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Earlier this week Rebecca wrote a letter on Facebook to Pastor Jenkins about her experience at First Baptist Church of Glenarden. The letter has gone viral and has garnered a lot of attention on being black and gay in a black church.

How do you still preach the word of God without inserting your own opinions into the mix? I’m sure it is very difficult judging by the comments on Pastor Jenkins post. Read his letter and let’s discuss what can we do going forward.


Greetings. This is Pastor Jenkins’ letter in response to an open letter he received this week:

Thank you very much for your thoughtful response to my comments at Sunday service on May 22nd. I sincerely appreciate your feedback and honesty. It was never my intention to hurt you, your mother or anyone. I have the utmost respect for the painful journey you have made toward self-acceptance and creating the life in which you experience the greatest love.
Perhaps you are unaware of our church’s efforts to reach out to the LGBTQ community and serve our community at large. I have tried to be very sensitive in my word choices, and I am sorry that my words hurt you. I truly love and care for all people who experience same-sex attraction. In the past, you may have heard me speak that everyone is welcome at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, and I do mean everyone: heterosexual, and the entire LGBTQ community. God loves all His children, and so do I.
During my sermon this past Sunday, I attempted to say that there are many factors influencing the demise of families today. At different services I mentioned multiple factors, some of which you alluded to in your comments to me. I will seek to be more sensitive and less offensive in the future.
The mention of same-sex marriage was just one of many factors that I believe grieve God’s heart and compromise the family. As you may know, I uphold traditional Biblical truths that the sanctity of marriage is between one man and one woman.
As a Pastor, my responsibility is to be thought-provoking and foster conversation around issues of faith. If you would like to meet to further discuss this matter, I welcome the opportunity to dialogue and determine how I can be more sensitive and to cultivate a better understanding. We will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers.
In His Grace and Love,
Pastor John K. Jenkins Sr.


 

Who wrote the letter? It says “this is Pastor Jenkins” then says a letter ‘he’ received. Why not just say “A letter that I received. But here we are.

Pastor Jenkins was respectful and it doesn’t seem like he let it get him take away from his message. His message is that he believes homosexuality is wrong in the eyes of God. Which can be in fact argued. But what always get’s me is that they’re tons of scriptures in the bible of which we don’t pay attention to.

  1. Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material. Leviticus 19:19
  2. 2. All that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you. Leviticus 9:10
  3. When a woman has a discharge, if her discharge in her body is blood, she shall continue in her menstrual impurity for seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening. Everything also on which she lies during her menstrual impurity shall be unclean, and everything on which she sits shall be unclean. Leviticus 15: 19-20
  4. No one whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off shall be admitted to the assembly of the LORD. Deuteronomy 23:1
  5. You may purchase male or female slaves from among the foreigners who live among you. You may also purchase the children of such resident foreigners, including those who have been born in your land. You may treat them as your property, passing them on to your children as a permanent inheritance. You may treat your slaves like this, but the people of Israel, your relatives, must never be treated this way. Leviticus 25:44-46 – Alternate

So why are we in the LGBTQ community punished so hard in the black church? In my opinion. It is easy to judge us then judge the many sins some of these people see and commit every day. It’s easy to cast away a homosexual than to cast someone for eating certain animals.  This is why I’m not sure what to say when people ask me do I believe in God.

Thank you, Rebecca Daniel & Pastor Jenkins, for the discussion. I appreciate you both.

 

 

What do you think of Pastor Jenkins response?

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  1. Helen

    May 27, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    I think we all know what truth is and what God expects from every believer… So with that said…sin is sin there is no one exception for any one of them!! We can’t compromise any one sin for anybody!! That would be like saying God was wrong?

    • Danny

      June 8, 2016 at 12:22 am

      And That’s Part of the problem folks are compromising God’s word to fit their situation.

