November 17, 2009

Tonight: Bishop T.D. Jakes!

Posted: 06:59 PM ET

It's a special hour with Bishop T.D. Jakes, dubbed by Time magazine as "America's Best Preacher" and author of the new book "The Memory Quilt: A Christmas Story for Our Times."

He's one of the President's trusted spiritual advisers. What kind of advice does he have for the Obamas? He'll tell us tonight!

PLUS – What does he make of Sarah Palin mania? Does he agree with the President's decision to try the 9/11 mastermind in federal court? And what's causing Michelle Obama's dip in approval ratings?

That's all tonight on 9ET/6PT!

And we want to hear from you:

What would you like Larry to ask Bishop T.D. Jakes?

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sampathi   November 17th, 2009 7:31 pm ET

Hi Larry,
this question is for Bishop T.D.Jakes.
does he know there are millions of people emracing and converting to
Muslim relgion and Islam ?

Josh(Honolulu)   November 17th, 2009 7:35 pm ET

I noticed you previously acted in a movie. Do your views differ from those of the scripture on self-glorification?

A. Smith, Oregon   November 17th, 2009 7:54 pm ET

Hi Larry,

I would ask Bishop T.D. Jakes if he thought Jesus would be happy with all of the physical and cultural Genocide directly caused by Christian leaders, missionary's and their paid army's?

I would ask Bishop T.D. Jakes if he thought the Papal orders and carrying out the destruction of the Library of Alexandria in Egypt was one of the greatest crimes against all of humanity ever committed?

Melinda Garcia, Cotulla,Tx   November 17th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

I love you Bishop, but, why do we have to pay to watch your sermons online now? Did you forget we are going throught tough times and need the word of God more than ever, WWJD?

Bruce R   November 17th, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Thank you Larry, I watch your show religiously.
Dear Bishop Jakes,
With the November 5th Meeting of the Tribal Nations in DC, the Leonard Peltier debacle comes to mind; he is our "Tienneman Square" and Bishop Tutu supports his release among many others- perhaps yourself. In 1996, an exiting President Clinton denied clemency to an optimistic Mr. Peltier even while granting it to the noteworthy "fugitive felon" Marc Rich. According to noted Peltier author Peter Matthiessen, Leonard was denied parole on August 20, 2009 and isn't eligible again until July 2024. Would you advise President Obama to make our government more demonstrably accountable with the symbolic and justified gesture of granting clemency to an innocent man? The very stones of Leonard Peltier's prison cell walls cry out for justice in America. In Indian Country , where too often the least among us are living with a great and weary spirit, the Wind whispers, " How long?.. ", Bishop Jakes, " long?"
Thanks again Larry- you are among the greatest. God Bless and guide us all, Amen. Your Brother, Bruce.

Wendell Jordan Sr   November 17th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

Would you ask Bishop Jakes what is his take on the economic future of the country?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

I would ask mr. Bishop why President Obama is showing so much interest in the muslim religion and which Bible he is loyal too .

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:03 pm ET

Does the bishop realize the Koran

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:05 pm ET

Does the bishop think that Christmas should be alowed to be displayed in the public eye.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

Do gays need to be able to adopt children .

Jenise   November 17th, 2009 10:08 pm ET

What does Bishop Jakes think about the CNN story on mega-preachers and their finances?

angela   November 17th, 2009 10:09 pm ET

oh larry STOP with the badgering, you do it every single time, the guy does not approve.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:11 pm ET

What caused the economic cash crash was a bunch of greedy oil companys and a bunch of fright train get out of my way forthune tellers.

Sue Johnson   November 17th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

What is your view of "End Times".

Michael Baldwin   November 17th, 2009 10:12 pm ET

how do you deal with the fact that the number of people who are in need is increasing while charitable giving is decreasing? Does this create a change in your personal quality of life?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:14 pm ET

We need to fit our country to our economy.

vicky   November 17th, 2009 10:15 pm ET

I believe in god but I don’t believe in religion

Lloyd E Dawson   November 17th, 2009 10:16 pm ET

Newscasters and pundits seem to refer to the President as just Obama. Remember, he is PRESIDENT Obama, the duly elected President of the United States, and deserves this honor. It is a sign of disrespect to call him by only his last name.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:17 pm ET

A. Smith


I second that motion!!!

Chris   November 17th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Hi Larry Please ask the bishop what his definition of God is. There are many religions, but only one God, but each religion have different interpretations. What is his interpretation
Thanks, Chris Redmond wa

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

Your a good guy Bishop I enjoyed the interview.

Benhur   November 17th, 2009 10:20 pm ET

In the way the church is today where do you see the church 5 years from now?

vicky   November 17th, 2009 10:21 pm ET

All the religion say to help other humans there is one god

When I help the poor I am happy

Religious leaders behaving like politician so I don’t follow the religion

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

Hi Dodie I might try to be nice tonight

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:22 pm ET

@ Michael Baldwin


Pastor Dennis R. Williams   November 17th, 2009 10:23 pm ET

As a Pastor I would like to know why you seem to have a problem stating that being gay, two people of the same sex involved in getting married or in a civil union is a sin. Why not elaborate on this. The people need to know

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:24 pm ET

Good Evening Michael. Awe, I so enjoy your mischievous side!

Kelvin Peoples   November 17th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Bishop Jakes, what would advise on the prosperity gospel that has been distorted?

rosey petals   November 17th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

Dear Larry, would you ask the Bishop how did he make so much money and how did he first get his start? What does he think about other mega rich preachers who have maids and servants, fancy cars, jewerly, tailored suits, multi-homes and live in a lap of wasreful luxury in other words heaven on earth. He don't dig ditches now. Would he recommend the young follow his path to wealth/riches. The preachers today are filthy rich and it must be the best life ever. Give him a congratulations for turning the word into millions. Rose.

