Jen Hatmaker: “Christians should open wide their churches to LGBT community”

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So many Christian women who love the Lord are very upset with me for warning them about Jen Hatmaker. Yes, I know, Jen is the lovable mom, writer and speaker who is known for being “Raw and Real.” Apparently she says what women think, or wish they could say, and she tells a lot of great, emotional stories.

But if we judge her fruit (that’s her doctrine, ladies; not her social works) against the truth of Scripture, we find that underneath that sweet funny rawness of hers is a wolf who is luring women by the hundreds of thousands into the maw of deception. Is that unloving of me? No! I am trying to help women see Christ and warn them against counterfeits.  I got a lot of hate mail after posting “4 Concerns about Jen Hatmaker’s Teachings, and another slew after reviewing her “bible study” book that dips into sorcery: “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess” (Why aren’t we having women study the actual Bible?)

Today there is even more reason to warn women away from this teacher. I am thankful that Hatmaker puts her progressive cards on the table for all to see. Her latest Facebook post over the weekend is not biblical Christianity:

Here is the full post:

“After our beautiful, beautiful event today, a woman walked up to me and said: “I have been waiting my entire life for someone in church to say the words you said today.”

It was so precious that even as I type this, I am crying.

One things I said was that it is high time Christians opened wide their arms, wide their churches, wide their tables, wide their homes to the LGBT community. So great has our condemnation and exclusion been, that gay Christian teens are SEVEN TIMES more likely to commit suicide.

Nope. No. No ma’am. Not on my watch. No more. This is so far outside the gospel of Jesus that I don’t even recognize its reflection. I can’t. I won’t. I refuse.

So whatever the cost and loss, this is where I am: gay teens? Gay adults? Mamas and daddies of precious gaybees? Friends and beloved neighbors of very dear LGBT folks?

Here are my arms open wide. So wide that every last one of you can jump inside. You are so dear, so beloved, so precious and important. You matter so desperately and your life is worthy and beautiful. There is nothing “wrong with you,” or in any case, nothing more right or wrong than any of us, which is to say we are all hopelessly screwed up but Jesus still loves us beyond all reason and lives to make us all new, restored, whole. Yay for Jesus! Thank God he loves us. He is not embarrassed of any of us. I am not a scandal, you are not a scandal. We are not “bringing down his brand.”

Anyhow, my message to you today is simple, LGBT gang and all those who love you: You are loved and special and wanted and needed.”

Ladies, yes we are to love people by sharing the truth of the Gospel with them, which also requires us to tell them of their wickedness, their separation from God, their need for a Savior and His command to repent.

Brandon Hines observes:

“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 “gay marriage” issue, she made the case that the Bible isn’t clear enough on the issue of homosexuality. She stated,

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.

“Throwing the the Doctrine of God, a Christian essential, to the wind to emphasize her point, she went on to say,

… [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.
(Source: Pulpit&Pen)

Hatmaker’s post has so far received 34,000 “likes,” and hundreds of “amen” comments like this one:

Ladies, this is what we call the wide path. I am more convicted than ever before that we must continue to speak up and warn our sisters to take heed, because the days are so evil, and this warning is for wolves in the CHURCH:

“…For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.…”   2 Timothy 3:6

See also:

  1. The Christian Woman’s Guide to Conversing With Bereans
  2. “Woman, just try harder!”
  3. War Room’s Priscilla Shirer’s Contemplative History, and Why It Matters
  4. Leaving Lysa: Why You Shouldn’t Be Following Lysa TerKeurst or Proverbs 31 Ministries
  5. Need help exchanging “whispers with God”?
  6. Evaluating Beth Moore’s Upcoming Live Simulcast
  7. Six reasons not to follow Christine Caine
  8. Complementarian John Piper shares teaching duties with a woman?
  9. Oleo on the buffet line is not what your women’s ministries need.
  10. In Case You Were Wondering: Are Female Bloggers Violating Scripture by “Teaching” Men?

