Evangelicalism is in a theological emergency state!

Every day it seems there is another big name evangelical player who does not understand what is at stake in the present debate going on within the church concerning homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and gay Christianity! Now, Dan Haseltine, the front man for Jars of Clay has tweeted that he just can’t find any reason not to allow gay marriage. He simply cannot see any downside to it (See Michael Brown’s article  “The Shattering of Jars of Clay”  and the Twitter feed for yourself!)!

Our present Christian culture is in a theological emergency state! Though division in the evangelical church over homosexuality has been coming for a very long time, the World Vision flap greatly accelerated the pace. Now, we are hearing almost daily about supposed evangelical Christian leaders who themselves are “coming out” in favor of homosexuality. Foolishly, some still seem to think that this is a discussion about marriage. It is not! It is a discussion about whether or not you can live righteously and affirm or remain in a homosexual lifestyle (see “It’s not about same-sex marriage! It’s about gay Christianity!”)

So many are fond of turning up their noses at theological discussions but today we are reaping the results of not caring about the theology! It matters what we believe about God! It matters what we believe about the Word of God! Haseltine Tweeted:

I don’t particularly care about Scriptures stance on what is ‘wrong.’ I care more about how it says we should treat people.”

This kind of logic is tragically shallow, puffed up as it is with its love for mankind over its love for the Word of God. It sounds like Romans 1:25

They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Haseltine also Tweeted:

Wow this escalated really quickly! 🙂 I am simply asking questions. Don’t quite know how I’ve offended so many. . . . Fascinated by the comments saying I have abandoned Christ and faith. Get off your “jump to conclusions” mat. 🙂

Well, let’s see . . . for years we in the church have trusted our children to the ministry of Jars of Clay only to discover that the group’s front man cannot understand the dangers of endorsing homosexuality and really does not care what scripture says about right or wrong! Believe me, Dan, the Christian support you have gotten over the years was almost entirely from people who assumed you could navigate through this differently than you did on Twitter!

Here’s my advice as a pastor: Don’t take all of this too harshly, just receive it as correction. Get with a genuine pastor (one who believes the Bible) and allow him to walk you through the issues at stake. Then, Tweet your insights and apologies. Lesson learned.

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Evangelicalism is in a theological emergency state!

  1. Deborah Maffettone

    Thank you for this Pastor Scott. I stopped listening to Jars of Clay after attending what I thought was a Worship Concert at BB King’s that Jars of Clay was playing at a few years ago. We thought it was going to be great because, after all, BB King’s has been hosting Christian artists and Gospel Brunches. Even Jeremy Camp played there and brought Jesus and the Good News to the Times Square area. Much to our dismay, they played very little Christian music and used the opportunity to play their new, mostly secular music album. It truly bothered me, and when they said they do not typically take requests from the audience, they would that night. Now, I don’t normally do this, but I shouted “Two Hands”. I think it was the lead singer, looked at me and said, “good one”, and did not play it. Next song, I did the same thing. His response was the same. They blatantly refused to play this song. I actually removed all of my Jars of Clay music from my iTunes except that one song. I might add that at this concert, were many self proclaimed “gay Christians”. I would imagine by remembering that, and now reading this, it has been their mantra for longer than we know. It is very sad that they are using the Christian community to spread a message that is not in line with the Bible.

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