“You shall have no other gods before me.” – Exodus 20:3
Jen Hatmaker has created a god of her own delusions. In a recent article on RNS, Hatmaker was interviewed by Jonathan Merritt and asked several questions regarding her politics and faith. It became abundantly clear that she doesn’t know the God that reveals Himself through the Scriptures.
One of the questions asked of her was, “Politically-speaking, do you support gay marriage?”
From a civil rights and civil liberties side and from just a human being side, any two adults have the right to choose who they want to love. And they should be afforded the same legal protections as any of us. I would never wish anything less for my gay friends.
From a spiritual perspective, since gay marriage is legal in all 50 states, our communities have plenty of gay couples who, just like the rest of us, need marriage support and parenting help and Christian community. They are either going to find those resources in the church or they are not.
Not only are these our neighbors and friends, but they are brothers and sisters in Christ. They are adopted into the same family as the rest of us, and the church hasn’t treated the LGBT community like family. We have to do better.
First, Hatmaker establishes her grounds for spiritually affirming the co-habitation and faux “marriage” of sodomites by insisting that it should be legal and accepted in our society. To rephrase what she’s saying here: she wants gay marriage to be accepted culturally and legally AND since it will be accepted in our society, as Christians, we must embrace it.
She then goes on to claim that these sodomites living in persistent unrepentant sin are our brothers and sisters in Christ. Of course, the true God of the Bible hates sin and teaches that those who persist in unrepentant sin will not see the kingdom of Heaven.
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. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
This she doesn’t address. In fact, when asked, “Do you think an LGBT relationship can be holy?” she replies,
I do. And my views here are tender. This is a very nuanced conversation, and it’s hard to nail down in one sitting. I’ve seen too much pain and rejection at the intersection of the gay community and the church. Every believer that witnesses that much overwhelming sorrow should be tender enough to do some hard work here.
Anyone who actually knows who God is would have no trouble nailing this down in one sitting. God hates sodomy and sin, and unrepentant sinners will perish. In fact, Jesus meant this so strongly he felt the need to say it twice–back to back–in Luke 13:3-5. There is no ambiguity here. Christ died to free us from the bondage of sin, not so that we could persist in our self-idolatrous lusts. You cannot be an unrepentant sodomite and still know who God is. Nor can you rationalize sin in such a way that Hatmaker does and know who God is. Notice, Hatmaker uses no Scripture or reference to God to form her opinion. Her assumption that an LGBT relationship can be holy is purely a delusion of her wicked, unregenerate heart (Jeremiah 17:9). This is what Jen Hatmaker wants–not what God wants.
When asked if she’d attend a “wedding” of her gay friends, she goes on to say,
I would attend that wedding with gladness, and I would drink champagne. I want the very best for my gay friends. I want love and happiness and faithfulness and commitment and community. Yes. That’s an easy answer.
She wants the best for her gay friends. Where is the concern for their soul? Where is the concern that her gay friends will spend eternity in Hell if they continue in their lifestyle and never turn to Jesus Christ for salvation? There is no concern because she knows not God. God’s concern is “not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance (2 Peter 3:9).” Hatmaker’s concern is temporal, wishing that her friends would live a happy and fulfilled life. And she believes this is loving? This is the evilest thing she could do to someone. There is no desire to tell her friends the truth–that truth which would set them free (John 8:32). She desires to practice a little bit of cunning, affirming those she claims she loves (though really hates), including her own children, in their sin, and sending them with a welcome basket of goodies straight to eternal damnation.
Jen Hatmaker does not know who God is, and she does not know who His Son, Jesus Christ is, who died and was buried and rose again on the third day to defeat sin and give us eternal life. The true God is a holy God. Jen Hatmaker’s God is a god of compromise and affirmation of sin. The true God is a righteous God who saves and regenerates hearts, and sanctifies sinners through the work of the Spirit and conforms His elect to His Son. Jen Hatmaker’s God is a god that does not require repentance or a desire to flee from or be saved from sin.
Jen Hatmaker is a false teacher. She knows a false Jesus. And she teaches a false Gospel. She is to be marked and avoided (Romans 16:17).
[Contributed by Pulpit & Pen]