David   November 17th, 2009 10:25 pm ET

@ Dodie, @ michael...I'm holding up my 2 index fingers...perpendicular to each other

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX.

Good Evening Michael. Awe, I so enjoy your mischievous side!

(Just for clarification) as we have 2 Michaels here tonight

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

What does the Bishop believe the answer is to the violence in Chicago.

Sandra   November 17th, 2009 10:26 pm ET

TD Jakes I have great respect for you, can you clearly explain where you stand on the trinity? Do you believe in the Father, Son, Holy Spirit as three separate person, yet one?

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:27 pm ET

@ David


David   November 17th, 2009 10:27 pm ET missed it...diggin ditches, fixing lawnmowers... working for mega entertainment companies...

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

Dodie which one is mikey one and mikey two?

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:28 pm ET

@ rosey petals

maybe I am in the wrong profession!

Antonio from Washington D.C.   November 17th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Ask him how he feels about people attacking his style of preaching.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Dodie do you know any Goforths just curious

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   November 17th, 2009 10:30 pm ET

Do you support Torture? I have seen and listened to far my so-called Christisns who say that people who have not been convicted of anything say that it is okay to harm people in that why to get them to confess to being a terrorist.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:31 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX.

You can be Mikey one! you certainly deserve it! You are really behaving tonight! I am surprised! Whats up? oops... can I say that?

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:32 pm ET

@ David

If he digs ditches, then I am a rocket scientist!

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Ask the Bishop if he thinks that the Koran and the Holy Bible will join together as one ever.

angela   November 17th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

Get that venom out. It Is is so frustrating observing LKL bloggers condemning a religion they dont even understand personally.

EvangelistAustin Nduka   November 17th, 2009 10:33 pm ET

my question is to Bishop Jakes. What do you make of Harold Camping news that the world will end May 21 2011

lisa blackburn   November 17th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

Hey Larry – just wanted to support Rev. Jakes- i think God allows us to go thru valleys (bad times) and it's during those times that we grow!! i went thru a divorce, lost all my material belongings and even though i didn't always understand why- i trusted God and knew that He was in charge- it is because of that time in my life that i have grown to become the person that i am today and am able to understand God's love and share it with others who may feel down and out!! He never promised it would be easy just that He would be with us thru it all!! Go Rev Jakes!!

David   November 17th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

@ Dodie, he said he DID, and we aren't to define someone by one slice of their life but by the whole pie, that is

Flip   November 17th, 2009 10:34 pm ET

I am an African American and I am so upset at the way African American Church's are operating today. It's all about selling GOD as you stated earlier, Larry. All the preachers are pushing change from within so that you can acquire, be blessed, and prosper, rather than changing in order to become a better individual physically and spiritually. Although Bishop Jakes may not be responsible for this change, he must come to understand that his status is what other ministers are trying to acquire.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:35 pm ET

You got to admit Larry King is lot's of fun .

David   November 17th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

who angela?

ibelieve   November 17th, 2009 10:36 pm ET

Is there anyway that a person can just get a comment or prayer from the celebrity preachers – why are they not as friendly and touchable as they were when they had no or little members?

I understand growth but they still work for God and people should be the up most importance to their calling. What does Bishop think?

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:37 pm ET

@ David...

Pizza!!. now that you mentioned pizza, that makes me hungry!

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX.

I don't know about Larry King! But I think your funny!

Angela   November 17th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

We hear so much negativity about violence with our children in the inner cities. Where do you think we went wrong, to propogate this type of behavior? What type of impact this will have on the greater society if not addressed?

Precious Spencer   November 17th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

Bishop, your own church laid off 39 people last year, many of them had no unemployment since your organization is not required to contribute. Don't you think a church of your magnitude should contribute to unemployment?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Angie were all going to one of the two places no matter what religion is involved heaven or hell its up to us to choose which road to take its called Gods will .

Jeanne   November 17th, 2009 10:39 pm ET

Bishop there is a debate over observing the True sabbath and how this could be legally enforced . when do you recommand to observe the Sabbath and where is it referenced in the Bible?

angela   November 17th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Um, as it says in Revelations.."let the reader understand"

steven   November 17th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

Bishop how do u make a church so big feel so loving and so small?

David   November 17th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

@ michael...unless you believe in predestination

EvangelistAustin Nduka   November 17th, 2009 10:40 pm ET

OnObama , Bishop, what do you think Obama should with undocumented immigrants.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Bishop T.D. Jakes is funny... I could see how he dodged that question regarding Sarah

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Thank you Dodie but do you think Sarahas a pet moose.

vicky   November 17th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

Latest news is Palin wrote this book in frustration I can understand Palin pain

But she can’t make money on her pain she has to try in different planet for that

Because Smart people live in earth

angela   November 17th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

the problem is this some gal has no substance, if she was the believer she portrays herself as, none of this would undo her.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

@ David

or if you just do not believe in anything! We should cover all bases!

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

For petes sake lets interview ZZTOP !

angela   November 17th, 2009 10:43 pm ET

I pray all day long, He is the only one that listens to me.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX

She probably would make a great Pet Moose for you!

I could just imagine that one

Kristin Thomas   November 17th, 2009 10:44 pm ET

I'd like to know how the Bishop feels on the policy of seperation of church and state. Does he agree with this?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Yeh Dodie the Bishop is pretty Kool .

