Thomas Dexter Jakes, better known in the Christian community as “T.D. Jakes,” is the pastor of ‘The Potters House,” a Dallas, TX. megachurch boasting membership of 30,000 plus devotees. Additionally, Jakes’ sermons are broadcast on various Christian television networks including “The Gospel, The Word,” and “Daystar.” Given his considerable sphere of influence within the faith community, his teachings and perspectives are frequently held up to scrutiny by many believers and secularists.
When it comes to the issue of same sex “marriage” Mr. Jakes’ views are exceedingly dichotomous. Jakes was reported as “supporting” LGBT nuptials following comments he offered during a recent interview he gave to the Huffington Post’s uber-liberal, black militant, Marc Lamont Hill. Yet Jakes has repeatedly insisted:
“My beliefs about sexuality and marriage – as with all topics – is [sic] based on Scripture. My stance on the topic has never wavered. It is fixed, steadfast and well documented.”
Nevertheless Jakes seems reticent to specifically renounce the legality of homosexual marriage and the Supreme Court’s decision, offering instead talking points like:
“The world is going to be the world and the church is going to be the church.”
And, bordering on lending a sort of tacit approval, he adds:
“The Supreme Court is there to make a decision based on Constitutional rights and legalities that fit all Americans.”
The latter of these comments is strikingly similar to those of Barack Obama, whose presidency was endorsed by Mr. Jakes despite the fact that Obama was and is so clearly pro-abortion and pro homosexual “rights,” two subjects which the majority of Christians do not affirm.
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Jakes, while correctly noting that America is not a “theocratic state,” also incorrectly states that we are a “democratic form of government,” when in reality the U.S. is a “constitutional republic.” Moreover, he parrots Mr. Obama’s mantra that America is not a “Christian nation,” calling such notions “…rhetoric, which we have bought in to.”
To add more fuel to the fire, Jakes said during his Huff Post interview – which was originally intended to promote a new book he’s written – concerning coexistence between the LGBT community and the “black” church:
“I think it’s gonna [sic] be diverse from church to church. Every church has a different opinion on the issue and every gay person is different… LGBTs need to find a household of worship that reflects what YOUR views are and what YOU believe like anybody else. And the church should have the right to have its own convictions and values.”
These remarks run completely contrary to those which appeared in an article written by Dr. Michael Brown for “Charisma News” magazine where, discussing the same topic Jakes said:
“I think that sex between two people of the same sex is condemned in the Scriptures, and as long as it is condemned in the Scriptures, I don’t get to say what I think. I get to say what the Bible says.”
It would appear that on one hand Jakes’ position is that one must accede to the Scriptures, but on the other hand the opinion of a particular church is the key? The claim that he does not equivocate on the matter appears highly questionable.