Yesha Callahan

Open Thread: Are Jeans Okay In The Pulpit?

That’s a question T D Jakes has the saints asking after he uploaded a pic on Instagram wearing a button down shirt, sweater, blazer, and jeans slit at the knee cap — the latter of which became a point of contention for some.

Almost as soon as the bishop uploaded the pic above, his comments section became filled with criticism over his attire with one person stating: “The jeans are not age appropriate. End of story. Has nothing to do with him being a minister. If my dad wore these jeans, I would be mortified. There are plenty of styles out there that would be more flattering on the Bishop.” Meanwhile another follower asked,  “Why can’t we respect the holy day…All he asked for is one day, but most will still wear clothes that they wear to parties. If you can’t respect the temple that is suppose[sic’ to be kept holy. What do you respect?”

The bible was bishop Jakes’ official answer. After catching wind of the negativity on his pic, the preacher responded by stating simply “I certainly want to comply with the word. I just missed the one about jeans in the pulpit.”

Of course, the subject of jeans in the pulpit is more a question of tradition rather than scripture, but that doesn’t mean it’s not one that doesn’t easily divide believers. Where do you stand? Do you think jeans are okay in the pulpit?

  1. December 29, 2015 - Reply

    Me personally, if I was in a religious location for a special occasion (or not), I will dress up. I don’t view TD Jakes wearing jeans as a super big deal. That’s his business. I am more concerned about the doctrines that religious leaders talk about from the pulpit than clothing attire. That is the essence of the matter.

    There should be a balance. I don’t believe that people in a religious location should wear inappropriate clothing, but T.D. Jakes’ attire is his own affair. My only exception is during a funeral. I don’t believe that any clergymen should wear some jeans if he is giving a sermon during a funeral (unless stated by the deceased’s family that the pastor can wear something more casual). I can’t co-sign that in my opinion, especially if the deceased person’s family members requested conservative attire. I don’t view Jakes’ attire as going too far.

    • December 30, 2015 - Reply

      TBH Truth, It’s not going far at all, he was not ministering he was visiting a church. I may not listen to his sermons much, but when you see him in the pulpit he is always dressed to a high standard. I agree people should be focusing on growing spiritually in the church not judging or wondering if he is going to far with his attire. It was a youth service. (Jeans are not a sin, and doesn’t mean you don’t love the Lord ) I don’t think God is having fit like some religious people are about this. TD jakes was right in his response “Stay out of his closet”people are behaving as if he walked in naked.

      • December 30, 2015 - Reply


        You have make very accurate points. That’s the point many people are stating. I don’t view this issue as a big deal. As you have mentioned, he was in a youth service and wearing jeans is not a sin. I don’t view his actions as inappropriate. Some individuals are taking this too far by taking this overboard in a legalistic way. Some people criticizing his attire in that way are missing the point about how our actions in the church are more important than the clothes that we wear in it.

      • December 30, 2015 - Reply


        He wasn’t even ministering? And he was at a youth service? I personally don’t think he did anything wrong by wearing jeans. If he had shown up in a suit people would have criticized him for not being in touch with the youth. He can’t win. I think the title is misleading.

        • December 30, 2015 - Reply


          I agree the title is click bait, Clutch has been trying it for a minute now with the bait approach. In the case of TD Jakes you’re damned if you do or don’t. As stated before, there are people who are focused and causing an uproar for the wrong reasons.

  2. December 29, 2015 - Reply

    The church has become place of entertainment and fashion. It’s not about saving souls anymore.

    With that said, T.D Jakes can where whatever he wants. It’s the members choice to follow it or not.

    Personally, I show up to church with respect in mind. If I can go anywhere else looking appropriate, I’m going to go to God’s house the same way.

  3. December 29, 2015 - Reply

    It’s funny the things we get ourselves worked up over, like whether or not a pastor should wear jeans in his pulpit……really?

  4. December 29, 2015 - Reply

    The Bible says ‘come as you are’ and not ‘dress to impress’. Now, I understand that in most black church dressing up goes back to the days of slavery when the master wanted the slaves to have nice clothes to wear on Sunday for church and that is how it became tradition in the black church.
    For me as long as the person looks appropriate, jeans are fine. TD Jakes did nothing wrong. Some of the best dressed people in church have the nastiest attitude. Humble yourself people. Ugh ?

    • February 5, 2016 - Reply


      The bible does not actually say “come as you are,” but I agree with your point in general.

  5. December 29, 2015 - Reply

    This is why people don’t take us Christians seriously, getting worked up over trivial things as if it impacts your salvation.

  6. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    A person can go to church dressed to the nines and be just as evil as the devil, and one can go to church dressed like a bum and have the heart of Jesus. I rather the later. Jesus looks at the heart, not at what we wear. Now, I’ve gone to churches where women walk into church as if they drove from the club to the church house, and they are dressed very inappropriately. I believe in a happy medium.

    • December 30, 2015 - Reply


      Exactly! This is a heart issue.

      • December 30, 2015 - Reply


        It sure is, Vwlover!

    • December 30, 2015 - Reply


      Preach it Noir

  7. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    Starbucks cup, jeans…. can’t wait to see what unfolds in 2016.

    • December 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Mr. Z

      LOL. SMH.

  8. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    They act like this man had on some skinny jeans and high tops. More than likely he dressed to the atmosphere of that church. Every church is not a suit and tie church. Really people there are more serious issues taking place than this man wearing jeans to church.

    • December 30, 2015 - Reply

      @Natasha Peacock


  9. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    its not that deep, you can go to church in a chanel suit with guiseppes on and still get out of the pulpit and have a side chick/man or whatever…if people are in an uproar over this …wow we have a long way to go!!!. how about no more “entertainers” in leotards!! lol

  10. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    Zzzzzzzz……..Yawn must be a slow day at Clutch.

  11. December 30, 2015 - Reply

    This is stupid.

  12. January 1, 2016 - Reply

    I didn’t know Bishop had swag. LOL!

    • January 1, 2016 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      LOL. Enjoy your Weekend Sister.

  13. January 5, 2016 - Reply

    People need to pick up the bible as fast as they pick up the next man’s Traditions and or Judge what the next person is doing/wearing.

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