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Bishop T.D. Jakes Speaks Out About Son's Gay Sex Arrest

JakesBishop T.D. Jakes, the homophobic Dallas megachurch pastor whose son was arrested last week after exposing himself and masturbating in front of law enforcement officers during a sex sting in a public park, released a statement over the weekend (which he also read to his congregation) distancing himself from his son's actions by pointing out that Jermaine Jakes is an adult. Bishop Jakes also says that his son is being shown a "restorative grace" indicative of his ministry.

According to the Dallas Voice, Jakes has said that he would never hire a sexually active gay person, has spoken out against same-sex marriage, and has called homosexuality a "brokenness."

Jermaine Jakes turned himself in to police last Thursday on an indecent exposure charge.

Read the full text of Jakes' statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

***FULL TEXT of BISHOP TD JAKES STATEMENT regarding SON'S ARREST***

As parents, we occasionally feel that our children do not live up to our highest and best ideals. When they do not, we don't diminish our love for them as recompense for our disapproval. Like our children, we also are not infallible nor do we profess to be. Our now adult son Jermaine is 29, but when he was at home he was a recipient of correction, compassion and wise counsel. We hope that the light of what we believe will guide him through times of contradiction and moments of concern as he continues to mature.

In spite of the family pain we feel from this unfortunate situation, it has given us a chance to show him the same help, support, and restorative grace for which our family and church is noted. Through our ministry at The Potter’s House, as well as our own home, we have for years offered help in the time of need to all adults, our five children and other people’s children.

It is in moments like these that I am so grateful that we do not preach that we are the solution, but we look to Christ for resolution. So then, as a very human family with real issues, like many other people, we will draw from the same well of grace to which we have led others to drink and be refreshed.

Bishop T.D. Jakes

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  1. Yeah, look where all that "corrective compassion" got you Bishop Blowhard. Now you offer "restorative grace" - what is all this bullsh*t "Christian" gobbledygook? Your son is messed-up - largely due to your "corrective compassion." HE'S GAY - let him live his life the way God in her wisdom created him and stop forcing people to fit into your tight, bigoted, unloving, unmerciful, UNCHRISTIAN worldview.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 16, 2009 10:24:03 AM


  2. Nice. It never occurred to T.D. Jakes that perhaps his son wanted to be caught as an open cry for help. Instead of throwing him an olive branch, he pushes him further away. Don't you love religion? Don't you love how religion teaches love, forgiveness and compassion? Oh, wait, by bad.

    Posted by: CJ | Feb 16, 2009 10:25:30 AM


  3. I believe T.D. Jakes is the Bishop who is always on the Dr. Phil show giving his "sound" advice. He's sort of the "Dr.Phil" to Dr. Phil, as Dr. Phil was to Oprah on her show.

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 16, 2009 10:30:41 AM


  4. Oh great

    The poor guy is gonna end up even more mentally and emotionally F'd up than he already is due to his religious nut parents

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Feb 16, 2009 10:31:19 AM


  5. ***let him live his life the way God in her wisdom created him and stop forcing people to fit into your tight, bigoted, unloving, unmerciful, UNCHRISTIAN worldview.***

    That tight, bigoted, unloving and unmerciful attitude is a VERY christian worldview.

    Posted by: MAJeff | Feb 16, 2009 10:58:00 AM


  6. Mr. Jakes speaks well and offers many great, moving turns of phrase. I guess I just think the reality of Christian behavior so often fails to live up to their rhetoric.

    I feel sorry for that young man, but even sorrier if he turns to his family for help - they are ultimately more interested in hiding his homosexuality than anything else, most likely.

    Posted by: Yeek | Feb 16, 2009 11:43:59 AM


  7. So if you show a cop your peter you get redemptive grace shown to you? Interesting. And what a nice dad, he sure cut his son loose without any hesitation. No wonder the lad has issues.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 16, 2009 11:47:57 AM


  8. I participated in a panel on same-gender marriage in Plano, TX with this guy. He is the preacher who runs around proclaiming "don't compare your sin with my skin". Complaining about LGBT rights/issues seems to be one of his favorite topics. Hopefully at a minimum this will severely curtail his public comments about LGBT issues.

    Posted by: Chris | Feb 16, 2009 11:57:30 AM


  9. Ghandi said it best: "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."

    Posted by: Keith | Feb 16, 2009 12:02:04 PM


  10. "There was only one true christian, and he died on the cross."

