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Aug052015

T.D. Jakes’ Advice To Gay Church-goers: ‘Find A Household Of Worship That Reflects What Your Views Are’

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Bishop T.D. Jakes recommends that gays attend gay-affirming churches.

In a discussion with Huffington Post Live host Marc Lamont-Hill, the Dallas-based Potter’s House pastor, 58, said gays who desire to attend a church, should seek one that supports homosexuality.

“Find a household of worship that reflects what your views are and what you believe, like anybody else,” he said, adding, “and the church should have the right to have its own convictions and values.”

Many ministries do not believe the Bible supports same-sex unions, while others do. Jakes believes that gay advocacy is wasted on conservative and fundamentalist churches.

Instead of arm-twisting and debating, he said, “If you don’t like those convictions and values, you totally disagree with it, don’t try to change my house, move into your own and establish that sort of thing, and find somebody who gets what you get about faith.”

It’s the classic “hang out with folks that think like you” argument.

But is that biblically sound instruction to give out on a national platform?

Bishop T.D. Jakes (R) discusses the church's views on homosexuality with Huffington Post Live host Marc Lamont-Hill (L) [Credit: Huffington Post]

2 Timothy 4:3 NIV does say, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.”

However, Scripture neither celebrates nor supports an ideology that promotes suiting one’s own desires. Rather, it teaches transformation—from a sinful to a Godly nature—by renewal of the mind, according to Romans 12:2.  

Jakes further explained his viewpoint by pointing out that America is not a Christian nation and government will not reflect a Christian value system.

“The church bought into the myth that this was a Christian nation.” But Jakes said, it is a Republic, which is “an overarching system to protect our unique nuances.”

His point? Government protects and reflects our right to be different.

When we understand this fundamental fact, Jakes said, “Then we no longer look for public policy to reflect biblical ethics.”

When Lamont-Hill asked whether the church’s views on homosexuality were evolving and shifting in a more pro-gay direction, Jakes wasn’t so quick to answer in the affirmative.

Instead, he said, “I think that shift has to go on behind the closed doors of the church, because I think in the mainstream America, anybody who doesn’t agree with you, we have a derogatory name to call you.”

He continued, “The fact that you have fidelity to the scriptures as you have been taught does not mean that you’re necessarily homophobic or any other kind of phobia. But yet, in mainstream America, anybody who doesn’t line up with a particular worldview, we give them a name to ostracize them.”

He added, when it comes to discussions on homosexuality and the Bible, “The argument has to be theological and not sociological. The fact that the world has turned that way, doesn’t mean that the Word has turned that way.”

 

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That's right don't try to change what my church practice to suit your needs, go find a church that's in agreement with what you believe. example, if church teaches to lie, kill and steal then that's what you like to do with no intentions of changing then that's where you should go.

August 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTanilia

Tell 'em Jakes!!!

August 7, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterkate

How perfect!! That would be like the Apostle Peter telling the Apostle Paul to go and hang out with the uncircumcised folks if you like them so much!! Just don't bring them around us "holier-than-thous" here in Jerusalem!! Just Perfect!!

August 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

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