Christianity Today is reporting on some news Jen Hatmaker has sparked. Jen Hatmaker is an author and reality television personality whose most famous book, 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess was reviewed here on The End Time in 2013. That link is below. At that time I engaged in a two part look at Jen Hatmaker. Part 1 was a review of her book. Part 2 was a closer look at her emerging Catholic-based mysticism.
Hatmaker is in the news of late because she has come out solidly for homosexual marriage, claiming it is not only biblical, but can be a holy ordinance. As a result, Christian bookstore LifeWay, an arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, has stopped selling her books.
LifeWay Stops Selling Jen Hatmaker Books over LGBT Beliefs
One of evangelical women’s favorite authors loses her place in one of America’s largest Christian chains.In an interview published Tuesday, the Austin-based author and pastor’s wife told Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt that she supports same-sex marriage and believes that LGBT relationships can be holy. … The Southern Baptist chain stated Thursday that the author’s statements “contradict LifeWay’s doctrinal guidelines,” and it has discontinued selling her books in its 185 stores or online.
Now is a good time to review what makes Hatmaker’s theology aberrant and why she should be avoided.
The following book review published in 2013 at The End Time gives an overview of how Hatmaker approaches the Bible and her response to it.
Part 2 looks at some key phrases in her book which reveal her entrancement with Catholic mysticism and liturgy. If you are a solid teacher of the Bible and a discerning student of it, you will not be promoting practices from false religions. It’s that simple.
Here is another good essay discerning Hatmaker, written in May 2016 by Timothy J. Hammons, titled Jen Hatmaker’s Messiah Complex. Mr Hammons takes issue with Hatmaker’s flawed view of homosexual sin.
Amy Spreeman at Berean Research posted an article about Hatmaker in January 2016 which references her own essay and re-posts Christine Pack’s essay on Hatmaker, too. Four Concerns about Jen Hatmaker’s Teachings.
Just because a Bible teacher or leader is popular does not mean they are solid. In fact, oftentimes the opposite is true. (Luke 6:26).
As always, think these things through and do your investigations comparing to the Bible. Ask the Spirit for help and wisdom. He will give it!
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5).