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Natural gas explosion at megachurch pastor's home (T.D. Jakes)
The Connecticut Post / The Associated Press ^ | June 7, 2009

Posted on 06/07/2009 4:42:29 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

FORT WORTH, Texas—Authorities say they are investigating a natural gas explosion at the Fort Worth, Texas, home of megachurch pastor T.D. Jakes.

Fort Worth fire spokesman Lt. Kent Worley says the blast Sunday in the sunroom of the home appears to have been an accident. Authorities say no one was injured and there was no fire. The sunroom was heavily damaged. Worley says the room had a gas-fed pool heater and a large gas-fed barbecue grill.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: christians; explosion; fire; fortworth; jakes; megachurch; naturalgas; naturalgasexplosion; pastor; tdjakes
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Atmos said they found no gas leak.
1 posted on 06/07/2009 4:42:30 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ve seen this guy on TV a couple of times. I kinda liked him. Glad no one was hurt.


2 posted on 06/07/2009 4:44:01 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Same Rev. that mayor Kilpatrick went to go get an endorsement from and got the cold shoulder?


3 posted on 06/07/2009 4:44:08 PM PDT by taildragger (Palin / Mulally 2012)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another reason why we should use charcoal grills. :)


4 posted on 06/07/2009 4:45:26 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Didn’t he lead a prayer vigil for the election of The One?


5 posted on 06/07/2009 4:45:51 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

Jakes is full of hot air so I should be careful just reading the headline.


6 posted on 06/07/2009 4:47:23 PM PDT by Patrick1 (I'm not calling in sick; I'm calling in gone!)
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To: Army Air Corps

He is a typical Pimp daddy preacher


7 posted on 06/07/2009 4:50:55 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: al baby

Yup. I recall seeing him have one of his female congregants crawl accross the stage. It was a bit perverse.


8 posted on 06/07/2009 4:52:30 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

crawling for Jesus


9 posted on 06/07/2009 4:55:19 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: al baby

What’s a megachurch? How cute.


10 posted on 06/07/2009 4:56:34 PM PDT by glock rocks (Being an optimist is getting to be quite a job these days...)
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To: al baby

More like crawling for the pleasure of Jakes.


11 posted on 06/07/2009 4:57:01 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: glock rocks

A megachurch is a church having around 2,000 or more attendants for a typical weekly service.[1][2] The Hartford Institute’s database lists more than 1,300 such Protestant churches in the United States. According to this data, about 50 churches on the list have attendance ranging from 10,000 to 47,000.[3] Additionally, while some 3,000 individual Roman Catholic parishes (churches) have 2,000 or more attendants for a typical weekly service, these churches are not seen as part of the megachurch movement.[4]

Globally, these large congregations are a significant development in Protestant Christianity. While generally associated with the United States, the phenomenon has spread worldwide; as of 2007, five of the ten largest Protestant churches are in South Korea.[5] Most megachurches tend to be evangelical or Pentecostal, and are often semi-independent from the major Christian denominations.


12 posted on 06/07/2009 4:59:23 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
It's a sign.

Send mo money.

13 posted on 06/07/2009 5:04:13 PM PDT by Dysart (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong--Voltaire)
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To: al baby

My priest doesn’t have a sunroom, much less a pool. Actually, probably not too many parishioners have one of those either. Megachurch, eh? Different strokes I guess.


14 posted on 06/07/2009 5:08:23 PM PDT by glock rocks (Being an optimist is getting to be quite a job these days...)
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To: Army Air Corps

He sure did support 0bama. I am done with him.


15 posted on 06/07/2009 5:09:17 PM PDT by trialbyfire (Black conservatives are people too.)
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To: al baby

He teaches the word-faith righteousness-by-wealth heresy, and also there is evidence that he is a modalist.


16 posted on 06/07/2009 5:14:18 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (The GOP: The Big Tent with a Fifth Column.)
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To: trialbyfire

He also smooched Gore’s butt.


17 posted on 06/07/2009 5:20:38 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Absolutely NO man of THE God would have supported obama.


18 posted on 06/07/2009 5:22:14 PM PDT by mkcc30 ("Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.")
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To: Army Air Corps
He also smooched Gore’s butt.

Whoa! That's a sight I sure wouldn't wanna see.

19 posted on 06/07/2009 5:23:26 PM PDT by itsinthebag (E)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Jakes was under scrutiny from a Congressional Committee for his lavish lifestyle (tax exempt status).


20 posted on 06/07/2009 5:27:45 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Obama. Clear and Pres__ent Danger.)
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To: Army Air Corps

On January 20, 2009, Jakes led the early morning prayer service for President-elect Barack Obama at St. John’s Church in Washington, DC, according to NBC News.

Jakes subscribes to “prosperity theology,” which in essence teaches that God rewards his faithful followers by overt material means.

As such, Jakes is unapologetic in amassing expensive clothes, luxury cars, and property. His detractors, however, argue that the Jesus of the Bible did not practice such an indulgence in material wealth, and as such, Jakes is teaching a contra-Biblical message.

