Dallas Bishop T.D. Jakes Speaks At Whitney Houston’s Funeral

By Matt Goodman, CBSDFW.com
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Singer Whitney Houston at the 2009 American Music Awards on November 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas-based mega church Bishop T.D. Jakes offered words of comfort to the hundreds of attendees who filled the pews in the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. Saturday for legendary pop singer Whitney Houston’s funeral.

After leading the crowd in a unison chant of “Amen,” Jakes began his speech with a message targeted at those who knew Houston’s true character.

“I want to convey and take just a moment; I realize the dichotomy that the family faces at this time, surrounded by a world full of friends, admirers who were enthralled by the beautiful Whitney Houston: Her voice, her song, her poise, her class; but that is not what brings you here,” he said.

“Because you knew who she was, not just what she did. She paid a tremendous price in life. We shared her with the world and we want to take a moment and say thank you.”

He touched on the impact of death itself, referencing the Biblical stories of Cain and Abel and Noah’s Ark.

“It looked like death had won,” he continued.

Death is certain, he said, but love is stronger than death: He then spoke of Jesus’s death, saying it once again appeared the demise had won. Death threw a party that lasted all weekend, he said with his voice building, prompting applause and hollers from the church who knew what came next.

There was a catch that death didn’t see coming, he said.

“Early Sunday morning, love rolled up his sleeves and said, ‘Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute,’ snatched death and took the sting out of death and the victory out the grave,” he said. “I want you to understand in a very practical and pragmatic way that death has not won.”

Watch Houston’s entire funeral at our sister station CBS New York, including T.D. Jakes’s speech. It’ll be streaming until Sunday at noon.


One Comment

  1. Liza R. Graham says:

    We often forget that mega stars are people just like us, they are mothers, daughters, sister, brothers, and children. Thank you so much Bishop Jakes for the reminder. God Bless You Whitney, Thank You for sharing your life with us.

  2. There is No God says:

    I continue to be amazed by the behavior of so called born again christians. Whitney an admitted drug addict is in heaven???!!!!

    1. Atheist Lawyer says:

      What a sad, bitter person you must be to constantly air this massive chip on your shoulder that you have against Christians. We’re all getting tired of it, including me. Your rabid hate is making sane atheists like me look bad, and it just makes you look like a raging imbecile. Let people be who they want to be, and believe in (or not) what they want to believe in. We’re all different. Now, as nicely as I can put this, shut up and go away.

    2. Fredrick Kimani says:

      A fool says in their heart, ” There is no God”. Psalms 1:1

    3. mary says:

      its called Eternal Salvation, he came for the sinners! She believed in Him, thats all she need to get into heaven because he paved the way when he died on the cross for us!

    4. Bill says:

      For me, a non-Christian, I found Rev. Jakes’ message to be powerful and if you choose not to believe in God, I think there was a message for anyone. Death is not bad, it is inevitable.

      Even if going to Heaven is not rational and it is not for me, the idea that Love is more powerful. You can choose to believe that Christ has defeated death but what I got from it that Love in mortal life will survive our death.

  3. ellakim says:

    Let us remember that Jesus died for you and me while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)

  4. ellakim says:

    About Whitney Houston as an admitted drug addict, what about the thief on Jesus’ side but believed and got saved? What about Paul (once called Saul) who once persecuted Christians but became very bold in proclaiming the gospel after his encounter with the Lord in the road to Damascus? We are all sinners. No one is righteous that’s why we need a Savior. There may be times that we stumble and fall, but his love for us never changes. We just need to surrender everything at the cross of Christ and admit that we are nothing apart from Him.

    Ephesians 2:8-9 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

    As a believer, I wanna say sorry if you find Christians not being the people God wants them to be. Do not look at them. Seek God. Look at the Cross, at Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. God bless you @ThereisNoGod! I’ll be praying for you.

  5. NiteNurse says:

    Let’s all remember god helps those who help themselves. If you refuse to help yourself then how can a higher power help you?

    1. Atheist Lawyer says:

      With all due respect, it’s easier said than done coming from a person who has probably never been addicted to something. Count your blessings. Choice quickly erodes as the addiction progresses. The soul goes away and something almost robotic takes over.

    2. TJ says:

      God does NOT help those who help themelves. That’s not in the Bible. God helps those who CAN’T help themselves…the poor, the needy, the helpless. That’s the good news of the Bible. If we could help ourselves, Jesus wouldn’t have been needed.

  6. AT says:

    Pastor Jakes, it is a shame that you want to be popular more than anything else these days once upon a time you were not scared to speak truth…. Luke 16:13 “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.”……….. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.

  7. Marlene says:

    Today is the day of salvation, tomorrow is promised to no one. Life is about choices, and we reap what we sow.

  8. mary says:

    He promised out eternity when he died and rose.

  9. Doctor Ndebele says:

    the core of the matter is that no one knows whats happening with Whitneys life at this present moment but the question is what are we questioning? is it the power of God to can save us or the very exsistance of God? evry one has a predestined purposed life set by the creater, i believe Whitney has lived hers and made a difference with it..question is what are we doing with our remaining days??? argueing about the exsistance of God?

  10. FELICIA.H says:

    @antichrist lawyer, 1John1:7 and the fool, Psalms14:1.The truth is, God,s Word judges ALL men, whether he believes Jesus is the only begotten Son of God or not! Romans14:12 Every one of us shall give account of himself to God. REPENT! while you have breath in your bodies,For the wages of sin is death: but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans6:23.And as it is appointed unto men once to die; but after this the judgement: Hebrew9:27. “DONT” DIE without SALVATION! REPENT:Matt4:17 BELIEVE:Jn3:16 RECEIVE:Jn1:12 CONFESS:Rom10:9-10. Im praying for you, In Jesus Name, Amen. all scriptures, KING JAMES BIBLE.

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