Son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker to Start Church in Minneapolis

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Jay Bakker will start a new congregation in a bar, a move that reflects the growing emergent church movement in the city.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune this week told the story of Jay Bakker, son of famous evangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, who plans to start his own church in a Minneapolis bar, a move that reflects the growing emergent church movement in the city.

The younger Bakker, 37, whose tattoos, piercings and black leather clothing are only the beginning of his differences from his traditional evangelical parents, told the Star-Tribune that he was disillusioned by his parents’ ministry and public fall from grace in the 80s. After a period of rebellion, he and some friends formed one of the first emerging churches in the country: Revolution Church in Arizona. He currently pastors a Revolution campus in New York, also meeting in a bar, which he will continue to oversee as he begins the new work in Minneapolis.

Bakker, according to the article, is more liberal than traditional on social issues and is a strong supporter of gay rights.

“In Minneapolis, I’ve seen so many intellectual believers,” Bakker said. “People are open-minded. I’m excited to dive into that and see more of that in the city.”

Tony Jones, a theologian at Solomon’s Porch, an emerging church in south Minneapolis, says Bakker’s brand of Christianity will work in the Twin Cities.

“Jay has had every reason to leave the church,” Jones said. “He has every reason in the world to quit Christianity, to never look back. But he has come back. He was the prodigal son. He dropped out of high school, he got into all sorts of drugs and alcohol, got a lot of those tattoos during his sojourn away from Christianity. But I think he just couldn’t ignore the calling in his life.”

Bakker keeps in touch with his father, who now lives and leads a church in Branson, Missouri. In Bakker’s latest book, Faith, Doubt, and Other Lines I’ve Crossed, he writes about his doubts about the existence of God and where he is now on his faith journey. “Doubt is something that needs to be embraced with faith, because doubt is an element of faith,” Bakker said. “Faith is not fact. It’s like hope. My faith was gone and I didn’t know what to do … and [when it came back] what happened was my faith became bigger. To me it’s mind-boggling and beautiful, and I can’t even begin to know what it is.”

 

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  • Disagree

    This man being a strong supporter of “Gay rights” is clearly outside the will of God. This to me leads to a questioning of his ministry. Prayers for this man that God may change his heart in this subject!

    • Kathy Verbiest Baldock

      I am a personal friend of Jay’s, also a strong supporter of equality and VERY much inside the will of God for my life. It is interesting that others assess God’s will for another person’s life.
      The more effective prayer may be for yourself that you might come to appreciate that people have valid relationships with God outside your context of understanding.
      I prayed and God DID change my mind on this subject, so, now what?

      • Paul

        Uh oh…she is pulling the “I prayed and God validated me card”. Sadly, we know that God did not change your mind about this because what you mention does not line up with how God revealed Himself in Scripture. For the record, God is also not pleased with heterosexual adulterers and fornicators. Do you support that too?

      • amos8

        What now?

        Not only would it be great if you (we) keep praying, but to also search for the truth in the only objective, external, unchanging, divine Standard and authority for truth.

        You said, “It is interesting that others assess God’s will for another person’s life.”

        And then said, “The more effective prayer may be for yourself that you might come to
        appreciate that people have valid relationships with God outside your
        context of understanding.”

        Are you not “assessing” (i.e. judging) what is right for others? And ALSO doing so why (somewhat subtly) condemning others for doing so?

        So, now what?

        “Equality”??? But what standard? AND, who gets to be the judge of what is equal? Also, by your judgment (and mine, too) you are telling more than one segment of the population that what they want is wrong, or not equal.

        So, now what?

        • Rw

          Are we reading the only standard of Holy Living… Gds Word??

      • amos8

        “This sounds so churchy, but I FELT like God spoke to my heart and said
        ‘[homosexuality] is not a sin.'” [Jay Bakker, Interview, ABC News,
        12/8/2006]

        What happens when God speaks to another person’s heart and THEY “feel like” God tells them that it is a sin?

        What happens when God has already spoken in His Word and tells everyone that it is a sin?

        It is not a matter of winning an argument or “hate,” it is a matter of what is right, what did God say in the written Word?

        If something is a sin then it is NEVER loving (even though it might be liberal) to say it is not a sin. NOTHING could be more unloving.

        If you want “justice” then what standard is used for this “justice”? YOUR experiences? My experiences? Jay’s feelings? Fred’s feelings? OR …… a holy, loving God?

      • Reilly

        God cannot deny Himself… If God said in His word that man shall not lie with man as he lie with woman… He meant what He said. God will not compramise His word. The scripture says heaven and earth will pass away but my word will not pass away…That what! Jesus said that we are cleaned by the word. The Word of God condeams gay rights, and all sins… That’s what!!!

  • amos8

    Let’s pray he continues his journey and arrives at the truth.

    How many people, who have had horrible experiences in churches or with self-proclaiming Christians, over-correct or over-react and, therefore, go from the gutter on one side of the street to the other? Sadly, the “emerging church”liberalism attracts those people and never really offers them an accurate and full view of God, Christianity, etc.

    The main drive for many of them is to be “against” “traditional” or “conservative” values and Christianity (see Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, Jay Bakker, etc).

  • Pedro

    Get rich quick-start a church, and fleece the flock..how original!

    • Mar Komus

      Tattoos and black leather is that far afield from his parents?! Um…I’m thinking that principally speaking the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

  • http://www.brianwkiley.com/ Brian Kiley

    Brand of Christianity? Only one Jesus!

  • John McElhaney

    Another Apostate

  • Millsman12

    I find it interesting that when a believer questions another’s departure from what the Bible says about life and how we should live it, we get comments like, “I prayed and God DID change my mind on this subject, so, now what?” Please, say you want to live outside of God’s ordained way to live so God can fit your box but don’t say God changed your mind because you’ve been deceived. There is nothing in scripture to support members of the same sex entering into marriage or any kind of physical relationship that God ordains. I find it scary that leaders like Bakker, Rob Bell will want to wear a millstone around their necks for plunging people into a lost eternity and they could have done something about it but chose “a new path.” As a very wise person once said to me, “If it’s new, it isn’t true.”

    • amos8

      “This sounds so churchy, but I FELT like God spoke to my heart and said ‘[homosexuality] is not a sin.'” [Jay Bakker, Interview, ABC News, 12/8/2006]

      You don’t get it Millsman, who needs the Bible (which is apparently not loving or true) when you have feelings and experiences!?!?

  • Dalia

    Quick! Run to Petra

  • cman

    I believe in truth. I believe in scripture. I believe sin is sin (such as sex not the way God intended). But I also believe in God’s love…and I’m sad to say I don’t hear much in how many “Christians treat people (including each other). At the beginning of the “Love chapter it says, “If I could speak all the languages of earth and angels…” CLANG!!! Instead of putting others down maybe we should take a cue from the “Truth” we claim to believe in so much. I just don’t see Jesus acting like this (I’ll include myself here).

  • @pastortomweaver

    Why give this guy any press? He is only famous because of his parents. Revolution Church in NYC has a handfull of folks. His theology is completely heretical.

    • amos8

      Why? Because heretical theology is trendy.

  • rodney

    To reject the Church is to reject Christ. The Body without the Head is a corpse. The Body is flawed and always has been and will be until the Resurrection. And that hurts. But the Head is perfect. People should not reject the Body, it is the creation of the Head.

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