Last fall Jen Hatmaker, a ‘Christian celebrity’ came out in support of same-sex marriage, even going so far as to say those unions could be considered holy. I wrote about this at the time, and you can find that article here. There was considerable push-back from the visible church, and rightly so. Unrepentant homosexuality and the Christian faith are irreconcilable. It goes against God, His Word (scripture), and rational thought for a professing believer to call good what God has called sin. No genuine Christian is going to affirm someone in their sin, regardless of what that sin happens to be. That is akin to affirming their choice to spend eternity in hell. It is absurd and unloving in the extreme.
You may be wondering why I address these situations on a regular basis. There are two reasons. One, the majority of professing Christians are far more likely to read blogs, books, and articles by famous ‘Christian celebrities’ than they are their Bibles. Two, it is a great opportunity to teach people how to think Biblically and critically through an issue; a great passion of mine and one of the main reasons that I started this blog.
Last Friday, Ms. Hatmaker wrote a blog post after a lengthy hiatus in the wake of her coming out in support of same-sex marriage. In the post she compares Good Friday, Jesus crucifixion and suffering with how she was treated for affirming homosexuality. Let me be crystal clear here: that is blasphemy. Frankly, I am uncomfortable even typing it. It boggles my mind that anyone who professes to love the Lord could compare the holy and ultimate sacrifice with the natural consequences of claiming to be a Christian, and yet affirming something that is clearly forbidden in Scripture.
Ms. Hatmaker sums up her experience of encountering righteous backlash as encountering the Christian Machine. No, Ms. Hatmaker, you came up against genuine Christianity and didn’t like what you found. Like so many in the world, Ms. Hatmaker has fallen for the lie that you can pick and chose what you believe to be true, making a God in your own image. Jesus is not a build-a-bear and Christianity is not a buffet. God is God and we are not. He sets the rules, boundaries and parameters; we obey.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Isaiah 46:9-10).
“But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.” (Psalm 115:3)
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” (John 14:21)
“Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” (John 14:23)
Compounding this blight on the name of Christ, were the supportive tweets made by fellow celebrity Christians in response to her blasphemous blog post:
I’m sure you recognize some if not all of those names. These are women’s Bible study teachers, speakers, and Christian musicians. Empathizing with someone who is upset that they were rebuked for affirming something that God says is sin. Someone who compared that chastisement with Jesus suffering on Good Friday.
Friends, the way is narrow. Jesus said in Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”
He also said in John 3:19-21 “And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
Brethren, please exercise godly, biblical discernment. Make sure that every person you learn from, every thing you listen to and read, including this blog, is compared with (a right understanding of) scripture. It doesn’t matter what our current culture thinks. It doesn’t matter what your favorite author, speaker or Bible study teacher thinks. It only matters what God has said. We learn to discern by being familiar with the genuine. This is accomplished through regular reading of the Word, and submission to the Holy Spirit. Don’t fear letting go of a favorite celebrity Christian. Fear letting go of God.
Soli Deo Gloria!
***Caveat: I am not condoning any mean-spirited comments or the like that Ms. Hatmaker experienced. What I am speaking of here is the backlash Hatmaker experienced from genuine Christians that called her to account, contending for the faith once delivered for all.