Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Bakker is now a minister. He’s planted an emergent church in Atlanta called Revolution.
One of the more interesting statements of this up-and-coming Emergent leader is that he claims that God spoke directly to his heart and told him that homosexuality “is not a sin”. Here is the link to the interview that documents this claim.
Forget your disgust and disdain for Jim and Tammy for a minute. Don’t judge Jay based upon his tattoos and his completely screwed up childhood. In fact, let’s pretend for a few minutes that Jay Bakker is not the one who is claiming that God told him that homosexuality is not a sin. Let’s pretend that it is Billy Graham making this claim. Even better, let’s pretend that the Angel Gabriel has appeared from heaven and is being interviewed on CNN. During his interview the Angel Gabriel tells the world that God wants us to know that homosexuality is not a sin.
To prove his credentials the Angel Gabriel causes it to snow in Baghdad on the fourth of July and he raises Gerald Ford from the dead on live television.
I’m serious. Imagine that these things have just happened in reality and the whole world has seen and heard it.
Will you believe the Angel Gabriel? Will you believe that homosexuality is NOT on God’s ‘sin list’?
How you answer this question says a lot about what you believe about scripture and its authority.
Here’s my answer.
If the Bible is truly God’s word then I don’t care if someone appeared claiming to be Jesus Christ himself and said that homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is perfectly clear that homosexuality IS a sin.
Leviticus 20:13 says, “‘If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Romans 1:26-27 says, “ Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.”
Scripture is perfectly clear on this matter.
So now we have to decide whether or not alternative sources of spiritual information have as much authority or more than scripture.
If you agree with the Angel Gabriel in our scenario then you believe either that God’s word is NOT authoritative and is telling us the truth or you believe in a god who changes his mind on what is right and wrong.
But here is the simple answer, God’s word is true and all men and angels who contradict it are liars. Therefore, we must reject the message of the Angel Gabriel as a lie. Therefore, we must reject the message of Jay Bakker as a lie.
There are no two ways about it. Jay Bakker is a heretic and must be rejected as a liar. His church has a duty to remove him from ministry. He is telling lies and attributing them to God.