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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Jen Hatmaker's Husband Doubles Down on Their Heretical Views on Marriage and Sexuality

Let me be clear, I believe the Hatmakers have a strong desire to show love to those in the homosexual community. I don't think their compromise with Scripture is motivated merely (if at all) by a greedy desire to hang on to a large audience. Also, I believe, as Brandon Hatmaker's lengthy post on the matter reveals, they have sincerely put much time and effort into seeking the truth on marriage and sexuality. Nevertheless, they are currently deceived, and their teaching on marriage and sexuality is wrong and dangerous, and thus will not bring healing, but harm.

A few revealing sentences from Brandon's post (which occurred a few days after Jen's revealing interview):
To be clear… 
Jen and I are 100% on the same page regarding her recent interview about our love and hope for the LGBTQ community. This is a journey we have been on together. We both believe a same-sex marriage, as a life-long monogamous commitment, can be holy before God... 
Bottom line, we don’t believe a committed life-long monogamous same-sex marriage violates anything seen in scripture about God’s hopes for the marriage relationship.
To be clear, the bottom line is, like increasing numbers of Christians who should know better, the Hatmakers find themselves on the opposite side of Scripture that, for well over 2,000 years, has never been in serious question. Isn't it interesting that the view of marriage to which the Hatmakers (and those like-minded) now subscribe has escaped clergy and lay Christians alike for millennia?

Like the (spiritual) plague that it is, soon after Jen Hatmaker's interview was shared on social media, the lies of the homosexual agenda ensnared another well-known Christian. After reading Jonathan Merritt's interview with Jen Hatmaker, Joel Houston, leader of the popular worship band Hillsong United wrote on his Twitter page, "Wow … So refreshing."

A Twitter follower of Houston worriedly replied, "Some of it maybe, but putting a blanket 'refreshing' on this article doesn’t seem wise for someone with your influence."  Houston responded, "You’re probably right, but what I found refreshing was her honesty—particularly enacting a gospel of love over hate/fear." One of the most enduring lies of the homosexual agenda is the notion that those who simply tell the truth about marriage and sexuality are somehow spreading "hate" or "fear." Houston has since deleted his remarks.

As I noted about a year ago when it comes to "Christian celebrities" and marriage:

All Christians have a responsibility to be “salt and light” in this dark world. This is true for the secluded or isolated Christian with a small circle of influence, as well as the celebrity Christian who can gain the attention of millions, and everyone in between. Of course, the larger your sphere of influence, the more opportunity you have to widely impact the world for Jesus Christ.

Throughout history, and the world over, the union of one man and one woman is the foundation of every social institution. Strong and healthy marriages lead to strong and healthy families. Strong and healthy families lead to strong and healthy communities. Strong and healthy communities lead to strong and healthy churches, schools, businesses, governments, and so on. 
What’s more, marriage is “the Crown of Creation.” It is the priority relationship within the family, with all other relationships being subordinate, and functioning subject, to it. After our relationship with our Creator, the most important relationship in the universe is the relationship between husband and wife. The union is so profound that throughout the New Testament, God uses the analogy of the bride and bridegroom to describe the relationship between Jesus and the Church. 
Of course, honoring ones' "father and mother" is given specific attention in God's "top ten." I say "of course" because I assume most every American is aware of the Ten Commandments. It's not as if the Ten Commandments have been removed from our culture--oh, wait. If we take away the Ten Commandments, we shouldn't be very surprised that many Americans have decided that things like mothers and fathers are no longer very important. I suppose such Americans now find the Ten Commandments "discriminatory." 
Of course, Satan is well aware of the significance of marriage. Virtually every sexual sin that plagues our culture—promiscuity, pornography, divorce, homosexuality, et al—is ultimately an attack on marriage and the family. Satan knows well that, if you want to destroy a culture, you go after the foundation.

Thus, there are very few things in the world today that deserve more attention of the followers of Jesus than does marriage. It is under attack as never before. Our witness to the eternal truth on marriage is more important now than ever. (See: The Marriage Commitment Challenge.) We must be very deliberate and opportunistic in our defense of marriage. Whenever we have the opportunity, we must speak out in defense of marriage. This is especially true of pastors, politicians, teachers, authors, and apologists. 
Christian artists should produce music, movies, and other forms of entertainment that defend and glorify marriage, and whenever given a stage, Christian entertainers should vigorously defend what God gave us when it comes to marriage. Those of us who are policemen, firemen, work in an office, work in a warehouse, work on a farm, mow lawns, work in the home, and the like, must also take every opportunity to model and speak the truth on marriage. 
As I’ve already noted, many Americans are going to have to make hard choices about whom they are going to obey. As we’ve already seen, such obedience will cost some of us our jobs or our businesses. For others, the loss of a job may be only the beginning of the suffering that results from standing for the truth on marriage. 
As Pastor Rick Warren instructs us, we cannot be afraid to be unpopular (which is very hard for most politicians and celebrities), and we must remember that the only way to be relevant is to make sure that our words and actions align with eternal truths. We don’t need to worry if we’re on “the right side of history;” we just need to be on the “right side.” 
Again, marriage is the oldest institution in the history of humanity—older than God's covenant with the nation of Israel, older than The Law, older than the church. Marriage is one of the earliest truths revealed by God. If ANYTHING is true, marriage as the union of one man and one woman is true. On this, there can NEVER be compromise.
Copyright 2016, Trevor Grant Thomas
At the Intersection of Politics, Science, Faith, and Reason.
Trevor is the author of the brand new book The Miracle and Magnificence of America

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