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A Socio-Theology Of Same Sex “Marriage”

Posted: Jul 12, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Thomas Dexter Jakes, is the famous Black American presiding Bishop of The Potter’s House, the multiracial, nondenominational church, which is reputed to have dominated church growth records since its inception in 1996. He spoke on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision institutionalising same-sex marriage during a worship service at his Dallas, Texas megachurch two weeks ago.

What he had to say has sparked a debate on the correct relationship between the world and the church; between the Bible and constitutionality; between civil liberties and spiritual rights?

In T.D. Jakes’ widely publicised view, the judgment should be of no concern to the church; that the responsibility of the Supreme Court is to uphold the rights of all Americans according to the constitution and the Bible has nothing to do with it.

His words: “I’m really not as concerned about it. I think that we should not lose our mind about the world being the world and the Church being the Church. This is not a news flash. The world is gonna be the world and the Church is gonna be the Church, and you have to understand the difference…

“The Supreme Court is there to make a decision based on constitutional rights and legalities that fit all Americans. They are not debating Scripture,” he said, which led to applause from the congregation.

“They are just not debating Scripture…I guarantee you that they were not in there looking at Romans 1 and First Corinthians this and weighing it against the policies…We have bought into all this rhetoric about America being a Christian nation.”

Instead of worrying about what the world does or fails to do with secular laws and its institutions, he recommended as follows:

“But what we do need to watch is that our religious freedom is also respected and protected so that we don’t have to get caught up in the winds of the world and go the way the world is going…So we need to watch that as we grapple with an ever-changing society, and our society is becoming more and more pluralistic.”

He argued that there’s nothing to say that Christianity will be the dominant religion in this country. “I hope it will. It’s up to us”, he said. But he wonders if it will because, according to him, Christians have stopped witnessing and stopped winning souls and continue to isolate themselves from people who do not believe like we believe.

That runs against what Jesus commanded His followers to do, he insisted, adding, “Jesus said go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every living creature. So we need to change as a Church too. We need to start reaching out to all types of people and preaching to them and ministering to them and sharing our faith with them. I don’t mean on Sunday morning. I mean in the mall, I mean in the grocery store, I mean while you’re getting your hair done. It’s time for you to be a real Christian. I mean a real Christian, and win people to Jesus Christ. And you can start in your own house.”

He continued: “The Supreme Court makes its decisions based on the Constitution, debating the constitutionality of any particular issue. But I must warn you, God does not judge you by the Constitution. He judges you by the Word of God. So while the Supreme Court is looking at the Constitution, you better search the Scriptures …This blessed old book (holding aloft his Bible) is still good, it’s still right anyhow.”

In sharp contrast to Jake’s position is the famous scion of the America’s Pastor to President, Bill Graham, Evangelical pastor Franklin Graham, current President of Billy Graham Evangelical Association (BGEA).

In an interview with Fox News, Franklin told interviewer Todd Starnes that America should be wary of God’s judgment: “Our nation has a spiritual problem and we need God’s forgiveness and we need to repent of our sins and turn from our sins because I do believe that God’s judgement will come on this nation.”

He didn’t stop there, in a post on his Facebook account last week, he laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of President Barack Obama. He wrote: “Just three years ago, the president was on record as holding to the biblical definition of marriage. Now he can’t say enough about his support for the LGBT agenda — and right after the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, he had the gall to disgrace the White House by lighting it up with the gay pride rainbow colors to celebrate…This is arrogantly flaunting sinful behavior in the face of Almighty God. My advice? He might want to have some extra lightning rods installed on the roof of the White House.”

Also in the debate is Brother Kenneth Copeland.