Christian Hollywood film producer Tyler Perry revealed on Sunday at Lakewood Church that he was once a minister and went to seminary to pursue his passion. God later revealed to him, however, that his ministry would not be behind the pulpit.
“There’s a little bit about me you may not know ’cause everybody knows Madea, the plays and a bunch of other stuff but you may not know that when I was in my late teens, early 20s I went to seminary school. I was a minister in my church. I actually preached and prayed for people,” Perry said at the start of his 20-minute message at the Texas megachurch.
“And I remember doing my first sermon and the pastor got up after I was finished. It was so bad all he could say was ‘if God called you, he’ll qualify you.’ So I prayed and I said ‘God what is that about,'” Perry continued as the congregation erupted in laughter.
“And the Lord’s voice spoke to me and said ‘your ministry won’t be in a pulpit.’ I said ‘Oh, Thank God,” Perry, 48, explained. “But through television and films. And even though sometimes, I’d do movies that are not Christian movies, I am still a Christian but I’m also an artist who wants to do a lot of things.”
Prior to sharing his message with the church, Perry and Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen sat down on stage for a Q&A session during which Osteen introduced Perry to his congregation as a “bright light” in Hollywood.
“Tyler is a bright light shining in the entertainment industry and I love people that love the Lord that are just making a huge difference. You know he doesn’t have to be doing this. He’s got plenty of things he could be doing but I invited him to come out to share with us at Lakewood,” Osteen said.
Perry shared the story of his abusive childhood spent living with dysfunctional parents and how faith and forgiveness factored in his rags-to-riches story.
He also revealed that everyone who enters his more than 300-acre studio in Atlanta, Georgia, has to pass over a Bible buried at the entrance of the property.
“In order to get into the studio you’ve got to drive through the gates. And to go through the gates you’ve got to pass through the arms and the handle. Buried under that when you’re going in and coming out is the open word of God. I’ve buried the Bible at the gates of the studio. So you can’t come in without crossing the Word and you can’t leave out without crossing the Word,” he said.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair