Jen Hatmaker, an evangelical speaker who often hangs around the likes of Beth Moore, put out a post in late April that seemed to take a soft stance on homosexuality, not once calling them to repentance or even making the clarification that homosexuality is a sin.
As you can see, this post initially makes the mistake of assuming that there is actually a such thing as “gay Christians.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 would disagree:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (ESV, Emphasis added).
One could give her the benefit of the doubt and say it is just sloppy wording, which I was inclined to do at first, but then I looked into the comments and saw her affirm a “transgender Christian” without calling him to repentance and without clarifying that transgenderism is wrong. She even called this man pretending to be a woman, “sister”, and said, “welcome to the family.”
However, she did find it in her time to mention the sin of racism. I wholeheartedly agree that racism is a sin, but if she took the time to call out and encourage the repentance of this sin, why would she completely ignore the sinfulness of homosexuals and the transgenders? She said she rebukes racism, which is good, but why doesn’t she rebuke other sins?
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that Hatmaker has touched on the issue of homosexuality. In an article in 2014 about the World Vision issue, she made the case that the Bible isn’t clear enough on the issue of homosexuality. She said,
This is a fact: Thousands of churches and millions of Christ-followers faithfully read the Scriptures and with thoughtful and academic work come to different conclusions on homosexuality (and countless others). Godly, respectable leaders have exegeted the Bible and there is absolutely not unanimity on its interpretation. There never has been. Historically, Christian theology has always been contextually bound and often inconsistent with itself; an inconvenient truth we prefer to selectively explain.
She even threw Christian essentials like Sola Fide and the nature of God under the bus to emphasize this point, saying,
… [T]here has never been ‘one way’ to interpret scripture. There has never been ‘one way’ to be a biblical church. Even the early church leaders had severe and lasting disagreements about the nature of God, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, Salvation, Faith, Works, etc.
In reviewing this article, Christine Pack of Sola Sisters wrote, “The Christian community, the true, Bible-believing Christian community, HAS reached consensus on gay marriage, and that is that it is an abomination in God’s eyes.” (Source).
Hatmaker’s faltering on this issue is a reason for great concern. I think it is important for us to examine her teachings closely to see if they truly align with Biblical orthodoxy because right now they seem awfully close to the heresy of “Vinism.”
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