The evangelical world is ablaze in response to Jen Hatmaker’s recent pronouncement that LGBT relationships can be holy. Her husband, Brandon, doubled down in his recent post.
Here’s my quick response:
I’m happy to honor the command of Christ and extend love to the Hatmakers and all who celebrate their position. I can’t, however, express love for their exegesis (how they interpret and apply scripture). They’re both smart enough to know that their position is new. That is to say, it does not square with any historical reading, teaching or understanding of the New Testament.
The Hatmakers claim that they’ve moved to a stronger reading of the text, not a weaker commitment to it. Brandon writes,
Every verse in the Bible that is used to condemn a “homosexual” act is written in the context of rape, prostitution, idolatry, pederasty, military dominance, an affair, or adultery.
Q1: I am curious why he would limit the “passions of dishonor” in Romans 1:26 to “rape, prostitution, idolatry, pederasty, military dominance, an affair, or adultery.” What is there in the text that explicitly or implicitly directs us to read this within those firm boundaries?
The homosexual activity described by Paul is a consequence of idolatry, not the expression of it. These sexual desires for the same sex are what God turned them over to after “exchanging the truth of God for a lie.”
Q2: If a closeted, gay Pharisee asked Jesus, on the down low, “Can I marry another man and enjoy the favor of God as we engage in a life of sex and commitment to one anther?” Would Jesus have said, “Yes”?
Q3: Would the Apostle Paul have told people in conversation, “Homosexual relationships are just fine as long as you’re committed to each other for life”?
Q4: Would any of the Apostles have conducted a same sex marriage?
FALSE CLAIM: “But not one of these scriptures was written in the context of marriage or civil union (which simply did not exist at this time).”
That claim is absolutely not true and flies in the face of historical evidence. Same Sex relationships were recognized as far back as ancient Egypt. And yes, there were same sex marriages in the Roman world.
I’m not throwing hate or shade or scorn or shame their way. I disagree with them. I don’t disagree with them because I hate gay people. I’m no more offended by gay sex than I’m offended by masturbating to porn, hooking up, serial monogamy or getting divorced. Their position is simply hermeneutically and historically indefensible.
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