Jakes believes that the Black church is slowly progressing and that the relationship between the church and the LGBT community is improving.
“I think that it’s going to be diverse from church to church, every church has a different opinion on the issue and every gay person is different. And I think that to speak that the church, the Black church, the White church — or any kind of church you wanna call it — are all the same, is totally not true, ” Jakes said.
Jakes explained that while he believes churches have the right to worship as they see fit, LGBT people have the right to find places to worship that embrace them and their beliefs.
“LGBTs of different types and sorts have to find a place of worship that reflects what your views are and what you believe like anyone else,” he said. “And the church should have its own convictions and values.”
Jakes also confessed that his opinion on the subject has “evolved and evolving”:
“I think that where I am is to better understand we, the church, bought into the myth that this is a Christian nation,” Jakes said. And once you get past that …once you begin to understand that democracy, that a republic actually, is designed to be an overarching system to protect our unique nuances, then we no longer look to public policy to reflect biblical ethics.”
During the interview, Jakes discussed his new book “Destiny: Step In Your Purpose” – about identifying your passion and following it. Jakes, who leads The Potter’s House in Dallas, said:
“I think if you can identify your passion, you can find your purpose — [and] that your passions prewire you to be most effective working in a particular area,” he told host Marc Lamont Hill.
“And once you identify your passions and begin to understand, ‘This is where I’m gifted. This is what gives me energy when I do it and lights my eyes up when I go about it.’ Then to move in the area of your purpose puts you on a road to destiny.”
Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with Bishop T.D. Jakes here.