Lorie Alexander of The Transformed Wife tackles Emily McFarland Miller’s interview with Jen Hatmaker. Miller’s piece appeared in the progressive news site Religion News Service. Recently LifeWay Christian stores pulled Hatmaker’s books from its shelves over her very vocal and unbiblical stance on homosexuality — she believes gay relationships can be holy — so she has some explaining to do. It’s not terribly surprising that Miller threw her this softball question: You took a stand last fall saying LGBT relationships can be holy, and it got your books banned from LifeWay stores. Why was that important to you?
Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College, Denny Burk, recently wrote that Progressive Christians (PC) like Hatmaker have a propensity to erase 2,000-years of Church history in an effort to see that the Church becomes more inclusive, more relevant, more open-minded. “There are many voices within the North American evangelical movement,” says Burk, “that are turning away from what the church has always believed and confessed. Hatmaker is now among them.” In his view the PC agenda (yes, liberals have an agenda) is to “re-imagine” Christianity to look a lot less like historic orthodox Christianity and more like the world. (source)
So with this in mind, following is Lorie Alexander’s post:
If we don’t like parts of the Bible can we simply decide they aren’t agreeable to us and refuse to believe them? Jen Hatmaker believes she can and she does. Here are a few of her quotes from a recent article:
She was asked: “You took a stand last fall saying LGBT relationships can be holy, and it got your books banned from LifeWay stores. Why was that important to you?”
Jen replied, “I just sort of have this dream for the church where it is safe and it is wide and it is generous and it includes all of our voices. For the longest time, the church has essentially had one voice — sort of the white, male voice. I’m starting to realize how much the church is missing when we silence whole people groups, like you’re either not welcome at all, or you’re welcome but not your voice, not your experience, not your life, and I saw that with the LGBTQ community.”
The Church isn’t wide and this is why we are told to walk on the narrow path and are warned that few will want to go on it. Many would rather take the broad path that Jen is talking about that leads to destruction. The only voice that matters is God’s Word, not “all of our voices,” for in it is Truth and God’s perfect will for our lives.
She bemoans that the church is only “the white, male voice.” I know some great male black preachers/teachers and other races, but to tell you the truth, race doesn’t matter to me so the color of one’s skin makes no difference. What matters is that whatever skin color they have they are speaking the truth. God did ordain men to be the leaders and teachers of the Word contrary to popular opinion and I respect this since women are absolutely more open to deception than men, as Jen proves so clearly and many like her.
I’m not sure when the Church has silenced “whole people groups.” The Church shouldn’t speak against any people, but against all sin, or it is a weak Church and this is the kind of Church Jen is promoting. “Live and let live” and forget about God’s Word since it speaks against sin and calls us to repent of it, she falsely believes. LGBTQs need to hear about the hope they have in Christ. They don’t need to be encouraged in their sin, but given a way out into true freedom from sin and condemnation, JEN!
We must never celebrate sin, any kind of sin; for sin is what Christ died to free us from. This is why I try to speak out about all sin, not trying to normalize it and make what God calls sin “holy.” The gravest problem today is that many “Christian” women do not know the Word of God. Their morning devotional is Jesus Calling instead of the Bible. Therefore, they are easily deceived and led astray by a number of these women “preachers” who aren’t teaching the truth at all. Continue reading
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