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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. CANT WAIT TO SEE YOU AT THE TEMPLE

    Posted by: penis büyütücü | Dec 14, 2010 6:09:51 AM


  2. In the name of Jesus'...I hear so much strong language from some of the homosexual men.. Most of the time you are always soooo negative. I think it's because of your brokeness and because it is so against human nature and you obviously are struggling internally ( I have gay acquaintances that are LOVELY)...I do love you, being a saved woman from the Arts industry and with an 18 y.o. male cousin that is now a "queen" after being raised by 2 different aunts btween B'more and D.C. that are ministers from the Southern Baptist background.

    You guys making the nasty comments and including all other religions, just keep it simple, calm down and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE people to help the world and people to understand and have compassion pray to God on your Knees and help somebody. JUST STOP BEING SO CRITICAL...It's ridiculous and LIFE IS JUST TOOO SHORT

    If people are ignorant help them to understand instead of being loud and wrong!

    Thank God nobody compared this to racism and civil rights because there is absolutely none.

    PRAY FOR EVERYBODY IN JESUS" mighty name.

    We belive because it works!!!!!HAVE FAITH....And because it is wriiten...No matter what...TRUST

    This is after much reading, studying, researching...

    Posted by: BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED | Dec 19, 2010 12:49:14 PM


  3. Bishop keep up the good wrk.we want to drink 4rm the same wel n let him drnk from it too.He nvr fails n wl nt fail u.

    Posted by: Bryn kudzai tavaziva | Dec 28, 2010 11:17:06 PM


  4. The man is an adult! Bishop Jakes can not be held responsible for what his son does! So many of you hate Christians but will be tolerate any other sect. You hate Christians and judge them very harshly but the truth is you won't pick up the cross of Jesus Christ. If you know so much teach the rest of us how to be Christians.

    Posted by: Blamegame! | Jan 11, 2011 2:12:12 PM


  5. I know this is old news, but I am just reading it.
    Bishop and his family are human like any other family. How many of us, for years and years, , that care for our children, cry ,scream, talk and pray to our kids about doing the right things, making right decisions. We all want the best for our kids. Once they are grown and decide to do all the things that we have been speaking against , all we can do is pray for salvation. Because TD Jakes is who he is, does not exclude him or his family from issues. They have to do what he teaches all people to do when they are going through, turn to, rely on stay focus on the prize. JESUS. FROM WHAT I just read, that is exactly what he and his wife are doing. Bishop, you and your family are in my prayers.

    Posted by: Evelyn Kelley | Jan 19, 2011 2:14:10 PM


  6. i belieave you r human andthat the devil is mad at you for being a man of god i love you bother jakes my life would not be what it is iwatch you every sunday i love your message just love your son he has to answer to god not you you child realy is gods son keep your head up your a great man

    Posted by: dolores | Feb 6, 2011 10:28:51 PM


  7. Rily the world z coming 2 an end.the dayz of sodom & gomorah a back hw can pipo defnd evil & turn against é preaching of God rily the end z near .be ware.no 1 noz da day or da hr ò hz coming dnt wait 2 change 2moro.2day may b é day.

    Posted by: Sandra | Apr 3, 2011 3:41:28 AM


  8. PASTOR TD JAKES AND MRS JAKES AND FAMILY, BE ENCOURAGED. AS YOU SIT THINKING ABOUT ALL THIS MESS. REMEMBER WHAT YOU PREACHED TO ALL YOUR LISTENERS. YOU ALREADY KNEW SATAN WAS GOING TO COME AFTER YOU WITH BOTH FEET. YOU ARE BRINGING SOULS TO CHRIST, PREACHING THE POWERFUL WORD, HELPING LOTS OF PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE WORD, WHICH IS SAVING SOULS. SATAN IS MAD HE WAS GOING CRAZY TRYING TO FIND A WEAK LINK IN THE FAMILY THAT HAD A CRACK THAT HE COULD SLITHER IN. WE ALL HAVE BEEN THERE. KEEP PREACHING

    Posted by: MARGARET PRICE | Apr 10, 2011 10:35:55 PM


  9. Bishop Jakes is preaching the word of God, his faith is tested with the problems that he faces within his family.
    Gay/lesbian community are always ready to bash anyone for their beliefs, Yes, I have a niece who's a lesbian, I may not approve of her lifestyle but it doesn't mean I love her any less than any other family member.

