*Apparently God isn’t the only one watching Bishop T.D. Jakes.
According to MadameNoire, the pastor caught a bit of flak from folks who slammed him for wearing ripped jeans during a visit to One Church LA on Sunday (Dec. 27), the same contemporary church his son-in-law Touré Roberts and daughter Sarah lead.
“The jeans are not age appropriate,” a Jakes critic wrote on Instagram. “End of story. Has nothing to do with him being a minister. If my dad wore these jeans, I would be mortified. There are plenty of styles out there that would be more flattering on the Bishop.”
“Jeans itself is not a sin, to wear them to follow a trend is when it becomes a sin,” another stated.
“Why can’t we respect the holy day…All he asked for is one day, but most will still wear clothes that they wear to parties,” one woman argued. “If you can’t respect the temple that is suppose[sic’ to be kept holy. What do you respect?”
“I mean the bible doesn’t give us direct counsel on exactly what we should wear to our bible meetings but think about this… We dress way better for job interviews and this kind of look would be considered unprofessional, so wouldn’t we always want to display our best for God?” another man said. “Just a thought. Not judging. Everybody has the right to make their decisions on dress.”
Upon seeing criticism, Jakes brought a response while expressing his disbelief at the amount of energy and time spent on his choice of wardrobe.
“I certainly want to comply with the word,” he said. “I just missed the one about jeans in the pulpit.”
“When all else fails send everybody to hell who disagrees with you about blue jeans! Smh”
“I just can’t believe this has been debated by two or three antagonist all night!” he continued. “You don’t have the right to dress me! You do have the right not to like it. I probably might not like something u wear. That’s fine! If we just mind our own business, the whole world would be better!”
Jakes goes on to name specific issues that deserve all the analysis and energy of his critics.
“I wish we had this much passion for the murders in Chicago, or those who are suffering in our cities,” he voiced. “When I make post about helping the needy I don’t hear from many of you at all. You all seem to know what Jesus would wear but have no interest in what He would do! @art_vsz While you debate my jeans, tell em where you stand on women wearing make up, or female pastors. This kind of legalism is why so many frown on people of faith! In a word, get out of my closet and help the people in your cities! The homeless don’t care what any of us wear. Those suffering w cancer and disease don’t either. But you’ve spent your time arguing about something that is irrelevant! Most of the antagonist don’t even follow me anyway! Go back to your world and DO GOOD FOR GOD!”