Rich, Kankakee, IL.   November 17th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

EvangelistAustin Nduka

send them home, do not reward law breakers!

Sue Johnson   November 17th, 2009 10:45 pm ET

Prayer works. Wouldn't pass a day without it.

Marian   November 17th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Prayer is part of my everyday life........when I learned to talk my Mother taught me to prayer...........and I have been doing it for 55 years!

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX

ZZTOP? now that is traveling down memory road. I thought they were great

David   November 17th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

@angela...I know how you feel...given some of the groups I gotta lecture

Robbob   November 17th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

Yes, all the time, it's the most powerful weapon known against the forces of darkness.

janice johnson   November 17th, 2009 10:46 pm ET

yes i do pray,prayer change's things.

Teri in New Jersey   November 17th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

I am glad to hear someone directly say, without beating around the bush or trying to please some audience, that they oppose gay marriage and abortion. If you were able to remember the early 1960's you would know that the number of people in the neighborhood who went to church (or temple, synagogue (spelling?), etc.) far outweighed those who stayed home. Now the opposite is true and some. We leave children unattended, we want more money, cursing is common, divorce rate way up there, love and respect for fellow man and country is going by the wayside, crime of the type we never heard of, DRUGS, and more and more. There is such anger and fear and cynicism it really is scary. People set records electing a president and then turn their backs on him when it comes to the work and support of what he stands for. Let us pray. I would like to ask how do I know that I am worthy of such love from God.

Brian Sellers   November 17th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

I pray as much as I can. I try to always have some connection with God. Talking with God is an important factor in living life in all its ups and downs. There are times when you should set time away in your day just to pray.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX

Yes, he sounds OK for a preacher! He seems balanced. At least he is not over the top like I have recently heard from others. ~whew~

Israel   November 17th, 2009 10:47 pm ET

there are those who claim to have been to hell and back what do you think, is hell real or not

heather bickham   November 17th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

I pray. i think we all do. i believe that some people do not acknowledge the same lord that i do and i understand that it will always be this way.. but no matter who you are, where yiou are He is listening.

Lamont   November 17th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

How do you think President Obama should deal with health care, and do you think he has been urgent enough?

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

This is about an American heritage Christmas belongs to all the pilgrames who founded this country and should not be trampeled own by any other religion.

cherie carmona   November 17th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

God is really using T.D. Jakes especially with relationships like marriage, wisdom all married people need to know.

kevin macdonald   November 17th, 2009 10:48 pm ET

how accessible is Pastor Jakes to his congregation? With a population of 10,000 + how long would it take to actually have a one on one conversation with him ?

David   November 17th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

@ Teri...sounds like ancient Rome before the fall...hmmmm.

US Marine   November 17th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Someone please tell TD that it's not Fort Killeen, but Fort Hood, US Army! Go Back and read the transcripts, whatever, not a pastor but a puppet Please have your facts squared away on national TV. My heart and prayers go out to the Soldiers, family and friends of FT HOOD!

US your back!!

Juel   November 17th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

What a fantastic interview with Bishop T.D. Jakes. He is a representative of the Christian faith that makes me proud to say I am a Christian. So many Christians today are completely embarrassing, ignorant and shameful, so thank you Jesus for the Bishop and for Mr. KIng for having him on.

Julius   November 17th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Hey Larry! Question to Mr. T.D Jakes, Is it true that Jesus real name is Yahoshua, and if so why is the world is being tought that his name is Jesus, and if you say " that Jesus is the English form and that it was translated from the Greek form that was translated from hebrew, Why not all different languages transliterated the name from the original Hebrew it self

Brian   November 17th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

Mr. Jakes,

One of your sermons helped me through the worst day of my professional career. It was entitled "Fainting but Still Fighting". It changed my life. It was an old message, but I listened to it on September 19th. It showed me to keep on going and not to give up. .BE Blessed.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

@ David

Are you a Prof?

angela   November 17th, 2009 10:49 pm ET

you mean here David?, lol.

sal briones jr   November 17th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Who do you say Jesus is ?

debbie   November 17th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Yes Larry I do Pray and it does work . Have been praying since i was a little girl.

Bonnie   November 17th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

With all of the turmoil and "wolves in sheeps clothing" that we are exposed to on a daily basis, it is harder than ever to keep my Roman Catholic Faith alive. I pray each and everyday, thank God for surviving cancer, for keeping my family safe, and for all that I have as a result of what I believed was my faith in God. However, with so many "Pretend Christians" masquerading as "Conservatives", a denomination that has been found to have a long history of pedophile activities (The Catholic Church) and with their Bishops current involvement in political outcomes, I'm confused as to how and why we have allowed these "demons" into our lives. I can't protect my 85 year old parents from the hate-mongers that are spread on network news stations, putting them into a panic as to the direction of this world and it's people. Where do we turn when our lifelong beliefs have been torn by greedy, hateful humans who set out to destroy our love of God?

Angela   November 17th, 2009 10:50 pm ET

Yes I pray, Prayer is an every breath moment of true communion with my creator and yes I belive God listens and answers

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX.

Remember, your people killed most of my people! Be nice!

Jesse   November 17th, 2009 10:51 pm ET

Respects Larry & Bishop J:
USA have removed the 10 commandments from every public place; no prayer, no sign of God allowed any more. What flipping hypocrites to ask Why to God when you have already slapped His precious face and sent Him packing?

Jean Pirina   November 17th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Sarah Palin posed for a fitness magazine not for the cover of Newsweek –so get that simple fact straight. This is just another reason I never watch you for more than two minutes.

