T D Jakes’ Covenant Relationships — Changing His Beliefs on Homosexuality
Posted by susanb99 on September 2, 2008
In 2004 T D Jakes wrote a book entitled He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle (G. P. Putnam & Sons) which is a self-help emotional and spiritual guide for men. Jakes encourages men to be metrosexual (but not effeminate or homosexual) because Jesus indulged Himself in prayer, reflection, and imagination (page 31). Jesus also allowed a woman to pour fragrant ointment on His head despite the disciples’ protests of expensive waste, so through Jesus’ example, men should enjoy healthy sensual pleasures such as a pedicure, a relaxing massage, a gourmet meal. Jakes ignores the fact that Jesus was not indulging in sensual pleasures, instead Jesus said “…she did it for my burial.” (Matthew 6:12). Jakes adds
…such self-caring exploration can be like a journey deeper into who you are and what you need.
Does that seem like sound biblical advice? Well, no, not by a long-shot. Jakes is not guiding men into all Truth, only the Holy Spirit can do that, so he does what he knows best: psychological mumbo-jumbo. The wisdom of man with a few references to scripture for “good” measure.
Further into the book (starting with page 158), he writes of the relationship between David and Jonathan, David, the soon-to-be-King of Israel and Jonathan, the son of the present-King Saul. It is very clear in scripture that David and Jonathan were NOT lovers. Jakes also concurs
The opening of David and Jonathan’s friendship and the intensity of their connection often troubles many men, especially if you already struggle with homophobia and fear of being in a healthy intimate relationship with other men. This passage [1st Samuel 18:1-4] has also been used by some to justify sexualizing the closeness between male friends. I believe that it’s essential that we address this controversial and sometimes uncomfortable issue directly. I do not believe that Jonathan and David were involved in a homosexual relationship, although there may be a minute group who would take issue with this and and perhaps disagree. The language makes it clear that this is a soul tie, not a flesh tie. However, even if there was a sexual relationship, their example would not justify homosexuality any more than David’s relationship with Bathsheba justifies adultery. The Bible is clear on such matters (1 Corinthians 6:9 and Romans 1:27) [bolding added]
In reference to Ruth and Naomi (page 168), Jakes makes no mention of a sexual relationship between the two women. He stresses how important it is for men to have a “covenant relationship” with other men, giving the example of Jonathan and David. In his words:
My covenant relationships aren’t just with African-American pastors, but with white lawyers and Hispanic musicians and Jewish doctors. I would miss so much enjoyment and the discovery of the fullness of other men’s experiences if I limited myself to only relating to men similar to myself. [emphasis added]
Fast-forward to 2008. In this recent YouTube video, Jakes speaks of Ruth & Naomi’s relationship and David & Jonathan’s relationship. Jakes’ quote:
Ruth turns to Naomi and says “I shall not leave thee.” She makes her statement to this woman…that sounds somewhat, somewhere in between poetry, intimacy, and borders on lesbianism. People don’t even know how to explain what Ruth said to Naomi. It makes them uncomfortable. They’re afraid to talk about it. They don’t want to teach on it. Same thing with David and Jonathan…where there were same-sex relationships getting too close, people don’t even know what to say. [bolding added]
Jakes made these statements at the Woman, Thou Art Loosed Conference in 2001. According to Richard Youngblood, who worked closely with Bishop T D Jakes, Jakes tried to enter into a homosexual relationship with him. Now we have the real truth behind Jakes’ covenant relationships: homosexuality. Jakes has taken another step toward endorsing same-sex relationships for an apparently self-preserving cause — his own homosexuality.
The examples Jakes has given in his book (He-Motions), along with his pro-homosexual preaching (as noted above), his meeting with Soul Force (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgendered group) in May, all give credence to his sexual orientation: the covenant relationships and the SEXUAL SIN of Bishop T D Jakes.
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