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T.D. Jakes ‘Shocked’ By Claims That He Supports Gay Unions, Says ‘I Do Not Endorse Same Sex Marriage’

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T.D. Jakes’ recent appearance on Huffington Post Live led some Christians to misconstrue his commentary on gays. And he’s not happy about it.

To make his position rock solid, Jakes took to Facebook to issue a statement and emphatically deny supporting gay unions.

“I do not endorse same sex marriage,” the Potter’s House Dallas pastor, 58, stated matter-of-factly.

“Just because a so-called Christian publication chooses to misconstrue my words using lazy journalistic tactics to further their own agenda and draw attention to their site does not make their statements an accurate depiction of what I said or meant,” Jakes added.

That was a scathing and concise review of the article published on Christian News Network  titled T.D. Jakes Comes Out for ‘Gay Rights’ and ‘LGBT Churches,’ Says Position is ‘Evolving’.

Jakes is understandably peeved, since the piece fueled a flood of criticism directed at the high profile leader.

According to Jakes, the remarks that led to the misunderstanding of his views were spoken during his live one-on-one with Marc Lamont-Hill. When asked about his position on homosexuality and the black church, Jakes said they were “evolved and evolving."

Apparently, some filled in the blank to mean that the evolution was in favor of homosexuality, which Jakes vehemently denies.

“I simply meant that my method is evolving -- not my message. I was SHOCKED to read that this was manipulated in a subsequent article to say I endorsed same sex marriage!” he wrote.

“My position on the subject has been steadfast and rooted in scripture,” Jakes added.

Despite that clarification, some are still not satisfied.

Charisma Magazine writer, Dr. Michael Brown, fired off a piece called, Bishop Jakes, Could You Clarify Your Stance On Homosexuality?

Urging Jakes to go further than just the discussion of gay marriage, Dr. Brown is asking him to answer the following questions:

According to the Scriptures, is homosexual practice sinful in God's sight?

Can you be in an active homosexual relationship and be a true follower of Jesus at the same time?

Do you affirm LGBT churches?

Dr. Brown, also host of nationally syndicated radio show, “The Line Of Fire,” said, “From my vantage point, Mr. Hill was seeking to get clarity from you on these kinds of issues, but your answers appeared to be intentionally ambiguous.”

Read Jakes’ full statement and watch the interview below to see what you think.

Does the Bishop need to further clarify his stance on homosexuality or is this merely an overblown controversy?

 

STATEMENT:

My comment on HuffPo TV drifted into issues of the Supreme Court ruling and changing the world through public policy verses personal witness.

Further, I have come to respect that I can't force my beliefs on others by controlling public policy for tax payers and other U.S. citizens.

Jesus never sought to change the world through public policy but rather through personal transformation.

All people didn't embrace him either. That's what I said and what I meant .... Nothing more and nothing less.

Just because a so-called Christian publication chooses to misconstrue my words using lazy journalistic tactics to further their own agenda and draw attention to their site does not make their statements an accurate depiction of what I said or meant.

Investigate.

Do not take everything you read online or hear repeated as truth. When asked about the "black church" and its role in ministering to gay people, I briefly mentioned ( we were running out of time) the word " evolved and evolving" regarding my approach over the 39 years of my ministry to gay people who choose to come to our services.

I simply meant that my method is evolving -- not my message. I was SHOCKED to read that this was manipulated in a subsequent article to say I endorsed same sex marriage! My position on the subject has been steadfast and rooted in scripture.

For the record, I do not endorse same sex marriage but I respect the rights that this country affords those that disagree with me.

 

 

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For the record, let me say that I have supported Bishop Jakes through the years (Conferences, CD's, DVD's, Books, etc.) Having said that, I must say that I tend to have the same questions as Dr. Brown. I had read Bishop Jake's position on the matter as it is presented via the Huffington Post. I thought that Bishop Jake's response was trite, rhetorical and ambiguos. If God's Word does not change, then why would our position on this matter be 'evolving'?Once again, our visible leaders continue to either ignore or skirt pressing issues at a time when we need to hear from them the most. I understand that no-one person has all of the answers. I get that. However, what is happening to our Pastors and Leaders? Why so vague and evasive? It's time for the CHURCH to come out of the closet.

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