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 16, 2009 1:55:58 PM


  11. TANK

    AMEN!

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Feb 16, 2009 2:23:58 PM


  12. I'll admit, I had little sympathy for his son in the aftermath of his arrest and the public scrutiny. After all, he was waving his wang at cops in a public park. A major DUH.

    But reading this statement...sad. It's a wonder the guy is only trying to freak in the bushes and hasn't already killed himself. It's garbage like that spewed by Mr Jakes that leads to so many gay youth committing or attempting suicide, to ending up on drugs or drink, and worse.

    Yes, those youth make those bad decisions, but the why behind those decisions should never be ignored....

    Posted by: Ben | Feb 16, 2009 2:50:01 PM


  13. When the Reverend, a so called Christian, fails to be Christ-like, we pretty much know he's another HOMOPHOBIC, bigot, & discriminating straight man.

    He to work on the true lessons of Christ (Love and compassion) and stop telling others know how they should live.

    KARMA always does come back and bite you in the a**.

    Posted by: FunMe | Feb 16, 2009 4:56:27 PM


  14. T.D. Jakes need only read Deuteronomy 21:18-21 to solve his problems.

    The LORD is a jealous and avenging God. Suck no cock other than the LORD's.

    Posted by: Olive Yurdich | Feb 16, 2009 4:59:39 PM


  15. If only Jermaine Jakes had introduced his pastor father to a boyfriend, this story would have a different ending. Parents (even a pastor) can be guided toward acceptance and they can change their views; mine sure did. Think about Dick Cheney and his out lesbian daughter, Mary.

    Jacking off in the bushes is a valid way of expressing oneself sexually (public sex, yes I've done that too, the park, the toilet, the abandoned subway platform, the gym, etc.) but I imagine bringing a partner home to meet your parents is a better way of starting a dialogue. I hope that Jermaine can find support from his local gay community and get it together for himself. He's a 29 year old adult, after all.

    Posted by: Randall | Feb 17, 2009 3:48:06 AM


  16. Olive Yurdich: I love you comment-----suck no cock except the lord's.

    Posted by: Hephaistion | Feb 17, 2009 2:52:17 PM


  17. This statement is truly sad for the Christian Community and the secular community. It is bringing light to what really goes on in the church. Bishop Jakes probably does not want the story to bring light to his own questionable lifestyle. You see, he said he would not hire a person with an active lifestyle. This is typical down low language. Active means Open!!!

    Posted by: Dee | Feb 20, 2009 1:09:24 AM


  18. All of the previous comments are very disrespectful and shows what type of upbringing you come from. Bishop Jakes has and always have been honest with this life. He said that he and his wife are not perfect. They raised their children the way the bible instructed. With love and correction. The Lord gave children parents to be taught and guided through life until they are old enough. Bishop Jakes' son made the decision to do what he did. Bishop Jakes simply stated that they still love their son but not what he chooses to do. There is a distinct difference. If he had done or said differently, you all would have called him a hypocrit for preaching something different for others and not meaning it for his own son. You all need to be very careful of making fun of God's people. Not man, but the bible says "touch not mine anointed...". I am paraphrasing but it is better not to say something if you do not know what you are talking about. There are radical hatemongers that are haters against homosexual people and claim they are doing it in the name of the Lord, but Bishop Jakes is not one of them. If you as homosexuals do not like to be catagorized and easy and people who spread diseases (you know what I mean), then stop doing to Christians what have been done (unjustly) to you.

    Bishop Jakes is one of the finest pastors I know. I will listen to his counsel as long as he follows the bible. Be careful of the things you say because the seeds that you sow even in speech will come back to you in a harvest.

    Posted by: 1mo | Feb 23, 2009 4:40:58 PM


  19. Yeah, be careful, or else Allah or Zeus or God or Mohammad or Xenu or Raptor Jesus will totally slaughter you and throw you into an eternal lake of napalm for talking about HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE WITH A MISGUIDED INFLATED VIEW OF THEMSELVES.

    Please take that holier-than-thou fuckshit somewhere else. You're no different than anybody, regardless of what your MAN-MADE bible tells you. Guess what, DEE? What if YOU'RE wrong and you havent been honoring the teachings of Mohammad as the Koran instructs you to do? Forsaking Islamic beliefs will only land you in a vat of burning oil for all eternity. You'd better decide which side is right before its too late!

