With Blessing From TD Jakes, Chris Hill Says He’s Ready for Ministry 3 Months After Affair Scandal

According to Scripture, if someone commits adultery and other grave sins, he or she is permanently disqualified as a spiritual overseer — a person who functions in leadership. Evidently TD Jakes hasn’t read 1 Tim 3:1-5 that clearly states the qualifications of a church leader:

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?

Despite what the scriptures teach, Bishop Jakes announced that he feels that disgraced pastor Chris Hill is ready for ministry after just 3 months of “professional counseling.” It is astonishing that Jakes would completely disregarded the Apostle Paul’s instruction that anyone who does not have his household in order (Blair doesn’t) and who has shown a lack of self-control (adultery) is not to be serving in church leadership, especially if it’s in a position that’s connected to the ministry of the gospel.

Pastor Todd Pruitt, co-host of Mortification of Spin, says “there are certain virtues that must characterize the lives of overseers (1 Tim 3; Titus 1) precisely because there are certain moral demands placed upon those who exercise oversight in the household of God.” When a pastor commits adultery his sin opens the door for the mockery of the gospel says Pruitt. “The adulterous pastor does untold damage to the public witness of the church and invoking God’s sovereignty and grace cannot soften or in any way excuse that fact.” (source) Leonardo Blair fails to mention the biblical role of the overseer in his piece over at Christian Post, a site Berean Research does not endorse. Following is his report:

TD Jakes lays hands on Chris Hill

Three months after resigning as senior pastor of The Potter’s House Church of Denver over an alleged affair with a married parishioner, Pastor Chris Hill says he is ready to come back following counseling and a public show of repentance Sunday. His mentor, Bishop T. D. Jakes of Potter’s House of Dallas, laid hands on him and declared restoration.

“God said that if we confess our sins, that He is faithful and just to cleanse us from … all unrighteousness. I just believe that this is what the grace of God is for,” Jakes said as he laid his hand on Hill’s shaved head in a video clip from T.D. Jakes Ministries Sunday.

Earlier this year, Pastor Hill’s wife of more than 20 years, Joy, alleged in a mass text message to church members that she was able to verify that her husband carried on an affair with their young goddaughter, Shirnae McFarlane, who married Arthur McFarlane III on September 26, 2014.

“FYI Pastor called the police on me tonight because I yelled at him asking him to leave the house tonight and he wouldn’t. I was upset because he won’t stop having an affair with Shirnae, and I can’t live like this anymore. They’ve been having an affair for SEVERAL months, and he finally admitted it yesterday (after I hired a private investigator to have them followed over the past 6 weeks),” Joy Hill reportedly said in the text message first cited by the Obnoxious Television blog.

During the ordeal Shirnae McFarlane’s alleged cuckolded husband, Arthur McFarlane III, updated his relationship status on Facebook to “Separated.” He currently no longer shows a relationship status on Facebook but Shirnae McFarlane still reports her status as “married.”

In announcing Hill’s resignation in April, The Potter’s House Church of Denver also said he and his wife would be seeking a formal separation. It is unclear if the couple has been reconciled but in his prayer for Hill, Jakes indicated that they are still married.

“If there is anybody in here that has ever had God forgive you of something you need to back me up on this,” Jakes told his church Sunday as he continued praying for Hill. Continue reading

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12 Responses to With Blessing From TD Jakes, Chris Hill Says He’s Ready for Ministry 3 Months After Affair Scandal

  1. Dano August 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm #

    Another case of (nearly) everyone behaving badly, from what I read here. I see scripture all but ignored in most of this situation. But the one scripture I see cited as disqualification is unsupported. While the qualities of a leader are high, to claim that a past sin PERMANENTLY disqualifies a person for a leadership position is to put men in bondage to a law that the NT Epistles were never meant to be. To assume that the Spirit would never again use such a person to lead flies in the face of nearly half of the examples found in scripture. Such a narrow interpretation of the scripture indicates a immature understanding of repentance, forgiveness, and redemption.

    As far a this specific situation, I am far enough removed that I feel no responsibility to render judgement.. or opinion. There are those locally involved with both fellowships and persons more informed and equipped to render wise counsel.

    • Marsha West August 10, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

      Dano,

      Sadly, Chris Hill will not be receiving wise council from TD Jakes, as he is a Modalist, meaning that he’s anti-trinitarian. Moreover, he’s a word-faith prosperity preacher who knows how to manipulate an audience. That said, in a piece he penned on high-profile pastor Tullian Tchividjian, Todd Pruitt, co-host of Mortification of Spin, had the following to say about pastors who fall into sexual sin:

      1. We are all, without exception, sinners in desperate need of grace (Rom 3:23).
      2. When a sinner repents there is forgiveness in Christ and complete freedom from the condemnation of sin. That is, in Christ, we sinners are fully justified (Rom 8:1; 1 Cor 6:11; 1 John 1:9)
      3. When a sinner repents he or she should experience the welcome and fellowship of the church of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 2:5ff).

