Falling away: T.D. Jakes Comes Out for ‘Gay Rights’ and ‘LGBT Churches,’ Says Position is ‘Evolving’

JakesMegachurch leader and author T.D. Jakes says that homosexuals should attend congregations that affirm their lifestyle and that politics do not need to reflect biblical ethics, adding that his position on homosexuality is both “evolved and evolving.”

During an interview with the Huffington Post on Monday, Jakes was asked by a viewer if he believes that homosexuals and the black church can co-exist.

“Absolutely… I think it is going to be diverse from church to church. Every church has a different opinion on the issue and every gay person is different,” he replied. “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 that he thinks homosexuals should find congregations that affirm their lifestyle.

“LGBT’s 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 outlined.

“The church should have the right to have its own convictions and values; if you don’t like those convictions and values [and] you totally disagree with it, don’t try to change my house, move into your own … and find somebody who gets what you get about faith,” Jakes added.

He said that the issue of homosexuality is “complex.”

“Paul spends a lot of time wrestling back and forth, trying to understand should a woman wear a head covering, should you cut your hair,” Jakes stated. “I mean, they grappled back then and we’re grappling now because we’re humans and we are flawed and we’re not God.”

“Once you understand you’re not God, you leave yourself an ‘out’ clause to grow,” he said.

When asked if his position on homosexuality has “evolved,” Jakes agreed that it has.

“Evolved and evolving,” he replied. “I think that where I am is to better understand we, the church, bought into the myth that this is a Christian nation.”

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must legalize same-sex “marriage,” igniting a battle between the Church and State over the issue. In his comments on Monday, Jakes advocated for the separation of Church and State, which would allow for “all types of people” to have whatever rights they desire despite biblical prohibitions. He said that politics don’t need to be based on Christianity.

“[O]nce you get past [thinking America is a Christian nation] … 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 for public policy to reflect biblical ethics,” Jakes explained.

“If we can divide—or what you would call separation of Church and State—then we can dwell together more effectively because atheists, agnostics, Jews, all types of people, Muslims, pay into the government. The government then cannot reflect one particular view over another just because we’re the dominant group of religious people in [this] country because those numbers are changing every day,” he asserted. “We need a neutralized government that protects our right to disagree with one another and agree with one another.”

Jakes had visited the Huffington Post to discuss his new book on “destiny.” The interview focused on motivational subject matter in following one’s dreams and passions as opposed to the eternal destiny of the soul.

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WORSE THAN NEW YORK: RADICAL ABORTION LAW WILL MAKE ILLINOIS THE “ABORTION CAPITAL OF AMERICA”

The law allows non-physicians to perform surgical and medical abortions. It also repeals laws that allow husbands to block their wives from aborting their child, eliminates requirements to investigate fetal or maternal deaths resulting from

abortion, and allows minors to receive abortions without ever having to notify their parents.

(Chicago, IL)—[CBN News] Illinois is considering its most radical abortion bills yet. If passed, pro-life advocates say they could turn the state into the

The Reproductive Health Act (HB 2495 and SB 1942) enshrines abortion as a “fundamental right” and provides that a “fertilized egg, embryo, or fetus does not have independent rights under the law.”

The bills would do the following:

• Repeal a 1975 law that includes criminal penalties for doctors who perform abortions.

• Legalize abortions up until the moment of birth.

• Eliminate all restrictions on where abortions are performed.

• Require all private health insurance policies to cover abortion (even churches and other religious organizations).

The law also allows non-physicians to perform surgical and medical abortions. It repeals laws that allow husbands to block their wives from aborting their child, eliminates requirements to investigate fetal or maternal deaths resulting from abortion, and allows minors to receive abortions without ever having to notify their parents.

Colleen Connell, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, told Rewire News the bills are a direct response to pro-life advocates.

“It’s pushing back against a deliberate strategy of the anti-abortion movement of stigmatizing and siloing women’s reproductive health care, and these bills are saying we need to treat reproductive health care like any other health care,” she said.