    Posted by: ROFL | Feb 24, 2009 1:56:30 PM


  20. What do you think that Christ like really is? Jesus loved the sinner and not the sin. When He spoke to the woman at the well, He did not say that what she was doing was ok, but He loved her and showed her a way out of her sin. I know that everything today is measured by political correctness but Jesus made sure that the views of His day were always challenged. He was politically incorrect! But He changed the world. He stopped and started the world! No, there are none perfect but Him, but that does not mean that we all just ignore sin. WE call it what it is and we love those that are bound by satan and his devices and we help them find a way out. That is what a Christian does!

    Posted by: DM | Feb 26, 2009 11:59:35 AM


  21. BISHOP I LOVE you and your family and i am praying your family Mrs jakes be strong and continue to hold your head up high you are a praying woman of GOD continue to pray because the devil is busy and a liarand a loser but God will prevail be blessed....

    Posted by: LINDA | Mar 26, 2009 2:38:50 AM


  22. Some of the anti-Christian comments made here are probably made out of ignorance. How ignorant they are God only knows.
    All....All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
    Me, and you, and each one of the hateful responses towards Christians. Some of you must have never, I mean never read the bible before. Before pointing out all that other's have done wrong each one of us will still have to come before the throne of a Holy God. None of us are justified either. No not one of us.
    We all deserve punishment. However, God made a way out through repentence, and living for Him not just self. Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the light. No one can come to the father except through me. I'm hoping any one who has blogged or read this will come to the truth. The truth of the saving knowledge of Jesus. Instead of being so judgemental and wicked.

    Posted by: A man of faith | Mar 30, 2009 8:12:54 AM


  23. Bishop Jakes son Jermaine has been a faggot for years, he has molested men at The Potters House Church. One guy said that Bishop Jakes son Jermaine harrassed him sexually so much that the guy had to leave and go to another church. In addition, to that the same son Jermaine, has been seen all over the city of Dallas wearing, capri pants, that women wear, and wearing a man purse, with earrings, on the verge of looking transexual. He has been parading hisself all over Dallas, in this fashion for many years and now Bishop Jakes issues a statement, because his sons lifestyle can no longer be ignored. It seems to me that God has extended his grace over the years. And, now God has pulled his Grace, back to expose and show the world that TD Jakes, Preacher and entertainer want to be, has lost his focus for ministry. And like Eli's children, Hopni and Phinnas, Jakes, 13 yr old pregnant daughter now 21, and 29 year old gay son are not fit to be in the church God, and God's final judgement will be the total demise of the TD Jakes empire.

    Posted by: Jason | Apr 1, 2009 10:43:50 AM


  24. Bishop Jakes, my mentor and brother in Christ, I will always stand in the gap for you and your family. In my down times I watched you every morning on TBN and your teaching brought restoration to my life. FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY I AM ALWAYS PRAYER. GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME

    Posted by: PAMELA | May 5, 2009 2:18:28 PM


  25. BISHOP JAKES I AM YOUR SPIRITUAL DAUGHTER I HAVE NOTHING BUT A SOULY DIVINE LOVE FOR YOU..I NEVER MET YOU IN PERSON I WAS IN LABOR WHEN YOU PREACH AT THE TEMPLE OF PRAISE..I BEEN A MEMBER SINCE 08...I KNOW THAT YOU AND BISHOP STAPLES ARE A MAN OF GOD...I ASK GOD TO REBUKE EVERY DEMONIC SPIRIT IN THE NAME OF JESUS WHO COMMENT ON BISHOP T.D JAKES NEWS FLASH...JAKES YOU GAIN MORE HATERS...THAT MEAN YOUR A GOING TO BE ELEVATED EVERY SECOND YOU BREAVE....EVERYBODY GOES THROUGH TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS....NO BODY OF THIS WORLD IS PERFECT....YOU ARE SO SOAK IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS THAT SATAN IS STEAMING MAD THAT HE TRYING TO TAKE AWAY YOUR GLORY..ITS A TESTIMONY COMING FOR MY BROTHER JERMAINE........CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU AT THE TEMPLE....

    Posted by: ABRONDA | May 7, 2009 8:54:54 PM


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