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May212012

Will Bishop T.D. Jakes Release a Public Statement Against Same-Sex Marriage?

BY EEW MAGAZINE NEWS EDITORS

Since news broke that President Barack Obama is for same-sex marriage, EEW Magazine readers have been  asking if Bishop T.D. Jakes, the world’s most famous black preacher and mega pastor, will issue a public statement denouncing it. He has not done this, yet, so what are Jakes’ views on homosexuality?

Jakes, who is one of Obama's spiritual advisors that received a Christmas invitation to the White House from the Obamas, along with wife Serita, this past December for their holiday celebration, has a firm position on the issue.

Because of his close ties to the president, some have made the assumption that Jakes is not at liberty to disclose his personal feelings. Though such assertions cannot be verified,  EEW Magazine can confirm the respected leader's thoughts on homosexuality. They are well-documented, though a public statement addressing America's same-sex marriage push some time in the near future would be welcomed.

Last month, during a conversation with Oprah Winfrey on "Oprah's Next Chapter," Jakes discussed his views on homosexuality with the media mogul.

"Would you say that everybody is embraced in your church?" Winfrey asked him. "Cause you know you have been accused of saying that gay people would not be welcome."

When Oprah mentioned that certain sects accused Jakes of being anti-gay during their televised chat, the pastor of the 30,000-member Potter’s House church in Dallas unequivocally condemned homosexuality based on scripture. At the same time, Jakes made the point that he does not want to be classified as homophobic or bigoted against gays.

"The perception in our society today is that if you don't say you're for same-sex marriage or if you say homosexuality is a sin that you're homophobic and you're against gay people. And that's not true," argued Jakes, after which he goes on to state his views on same-sex couples.

"I'm not called to give my opinion. I'm called as a pastor to give the scriptural position on it," he added. "Doesn't mean that I have to agree with you to love you. I don't dislike anybody. I love everybody."

From his very recent commentary, which aired just weeks ago before Obama made his watershed announcement, it is safe to conclude that if Jakes chooses to weigh in on the same-sex marriage debate, he will strictly adhere to his biblical stance on the issue as he has done in times past.

The importance of being vocal about such an issue may have been minimized by the Eddie Long Scandal. Before being accused of sexual coercion by four men, Long preached hard against the gay lifestyle and even led a march in 2004 to oppose same-sex marriage.

What are your thoughts?

Do you believe it is necessary for T.D. Jakes and high profile Christian leaders to release public statements against same-sex marriage in the wake of the president's decision to come out in support of it?

Tell EEW.

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Yes, he should absolutely speak out on it because the church needs leadership right now. If the pastors and those respected in the black religious community don't speak up how will those on the fence about the issue be guided?

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

I have been checking Bishop Twitter stream since Obama made his announcement on TV. I was kind of shocked when he didn't say anything at all. He should say SOMETHING.

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTASHA

Unlike ordianary citizens, when you are a public figure like TJ Jakes you are obligated to speak out in my opinion

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMel

It's up to him. Maybe he doesn't want to jump in the middle of a political fight. Ever think about that?

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTanika

I live in Dallas and happen to attend The Potter's House. I know my pastor is an upright man of God and his lifestyle says what he believes so I don't think he should be obligated to speak out on it. That's HIS personal choice.

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuvly 1

He should say something definitely

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenay

Public figures and public statements go hand in hand. YES he should say something!

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFlyGirl

Any publicist worth his or her salt is going to to tell TD Jakes to say something. He needs to.

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTruth Juice

While I was reading the article I was already prepared to bring up Eddie Long and how him being vocal didn't mean anything, but EEW said it FOR ME. It think that's the answer. It really doesn't matter.

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

How can anyone think it doesn't matter for a black leader like Bishop Jakes to address such an important matter? I TOTALLY disagree with that. Totally disagree!!!!

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

It might be uncomfortable but I think it comes with the territory. Bishop Jakes and men like him are just expected to weigh in on it. That's "Being a Public Figure 101." I mean, really.

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGodz Girl

It's time for real men of God to stand up for the truth. Time to speak out.

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTyrone

PEOPLE THERE SHOULD BE NO FEAR IN SAYING TWO MEN SHOULD NOT BE GETTING MARRIED
THIS IS MADNESS THAT WE ARE EVEN HAVING THIS CONVO PERIOD,

IF YOU ARE AFRIAD TO SAY THAT IMMORALITY IS WRONG YOU NEED TO NOT HAVE A CHURCH. IF YOU FAME IS SO TIED INTO WHETHER YOU SAY WHAT GOD SAID IN THE BIBLE PLAIN AS DAY (LOOK I KNOW PLEASE PPL IS HARD BUT THERE HAS TO BE A LINE)

YOU NEED TO GO INTO ANOTHER LINE OF BUSINESS B/C ADAM AND EVE (NOT STEVE)IS BASIC CHRISTIANITY. WHERE ARENT TALKING DRINKING LIQUOR.... SODOMY... IS WRONG AND WILL BRING THE JUDGEMENT OF GOD BOTTOM LINE!!!!!! IF YOU CANT SPEAK AGAINST THAT YOU NEED TO TURN IN YOUR COLLAR..

NO ONE IS BEING THREATENED BY GUNS. THINK OF ALL THE CHRISTIANS WHO DIE JUST TO COME TO CHURCH THIS IS A CRYING SHAME

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterim sorry

This is a no-brainer. Bishop Jakes should speak up ASAP

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNaomi

I think he will eventually say something. Why he hasn't yet, beats me???

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerrell

Leadership comes with responsibility. This is not about CHOICE here. It's about DUTY!

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Yvette White

All preachers who claim they represent Jesus and God should speak out against the obamanation of same sex unions and marriage along with all sins. Bishop Jakes will not speak out on this issue, because of the effect he will have on his career in Holly Wood where there are numerous gays and lesbians in the movie industry.

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Jermaine Degrees

@luvly Pastor Jakes is your pastor, wonderful! I get a "word" nearly everytime I hear him. When you're as big as JD Jakes Ministry everyone wants to "nicpic" when things like this comes up. The devil when Jesus was led away to be tempted told Jesus, "if thou be, the son of God"......he always wanted to discredited the children of God...he (the devil) is the accuser of the brethren....But to me Pastor Jakes said it well in the 8th paragraph of this article..."He was not called to give his opinion, but to give God word and His position as the scriptures are concerned. I believe that saids it all!

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEva

Thank you Ms. Eva! It can be very hard because my pastor gets a lot of flack in the media and even with some of my unsaved family members. They accuse him of a lot of things but he really is a good pastor. Since I have been with the ministry for the last 2 years my life has really changed a lot. I just wish people would be a lot less judgmental.

May 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLuvly 1

I think he its up to him weather he should speak out or not. We all know he is against same sex marriage so he don't need to repeat himself. Also I do not think he want to be involve in the whole political argument.

May 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSkyt8

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