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T.D. Jakes: Femininity & Masculinity in Christ

T.D. Jakes' comments on Black Women

Recently, Megachurch Pastor T.D. Jakes had a sermon on Father’s Day 2022 entitled “Real Men Pour In.” This came to the ministry’s attention after it set off a wave of backlash across social media as people suggested that Jakes made comments that were misogynistic, disparaging and critical of black women.

Jakes claimed that black families are struggling to exist as a strong, loving unit because men and women are failing to balance each other out for the sake of nurturing a family. He went so far as to say that women are “too masculine.” I went to go view his sermon to see what he had to say for myself.

I was appalled at what I saw and heard.

Here is a list of statements Jakes made about women throughout his sermon:

- “We [men] were not designed to receive from women”

- “Your self-esteem is compromised when you have to ask your wife for lunch money”

- “When Adam started eating out of his wife’s hand, sin came in because the divine order was broken”

- “We [men] are designed to pour into you. And you are designed to take what we pour into you and increase it, and make it better.”

- “This breaks all sociological order of the culture that we’re living in now, because we are raising up women to be men.”

- “And you are not applauded for your femininity. You are applauded by the contemporary society for how tough, rough, nasty, mean