Constitutional law expert Paul Benjamin Linton calls the bills “the most radical piece of abortion legislation that has ever been introduced in Illinois, and … the most radical proposed in any state to date.”
“The Democratic supermajority’s proposals now pending in the Illinois General Assembly are the most pro-abortion legislative measures of their type in the country,” said Peter Breen, vice president and senior counsel for the Thomas More Society, and former Illinois House minority floor leader. “The barbaric procedures promoted by this legislation are nothing short of infanticide.”

“These bills go well beyond the recent New York law and would turn Illinois into a third-trimester abortion destination and an underage abortion haven,” he continued. “Gov. J.B. Pritzker promised that his Illinois Democrats would turn the state into the most ‘progressive’ in the country on abortion, and these bills deliver on that violent promise: Pritzker and his Democratic supermajorities would convert the ‘Land of Lincoln’ into the ‘Abortion Capital of America.'”
The bills are pending in the 101st General Assembly.

The legislation comes on the heels of a recently passed Vermont bill that would legalize abortion at any stage of pregnancy for any reason.

Like Illinois, the Vermont bill goes beyond New York’s late-term abortion by giving blanket permission for all abortion. New York only relegated late-term abortions to women and babies with health issues (although never explicitly defining what that means).

The legislation is headed to the Vermont Senate where Democrats have a supermajority.

National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis argues these laws reveal that abortion is no longer considered safe, legal, and rare, but a fundamental right.
“To the Left, abortion is no longer a last resort, an option to be prevented, a difficult and sad choice that some women feel forced to make. Abortion is now a fundamental right, a social good so worth preserving that it is necessary to explicitly dehumanize living human beings to justify it,” she writes. Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

10 Molotov Cocktails Attack on Tourist Bus in Jerusalem

Jerusalem City Councilman Aryeh King, who is well-known for his work to reclaim eastern Jerusalem for Jews, on Thursday night reported that “a serious attack was carried out in the heart of our holy capital, Jerusalem, about 400 yards from the Western Wall.”

According to King, it was “a severe terror attack by a number of terrorists on a transport vehicle full of Jewish passengers. about 10 Molotov cocktails turned the car into a dangerous fire trap, which only by a miracle did not end up costing lives.”

“Damned terrorists tried to murder families while they were driving to a house in the village of Shiloach,” King reported. “A well-planned ambush by a number of terrorists, during which 10 Molotov cocktails were thrown at a bus with passengers, which almost became a death trap.”

King, called on Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan and Mayor Moshe Leon to take action against PLO operatives who have taken residence in Jerusalem.

UNITED NATIONS WARNS THAT BILLIONS OF LOCUSTS NOW GATHERING ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RED SEA PREPARING TO SWARM EGYPT AND SAUDI ARABIA

A locust outbreak in Sudan and Eritrea is spreading rapidly along both sides of the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said. Periods of rain along the Red Sea coastal plains in Eritrea and Sudan have allowed two generations of breeding since October, leading to a substantial increase in locust populations and the formation of highly mobile swarms

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warns that an infestation of desert locusts in Sudan and Eritrea is rapidly spreading along both sides of the Red Sea towards Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Even with all the gruesome weaponry that fallen man has created over the years, few things are creepier or more disturbing than when the insect world comes swarming. When God wanted to get Pharoah’s attention in the Old Testament, He sent plagues of disgusting insects and reptilian creatures.

Right now, billions of locusts are descending on Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Kinda funny, though, how these swarms almost always skip right over Israel, isn’t it?

“And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.” Revelation 9:3 (KJV)

So to there will be a swarm of locusts in Israel that will come up from the bottomless pit. The Bible says about that time “And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” That will happen during this time!

