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Jay Bakker, son of former televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, has officially endorsed homosexual “marriage.” That was announced in a recent address in North Carolina, where residents will decide May 8 on a constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage.
In speaking before a group of homosexual “marriage” supporters at a warehouse in Durham, Bakker said: “My parents always taught me that love was the trump card, and they always told me that Jesus loved you no matter who you are or what you did.”
Rev. Mark Creech of the Christian Action League of North Carolina is not surprised by Bakker’s “feel-good” stance that requires “no real holiness.”
“It’s unfortunate that, as a child, he was injured … by a lot of hypocrisy that he witnessed in the church, and I think he was also the innocent victim of forms of unjust religious condemnation that seriously, negatively impacted him and made him vulnerable to acceptance of a false message that is what Dietrich Boenhoeffer once referred to as ‘cheap grace,'” Dr. Creech offers. (Listen to full response)
That is a message of forgiveness without repentance. “It’s grace without a cross” and without producing a complete transformation in one’s life. But the CAL executive director cites Luke 13:3, which says unless a person repents, he shall likewise perish.
Creech goes on to point out that Bakker is not the only one preaching this “toxic and counterfeit gay-affirming gospel” that appeals to many. But he urges people not to be deceived by it.