Tyler Perry a movie mogul or minister? “A Madea’s Christmas”

I will try to keep this short but I am so inspired. I just left the movie theater and I saw “A Madea’s Christmas”. Tyler Perry has done a great job on so many levels with this movie. I don’t know if this will be one of his biggest Madea movies or not, but this one like the others is so loaded with trues to live by. Racism is addressed heavily, bullying, prayer being removed out of school, and Jesus being removed from the meaning of Christmas. We saw the racism of African Americans and the openness of White Americans. Makes you think, who are the real racists? In the movie you will see the struggle that men have with change and upgrade as well as the secrets that people keep because of a lie that they believe about themselves(that in most cases was told to them and not fostered by them). Not only were these ills of our society (including our churches) highlighted in the movie, but in the same movie resolve was presented.

Tyler explained how there are many things surrounding Christmas tailor made to replace Jesus Christ as the first part of a grand scheme to remove Him all together.

For some time now I have known and those that I have taught as a pastor and master teacher in a school of prophets that Tyler Perry was coming on the scene to bring the truth of Christ in a way that wasn’t common and would be fought by many. It was prophesied in February of 2007 by the Spirit of God in Fayetteville, NC that “My truth shall invade Hollywood”.  Unarguably, no one has ministered on the big film the way Tyler Perry has. I am so glad that I am able to see this prophecy come to pass before my eyes!

Tyler Perry! Who is he really? A movie mogul or a minister? I think I know!

I am Dr. Reid and this is what I was thinking!

Go and watch the movie and enjoy!!!!

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The Preachers of LA and Bishop TD Jakes

One of the disheartening things that I find as it relates to all of the chatter surrounding this show, is the harsh, critical, judgmental, and negative words of church people. Deidrick Haddon, Bishop Ron Gibson, Bishop Noel Jones, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop Clarence McClendon are preachers who have served the spiritual and I am sure financial needs of people for many years. They in a sense “belong” to the church. The way that we treat our own and how quickly we come against each other continues to alarm me.

Like all of us, there will be things that we will see that will be shocking, but will be REAL. This is the reason that REAL-ality TV has exploded the way that it has. We are intrigued and educated when we see what really happens or has occurred in the lives of others.

How people in general will interpret this show will depend on their lens like most things. Those that will “question” the church as a result of this show, were already plagued with those questions and will use whatever they view as negative to reinforce what has already had them at an unrest. I would suggest to those who look to this show as a representation as the majority to further educate thempoastorsoflaselves on the statistics. Though this show is very REAL, it isn’t likely a true representation of what is going on at the church in your community.

The average size church in America is about 90 people strong, and 60% of the churches in America are that size. I do agree that the show is a bit damaging. However, it is damaging to the already flawed images of black preachers and their churches that the media has successfully flooded the minds of people especially since 2006.

I see glimmers of Christ and messages of hope and love all throughout the show and I also see instructive moments explaining how to handle the things that the church is faced with now in 2013 (especially in the second episode)….

It is only the second episode and maybe it’s too early to fairly judge the show? I am sure it is.

I will be watching and I am SURE most of you will be watching as well. Holly Carter and Lemuel Plummer have certainly accomplished that!

Now, as it relates to Bishop Jakes. Well, it’s just what I said earlier. The negative blogs, vids, Facebook posts, and tweets have been MASSIVE! In spite of what we think, social media plays a big part in what people think. Being that everyone had more than likely latched onto what can be seen as negative (particularly the “bling bling”), Bishop Jakes wittingly addressed where his present wealth comes from and how he got where he is to reassure his partners and givers that the offerings are used for ministry. What one would take from The Preachers of LA is that these ‘things” that these ministers have are purchased with the money that the people give in each service.

People that think that way in my opinion don’t understand business. The money that any entity brings in will use 60-80% of what is brought in to function and to exist which many times excludes the pay or salary of the senior officer. Being that most people aren’t business owners or have much entrepreneurial savvy, Bishop Jakes seized the moment to make things clear in his charismatic way.

Well that’s what I think about it all. Good Day!

– Dr. Larry D. Reid

Check out the full episodes !

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Check out Bishop Jake’s statement!

Tyler Perry blessed Bishop TD Jakes

20130902-024514I was asked a few times what did I have to say about it and so I decided to place what I wrote to someone on my blog site….

When blessings of the sort are spoken it’s a powerful moment!

When hands are laid in conjunction with a spoken blessing it is even MORE powerful.

When the blessing is spoken over you by someone who has done or is doing something that is similar to what you are attempting to do  AND decree it blessed while laying their hands on you, and then in addition they give something to you that is their’s to empower you or in this instance sow into you? Humph. That is more than  a blessing – that’s IMPARTATION!