SPEAK OF THE BIBLE: LOCUST SWARMS IMMINENT IN EGYPT, SAUDI ARABIA

FROM THE JERUSALEM POST: According to an agency press release, heavy rains triggered two generations of breeding since October, leading to a substantial increase in the locust population.

“The next three months will be critical in bringing the locust situation under control before the summer breeding starts,” FAO’s Senior Locust Forecasting Officer Keith Cressman said.

Earlier this year, the insects evoked biblical times when they showed up at holy sites in Mecca, covering some areas in darkness and sparking a thunderstorm of hail and fire on social media.

“These locusts are normally present in low numbers in the desert and don’t cause a big problem. But following a large rainfall they can quickly multiply, eventually forming hopper bands or swarms of adults, composed of billions of individual locusts,” Cressman told The Media Line.

ACCORDING TO THE FAO, LOCUST SWARMS CAN EXTEND OUTWARDS SEVERAL HUNDRED SQUARE MILES, CONTAINING ROUGHLY 40-80 MILLION ADULT LOCUSTS IN EACH SQUARE MILE.

What makes these insects so dangerous is their threat to food security, says Cressman.

“A desert locust adult can consume its own weight (roughly 2 grams) in food in a day. The added difficulty is they’re normally in the desert, so they’re eating the vegetation there.

“Once they get into rainfed crops on the edge of the desert, grown by poor farmers, they’re eating an entire livelihood, and then they move into the country and affect national food supplies,” he emphasized.

Therefore, a swarm of about 40 million locusts eats the same amount of food in one day as about 35,000 average people. A swarm reaching the size of Paris would eat the same quantity of food in 24 hours as half the population of France, according to the FAO.

“When a locust swarm lands, it can cause crop losses of 80-100 percent,” Dr. Arianna Cease, Director of the Global Locust Initiative at Arizona State University, told The Media Line. “This is particularly devastating for subsistence farmers who depend on their crops to feed their families.” READ MORE

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Snow, ice, torrential rain brings weather havoc to 39 states, 200 million people

(USA TODAY)A massive storm that marched across the nation Tuesday promises to bring heavy snow, crippling ice and torrential rain to more than 200 million Americans over the next couple of days.

Parts of 39 of the 48 contiguous United States will be touched by the storm, including every state east of the Mississippi River, AccuWeather said. The worst of it was forecast for Wednesday.

“The ‘real feel’ will be terrible and it will be everywhere,’ AccuWeather meteorologist Elliot Abrams told USA TODAY. “Snow, ice, sleet, flooding, you name it you got it across the country. It will feel cold and it will be messy, misty and miserable.”

As of late Tuesday, winter weather alerts stretched all the way from southern California to Connecticut, a distance of about 2,500 miles.

Wednesday, snow will fall both in the Upper Midwest and the mid-Atlantic. In the Midwest, widespread snowfall totals of 4-8 inches are expected from eastern Nebraska into eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin through the day, the National Weather Service said.

In the mid-Atlantic, the weather service predicted 3-5 inches of snow in addition to ice and rain for Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Baltimore was forecast to get a bit more, Philadelphia a bit less, but all three metro areas face an icy mess for commuters.

Philadelphia public schools will be closed Wednesday, officials announced Tuesday.

The central Appalachians should see 4-8 inches of snow, topped by as much as 1/4 inch of ice.

“When venturing outside, watch your first few steps taken on steps, sidewalks and driveways, which could be icy and slippery, increasing your risk of a fall and injury,” the weather service warned.

‘Peace plan will not be just slogans’

Arutz Sheva spoke with Jason Greenblatt, the US Special Representative for International Negotiations, following the ground-breaking Warsaw conference and in preparation the US peace plan.

How do you sum up the Warsaw conference? Is it only about countering Iran or is there really a process of normalization of relations between Israel and Arab countries?

“Warsaw was an historic conference to build consensus around promoting security and prosperity across the region, and addressing common threats such as Iran. The ministerial brought together leaders from Israel and the Arab world to engage on common challenges facing the region. Dialogue and the open exchange of ideas is exactly what the region needs. More open engagement will be critical to achieving progress on Israeli-Palestinian peace.

