According to David More, editor of QNotes, Jay Bakker (son of Jim and Tammy Faye) is threading a religious and political needle by agreeing to an upcoming speech at the Exodus annual antigay conference in Asheville, N.C.
QNotes quotes a phone conversation that he had with Bakker recently:
“I think what the church has done to the gay community is horrible and wrong,” he said with a start. “My family went through so much hurt and rejection from the church. I wanna go back and show them how hurtful they’ve been.
“There will be people there because they don’t think God wants them to be gay. And then there are others who think this is their last chance. I don’t want them to think this is their last chance. God’s going to love them no matter if they’re straight or gay.
“I would never tell anyone that they have to change their sexual orientation or they’re going to hell. I just want to tell them that God loves them. I know I serve a loving and compassionate God — but I don’t think the gay community has been shown that.”
Bakker says Exodus required all speakers to sign political-correctness documents tightly restricting what can or can’t be said — and that he refused to sign anything.
“I told them I’m not gonna get up there and tell anybody they can’t be gay or straight. I told them that all I was going to do was talk about God’s love. So they bent the rules for me. They changed their contract for me to be there. That’s a good thing. I hope it means we’re moving towards a more compassionate church.”
Bakker says he is prepared for the possibility that Exodus might remove him from the program on the basis of his disclosures to QNotes.
Hat tip: Micah B.