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?