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An article about LifeWay pulling books and study materials of popular author and speaker Jen Hatmaker may seem an odd thing to post on our website. I bring it to your attention for two reasons:
First, with the internet and social media (Facebook, etc), people have the opportunity to have an immense influence and gain a following, virtually from around the world. For example, more than 600,000 people connect (‘friend’) Hatmaker on Facebook. It used to be that what someone was saying in the name of Christ (sound or unsound, true or false) would require time to be heard as well as critiqued. But the internet has changed that. Billions of people are now connected via the internet, instantly. That’s why the means of how we discern must include what’s being promoted via the internet and social media.
Second, I’m encouraged by LifeWay’s decision to pull Hatmaker resources, and how quickly they did so. Hatmaker’s popularity meant good sales for LifeWay, which exists to sell books. But the leaders of the SBC affiliated bookstore chain and online resource have determined this is one author they cannot make money off of.
It’s my prayer Hatmaker will repent of her ‘extremely gray’ position on homosexuality and same sex marriage. Who knows how the Lord might use her if she did.
For His glory,
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Article by Diana Chandler for Baptist Press in Austin, TX (original article source)
LifeWay Christian Resources has discontinued resources featuring bestselling Bible study author Jen Hatmaker just days after she voiced approval of gay marriage and the gay lifestyle.
“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,” LifeWay spokesman Marty King told Baptist Press today (Oct. 27). “As a result, LifeWay has discontinued selling her resources.”
LifeWay, a Southern Baptist Convention entity, has published several resources by the popular speaker and reality television star, including the bestselling B&H Publishing book, “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess.”
In an Oct. 25 Religion News Service (RNS) article, Hatmaker said she affirms gay marriage from both civil and spiritual perspectives, and advised the church to embrace members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community who profess Christianity.
“Not only are these our neighbors and friends, but they are brothers and sisters in Christ,” Hatmaker said in the RNS question and answer column. “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.”
The RNS interview focused on several popular topics, including gay marriage and Hatmaker’s perspective of the LGBT lifestyle.
“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,” Hatmaker said. “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.”
Hatmaker would not hesitate to attend and drink celebratory champagne at a gay wedding, she told RNS, but spoke with less certainty when saying she believes an LGBT relationship can be holy.
“I do (believe an LGBT relationship can be holy). And my views here are tender. This is a very nuanced conversation, and it’s hard to nail down in one sitting,” she said. “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.”
The mother of five children said she would treat a child who professes homosexuality no different than a heterosexual child.
“I think we would parent that child exactly the same as the rest of them. Which is to say, we would always be on their side and in their corner and for them and with them,” Hatmaker said. “We want for all of our kids the same thing: faithful, committed marriage and a beautiful family that is committed to God and the church. I would have the same standard across the board, no matter what.”
Hatmaker gained national notoriety when her 2013 blogpost on the rigors of mothering school-age children went viral, landing her an interview on NBC’s Today Show. Her HGTV home renovation show, “My Big Family Renovation,” debuted in 2014, and she has been popular among many evangelical women.