    Keep the faith for God is always good!!

    Posted by: val | Apr 16, 2011 10:11:20 PM


  10. What a bunch of illiterate trash.

    Posted by: Nyarlathotep | Apr 23, 2011 10:51:33 PM


  11. Homosexuality is an abomination. Pick up your bibles and read. True Christians should uphold the law and teach others to do the same. you would not blatantly disrespect your parents so have respect for your Father in heaven the same as you would your earthly parents.

    Posted by: Sharon | May 8, 2011 7:07:24 PM


  12. TD Jakes has always been a man of GOD to me regaurdless to what has been said none of u know that mans life and u cant judge him by his childrens actions cause all u gay people out there thats mad because he told u what thus said the LORD r just mad @ the wrong person cause he just the messenger and Joshua said,"Choose ye this day who u will serve,As for me and my house we will serve the LORD" and thats the choice that was made, The love for his son will never go away but when it comes makeing decison between GOD and my child ill choose the LORD as well cause just like i cant get my child into heaven his child sure cant get him into heaven with those ways satan will use anybody that allows that and thats just what those kids have allowed and when it comes to the judgment day they stand accountable for thier own sins and their parents shouldnt have to burdened because of their own sinful nature and u who think GOD made u gay just like everybody else that has sin in their life u better get rid of it cause just like Sodom and Gomorrah HE's got a place for u too.....Stop living by the flesh and enjoying it and blaming ur pervertid ways on the Man Of GOD just cause he's telling u the truth..The truth is the truth and GOD gave it to him to give to u..and u can except it or reject it but u should still give respect where it is do cause that man has never done anything but give yall what GOD gave him and as far as i can see his soul is well with the LORD

    Posted by: Latasha | May 25, 2011 10:58:46 PM


  13. For ALL I care, for all I know and for ALL I want to know, whenever satan deals a blow and expects "total victory" which is forever a mirage to him, and he discovers he is even getting farther from winning, he organises a seepfold of hell-bound, cohorts - to whom the Gospel will only look foolish forever - to slander God and His Elect here on earth. The devilish comments of those satan's cohorts here stated are a clear proof that My Spiritual Father and Mentor, Bishop T. D. Jakes, is a man of God whom the devil can NEVER stop. No matter how hard he tries! God bless you, Sir. Shalom!

    Posted by: PASTOR DAVID EGBODOR | May 30, 2011 8:52:50 AM


  14. All of these false men of God dirt is coming out.Even if it is through their families we have to be careful of how we discipline our congregations as leaders of the Gospel, when it comes down to Gayness and the lives that gays and lesbians live.These people are human beings and Americans and should be treated as such, the indirect hate that they ministers in authority spew about these people is appauuling and discusting.Well, the ball is now in your court and Mr.Jakes, and I guarantee you that you cant pray that spirit out of him,because if you could you would have.But then too you dont appear to be 100% heteoro yourself whats good for one is also good for the other. Look at your friend Eddie Long.We must also remember that religion is the power of suggestion and a mind is so easily to be persuaded.So as the good book say judgenot.

    Posted by: Jon | Jun 5, 2011 11:06:10 AM


  15. ""Let he without sin cast the first stone" . Oh, wait, I got another one, "Judge not lest ye be judged".

    Posted by: Brenda | Jun 6, 2011 9:43:44 PM


  16. T.D.Jakes preaches the true gospel of Jesus C hrist.but remember he is humane.and his family faces the same challenges as any other.i love you bishop.