      But there are other complementary truths which are needful. For instance…

      1. Sin is desperately wicked. It is mutiny against God. It is a rejection of his Lordship and love. Therefore sin and its consequences must never be trivialized (Gen 3; Rom 1:18ff, 6:23) .
      2. Grace must never be used as a license to sin (Romans 6:1).
      3. Sexual sin is a particularly grievous sin (Romans 1; 1 Corinthians 5-6). Sexual sin does great harm not only to the sinner but those who love him or her.
      4. Those who provide oversight for the church must be above reproach. They must be men who have disciplined themselves against sexual sin (1 Tim 3:1ff; Titus 1:5ff).
      5. The church holds the responsibility of disciplining erring members (Matt 18; 1 Cor 5).
      6. When the church fails to exercise proper discipline or undermines the discipline of a sister church they are trivializing sin and sending damaging messages to the church and the world.

      When a minister falls to adultery it is imperative that he be removed from his position of oversight. It is dangerous both for the church and for the fallen pastor’s own soul to remain in a position of spiritual oversight when he is unfit for such a responsibility.
      http://www.alliancenet.org/mos/1517/a-grievous-ruin#.WYzt9FF942w

      Todd Pruitt’s is the conservative view and Berean Research shares his view.

      Grace & peace,
      Marsha

  2. Darrel August 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    Dano,

    You’re kidding, right? “But the one scripture I see cited as disqualification is unsupported.” Since when does Scripture need support? It stands alone as the Word and Truth of God whether any repetition can be found elsewhere in the Word or not. Since you make a bold statement immediately following your unbiblical demand of ‘support’ where you yourself give no support to the claim that adultery does not permanently disqualify ever man from pastoral ministry, are we to discard the Word in favor of your opinion? Perhaps it is you, Dano, that has a cheap view of repentance, forgiveness, and redemption. IF Chris Hill is a true believer—his position as underling to TD Jakes leaves that in serious doubt—then where is the repentance toward his “flock”, his family, and most especially his wife? Public offense by a public figure requires public humility, repentance, and restoration, does it not? Let’s just pull a ‘fast one’ and declare this “unfortunate incident” over and done with and let’s just “move on” right? Wrong!!! Adultery takes years for the one offended to get past it, not just Hill’s wife but the husband of his fling, also. God does forgive His elect their sins, but He has never obligated Himself to the restoration of a “ministry” left in shambles via adultery, nor can you cite a single Scriptural reference where He did. Don’t even go to David, but see the price he paid for the rest of his life for a moment with his mistress.

    As for the bastion of sound doctrine the right reverend and bishop T D Jakes, he is nothing more than just another chump-change false prophet that deceives his followers and bilks their wallets. The man out right HATES the Lord Jesus Christ and makes no bones about it as he declares that the Son of God is not really God at all and that there is no such thing as the Trinity. Mr. Hill’s former “church” bears the same name and does not teach the same heresy? Not likely.

    Perhaps you should reconsider the foolish statements you have made and seek council and wisdom from the Lord Jesus.

  3. Marty August 11, 2017 at 11:38 am #

    It is well-known that TD Jakes is a false prophet and a Satanist. Any “blessing” from him is simply an endorsement from the prince of the air.

  4. Manny1962 August 11, 2017 at 12:23 pm #

    Evil perpetuating evil……… And still, so many blind goats support Jakes and his minions. A man who denies the Holy Trinity. A sure sign of the times, Churchianity at it’s best.

  5. AR August 15, 2017 at 7:31 am #

    There was no mention of Chris Hill’s wife in attendance at this service where TD Jakes laid hands on Chris Hill, and blessing Hill’s re-entry into the pastorate. If Hill’s wife doesn’t support her husbands re-entry into the pastorate, then he is still not above reproach, and therefore, continues to remain disqualified for ministry under 1 Timothy.

  6. Manny1962 August 15, 2017 at 8:08 am #

    Jakes ministry is false, Hill’s ministry is false , even if she were there it would still be false. These are apostates circling the wagon around on one if their own.

    • AR August 15, 2017 at 10:39 am #

      Your points were already made by other people, and therefore, they do not need to be re-stated. My point was in addition to those comments.

      • Manny1962 August 15, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

        Don’t take it personally, no one brought up Hill’s wife before, this was not a jab at you. Just an observation as to legitimacy of Jakes and company.

        God bless……

  7. Caro August 20, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    I think God shall judge not us. Many people can still be used
    For the sake of God’s eternal love for people. I want to concentrate
    Myself on prayer, on loving others, on growing in Christ I need Him
    Everyday more than searching to point my finger in other people. If God has a problem
    With some fake prophet I think He is strong enough to deal wih him
    Or her. I do what I was send to: preach his love, his merci and most of all the accomplished sacrifice of Christ in the cross

    • Manny1962 August 20, 2017 at 2:40 pm #

      Which s commendable……………….but as follower of Christ you are admonished to contend for the faith also, not just proclaim, be ready in and out if season as 2 Timothy 4:2 says:

      2 Timothy 4:2New King James Version (NKJV)

      2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching…..

      Notice the word rebuke. You are to warn other Christians of false teachers and teachings.

  8. Manny1962 August 20, 2017 at 2:44 pm #

    We as Christians judge those that say they’re Christians, using scripture as the litmus test for such judgement, we do not judge outside the bride. Self righteous judgement is wrong and hypocritical, but righteous judgement as judging one who twists scripture, is commanded.

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