his fellow social networker’s post beneath a photograph of his wife of
more than 30 years wearing black gloves with her outfit.
“Why does she wear gloves? And I doubt I’ll get a response,” wrote the questioner in a concise comment that
has since been deleted, though Empowering Everyday Women captured the screen shot.
JANUARY 13, 2014
The fashion critic then added, “Please don’t ignore my question.”
Though the Mega Fest founder and best-selling author said nothing in response online, he let this woman have
“I didn’t answer her because I thought it might sound bad to say ‘Because she wants to, because those are her
hands, her business and what does that have to do with you anyway?”
Jakes continued, “And you ought to be focusing on what you got on and leave my wife alone before I clock on
you in a public forum!’”
That was pointed, but he wasn’t finished.
The clearly bothered pastor, who recently made news for blasting Oxygen’s ‘Preachers of LA’ cast on a
different Sunday, chose not to reserve his thoughts the way he had on the Internet.
“And she said, ‘Don’t ignore me,’ like she was my mother,” he went on, while informing missjennylew that “trying
to force a 56-year-old man to obey you is gone take the rest of your life, and you’re gonna fail, because I’m just
as hateful and stubborn as you are.”
After pointing out that hatefulness and stubbornness motivated his decision to give her the silent treatment,
Jakes said, “I thought, ‘Before I answer you, I will flush this iPad down the commode.’”
To top it all off, Jakes said, “I’m trying to protect you woman. You don’t want this tongue beating I’m getting
ready to put on you over these gloves.”
Though Mrs. Jakes’ gloves were on, Mr. Jakes’ gloves came off in that verbal war.
If that wasn’t admonition for those listening to mind their own business—especially when it comes to this
particular pastor—Jakes outright told the congregation, “Just because you watch my broadcast doesn’t mean
you get to pick my tie.”
He will not be controlled.
To further punctuate his point, he posted a message on Instagram Sunday. It said, “When you know who you
are at your Core you won't allow the opinions of others change who you are & what you do!”
Whether it was right or not for him to do what he did in service, one thing is for sure: TD Jakes does not mince
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