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Noel Jones was quoted in the a 2004 article published in the Jamaican Gleaner as telling the people of Jamaica not to bow to gay pressure. BISHOP NOEL Jones believes that Jamaica should resist the pressures being placed on it by gay rights advocates. He said the nation should "stand its ground by simply allowing your laws to stay the way they are."

He was responding to reports published earlier this week in which local and international human rights groups called for a relaxation of laws that curbs homosexual conduct.

Bishop Jones, who is the pastor of the City of Refuge church in Gardena, California, and an internationally renowned television preacher, said: "If you have laws and legislation that ban certain things based on the principles of the Scriptures and based on your Christian background, then let it stand there. Who is having big debates with the Islamic people about it (gay rights)? Who is telling them to bend their laws? If your laws are based on your Christian points of view, then you must stand your ground?"

The pressure being placed on Jamaica by United States homosexual interests, Bishop Jones hinted, is inconsistent with the best traditions of the United States. "The thing that bothers me about America is if they are so democratic, why don't they allow the rest of the world to be what they are? Their democracy says a person has the freedom to do many things, so why won't they leave Jamaica alone?" Bishop Jones said.

Bishop Jones, who hails from Spanish Town, was on a short visit to Jamaica earlier this week to address a conference of the Jamaica District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Rev. Jones' bishopric includes Jamaica. He comes to Jamaica about three times a year to oversee the local affairs of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.

BROTHER TO GRACE JONES

Bishop Jones, whose broadcast 'Fresh Oil' is aired on the cable channel ­ BET on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 a.m, is also the brother to internationally famed actress and singer, Grace Jones. His sister, he said, visits his church whenever she is in the Los Angeles area, or when she is close to a venue where he is preaching. He acknowledged that he talks to her about her soul and salvation. But so far she has not surrendered her life to Christ.

Bishop Jones, 54, is also a close friend and ministry associate of Bishop T.D. Jakes, who is perhaps the most popular preacher in the United States at this time. He plans to bring Bishop Jakes to Jamaica next year to partner with him on a series of preaching engagements. Bishop Jakes, he described as a workaholic, who loves to have fun, and who is fiercely loyal to his friends.

"We knew from the very first day we met each other that we would be friends for life. He is very frank, very straightforward and so am I," he said of his 15-year friendship with the man sometimes touted as the next Billy Graham.

While growing up in Jamaica, Bishop Jones attended St. Jago High School in St. Catherine. Among his teachers were Robert Pickersgill, the present minister of transport. He was also an athlete. He says with pride that he competed against Donald Quarrie and beat him in Boys Champs 1966 in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet 7 inches.

He has had much success as a pastor. He moved his church from a 1,300 seating capacity to 45,000. His church has a membership of 17,000 persons. Typically 45,000 persons attend, both Sunday morning services. About 25,000 attend the Sunday evening service.

Divorced for about 10 years, Bishop Jones is living out his Christianity as a single man. "The minus of being a single man is that often you want to be with someone, and you want to have someone. If you take a trip to Jamaica, for example, it would be nice to have someone to share all the delicacies with. The plus (of being a single man) is that I can be here (in Jamaica) and not have to worry about someone thinking I shouldn't. So I am flexible. But at the same time I am running myself into the ground because of that freedom. I think it would be good to have someone within my house to say, you know what ­ you need rest. I think marriage preserves your life.

"The difference between being married or single is like going to a city for a vacation or going on a cruise. In a city you got to pick and choose what you gonna do. On a cruise you know what you are gonna eat. You are locked in. it is narrow and you get more done."

A FAIRLY WEALTHY PREACHER

Is marriage on his agenda? "I think so; why? because I am getting older. Bishop Jakes put it to me like this. "When you are married, over a period of years, when things begin to change, as you get older, your spouse can always say, 'it wasn't always this way'." So now if I get married, and in two to three weeks I am in a wheelchair, she can never say 'it wasn't always that way'. I should give a little time of a healthy Noel Jones before she got to be pushing a wheel chair. I would hate for my side of the bed to smell like the pharmaceutical department and for her side smell like the cosmetic department of a wonderful store. I am wearing Bengay and she is wearing perfume," he said.

