The Danger of Jen Hatmaker Hermeneutics

Hermeneutic: the art and science of studying God’s word.

Here is what Jen Hatmaker said about same sex marriage recently.

“Politically speaking, do you support gay marriage?

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.

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.

Not only are these our neighbors and friends, but they are brothers and sisters in Christ. 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.

You mention faithfulness and God. Do you think an LGBT relationship can be holy?

I do. And my views here are tender. This is a very nuanced conversation, and it’s hard to nail down in one sitting. 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 full article is here. Brandon Hatmaker’s statement of how they came to the conclusion that same sex marriage is biblical is here.

I don’t know the Hatmakers. I barely followed them only because of a few ladies in my circle who follow them, especially Jen Hatmaker. I have no personal beef with them. I could be friends with people like the Hatmakers. Yet I say that to say this. The Hatmakers have a poor skill of biblical hermeneutics and an excellent skill of cultural hermeneutics. In Brandon Hatmaker’s statement, he gives no scriptural evidence for their conclusion. He gives an explanation of how they came to their conclusion.

The sad part is they abandoned the word of God.
The sad part is they influenced many to follow their poor hermeneutic.
The sad part is they will get a pass by some because they have such a great following.
The sad part is they (or us) don’t have to ditch truth to love all people.
The sad part is they leverage loving gay people against God’s word.
The sad part is they say if you really love gay people, then you will say same sex marriage is ok.

I love all people. I have friends who are gay. I would never be mean or rude to them, but I don’t agree that same sex marriage is biblical. It’s not. Jesus spoke directly to the matter in Matt. 19:4-5.

“Haven’t you read,” He replied, “that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female,” and He also said:

“For this reason a man will leave
his father and mother
and be joined to his wife,

and the two will become one flesh?”


My point here is not to prove biblically that same sex marriage is not God’s design. I’m sticking with the word of God and the design of God (Gen 1-2). My point in this point is to make a public stand and comment on the hermeneutical movement that leaves the word of God for cultural acceptance. Many are leaving the word of God. When we leave the word of God we leave and at least limit the authority of God.
The Hatmakers are good people I’m sure. They are just wrong on this and it has big impact. Lifeway stopped selling their books. Many stopped following the Hatmakers. yet many will still follow them. I wish the Hatmakers well. Yet I warn anyone listening to not use the Hatmaker Hermeneutic. It’s flawed. You don’t have to leave the word and design of God to love all people. You don’t have to let biblical context have so much weight that it flattens the obvious meaning of God’s word.
We have all followed leaders only to have them disappoint us. It comes with life and ministry. There’s a time when I can love all people but stay with God’s truth and design. This is one of those times. I would not recommend the Hatmakers ministry at this point to anyone. There are many other great ministries that can and do what the Hatmakers do.

One Message

One Message
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls.”
Prov 11:30 NASB
The greatest message ever
  • 95% of Christians never share the gospel.
Why Not?

1. Not praying missionally

2. Not equipped intentionally

3. Not sharing courageously

Most Christians want to share their faith in Jesus. 
“He who wins souls is wise.”
Prov. 11:30
“Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.”
Mark 1:17

“Go … make disciples ….”
Matt 28:19

How do we start to share?

1. Start praying missionally

2. Get equipped intentionally

3. Start sharing courageously

Remember this: 
“Sharing the gospel is more about CONVERSATION than it is PRESENTATION.
                                                                                                   Pastor Dennis Nunn
Remember this also: 
“If you don’t LEARN a presentation, you probably WON’T HAVE the conversation.”
                                                                                                                     Dr. Roy Fish 
It does come down to this: 
“Just walk across the room.”
                 Pastor Bill Hybels 
Which is it?
Relationship vs. confrontation
Key Questions
  • If you died tonight, why would God let you into heaven?
  • In your personal opinion, what do you think it takes for a person to go to heaven?
  • Have you received jesus christ as your savior and Lord?
  • How do you think someone becomes a Christian?
  • Have you made the wonderful discovery of knowing Jesus  christ as your savior and lord or are you still working on it?
  • On a scale of 1-10, 1 being “not at all” and 10 being “definitely,” where would you rank your desire to know God?
When sharing the gospel you must have thought through the questions you would ask to reach the soul.
Bible Questions

Some people will open the doors themselves.

Mark 10:17, John 3:2, John 4:9, Acts 2:37

Questions Jesus Asked
“What are you looking for?”
John 1:38“

Are you a teacher of Israel and don’t know these things?”
John 3:30“Do you believe in the Son of man?”
John 9:35

Jesus used a VARIETY approaches when personally evangelizing people. 
The Gospel
Q – do you know
Jesus Christ?
Q – do you understand
what he did for you
and what it takes to
know him?
Eph 2:8-9
1 Cor 15:3-4
Mark 1:15
Q – do you want
to know him?
The Hardest Part
  • A prayer doesn’t save you.
  • A prayer can be the stack of rocks.• Look a person in the eye and ask them if they are willing to cross the line of faith.
  • Look a person in the eye and ask them if they repent of sin and believe the gospel.
  • Then lead them in a prayer of commitment.

When Jesus teaches the prayer class – sermon outline

Series: First Priority ~ prayer

Title: When Jesus teaches the prayer course
Matt 6:9-13


Two guiding principles:

– Private before public – v. 5-6
– Conversation over presentation – v. 7-8

– Jesus teaches us how to approach God in our prayers – v. 9a

– “Our” stresses community.
– “Father stresses relationship.
– “Heaven” stresses authority.

– Jesus teaches us where to prioritize our prayers – v. 9b-10

– “Hallowed be Thy name” commits to His holiness.
– “Thy kingdom come” commits to participate.
– “Thy will be done” commits to obey Him.

– Jesus teaches us where to trust Him in our prayers – v. 11-13a

– “Daily bread” praying trusts for physical provisions.
– “Forgiveness of debts” trusts His cleansing of sin.
– “Deliverance from evil” trusts God’s power over temptation.

– Jesus teaches us focus our hearts in our prayers – v. 13b

– “Yours is the kingdom” says yes to His rule.
– “Yours is the … power says yes to His sufficiency.
– “Yours is the … glory says yes to his presence.