  2. Velman

    June 3, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    All Unrighteousness is sim. From the A’s of it to the Z’s. If you are sinning you’re sinning. No laws will change God’s law. If you’re living by the word of God continue to stand on it. Jesus was to be the answer for our getting back in relationship with God from the beginning. And what the old and new testament has done was always pointed to him and in him lies our righteousness for he went about doing good and living a sinless life for all who would believe in him. The son of God. Born if the birgin mary,and if one wants to believe in him then he she will love for him. For he is holy and has given of himself so we can save a relationship with him. This universe in which we live has a Creator that created us in his age and likeness and his plan has always been Jesus (the Creator himself making a way for us to live in a right relationship with Him again. Before sin and if the cow wants the chicken and your Father wants your daughters and the drunk want to get drink and people want to be jealous or gossips and people want to have sex with their dog or gerbils and male with make and girl with girl; you go right ahead because it’s not the Creator of the heaven above or the earth below that has distorted his creation. There’s an Evil Spirit that we choose to give in to and He’s working against God through whoever he can confuse! And remember there is life after this world. Where will you spend yours. God has give us a choice and who You choose to live for here. Will be your new home after you leave here. In the beginning God created

    • Lillian Hamlett

      September 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      John 8: 45: (A.M. P.) But because I speak the truth ,you do not believe Me[do not trust Me, do not rely on Me, or adhere to Me.] 47:Whoever is of God listens to God,[Those who belong to God hear the Words of God,]this is the reasons that you do not listen [to those words,to Me];because you do not belong to God and are not of God or in harmony with Him. now you choose whom you will serve God the Father and Creator, of heaven and earth , and (you), or {Satan}, because you are serving one of them, {alright}. Now I don’t no about you, but I will Stay with His One and Only begotten Son Jesus, !” alright.”{Just something you must think about’. }

  3. V. Combs

    June 3, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Pastor Jenkins is preaching a marginalizing gospel that has more to do with ignorance, culture, and hate than it has to do with Jesus. Having ministries and outreach to people, while simultaneously preaching against them demonstrates the kind of unstable double mindedness the Bible speaks about.

    • S Pope

      June 5, 2016 at 10:31 pm

      Why is it considered hate when there is a disagreement? Only God can change the heart of man. Men/women want what they want even if it’s against the Word of God. I respect all but I don’t agree with all. I agree with God’s way. I will never agree with a man laying with a man nor a woman with a woman. Some see that as normal, I see that as not normal. My husband and I can make babies God’s way. People will risk it all just to have their way. I’m preparing myself and my family to be persecuted for Christ’s sake just as the bible says. I guess we’re in for it because we’re not changing our belief. We love and respect but we will not agree with sin. Jesus please be with us all in our time of trouble. Amen

    • Maveriq22

      June 6, 2016 at 7:14 am

      He is preaching the Bible…period. You seem to believe the bible’s truths needs to be massaged so not to offend and to change with the times. The truth marginalizes sin. Calling out that sin and reaching out to the offending sinner is not simultaneous “double mindedness” or did you forget that Christ came for the unsaved sinner?

  4. Ramon

    June 5, 2016 at 1:49 am

    I really don’t understand what the confusion is. I respect all people lgbt or not but people need to separate hate and belief. First off if I have my own faith and I interpret the Bible the way I interpret it. Why is society now forcing me to believe that homesexuality is right. In my faith and the way I was taught. It’s a sin so is fornication murder theft lying and etc. I don’t see anybody going to Muslims saying “pork is delicious you need to have pork at your dinner incase it’s some Muslims that eat pork arrive”. It’s their faith. I also have Muslim family members. It’s about respect above all. Live your life and I will live mine. Maybe if people would start to mind their business and just respect everybodies differences. If his sermon about homosexuality was wrong then go to another church. He isn’t the only pastor in America. It’s plenty things said in church that people don’t wanna hear. If u don’t wanna hear it leave and just find one that is better for u. I

    • Iz

      June 5, 2016 at 11:40 pm

      I agree Ramon. Why are Christians being judged for our belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. And as far as the quoting the old testament, those laws were for the Children of Israel. We are no longer under the law. So the argument is faulty.

      • Charmane

        June 7, 2016 at 4:23 pm

        Exactly IZ. I was going to reply on that we are living under the NEW COVENANT under JESUS CHRIST

  5. Lisha

    June 5, 2016 at 8:59 am

    The Bible says there would be ignorance from people and anyone who goes against Gods word has ignorance there for the devil is trying to be in the mist of these things. And the devil causes confusion therefore in Gods Words if you are sinning you will accounted for your sins.The pastor was speaking on truth and people cannot handle the truth which is God’s word and that is Homomortality is Not in God’s plan.He mad a man for a women and a women for a man you shall be judged at the end.So only God can judge us for our sins and it is written in the Bible Truth needs to be spoken.