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Dang the wife came home talk at ya later

Sharon Sjonvall   November 17th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

I was shocked to hear Larry King ask Bishop Jakes if he made his money by" selling God"! What poor taste and it was insulting to all Christians.

cherie carmona   November 17th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

God is really using him, God is really speaking thru him, we shouldnt take that wisdom lightyly.

Liz   November 17th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

T.D. Jakes you are loved by my family. God has used you greatly in speaking to us in our very hardest times of need. You probably don't know how many lives God impacts through his humble servant. We will continue to fight the good fight. Love, Velez Family

David   November 17th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

anon blogger here,'re a smart guy.

Angel   November 17th, 2009 10:52 pm ET

I do pray. I pray for the safety of the president, because I believe that the crazy fringe of this country embraced by the republican party are gettin ready to try to do harm to the president. I can't believe that we are heading this path. we are a nation of many beliefs and faiths.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

@ Lamont

I understand from today's news that China has placed emphasis on how we spend our money because of how much we owe them. Health care and the war were discussed!

lisa zapata   November 17th, 2009 10:53 pm ET

do you believe in the rapture?

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

LOL Michael! your too funny... Say Hi to her for me...

John   November 17th, 2009 10:54 pm ET

Can someone, even a Pastor confess the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in a prime time interview , even once? We hear Bin ladin , Hitler and other haters but a name that represents love,life,hope, joy, peace, goodness,righteousness, mercy and salvation is shunned.

karen   November 17th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

yes I pray Larry the greates source of my strength

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Ok now I know that your a Cute real life American Indian talk at ya latter Dodie.

Precious Athens   November 17th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

What about his church's role in laying people off and them not having any access to unemployment because his organization is exempt and does not contribute to the system? Can we talk about the real issues?

Jon   November 17th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Mr. King asked the question "Do you pray" My answer is a resounding YES! I, like Bishop Jakes, find myself not getting wrapped up in the issues of today because it can bring you down emotionally and spiritually. That doesn't mean I am not aware or not concerned. The Bible teaches us to "pray without ceasing". The church has the responsibilty to pray for our land and our leaders. I have personally found these words from the Bible to be true over the years and profound especially during these days and times. Thank you Mr. King for having a person of such high caliber as Bishop T.D. Jakes on your show and thank you Bishop Jakes for having the boldness to appear on the show and representing our Lord with distinction!

angela   November 17th, 2009 10:55 pm ET

this can be true, you have to be able to buy legal defense. we currently have paid out huge amounts in litigation because our HOA attorney made up a case so he can scheme foreclosures, by running up leagal bills and filing liens. he filed lawsuits to cut down healthey trees. As a mater of principal we have paid dearly to fight him. its a shame. we should only have a death penalty if true justice has been administered, and that can not happen if you cant even get a lawyer. it is a holy mess.

Mel   November 17th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

Not an exact quote....but the Bible states that if a man should take the blood of another should that man's blood be taken.

What does that mean to the Rev. ?

Robert Hart   November 17th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

The pastor should ask Larry if he believes in Jesus Christ.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

@ David...

Yes, you said the operational word... lecture! I've been around you guys too long in my lifetime.

Angela   November 17th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

yes I pray, prayer is in every breath of true communion with my creator and yes I believe God listens

jason claire   November 17th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

hi larry im 12 can you ask bishop does he know me jason claire and ask if h knows the bilderberg and ask him to explain what he knows about them.

BeloveD   November 17th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

Pastor Jakes has been one of the most interesting interviews you've had for a while...please ask him what roll should the media play in the lives of christians?

Mikki   November 17th, 2009 10:57 pm ET

Bishop Jakes, do you know to be truth that Jesus Christ is the only way to get to God the Father, in heaven? That if you do not accept Jesus as your LORD and SAVIOR that you will go to hell?

rachel greer   November 17th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Yes, I do pray. Once I prayed for my grandmother because she had gotten very ill. I prayed that if it was her time to die, that it would be a quick and peaceful journey, free of suffering and that she would not be alone during that time. My grandmother recovered quite well, within a couple of weeks or so and I went to visit her. She rested in bed while she waited for the physical therapist. She look well and was in very good spirits. She looked like she could live another 5 years. But within that same hour, she quietly fell into a permanent sleep. I witness my prayer being answered first hand.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

@ michael armstrong sr. TX.

Yepper... Yepper... well only 1/2

Scott Gullion   November 17th, 2009 10:58 pm ET

Bishop Jakes you had told Mr. King that knowing that abortion was in the government healthcare plan would not stop you from voting for the bill. I can tell you that as a Christian I do not vote for candidates that I know is pro choice. Why? Well take these scriptures as God's Word that abortion is not something that God takes lightly.

Jeremiah 1:4-5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.

If you truly have a personal relationship with God, you know that he should speak these facts to your soul. You saying that, gives me reason to be suspicious. Here are other scripture for you to consider:
Psalm 22:9-10
Psalm 119:73

Both state your hands have fashioned me while I was still in my mothers womb. Pregnancy is a blessing from God.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

Good Night michael armstrong sr. TX. Have a wonderful evening with the S/O

Sylvia   November 17th, 2009 10:59 pm ET

I am a recovering catholic, religion has been the cause of more wars than anything else and I think people who believe in this nonsense don't know how to think. Love was absent in the religion in which I was indoctrinated. Horrible memories. I believe in goodness but not in god. Read Christopher Hichens's book, "God is not Great". His research is amazing.

rosey petals   November 17th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Larry, please have real people as guests with real issues. Not another snake oil book seller, maybe you could find a group of homeless, unemployed, sick people without insurance, violent survivors in urban communities, etc., what a waste of one hour tonight and boring. Help the community and support OUTRAGE on November23rd against our young people being murdered in this country.

