Soldier for the Lord or Friend of the World?

Whether you like it or not, we are soldiers. We are told to put on the whole armor. We are told to use the weapons that are mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds. We are told to fight the good fight.

But every army, all soldiers need leaders who know the enemy, who know the objectives, and who are dedicated to victory using the strategy laid out by the commanding general. That commanding general is, of course, God. And His strategy is laid out in the BIble.

TD Jakes (hereafter referred to as T. Dexter) claims to be a leader within Christianity. But the difficulty is that he is not standing firm in such a way that the rest of the Christians are encouraged to stand firm against the onslaught of a secular society; a society explicitly hostile to Christianity.

Recently. T. Dexer gave an interview, addressing the topic of homosexuality and the “Black” church. In it, he stated that the homosexual has to find a church where he or she feels welcome…in their homosexuality. Additionally, he says, in that same interview, churches have their opinion and homosexuals have their opinions. Do churches also have their own opinions about adultery, fornication, lying and stealing? Or do they stand by God’s view of these things no matter the cost?

He went on to say that his own views on homosexuality have evolved and are evolving.

This is, at best, limp-wristed leadership (no pun intended). Men who lead in this fashion will not be able to equip the saints to withstand the Politically Correct Tsunami that is poised to wipe out all the churches “playing church.”

To be fair, he did try to walk the evolving comment back. But you have to wonder how someone so smart (okay, I’m being sarcastic) could say something so dumb. And truth be told, his excuse didn’t work too well when you consider the question he had been asked by Lamont-Hill.

As society changes its view of homosexuality (along with living together and a host of other examples of the lowering of standards), will the church goer have anything besides a bunch of shouting and feel-good performances to help them stand? Will they have men who stand on the truth of the word, exhorting the Christian to stand, to present ourselves as men who will stand for Christ.

T. Dexter tells you to “Get ready! Get Ready! Get Ready!” because your breakthrough is about to come to you. He tells you “Get Ready!” for a blessing. But what he doesn’t do is equip you to stand up to the choice of rejecting that which God says is wrong, not matter the cost.

Think about it. How can a man who is admired by the likes of Oprah Winfrey be a soldier in the army of the Lord? He’s way too busy trying to be liked and way too careful to avoid offending anyone. And he’s willing to work with those who are openly and virulently hostile to the Gospel.

Do you want to grow as a Christian? Dump the social clubs, the shouting-fests, the “churches” that major in making you feel good instead of guiding you in the development of holiness, integrity, and discipline. And of course I’m not talking about being perfect, just having a desire to grow in Christ, being willing to take up your cross daily.

Run from the pimps and their churches. Christian: run to Christ…and all that he calls you to.

And you folks at First Baptist Church of Glenarden on the Kettering need to remember: T. Dexter is John K. Jenkins’ mentor. John Kenneth Jenkins, the Senior Pastor at FBTGotK wants to be like T. Dexter when John grows up.

You have to wonder.