Jen Hatmaker is back in the news, once again making the case that women should not lead women’s Bible studies. She is not saying that. But we see it in her lack of discernment, lack of understanding, lack of conviction, and the fact that she thinks that by being overly dramatic and emotional in her appeals, it all must be OK.
This time, she is opening her arms wide in an attempt to usher in the LBGTQ population, because the rest of the body of Christ is just too darn stubborn to do it. And, in rescuing them, she makes herself out to be their messiah.
She recently wrote on her Facebook page that it was “high time” Christians got it together and that she is the one that is going to usher in the change. But in doing so, she reveals her lack of clarity on the gospel, and her role in the body of Christ. I will break her comments down piece by piece. Here is her first comment:
One things [sic] I said was that it is high time Christians opened wide their arms, wide their churches, wide their tables, wide their homes to the LGBT community [and she has published books?]. So great has our condemnation and exclusion been, that gay Christian teens are SEVEN TIMES more likely to commit suicide.
First, Mrs. Hatmaker assumes that the church doors are not open to the LBGTQ community. The church’s doors have always been open to sinners. We welcome all sinners to come in, hear the gospel, repent of their sin, and trust in Christ for salvation. What Mrs. Hatmaker wants us to do is let them in and compromise biblical truth for those being welcomed. If we do not proclaim the sinfulness of sin, then we really have no good news to give the LBGTQ community once they arrive. To say or imply that gays are acceptable as they are is most unloving. To proclaim a gospel without the need for repentance, is actually damning the LBGTQ to an eternity of woe and judgment. So what is she actually saying here? “Let’s all gather together in the spirit of Kumbaya on our road to hell?” Certainly seems so.
It is interesting that Jesus made a very similar plea towards sinners. As He approached Jerusalem, He proclaimed:
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!(Luke 13:34).
He did long for the people of Jerusalem to come to know Him, yet not at the expense of the gospel. There is nothing wrong with wanting sinners to come to know Christ, however, it is quite sinful to have them live a life of acceptance without repentance. Jesus would not compromise. The demands of the gospel are such that, if one does not come in repentance and faith, then one cannot be a partaker in that gospel.
Jesus explained that not all who think they’ve been accepted actually are:
Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few who are saved?”
And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ 26 then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ 27 But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity’ (Luke 13:23-27).
And there can be no misunderstanding of Jesus’ words here:
14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15-15, emphasis added).
Mrs. Hatmaker is offering a gospel that is no gospel at all. She is looking for rosy acceptance on the broad road. She is saying that if the LBGTQ crowd will come to her, they will find acceptance. But Christ paints another picture. Those who do not come through the narrow gate of faith and repentance, will not be welcomed into His presence on the last day.
Hatmaker foolishly continues:
Nope. No. No ma’am. Not on my watch. No more. This is so far outside the gospel of Jesus that I don’t even recognize its reflection. I can’t. I won’t. I refuse.
Mrs. Hatmaker, it is not your watch. You are not ordained to lead the church. You are not called to open your arms with a false gospel. You are not qualified for any such calling. The best thing you could do is quietly resign from your position and go serve your husband. That is the calling God has given you, not the call of leading thousands of women astray.
So whatever the cost and loss, this is where I am: gay teens? Gay adults? Mamas and daddies of precious gaybees? Friends and beloved neighbors of very dear LGBT folks?
Here are my arms open wide. So wide that every last one of you can jump inside.
Here we see Mrs. Hatmaker’s delusional opinion of herself. She is calling the LGBTQ community to herself. A true teacher of Scripture would never call sinners to himself. A true pastor always points others to Christ, and Christ alone. Even Paul proclaimed:
For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake (2 Corinthians 4:5).
Paul has such a way about himself when it comes to rebuking the false teacher. The false teacher is always about the false teacher, not the flock. In Paul’s proclamation, he shows that the true pastor preaches Christ, not himself. Mrs. Hatmaker has made it clear that she thinks of herself as the one that can save the LBGTQ crowd. All she can save them from is the truth.
But she won’t stop:
You are so dear, so beloved, so precious and important. You matter so desperately and your life is worthy and beautiful. There is nothing “wrong with you,” or in any case, nothing more right or wrong than any of us, which is to say we are all hopelessly screwed up but Jesus still loves us beyond all reason and lives to make us all new, restored, whole. Yay for Jesus!
Nothing “wrong with you?”Another sign that you see when it comes to false teachers, they fail to read the Scriptures. If Mrs. Hatmaker would actually read her Bible she would find that there is something clearly wrong with the LBGTQ community. The Bible describes them as those who are under God’s wrath, and they are “God-haters.”
Just a side note before I continue. The Bible declares that all, without exception, are under God’s wrath. This is why all, without exception, are called to repent and believe (that is the general call of the gospel, not the effectual call that leads to salvation). But it is true that once we come to know Christ, then we are no longer children of wrath, but children of God (see Ephesians 2).
As long as those in the LBGTQ community remain in their sin, the harsh truth that Paul declares about them in Romans 1 applies to them (Mrs. Hatmaker included) because they are among those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness . God’s wrath is poured out on them, and the end result is their debased minds, leading to the gay lifestyle.
Read what Paul writes about this group of humanity:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them (Romans 1:28-32).
Notice several things about what Paul writes. First, it is God’s doing that they end up with debased minds. Not that their responsibility is removed from them, but He is giving them over for their continued suppression of the truth. It is almost as if God were saying, “OK, you want to live the immoral life, and ignore My word, then let Me help you in your endeavors.” I know that some might find it shocking that God would actually give someone over to their sin so that it leads to more sinfulness and debauchery. But He does. He did so in the Old Testament as well when it came to Pharaoh. Again, let me restate for clarity: God is not responsible for their sin. They are. But in their refusal to accept the general knowledge about Him, He gives them over even more to their own wickedness. You reap what you sow.
Secondly, we see from God’s apostle what becomes of those who suppress the truth in unrighteousness: they are given over to do those things which are not fitting: “…being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful…”
This is what we are dealing with when it comes the LBGTQ crowd. We are not talking about those who are slightly off in their understanding of God. We are talking about those who are haters of God, violent, proud, boasters… They celebrate their debauchery and are proud to do so. So to say that there is “nothing wrong with you” as Hatmaker does, is to be in disagreement with God’s word. It is to “suppress the truth in unrighteousness” (Romans 1:18). Hatmaker isn’t calling the LBGTQ crowd so that they can repent, be saved, and live a godly life. She is calling them to her so that she can join them in their depravity, which is what you are doing when you give approval to those living the debauched life.
A third thing we see from Paul’s writing is that those who practice all these things are deserving of death. Can he be any more clear on just how wicked the sinfulness of sin really is? Our sin against God, and the sin of the LBGTQ crowd, is enough to bring about condemnation and God’s judgment. The wages of sin is death, as Paul will write to us later in Romans. All sin is rightfully punishable by death and eternal damnation.
If we are going to reach the LBGTQ crowd, then we must be willing to speak this truth to them. To not speak the truth is to be unloving, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unforgiving, unmerciful…kind of like Mrs. Hatmaker when she invites the gay crowd to herself without the call for repentance and belief.
Next, and this really tips her hand on her view of God’s word, she add “Yay for Jesus!” I cannot tell you how disgusting I find this. It is as if she thinks that by cheerleading for Jesus it makes her venture into depravity acceptable to God. It shows her frivolity in what she is doing. It shows her to be undiscerning in the calling God places upon men in the gospel ministry. This is quite disgusting.