Gary DeSalvo   November 17th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Larry – When a person like Mr. Jakes refuses to endorse full gay rights, and uses the Bible as his justification, why do you not point out that the Bible also approves of enslaving Africans. Why do you back off of the tough questions? – Gary

michael armstrong sr. TX.   November 17th, 2009 11:00 pm ET

See ya later same time same channel

David   November 17th, 2009 11:01 pm ET

@ the guest said last night on Campbell Brown's segment on privacy..."you got to sublet the unibomber's cabin" .... run far, run fast...from us!!! ;~)

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 11:06 pm ET

@ David

laughing hysterically..... You are not only smart and clever, you are really cute! Yepper, yepper, that is what they did... Hence, here I am!

Marina   November 17th, 2009 11:07 pm ET

Larry, I love you. But it's frustrating to see how lately you are allowing the powerful forces of extreme politic to set the tone into your interviews. I think your phrase to bishop Jakes that he sells God for a living is just part of that unfortunate tone. Please, go back to dig deep into those traits and matters that make us all humans.

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 11:10 pm ET

@ Gary DeSalvo

It must be not only frustrating but painful for you regarding the endorsement of full gay rights. Many of those who are of minority groups spend many years looking for equal rights within the law. I only hope someday you will receive that!

lisa zapata   November 17th, 2009 11:11 pm ET

after reading these comments i know more than ever we are in the last days there is a great deception in this world and satan has people right where he wants them

David   November 17th, 2009 11:20 pm ET

@ lisa...there are many signs, but no one knows the time of His coming

shirley somwonder   November 17th, 2009 11:33 pm ET

Well, I do pray Larry.
I pray for myself, for protection, for the country
but Mostly for G-d's will to be done
for His Holy Spirit to annoint this nation
an my neighbors
and even you Larry

G-d bless!

Dodie   November 17th, 2009 11:42 pm ET

It just amazes me that people are willing to go to any length so they can audaciously disagree with President Obama even if it means; the viewpoint could place us in another war!

harold   November 17th, 2009 11:48 pm ET

we are ALL children of God..maybe someday someone who is gay may save my life !,,,

sandy frisbie   November 17th, 2009 11:53 pm ET

Bishop Jakes,
thank you so much for all the years of your inspiration to me, unfortunately i have never been finanacially able to come to texas or any of your conferences. i live in Hbg, Pa. As a chaplin, and a evangleist I encounter many people of all races who have been hurt from racisim ,I belong to a mega non denominational church, and have visisted many churches that do not teach on racisim. It saddens me to see so many hurt from racisim in churches. How can churches teach on so much love and pretend that racism does not exist?

sandy from Hbg, pa

doncolecartoons   November 18th, 2009 12:34 am ET

Larry, "Why dosen't God step in and stop bad things from happening?"
Obviously, that is not God's plan. Man was made in God's image, with a free-will to do whatever.
Think about it, if God were to put a shield all around us to protect us from all harm, etc., what would that make us? –certainly less than human. Also, it saddens me when your guest celebrity preachers refuse to deal with the deep and important issues you ask about, such as the Muslim religion, or "Why should I believe?" etc. Their skirting the issues is hardly , 'being the light and salt of the earth,' or any attempt to 'go into all the world, baptizing all nations, teaching them what Christ has commanded.' (Re; Matt.28:18-20). –Donald Cole, Dover NJ

John H   November 18th, 2009 12:39 am ET

Well, hello Dodie and David. My but everyone is being so nice this evening. Just checking in to see what the going subject is. Don't spend that much time here as family usually calls. Dodie, I know you don't believe in God but please forgive me if I throw a couple of things out there that I have always wanted to ask. Perhaps someone out there is an expert. The first question is was Jesus a common name back in his day? The Angel told Mary his name before she bore him, so I wonder was the name unique? The second question I always wondered about is was Jesus able to converse in all the languages of the world? Could everyone he met carry on a conversation with him? Silly, I know but I like to wonder about the silly things. Oh yes! Ted, if you are out there; you didn't have Cindy and myself on the run last night. In my case, just an old man who needs his beauty sleep.

Yahni   November 18th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Larry it is unfortunate that you were not in a position to debate Bishop
Jakes about your remark that he is in the business of selling God.
The most lucrative business in the world is the selling of Christ.
Does the Pope look like a pauper?

Shea Dallas   November 18th, 2009 1:13 am ET

I would like to know does Bishop T.D. Jakes believe in the Trinity and does he give biblical scripture reference before he begins his sermon.

carlos   November 18th, 2009 1:23 am ET

















Les luca   November 18th, 2009 1:40 am ET

Rev Jake ..You said God gives many blessing like Healthy children... Why do Good people have bad things happen to them?

Les luca   November 18th, 2009 1:42 am ET

Rev Jake ..Do you have to be Christian to go to Heaven?

Les   November 18th, 2009 1:44 am ET

Doea your church have tiding? if so what is it?

Sabrina Gray   November 18th, 2009 1:46 am ET

Do you feel compelled to lead the people who interview you to Christ? Do you tell them how to have a personal realtionship with Him?

Sabrina Gray   November 18th, 2009 1:47 am ET

I pray as much as I can-prayer is simply conversation with God,but we must sometimes be silent so we can Him speak back to us.

