Megachurch pastor and well-known author T. D. “The Bishop” Jakes is being slammed by the Christian community for evolving on the aspect of gay marriage. The Bishop, recognized as one of the most influential Christian leaders in the country, once called homosexuality a “brokenness” and said he would never hire a sexually active gay person, but has now confirmed that his stance on homosexuality has evolved and is continuing to advance.
Jakes said homosexuality is a complexity and compared it to other intricacies which were wrestled with in the Bible. The scripture is filled with gray areas and is not black and white as people have tried to make it. He said just as they grappled with things back then, preachers are struggling to address situations now because ministers as humans are flawed and are not God. The Bishop explained:
Paul spends a lot of time wrestling back and forth with ideals such as trying to understand should a woman wear a head covering, should you cut your hair.
The filmmaker, when asked about his position on sexuality, said it is changing. Once ministers understand that they are not God, they can give themselves permission to grow. The church has bought into the myth that America is a Christian nation as opposed to advocating for the separation of Church and State. Politics do not need to be based on Christian beliefs and as such allow for all types of people to have certain rights regardless of biblical prohibitions. Jakes added:
Once you get past thinking America is a Christian nation and begin to understand that democracy, a republic actually, is designed to be an overarching system to protect our unique nuances, then we no longer look for public policy to reflect biblical ethics.
Jakes believes that the black church can co-exist with homosexuals. What will be more important is for the LGBTQ community to attend a worship setting which supports their beliefs. Each church has the right to teach its interpretation of scripture along with those values and convictions which agree with the understanding. If any person, regardless of the reason, does not agree they should find another place to worship.
Many within the Christian community have vehemently disagreed with the Bishop and have slammed him for his comments. They have called him a traitor and one who has been deceived by the enemy. Some have stated that he was always a false teacher and people have now been awakened to his fallacy. One woman accused the pastor of having swallowed the “subjective truth” argument and become a traitor to God’s word. She added:
The Bible warns and commands believers to hold fast to sound doctrine. Any time our views run contrary to the Bible we should submit to the authority of God’s word.
Other people who have been avid followers of the teachings and ministry of Jakes are now having a change of heart. They believe he has been deceived by his new-found celebrity status is too busy trying to fit in with the world, instead of the word of God. A former supporter of the Bishop said they were surprised because they truly thought he was a man of God who had enough stamina to stand on the word of God. The woman added:
When you choose to follow man to get your kicks, you have failed GOD. There is plenty enough in GOD’S WORD to lead us into the fact that homosexuality is an abomination and ‘NO MAN OF GOD’ will teach that. This act will send us straight to hell.
This is not what we find in CHRISTIAN CHURCHES, this is what we find in satanic churches who only call themselves Christian, exposing our followers to hell, along with yourself, unless you turn around and go HIS WAY.
In 2009, Jermaine, a son of the Bishop, was arrested in a gay sex sting after allegedly exposing himself in front of two undercover “male” vice detectives. As a leader in the Christian community and senior pastor of the well-known megachurch The Potter’s House, Jakes was forced to address the situation. At that time the minister said he was grateful that did not preach that the church is the solution, and instead needed to look to Christ for resolution.
Bishop found himself the center of discussion as people condemned him for preaching to a nation while his son paraded around Dallas as a homosexual. Many were waiting for what they considered the Jakes Empire to come crashing down. One guy stated:
Jermaine has been a fa**ot for years and has molested men at The Potters House Church. A former member reported some time ago that Jermaine harassed him sexually so much that he had to leave and go to another church. Jermaine has been seen all over the city of Dallas wearing capris that women wear, carrying a purse, and wearing earrings, on the verge of looking transsexual. Bishop Jakes only issued a statement, because his son’s lifestyle could no longer be ignored.
Jakes did not reference his son when addressing his stance of gay marriage, but many took to social media in hopes of reminding readers. Although Jakes admitted he was evolving as it relates to the homosexual lifestyle, some feel his words were only suggestive and he needs to clarify his new ideas. The Bishop said he is more concerned with religious freedom than the most recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court on gay marriage.
It is no secret that the black church has been slower than most as it relates to gays and church. Jakes may have a way to go, but has acknowledged that he has evolved and is continuing to evolve on gay marriage. Although his comments are a definite step in the right direction, the Bishop has been slammed by the Christian community for evolving and accepting the belief that God’s grace is sufficient for all.
by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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