Over the course of the weekend, I was sent this video and was asked about what I thought. Let me begin by saying this: I love Bishop Jakes and I love Tyler Perry. I think they’re great people called to do great things. Praise God for Tyler Perry and being obedient to what the voice of God was tell him to do. However, I must chime in about the laying of hands issue. I’ll begin with a scripture
Don’t neglect the gift which you received through prophecy when the spiritual leaders placed their hands on you [to ordain you].- 1 Timothy 4:14
Children are more than welcomed to rise up and called their parent blessed but it’s the way you do it. I would not dare lay hands on my spiritual father with out being slapped into last year…it’s out of order! When speaking about this issue over dinner with some friends, a point was made “Well, it IS Tyler Perry and he DID just give a million dollars. Shoot, he can lay hands on me!” Really? So are we going to ignore the fact that Bishop Jakes has a “BISHOP” in front of his name. He’s not just a pastor he’s a BISHOP. Here is a description of the role of a bishop:
This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.-1 Timothy 3:1-7
It’s the role of a Bishop to lay hands, release ministry and speaking a blessing. I don’t care how much money you have, it’s NOT the other way around. As you read earlier in 1 Timothy 4:14, the bible clearly says “…when SPIRTUAL leaders placed their hands on you…”. Another translation says “when the priesthood, the elders, the eldership or the hands of the presbytery placed their hands on you…” Spiritual leaders are the only ones who have the God given right to release and impart in their flock’s or children’s life. Why? What’s the big deal you ask? Tyler Perry was just being nice! He gave the man a million dollars. This is true, but there’s another truth that has be respected. If it comes down to it, in a life and death situation could he pray for Bishop Jakes life to be revived? Could he spiritually take on what pursues not just Bishop Jakes but every member of the Potter’s House? Can he cover, correct or console Bishop Jakes? I’m not saying Tyler Perry isn’t spiritual, or not “powerful” enough, I’m saying that “…like fine oil poured on the head which flows down the beard–Aaron’s beard, and then flows down his garments….” Psalm 133:2. Oil runs from the head down. It’s from Father to son. From master to protégé. I’m saying that they’re has to be order. When there is disorder, error takes place and it’s also the enemy to penetrate. I’m sure Tyler Perry meant well, but he’s not Bishop Jakes Pastor and should have a seat and understand order. What we can learn from this situation:
1. Don’t think become so overwhelmed by emotion, that you act out on what you “feel” is right. Even when you don’t know better in your natural understanding, the Holy Spirit will let you know otherwise!
2. That God will help us know who are. If people knew who they were and what they carried, I believe some of these things we deem as not important or a “big” deal wouldn’t happen. What someone does something in the natural speaks volumes in the spirit.