T. D. Jakes Slammed by Christians for Evolving on Gay Marriage

JakesMegachurch 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.

JakesIn 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)

Sources:

Town Hall: Bishop Jakes, Could You Clarify Your Stance on Homosexuality?
Christian Post: Bishop T.D. Jakes Addresses Supreme Court Gay Marriage Decision: ‘We Shouldn’t Lose Our Minds Over the World Being the World’
Towel Road: Bishop T.D. Jakes Speaks Out About Son’s Gay Sex Arrest

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9 Responses to "T. D. Jakes Slammed by Christians for Evolving on Gay Marriage"

  1. Blanca   July 26, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I say Just serve God the way the bible tells us to do it . Don’t sugar coat things to ya’ll convince..no . Everybody wants to do what they want to do fine go ahead . When God comes for his people and u find ur self not leaving then u kno why.

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  2. biblesaroundtheworld   July 13, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Jerome Jerry Reiter Do you read Almighty Father Gods Word ?

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  3. johnstefanyszyn   August 18, 2015 at 7:04 am

    TD Jakes…FREEDOM, the Overarching System (the ‘god of fortresses’?) that Protects Unique Nuances.

    Mr. Jakes recently stated …
    …”…Once you begin to understand that democracy, that a republic actually, is designed to be an overarching system to protect our unique nuances, then we no longer look to public policy to reflect biblical ethics.”
    …”The church should have the right to have its own convictions and values; if you don’t like those convictions and values and you totally disagree with it, don’t try to change my house, move into your own … and find somebody who gets what you get about faith.”

    It is clear that Mr. Jakes believes in, defends, and glorifies the righteousness of FREEDOM of Self-Rights….which in this discussion revolves around freedom of sexual lifestyle and religious freedom.

    He has very clearly justified in his eyes the “goodness” of the democratic (self-ruling) system, outlining that it acts as the “overarching system”, ie the authority above all other authorities, that protects the nuances , the differences in the variety and preferences of personal beliefs, whether they be sexual or religious.

    In other words, this “ overarching” acts as the ‘god of (above) all fortresses’.

    It is written in Daniel, that the last king of the north will glorify and advance his “god of fortresses”.

    What is the one belief, amongst all nations, peoples, religions, lifestyles, that is common to all?
    What one belief is embraced, desired, and glorified by the small and the great, by the rich and the poor, by the free (employers) and by the bondmen ( employees)?
    What is the one belief that is marked as a sign of allegiance on everyone’s forehead and hand?

    Is it not the love for FREEDOM…for freedom of self-rights, freedom of self-religion, freedom of self-happiness, freedom of sexual lifestyle?

    Mr. Jakes has clearly shown that he places this FREEDOM as the overarching way of life above all other beliefs, thus subsequently placing the Son of the One Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, below this “FREEDOM” and consequentially categorizing HIM to be of EQUAL validity to ‘other gods’.

    This FREEDOM dictates that it is RIGHT, a right, to be free to worship ANY ‘god’ as per one’s self-justified desires, establishing this to be “good” in one’s own eyes.

    BUT the One Creator said that man is not to worship any other gods. In other words HE said that man is NOT FREE to worship other gods, warning man that if he were to do so the judgement and penalty for this taken-freedom, for this disobedience, would be death.

    The Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the One Creator, said the we are to worship ONLY the One Lord your Creator God and HIM Alone to serve in obedience and love, love for HIM first and foremost and love for, to do GOOD according to the One True Way, to the fellow man.

    Very soon, the Lord Jesus Christ will return, as a thief in man’s eyes, to rule the earth in obedience and power as the ONE KING according to the Will of ‘I AM’ and NOT according to man’s first love for “his overarching freedom “, for his desire to serve and magnify oneself (XES).
    …and man will weep and clench his teeth in intense anger when his freedom will be no more
    …and the Lord Jesus Christ will say, to those that hypocritically and theologically claim “biblical ethics” in His Name, that “ I do not know you, workers of lawlessness”.

    The Lord Jesus Christ said to repent and to serve Only Him, for He is the One True Way of Life.

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  4. Jacob Battle Sr.   August 14, 2015 at 2:22 am

    I believe that T.D. Jakes, and Jimmy Carter need to repent, and become born from above. They have (blaspheme) Jehovah God, the Holy Ghost, and Jesus, by their rejection of the teaching of the Holy Bible. All liars should read Matthew 18:6:7 Jesus said (WOE) to the ones who causes Jesus little ones to error, The millstones awaits you. Jacob Battle Sr.

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  6. sam   August 11, 2015 at 5:00 am

    Jerome. your a funny guy. God be with you.

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  7. Jerome Jerry Reiter   August 10, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Only a few generations ago, religious conservatives “knew” it was a sin for white folks to wed anyone of African ancestry. Today the sin is racism. In a few generations from now, nobody will follow today’s religious conservatives who claim “being gay” is a sin. Instead, gaycism will be the sin.

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  8. Beverly Osborne   August 10, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Omg…. Bishop sin don’t change cause its your kid doing the sin. Preach against ALL sin a while you still love yo gay son. Don’t join him!

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    • Jerome Jerry Reiter   August 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Sexual orientation is not a choice and not a sin. Sexual orientation is a gift from God given before birth with a no-return policy. You won’t agree, but your grandchildren’s generation is a different story.

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