Christian author and HGTV host Jen Hatmaker is catching heat from some Christians for her gay-friendly comments during an interview Oct. 25.
Hatmaker was asked by the Religion News Service if she supported gay marriage, and replied:
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.
In response to Hatmaker's comments, Lifeway Christian bookstores announced Oct. 27 that it was dropping her books and other content.
LifeWay spokesman Marty King told Baptist Press:
In a recent interview, [Hatmaker] voiced significant changes in her theology of human sexuality and the meaning and definition of marriage -- changes which contradict LifeWay's doctrinal guidelines. As a result, LifeWay has discontinued selling her resources.
Jason and David Benham, two Christian brothers who have publicly opposed homosexuality (as has their father Flip Bentam), wrote an op-ed in WorldNet Daily Oct. 30 entitled: "Beware spiritual 'leaders' with false messages about sin."
The brothers didn't mention Hatmaker by name, but linked their article to an article by Matt Walsh, who condemned her in TheBlaze.
The Benham brothers wrote:
Everyone wants times of refreshing – but if spiritual leaders don’t apply the disinfectant that hurts (repent of sin and return to God), people won’t experience the message that heals.
This is why we were grieved last week when we read that yet another spiritual "leader" has shelved God’s disinfectant and seems fine with people limping around in spiritual pain and brokenness. (See "Dear Christians, it doesn’t matter how you feel. It matters what the Bible says.").
The Gospel of Jesus has not changed in over two millennia. So for "leaders" today to exclude the sin of homosexuality in the Gospel, and even make it holy in some cases, only reveals that these are not true spiritual messengers of God.