NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 18 – Renowned preacher Bishop TD Jakes has retracted remarks he made terming Kenya as a poor State that only benefited as a result of his work.
While delivering a sermon at his Potters House church in Dallas Texas, the pastor said that Kenya has been a key beneficiary in his ministry work.
“So let the work I’ve done speak for me. You are sowing into good ground. And the 300 families that are employed in this ministry eat from this ministry, work in this ministry, and help us to produce the excellence that we do,” he explained.
“The natives all over Kenya drink water because of this ministry. And the hospital in Nairobi survives because of this ministry,” he added.
Jakes explained in a written apology that his remarks were aimed to relinquish claims that preachers are extravagant and live off money from the church.
“An attempt in last Sunday’s sermon to distinguish myself from an American television program portraying preachers in a manner that I found unseemly has caused some offense in Kenya. For that I apologise,” he added.
“My intent was to show the extensive humanitarian efforts by TD Jakes Ministries through its MegaCARE arm as a means of further distinguishing this organization from the TV program’s exclusive focus on the personal material wealth of the individual ministers over the works of the Gospel,” the statement read.
The Bishop adds “my remarks meant to highlight one well and one hospital wing in Kenya as one example of this ministry’s worldwide efforts,”
“It was by no means meant to take responsibility for an entire nation or to minimize the contributions of its people,” he added.
He explained that the comments were taken out of context and he regretted the impact that it had on his congregant and especially Kenyans living in America.
“I meant only to communicate to my constituents that my love is for people as demonstrated through years of practical ministry,” the statement read.
The reality show dubbed Preachers of LA (Los Angeles) arrays the daily life of six pastors who are usually flamboyant and show off their lavish lifestyles with big cars and large mansions.
Bishop Jakes emphasised that the show was inappropriate and it portrayed legitimate preachers in a bad light something he says he would not want appended to his work.