During the June 28th, 2015 Sunday morning service at the Potter’s House, in Dallas, Texas, founding Pastor T. D. Jakes made remarks on the Supreme Court’s decision overturning state bans on gay marriage, which he said was not his primary concern.
According to video excerpt of his remarks published online, here is some of what Bishop Jakes had to say:
“I’m not really as concerned about this as a lot of people are. I’m really not concerned about it. I think 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.”
He went on to explain to his congregation that the Supreme Court, as a worldly institution has one job: to uphold the rights of all Americans.
He said, “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. [applause from congregation]
“They are just not debating scripture,” Jakes repeated. “I guarantee you that they were not looking at Romans 1 and first Corinthians this and weighing it against policies.”
“We have bought into all this rhetoric and about American being a Christian nation,” he said. He went onto suggest that indeed America has a lot of Christians in it but that the country is governed as a democracy and not by theocratic principles.
Jakes added, “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.”
: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 added, going on to say that Christians have “stopped witnessing” and “stopped winning souls” and continue to isolate themselves from people who do not “believe like we believe.”
He clearly remarked that runs against what Jesus commanded His followers to do, 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 toes 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.”
Jakes rounded up his remarks by informing worshipers that, “God is still in control,” and giving them a stern warning about God’s judgement.
“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,” Jakes said
Holding up the Bible, he added, “This blessed old book is still good, it’s still right anyhow.”
During the excerpted remarks to his congregation on Sunday about the Supreme Court legalizing same sex marriage, Bishop Jakes did not say what he believes the Bible says about human sexuality, or share his thoughts on the definition of marriage. which orthodox Christians hold as a monogamous heterosexual union.
The Supreme Court made it decision, but God’s word remain the same – “But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” ~ Mark 10:6-8
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