    Posted by: Martin Barawa | Jun 15, 2011 9:01:08 AM


  17. Trust the negative critics to twist and change the meaning of Bishop Jakes's words of Love, compassion and support for his own son without compromising his faith. Bishop Jakes, your Ministries have helped people all around the world and touched so many people with the word of our Lord and we pray for you, your family and for those people trying to do harm that they will seek the light of God. 'Ecclesiasticcus 1, 25' "In Wisdom's treasuries there are learned sayings, but reverence for God is loathsome to the sinner."

    Thank you Bishop Jakes for your teachings of the Lord and long may they continue. :)

    Posted by: Ben | Jun 18, 2011 5:39:09 AM


  18. May Our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST continue to BLESS U AND UR'S. Ur son belongs to Jesus and we ALL are going through tough times because we're in the LAST DAYS. Be strong, IT'S ONLY A TEST! I'm praying for U and ur Family

    Posted by: denise | Jun 21, 2011 3:52:09 PM


  19. let the saint cast the first stone at bishop JAKES!
    EVEN GOD SAID " I HAVE SET BEFORE YOU LIFE AND DEATH CHOOSE " but He advises that we choose LIFE!
    Jermaine Jakes this experience is going to work for your GOOOD. AMEN

    Posted by: bukola | Jul 12, 2011 5:54:19 AM


  20. bishop,i feel sorry the situation.but our GOD is a living solution

    Posted by: robert mwawi | Jul 13, 2011 1:17:48 PM


  21. GOD BLESS BISHOP JAKES,AM A PASTOR'S DAUGHTER AND IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER WE TEND TO GO AGAINST THE DOCTERINES OF OUR LORD AND ALSO THE COUNSEL OF OYR PARENTS,BUT GOD IN HIS INFINITE MERCY BRINGS US BACK IN ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.THAT IS HOW GOD WILL RESTORE JERMAINE BACK TO HIMSELF.GOD BLESS YOU SIR.

    Posted by: alice | Jul 26, 2011 8:32:11 AM


  22. I am saddened to hear for the first time the situation that T D Jakes has had to face regarding his children. I honour him as a man that desires to teach and lead by example and ministry. I believe with all my heart that the only reason we can get away with saying some of the things that have been said about God in the comments is because of the richness of God's Grace. I would say to the Bishop, Keep preaching the truth, keep applying the truth because the truth sets men and women free. There are many that have found Christ through your ministry that have been delivered from every kind of sin. It is time for Christians to stand up for the Truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

    Posted by: Michael Smith | Jul 26, 2011 11:13:19 AM


  23. T.D. Jakes has a powerfully anointed ministry that encourages many people daily. Try to count the number of souls he has won to Christ. I am not surprised to find that he has his crosses to bear and that Satan would try to destroy this man's ministry, starting with his own children. Stop your criticism and pray for Bishop Jakes and let the first one of you without sin cast a stone. It is shocking how many people fail to have mercy. Stop talking and maybe you will have more time to pray for Bishop and his family.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 28, 2011 12:51:16 AM


  24. Bless TD Jakes And family you are so Blessed in the word, No weapon Formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that rises up against you shall be condemned. Isaiah 54:17; for those who don't know the truth God says, Touch not my anointed and do my prophet no harm. So hopefully you will one day know for yourselves Christ Jesus as your saviour, you are hold accountable for your own souls. TD Jakes family and ministries continue to be strong and Blessed, love you all, and God Bless you all.

    Posted by: andrea | Aug 3, 2011 3:13:28 PM


  25. You learn lots of stuff online. So Bishop Jakes has a gay son. Bishop, just pray that God will cure him of that illness!!!
    I would like for a christian person to attempt to answer this question. Why is Bishop Jakes jumping into producing movies? My answer as a christian is GREED!!!!

    Posted by: betty jones | Aug 20, 2011 11:27:52 AM


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