Les   November 18th, 2009 1:51 am ET

Would Christ work hard to make lots of money if He were walking on earth today?

Les   November 18th, 2009 1:54 am ET

What is your opinion on capital punishment?

RETHA   November 18th, 2009 2:02 am ET

The Bishop seems to be rehearsed with his responses. The bible states in Colossians 4:6
Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. . . . . Wondering if the bishop is being cautions or is his responses truly a reflection of how he feels.

Kevin Sam   November 18th, 2009 2:37 am ET

Jakes didn’t beat around the bush. He gave his honest opinion and expressed them directly and with a sense of firmness, yet while showing compassion. At the end of the interview, I think King was impressed with how Bishop Jakes answered his questions. Way to go Bishop Jakes!

Jared   November 18th, 2009 2:40 am ET

Larry, I know you like TDJ, but I love the way you "snuck" in the part about selling God. Thank You. That man is in STRONG denial. He needs to sit down and watch all of his sermons from the past 10 years. While he's watching, he needs to count how many of God's words (the actually verses of the bible) are spoken and how many of TDJ's words are spoken.

Will Lewis   November 18th, 2009 10:30 am ET

Bishop Jakes i have followed your ministry since the days of P.I.P. with Bishop Norman L. Wagner until now. Bishop as you stand as the voice of God/church we are holding you UP IN PRAYER!!!!!!!! IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!!!! To all others i will say this, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN!!!!!! One can't not enter the kingdom of heaven unless he is born again, both of WATER (in JESUS name) and SPIRIT (speaking in a unknown language) Seek ye first the Kingdom of GOD and his righteousness and all these things will be added unto you. Bishop is a vessel of the Lord Jesus, he is not JESUS!!! Please do not look to the Bishop as a God but as a man used by God!!! Bishop is doing all this for the Building of the Kingdom of God. The bottom line behind the matter is getting to Heaven. HOW DOES ONE GET TO HEAVEN??

L.   November 18th, 2009 10:50 am ET

A question I would ask the pastor is if Obama wore shorts for a basketball magazine shoot, wouldn't the media say "wow, look at him standing for health and fitness – what a refreshing change" – we would not sexualize him. If she were ugly – we wouldn't sexualize her. What should she do – wear a burka?

Ask why we still have such a double standard for women in the 21st century. That is the real story of Palin. She is smart and sexy and real and a terrific mother and grandmother. She appears to be happily married and I cannot imagine her taking advantage of her position to lure a young male intern into her office for her pleasure. Unlike the smoker Obama – she is really healthy and taking care of herself too. And unlike scores of whiners, she didn't let a baby derail her – talk about an inconvenient pregnancy! But, she didn't bat an eye. Can we just say out loud that liberals are simply jealous that she is actually a better person than most of us? And, I'm a life-long democrat saying this.

Ted   November 18th, 2009 12:03 pm ET

"Bishop" Jake is the very example of religion being used to get rich!!

Since the early days of mankind religion or superstition. it is the same, was used to force people to obey someone, the chiefstain, the king, the pope, etc.. Those who did not would end up someplace unpleasant, like the hell for christians.
Those who administered this position, the priests, ministers or the shamans, were in a position to accumulate power over the believers and not rarely over the rulers. The pope had the absolute power in Europe for almost 1,500 years and those king who did dare to oppose him were excommunicated. In other word banned from the church or in worst case burned at stake for heresy.

Since Rev. Jake formed his own church, who gave him the title of Bishop? Bishops are responsible for a large community of a religion and in case of roman catholics are appointed by the pope. In the reformed chuch by the elected representatives. This man has only one church, does not belong to any organized religion, so the question again: who gave him the title of bishop?

If I am correct, in the USA churches are free of income taxes, so the state gives the opportunity to the likes of Rev, Jake to get rich and never carry their share of supporting our country. They live in luxury, boast about their riches and drive golden cadillacs, as one preacher did many years ago.

Those suckers, who carry their saved pennies to these dishonest servants of the Lord should do better to invest it into their own family, children or themselves.

@ John H

Jesus was a very common name in Palestina 2,000 years ago, same as John today. That Jesus mentioned by the Bible probably never existed, but invented by the authors of that book. Archiological finding in Israel prove more amd more of this thesis.

A. Smith, Oregon   November 18th, 2009 1:53 pm ET

@Dodie thank you for your kind comment!

Chris, there are ten's of thousands of different named 'Gods' and 'Goddess's'.

Although there apparently was one single original Creator, religions that state that in their beliefs have been routinely violently attacked by Christianity, who looted and burned their temples, murdering their followers and then had the sheer hypocrisy of trying to build their churches on the very spots of the burnt out temples.

An example of this is in India, where the Hindu's believe in a Creator being. Their theology and of course rituals differ from the Pope's dictates.

Hundreds of millions of innocent civilians have been murdered by religious zealots simply because in their native language, their rituals, theology and name for the Creator was different.

ckelly   November 18th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

Impirialism in its many, insidious forms is the cause for the destruction of the indigenous people, the wars and rapes and plundering over millenia.

Tribes, nations, countries and families have always been at war with one another-have stolen land and resources and committed holocausts.

Stallin wasn't religious.

Men have used their sense of entitlement and "God complexes" to kill and oppress others and take what they feel they are entitled too. What happen on the stock exchange over the last two years complete with the federal reserve and the Bernie Madoffs is another type of war of entitlement or financial imperialism.

Dropping the bomb on Haroshima was not a religious act but a political one. WW2 was a war of ideology and not a religious war-as was the cold war, the Korean war and the Vietnam war.