  6. John

    June 5, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Tell the truth pastor its Gods word who cares what the world think they will c though

  7. CS

    June 8, 2016 at 4:22 am

    In my opinion, the LGBTQ community is judged so harshly because they have put their issues out their to be judged. No sin is greater than any other sin. When you advertise your sin and attempt to have others accept your sin, that’s where it becomes an issue. Yes I can love you in Christ but I don’t have to accept the fact that you are living in sin. Yes their are many many many sins that occur on a daily basis; how many of them are really glorified? How many people are fighting to have a community of fornicators accepted? How many people are fight to have a community of murders accepted? At the end of the day we will all be judged. That is a fact none of us can escape.

  8. Kadijah

    June 12, 2016 at 1:28 am

    I think this will forever be a contraversial issue mainly because you have the old biblical pastors and you have the younger generation pastors who can somewhay relate to the changes of the world and are much more accepting to this. I have a young pastor who is 24 and she always say she will never be preach on homosexuality becuase her job is to save souls not change no one or cast them out. Versus my grandfather who is i in the older generation and is totally against it. So again i say this will forever be a ” touchy” topic.

  9. toni

    June 12, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    The truth sometimes offends. The bible is true. God created everything with a purpose. To produce. You can’t convince me in a million years that 2 men having relations in the anal area ( the same area that releases our human waste) produces something good. 2 women? They bare no fruit at all.

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With all of the obstacles that exist within our society, it’s incredible to see 13-time NBA All-Star and former player, Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union empowering their pre-teen, Zaya, to live her truth.

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Wade recently appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to promote the upcoming ESPN documentary D Wade: Life Unexpected. Following a clip from the documentary, he shared that his middle child, formerly known as Zion, now identifies as “her” and goes by the name Zaya. 

As DeGeneres praised him for his support of Zaya, Wade replied, “Me and my wife Gabrielle Union are proud parents of a child in the LGBTQ+ community. And we are proud allies as well. We take our roles and our responsibility as parents very seriously.”

He went on to share that Zaya expressed her desire to live her truth at 9-years-old. “I don’t know if everyone knows, originally named Zion, born as a boy — came home and said, ‘Hey, I want to talk to you guys. I think going forward I’m ready to live my truth. I want to be referenced as she and her, I would love for you guys to call me Zaya,” he explained.

Immediately the parents began to educate themselves and seek advice from members of the LGBTQ+ community, Union reaching out to the cast of the popular FX series, Pose. For Wade, it’s all about giving her “the best opportunity to be her best self” while preparing her to live life openly.

According to Wade, “Once Zaya came home and said, ‘I want you to call me Zaya and I’m ready to take on this,’ I looked at her and said, ‘You are a leader. And this is our opportunity to allow you to be a voice.’ Right now it’s through us, because she’s 12 years old, but eventually, it will be through her.”

For more on his journey post-career and as the father of an openly gay pre-teen, tune in to D Wade: Life Unexpected. The ESPN documentary airs Sunday, February 23rd. 

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So in light of the great news of President Trump getting impeached. I was sent an article from a few twitter mutuals of an interview done by Mikelle Street interviewing everyone’s favorite problematic porn star Max Konner. I knew at that moment I would not receive any peace this week. The article at hand denoted that Konner was beginning his own talent agency for people of color. I did a double-take, but I been on this earth long enough to know a stunt when I see one. In the article, Konnor mentioned the need for porn actors of color needing proper tutelage and education before entering the pornography industry. Which I do agree with, but we also know that seeing the phrasing “people of color” does not mean black people and why would Konner exclusively help his own people? He wouldn’t, but that’s been made very clear that he has no intention of helping the Black LGBTQIA+ community after his behavior during the PR nightmare which and is still NoirMale.com

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I have to be honest that I found the interview to be amazing and at minimal a cross-examination of Konner’s work history, work ethics, and very sorted and messy racially insensitive history. Konner acknowledges that there will be criteria for all those that apply to join the slaveshi-, sorry the Haus of Konner. 

