If you have not already heard, here is the dialogue between black, liberal, professor Marc Lamont Hill and Pastor T.D. Jakes as seen on Huffington Post television:
Hill: Do you think the LGBT community and church can coexist?
Hill: Let me rephrase that question. The church ain’t turning nobody away. How should the church and LGBT community coexist?
Jakes:I think it’s going to be diverse from church to church. Every church has a different opinion, and every gay person is different. LGBT has to find a household of worship that reflects what your views are and what you believe like anybody else. If the church has convictions you don’t like, don’t try to change my house, move into your own, and find somebody who gets what you get about faith….
Hill: Your thinking has evolved?
Jakes: Evolved and evolving….
STOP! No need to go any farther!!! I left out some of Pastor Jakes’ second response because it does not apply, and I did not want to extend this tidbit.
Paul writes, “For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you…”
(Rom2:24). Although I cannot say Pastor Jakes has fallen from the faith, he certainly has made several terrible theological and social blunders that will allow God’s great name to be blasphemed!
First, the idea that the church and the LGBT community can “coexist”, affirmed by Pastor Jakes’ “Absolutely” is absurd and shockingly ignorant of the Biblical text. The Greek word for the church--not a building--but the people is ĕkklēsia. It is defined as “a calling out”. The church is comprised of a people who are “called out” of the world, and into God’s kingdom (Col1:13,2Cor4:6,1Pet2:9), i.e. His marvelous light! This means there can be no comprise with sin…in any way! The church does not “coexist ‘with’ the LGBT community”! As if the two are on equal footing! People of the LGBT community--who want to be saved, and who want to be part of the church--must depart from iniquity(2Tim2:19)…period! Like all sin, homosexuality must be repented of, for one to be part of the church!
Second, Pastor Jakes said,
1. “Every church has a different opinion”
2.“LGBT has to find a household of worship that reflects what your views are and what you believe like anybody else.”
These statements reflect the doctrine of relativism. Pastor Jakes makes the grave error of confusing the absolutes of God’s word with preferences. When the Bible so plainly calls homosexuality, not just a sin, but “an abomination”(Lev18:22)---this constitutes an absolute truth! Contrary to Pastor Jakes, God does not give room for human opinion regarding absolute truths! Absolute is defined as objective, universal, and eternal. For example, 2+2=4 for every person, in every place, for all time! One cannot have an opinion on whether 2+2=4! So also, God’s moral truths are absolute. We don’t choose heterosexuality or homosexuality, like we choose Burger King or McDonald’s! The choice of hamburger producers is a preference, while to choose homosexuality is sin! No church has an ‘opinion’ on homosexuality! No church has an opinion on God’s word! Either the Bible is God’s word or it is not!
Furthermore, Pastor Jakes says his views on homosexuality, LBGT, gay marriage are: “Evolved and evolving….” Evolving to what? Or, evolving from what? Neither the Bible, nor absolutes, which the Bible produces…change! They do not evolve!! Assuming that Pastor Jakes believes the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the only way his views can “evolve”, are from God’s word to the word of another!
Pastor Jakes should have known by consenting to interview with a liberal commentator, on a liberal show (Huffington Post) that an agenda was in place—either by the show’s liberal producers, or by the devil himself! The repeated, and obvious liberal agenda is to make Biblical Christianity look judgmental, backwards, intolerant, ignorant, or all of the above, i.e. Pastor Fred Phelps!
Sadly, there is another response as to whether Pastor Jakes understood what he was getting into— he actually agrees with the gay agenda! God forbid!
Finally, if you watch the video closely, you will find that Pastor Jakes is not only confused, but trying to tip-toe through a situation that is obviously embarrassing for him. This greater orator, who is one of America’s most gifted speakers…rambles, and is at times irrational, because he obviously doesn’t like answering this black and white question!
May God forgive, correct, and then, because the remarks were public, move Pastor Jakes to publically repent!!
Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs.