By Nigel Boys
Although some believe that Bishop T.D. Jakes is a charlatan who twists Scripture in his teaching of the prosperity gospel just to make money, millions of people follow him on his television broadcasts, read his books or watch the latest movie he produced, “Heaven is Real.”
In an interview with the Washington Post, the 57-year-old senior pastor of The Potter’s House church in Dallas (with a membership of around 30,000), talks about his latest book, “Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive,” which is on the New York Times bestseller list.
The book describes how people should follow their God given instinct in life, just as he has, in order to fulfill that which He has designed, and not be held back by conventional ideas which are based on worldly issues.
Jakes told Hamil Harris, staff writer for the Post, that one of the reasons his new book was so successful was that people are beginning to realize that they should follow their instinct in order to be all they can be. He adds that this is the only way they can fulfill God’s purpose to remold and reshape their lives.
When Harris asked him why there is little mention of God in his book, Jakes replied that the book is all about reaching out to fulfill that basic instinct which He has planted in every human being. He adds that he shares his experience, as a man of God and disciple of faith, but he is also a writer, producer and CEO who needs to make his business a success.
According to Jakes, one of the reasons he writes books, produces movies and directs stage plays is that the church needs to change the way it operates to reach those in today’s society with the Word of God. He adds that by showing people how to follow their God given instincts, he is doing exactly what Jesus did when he showed Peter how to catch more fish, which is, how to succeed in the livelihood they have chosen.
As for his faith and love for God, amidst his demanding lifestyle, the bishop states that it has grown over the years. He adds, that whatever he does, wherever he goes and whoever he meets, it is just another opportunity to show his love for humanity and to learn from each one of them while he is teaching.