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12 Responses to Jen Hatmaker: “Christians should open wide their churches to LGBT community”

  1. Sola Scriptura April 25, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

    Absolutely outrageous. I can’t believe she joyfully ignores, and even encourages, the sin that Jesus paid for with his body and precious blood. I know many a woman deceived by her and her “If” Gathering. No one should be deceived by these anti-Jesus Christ, anti biblical lies… “if” they know the one thing that is 100% true….the word of God. May God be true, and everyman a liar:
    https://followingjesuschrist3.com/2014/12/02/the-written-word-what-did-jesus-the-apostles-and-the-psalmists-say-about-the-written-word-of-god/

  2. Sheila Beers April 26, 2016 at 2:48 am #

    I believe this is the same Mrs. Hatmaker whose family appears in the decorating show (“Family Renovation”) on HGTV. I always thought she and her husband appeared rather rough and “hippie” for being people in the ministry. Yes, her doctrine is outrageous and unscriptural. It is too bad professing Christians cannot recognize sin for what it is and admit that it is sin. It seems they want to use Christian “love” to excuse everything, and all of this is terribly wrong and downright immoral.

  3. Lynne April 26, 2016 at 4:48 am #

    I’ve never heard of Mrs. Hatmaker but thank you for the warning. I will be warning many other Christian women.

    I’m sadden to think that “Christian” women are attacking another Christian woman for speaking God’s Biblical truth. It just goes to show us that one day, the remnant will be persecuted by the worldly church goers.

  4. Manny1962 April 26, 2016 at 11:04 am #

    It goes to show, wolves come in different costumes! Christian ladies and Christian men are victims at the hands of so called believers that want to live like the world. Homosexuality has made the inroads that it has because Christians in large have jettisoned the bible and its warnings. They rather have the approval of men, than of God. Is anyone surprised why mega churches implode? Why home churches are on the rise? Why there’s a separating within Christendom? God is separating His people, clearly there are two bodies, Churchianity and The Bride. We must fight error whenever it pops up, no matter how sweet, lovable and convincing the perpretator is. Getting back to the bible should be the number concern for Christians everywhere. Without discernment, we are victims of every kind of error.

  5. lyn April 26, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    This woman is obviously a minion of Satan, disguising herself as ‘Christian’ and only fooling the superficial folks. Christianity in America is a mile wide and an inch deep – most are shallow in their understanding, giving outward appearances but absolutely NO evidence of being born again by God.
    The Apostle Paul tells us how to deal with sexual sin in 1 Cor. 5. Never should we embrace sinners, rather, we must warn them and tell them of Christ.

  6. Faith April 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

    Other facts about Jen:
    1. I found out through Lighthouse Trails that she was part of the emergent IF conference.
    2. She is one of the ladies for the BelongTour ladies’ retreat event, and the BelongTour facebook page has quotes from Catholics including pope Francis!
    (It doesn’t get any worse than that last item there.)