Pastor Jones, who lives across the road from the owner of the L.A. Lakers basketball team, is by most standards a fairly wealthy preacher. He said: "If you are going to put me in the standard of preachers and preaching and for what I do, I would be on the top level in terms of income." He earns annually "on the north side of US$500,000," and gives away about half of that each year. His altruism extends to paying the salary of a social worker/counsellor who works in a children's hospital and who specialises in ministry to children who are dying. For speaking engagements outside of his church he usually receives a honorarium ranging between US$10,000 to US$35,000. He has a number of businesses, including a security company.

Many actors, actresses, singers, and other celebrities attend his church. He himself travels with armed bodyguards. On a typical Sunday morning there are several bodyguards present, two of whom are present on the church platform. The others are often discreetly positioned in the church building.

He acknowledges that he has his own extravagances, but in general he is quite down to earth and his wealth is often not a barrier to doing effective ministry to the hurting and downtrodden.

He stressed: "I am not a health and wealth and prosperity preacher. I do preach hard work, education, utilising your gifts and becoming all that you can be."

WE HAVE OUR FLAWS

Bishop Jones is careful to avoid the financial and other pitfalls that have plagued other high profile television preachers. He explains that there is transparency in his ministry. "If you listen to my material, you will find that I am extremely transparent. In fact I am doing a documentary now called 'Transparent' - It shows the personal side of the preacher as opposed to his pulpiteering and his conference appearances - It deals with him as a man.

One of the things people don't understand is that in this profession, you can be very good at your profession before you are perfected in your person. And often time we feel that if people understand that we have our flaws, that we have frailties, that we have proclivities and tendencies, that are private. Everybody's got a secret. I don't care who it is. The point is for people to understand that God is to be worshipped and not man.

But because we do our best to be authoritarianistic in our disposition we generally want to add authority with infallibility. I make mistakes and judgements. That is why I have counsellors. That is why I am accountable to my board. That is why I am accountable to my family. I make mistakes and judgements. I am a single man. If I am to get married again, somebody is going to see me out with a woman. I mean how are you going to assess that? How are you going to evaluate that? Because I got to get to know her. I don't know if I were to do that again, but the point is, we are just as vulnerable."


Blogger Jasmyne Cannick asks Is Noel Jones Gay?


Noel Jones Gay?

Noel_nexo_1_1Today, Keith Boykin and I continue our series of outing homophobic black ministers. Yesterday we began with Bishop Eddie Long and T.D. Jakes. Today we resume with Bishop Noel Jones of Los Angeles and Rev. Willie Wilson of Washington, D.C.

Each day this week, we are highlighting a different black preacher known for his or her homophobia. We've been told that some of the preachers may also be gay. If you know something to help us confirm the information from our sources, we'd like to know. Send us an email by clicking here.

Here now is part two, my profile of Noel Jones.

Bishop Noel Jones’ claim to fame…

Last November, Bishop Noel Jones traveled to Jamaica to tell the Jamaican people not to bow to pressure from American gay rights activists to change their anti-gay laws.

“If you have laws and legislation that ban certain things based on the principles of the Scriptures and based on your Christian background, then let it stand there. Who is having big debates with the Islamic people about it (gay rights)? Who is telling them to bend their laws? If your laws are based on your Christian points of view, then you must stand your ground.”---Bishop Noel Jones

The pressure being placed on Jamaica by United States homosexual interests, Bishop Jones hinted, is inconsistent with the best traditions of the United States.

“The thing that bothers me about America is if they are so democratic, why don’t they allow the rest of the world to be what they are? Their democracy says a person has the freedom to do many things, so why won’t they leave Jamaica alone?” Bishop Jones said.

Bishop Noel Jones on marriage

Divorced for about 10 years, Bishop Jones is living out his Christianity as a single man.

“The minus of being a single man is that often you want to be with someone, and you want to have someone. If you take a trip to Jamaica, for example, it would be nice to have someone to share all the delicacies with. The plus (of being a single man) is that I can be here (in Jamaica) and not have to worry about someone thinking I shouldn’t. So I am flexible. But at the same time I am running myself into the ground because of that freedom. I think it would be good to have someone within my house to say, you know what ­ you need rest. I think marriage preserves your life.

“The difference between being married or single is like going to a city for a vacation or going on a cruise. In a city you got to pick and choose what you gonna do. On a cruise you know what you are gonna eat. You are locked in. it is narrow and you get more done.”

Something to think about

Jones is known to socialize with self-proclaimed ex-gay Donnie McClurkin.