Its time to quit blaming religion and look at the mindset and the psychology of those people in power-who would use religion, land, money, resources (ie oil) as an excuse to take what ever they want from others because of their sense of entitlement.

If religion and a belief in God was removed from the world (as in the stock exchange)-there would be no corruption, no greed, no hate, no war-Yeah right!!!!

Jared   November 18th, 2009 3:16 pm ET

@ Don Cole: OBVIOUSLY! Sounds like someone has four fingers pointing back at themselves. Do you think God is not responsible for His own creation? I understand where you're coming from with the "shield" and that whole line of defense, but if I build a machine with artificial intelligence and it decides to kill millions of people, would I not be held accountable in this world?

joe   November 18th, 2009 5:27 pm ET

Hi Larry my name is Joe watching your show for awhile.I was watching your show with TD Jakes and you were talking about what brought this coutry to economic crisis.I am not economist but did anyone realize that all this started with the raids on illegal imigrants during the Bush administration.Imagine milions of those people owned houses but after all that raids they just leave all that behind and moved propebly to a friend house which left banks without those payments.Another crash they stoped buying cars or just left cars that they bought because they can't get licenses or licence plates imagine how many bilions of loses for the car manufactures and states they were making on car taxes registrations.Just little sample:I have a friend who is dealer he was selling cars to mexicans about 10 per week now he hadn't sell any for a year.Hope you can bring this issue to tv and bring this economy back

tm   November 18th, 2009 10:38 pm ET

I enjoyed listen to Pastor Jakes, and appreciated many of his answers and insights.

But I was also disappointed that he dodged so many important questions, as well.
It was very strange to hear him skirting around so many issues and questions that Larry asked and Larry is just toooo nice sometimes in not getting to the bottom of things.
No point in asking questions if they repeatedly do not get answered.
That is a whole lotta nothing on the show.

But for the most part, the guy did a good job – he should just speak out more and say what he believes. Gee whiz, afterall, he IS a Pastor, right?

I'm not ashamed AT ALL to let EVERYONE know what my beliefs are - GOD!! 🙂
It's ALL right there in the Bible. Nothing complicated about that! 😉

Grdankl   November 19th, 2009 9:52 am ET

Although TD Jakes came across as a very genuine and caring person, he gave only a very shallow answer to the question he was asked about how he could hang on to his faith in the light of events like the Fort Hood shootings and 9/11. He essentially said that he didn't pay exclusive attention to those things and that he concentrated on the Bible and prayer. Those things are certainly good, but they don't answer the question.
Dr. Ravi Zacharias, a philosopher and theologian, born in India, responds to such questions by saying that, to call such events truly evil, we must also call other events good. Further, to differentiate evil from good, we must have something like an absolute moral law by which to differentiate the evil from the good. Now, since laws must be written, and since morality only has meaning in the context of personality, there must be a Moral Lawgiver who is a Person. Thus, to call such events truly evil actually points to the existence of a personal, moral God, rather than refuting His existence.
C.S. Lewis also said that it is evident among humans that we have an internal moral code, or standard of behavior. In fact, in a survey of many different cultures, an anthropoligist in the 1930's came up with a trans-cultural moral consensus which looked remarkably like the Ten Commandments. Lewis went on to say that there were two things obvious about human beings: that we all were aware of this universal moral code, and that we did not follow it.
This is exactly what the Biblical answer to this caller's question is: that there is a God, who is personal and embodies perfect morality, and, thereby, defines what is good. And, in the beginning, things were good – the kind of world we all long for, with no illness, pain, suffering, need or death. However, at some point, we humans chose to go our own way and not depend on God as were intended to do. At that point, the creation, human beings and our relationship to our Maker became abnormal. The Biblical answer is that the world is abnormal now because we have an innate tendency to get things wrong. This is the real explanation for these terrible and tragic events. They horrify us, but, if we are seeing things through the Biblical world-view, they should not surprise us. If we humans have this mysterious tendency to do wrong, then it is not surprising when someone does something dastardly. It is, in fact, predictable.
The wonderful thing is, that God, Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, stepped into the picture. He lived a perfect life, thus earning back our original place, and he effectively stood in front of us and took our bullet – namely the consequences, legal and existential. And, equally mysteriously, when we accept that He has done that for us, we appropriate that to ourselves. That is, we have the rewards He earned, while He takes the bullet we earned. Such a deal! With that, not only are the legal consequences of our rebellion paid and cleared, but the existential consequences of our waywardness begin to unravel, as His life in us begins to take effect.
Thus, the separation from God we all perceive is shown to be of a moral nature. This is, consistently, met with a moral solution. And we are restored to the original position of fellowship with our Maker that we all desire, and which will one day be complete. All wrongs will be righted, all tears and suffering will be wiped away, and our every need will once again be met.