    There are SO many wolves in sheep’s clothing! No one ever wants to hear it, their argument would be that unless it has fangs, claws, and fur it can’t be a wolf, when nothing could be further from the truth. Hence, wolves in ‘sheep’s clothing’!
    They infiltrate the church and lure the flock away from the Word of God, all while looking like a ‘nicey-nice’ Christian, a lady ‘just like you and me’. They come into the church, with their smooth talk, pretending to be a ‘Christian leader.’ Think about it.
    Pretty much most of these ‘leaders’ are just that. There is evidence about all of them just about, but no one wants to hear the warnings either, because as the wolves have the flock well trained; ‘that would not be “loving” ‘ since rather, the flock is to become lunch for the wolves. How can you spot them? Where are they leading you?
    Is it to…. accepting other religions and the practices thereof (like yoga and contemplative meditations, repetitive mantras, etc.)? Is it to… embracing cults, mormons, catholicism, ecumenism, interfaith mentality? And to that pope, isn’t he “such a nice guy”? (sarcasm!) Justifying things for ‘the “common good” of all’?
    Is it to… compromising with the world, engaging the ‘culture’, becoming ‘relevant’, accepting sin, winking at it, maybe even doing it? Is it away from what the Bible says? Away from the demands of discipleship? Carrying your cross daily? Away from a life of holiness? Away from separation from the world? Away from loyally following Jesus to persecution and marytrdom if called to it? (Hint #1: you are called to it if given the ultimatum to deny your faith or die. See Matthew 10; 32-33) Away from sharing your faith and standing your ground in the workplace? (Hint #2: your faith is left outside of no one’s doorstep, not even to earn a living. It goes with you everywhere. There are no ‘part time’ Christians.) And, is it into thinking that…. this antichrist fellow isn’t really coming after all, and besides, you don’t really need to worry about all of that end times bible prophecy? After all, did God really say_________? (Hiss.) Is it into thinking that you can cast all of that over your shoulder and ‘usher in the kingdom of God with the work of your own hands, and the sweat of your own brow’? Sidestep the prophesied apostasy right into that ‘revival’? Some good acid test questions to consider, because no one is lead astray while being aware of it.
    Watch and pray!

  7. Faith April 26, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

    P.S.
    So many of these ‘teachers’ weasil their way into people’s lives by being likeable, charismatic in personality, or warm and fuzzy in some way. They ‘grow’ on people to a point where they can get the flock to accept anything because ‘they’ have said it, and the flock is unwilling to question or scrutinize what they say, and even elevating it above the Word of God. They then dismiss it all with a wave of the hand when someone warns them about that person. It becomes an attitude of ‘well surely, ______ can’t be wrong’ and whatever ______ does is somehow untouchable, as ______ themselves have become. Sometimes it is because of a history, which is no excuse. Many a wolf has built a great foundation first, in order to lead more sheep astray later. Then, other wolves pay the bills around a place so they are seen as indispensible. Some wolves play the Mr. Nice Pious, III Guy role. The list goes on but there is no acceptable excuse.

  8. RJ's here April 27, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    Never heard of her before, yet thanks for the warning!! When I first saw her pic, my thoughts were “wow, what a ‘wholesome-looking’ lady! And I wish I could look like that!”

    My thoughts now are: “wouldn’t want to be standing in HER shoes on Judgment Day!!” (unless she repents before then)

    Thank you other commentators as well, don’t ever think commenting on a blog is a “small” thing by any stretch! You may not be doing what men would consider “BIG” things for the Kingdom, yet, I promise you have! I will “save” your words to my special file to keep in front of me! I actually “NEEDED” to hear what every one of you wrote!

  9. Linda April 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

    ‘One things I said was that it is high time Christians opened wide their arms, wide their churches, wide their tables, wide their homes to the LGBT community.”

    Mrs. Hatmaker, you do so without Scripture, and without Jesus. 1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”

    All she’s doing is confirming the LBGT folks to stay dead in their own sins all the way to hell. Stunning simply stunning that people actually think this is love when actually it is hate.

  10. Friend May 2, 2016 at 1:10 pm #

    She will stand before God and have to give an account of this … may she repent before it is too late. The enemy is creeping in all over the place and demanding attention(and approval) be given to all types of sin…see http://pulpitandpen.org/2016/04/29/the-gospel-coalition-moving-towards-affirming-lgbtqxyz/

    Put on your full armor, be ready to stand against the enemy pressing in on us. We are victorious in Christ Jesus.

  11. Caren November 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    I don’t understand this at all. I have been a born again Christian for only 5 years. The Bible is so clear what is sin, and homosexuality is a sin. Any type of fornication is a sin. This lady is promoting a false gospel and another Jesus . The Lord didn’t go up to people and tell them to stay in their sin, but to repent. I think she is deceived and deceiving others. You will know someone by their fruit and her fruit is rotten. I will be praying for her. I’m starting to think that many say they are Christians and are not , for such was I until 5 years ago. Praise The Lord , He opened my eyes!!!

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