Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | September 3, 2008

T.D. Jakes Speaks On Ruth and Naomi / David and Johnathan Theory.

Buzz is going around the internet about T.D. Jakes making innuendo’s that Ruth and Naomi as well as David and Johnathan might have had a sexual relationship. Its unfair for us to simply post just a 38 second clip of what might have been an hour long sermon concerning something that was totally not suppose to be taken out of context. I did some research on the internet and found 2 theories concerning this theology. One being a Conservative Religious view while the other being a Liberal Religious view. Let the record clearly state that I in no way support the doctrine of same sex relationships in any of the 66 books of the bible. Let the record also show that since there are 2 sides to every major theological viewpoint, I only want to share with you my findings concerning BOTH theories. Again, I in no way endorse, support or believe that Ruth, Naomi, David and Johnathan had anything more than a close friendship. However, to keep things fair and not appear one sided, I want to share BOTH theological viewpoints.

Conservative Christian theologianstend to accept English translations of the Bible, such as the New International Version (NIV) and the King James Version (KJV) as authoritative. They generally accept the inerrancy of the Bible. They interpret passages literally, unless there is a good reason not to. They consider all Bible passages as instructive in today’s society. When they see any same-sex activity condemned, they believe that this applies to all homosexual activities. All homosexual behavior is sinful, regardless of the nature of the relationship. Homosexuality is a chosen, unnatural, abnormal, changeable, and perverted lifestyle, which is hated by God.

Liberal Christian theologianstend to follow a wider variety of translations, and to be more concerned with instances of copying errors in the original Hebrew or Greek, of forgery, and of biases among the translators. They consider some passages (e.g. those referring to slavery, burning some hookers alive, raping female prisoners of war, etc.) as not being valid today, as immoral, and against the will of God. They differentiate among various homosexual and heterosexual sex practices, treating some (rape, prostitution, temple sex rituals) as immoral and some (within committed relationships) as positive. Homosexual orientation and behavior is seen as a normal human sexual expression among a minority of adults. It is not changeable or chosen. Like all sexual behavior, it can be a sin if it is exploitive or manipulative or not carried out safely within a committed relationship.

There is not a single instance where a homosexual relationship is shown in the Bible to be acceptable to God. On the contrary, the Bible time and again speaks against those who participated in homosexual relations (Genesis 18:18-19:29; Romans 1:24-27), and indicate that such will not inherit the kingdom of God unless they repent of their sinful actions (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Below is the clip that is being circulated around the internet concerning T.D. Jakes comments about Ruth, Naomi, David and Johnathan. Again, we need more than just a 38 second clip in order to determine exactly where he is coming from. I have also written out exactly what the 38 second clip is saying below.

She makes her statement to this woman…that sounds somewhat, somewhere in between poetry, intimacy, & BORDERS ON LESBIANISM. People don’t even know how to explain what Ruth said to Naomi. It makes them uncomfortable. They’re afraid to talk about it. They don’t want to teach on it. Same thing with David & Jonathan…where there were same-sex relationships getting too close, people don’t even know what to say.”

Well Saints, the floor is open for your comments. I’d love to hear what your take is on this one.


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