John Gray is the high-rolling pastor who’s heavily associated with Joel Osteen and Oprah, who made headlines in recent weeks for bizarre behavior. First, he told church members to come up and pilfer the offering plates. Secondly, he gave his wife a Lamborgini. Third, he confessed to having cheated on his wife, with the car seemingly given as a make-up gift. Now, the pastor is claiming that the criticism is driving him to contemplate suicide and Modalist prosperity preacher, TD Jakes, has come to exorcize from him the demon of suicide.
Many critics of Gray have “put two and two together” and view Gray’s claims of suicidal thoughts to be a manipulative public relations stunt to silence critics who might feel preemptively guilty should the man kill himself.
“I literally thought about how I could end my life and still get to Heaven and somehow my kids would not be scarred but there was no way I could figure out how to do it. And I’m not the only person that thought about that. I’m not the only person the devil attacked in that are.”
However, on Saturday during a special leadership training at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, TD Jakes showed up to rehabilitate the adulterous and Mammon-worshipping pastor. According to the video (below), Jakes revealed via special revelation that a “Spirit of Suicide” was still lurking in Gray’s home and he rebuked it away.
What you just witnessed was Kabuki theater, a choreographed play in which each actor knows their part and acts as expected. A high profile prosperity preacher was caught fornicating with a mistress amidst a scandal caused by his own insanely self-unaware display of lascivious materialism. The “rain maker” voodoo doctor – or “Apostle” and “Bishop” in this case – then comes to expunge the preacher of his sin and restore him to leadership without any tangible, real, or lasting signs of visible repentance.
In a display that was perfectly predictable, Jakes laid his hands on Gray’s head and shouted at supposed “suicide spirits” (PS that’s not a thing) – thereby laying the fault on the devil rather than on the devilish preacher – and Gray convulses in the floor, shielding his face from discerning glances as he fakes some kind of emotional response.
John Gray – at this point – acknowledges himself to be (1) an adulterer (2) suicidal (3) oppressed by demons. Add “lustful for greedy lucre” on top of that.
He’ll be in the pulpit this Sunday preaching because charismatic doctrine teaches the concept of an “anointing” that is bestowed by Apostles and granted by the Holy Spirit to men, almost entirely independent of their qualifications.
The Holy Bible teaches no such thing.
[Editor’s Note: Please keep in mind that TD Jakes was embraced as a brother in Christ by James MacDonald, Mark Driscoll, and others at Elephant Room 2.0. They’ve yet to repent of that.]