Bishop Jones, 54, is also a close friend and ministry associate of Bishop T.D. Jakes, who plans to bring Bishop Jakes to Jamaica next year to partner with him on a series of preaching engagements. Bishop Jakes, he described as a workaholic, who loves to have fun, and who is fiercely loyal to his friends.

He’s the twin brother of legendary singer Grace Jones who is considered "queen of the gay discos."

As we said yesterday, our experience has shown that the people who are the most homophobic also tend to be dealing with their own issues about their sexuality. People who are comfortable with their sexuality usually don't care as much about other people's sexuality. Which leads us to an obvious question. Is Noel Jones gay? If you have any information on Jones, Wilson or any of the ministers we profile this week, please contact us. We want to know, and we want you to know. Send us an email by clicking here.

Please click here to read Keith Boykin's profile on Rev. Willie Wilson of D.C.
 
 
 
 
 
 
WOW! This is so sad that a man his age, 60's will have this type of company in public. Neither woman is attractive or has class. Now, it makes sense why I've always had tremendous respect for Jakes and Morton's marriages! This is probably why his wife ended their marriage of 20 plus years. It's amazing how naive he is to attach these types of spirits to himself. Since the rumor was out about him being gay, this could explain why he's displaying these antics and with women young enough to be his daughter! (lol) No wonder TRUE women of God doesn't give him the time of the day. He's NOT REAL!! I'm 35 and wouldn't look his way. Poor man. I pray that he'll find the peace that he's in search of. WOW, go get em' Bishop Sugar Daddy!! Someone on my job told me review this link. What's the hype? If this man likes the company of younger women, WHY is this fabulous? Because he's an older man with an unattractive female?
As a young African-American male, this is not newsworthy and didn't make the front page of my state's newspaper and doubt if it made the front page of the LA Times. Let the old man enjoy his last days. IF he's out in public with these young women, he probably also has the same "crass" mentality as they. The Law of Attraction definitely attracts what you are to you. So everyone, don't waste time commenting because our economy and living in perilous times are more important than the old man getting his groove on!
Peace...

While browsing, I saw this and saw it was a blog. It's funny to me because why would anyone care about who he is dating, married to or just "hanging" with? I agree with the young brother's statement BUT the others are being judgemental. One thing that I've learned is that no matter how much money people have, CLASS is innate. My husband and I attended Bishop's church for a season and I wasn't comfortable being in a setting where a pastor is worshipped and placed on a pedestal. There were other things that were out of order and I won't go into that. He would often speak about a wife and wanting an anointed wife. This man is privvy to meet many women and IF a wife is what he wants, he should get one! (lol) There are numerous rumors about him being gay and WHO CARES? He's preached about the ones that are in his family and personally, I feel that a lot of his sermons are basically therapy for him. We must realize that these men and women that God has called for a season are HUMAN and subject to err. In discerning both pictures and listening to his messages while attending, I see an older man that has lots of money but no fulfillment. Even though the smiles are there and posing for the camera, he is trying to find something that is missing in his life. No matter how people preach and shout, that doesn't mean that they have a TRUE relationship with Christ. Also, it's no longer about the anointing of God but ENTERTAINMENT and EMOTIONALISM in our churches.

You're so correct! Help them Lord. Time is getting shorter and shorter. IF these "men" of God are not living according to the Word but continue to prostitute the sheep of God, GOD PLEASE HELP THEM!! To EVERYONE that have made comments, pray that the sheep eyes are opened!! Sheep can be very dumb because they are helpless and easily persuaded. How else would these men or women of God become wealthy? In paying tithes and offerings, why give extra? IF the Lord places it upon your heart to give more, by all means! When you are forced to give and psychology is being used, DON'T because that is not of God!!

Yes, you are right NOEL JONES IS an alcoholic and a Whore!!! It doesn't matter is you are old or you...if he can not control you you are history. Check him out any night espcially at the Ritz Carlton In Marina Dl Ray and he'll order Grey Goose his drink of choice and his cheap ladies on the CITY OF Refuge payroll. Glynis, Loretta, Gale, Sharnee, Audrey, etc...thy tak turns sleeping with him...just to name a few...
Sorry to hear about Bishop Noel Jones. I was deeply in Love with him and though I was really the one for him. I need to pray and ask for God to guild me.

C Jada