He says in the article:

“Right now we have three exclusives: Derek ClineJabari Clutch, and Asher Lee. I have a bunch of other submissions but I’m taking my time to go through everything because it is a boutique talent management company. I am not just accepting everybody that applies. I’m trying to pick models who I feel like have what it takes to make it.”

Now, what this statement could subversively say so many things. Firstly, Jabari is the only black presenting model. Derek is racially ambiguous and Asher is Asian. Even in the first stride of selection, there is only one Black person in the mix (pun intended). Secondly, “boutique talent management company” is reading as “no fats, no fem” because knowing the shortness of sight that Konner has he may only present body boys and cis actors that are racially palatable.

Mr. Street follows up with the question:

“The release says that you all are prioritizing “models of color.” Are you referencing all models of color, specifically Black models, or will it be all models with an emphasis on models of color?”

Konner responds with:

“As of right now we are looking at all models of color. I’m trying to decide if I want to have one or two models that don’t necessarily fit that because in doing this I don’t want to become the problem that I’m trying to fight. There are so many avenues and so many arenas where we as models of color are shut down or shut out because of the color of our skin, and I don’t want this to be a thing where we say: OK it’s all models of color and anyone who is not that, get out. So I’m still toying around that, but right now we are exclusively models of color.”

My thoughts are that this is basically saying that “I’m gonna have some good ole boys in the club because I don’t want massa upset with me none.” I’m just saying. Rather than doing the right and altruistic thing and doing an all-black agency. Konner is going to appease the comfort of his white fan base in spite of the fact his black fan base was there for him when he was the porn actor Isaiah Foxx. Which if anything he owes that little boy the world because Konner is fully aware and present on the issues that BLACK porn actors face and what Isaiah a black bottom porn actor felt.

The thing that is further disturbing in the article is when Konnor says this:

“I do plan to send models from Haus of Konnor over to Noir Male but one of my big things is: if I send a model to a studio there’s agreement between me and that studio that nothing that has to do with that model’s race or nothing pertaining to the “BBC experience” is what that model is participating in. I’ve been on jobs where I’ve had no clue what I’ve been working on and then the movies come out and it’s like ‘Oh god!’”

This sounds very historically familiar. So during the slave trade, the Caribbean Islands was used as a large space for sex farms for slaves and “buck breaking”. 

Noted on RacistReport.org:

“These male slaves were purchase based entirely on the prerequisite of them possessing a large penis. Black men were routinely raped by their gay slave owners. The process was known as “breaking the buck.”

It involves a strapping Negro slave, who was defiant, was beaten with a whip till bloody in front of his entire slave congregation. The slave owner would cut down a tree and, with the help of the overseer, would then pummel the deviant “buck” into submission. Once the slave was worn down, the master had the other Negro slaves force him over the tree stump where his britches would be removed and he laid fully exposed buttocks, he would remove his own clothing and proceeded to savagely sodomize the buck in front his wife, family, friends, and children.”

Konnor is basically handing these gentlemen over to a problematic porn company ran by the also very racially problematic DJ Chi Chi LaRue. After the debacle with PrEP/U=U advocate, #TakedownTina activist, and now amateur porn actor Jacen Zhu. He stepped away from the company for their purposeful mishandling of race in the studio. We can not trust that Konner will have good intentions.

So let’s be clear. Is there a race issue in gay porn? Absolutely.

Should there be a space cultivated for porn actors of color to get jobs and to be treated fairly? Yes ma’am.

Should there be a space cultivated for black porn actors of color to get jobs and to be treated fairly? Yes sir!

Should Konner be the one doing it? No, not at this juncture and especially around his limited education on race.

Konnor has clearly acknowledged that there is a problem, which is good for him I guess. I just understand that there needs to be more work done to supplant footing for black LGBTQIA+ porn actors of all genders and body types and this attempt is half-cocked, lazy, and wildly remedial. He participating in the same foolish stunting that Noir Male did as well at their inception.

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Rumpur is free to download and includes features such as grid or swipe browsing and free messaging. Rumpur is also the first gay dating app in America to incorporate video chat which makes catfishing a non-factor!

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