Do you remember the Pastor Jack Schaap video in which he spoke at a FBC Hammond Youth Conference in 2010? At this conference, Schaap used hand gestures in a way that simulated masturbation as church leaders in white jackets sat behind him and watched as if this was normal behavior for a pastor. In case you forgot, here ya go and please remove children from the room while watching and listening (it is loud and obnoxious). Thank you very much.
On the first Sunday at the church we called home after our abusive church, we listened to a sermon about false teachers. I still remember the sermon. The person preaching spoke from 2 Peter 2 and mentioned that false teachers usually have a sexual component in their false teaching. The more I have studied false teachers, I have seen that this pattern is true.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
20 For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.
22 But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:18-22
Well . . . . . I’ve got another equally bizarre video to show you. This is an ordination service by Bishop Wayne T. Jackson. People, if your gut tells you that something is Not Quite Right, it is probably NQR. We do not need to see services where people high up on the hierarchical ladder use their position of authority to justify simulated sex acts before our eyes. Just because a bishop or senior pastor does it, does not mean it is right. I’m in contact with someone trying to get a copy of the video to embed here, but for the time being, I have this link on Facebook that some of you may be able to access. This link may work: Thieves in the Temple: Bishop lies on top of men during (ritual) consecration?
I found a pretty good summary of the video here:
After the men have laid face down, Jackson calls for his assistants to cover them with large white cloths which he explains that “You gotta be buried. You gotta die. So that Christ can live in you. Be prepared for burial”. The men are completely covered and Jackson grabs the ankles of the first man and acts as if he is praying. Almost as an afterthought he beckons for the assistant to give him a red cape which he throws on top of the first man.
Next, Jackson unexpectedly flings himself on top of the first man, his body and groin on the man’s buttocks where he shakes, writhes and grimaces as if there is a sex act going on. Surprisingly, the man does not move. When he repeats the same actions on the second man, some members of the audience stand, applaud and cheer. (Source)
Ok, folks, this is clearly wrong. There is nothing biblical about this whatsoever.
Here is a screen shot I took yesterday of a comment Bishop Jackson left on his Facebook page defending himself:
You can see Bishop is saying that it is “demonic and a waste of time” to debate about whether this laying-on-top-of-men-during-ordination is biblical or not. Hmmm.. Remember the spiritual abuse rule: you aren’t supposed to question authority because that is divisive or in this case “demonic”. Ok.
Another spiritual abuse issue that happens all the time is damage control. There’s a big damage control campaign going on. I have seen the video posted on two different sites on YouTube. One person told me her entire YouTube account was removed. It was also posted on a video site, Dailymotion, and that video, too, was removed.
Attention Bishop Wayne T. Jackson: I am changing the title of this post to reflect your actions. Doing damage control shows you have something to hide. Removing comments from Facebook shows that you are not willing to discuss this issue. Removing videos off Vimeo and YouTube and shutting down people’s accounts shows that you are on a witch hunt to destroy the evidence. Why are you trying to hide this video? If you are man enough to show this type of behavior in your church, then own up to it.
Update: here’s another article on this event with interesting commentary.
Update 1/10/13 Tom Rich of FBC Jax Watchdogs just did an article and it’s definitely worth reading:
Detroit Church Holds “Brokeback” Ordination Service for Deacons, as Pastor Mounts Two Deacons in Front of Congregation
Update 1/10/13 3:00 PM – - replaced 2nd video embedded link. Someone’s working hard to make sure you don’t get to see the video. Previously replaced a direct link, so that makes this the 3rd video link altogether I have replaced because these folks are on a witch hunt to rid the internet of this ridiculous unbiblical charade.
Update 1/12/13: My friend, Ken Silva has also reported on this story with additional information: CONTROVERSIAL ORDINATION CEREMONY BY BISHOP WAYNE T. JACKSON (Note, if for some reason the video here is not working, you can see it at Ken’s link. He must have downloaded the video and embedded it - they haven’t seemed to get his removed.)
Update 1/13/13: Video has been removed yet again. This is the FOURTH time. I’m trying to find a new one. These people don’t give up. Damage control, much?
Ok, 1/16/13 the FIFTH time I have exchanged the video. Wow, I have to hand it to them for being persistent.