Jakes on Obama: “this is not just a victory for African Americans, it is a victory for democracy that proves that our country provides possibilities for all people. It is also a sign that a metamorphosis is in progress. Today we saw that Americans respect experience, but are interested in change. I hope that we can somehow merge the best ideas of our differences and emerge with a president who epitomizes our highest and best ideals. While it remains unclear where we are going, last night proves that we as a people have moved beyond business as usual”

Jakes on Rev. Wright: Jakes … accused the media attempting to “discredit, or at least question” Senator Obama because of his allegiance to his former pastor. But he also made an effort to explain the sermon in context to his readers.

“To be sure, the tenor of the infamous sermon sounded angry and that anger is unfortunately not without chorus as there are some blacks who feel left without true vindication. But please know that we are not monolithic and all blacks do not all agree with him, with me, or with anyone else,” he writes.

T D Jakes[among others] is being consulted and promoted by the Obama administration.

Jakes’ apparent inference that, if Obama had not received the nomination, it would have been an indication of continuing racism in America.


21 posted on 06/07/2009 5:33:38 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: glock rocks

the sunroom had a gas-fed pool heater and a large gas-fed barbecue grill. Worley said the damage was centered on the sunroom and there did not appear to be any major structural damage to the 15,000-square-foot home itself. He said the sunroom apparently was originally a large patio area that had been enclosed during a renovation.

Jakes was in another home on the property when someone else at the home went to investigate the loud noise

Jakes delivered a sermon at a church prayer service for Barack Obama on the morning he was sworn in as president. Jakes is pastor of The Potter’s House, which has more than 28,000 members.


22 posted on 06/07/2009 5:36:39 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Dysart
Send mo money

LOL Money makes the world go round! Seems to fit Jakes nicely.

23 posted on 06/07/2009 5:38:29 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
T.D. Jakes:


24 posted on 06/07/2009 5:48:52 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: glock rocks
Different strokes I guess.

You have wealth envy. 3 Hail Marys for you...

25 posted on 06/07/2009 5:49:58 PM PDT by John123 (Turn on your teleprompter Obama and read your lips... "No New Taxes!!")
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To: itsinthebag
Whoa! That's a sight I sure wouldn't wanna see.

At times like this... I sure feel sorry for Tipper...

26 posted on 06/07/2009 5:52:29 PM PDT by John123 (Turn on your teleprompter Obama and read your lips... "No New Taxes!!")
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To: pnh102
Another reason why we should use charcoal grills. :)

Hank Hill's not gonna like that, dang it.

27 posted on 06/07/2009 5:56:46 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (22 shopping days to Graybeard58's 64th. b/day. Selah.)
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To: John123

Ave María grátia pléna Dóminustécum, benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Jésus. Sáncta María, Máter Déi, óra pro nóbis peccatóribus, nunc et in hóra mórtis nóstrae. Amen


28 posted on 06/07/2009 5:59:57 PM PDT by glock rocks (Being an optimist is getting to be quite a job these days...)
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To: glock rocks

Nice. :) Have a terrific weekend!


29 posted on 06/07/2009 6:01:47 PM PDT by John123 (Turn on your teleprompter Obama and read your lips... "No New Taxes!!")
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To: John123

The peace of the Lord be with you always.


30 posted on 06/07/2009 6:08:00 PM PDT by glock rocks (Being an optimist is getting to be quite a job these days...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The sunroom was heavily damaged. Worley says the room had a gas-fed pool heater and a large gas-fed barbecue grill.

I guess that a clerical vow of poverty was not in the Rev. Jakes' lexicon...

31 posted on 06/07/2009 6:09:25 PM PDT by Huber (And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. - John 1:5)
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To: Army Air Corps
Yes, and that is why I refuse to listen to him anymore. A true Man of God would not have supported Reverend Wright or Obama.... I'll stop there and the rest is in God's hands.
32 posted on 06/07/2009 6:14:19 PM PDT by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: Thane_Banquo

Who cares if he has money. Its up to the church leadership and congregation—(not the federal govt.) to hold the pastor accountable. Church members can vote with their feet if they suspect impropriety! What I like about TD Jakes is his message of overcoming challenges with hard work and goals. So much better than teaching how to be a loser and rely on govt. handouts.


33 posted on 06/07/2009 6:17:52 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is a two-bit, religious phony, hawking his health-wealth-prosperity message as a perversion of the gospel. He lives a lavish, multi-million dollar lifestyley paid for by his fawning idiots who fall for bull crap. He is an avid supporter of baby-killer 0boooooomba cause Zero was black (well half-black, no need to mention his half-white side). I wouldn’t be surprised if TD Jakes set up the explosion to garner more money from his own useful idiots.


34 posted on 06/07/2009 6:22:35 PM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: glock rocks
What’s a megachurch? How cute.

Just above a kilo church and just below a giga church.......holy moly, can you fathom a "terra" church????????

35 posted on 06/07/2009 6:28:46 PM PDT by OBXWanderer
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To: tflabo

-What I like about TD Jakes is his message of overcoming challenges with hard work and goals. So much better than teaching how to be a loser and rely on govt. handouts.-

Gee Wally, I thought pastors of Christian Churches were supposted to preach the message of Jesus Christ....hence the term “Christian”....


