"Big news today: Jen Hatmaker, a bestselling Christian author and a leading figure among evangelical women, has announced that she affirms same-sex relationships!"
That's the big headline from Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, this evening. In an email to his Reformation Project friends and supporters, Vines points his readers to Hatmaker's interview with Jonathan Merritt at Religion News Service, in which she said that she believes LGBT relationships can be holy, and when asked how she'd respond if one of her kids were gay, she said she'd hope they would have a "faithful, committed marriage and a beautiful family that is committed to God and the church."
Newsflash for Matthew Vines: You should read Berean Examiner, sir! Hatmaker came out months ago in support of homosexuals in the (visible) church. See, Jen Hatmaker: "Christians should open wide their churches to LGBT community"
Here's why I'm sharing this story today. Matthew Vines is excited not because Hatmaker affirms sin, but because she has now stopped calling homosexuality sin. Vines says that's a big change from two years ago, when Hatmaker wrote her widely-shared blog post articulating her compassionate but non-affirming stance on same-sex relationships:
"While clearly loving in intent, it still hurt for many of us to read that she saw our relationships as sinful. But in recent months, Jen has become increasingly outspoken about her passion for LGBT dignity and inclusion, and with her statements today, she becomes one of the highest-profile evangelical leaders to affirm same-sex relationships."
Hatmaker is the darling of many a Christian women's conference, and is the author of some very troubling books that have found their way into women's ministry. (See: 4 Concerns about Jen Hatmaker's Teachings, and another slew after reviewing her "bible study" book that dips into sorcery: “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess”).
Matthew Vines' Reformation Project is a grass-roots effort to get all churches to affirm homosexuality, by campaigning for loving discussions with unsuspecting church leaders - who often soften their positions when they befriend these members. (See: Matthew Vines' Reformation Strategy: Will it reshape the visible church?)
"This is a very big deal," Vines says of Hatmaker. "I hope and expect that we'll hear more from her in the weeks and months to come, and that she'll explicitly affirm bisexual and transgender people as well. She'll likely get a lot of blowback for her statements affirming same-sex relationships today, so let's thank her for standing with us."
Pastors, can we finally once and for all purge Hatmaker's anti-biblical influence from your women's ministries?
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