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what has happened. Bishop TD Jakes is a great man of God (whose ministry I support monthly) and he is an agent of God. For some time now Bishop has been using his pulpit ministry, books, music, and more recently plays and movies to evangelize the world. Not one black man in the church community has done what he has done. Likewise Tyler Perry has been used by God to introduced to the world on an even greater scale and in a unique way the black church’s take on spirituality  to include, prayer, praising God, the Holy Bible, speaking in tongues, and even some of the wisdoms that many southerners (black and other ethnicities alike) we were raised with that are deeply rooted in Christ truth.

I believe Tyler actually graced Bishop Jakes with the same grace that is upon his life empowering Bishop Jakes to do what he has been doing on a scale as large and even larger than Tyler’s. This impartation that Jakes received wasn’t JUST about the youth center but clearly about a new generation he is “building for” (being the many ministers and senior leaders alike that need to follow his approach in soul winning/evangelism).

This is what I believe has taken place and believe that this moment was very powerful and significant!

As to the critics I say this in love and I quote myself LOL ….”I believe religious folk stink in God’s nostrils. They sure do in MINE!”….

-Dr. Larry D. Reid

Should the local church embrace change?

The local church is strategically placed among the people in the community. Its purpose is to impact that community with Christ. In our attempt to win many, our approach has offended countless. I believe that the church is Christ’s greatest tool of evangelism as it relates to the saving of the world, one community at a time. You and I make up the church that is in the community, so our lives and our households will speak of our churches and also of our Christ.

What are the responsibilities of the church to those that attend? The responsibilities of a local church to any attendee from the community can be summed up in the following:

1. The local church has the responsibility of hope to its members and attendees.

2. The local church has the responsibility of change to its members and attendees.

The moment someone comes through the doors of the local church, the pastor, the greeters, the members, the worship team, and everyone there has the evangelical responsibility of exuding the positive love energy that gives hope to all men. This joyful spirit that comes from every part of the church, will inspire and uplift all who attend.

The Bible tells us that the kingdom of God is an atmosphere of positivity, cheerfulness, and jubilation in Romans 14:17b. It is our responsibility to give that experience to everyone that comes into the local church. The church must be the center of hope in every community for all types of people.

The second responsibility of the church is change. Being a part of a local church should mean a life change.

It should not mean conformity to our customs and traditions, but it should be an impacting experience with the love and power of Jesus Christ that changes their life for the better.

We must make the shift that we can save all men. It does not matter what their race, sex, culture, gender identity, age, marital status, disability, religion, pedigree, or sexual orientation is. The church must be the center of hope in every community for all people. This doesn’t involve a compromise of anything Jesus said or what the Scriptures teach. It just means that the church and its bigotries and biases must be abolished that Christ can be lifted up and all men can be drawn.

These changes that will cause Christ to be seen instead of our “church steeples”, will not compromise Christ’s teachings that admonish holiness, divine order, accountability, sanctification, submission to authority, or servant hood. I believe that extracting the religious dogma from what we teach will allow Christ to be realized more readily by those who will visit our churches.

– Excerpts from the book Let The Church Say Change written by Dr. Larry D. Reid  (Forwarded by Dr. Mark Chironna)

They are only men. They are not God!

I am sure that many of you have read the blogs, seen the pictures, and heard the reports on CNN and even on your local news railing the men and women of the cloth and those who profess to be devout followers of Christ.  Particularly from 2007 up until now the church has been at the helm of much of the drama filled, hair rising, sexually perverse and promiscuous stories reported in the media and publications.  In light of this many have been disheartened while others are seizing the opportunity to ridicule and further exploit the church and those that represent Christ. It’s such a noble feat to attempt to represent infiniteness while yet so finite, and to personify perfection while ensconced in imperfection. These leaders and believers alike who purpose to live daily to serve others and exemplify Christ’s character and His ways in this society are often the only hope of the otherwise hopeless.

 

Well don’t lose your hope because of the humanity of those who profess to have had a personal encounter with God and as a result are no longer the same. Though they have been touched, they are still human. They are faced with the same difficulties and temptations that every man is faced with. Could it be that because they have chosen to shine as a light in the community, that they themselves are tested greater than others? Hummm. Could it be?  Wow! Such a great responsibility! Shouldn’t this move us to pray for them or should we prey on them? Such an honorable undertaking certainly deserves our ovation doesn’t it?

 

I say this, don’t let what you see and what you hear about men and women of the cloth or followers of Christ shake your belief in God. A few broken chairs shouldn’t cause you to question the one you’re sitting in or despise chairs all together – no more than a few flawed men should turn you away from God. These men are merely men, they are not God.

 

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