Grdankl   November 19th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

Responding to Pastor Dennis R. Williams:
If I could direct you to my response to Chris: I contend that Christianity best and most consistently answers the great questions of life. That said, its view of life, including the design of the universe, life, our bodies and our relationships is authoritative.
One look at the bodies of male and female human beings makes it clear what the purposes of our various organs, including our reproductive organs are. It always amazes me that paleontologists can look at subtle grooves on bones and make astounding inferences about the gait, behaviors and even social structures of ancient creatures. Likewise, paleoanthropologists can look at subtle scratches on a bone or a few flakes off a rock and conclude, apparently unequivocally, human design and action. On the other hand, we can look at the bodies of living, breathing, present-day human beings and be totally confused about the purposes of our organs!
Now, when people use their organs in ways other than what they were designed for, physical trauma often results. I personally have cared for men with rectal and anal trauma from sodomy and for young girls with vaginal lacerations from having sex with adult men.
Other physical consequences of illicit sex are legion. Look at the host of sexually transmitted diseases that have come to the fore over the last generation. HIV was initially rapidly spread by wildly promiscuous gay communities in Fire Island, NY and Castro Street in San Francisco, as well as by IV drug use.
Likewise, sex in the wrong relationships harms them rather than helping them. What would we all say about an adult kindergarten teacher who had sex with one of his students, male or female? What about a father having sex with his daughter. What about having sex with a sibling or an uncle or an aunt? Would anything but hurt and chaos result?
It is readily apparent that, once we get away from the concept of marriage as being between one man and one woman for life, we are on a very slippery slope. What, then, would limit the age, gender, number or even species of partners, and for what length of time? How would a one-night-stand differ in kind from a sacred, lifetime commitment? Indeed, since declaration of the legality of gay marriage by some courts, polygamists are making noises about wanting their version of "marriage" to be blessed, as well. And, there was a report about a woman in Italy who "married" a dolphin! Yes, ideas do have their consequences!
Marriage between one man and one woman used to be the defining aspect of a family. The man, the woman and their children constituted a nuclear family. Over the last generation, this definition has been considered "stereotypical" and, as a result, has been denigrated. What are the results? As adults have been acting more and more like overgrown children with no control over anything in their lives, let alone their sexuality, we are raising up a generation of severely disturbed children. ADHD, depression, teen suicides, runaways, teen pregnancies, single-parent families, poverty, child abuse, domestic violence and even murder are now rampant. The families we see nowadays are a loose amalgamation of biological parents, step-parents, significant others & half-siblings who are trailed by a gaggle of social workers, case managers, counselors, psychiatrists, lawyers and judges. By redefining marriage and sexual relationships, we are disintegrating as a society.
It has been said that "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world". Whose hands are rocking our children's cradles now? Third-aunts? Neighbors? Attorneys? Paid child-care workers? It is no wonder that dictators want to get their hands on the children in a society and shift their loyalties.
Further, psychological studies have found that it is essentialy to have parents of both genders to have intact emotional, psychological and social development. How can a boy with two "mothers" develop normally as a young man? How can a girl confide in her two "dads" and learn about being a woman? The main goal of life now is personal fulfillment. How does children of same-sex couples learn to relate to people of the opposite gender, when their parents see them as being undesirable? How do lesbians, who are trying to hide from their own sexuality, teach a daughter to value her sexuality? Who worries about the welfare of the children while self-centered adults live out their fantasies?
Suffice it to say that, when we follow the design of life and of our bodies, we can experience the rich fulfillment we were meant to have. Outside of those parameters, we can never experience it. And, we are now seeing drastic and tragic consequences of violating this design wherever we look.
Now, lest this be interpreted as "hate", rest assured that it is not. Gays are created as created in God's image as anyone else. Violence against them, as against any other human being, is deplorable. God loves them, and wants them to come to Him so that He can help them heal out of their gay lifestyle. He wants nothing more than to bring them into His intended design for life, so that they can experience the fulfillment that they can never have through their gay lifestyle.
Indeed, to leave someone floundering in a destructive behavior is co-dependent and enabling. We can't just say to an alcoholic who is drinking himself to death, I love you and good luck with your drinking! No. True love would confront the person lovingly, assure him that we accept him as he is, but that, in our love for him, we can't stand by and watch him destroy himself. It is the same with gays. They will never experience all they are intended to if they continue in a lifestyle that will ultimately destroy them. For their sake, and for society's sake, we must lovingly confront them, express our concern for them, and guide them towards the Truth and fulfillment they were designed for. Organizations like Exodus International have helped many hundreds of people out of the gay lifestyle.
J. Budziszewski has some great books which deal with this subject, among others.
I hope this helps clarify things for you.

A. Smith, Oregon   November 23rd, 2009 7:07 pm ET

The only thing that can be definitively said about Marriage is the Christians attempt to copy write that contract.

Marriage's are the bread and butter money maker for Christianity.

It's clear those contracts are not made with the Creator, but between the two or multiple individuals being joined in that contract.

Christianity should absolutely stop speaking for the Creator and immediately stop pretending the Creator agrees with what they are routinely stating and doing.

The Creator certainly knows if a women is going to have an abortion BEFORE that same women has that abortion.

If the Creator didn't want a women to have the choice of aborting her fetus, he would have hard-wired that and it would be impossible for any woman to have an abortion and remain living.

The Creator isn't racist, evil nor callous, Christianity should immediately stop telling its followers that the Creator is sexist against women.

Teri in New Jersey   November 23rd, 2009 10:33 pm ET

To A. Smith in Oregon – I just read your comment and I agree with some of your points. As far as abortion does not make sense to believe that if a woman was not supposed to have an abortion that The Creator would prevent it. I don't believe we are supposed to cheat or steal or deprive someone of food or lie or murder or rape or abuse or use profanity or take the lord's name in vain. The Creator does not prevent any of that. People have free will. The Creator gave us that. And he gave us rules to live by. And I believe that a marriage "contract" in the "christian sense" is supposed to be between the two who marry and The Creator (if you look at the traditional vows). I am not saying these things to have you think that I never broke any of the rules. But if you really think about it, life would be so easy if we lived this way. People can complicate and complicate some more anything. I have to say one thing more. This world really started getting out of control with the women's lib movement and I really don't have much respect for anyone who says that a religion or The Creator is sexist. Anything could be filtered to make it appear one way or the other.

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