TD Jakes’ daughter, Sarah Jakes Roberts, apologizes for spreading harmful messages from the Black Church

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bishop TD Jakes‘ Daughter, Sarah Jakes Roberts, took a few minutes on Saturday, October 8th to apologize on behalf of the Black Church for perpetuating messages that have damaged people’s mental health and self-image .

“I don’t know how much it matters” said Roberts“But I will say that as a faith leader, I apologize for the moments you’ve been told to just pray it away, for the moments you’ve been told never to be one of the ‘good girls’ or that become ‘Good Boys’ or you will always take damage. I apologize that you received this message.”

Roberts said it would be “careless” not to acknowledge the failures of church leaders in these areas, while noting that she can only speak on behalf of the black church because she has no experience in white churches.

Sarah Jakes Roberts on Mental Wealth

Sarah Jakes Roberts appeared with her husband, Toure Robertsin New York City Saturday at the Spiritual Wealth Exhibitionan event organized by Charlamagne tha God, co-host of The Breakfast Club, in association with Mental Wealth Alliance and iHeartRadio.

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Sarah Jakes Roberts is the daughter of Bishop TD Jakes, who directs The Potter House, an interdenominational megachurch in Dallas. She and Touré are co-pastors of two branches of The Potter’s House, one in Los Angeles and one in Denver. In September, TD Jakes announced that he is handing over the leadership of his women’s empowerment conference ministry to his daughter, including renowned woman, Thou Art Loosed! Conference.

Touré Roberts interviewed his wife on the subject of “spiritual wealth” to an audience at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Roberts shared that growing up in the church, she didn’t have the consciousness or language to understand mental health issues. She didn’t realize, for example, that she was struggling with it depression During this time. “I just felt like I was disconnected from God,” she said, “that the belief thing wasn’t working for me, that something was wrong with me.” Now that she’s more knowledgeable about mental health, Roberts has a “deeper , more authentic relationship with God”.

It’s important to “marry” mental health practices to faith, Roberts said, rather than spiritualizing mental health issues by telling people to just “pray it away” or “name it and claim it.” She stressed the importance of approaching God honestly, rather than trying to hide behind one particular person.

To achieve “spiritual richness,” Touré and Sarah Jakes Roberts encouraged people to educate themselves, put what they learned into practice, and then approach those practices with discipline. Sarah Jakes Roberts goes to therapy and has been working to become aware of when in her life she is responding to her past trauma. As an example, she said when her husband asks her a business question, she sometimes feels insecure, like she’s not intelligent or “like a 13-year-old girl getting pregnant.” Roberts wrote about her teenage pregnancy in her book “Dear Mary: Lessons from the Mother of Jesus for the Modern Mother.”

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