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Reposition Yourself urges the title of TD Jakes’ newest book. The Dallas celebrity bishop and media figure may be taking his own advice as he swapped show appearances with Dr. Phil (McGraw) in late September.
Apparently, this budding collaboration between the two media giants began when Jakes first interviewed Dr. Phil on TBN in early September (ratings month). Dr. Phil’s TBN appearance with Jakes was on the subject of divorce and relationships. Our guess is that Jakes wanted to talk about, but not talk about the Juanita Bynum-Thomas Weeks Bynum-Paula White-Randy White multiple fisascos. After all, both of his “spiritual daughters” were making a mockery of Christian ministry and marriage. Perhaps, Dr. Phil’s expertise would make the disccusion professional and not necessarily religious. Read Bishop Jakes’ blog entry praising Dr. Phil’s opinions (yes, he has a blog now).
Thus, this seems to be a case of you come on my show, I’ll come on yours. Case closed. Right?
Not so fast.
A reader, who wished to remain anonymous, emailed GCM Watch about Bishop Jake’s appearance on the show. The individual was concerned that might be signaling a suttle turning or “repositioning” in Bishop Jakes theology because of Dr. Phil’s beliefs on homosexuality. Is there something beyond just the reciprocal guesting? As a Christian, is Bishop Jakes aware of Dr. Phil’s open endorsement of homosexuality as natural? What about this statement posted on Dr. Phil’s website?:
Christine: My 22-year-old daughter is in a relationship with a woman. I don’t believe she is a lesbian. Could this be a form of rebellion and a result of getting in with the “wrong” crowd? Can homosexuality be learned and unlearned?
Dr. Phil: Homosexuality is not a learned behavior. A sexual orientation is inherited; you are wired that way. Certainly some people will experiment with a gay lifestyle, and a gay person might experiment with a heterosexual one. If she is really gay, she will find a place in that life and in that community. The important thing is that you just love her through that. What difference does it make if she is gay? Accept her, support her and do not be judgmental. It is difficult enough for her to live openly and honestly in this society; don’t put your judgment on top of that.
So Dr. Phil is 100% sure that homosexuality is inherited. Inherited from who and how? And his expert opinion is just to support and accept? For someone who has built a show around “getting real”, Dr. Phil’s beliefs about homosexuality are as about as real as a McDonald’s on planet Jupiter. Even though the evidence is quite the opposite, Dr. Phil’s beliefs per se are not the issue of this post. Bishop Jake’s are. Bishop Jakes alludes to Dr. Phil’s closet Christianity, but doesn’t come right out and say it. If Dr. Phil is a professing Christian, that makes his remarks about homosexuality even the more alarming. However, the problem with Bishop Jakes is that he has a confusing record on the homosexuality issue. He sounds, at times tight lipped, at other times he sounds mildly sympathethic. Sometimes, he abstains from saying anything at all and sometimes he sounds just plain ignorant. That’s hard to accept from a man who has written 30 of the most celebrated Christian relational books on the market.
In March 2001, I was at the Potters House where I saw something that impacted me tremendously. Bishop Jakes became physically angry at the response of a crowd of men gathered to hear his fatherly wisdom. He was talking about how some gay men are broken because they have had sexually abusive relationships. Jakes explained that some of them don’t know how to have a healthy relationship with another man. He said something else that was a tad vulgar, but I won’t mention it here. That remark elicted sparodic laughter from the men. But from his reaction, it was clear he didn’t intend for it to be humorous. He rebuked the men sharply, telling them they had “little boy” attitudes. He blamed high death rates from AIDS on their attitudes. I was both shocked and pleased. Shocked that the men didn’t see his seriousness on the matter and pleased that he didn’t let them get away with it.
Is Bishop Jakes repositioning his thinking?
TD Jakes made his fortune preaching as if he had some sort of intuitive reading on the human condition. But oddly, as he has risen in popularity, his statements about homosexuality are less defined.
Some believe this is because one of his twin sons is gay. The young man was spotted at a black gay club in Atlanta during the popular 2006 MegaFest. One of the more recurrent search questions bringing people to GCM Watch is “TD Jakes’ gay son”, so there is considerable talk already out there. Reportedly, the young man has already told his father he is gay. If this is the case, as the reader pointed out to me, TD Jakes is repositioning himself by linking with Dr. Phil’s dangerous ideology. Would Dr. Phil tell TD Jakes the same thing he told “Christine”? Your son’s homosexuality is inherited and immutable, so just accept it and support him. Would Dr. Phil tell TD Jakes that? And would TD Jakes accept it as truth?
I feel for any parent faced with dealing with their child’s sins. But the answer is not to align yourself with people who espouse beliefs contrary to the scripture. We reported to you how one Atlanta pastor completely turned away from what he had previously believed in the scripture because his son was homosexual. Will TD Jakes be caught in that same trap by his relationship with Dr. Phil?
- Dr. Phil exposed – site critiqing Dr. Phil’s advice in light of his alleged Christianity.
- TD Jakes, Andrew Merritt linked to gay church movement
- G. Craige Lewis weighs in on the TD-Phil partnership controversy with a notice to “church house negroes”