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.
4 “Haven’t you read,” He replied, “that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female,” 5 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.