36 posted on 06/07/2009 6:37:07 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: mom4melody




"Christ's followers have continued to outrage people through two millennia; they are still outraging people today -- and paying the same terrible price. In China, authorities have tortured Christians to death by pouring molten metal over their heads. In North Korea, Christians are sent to re-education camps, tortured, and killed. In Saudi Arabia, the death penalty threatens anyone converting from Islam to Christianity.

Tyrants subject Christians to this ferocious treatment out of fear: The Christian's obedience to a higher authority threatens their own power. China's leaders, for example, are acutely aware of the role Christianity played in the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe -- and are determined not to let the same thing happen to them.

Since the first century, the story of the carpenter and the Cross has been attacked, ridiculed, driven underground. In the former Soviet Union, Communist leaders spent 70 years trying to wipe out belief. In the West, the story earned the contempt of Enlightenment thinkers and the followers of Darwin and Freud.  Theologians have tried to de-mythologize the Bible, academics have torn it to shreds, and teachers have told generations of children that it's just a collection of myths.

The result? Two billion people worldwide put their faith in Him. The reason is simple: The story is true. God acted in time and space, providing hope for every human being."

— Chuck Colson




37 posted on 06/07/2009 6:39:38 PM PDT by glock rocks (Being an optimist is getting to be quite a job these days...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; thackney
Worley says the room had a gas-fed pool heater and a large gas-fed barbecue grill.

That's a relief. When I first read the headline and the location, I thought it might have been production facilities associated with the Barnett shale wells in Fort Worth.

38 posted on 06/07/2009 7:08:37 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: Paleo Conservative

"If you just buy my book you can look like me too."

39 posted on 06/07/2009 7:15:43 PM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: glock rocks

GREAT one Glock! I have joy that Chuck Colson has kept his message true to the Gospel for all these years.


40 posted on 06/07/2009 7:34:21 PM PDT by time4good
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I don’t know much about Jakes and I don’t subscribe to the prosperity theology-Olsteen-style, but, I did hear Jakes say once that he’s sold 5 bestsellers, that he tithes, and that he takes no money from his church - that his wealth was based on selling his books, and, after tithing, was his to do with as he pleases.

If true, then I agree: so long as he’s not bamboozling people into “donating” for his personal wealth, his wealth isn’t anybody’s business but his.


41 posted on 06/07/2009 8:11:50 PM PDT by ziravan (FReeper for Congress: www.TimothyDelasandro.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Photo of suspected perps. ;)

42 posted on 06/07/2009 9:10:49 PM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: johniegrad

He is a solid preacher! Preaches the Gospel of God’s Grace in Christ a way that is both entertaining and accurately applied to modern times. I would choose T.D, Jakes over Joel Osteen any day.


43 posted on 06/07/2009 9:24:28 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: anymouse
Wowsa, after reading the comments of fellow Freepers, it would appear I've not seen the more ‘relevant’ sermons from T.D.????
44 posted on 06/07/2009 9:27:54 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, I’m still going to say a prayer for him and his family. Perhaps someone is already upset with him for something? Who know, maybe someday God will get through his thick skull, and he will hear what he is saying and have a “Conservative Conversion” of sorts? I won’t hold my breath though...


45 posted on 06/07/2009 9:32:13 PM PDT by LibertyRocks ( http://LibertyRocks.wordpress.com ~ ANTI-OBAMA STUFF : http://cafepress.com/NO_ObamaBiden08)
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To: MHGinTN

I don’t agree. He denies the trinity and said that the story of Ruth and her mother in law was the story of lesbianism!

I’ve witnessed his “work” and he has lead to more black women going down a bad path than everything else because he teaches a feminist theology imo. I’m half black and I can see the horrible effects he’s had on the black community among so called Christian women. He also introduced us to conniving money hungry, false prophetesses Paula White and Juanita Bynum!


46 posted on 06/07/2009 10:06:53 PM PDT by cdchik123
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To: cdchik123

Thank you for the information! I did not know that about T.D. I’ve only just listened to him preach on three or five occasions. I sincerely do appreciate your insights. Satan is in church every time the doors open for the congregants don’tchaknow.


47 posted on 06/07/2009 10:10:43 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: cdchik123

BTW, the story of Ruth and Naomi is nothing about lesbianism and everything about fidelity and faith rewarded through action based upon belief sustained by the confidence God instills as one walks the path, His path ... in other words, the Book of Ruth is about faith as an action word not just a noun.


48 posted on 06/07/2009 10:13:33 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: glock rocks
My priest doesn’t have a sunroom, much less a pool. Actually, probably not too many parishioners have one of those either. Megachurch, eh? Different strokes I guess.

A 4,000 SF house with lots of upgrades and a heated pool can be had for $350,000 or less in that area.

49 posted on 06/07/2009 10:18:17 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: MHGinTN

Yes it is. Here is a good discussion on T.D. Jakes on youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkASwsVTMfk

They talk about how weak he is in defending the faith. He was on NPR and they play clips of him and talk about how he won’t say homosexuality is a sin or that salvation is only through Jesus.


50 posted on 06/07/2009 10:42:50 PM PDT by cdchik123
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