“Jared Kushner and I will build on Warsaw’s momentum by traveling to the region next week to consult with key stakeholders across the region about the economic component of the Administration’s vision for peace. When President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and then Israel on this first foreign trip as President in May, 2017, he set the stage for some of the progress you have seen. To make real progress, and to work toward stability in the region, it is important that the region and Israel be able to work together on multiple fronts. I think you have seen steps in that direction, but we still have a long way to go.

“We also think that these engagements help pave the way to peace between Israel and the Palestinians. We know that goes against what the Palestinian Authority says publicly and we disagree with their approach. Normalization helps pave the way towards the possibility of peace. Anti-normalization is one of the stumbling blocks in the way of peace and leaves the Palestinians further and further behind.

How is the US under the current administration seen by the many Arab countries that attended the summit? Will the US be developing new relations?

“We have good friends and partners across the Arab world. These partnerships will be important as we seek to give our peace plan the best possible chance to succeed. The leaders in the region respect what President Trump is trying to achieve. Warsaw was a one step toward that goal. Our trip to the region next week will build on that momentum.”

Mr. Jared Kushner attended the summit and shared a few aspects of the upcoming peace plan. What can you tell us about this plan? We know it’ll be released only after the Israeli elections, but what should we expect?

“I think you will see a plan that is fair, realistic, and implementable with enough detail where people can actually imagine how it might succeed. It will not just be just aspirational principles or slogans. We have developed it to a degree that people will clearly understand the many benefits and opportunities that can be achieved by this vision, as well as the suggested compromises. We hope that people keep an open mind and judge it on its merits. It will be up to the parties to decide if and how to move forward.”

Mr. Kushner mentioned “concessions” that will be necessary from both sides. Will the US be demanding that Israel uproot Jewish communities in so-called “controversial” areas?

I’m not going to get into what’s in the plan, but we are not making demands of either side. We hope to be able to facilitate a deal if it is possible. I think it is clear that thus far President Trump has been perhaps the greatest president for the State of Israel in the history of the State of Israel. The vision should be reviewed in that context.”

We hear a lot about the strengthening friendship between Israel and US under the Trump Administration. Is it mainly the attitude and the personal connections, or is this something that has actual practical results ‘on the field’, and if so what are they?

“Under the Trump Administration, relations between the United States and Israel have never been better. Certainly, President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu have a warm and productive relationship- President Trump has great respect for Prime Minister Netanyahu as well as a friendship. Separate from that of course, the unshakable bond between our two countries and our two peoples runs very deep. The foundation of our friendship is based on shared interests and values and a commitment to freedom and democracy.”

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The BIGGEST quake of the year a mag 7.7 reduced to a mag 7.5 rocks Ecuador!

(USGS)It is the biggest quake of the year so far, the earthquake, which happened near Ambato, Ecuador, has also been

felt in Peru and Colombia, United States Geological Survey says.

The massive earthquake has rocked Ecuador at the border with Peru.
The quake initially measured magnitude 7.7 but no scaled down to magnitude 7.5, has been felt in both countries and parts of Colombia.
It happened around 224km (140 miles) east-southeast of Ambato, Ecuador, the United States Geological Survey says.
Videos and photos of the devastation have started to emerge on social media. In one image, a woman shudders and protects her face as she leaves her home.

Families have been pictured running from buildings in fear in major cities.
Emergency services have rushed to the worst-hit areas to help assist with evacuations. No tsunami warnings are in place.

The area, close to the idyllic Pacific Ocean coastline, is said to be popular with British holidaymakers.

Today’s quake is the 5th major quake of February and the 17th of 2019.
The quake came as usual during a stream of solar wind from a coronal hole which is buffeting Earth’s magnetic field, and this is causing geomagnetic unrest around the poles.